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By: Maria King
Date: June 12, 2016
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June 12, 2016

Jun 16, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1956, over 250 artists display their work. This four- day festival features fine art, great shopping, and live entertainment for the entire family. The show runs along the Virginia Beach boardwalk from 19th Street to 33rd Street, overlooking the sandy beach and Atlantic Ocean. Come join us for a fun time with family and friends enjoying fine art, great food and live entertainment. Also, celebrate Father's Day in style at our Old Virginia Beach Tea Dance with big band music, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks including tea, of course. The jewel of the show is the Boardwalk Beach Club, a 60' tented space along the boardwalk for individuals who want to celebrate a special day. Beach Club guests enjoy valet parking, open bar, unparalled lunch service by Steinhilber's, lovely shaded seating, private bathrooms and beautiful views of the ocean.
225,000+ Attendees
Jun 18, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1972. It’s ranked as one of the region’s top art festivals but it is so much more than the average art festival. Over 30 food vendors offer a full international menu featuring the old favorites as well as new fare. The Festival Stage features some of Chicagoland's music legends. The Show Stage features a Native American Pow Wow on both days and there is a lot of entertainment going on both days. In Eiden Park the kids have a great time enjoying the kid centered exhibits, receiving free balloon sculptures and enjoying the amazing Jugglerman- Adam Zeisler. If that were not enough Piccolo Theatre presents the Marvelous Medicine Show extravaganza. Fifty variety performers perform throughout the fair amazing their audiences with juggling, magic, comedy, music, aerial acts and stage shows in Piccolo Theatre.
100,000 Attendees
Jun 18, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1958, juried art show featuring 300 exhibitors from all over the country displaying and showcasing their art in various media. One of the premeir art shows in the country. It takes place at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive, with more than 350 artists from around the world. Currently rated as one of the top 30 juried art festivals in the country, the Gold Coast Art Fair attracts hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts annually. Extraordinary artwork of all mediums is offered at the Gold Coast Art Fair with prices ranging from $25 to $25,000.
350,000 Attendees
Jun 16, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
PrairieFest is Oswego’s four-day community celebration brought to you by the Oswegoland Park District, generous business sponsors, civic organizations, and hundreds of volunteers. Celebrating for over 28 years, the festival is attended by approximately 60,000 during the course of the weekend. PrairieFest events are held throughout Oswego with the main festival grounds located at PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Road, Oswego, IL. The event features main stage entertainment as well as activities like children’s performers, expo village, petting zoos, pony rides, children’s activities, parade, bucket brigade, and a touch a truck event. There is no gate admission. The event is free, compliments of our generous business sponsors.
60,000 Attendees
Jun 17, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1939, The Meeker Days Festival originated in 1939 as a small arts and crafts festival located in Pioneer Park. It has since grown to be Pierce County’s largest street festival encompassing a 15 block radius in the heart of historic downtown Puyallup. Meeker Days is a 3-day long festival that takes place the third weekend in June. The festival features four entertainment stages including a kid friendly stage; over 200 craft and commercial vendors; two food courts; kids’ activities such as, inflatable rides and educational exhibits; beer garden, antique tractor display and pull races; classic car shows and the ever popular Farmers’ Market! The Festival brings in crowds from all over Washington, vendors and consumers alike, to get involved in the first festival of the season!
100,000 Attendees
Jun 17, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1957. Art-lovers from the greater King and Snohomish counties and beyond will attend the popular free three-day Edmonds Arts Festival. One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and largest arts festivals, we offer a rich array of visual and performing arts and art events in a stunning natural setting. The Festival showcases the work of nearly 240 carefully selected artist exhibitors, offering oils, watercolors, pastels, drawings, mixed media, photography, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry, glass, metal, pottery/ceramics, toys, collectibles, and furniture.
75,000 Attendees
Jun 18, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016
Since 1983, over 50 events includes, street dance, entertainment, kid's events, parade, live music, food fest, lumberjack championships and more. There will be an admission charge for some events. Takes place at various locations. Grand Parade held last Friday.
100,000+ Attendees
Jun 16, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1993, four days of country music performed by the top country acts in the world. Continuous music from award winning performers and promising new acts. Camping, food, beer tents and lots of good wholesome outdoor country fun.
110,000 Attendees
Jun 14, 2016 - Jun 18, 2016
Since 1997, one of America's largest and most unique country music festivals. Four days of non-stop, heel slamming, world class entertainment featuring the country's biggest and hottest headliners and the fastest rising stars in the business today. Vendors, food courts , fun and camping are all available at this terrific event.
167,000+ Attendees
Jun 15, 2016 - Jun 25, 2016
Since 1966, high-noon shootouts, ethnic festival, art and quilt show, dances, four nights of rodeo and antique car parade. Carnival rides and parades as well as three nights of concerts featuring nationally known performers. Food glorious food is a highlight at this event. If you go home hungry, it's no one's fault but your own. Held city wide.
