Winter Events where the Weather is Warm

Last week, I mentioned that outdoor wintertime events in warm locations really didn’t count as winter events. I didn’t realize how many people would respond requesting that I take a look at warm weather events anyway. Not that they didn’t agree with my statement that these were not really “winter” themed events but that they felt that warm weather areas had events worth noting. So this week, in all fairness to them which is how I try to play, I set about finding some really great events in the warmer climes. And, as luck would have it, I found a plethora of them. And if I must say so myself (because I am my best cheerleader, lol) I found sound pretty good ones indeed.

I was torn at first to highlight Mardi Gras events, since it is Fat Tuesday February 12. Many celebrations will be held this weekend but I decided that it was better to follow the advice of my readers and just give an overview of some warm weather events; Mardi Gras or no Mardi Gras. So that’s what we have going on here.

Featuring this week a few art festivals, a couple of parades, a garlic festival, an Italian Carnevale (sort of a Mardi Gras but not really) and even an International Pancake Day Competition. But in case you were thinking that the pancake competition has to do with making pancakes, you would be wrong; it’s about racing while flipping pancakes. That’s right I said flipping and racing with pancakes! It’s a fun event and if you read about it, you will see how it all got started and why they do it. Not that racing while flipping pancakes could ever really have a logical explanation, it does put it in perspective.

So that’s the list for this week. I think they are pretty great events. And as I say every week, this is to give you a sense of what is happening all around the U.S. It is a fun way to show how we Americans like to gather and enjoy life. It may be that nothing on this list is near you but don’t be discouraged. There are plenty of fabulous events taking place right in your own backyard. Just use the search box above and find some great ideas on ways to spend your time this week.

Feb 09, 2013 – Feb 10, 2013
Since 1967, this event features over 150 artists from around the state who display their works in the downtown area. Exhibits include oil painting, watercolors, sculptures, photography, graphics, and more. Plus food and musical entertainment make this an exciting event all taking place along Broadway Avenue.
20,000 Attendees
Feb 07, 2013 – Feb 10, 2013
Since 1948, senior rodeo, gold panning, carnival, western dances, arts and crafts, food booths, barbecue, gem show, midway, mucking and drilling contest, contests and 4th largest parade in the state. Music, dancing, a real old-fashioned melodrama, horses, floats and food – it’s all a part of Wickenburg’s most action packed weekend of the year. Visitors from all over the world mix and mingle with cowboys and garter girls. This true old-west celebration demonstrates what western hospitality is all about “Out Wickenburg Way.”
60,000 Attendees
Feb 12, 2013
Since 1949, race taking place at Olney, England and Liberal, Kansas. Housewives run 415 yds. carrying skillet and flipping pancakes. In Olney, the Pancake Race tradition dates back more than 500 years to 1445. A woman engrossed in using up cooking fats (forbidden during Lent) was making pancakes. Hearing the church bells ring calling everyone to the shriving service, she grabbed her head scarf (required in church) and ran to the church, skillet and pancake in hand and still apron-clad. In following years, neighbors got into the act and it became a race to see who could reach the church first and collect a “Kiss of Peace” from the verger (bell-ringer.) The kiss is still the traditional prize in both races. Racers must still wear a head scarf and apron and the runner must flip her pancake at the starting signal, and again after crossing the finish line, to prove she still has her pancake. Kids’ races and other entertainment will have you flipping all day.
25,000+ Attendees
Feb 10, 2013
Since 1948, this delightful parade is a mini-version of the Sun Trust Grand Parade, with children of all ages showcasing their floats, costume or musical talent. Part of the Edison Festival of Light.
18,000 Attendees
Feb 08, 2013 – Feb 10, 2013
Since 1995, ArtFest of 5th Avenue is located in the Arts District of Old Town Scottsdale, home of galleries, picturesque storefronts and the Bob Parks Horse Fountain. ArtFest of Scottsdale features 200 contemporary artists, fashion and home decor artisans, international foods, continuous live music, kids crafts and writing arts.
30,000 Attendees
Feb 08, 2013 – Feb 10, 2013
Since 2000. A tribute to the culinary necessity, garlic. Chefs, recipes novelty items, chidren’s activities, merchandise marketplace, gourmet items, cooking competitions and much more. People come from all over to feast on unique garlic inspired dishes including fest favorite – flaming shrimp scampi – in addition to garlic crab cakes, garlic bruschetta, garlic pizza, garlic Argentine BBQ with garlic black beans and rice, garlic Portobello sandwich and many other delicious and delectable dishes. And don’t forget to try the garlic ice cream!
Feb 09, 2013 – Feb 10, 2013
Since 2005, Coconut Point community is more than just a shopping center. The property has 1.2 million square feet of retail space, office condos and residential housing. With 113 stores and 25 restaurants – all surrounding several acres of lakes and boardwalk, Coconut Point is the place for people to, shop, dine, work, gather and live. Join us Valentine’s Day Weekend for the Coconut Point Art Festival. Fine art, music and more will occupy the streets for two fun-filled days. Grab your sunscreen and walking shoes to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and much more.. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece, ask questions about techniques, learn the sources of their inspirations, and purchase fine works of art.
80,000 Attendees
Feb 09, 2013
Since 2003, The Little Italy Association is proud to bring a little taste of Italy to San Diego. Come and celebrate a fabulous, fun-filled event of Venetian mask, several vignettes of entertainment and shops and restaurants open house.
12,000 Attendees
Feb 09, 2013
Since 1954. The Scottsdale Jaycees proudly present the Parada del Sol Parade. This parade has the distinction of being known as the “World’s Largest Horsedrawn Parade”. The Parade route runs north up Scottsdale Road from Oak to Indian School. With close to 150 parade entries anticipated this year, this is an event to be experienced. So plan on grabbing a seat, your friends and family and come hang out at the Parada del Sol. The annual Trail’s End celebration is presented by Scottsdale Downtown. The party will begin immediately following the Parada del Sol Parade. The Trail’s End party will take place in Old Town Scottsdale on 1st Avenue and Main St, between Brown Rd and Scottsdale Road. This is a huge block party for all ages, including the Kid’s Area with games, pony rides and much more. There will be many food and merchandise vendors located throughout the area.

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