Finding High Value at Events this Week!

I love a bargain! Who doesn’t right? A bargain is actually something of value; it is something with a much greater value than what you pay. So this week I thought I would bring you a list of events that are not only terrific events with huge attendance and lots of activities, but they are also a tremendous bargain and value. Each of them has free admission. There are some fees for certain activities and food, but you can spend a few hours enjoying the atmosphere and exploring the event without spending a nickel. That’s a bargain by any definition!

One of the featured high value events this week is the Port Fish Days in Port Washington, WI, where they fry up the best fish and chips at any event west of London. They also do everything they can to keep the costs down. A family can actually afford to eat at this event for a very reasonable fee because a serving of Fish and Chips is $5.50 and a soda is only $1.50. Throw in the $3 concert entrance fee and that is less than going to a movie. With all the other amenities at the event you are looking at a real bargain.

Another food event that knows how to treat their attendees right is the Cincinnati Jazz and Ribfest. It features art vendors, multiple stages of entertainment, lots of food options, children’s activities and much, much more.

Next, if you happen to be in the Seattle area check out Bite of Seattle a culinary adventure of food along with many wonderful activities for young and old. And again, there is no entrance fee, you pay only for the things you want to buy or eat.

And in Maine this week there is the Yarmouth Clam Festival. I wonder what kind of food they serve there? I will clam up and let you all guess. (I know it was bad, even for me). Trust me this is a terrific event no matter what you eat there!

Some other events offering a great time, great fun and a great value this week are the River-Cade Festival in Iowa, the Fargo Street Fair in North Dakota, the Virginia Lake Festival, the Lehigh Valley Sportsfest in Pennsylvania, the Hillsboro Balloon Festival and Fair in New Hampshire, the Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Show in New York, the Roar at the Shore in Pennsylvania, the Saint Christopher Mid-Summer Festival in Indiana, Artscape in Maryland and the Ann Arbor Art Fair. In addition to being a great value for you and I these events can be a financial windfall for their communities. That’s a great thing about events, they can be a win-win for all concerned. The attendees get a great opportunity to have fun, to share experiences with their friends and neighbors and to showcase their area to visitors. Meanwhile the area businesses get to take a ride on the event coattails by having special sales, restaurant and hotel deals and selling event memorabilia. Just look at how much money was made from all those bobble heads of the royal family sold during the Queens Jubilee recently. They certainly impacted the bottomline of the merchants that sold them. I think they really should have had a new designer line of Queen pocketbooks myself but maybe it was too obvious. Anyway you get the idea. But equally important local charities can benefit from donations made by the events from event profits every year.

So in this sluggish economy, look no further than your own backyard for some real bargains at events this week. As always be sure to use the search box above to have some truly valuable fun!


Jul 20, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Mt. Royal Cultural Center Baltimore, MD US 21217

Since 1982, 150 performing literary and visual arts programs and family activities featuring local, regional and national talent, continuous performances on 3 outdoor stages, indoor and outdoor visual arts exhibitions, opera, chamber music, international dance, literary arts workshops, celebrity readings, street theater special activities for children and the whole family. Rain or Shine.
1,500,000+ Attendees

Hillsboro Balloon Festival and Fair

Jul 19, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Grimes Field Hillsborough, NH US 03244

Cross country hot air balloon flights, carnival rides, parade, 5km road race, a custom car show, tractor pulls and a grand finale fireworks display are part of this fun filled family event.
30,000 Attendees

Yarmouth Clam Festival

Jul 20, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Downtown Yarmouth, ME US 04096

Since 1965, Main street comes alive with the biggest parade in the State, delicious seafood, and a juried craft and art show. There is live entertainment happening on 3 stages all weekend long! There are fun competitions from the Diaper Derby to a professional bike race, and a firefighter’s muster to the Maine State Clam Shucking Contest. There is a fun run (1 mile for kids) and a 5 mile road race for adults. We feature a canoe race, fireworks, a street dance and lots more fun for the entire family.
150,000 Attendees

Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest

Jul 20, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Riverfront Columbus, OH US 43085

Since 1981, this event encourages people to get their hands dirty. Ribbers from across the country serve approximately 105,000 pounds of ribs. Experience some of the best ribs anywhere in the U.S. while listening to the sounds of America’s premiere jazz artists, including nationally renowned performers.
650,000+ Attendees

