Fun Themes-Fun Times

Scanning the events this week, I noticed that many of them have amusing names or themes. We celebrate silly in this country in many ways. Usually it has something to do with the area where the event is taking place. For example, take the Artichoke and Rhubarb Festivals. I mean seriously, naming events after fruit and vegetables? But to these locales it’s the most natural thing in the world because they put these locations on the map!

There is an event about frog jumping; the Calabasas Fair and Frog Jumping Contest. That’s right, I said frog jumping! Guess what? There is also a Hamvention which has nothing to do with hams. In Asbury Park they have an event called the Bamboozle Festival. The technical definition of bamboozle means to cheat or confuse someone but not this event. It is one of the top music events at the Jersey shore all season. In addition to the 100 other acts appearing over the weekend, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters and Blink 182 will also make an appearance. Hardly a bamboozle to me!

This Saturday feature’s The Preakness Race,  which in horse racing circles is known as Part II of the Triple Crown. Wonderful race, fabulous fanfare and absolutely no crown! Next up is the Walleye Rodeo which had me scratching my head. How do you ride a fish? But no worries. It’s just the name for a series of fishing competitions. Additionally this weekend the DoWop and DoDah festivals take place. I am not sure what a DoWop or DoDah is but, you will have lots of fun finding out exactly what they mean. All these fun themes are really fun events!

For honorable mention this go round we have a few events that I think are worth checking out. The Art Show in Beverly Hills, the Spokane Lilac Festival, the Cleveland Asian Fest, the Radio 92.9 Earthfest in Boston, the East Lansing Art Fest, Bay to Breakers in San Francisco and the Jubilee CityFest in Montgomery AL.

As I always say, make time to spend with family and friends and do something fun this weekend. If there is nothing on this list near you, please use the search box above to find things taking place in your backyard. And remember, there is nothing wrong with being silly!

Please Note: One of the world’s finest Impressionist, Post Impressionist and Modern art collections, the legendary collection of The Barnes Foundation, gets a new home and celebrates it’s opening on May 19th. It will not be officially open to the public until the final week of May. If you are planning to be in Philadelphia any time soon, please make arrangements to visit. It is extraordinary.

Beverly Hills Art Show: Affaire in the Gardens

May 19, 2012 – May 20, 2012

Beverly Gardens Park Beverly Hills, CA US 90209

Since 1974, juried art show with only the highest quality work shown by over 200 artists. Browse through thousands of affordable artworks amid the gardens; savor the fine food trucks; the wine and beer gardens; live music; and special exhibits. Inexpensive parking is plentiful in many City parking structures located just south of Santa Monica Boulevard.
43,000 Attendees

East Lansing Art Festival

May 19, 2012 – May 20, 2012

East Lansing-Downtown East Lansing, MI US 48823

Since 1964. The East Lansing Art Festival is a two-day arts and cultural event held in the downtown city streets of East Lansing featuring juried fine art and fine craft exhibition and marketplace with more than 200 artists from across North America. This event is ranked as one of the top 100 fine art festivals in the nation! Come enjoy free educational arts and cultural experiences in our Children’s Activities Area as well as top-notch live musical performances on two stages and international fair from local restaurants in our food court.
75,000 Attendees

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee

May 17, 2012 – May 20, 2012

Calaveras County Fairgrounds Angels Camp, CA US 95222

Since 1928, features fun for the entire family including world-famous jumping frog contest, childrens parade, entertainment, livestock and 4-H competitions, art exhibits, professional rodeo, destruction derby, fireworks and a variety of food.
42,000 Attendees

Spokane Lilac Festival and Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

May 19, 2012

Downtown Spokane, WA US 99299

Since 1938, the Spokane Lilac Festival is a city-wide celebration highlighted by the annual Lilac Festival Torchlight Parade. Other events include, amateur golf tournament, junior lilac parade, air show and the largest timed foot race in the world. The parade starts on Washington and finishes on Spokane Falls.
200,000 Attendees

Rhubarb Festival

May 18, 2012 – May 19, 2012

Kitchen Kettle Village Intercourse, PA US 17534

Since 1984, it’s the way we welcome spring in Lancaster county with lots of food, games and entertainment to celebrate the wonderful rhubarb crop. Watch our rhubarb car racing derby, play rhubarb pick-up sticks and taste delicious rhubarb pies and treats.
10,000 Attendees

Jubilee Cityfest

May 18, 2012 – May 19, 2012

Downtown Montgomery, AL US 36104

Features music and entertainment on 3 sound stages featuring over 35 bands playing a wide variety of music, a wide variety of food, 8k run, 2 mile fun run/walk, artfest features jewelry, pottery, international crafts and more.
136,000 Attendees

