What Event Would You Like to Visit This Week?

I saw a show in Hershey PA this week and I got so excited. You know, “the sweetest place on earth”, “Hershey Park Happy, “Chocolate Town USA. All of you know how phrases like these get my attention.  But the real like here is cars not candy. The Hershey Car Show is the Grand-Daddy of them all for people who like cars; I mean love cars. This show features lots of cars, parking lots of cars. And an added benefit is that, if you attend the Hershey Car show some of that candy might find its way into your shopping bags.

Well I know that you think I am all about food, which would not be an incorrect statement. But food festivals are my favorites not only because they feature food, but because they are really great event themes. In my travels, I like to eat at local food places. It gives me a chance to experience local food the way that locals eat. That is one of the reasons food festivals are so great and why I love them. The popular food of the area is out for all to see and eat. And other local “side” dishes add to the color like music, dancing art, etc. This week there are some excellent examples going on around the U.S. The National Shrimp Fest in Gulf Shores AL, the Gumbo Festival in Bridge City , LA, the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, the Apple Butter Festival in Grand Rapids, MI and the Rice Harvest Festival in Katy, TX, just to name a few.  Each of these is a good time to eat your way through an afternoon while soaking up the local culture.

In the category of “other” there are a few really great events; The Antiques and Collectibles Show in Atlantic City, NJ, the Hispanic Day Parade in NYC and the Richmond Folkfest in Richmond, VA. These are all wonderful examples of events following these themes and are a very good opportunity if these are your hobby or passion.

And as promised, I have a few more fall related events to feature this week, as well. The Way Out West Oktoberfest in Tempe AZ, the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, CA, the Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland, MD and the Covered Bridge Festival in Winterset, IA.

As always, these events are for information about what is going on all around the US. I hope each week they inspire you to search what might be going on in your area that you can attend this week. Simply use the search box above to find terrific events in your backyard. So grab your family, friends or person(s) you love, and get to an event this week.

AACA Hershey Fall Meet

Oct 10, 2012 – Oct 13, 2012

Hershey Park Stadium at Hershey Park Hershey, PA US 17033

Since 1957, this is one of the largest antique car shows and flea markets in the world, with 10,400 spaces. If you walked the entire show, it would be 29.5 miles to cover. There are cars and vendors from over 23 countries. It consists of over 9,000 flea market spaces, over 1,000 car corral spaces, and approximately 1,500 show cars. Each year the show attracts visitors from all over the United States and many countries throughout the world. Some of the most unusual cars and parts can be found at Hershey. If you love antique cars, Hershey is the place to be.
300,000 Attendees

Way Out West Oktoberfest

Oct 12, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Tempe Beach Park Tempe, AZ US 85281

Since 1973, polka and western bands, beer, bratwurst, games and entertainment for children including a “Kinderfest”, arts and crafts, carnival and mainstream entertainment all weekend long at the Beach Stage.
150,000 Attendees

Apple Butter Fest

Oct 14, 2012

Entire Village Grand Rapids, OH US 43522

Since 1976. Demonstrations, entertainment, juried craft exhibitors, reenactments, apples, apple butter, food galore and more. Lots of applebutter and plenty of down-home, old fashioned memories for tens of thousands of visitors to the scenic Victorian Canal Town, Grand Rapids. Applebutter is the main feature with three 50 gallon copper kettles being cooked in the village park by the restored Town Hall. More than 2,300 pints of applebutter will be for sale at the park. Be sure to get yours early – they go fast! You can even join in on the fun of giving a kettle a stir and experiencing the camaraderie as neighbors did years ago. This festival is especially well known for the history it presents both through 100+ juried craftsmen and the demonstrations and presentations that occur throughout the day. This history-based day will be filled with re-enactors and volunteers doing demonstrations of pioneer skills such as candle dipping, blacksmithing, pottery making, basket weaving, quilt making and metal spinning. Out on the towpath military groups will be going through their paces and demonstrating the arms and weapons of their various time periods. Fire in the hole: be sure to catch the cannon demonstrations out over the Maumee River!
60,000 Attendees

