It’s Great to be Outside!!!

I wanted to showcase a few events this week that highlight the beautiful spring weather and finally getting outdoors. With the exception of one event, each of these has a breath of fresh air element. From celebrations of blooming flowers, to activities like a marathon to enjoying cultural experiences and fabulous art;  this weeks selections are a wonderful walk into spring. Hope you can enjoy at least some activity this weekend which makes you appreciate Mother Nature. I mean, it is after all, almost Earth Day! What better time to partake.


Dogwood Music Festival Camdenton, MO 4/14-4/17

Since 1951, Amid the flowering dogwood, carnival, parade, food, art show, live entertainment, garage sale, Lions Club Fish Fry and arts and crafts. Events take place at various locations around town.

International Dance Challenge Appleton, WI 4/16-4/17

Competition with over 15 categories including acrobatic/gymnastic, classical ballet, contemporary ballet, clogging, dance team, ethnic/folklore, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern/abstract, musical theatre/character, open, classical pointe, contemporary pointe, song and dance, tap and twirling. This competition is open to all ages.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival Atlanta, GA 4/15-4/17

Since 1937, features over 200 fine arts and crafts vendors from across the country selling their crafts, paintings, pottery and jewelry. Plus 3 outdoor stages with over 50 local, regional and national performers and more. Rain or Shine.

Boston Marathon Boston, MA 4/18

Since 1897, features over 15,000 runners. Race is 26 miles, 385 yards. Race starts at One Ash Street in Hopkinton Massachusetts and ends at Copley Square in Boston Massachusetts. Registration fee to participate in race.

Rivers and Spires Festival Clarksville, TN 4/14-4/16

A series of events to showcase Clarksville’s Heritage and History, to Honor our Heroes and to cultivate the Arts and Events including 6 stages featuring a variety of entertainment, arts, wine festival, large children’s area, car shows, cooking shows, theater, parades, beauty pageants, eternal flame ceremony, and international events.

Coronado Flower Show Weekend Coronado, CA 4/16-4/17

Since 1926, one of the largest flower shows under a tent in the nation includes antique and automobile show, artisan’s fair, book fair and art-in-the park. The Coronado Flower Show is held in Spreckels Park in the center of Coronado’s Village, along Orange Avenue, between 6th and 7th Streets.

Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival Kennesaw, GA  4/16-4/17

Since 1976, features over 200 arts and crafts booths filled with exhibitors displaying and selling their wares, 20 food booths and 20 general booth spaces, two stages filled with entertainment, children’s activities, food and authentic Civil War encampment.

Festa Italiana Ybor City, FL 4/14-4/17

Since 1998. Special activities take place such as Taste of Italy featuring over 30 area restaurants, retail stores and organizations provide an array of Italian delicacies. A stage for entertainment, children’s activities, amusements and a diamond hunt for a special prize are just some of the many things planned.

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