The Signs of Spring are Everywhere

Well, it’s here, the seasonal sensation, Spring. It happens every year but it never seems to grow old for many people. This rite of Spring; this growth/birth nature cycle; this wonderful beginning.  Hardly quite so melodious or lyrical in the events world but it is none the less a beginning for sure.

Repeating cycles, like the seasons changing, are good. They give us a sense of moving forward and a sense of comfort at the same time. The sign of spring when I was a kid  was blooming forsythias, now as an adult it’s events taking place. The events highlighted here are the beginning of our shift to more outdoor events in theme and location. This is as much a rite of spring’s arrival as Spring Training is about the beginning of baseball season. Now I know that sounds a little dramatic but what it boils down to is actually this week marks the first step into the events high season. It won’t kick into full gear for a few months yet, but the signs are all there that it is coming very soon.

This week I have a few events featured that, by their very name, are a sign of the season. Boise Flower and Garden Show, Novi Backyard, Pool and Spa Show, Capital District Garden and Flower Show, Kansas City Home, Flower and Garden Festival, Miami Spring Home Remodeling Show and the Flagstaff Home and Garden Show. All of these events make you sit up and say, I think I need to start getting my yard in order for outdoor fun. That thought leaves me not nearly as calm as I just said it there.

I won’t name the other events I have chosen not because they aren’t special, because they are, but because they are listed at the bottom. It all means we have rounded the corner from inside activities to outside activities and events are leading the way. If there is nothing taking place near you on this list, please use the search box above to find fun things to do in your backyard. Wherever you go or whatever you do, make plans to get out and make some great memories this week.

Craftsman’s Spring Classic Arts and Craft Festival

Mar 23, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Dulles Expo Center Chantilly, VA US 20153

Since 1996, features original work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople. All juried exhibitors work has been hand made by the exhibitors and must be their own original design and creation. See the creative process in action with several of our talented crafters and artists demonstrating their craft or art in their booths. There is something for every taste and budget with items from the most contemporary to the most traditional.
20,000 Attendees

Florida International Air Show

Mar 24, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Charlotte County Airport Punta Gorda, FL US 33982

Since 1981, Spectators can look forward to a feature performance by The Florida International Air Show will trace the history of aviation with acts from many of the top aerobatic pilots in the world. Featuring the world famous Blue Angels, this year’s show will be filled with amazing demonstrations in the air and on the ground. Attendees will enjoy seeing aircraft dating from before World War II to the present day tactical fighters. The Air Show benefits dozens of charities throughout Southwest Florida — The Florida International Air Show is a not-for-profit corporation, and is an all-volunteer organization raising more than $2.5 million for Southwest Florida working charities.
50,000 Attendees

Daffodil Festival

Mar 24, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Historic Court Circle Gloucester, VA US 23061

Since 1987. Join us for Gloucester’s welcome to Spring…the Daffodil Festival. Begin the day with a 5K Race then catch your breath at the Parade! All-day entertainment includes storytellers, magicians, singers and bands. Pets and their owners are invited to participate in the “Magnificent Mutt Show” where everyone is a winner. Guided tours of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs are a short bus ride away($). Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Shows feature local and regional artists. Follow your nose to the food court for fresh seafood, bar-b- que, funnel cakes, fries, burgers, chicken, and more. Children will enjoy clowns, facepainting, balloons, games and pony rides. Daffodil bulbs are on sale with Fall delivery. There is something to please the entire family…truly a full day of family fun.
12,000 Attendees

Novi Backyard, Pool and Spa Show

Mar 23, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Suburban Collection Showplace Novi, MI US 48370

Since 1996, Every weekend is a vacation for the homeowner with a pool, spa, hot tub or any backyard living amenity. Show exhibits display products and services from the major outdoor living environment categories including inground and above ground pools, spas, swim spas, decks, patios, fencing, outdoor living spaces, patio furniture, outdoor court systems, patio enclosures, sunrooms and accessories. Homeowners can get the information they need about buying a pool or spa at show exhibits. Experts are available with tips and advice on purchasing, planning, maintenance, safety, exercise, health, financing and landscaping.
50,000 Attendees

Capital District Garden and Flower Show

Mar 23, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY US 12180

Since 1988, The Capital District Garden and Flower Show is the Capital Region’s only gardening exhibition of its magnitude. The 60,000 square-foot McDonough Physical Education Complex at HVCC transforms into 18 beautifully designed, fully blooming gardens, over 100 floral design arrangements and a garden marketplace. Experts will give advice on a wide variety of gardening topics such as tools, landscaping hints, trees, and much more. Free parking.
14,000 Attendees

