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Fun Things To Do This Weekend From Around The Country!
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By: Maria King
Date: November 12, 2017
November 12, 2017
Nov 18, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Since 1993. Woodland Boulevard blossoms into an artist's garden of color every November, as DeLand, Florida hosts the Annual DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts. Over 180 National Artists will display and sell their art work in the historic downtown shopping district, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This is an exciting, juried fine art show not to be missed! Discover the rich colors of imagination in paintings with brilliant blues, verdant greens, sultry reds, expressive pastels and stark black and white; in nature and wildlife scenes which reveal the old, the untamed Florida; in unique pottery, sculpture, woodwork; and in nature photography from around the country. The historic preservation district of downtown DeLand provides a charming backdrop for this annual festival which is dedicated to those who create as well as those who appreciate and collect art. Patrons enjoy the fine art exhibits presented by over 180 juried artists of various mediums including painting, glass, sculpture, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics, and fiber.
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Since 1989. The Holiday Food and Gift Festivals are held annually in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and in Portland, Eugene and Redmond, Oregon. Our shows are a celebration of arts, crafts, and gourmet foods set in a holiday atmosphere amid Christmas trees, trains and Santa Claus. A popular area is the gourmet food where you can sample hundreds of different items including jams, jellies, meats, chili, candy, soups, dips, sauces, salsa, coffee, and much more! Santa makes his first appearance at the festivals delighting young and old alike. From 125 vendors in the smallest festival to over 400 in Denver, holiday shopping can be done in one place! No running around to different stores or wandering thru acres of mall space, shopping can be done at a leisurely pace while finding unique one-of-a- kind items. Let your holidays begin at the Holiday Food and Gift Festival.
Nov 19, 2017
Since 1989, The Fall Festival is located down the center of six blocks of scenic South Coast Highway 101, two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. This one day in the fall draw 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 fall Festival, continuous since 1989, children’s rides, two stages of live entertainment and food and drink refreshments provide an attractive setting for the public and a great boon to our vendors. The emphasis is on arts, handmade crafts, antiques, and ethnic imports. However, commercial vendors will be accepted and admitted upon consideration of merchandise and display appearance.
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017
Since 1986. Come join us on Fort Myers Beach for the American Sand Sculpting Championship and Beach Festival! Last year's event featured 16 sculptors from three continents and this year's Championship promises to be even more exciting and will be the largest sand sculpting competition in the State. This will be a fun-filled event that will include World Class Master Sand Sculptors, a State Championship contest, Amateur contest, Quick Sand Speed Sculpting, Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and Lessons, a kids activity area and more than 60 vendors. The event is scheduled for 10 days this year, the first week will be the Master Solos and Amateur divisions. The second week will be the Master Doubles and State Championship divisions. In all more than 25 Master Sand Sculptors and hundreds of amateurs will participate in the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to view up to 30 works of art on display throughout the event. In all over 1000 tons of sand will be piled and sculpted. Free parking and shuttle from Lovers Key.
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Since 1986. The Springboro Christmas Festival still features shopping opportunities, with heated tents full of craftsmen and vendors selling unusual gift items, as well as the gift inventory to be found in all the local shops. We still have a parade, with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, at noon on Saturday, and there is plenty of good festival food all along the street. We still have music and special activities in the Entertainment Tent and strolling musicians and entertainers on the street. Horse-drawn wagons still transport festival-goers from one end of the street to the other. With very few exceptions, all of this entertainment is free. Over the years, the Festival has grown, now extending the full 7-block length of South Main Street, from Central to Mill. With the street closed for the weekend, it is now possible to have children’s rides and a tent for their own activities. For many years, the choruses from the Springboro schools have entertained on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. We hope this will become one more Festival tradition.
Nov 18, 2017
Since 1985. The illumination of the Downtown Norfolk skyline kicks off the festivities as Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth celebrate the holidays as a community. Downtown Norfolk is enlivened by the thousands of people who fill the streets of Downtown Norfolk on parade night to experience the festive beginning of the holiday season, dazzled by spectacular floats, energetic marching bands, giant balloons, lively dancers and even Santa himself. Downtown Norfolk provides the perfect places to shop, dine, and appreciate all the community has to offer on parade night and beyond. The theme of the parade this year is "From Sea to Shining Sea," acknowledging it as an official Norfolk Naval Station Centennial Event. The parade is the kick-off event of Holidays in the City, a seasonal experience featuring a robust calendar of holiday events, activities, and programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit: MacArthur Center's thrilling Winter Carnival and Ice Rink, visits with Santa Claus, traditional family favorites from the region’s finest arts organizations, such as Virginia Stage Company’s A Christmas Carol, brilliant light shows, magical holiday installations such as Portsmouth's Winter Wonderland and Dickens’ Christmas Towne at Nauticus, outstanding shopping, and so much more. The Grand Illumination is more than just a parade: it is a cherished community event, creating fond memories of holiday cheer for those throughout Downtown Norfolk, Olde Towne Portsmouth, and all of Hampton Roads.
Nov 19, 2017
Since 1947, one of the largest parades West of the Mississippi. The parade is a signature of the City of El Cajon and San Diego County and has always been a guaranteed delight for the children of all ages who love a parade. Well over 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from a variety of cities throughout the United States to share in the excitement that is part of the Mother Goose Parade. Each year we are proud to present a line-up of spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus. Every parade entry is specially selected to bring enjoyment to children and adults alike. The parade is 3 miles long and is also covered by radio and television.
