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By: Maria King
Date: April 23, 2017
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April 23, 2017

Apr 25, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Since 1967, ranked one of the top 10 outdoor festivals in the country, art booths from more than 140 juried artists, continuous entertainment on 3 stages, international food booths and craft demonstrations. No pets please. Check website for schedule.
750,000 Attendees
Apr 30, 2017
Since 1990. The Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, “The Coolest Show on Earth”, is a spectacular showcase of motorized mechanical marvels from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries celebrates its anniversary with a mesmerizing array of more than 2,000 ultra cool antique, vintage, classic, custom and exotic machines of all kinds on display for public viewing. Automobiles ranging from hot rods, dragsters, customs, low riders, imports, street machines and muscle cars to fanciful touring, luxury, and sports cars; also exceptional vintage warbirds, classics from the 40’s and 50’s and homebuilt aircraft, tricked out trucks and motorcycles, military and SWAT vehicles, a special display of vintage police cars, world-record streamliners, model-T fire engines, antique engines and tractors, helicopter and plane rides, custom bicycles, kinetic art, rolling sculptures, extreme toys, mega-modified machines, advanced “green” technology vehicles, jaw-dropping flyovers by historic military aircraft, high-flying freestyle motorcycle stunt shows, monster truck rides, remote-controlled drones and aircraft aerobatics shows, unimotorcycle drag races, dynojet dynamometer performance testing, a super-thrilling zip-line, bungee jump and tons of kid’s amusements, fabulous food and drink, and stellar live music by The Ray Charles Project; Wavelength: a Tribute to Van Morrison and the Andy Santana Band –– to benefit the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.
50,000 Attendees
Apr 26, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
Since 1982, tens of thousands of Harley Davidson enthusiasts ride into Laughlin. Get ready for the largest motorcycle event on the west coast. Join us this year as we take Laughlin by storm. Come see Historic US Route 66 the way it was meant to be seen. Turn back time as you ride the hills from Kingman to Oatman, AZ. Cool off in the Colorado, or test lady luck at any one of the casinos located on the strip. Numerous activities take place along the ride. Takes place in numerous locations in the area.
50,000 Attendees
Apr 26, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Since 1987, highlights French Louisiana and its relationship to the rest of the French speaking peoples of the world with musicians, artists, theater, film and food. Includes 5 music stages, food court areas, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts boutiques, art galleries, beverage stands, cultural workshops, international cooking demonstrations and a world music store.
300,000 Attendees
Apr 28, 2017 - May 07, 2017
Since 1927, A series of more than thirty events includes: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, circus, dinners, luncheons, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Firefighters’ events, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. Features arts and crafts exhibitions, two parades, bluegrass festival and country music concerts, jazz competition, a midway, dances, fire truck rodeo, kids run, fireworks and so much more are featured as well. Celebrate both apple blossoms and the arrival of spring at this popular event. The event features activities every day but the events have specific schedules. Please check website for exact schedule. Events take place in varying locations in Winchester.
250,000+ Attendees
Apr 28, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Since 1985, one of the best events all year in South Florida. Delicacies from the local waters are prepared with mouthwatering results by restaurant chefs. Guests can enjoy music and arts and crafts along the beautiful beachfront as part of the festivities.
125,000 Attendees
Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Since 1997, features a national cornbread cook off, national 4-H cook off, cornbread eating contest, storytelling, music, vintage tractors, grist mill, juried arts and crafts, carnival, 5K road race, clowns and dance troupe performances.
70,000 Attendees
Apr 28, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Since 1981, the 3 day festival features visual arts show, songwriters showcase, jazz and blues showcase and other music, theatre and dance performances on 4 stages. Also includes choreography competition, juried visual arts show and children's discovery area.
75,000 Attendees
Apr 28, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
Since 1953. After more than 50 years as Norfolk’s International Azalea Festival, the Norfolk NATO Festival was renamed in 2009, in recognition of its primary mission: to honor and recognize all 28 NATO member nations and their staff and families living here in Hampton Roads while working at Norfolk’s NATO Headquarters, Allied Command Transformation. Parade held on Waterside Drive and festival is held in Town Point Park.
