Dancing in the Streets This Week

There are a few things that big cities and small towns have in common when it comes to events. One example is themes like holidays or ethnic celebrations. Another thing is street festivals. And all along these “Main Street’s”, great traditions take place year after year. They disguise themselves as street festivals. And although the size of the street may vary along with the size of the crowd, the events take place at the center crossroads. These crossroads serve as the hub of everything important to the community. It’s where people shop, eat and socialize; where they want to see and be seen. Not all are downtown Chicago or New York either.  I have been in so many places in this country where the post office, luncheonette, drug store and grocery store are all not only on one street, they are all in one building. Not quite Sam Drucker’s store in Hooterville but not too far removed either. And by no means is that a negative; quite the contrary, I personally think it’s wonderful.

The idea of street festivals is nothing new. Harking back to the center of town being the center of everything, street festivals were the original trade days, political rally’s and town meeting place. Steeped in years of home town pride and celebrations of all that a community has to offer, they are hallmarks of civic gatherings. These experiences are excellent bonding and sharing opportunities within small communities and major cities as well. 

This week is not unique in the amount of street festivals but I wanted to do something to highlight these fun celebrations. Also, it is not your grandma’s street festival anymore. They have become sophisticated major events that take over whole small towns and sometimes as much as 20 blocks of big cities. Maybe it’s because a street, while not necessarily a traditional 4 walled venue, is still the most traditional venue of all.

Here is a list of some wonderful street festivals taking place this week. Any one of these would be an excellent way to spend you precious free time. If there isn’t anything on this list that geographically works for you, please use the search box above to find exciting events taking place in your backyard. Let’s have a little dancing in the streets! 

Arts in the Heart of Augusta

Sep 14, 2012 – Sep 16, 2012

Augusta Common – Downtown Augusta, GA US 30999

Since 1982, fine arts and crafts fair, ethnic groups selling their native foods, 7 stages perform all weekend from children’s theatre, jazz and folk to ethnic performances and a large hands-on children’s area. Takes place on Augusta Common – Downtown on Reynolds Street Between 8th and 10th Streets.
70,000+ Attendees

Stater Brothers Route 66 Rendezvous

Sep 13, 2012 – Sep 16, 2012

Downtown San Bernardino, CA US 92410

Since 1990. The Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous is the Hottest Cruisin’ Classic Car show which takes place the third week in September in the 35 blocks of downtown San Bernardino, along the famous Route 66. Thousands gather to watch the 1,700 pre-1975 classics, customs, hot rods, and any year Corvettes cruise during this four day extravaganza. It is a blast to the past with celebrities and legendary guests, entertainment and live music, rides for the kids, pin-striping, great food and so much more. And check out the contests: Neon Light presented by The Sun, the San Manuel Poker Run, Open Header and Model Car. The sights, sounds, music and festive atmosphere will get you rockin’ and rollin! Pre-registration is available until August 1, 2012 for $70 per vehicle which entitles registrants to 4-day reserved parking with assigned space; dash plaque and commemorative license plate. On-site registration upon availability at $80 per vehicle. Go to our website for registration forms and hotel accommodations. There is also limited RV parking available. Call 909-891-1151 with additional questions.
100,000 Attendees 

On the Waterfront Swap Meet and Car Corral

Sep 14, 2012 – Sep 16, 2012

Downtown Saint Ignace, MI US 49781

Since 1991, this car show features a swap meet, toy show, a big boy cruise and party. There is an expanded show area with Corvette and Chevy national judging. The Big Custom Show features 49-50-51 Mercurys and there is also a truck show and street rod awards given.
100,000 Attendees


Sep 13, 2012 – Sep 16, 2012

Historic Downtown Grapevine Grapevine, TX US 76099

Fall festival honoring grapevines namesake and the Texas wine industry. Peoples choice wine tasting classic, vintage and classic car show, live entertainment, arts and crafts, carnival and more.
120,000 Attendees

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Sep 12, 2012 – Sep 15, 2012

Downtown Morton, IL US 61550

Since 1967, experience the pumpkin capital of the world as Morton celebrates the pumpkin, enjoy decorated pumpkins, 160 arts and crafts booths, giant pumpkin contests, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pies, pumpkin ice cream, entertainment and carnival rides.
60,000 Attendees


Sep 13, 2012

Downtown Mount Angel Mount Angel, OR US 97362

Since 1966, Oktoberfest features: 50 food chalets laden with rich, delicious Bavarian treats; a large arts and crafts; a traditional Biergarten, family Weingarten and family Alpinegarten. There is free entertainment on the village bandstand featuring all of the great sounds of the alpine country and a free Kindergarten on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a sports program that includes golf and volleyball tournaments and a high school football classic, a 200-vehicle cruz-n car show and more.
350,000 Attendees

Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest

Sep 14, 2012 – Sep 16, 2012

1000 Main Street Blue Springs, MO US 64015

Since 1969, the festival features 300 booths filled with 250 exhibitors displaying and selling arts and crafts, food, games, childrens activities, carnival, live entertainment and parade.
100,000 Attendees

Wo Zha Wa Days Falls Festival

Sep 14, 2012 – Sep 16, 2012

Downtown Wisconsin Dells, WI US 53965

Since 1968, come and join the celebration of Autumn with a 100 unit parade, arts and crafts fair, childrens activities, an antique flea market, concessions, live entertainment, street carnival, family activities, entertainment and Maxwell Street Days. Takes place in Bowman Park and Downtown.
100,000 Attendees

Festival of the Sea and 5 Mile Run

Sep 15, 2012

Downtown Point Pleasant Beach, NJ US 08742

Since 1978, 200+ booths of fine crafts, food, games, pony rides, health exhibits, antiques, parade, Tube Race, 5 mile run and live entertainment. Fireworks at dark on Saturday at Jenks Boardwalk.
50,000+ Attendees 

Barnesville Buggy Days

Sep 15, 2012 – Sep 16, 2012

Downtown Barnesville Barnesville, GA US 30204

Since 1974, old time festival back to the Surrey tops and spoke wheels, arts and crafts, family activities and food. Strap on your sneakers for a 10K run, then enjoy looking at the antiques and the old cars. Parade 2pm Saturday.
65,000 Attendees

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Guardian Angels Fair

Sep 15, 2012

MId-Town Manhattan New York, NY US 10036

Since 2001, over 300 authentic ethnic foods, art, craft, antique, jewelry and merchandise exhibitors. Over 100 cultural, non-profit, government and corporate displays will be on view. Entertainment will be the highlight of this truly unique celebration. The main stage will feature many popular bands and other characteristic entertainment for this important family-oriented celebration. Broadway From 47th to 57th Street.
80,000+ Attendees

Waikiki Ho’olaule’a

Sep 15, 2012

Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI US 96815

Since 1953, the largest single day block party on Oahu featuring food booths, lei and craft vendors, entertainment and performances by local and Japanese hula dance troups.
250,000+ Attendees

Lark Festival

Sep 15, 2012

Downtown Albany, NY US 12210

Since 1982.LarkFEST is Upstate New York’s largest one-day street festival celebrating the Heart of Albany. The event hosts hundreds of vendors, 2 stages of music with both local and national headlining music acts. LarkFEST was voted in the top 3 “Best Arts Event” in both 2009 and 2010. LarkFEST with fantastic music, more than a hundred unique vendors, great food, and more!
80,000 Attendees

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