Nov 17, 2017
Since 1985, The entire city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across the state of Michigan and beyond to kick-off the holiday season. Silver Bells in the City is a Lansing tradition that is loved by generations of families. Silver Bells in the City attracts over 80,000 people to the Capital City each year and takes place annually on the Friday before Thanksgiving in Lansing, Michigan. Downtown cultural institutions and venues will also be open and free to the public featuring nearly 50 arts and cultural entertainers. In addition, free cookies and cider will be available at five locations throughout the city. The evening will culminate with a family-friendly concert at the Lansing Center following the fireworks over the Capitol dome. Silver Bells in the City is presented by the Lansing Board of Water and Light and the City of Lansing and is coordinated by a dedicated Coordinating Committee under the direction of Downtown Lansing Inc. Silver Bells in the City is produced with the assistance of many passionate volunteers and remains free to all through the support of almost one hundred area sponsors along with assistance from the State of Michigan and City of Lansing.
Nov 16, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Since 1983, features a top quality arts and crafts show that attracts over 500 of the nation's finest exhibitors from 30 states selling one-of-a-kind, handmade items. These exhibitors thrive on producing something new and different each year and offer works in Country, Contemporary, Traditional and Southwestern styles. National and local entertainers perform continuously on a stage set in a fun, family atmosphere. Acts vary from folk and country singers, cloggers, bluegrass music, variety singers, stiltwalkers, jugglers and magicians, plus food is available.
Nov 19, 2017
One of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, it features everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands and fabulous floats. Fun for the whole family!
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017
Since 1992. the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will feature a full day of festivities including family-friendly activities in Lights Festival Lane, live entertainment from top artists in Pioneer Court on the BMO Harris Bank Stage and tons of holiday shopping throughout the district. The highly anticipated lighting procession, steps onto the Avenue at 5:30pm and features a host of Disney friends, more than 30 floats, giant balloons, exciting marching bands, celebrities, musical performers and, of course, Santa. More than one million lights on 200 trees along The Magnificent Mile will be illuminated this magical evening. The procession culminates with a spectacular fireworks display along the Chicago River.
Nov 18, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Since 1993, Over 30,000 runners and spectators have enjoyed both the Philly Marathon and the Marathon relay. A series of terrific events taking place all weekend such as the Heath and Fitness Expo at the Convention Center, the Rothman Institute 8K, the Kids Fun Run and the Gore Tex Marathon and Half Marathon. Check the website for exact details on these events.
Nov 18, 2017
Since 1948. Thousands of families line the streets of downtown Asheville the Saturday before Thanksgiving to enjoy the Christmas parade. Participants include marching bands, civic groups with self-built floats, merchants with professional floats, street performers, animals, pageant queens, and, of course, Santa Claus. Vendors selling souvenirs. Santa, dancers and llamas in Pack Square Park immediately following the parade. Initiate the winter season by being part of Asheville's oldest and largest holiday event!
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
The weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday occasion as well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to- life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. We invite you to join us in a celebration over 350 years in the making!! Enjoy the Friday afternoon walk along the waterfront as Pilgrim tour guides bring the statues to life telling stories from the founders of America's Hometown. Enjoy Friday night events including an illumination ceremony and festival in the streets and waterfront area of downtown Plymouth. The signature kick off concert is a free Veterans Memorial Concert that is given to honor all who have served in our Armed Forces. Not only is there entertainment from the best groups in the nation, the streets will be bustling with activities and excitement for what is to come! Saturday features the highlight of the weekend and the treasured gem of America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration, The Historic Parade. Opening Ceremonies include live entertainment and will open with a symbolic candle lighting that portrays the faith and fortitude of the Pilgrims. The parade features a chronological walk through the history of our great nation via custom built floats, equestrian groups, fife and drum and renowned drum corps. Events continue on Saturday and Sunday of the weekend and include a food festival, crafter's village, live entertainment, an outdoor living history village, farmers market, food vendors a drum corps concert and more.
Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017
Holidays at Filoli gives the community more opportunities to experience the Bay Area’s finest Country Estate through a variety of holiday activities including House tours, Santa Saturdays, garden lights, holiday teas, special classes, and a Winter Solstice Celebration. Holidays at Filoli runs November 18 through December 23, Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with extended hours Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Special pricing will apply. Click www.filoli.org/holidays-at-filoli to get tickets!
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Holiday Folk Fair International will be held Fri., Nov. 17 – Sun., Nov. 19, 2017 at the State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, Wis. A program of the International Institute of Wisconsin, Holiday Folk Fair International celebrates the cultural heritage of the people living in southeastern Wisconsin. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Culture of Welcome,” will allow Fair-goers the opportunity to learn the traditions and symbolism of cultures as it relates to welcoming individuals and how it is incorporated into music, food, dance, arts, and crafts. Special attractions in 2017 include invited international performers and artisans, photographic exhibits, the Artisan corner, the Kohl’s Color Wheels display, the Wisconsin Woodturners, and a bonsai exhibit. Hours on Fri., Nov. 17 are 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 18; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 19. Advance tickets will be sold for $10 each, with family four-packs for $36, and available for purchase on-line at www.folkfair.org. Admission at the gate will be $12 for adults; $8 for children ages 6 to 12; children under the age of five will be admitted at no charge. Those 62 and over will be admitted for $10, and all military personnel with a military ID card will be admitted free. For more information on the 2017 Holiday Folk Fair International, visit www.folkfair.org or call the International Institute of Wisconsin at 414-225-6225.