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By: Maria King
Date: August 13, 2017
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Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
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.
2000000+ Attendees
Aug 17, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
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.
100000+ Attendees
Aug 17, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
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.
130000 Attendees
Aug 17, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
Since 1952, family event with rides, auto races, games, music and entertainment, craft show, food, exhibits and the sweetest corn you'll ever eat. Over 70 tons of sweet corn will be served.The parade is held Thursday evening at 6pm on Main Street.
120000 Attendees
Aug 21, 2017
South Carolina is supposed to be on of the best areas in the U.S. to view the solar eclipse. The United States hasn't seen a total solar eclipse since 1979, and Columbia, SC will be a prime location to see the upcoming eclipse on August 21, 2017. Columbia will experience 2 minutes and 36 seconds of totality, one of the longest amounts in the nation for seeing the sun completely eclipsed. Join us for the Total Eclipse Tailgate at the South Carolina State Fair with WLTX! As one of only a few places with an unobstructed view of the Eclipse, the fairgrounds is the place to be. So, come tailgate at the fairgrounds for this historic event! A limited number of eclipse-safe viewing "glasses" have been made available to the event by the City of Columbia. Weekend RV Parking: AUG. 19 - 22. All vehicles may enter through gate 6. 902 George Rogers Boulevard.
Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
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.
125000 Attendees
Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
Since 1993, Annual balloon festival featuring 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.
100000 Attendees
Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
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.
80000 Attendees
Aug 19, 2017
The Woodward Dream Cruise is a mid-summer classic that celebrates the cars, music and memories of cruisin' in the fifties and sixties in the place that put America on wheels. An unbelievable celebration of the car culture attracts over 30,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles; involves the nine host cities of Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, and Royal Oak; in all it traverses a 16-mile route. Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac is lined on both sides with magnificent classic and custom automobiles.
1500000+ Attendees
Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
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.
150000 Attendees
Aug 16, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
Since 1972. It's an annual festival and it's always lots of fun for the entire family,and friends. It has blueberry pancake breakfast, parade, teen dances, entertainment tent, carnival rides, pie eating contest, flea market, arts and crafts and sporting events.
50000 Attendees
Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
The Piedmont Park Summer Arts and Crafts Festival is a 2- day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, for people of all ages, races, customs and interests. The midtown community of Piedmont Park is considered to be home to one of the largest and most enthusiastic art buying communities in metro Atlanta. The Piedmont Park Summer Arts and craft festival bringing back the tradition to Atlanta’s arts community. This event will feature up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, an Emerging Artists Pavilion, a children’s play area, plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives.
60000 Attendees
Aug 16, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018
The 17th Annual Little Italy Days will be held the weekend of Thursday August 16th - Sunday August 19th, 2018 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!!
150000 Attendees
Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017
Italian Lights is the Italian Festival of Nashville – Join us for 4 days of music, arts, food and wine celebrating the best of Italy! An elegant and family-friendly festival with free and fun activities for everyone! The highlight of the weekend is the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, which will be on Monday afternoon. Nashville is in the direct path of the zone which will be 100% dark, and experiencing this from lawn of Bicentennial Capitol Mall will be a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime event. Over 1 million tourists are expected to travel to Music City to experience the total solar eclipse. We are excited to be designated as an official NASA viewing location for the 2017 Great American Eclipse in Nashville. NASA scientists and educators will be at the festival all weekend preparing for the big countdown on Monday afternoon. If you are coming to town for the eclipse, this is where you want to watch it! Please visit us at to learn more!
1000000 Attendees
Aug 15, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017
The five-day extravaganza begins on Tuesday with a family-oriented party at a nostalgic Drive-In theatre. Join in the fun at the US 23 Drive In on Fenton Road in Mundy Township. Cars will start lining up hours before the 5:00 pm kickoff. Join us for an evening of fun and entertainment before the movie which will begin at dusk. During the week, excited crowds line the streets for the “Rolling Cruises.” On Friday, there will be a car show, concert, and dance party with a Motown theme. Back To The Bricks presents a free outdoor concert with reserved parking for cruisers. There will also be food vendors, children's activities, specialty car displays and parking for family cars. Gates will open at 5:00pm. Concert will start at 7:30 and will end at 10:00pm. Location and musical artist will be announced soon. Get ready to enjoy one of biggest and best free concerts in Michigan with a host of food vendors, a children's tent, race car display, thousands of classic cars, and fun for all ages. Thousands will stroll the brick streets on Saturday, to admire vehicles of every age and description, take pictures, buy souvenirs, and enjoy the fun. The Swap Meet, located at the Kirkridge Presbyterian Church at G- 8070 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, 48439 provides a convenient venue for car enthusiasts to share stories, locate, and purchase parts and accessories from individual vendors and major suppliers that they need to restore or modify a vehicle.The Car Corral, located at the corner of Court and Saginaw (enter from East 5th Street), provides a convenient meeting place for owners of collector cars to market their "driveable" vehicle to interested, potential buyers. Each year, prospective buyers have the opportunity to check out as many as 100 hundred different vehicles, negotiate directly with the sellers, settle on a mutually agreeable price, and begin or add to their own collection. (owners must be registered to obtain parking for this area)
700000 Attendees
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