150,000 Attendees
Jun 16, 2016 - Jun 18, 2016
Since 1974, Peoria's largest Riverfront Festival located on the banks of the Illinois River. Taking place on the Riverfront in downtown Peoria, the annual Steamboat Days Festival combines a bigger, better carnival, delicious food and drinks, great musical entertainment and more in a family-friendly atmosphere! This year's festival includes the bigger and better carnival featuring a monstrous 65 foot Ferris Wheel and other rides and games. Steamboat Days Festival will celebrate Peoria’s Riverfront and attract families to a wide variety of events, including concerts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the internationally renowned Steamboat Classic race, a bags tournament, and other fun activities for all ages! Again this year, the Steamboat Classic race starts at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday ending in the soccer field with a post-race party and awards presentations until 11am.
80,000 Attendees
Jun 17, 2016 - Jun 18, 2016
Since 1991, Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, is the largest outdoor food festival in the area and has been voted “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine since 2012. Join us this June at the Reston Town Center for two days of restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, the Family Fun Zone! and our Wine ‘n Dine area. Outdoor food festival featuring delectable samplings from the region’s favorite eateries, live music on three stages, beer and wine gardens, and fun and games at Kids Korner.
50,000 Attendees
Jun 16, 2016 - Jun 18, 2016
The fun starts Friday, June 12th when 250 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach and the "Grady Bunch" starts pounding up the sponsor site. The entire area is illuminated for night viewing. Watch Greg Grady and "The Grady Bunch" build a mammoth Sand Demo Site. View all entries on line at this website. The competition is by invitation only. Laboring for five days followed by a three day competition of ten world class masters creating their own unique sculpture, a new era was born and sand sculpture had arrived to the northeast. Over the course of the event nothing but sand, water, and a bit of their own creativity is used to create astonishing works of art out of shapeless heaps of sand. When completed they are sprayed with windscreen (a solution of school glue and water) to protect them from the elements and remain standing for viewing for weeks creating a free museum of master pieces on the beach. This invitational only event has grown in leaps and bounds making it the largest Masters competition in the Northeast United States. This year Hampton Beach will feature a sponsor site of 150 tons, Ten world class masters vying for $15,000.00 in purse and entry awards and will be illuminated at night for viewing and much much more. Hampton has attracted the attention of millions of visitors who came to watch something which is part sculpture part performance art. It is something you have to see in person to believe. Because Hampton has great world class sand sculpting and a whole lot more!
125,000 Attendees
Jun 18, 2016
Since 1983. A completely original creation of Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events and one of the 10 largest public events in New York City. Founded by Coney Island USA, the not-for- profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island. The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed. Each year, a different celebrity King Neptune and Queen Mermaid rule over the proceedings, riding in the Parade and assisting in the opening of the Ocean for the summer swimming season by marching down the Beach from the Boardwalk, cutting through Ribbons representing the seasons, and tossing fruit into the Atlantic to appease the Sea Gods.
500,000 Attendees
Jun 18, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1999. The Denver Arts Festival is a fine arts and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists . The Denver Arts Festival holds its annual premier event at Stapleton's Conservatory Green Plaza in Northfield. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado’s and the nation's best artists with over 50,000 people expected to attend.
50,000 Attendees
Jun 17, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1976, The variety of events taking place appeal to the young and young at heart. Special events for the entire family include two midways, beer tent, music and concerts, bingo, crafters, magnificent food, strawberry treats, a children’s area, Strawberry Queen, Prince and Princess pageants and a water ski show. Events are held at various locations and times.
200,000 Attendees
Jun 17, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Since 1986. The Classic is Central California’s finest seaside classic and street rod show. The show is located in the beautiful downtown area of Pismo Beach and on the pier. This 3 day event features over 900 show cars, giant Budweiser Beer Garden by the beach, large name manufacturers like Ford, GM, Mothers Polish, Barrett Jackson,GEICO, Eldelbrock and more, over 120 vendors, cruise night Friday and Saturday, local merchant shopping, opening night gala event, live music, celebrity appearances, live charity auction and trophy presentation. The show comes the third weekend in June and usually falls on each year on Fathers Day weekend. This show is open to all years, makes and models of cars. Over 120 trophies are awarded each year to car show participants. 20 cars are chosen for the “Gold Class” each year. The Gold Class cars are hand picked and compete for the Platinum Award. This show benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation and Pismo Beach Police Department, for more info visit Cars and Vendors may REGISTER NOW at or by phone at 909-890-0082. Registration $65.00 thru Dec. 31, $80.00 Jan. 1 thru May 16, $100 May 17 thru June 9. Pre-Registration closes June 9, 2015. Weekend of show registration is $115.00. All registrations include an event T-Shirt, Goodie Bag and Dash Plaque. Hours: Friday / Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm. We’ll see you in Pismo Beach!
175,000 Attendees
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