National Shrimp Festival

Oct 11, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Gulf Shores Public Beach Gulf Shores, AL US 36547

Since 1972, four days of family fun, music, more than 300 arts, crafts and commercial exhibitors, musical entertainment on three stages, children’s art village. A family oriented event for the both young and old.
250,000 Attendees

Autumn Glory Festival

Oct 10, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Downtown Oakland, MD US 21550

Since 1969, The annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors. The Festival includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more! Takes place at various locations throughout Garrett County.
60,000 Attendees

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival

Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Throughout the city Winterset, IA US 50273

Since 1970, go on a tour, and see the six famous bridges in and around Winterset. The festival also has a antique vehicle and tractor parade, antique and classic car show, over 100 craft and food booths, bands and entertainment stages, demonstrations and more.
50,000 Attendees

Gumbo Festival

Oct 12, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Gumbo Festival Park Bridge City, LA US 70094

This festival centers around Louisiana’s favorite soup and stew. Events throughout the 3 day festivities highlight Louisiana’s Cajun culture. A 5k run over the Mississippi River bridge is also part of the festivities as well as continuous live entertainment.
155,000 Attendees

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 15, 2012

Main Street and Spruce Street Half Moon Bay, CA US 94019

Since 1971, features over 250 artists and craftspeople from throughout the West will display their creations. Showcasing works in media ranging from wood, stone and metal to clay, leather and textiles featuring everything from masks and moccasins to mobiles and musical instruments. Plus world class pumpkin carvers, specialty foods, blockbuster entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, bone chilling haunted house, giant pumpkins and pie eating and costume contests. Takes place on Main Street Between Miramontes and Spruce Street.
200,000 Attendees

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Downtown Waynesville, OH US 45068

Since 1970, a family festival featuring over 500 arts and crafts exhibitors, 30 plus food vendors including numerous sauerkraut foods and continuous live entertainment. The Sauerkraut Festival stage always provides a wealth of entertainment for young and old. Throughout the weekend, one can expect to see a variety of local talent, with everything from blues to blue grass.
325,000 Attendees

Rice Harvest Festival

Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Downtown Katy, TX US 77492

Since 1981, features over 300 food and craft booths, two stages of family entertainment, farm implement displays, live bands, carnival, parade, magician, hay rides and BBQ cook off.
70,000 Attendees

Hispanic Day Parade

Oct 14, 2012

5th Avenue New York, NY US 10116

Since 1985, The colorful Hispanic Parade is a showcase for Hispanic solidarity. It encourages the traditional values, music, costumes, and folklore of each participating country. Parade participants number over 10,000 and parade spectators exceed one million. There is extensive media coverage by way of live and delayed telecast, English and Spanish television, and live radio coverage. There is an impressive number of community contingencies, floats, marching bands and musical groups which provides a festive and lively mood to the parade.
1,000,000+ Attendees

Richmond Folk Festival

Oct 12, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Brown’s Island Richmond, VA US 23298

Since 1938, features a broad array of music and dance performances, workshops, storytelling, parades, crafts exhibitions and more. Over 100,000 people come to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food.
100,000 Attendees

National Apple Harvest Festival

Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

South Mountain Fairgrounds Arendtsville, PA US 17326

Since 1966. Celebrate the harvest at this old time festival with over 300 arts and crafts vendors, farm displays, antique farm equipment, antique and classic cars, steam engines, cider press, orchard tours, pony rides, petting zoo and don’t forget the great country foods that will be available. The festival is held on the first weekends in October.
60,000 Attendees

The Atlantic City Antiques and Collectibles Show

Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012

Atlantic City Convention Center Atlantic City, NJ US 08401

Since 1980, features exhibitors displaying and selling art, antiques, toys, advertising, modernism, vintage, fashions, jewelry, art deco, art nouveau, furniture, lighting, ephemera, memorabilia and collectibles.
50,000 Attendees

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