Last Hurrah of Summer

This is the last weekend before the unofficial end of summer on Labor Day weekend. Even though there is still 3+ weeks left of summer according to the calendar, we think of the end when the kids go back to school and vacations at the beach and summer camps are finally over. Most college students are back on campus by now. It’s a sad time for the kids, great time for the parents (sorry kids).

As always, we Americans are never ones to let an occasion go without a party or some sort of recognition. This week, we have some very large, very established events that are kind of like the recent Olympic Closing ceremonies. We send off the summer season in style.

I wanted to shy away from Fairs as a category included here, even though some of the largest fairs all year take place the last few weeks of August. I tried to find events that fit into a few other categories this week. Again this week, just like last,  there are a few ethnic festivals that make the list; The Oakland Chinatown Streetfest in Oakland CA, the Peachtree Latino Festival in Atlanta, GA, Festa Italiana in Portland OR and one event that blends a bunch, Festival of Nations in Saint Louis, MO.

In addition there is an air show, Great State of Maine, in Brunswick (I will let you guess what state, lol), there is a corn festival, DeKalb Corn Festival in DeKalb, IL and two car themed events, Corvettes at Carlisle and the 28th Street Metro Cruise Car Show.

The big winner this week of over riding theme is art shows. I have been trying to figure out what about the end of summer signals art festival, but I am stumped. Could be that summer is the time when great art is created and the end of the season is when it is sold? That sounds ridiculous even for me. Nonetheless, this week there are quite a few huge art themed events. Anyone of which not only features artists with terrific talent but, also have lots of great other things to offer as well.

I am sure that there is a great selection of events taking place in your area this week to send “summer’ off in style. If none of these on this list are near you, take a moment to use the search box above to find events taking place in your own backyard. Most of all, grab someone you love spending time with and do just that at a wonderful event this week.


Aug 24, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Downtown Green Bay, WI US 54301

Since 1982, features 200 fine artists and craft persons from the Upper Midwest and throughout the United States. Exhibited for sale are original works representing various media forms including basketry, ceramics, fiber art, glass, graphic art, jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, paper art, photography, sculpture and woodwork. Plus over 20 community booths, 4 stages of continuous entertainment, children’s area featuring a multitude of creative hands-on activities for the young, a children’s stage with clowns, jugglers, magicians and artist demonstrations, plus over 15 international and domestic food tents, boasting an excellent array of gourmet edibles.
75,000 Attendees

Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

Aug 25, 2012

Downtown Cary Cary, NC US 27511

Since 1977. Lazy Daze is one of the highest ranked one day festivals in the Nation for Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The tradition continues, as one of North Carolina’s premier arts and crafts festival marks its annual festival. It’s a fun day for the entire family — arts and crafts, food, Kid’s World and two huge stages with entertainment all day.
60,000 Attendees

Midwest Salute to the Masters Festival of Fine Art

Aug 24, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Longacre Park Fairview Heights, IL US 62208

Since 1988, this nationally recognized art festival is one of the top line art and contemporary craft shows in the USA. 100 juried artists come together for a wonderful outdoor art festival. 3 stages of entertainment, food court, a Children’s Gallery and free art activities for kids. This free family event is a must!
50,000 Attendees

Great State of Maine Airshow

Aug 25, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Naval Air Station Brunswick, ME US 04053

Since 1961, Blue Angels, military aircraft, bombers, fighters and aircraft displays, food, children’s area and plane rides.
200,000 Attendees

Corvettes at Carlisle

Aug 24, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle, PA US 17013

More than 2,000 corvettes will park in the Fun Display and they will be joined by 4,000 additional Corvettes from two other show fields. Plus swap meet and car corral, downtown parade and car give-a-way.
56,000 Attendees

DeKalb Corn Festival

Aug 24, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport DeKalb, IL US 60115

Since 1978. This festival features a carnival complete with rides and games, food booths, live music, craft show, kiddie korner with large inflatables, family entertainment and much more.
100,000 Attendees

Oakland Chinatown Streetfest

Aug 25, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Downtown Oakland, CA US 94666

Since 1985, the Festival features more than 200 vendors and entertainment groups on eight city blocks. Takes place on Franklin Street between 7th and 12th Streets and 8th and 9th Streets on Broadway to Harrison Street.
100,000+ Attendees

Festa Italiana

Aug 23, 2012 – Aug 25, 2012

Pioneer Courthouse Square Portland, OR US 97201

Since 1992, grand Italian opera concert, restaurant booths, music, entertainment and cultural activities. Great fun for all ages.
75,000 Attendees


