Breath of Fresh Air, Outdoor Events This Weekend

 It is a wonderful time of year to enjoy outdoor events. It is getting warm but still not so hot you can melt. I still like Fall best but this is a nice change from cold winter indoor time, although I like winter as well, lol. I may actually enjoy aspects of it all because everyday is a gift. My advice this weekend is to grab the kids and the car keys and make some terrific family memories enjoying an event outdoors.* I have listed a few terrific suggestions taking place throughout the U.S. that you may want to try visiting if you are in the area. If not, we certainly have plenty of other events and attractions to choose from at


Bristow Tabouleh Fest Bristow, OK 5/14

Bristow’s salute to tabouleh as well as the community’s rich Lebanese heritage began 7 years ago.  For a taste of tabouleh, visitors can visit the Tabouleh Bar. There will also be prepared tabouleh and packages of dry tabouleh for visitors to take home. Activities include a block long area of rides and games for children, entertainment, stage performances, food, arts & crafts booths, and much more! 

Charleston Harborfest Charleston, SC 5/12-5/15

Charleston Harbor Fest is a true harbor-wide celebration of the sea. Attracting visitors and locals alike, this event is family-friendly and loads of fun for all ages. From the classic beauty of sailing ships, wooden boats and pirates giving their best “Argh” to the interactive educational exhibits, Charleston Harbor Fest offers an array of activities.

Maifest Covington, KY 5/13-5/15

Since 1979, features nearly 100 artisans and crafters. Continuous live entertainment by traditional and contemporary performers weaves a festive mood throughout Maifest. Pretend you’re in Munich, Germany by visiting Goebel Park, which will be “All German”. If you prefer a wide variety of music, move on to the Festival Island stage, which will feature live Rock and Roll, Blues and Country music all weekend.

Escondido Street Fair Escondido, CA 5/15

Since 1989, Live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Escondido Downtown Street Faire a family tradition. Six hundred unique vendor booths line seven blocks of beautiful downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue. Features fun for the entire family with arts and crafts vendors, fine art exhibits, bands on three stages, international food fair and children’s rides.

Arts Alive Florence, AL 5/14-516

Since 1989, Arts Alive attracts hundreds of art and craft lovers from a three-state region and beyond. Wilson Park in downtown Florence is packed with people for two days as they stroll, meet the artists, and purchase. Arts Alive is a family event, and families flock to the Park to participate! Arts Alive, a juried show, is open to artists and craftspeople. Exhibitors in the past have been varied and have included painters, sculptors, furniture and jewelry craftspeople, stained glass artists, textile and fabric artists and much, much more!

Airpower Over Hampton Roads Air Show Langley Air Force Base, VA 5/13-5/15

This air show features vintage aircraft to the latest and most powerful fighter jet, the F-22A. From civilian aerobatics to military demonstrations, there is excitement in the air from the beginning to the end of each day. There are aircraft on display for tours and photo opportunities as well as exhibits and children’s entertainment.

Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA 5/13-5/14

Since 1934. The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, with over 100 colleges and Universities from the U.S. and Canada. Thousands of student athletes gather to compete during the weekend of the second Saturday of May. Attendees also get to witness one of the most beautiful and photographed scenes in the world, Boat House Row in Philadelphia.

Bay to Breakers Race and Footstock Festival San Francisco, CA 5/15

Since 1912.  Celebrating the 100th running. One of the largest races of its kind in the world for a total length of 12K. The festival follows the race at the finish in Golden Gate Park at Polo Field. Music, children’s activities, food concessions and live entertainment are only part of the family fun.

Do Dah Day Birmingham, AL 5/20-5/21

Since 1980, Do Dah Day is the south’s number one Dog and Animal Festival and one of Birmingham’s best-loved events! The parade winds down Highland Avenue beginning at 11:01am on Saturday with the bands kicking off in the park around noon. And don’t miss out on the festivities at Do Dah Eve on Friday night, May 20th at Nana Funks in Lakeview. Party starts at 7:01pm Fundraiser for Humane Shelter. This is a great fun event. Also activities at Caldwell Park.

Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon Fredericksburg, VA 5/15

Be there when the town crier calls for the starting musket to fire and run the streets where the nation’s first president lived as a boy and the North and South came face to face in battle. Run or relay the 13.1 in timeless Fredericksburg, perfectly situated between the nation’s capital and the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Registration fee is $75.

*Special mention here about the recent horrific tornados throughout the South and the flooding along the Mississippi River. These tragic weather events have devastated areas in ways that will take years to repair, if ever. Please be aware of the effect they will have on any outdoor facilities and activities in those areas. As always, call to verify all information as circumstances may have changed.

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