150,000+ Attendees
Apr 27, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
ABOUT THE RACE The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon and 1/2 Marathon (formerly St. Jude Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon) gives you the opportunity to enjoy an up close and personal tour of Music City, New York Times’ top destination in the world! Be entertained en route with musical miles before collecting your finish line rewards: bling, beer and more bands. Then, prepare for your free night-time headliner concert at Bridgestone Arena. With a start in front of the honky tonks on Lower Broadway, a tour past the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Center, and down Music Row, plus a grand finishing festival in LP Field, we know you’re in for a sight from start to finish.
80,000+ Attendees
Apr 28, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Since 1981, 1,300+ musicians, artists and performers, come hear great jazz along with the best pop, rhythm and blues and cross cultural music. The park setting includes 6 stages, 220+ booths, juried arts and crafts, children's art tent, community/school entertainment, food games and clowns. Makes this a fun family event.
100,000+ Attendees
Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Since 1983. The Encinitas Street Faire is located down the center of six blocks of scenic South Coast Highway 101, two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. This two-day faire in the Spring draws crowds exceeding 100,000 and feature a booth arrangement that provides half of the vendors with two adjoining sides open to traffic, if they choose. In the spring street faire, ongoing since 1983, international food, children’s rides, four live stages, and the craft brewery beer garden guarantee that there will be fun for the whole family. The emphasis of both the Encinitas Street Faire is on arts, handmade crafts, antiques, and ethnic imports. However, commercial vendors will be accepted and admitted upon consideration of merchandise and display appearance.
100,000+ Attendees
Apr 28, 2017
The kick off event to the Great Balloon Race. Balloon pilots fire up the balloons but do not fly anywhere. The spectacular lighted affect is truly remarkable and is the reason that this is such a highly anticipated and appreciated part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow is a companion event to the race, the balloons inflate in their launch position on the field, but do not ascend. As the pilots fire their burners, watch as the balloons glow against the blackness of the night sky, synchronized to a special musical score. You are invited to walk around the field and talk to the pilots as they have more time to show off their balloons than on race morning.
50,000 Attendees
Apr 27, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Since 1988, a great music festival, MerleFest now involves more than 100 artists and bands that perform on one or more of the festival’s stages. Collaborations among the diverse musical talents at the festival have become a regular feature. We have 13 stages of “Traditional Plus” music and so much more! Choices include Nature walks, a Songwriter Coffee House, Acoustic Kids Showcases, Little Pickers Area, a Pickin’ Place and a pleasing variety of food and craft vendors.
78,000 Attendees
Apr 25, 2017 - Apr 28, 2017
Since 1948, a celebration of San Antonio's heritage held each year during the week of Fiesta. International cultures, foods and entertainment are featured in 15 areas of the historic downtown village of La Villita along the River Walk.
90,000 Attendees
Apr 26, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
This award-winning conference is Tucson's largest cultural event with mariachi music, folklorico dancing, student workshops, a concert and a community fiesta at Armory Park.
100,000 Attendees
Apr 27, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
The culmination of years of playing football in high school and college and the grueling combines, the draft class of 2017 take it's place in football history. Watch 3 days of the best of the best lining up to join the NFL team that drafts them. The whole experience is great fun and suspense after months of trying to guess what teams will draft what players. Over 300,000 people are expected to attend the Philadelphia draft as it will be the very first one outdoors and the parkway will be filled with lots of activities. The draft itself will be held on the famous steps of the Art Museum that Rocky runs up in his quest for the championship. Fitting, don't you think! To register for events taking place on the parkway such as NFL Play 60, exhibits, NFL Theater, a mock combine corner, trophy displays, current and former NFL players signing autographs and much more. To register for free go here: 2017nfldraft.fishsoftware.com/prereg
300,000 Attendees
Maria can be reached directly at eventsblog@eventcrazy.com
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