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By: Maria King
Date: August 14, 2016
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August 14, 2016

Aug 20, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1959. Featuring military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues and parachute teams, the Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the largest and longest-running free admission events of its kind. The two-day event draws an audience of over two million each year, spread out on colorful beach blankets and lawn chairs along dazzling Lake Michigan. Many camp out early, hoping to secure the best spots to catch the spectacular demonstrations by military and civilian aircrafts, boats, and diving and parachute teams. It's a thrilling, multisensory experience for all ages — soak up the sun, breathe in the crisp lake breezes and feel the rumble of the jet engines while watching the soaring action overhead. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.
2,000,000+ Attendees
Aug 18, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1984, features a parade, 5K race, queen scholarship pageant, little Miss and little Mr. Tomato contest, delicious food, games, arts and crafts, kiddie rides, tomato contest, live entertainment, and more. And most important, Don't miss the Tomato Fights held on Saturday!
50,000+ Attendees
Aug 18, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1984, The air at the Lucas County Fairgrounds will be filled once again with thick smoke from grills, smokers,and cookers. Award winning BBQers from across the nation will be in attendance,along with Toledo’s local favorites, all competing to take home the People’s Choice Award and Best In Northwest Ohio. Many of these vendors are the same national award- winning grill- masters who take their delicious outdoor cuisine to competitions all across the nation, so it’s sure to offer a wide variety of tastes from all over the country.
100,000+ Attendees
Aug 18, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1981, features Irish and Irish American talent, and serves as a stage for up-and-coming local performers. Music and dance comprise a main element of Irish Fest. Top Irish and Irish American entertainers from around the world, as well as numerous regional groups perform on the festival's 15 stages. In addition, roaming performers dressed in traditional costumes entertain guests as they stroll the grounds. Plus cultural exhibits, displays, theater, poetry readings, demonstrations, raffles, and comedy shows. Grafton Street and Lilliput Marketplaces offer shoppers everything from musical selections and books to Irish fisherman's sweaters, jewelry, crafts, collectibles and artwork. For those with a competitive nature, Irish Fest offers plenty of contests. Sports such as rugby, hurling, currach racing and Gaelic football are played throughout the festival. Competitions include internationally sanctioned tug-of-war, Top O' the Morning Run/Walk, children's red hair and freckle contests, bingo, treasure hunts and a baking contest.
130,000 Attendees
Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1972, St Charles largest festival features over 300 craft booths with some demonstrations by crafts people and artisans, live music, entertainment, kid's corner and a delicious food selection. Also takes place on Main Street.
300,000+ Attendees
Aug 15, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1983. The Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) is a week-long kite celebration and competition held annually during the third week of August. Starting on Monday and ending on Sunday this Long Beach, Washington State vacation extravaganza boasts skies ablaze with color, high flying action and choreographed movement. Washington’s Kite Festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of which participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures.
100,000 Attendees
Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1992, the festival celebrates the unique cultural heritage of St. Joseph Missouri. Featuring 35 fine artists exhibiting and selling works in a variety of media including sculpture, oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, photography, jewelry, pastels and mixed media. Craft enthusiasts can select hand-made items including candles, soap, leatherwork, pottery, furniture, woodworking, quilts, stained glass, and rugs from 40 folk artists and crafters. Nearly 30 food vendors from nine states offer a variety of delicious options. Plus children's activities and 4 stages of non-stop entertainment.
80,000+ Attendees
Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1984, outdoor festival featuring free entertainment and activities with a juried arts festival, children's parade, antique tractor pull, water ski show, quilt show, dunk tank, parachute jumpers, fireworks, beer tent, ethnic food and much, much more. Takes place at various locations.
125,000 Attendees
Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1993, Annual balloon festival featuring 35 to 40 hot air balloons, including some special shapes. Food, musical entertainment, vendor booths, children's activities, balloon rides, photo contest, displays, pizza and clam eating contests......all with free admission.
100,000 Attendees
Aug 20, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 2000, enjoy 40 bands on four major stages plus a multicultural dance stage. Rock, Jazz, Blues, RandB, Gospel and more are featured on the eclectic entertainment roster. Exotic foods. An artisan marketplace. The Oakland Literature Expo featuring acclaimed East Bay authors and poets. Fun Zone for kids of all ages.
80,000 Attendees
Aug 16, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1921. Join us in celebrating Native arts and culture in the largest and most prestigious intertribal fine art market in the world. Enjoy seeing and interacting with over 1,000 of the "best of the best" Native artists, craftspersons, and designers. Celebrate tribal traditions and history. Witness exciting contemporary evolution and growth, as Native fine art is passed on to new generations. Gather with friends old and new and savor the fun, fashion, music, dance, food, film and more. Share the legacy and the joy.
150,000 Attendees
Aug 18, 2016 - Aug 20, 2016
As an official participating member of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the City of Ferndale has continued to be apart of this, the world's largest celebration of car cultural, by attracting over 72,000 visitors alone. We feature a full weekend of cultural events, such as, the Official Woodward Dream Cruise Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Mustang Alley, Emergency Vehicle Show with the Lights and Sirens Cruise, along with an exciting line up of Rock'n Live entertainment, merchant vendors, interactive exhibits and a Kids Play Zone.
72,000 Attendees
Aug 20, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Since 1990.Golden Fine Arts Festival, featuring high quality artwork, a friendly atmosphere, a gorgeous setting adjacent to Clear Creek,and lots of complimentary and lively activities happening throughout downtown Golden. The Golden Fine Arts Festival is a free summertime favorite for both locals and visitors alike. The 26th Annual Golden Fine Arts Festival, presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce, is one of the largest and most prestigious juried art shows in the country. The 2-day Festival features over 130 artists from 20 states, including many from Colorado. Artists will be juried in various media categories such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, and photography. The GFAF has free admission and will include food vendors, live music, locally brewed beer, and free art activities for children. We invite you to join us for this wonderful art show located adjacent to beautiful Clear Creek.
35,000 Attendees
Aug 17, 2016
Since 2003. The Atlantic City Airshow, Thunder over the Boardwalk is Atlantic City’s single largest FREE event on the summer calendar, and the largest airshow of its kind! Produced by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber, the AC Airshow attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to AC’s famous beach, Boardwalk, and attractions. Sensational mid- week show featuring the US Army Golden Knight and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. During the Airshow, Eight-Time World Offshore Racing Champion, Miss GEICO, will challenge her airborne counterparts, two of the solo aircraft from the GEICO Skytypers, to a duel on the water. Miss GEICO is the most recognizable race boat in the world. The 50’ catamaran is powered by over 3300 horsepower that enables the race boat to reach speeds in excess of 200 mph.
200,000 Attendees
Aug 17, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
The 16th Annual Little Italy Days will be held the weekend of Thursday August 17th - Sunday August 20th, 2017 on the streets and sidewalks of Liberty Avenue in the heart of Bloomfield. For four days this August in Bloomfield it's all-Italian-all-the-time! Expect lots of music and food, games and activities for the kids, more food and other fun things to do amidst Bloomfield's unique shops and fine restaurants. Awarded First Place for Best Special Event - City of Pittsburgh! Last year’s attendance was 150,000+. We have a spectacular line-up of entertainment and a very aggressive promotional campaign to make this year’s Little Italy Days a huge success!!
150,000 Attendees
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