Aug 25, 2012

Downtown York, SC US 29745

Since 1984, features an exceptional craft and food fair, a classic car show, children’s activities, softball and golf tournaments, two stages of entertainment and other events help celebrate summer in York.
50,000 Attendees

Island Park Craft Show

Aug 25, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Island Park Fargo, ND US 58103

Come to the beautiful park for a two-day festival of original fine arts and unique crafts. Shop at the 160 juried arts and original craft booths for that special “treasure” that you can’t find anywhere else. Take a look at such items as handmade baskets, pottery, handmade candles, original photos of rural North Dakota, decorative wood items, clothing and much more! There will be barrel train rides and horse drawn carriage rides throughout the day! There will be live entertainment featuring some of the areas best performers. Between all the shopping and entertainment be sure to grab yourself a tasty treat. The entertainment is close to the concession stands and will feature lots of picnic tables and shade. Admission is Free to the event.
50,000+ Attendees

Festival of Nations

Aug 25, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Tower Grove Park Saint Louis, MO US 63118

A multiethnic celebration featuring dance, music, food, cultural and educational exhibits, folk art demonstrations, and craft market. Presented by the International Institute and 125 community organizations. The event will take place nearest S. Grand and Arsenal. A free shuttle service will be available throughout the Park. Admission and entertainment are free; food and gifts are affordably priced. Three stages of non-stop dynamic music and dance performances by traditional ethnic artists, world music favorites and the finest traditional acoustic music and song. From Spanish flamenco to a Vietnamese lion dance, from thundering drums to Irish harp, there is something for every taste! Back by popular demand, COBU, Japanese taiko, direct form New York City! 50 food booths featuring Ethiopian injera with doro wat, Filipino kebabs, and other mouth-watering ethnic treats! 40 gift booths selling African drums, Turkish jewelry, Indian saris and other hand-made items, Family Arts and Crafts with mask-making and other hands-on activities. Try belly-dancing, Colombian carnival and other ethnic dances on the popular Village Green.
140,000 Attendees

Port Clinton Art Festival and Taste of Highland Park

Aug 25, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Port Clinton Square Highland Park, IL US 60035

Since 1984, the square has been filled with juried artists displaying their fine art and fine craft pieces.Family-friendly fun abounds amongst shops, flowers, trees, and fountains. For those who want to add more culture to their weekend. Takes place along Central Avenue, at the intersections of First and Second Streets.
275,000 Attendees

Festival of the Arts

Aug 25, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Downtown Palo Alto, CA US 94301

Since 1981. The backbone of the festival and the key to its success are the three hundred fine artists and crafters whose display booths are placed back-to-back along University Avenue. These exhibitors are the reason why this festival attracts such a high percentage of fine artists and crafters whose work you’ll see only at a few select shows on the West Coast. Always a crowd- pleaser, the Italian Street Painting Expo will again offer fifty chalk artists creating larger-than-life works of art all weekend long on Tasso Street. Children will enjoy the ever-popular Kids’ Art Studio too. Then sample some of the great gourmet food, fine wines or micro-brews and enjoy the street and stage entertainment throughout.
150,000 Attendees

28th Street Metro Cruise Car Show

Aug 24, 2012 – Aug 25, 2012

Downtown Wyoming Wyoming, MI US 49548

Since 2005, Celebrating West Michigan’s love affair with the automobile. This gigantic event is organized by the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce. Famed 28th Street in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan plays host to 15 Miles of COOL Cars. Plenty of parking, hotels, restaurants, food booths, auto judging, a new Jump Off Competition for Lo-Riders, chances to talk with other car owners and car restorers … and, of course, The Grand Tour which starts at 4pm. Many “unofficial” events are being organized for Friday, so make a weekend out of the Metro Cruise.
200,000 Attendees

Peachtree Latino Atlanta Festival

Aug 26, 2012

Piedmont Park Atlanta, GA US 30306

Since 2000, feature hundreds of exhibitions, family activities, sporting events, parades, arts and crafts, international foods and outdoor music concert with renown international performers on two stages in Underground Atlanta. Fun for the whole family.
70,000 Attendees

Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street

Aug 25, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Shadyside on Walnut Street Pittsburgh, PA US 15232

Since 1997, a first-class festival with only the highest quality, original artwork. Walnut Street in Shadyside, a popular downtown shopping district of Pittsburgh, will transform into a living, breathing art gallery with 150 exhibitors from around the nation for the the Art Festival on Walnut Street. All of the work on display is available for purchase.
50,000 Attendees

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