Home, Flower, Lawn and Garden Show

Mar 23, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Bartle Hall – Kansas City Convention Center Kansas City, MO US 64105

Since 1949, features over 500 exhibitors, includes a wide variety of professionals who display products including appliances, flooring, kitchen and bath equipment, paints and stains, plumbing, roofing, tools, windows and more. The Lawn and Garden show will include beautiful landscape gardens with lots of bright foliage and more than 100 green industry exhibits.
65,000 Attendees

Arizona Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Gathering

Mar 24, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Steele Indian School Park Phoenix, AZ US 85012

Since 1967, over 45 booths featuring Scottish merchandise, Scottish musical entertainment held at the Mesa Amphitheater. Competition includes athletics, highland dancing, pipe bands, solo piping and drumming and children’s activities. Athletic games include ancient highland heavyweight athletic competition, including weight toss for height, weight throw for distance, hammer throw, braemar(standing) stone put and the caber toss including the challenge caber for masters. Children’s activities including petting zoo, magician, juggler, amazing maze, moon jump, fire engine, crash dummies and more. Also includes British car display and Scottish foods.
20,000+ Attendees

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Mar 23, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Pioneer Park Saint Petersburg, FL US 33701

Since 1997, the race will be run on a waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Bayfront Center and extending onto runways at Albert Whitted Airport that overlook the Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina.
100,000+ Attendees

International Art Expo New York

Mar 23, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 New York, NY US 10019

Since 1979, featuring a middle market art exposition, it is designed to bring together buyers and sellers of art ranging in price from $100 – $250,000 from around the world. Plus live demonstrations, hands-on art workshop for children, internet cafe and fashion show. First day of the show, is for trade attendees only. The popular “SOLO” show will also return, with hundreds of the world’s top emerging, independent artists exhibiting and selling their work in the hopes of being discovered. “Best in Show” awards will be determined by our “SOLO Jury,” composed of influencers and tastemakers from the design, fashion, art and culture sectors.
30,000+ Attendees

Spring Craft and Specialty Food Fair

Mar 24, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Rockingham Park Race Track Salem, NH US 03079

Since 1996, Over 150 of the regions finest Craftsmen and women will display and sell their American made crafts including Candles, Pottery, Tapestry, Fine Jewelry, Quilts, Photography, Metal Sculpture, Ceramics, Intarsia, Soap, Wall Hangings, Appliqués, Wind Chimes, Folk Toys, Soft Sculpture, Leather, Mail Boxes, Calligraphy, Pen and Ink Drawings, Fleece, Shaker Style Furniture, Knits, Poetry, Slate, Tole Painting, Pet Gifts, Felt Bags, Doll Clothes and Accessories, Fabric Home Décor, Silk and Dried Floral, Lampshade Covers, Stained Glass, Flags, Heat Packs, Quilted Jackets and Shawls, Fancy Dresses, Photos with the Easter Bunny and much more. Enjoy sampling such gourmet delights as Herbal Dips, Scones, Candies, Amish Breads and whoppie pies, Salsa’s, Roasted Nuts, Barbeque Sauces and more. Ample free parking. This event is held indoor rain, snow or shine. One admission is good for both days.
10,000+ Attendees

Boise Flower and Garden Show

Mar 23, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Boise Centre on the Grove Boise, ID US 83702

Since 1996. Shop for the latest in landscape design, garden art and decor, yard furniture, plants, decks, greenhouse, and more. You will also enjoy spectacular display gardens; educational and fun gardening seminars; orchid and bonsai displays; a silent auction of beautiful and unique container gardens and much, much more!
12,000 Attendees

Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

Mar 23, 2012 – Mar 25, 2012

Fourth Avenue Shopping District Tucson, AZ US 85705

The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue. Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 stages, Community Stage North, Main Stage South, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, the ever so popular Free Az Virtual Academy’s Tucson’s Children’s Museum’s kids hands-on-art Pavilion, face painting, balloons, and tons of other fun activities, then packs them into three days of celebration.
300,000 Attendees

Maria can be reached directly at or visit her website at
Copyright © 1998-2012 Events Media Network, Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Photos are copyright of their respective owners.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s