Well the school year is winding down and the heat is cranking up. It’s summer just around the corner. As a kid I used to love this time of year. So many lazy days ahead lounging in the yard, swimming or just “messin around” with my friends. I really don’t recall attending events as a child other than on the holidays. I am not sure if the events were as plentiful as they are today. I don’t remember their being so many wonderful events every weekend like we have now. This week, I have outlined a few of my choices and they are good ones if I say so myself. If none of these take place in your backyard, use the search box, there will be a great selection, no matter where you plan to be. Best of all, it’s a fabulous way to spend a lazy weekend outdoors just “messin around”.
Flag Day Parade Appleton, WI 6/10
Since 1950. The Appleton Flag Day Parade has achieved the honor of being recognized as the oldest Flag Day Parade in the nation. This year’s parade will honor The United States Air Force and our nation’s Desert Storm veterans. The event will feature military units and military marching bands from throughout the nation.
Aransas Pass Shrimporee Arkansas Pass, TX 6/10-6/12
Since 1948, there will be musical acts, entertainment, cooking competition and carnival rides to arts and crafts vendors. It is a great family weekend. And on top of all the fun, there is great food.
Cereal Festival and Parade Battle Creek, MI 6/10-6/11
The Battle Creek Cereal Festival is an event that celebrates the City of Battle Creek and features the World’s Longest Breakfast Table, and new events that celebrate a community proud of its rich and varied past. The event will include a parade, concerts, and healthy living activities, events that help provide food for the food banks and information tents that will offer an interesting array of heritage to our visitors.
New Jersey Seafood Festival Belmar, NJ 6/10-6/12
Since 1988, a variety of seafood, some of New Jersey’s top restaurants, Garden State wineries, craft beers, live music, juried craft show, childrens activity tent, contests, demonstrations and more. Takes place at Silver Lake Park and Taylor Pavilion, Oceanfront between 5th and 6th Avenues. Free shuttle.
No-Name Festival Brazoria, TX 6/10-6/11
The Brazoria Chamber of Commerce and The City of Brazoria team up to put on one of the biggest festivals in Brazoria. Each year the citizens of this charming town enjoy the activities the festival brings including: a carnival, BBQ cook-off, Miss and Little Miss Brazoria pageants, live auction, parade, raffle, live entertainment, children’s activities and craft and food vendors from across Texas.
National Puerto Rican Day Parade New York, NY 6/12
The Sunday Parade along Fifth Avenue is the highlight of the National Puerto Rican Parade events. Parade participants number over 2 million and parade spectators exceed 3 million. There is an impressive number of community contingencies, floats, marching bands and musical groups which provide a festive and lively mood to the Parade.
Norfolk Harborfest Norfolk, VA 6/9-6/12
Since 1976, features a spectacular Parade of Sail into Norfolk’s harbor, go aboard tall ships, music and dancing in the Fiesta Zone, patriotic entertainment, national recording artist entertainment and fun for the entire family in the Pirate Jamboree. Plus a breathtaking fireworks show.
Taste of Charlotte Charlotte, NC 6/10-6/12
The Taste of Charlotte is a 3 day, food and entertainment festival, which is 6 blocks long and takes place in the heart of Charlotte. Once there you can buy samples of menu items from a variety of different restaurants from around the city and surrounding areas. There is free entertainment throughout the weekend, including live music and a block long Kid’s Area.
Chicago Blues Festival Chicago, IL 6/10-6/12
Since 1984, this festival offers the best in national, international and local blues entertainment on six stages with more than 70 performances. This is one of the finest blues festivals in the world. Entertainment takes place on four stages.
Great American Brass Band Festival Danville, KY 6/9-6/12
Since 1990 a one-of-a-kind event committed to preserving brass band music through performance and education. The Festival seeks to showcase diversity in brass through a variety of genres, presentations and performances. In addition, the Festival is committed to bringing the best brass musicians in the world to its stage. Patrons enjoy performances, free of charge.
America’s River Festival Dubuque, IA 6/10-6/12
Attend one of the grandest events of the summer with music, hot air balloons, kid’s entertainment, bungy jumping, big muddy duathlon, tattoo artists, lots of food and so much more.
Virginia Pork Festival Emporia, NC 6/8
Since 1975. Experience the sights and sounds of a long-standing tradition as this year’s festival promises to be better than ever. The Virginia Pork Festival, one of the East Coast’s largest food festivals, combines outstanding pork dishes featuring over 20 tons of pork, with continuous live music, from 5 stages, to make this an event not to be missed.
Old Port Festival Portland, ME 6/12
Since 1973, features 6 different stages set up throughout the district. Entertainment is continuous and includes everything from country music to rock, from a comedy stage to a children’s stage. Plus arts and crafts, children’s activities, ethnic displays, a variety of food vendors, exhibits and a parade. The festival takes place from Congress Street to Commercial Street. Parade takes place on Exchange Street at 11am.