Castroville Artichoke Festival

May 19, 2012 – May 20, 2012

McDougall Street Castroville, CA US 95012

Since 1959, this event features a 10k run, arts and crafts, two days of music, childrens activities, parade, exhibits, pre 1975 car show, cooking demonstrations, field trips and games. Artichokes fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup. Plus foods from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character. COOKING DEMOS: The area’s finest showcase the versatility and unique techniques for preparing and using artichokes. WINE TASTING: Sample the best from the area’s award winning producers. ARTS and CRAFTS: Unique gifts and apparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country. Plus artichoke souvenirs galore!
20,000 Attendees

Radio 92.9 EarthFest

May 19, 2012

Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade Boston, MA US 02114

Since 1993. The annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest will return to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston with a stellar line-up that includes Third Eye Blind, The Spin Doctors, Switchfoot, and Eve 6. Presented by Whole Foods Market, the family-friendly festival is the largest free radio station concert in the country, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations. The Radio 92.9 EarthFest will also include music and activities in Kids’ Planet – an interactive area designed specifically with families in mind. The Kid’s Planet area will also feature environmental activities, educational displays and other activities planned for children under the age of 12. . The 2012 Radio 92.9 EarthFest is committed to offering festival goers an opportunity to learn how they can make a difference and help save Planet Earth. The festival will feature exhibits and environmental displays, staffed by sponsors and non-profit environmental organizations from New England. Nearly two dozen companies will sample earth-friendly products along with demonstrations and other interactive activities, the MBTA’s hybrid bus will be on display, free bike valet will be offered by MassBike, Casella Waste Systems will manage a comprehensive recycling program onsite and in the Eco-Pavilion dozens of local environmental groups and agencies will be on-site to educate attendees on how to be green.
100,000 Attendees


May 18, 2012 – May 20, 2012

Hara Silver Arena Dayton, OH US 45415

Since 1953, this event features educational forums, exhibits of amateur radio, educational speaker and presentations of internationally recognized awards. Sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.
26,000 Attendees

Walleye Rodeo

May 17, 2012 – May 20, 2012

Canton Lake Canton, OK US 73724

Since 1968, four-day fishing derby. Annual event with prizes given for: top 5 largest Walleye, total pounds of Walleye for all four days, largest fish caught in 10 different species, daily sweepstake prizes, special “Out of Staters Day” on Saturday and a children’s fishing derby for ages 12 and under on Sunday from 8am-noon.
75,000 Attendees

Do Dah Day

May 19, 2012

Rhodes Park Birmingham, AL US 35203

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 Ave. 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,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.
50,000 Attendees

Preakness Stakes

May 19, 2012

Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, MD US 21215

Since 1873, the second race in the triple crown of racing. The race is for three year olds, 1 3/16 mile race.
90,000 Attendees

Bay to Breakers Race and Zazzle B2B Final Mile Festival

May 20, 2012

Downtown Financial District San Francisco, CA US 94133

Since 1912. One of the largest races of its kind in the world for a total length of 12K. The Zazzle Bay to Breakers Final Mile festival will be located along MLK Drive between the Great Highway and 41st Avenue. Entertainment, food and activities.
175,000 Attendees

Cleveland Asian Festival

May 19, 2012 – May 20, 2012

Asia Plaza in Asia Town Cleveland, OH US 44114

Featuring authentic Asian foods and merchandise, local and national performing artists, a children’s activities area, games, competitions, and a health pavilion that focuses on free screenings and health education. Live cultural performances, martial art demonstrations, Sumo Wrestling (inflatable), Egg Roll and Sushi Eating Contests, Children’s craft, DDR, and merchandise exhibitors! Free Admission, Free Parking at CSU lots on E. 24th Street.
50,000 Attendees

DoWop Festival

May 19, 2012

Santini Marina Plaza Fort Myers Beach, FL US 33931

The Do Wop Festival at Santini Marina Plaza will be a blow out event to end an amazing ‘season’ of events at Santini Marina Plaza. Everyone is welcome and the event is free! Baby Boomers, come ready to DANCE! There will be a shag AND a swing (jitterbug) contest at noon with attendee applause determining the grand prize winners in the shag and swing (jitterbug) divisions. If you’d like to be entered in the contest, e mail Bonnie and we’ll save you a place on the “dance floor”! D.J Larry will be spinning 50’s and 60’s tunes all day long, 30+ Artsy Vendors and the Restaurants of Santini will be serving gourmet Noshes!

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