Virginia Lake Festival

Jul 19, 2012 – Jul 21, 2012

Downtown Clarkesville Clarksville, VA US 23927

Since 1978, a huge summer happening with over 200 exhibitors features pig pickin’, beach music festival, arts and crafts, water activities, flea market, dancing, music, hot air balloons, boat parade and fireworks.
80,000 Attendees

River-Cade Festival

Jul 18, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Riverside Park Sioux City, IA US 51111

Since 1964, held along the Missouri River this event features Sioux City’s largest parade, a beer garden, food and merchandise concessions, crafts, a carnival and other activities for the kids. At night the event comes alive with top name musical entertainment in rock and country. And a spectacular fireworks display. Events take place at various venues.
140,000 Attendees

Port Fish Day

Jul 21, 2012

Marina Port Washington, WI US 53074

Live entertainment, 100-unit parade, 8k run, carnival, fire department water fight competition and fish and chips stands. There is a beautiful Arts and Crafts Festival with 100 artisans. A Classic Car and Custom Rod Show compliments the Arts and Crafts.
50,000 Attendees

Fargo’s Downtown Street Fair

Jul 19, 2012 – Jul 21, 2012

Broadway Fargo, ND US 58102

Since 1977, features 350 booths filled with juried outdoor exhibitors showing hand-made crafts and arts, food and entertainment, various artists from 30 states, 3 countries plus many local artists.
150,000 Attendees

Bite of Seattle

Jul 20, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Seattle Center Seattle, WA US 98109

Since 1982, The Comcast Bite of Seattle features over 60 restaurants and food product companies, beer and wine gardens, nine entertainment stages including a comedy club, a kids’ area, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and a Washington wine tasting.
425,000 Attendees

Lehigh Valley SportsFest

Jul 19, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Cedar Beach Park Allentown, PA US 18101

An annual celebration featuring various sporting competitions, entertainment, food, all taking place throughout the Lehigh Valley.
150,000 Attendees

Ann Arbor Art Fair

Jul 18, 2012 – Jul 21, 2012

Downtown Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI US 48104

Since 1960. Every year the streets of downtown Ann Arbor are filled with the sights and sounds of the four art fairs collectively known as the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. This year 1100 artists will display and sell their work. For more than 50 years, artists with amazing talents and unsurpassed skills have come to the streets of Ann Arbor in July to exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. The Fairs are an impressive sight to see: no matter what direction you take, no matter where you look, you’ll discover colors and sights that will energize and captivate.
600,000+ Attendees

Roar on The Shore

Jul 19, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Downtown Erie, PA US 16501

Since 2007, Each July, more than 80,000 bikers and bike enthusiasts descend on this city located along the shores of Lake Erie, to enjoy three days of rides, bands, bike contests, custom motorcycles, bike accessories and more. In fact, our Bringin’ in the Roar Bike Parade is an annual tradition, with 5,000 to 6,000 bikers, led by a celebrity grand marshal, rolling into town to take part in one of the largest escorted rides in history — the official kickoff of ROAR®!
80,000 Attendees

Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Festival

Jul 21, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012

Buffalo Grove Town Center Buffalo Grove, IL US 60089

Stroll around Buffalo Grove’s main drive in this growing community and purchase some of the best fine art work around. The Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival draws artists from a wide range of locations, including the United States, Canada, Israel, and South America. The juried and judged art festival will feature more than 140 professional artists from across the nation who will exhibit a wide variety of fine art including photography, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, glass and more. An outdoor dining area and live music stage will provide great entertainment for the people anticipated to attend this year.
32,000 Attendees

St. Christopher Mid-Summer Festival

Jul 19, 2012 – Jul 21, 2012

St. Christopher Catholic Church Speedway, IN US 46224

Since 1937. The Festival has been held annually since the 1937 with the exception of 1942 due the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Catholic Community of St. Christopher in Speedway will be celebrating its Mid-Summer Festival known as “The Festival that’s Tops in Food!”. Today it is one of the oldest Festivals in the State of Indiana and the fourth largest event in Speedway annually behind the 3 Motor Speedway events. Famous hand battered fish sandwiches and festival food fare, Monte Carlo, Amusement Rides, Bingo – Live Entertainment – Friday Polkaboy – Saturday – the Cool City Swing Band!
50,000 Attendees

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