“Presidential” Selection of Events this Weekend

Ok, I am taking the obvious route this week. I could have gone Valentines Day or I could have gone Mardi Gras but I took the high road, (well at least I think so, lol) and went entirely off the board. So this entitles me to be a little obvious doesn’t it? Not that these aren’t great events but let’s face it, ANYTHING can be classified as “presidential” this weekend. I mean really, a Presidents Weekend Botox Sale? After seeing the movie Lincoln, are you picturing his endorsement of vanity? It seemed to me that he had a few more pressing issues other than wrinkles. Luckily, these events are not sales pitches, they just happen to be events that happen to fall on president’s weekend.

The events have some history themselves. All of the events that I am showcasing this week have been ongoing at least 25 years. Along with the longevity, each has a very loyal following of attendees. They are all really wonderful events in their respective categories; many are the leaders in their categories.  We have three of the greatest art related festivals all year taking place in Florida; Coconut Grove Arts Fest, ArtiGras and the Saint Stephen’s Arts and Crafts Show. Additionally two very old and established boat shows are sailing this week into Grand Rapids and Miami.  There is the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, the National Farm Machinery Show, the Festival of Lights Grand Parade, the Kansas City Sport and Travel Show and the Syracuse Auto Show. I have even thrown in two kind of historical events to try and at least keep the history element of the weekend; Whiskey Flat Days and Olustee Battle Re-Enactment and Festival.

As always, I make it a point to include a kind of overview of events that are coming up in the next week. Sometimes these blog events are ongoing celebrations you can find anywhere in the U.S. this week. Say like Mardi Gras or Valentines Day. But sometimes they are just a potpourri of events that represent things I think you might find interesting. One thing I do know is that there is always something fun happening everywhere. So use the search box above to find events taking place in your backyard this week. Oh and please use it so you can find something more exciting than a Presidents Day Sale!

Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Feb 16, 2013 – Feb 18, 2013

Downtown Streets Coconut Grove, FL US 33133

Since 1964, one of the finest art shows in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people descend upon Coconut Grove for this fabulous event showcasing over 325 exhibitors. Outstanding representation of juried arts and crafts. Also nightly concerts and an excellent variety of food.
850,000 Attendees

St. Stephens Arts and Crafts Show

Feb 16, 2013 – Feb 18, 2013

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish Coconut Grove, FL US 33133

Since 1989, this event takes place along with the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and features over 175 juried fine arts and crafts exhibitors. An excellent example of a terrific showcase of talented artists. Known as one of South Florida’s most popular outdoor art festivals, the SSAS will charge a $2 admission to adults and children under 12 are admitted free of charge. The Art Show serves as a non-profit event that helps to fund outreach programs in Miami. Visitors can enjoy artwork from more than 160 renowned artists, an international food court, children’s activity area, an authentic English tea room and musical entertainment, all on the shady campus of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
700,000+ Attendees


Feb 16, 2013 – Feb 18, 2013

Abacoa Town Center Jupiter, FL US 33458

Since 1986, a three-day illustrated art festival that showcases over 250 artisans in a juried exhibition of gallery-quality fine art and fine crafts. With family activities and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds help fund year round programs and services form the Northern Palm Beachs such as schools, charities and chamber activities.
150,000 Attendees

Syracuse Auto Show

Feb 14, 2013 – Feb 17, 2013

Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Syracuse, NY US 13202

Since 1973, the latest in all makes and models of domestic and foreign automobiles. Dealers demonstrating the latest in equipment and technology accessories for your vehicle.
60,000+ Attendees

Olustee Battle Re-enactment and Festival

Feb 15, 2013 – Feb 17, 2013

Downtown Lake City Lake City, FL US 32025

Since 1977, features over 2,000 re-enactors participate in the re-enactment of a Civil War Battle between the North and the South. Plus an arts and crafts festival, Civil War Memorial Service, live entertainment, square dance, food vendors and parade. Also takes place downtown on Marion Street. Re-enactment takes place at Olustee Battlefield Park on Saturday and Sunday.
60,000+ Attendees

National Farm Machinery Show and Tractor Pull

Feb 13, 2013 – Feb 16, 2013

Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center Louisville, KY US 40209

Since 1966, The National Farm Machinery Show and tractor pull is one of the largest indoor farm shows in the nation. Virtually every major line of equipment will be featured under one roof, allowing product comparison. Over 800 exhibits displaying computer software and electronics, buildings, sheds and fencing, iIrrigation equipment, breeder services, chemicals and fertilizers, mowing and harvesting equipment, livestock supplies, tillage implements and much more. Also includes free educational seminars and the Family Living Center offers a change of pace from the show floor with unique gifts for friends, farm toys for the kids and special accessories for the home. Youand#8217;ll find souvenirs, cosmetics, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts and more. Drivers from across the country are not only gearing up for the unequaled thrill of winning at this nationally recognized pull, but also for the chance to bring home a share of the $200,000 in prize money awarded by the pull’s sponsor. This invitation-only event stars the nation’s best drivers and their ground-pounding machines – Pro Stocks, Super Stocks, Modified and Alcohol Tractors, Two-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive Trucks, and the return of Super Farm Tractors.
300,000 Attendees

Progressive Insurance Kansas Sports, Boat and Travel Show

Feb 14, 2013 – Feb 17, 2013

Kansas Coliseum Valley Center, KS US 67147

Since 1954, featuring giant exhibits of boats, RVs, vacation ideas, travel packages, motorcycles, personal watercraft, fishing tackle and supplies, hunting and fishing pros, kids’ trout fishing pond, casting demonstrations and lots more. Boaters will find great deals on the new model fishing and ski boats. Campers and RV travelers will find the latest models and special value pricing on motorhomes, camping trailers, 5th-wheels and tent trailers.
30,000+ Attendees

Whiskey Flat Days

Feb 15, 2013 – Feb 18, 2013

Riverside Park Kernville, CA US 93238

Since 1956, this event commemorates the old Kernville of the 1800’s that was named Whiskey Flat. This old-fashioned, western style festival includes a parade, gunfighters, carnival, music, vendors, and a Whiskey Flat Encampment. Get a chance to win some great prizes when you enter the Epitaph Contest, Frog Jumpin’ Contest, Whiskerino Contest, and more! Be here to find out who will be our next Honorary Mayor of Whiskey Flat!
25,000+ Attendees

Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade

Feb 16, 2013

Fort Myers High School Fort Myers, FL US 33900

Since 1939, the two-hour extravaganza begins on Edwards Drive and concludes at Edison Stadium at Fort Myers High School. The Grand Parade is one of the largest night parades in Florida featuring more than 140 participating units, including magnificent lighted floats, bands, special marching units and more.
100,000 Attendees

Miami International Boat Show

Feb 14, 2013 – Feb 18, 2013

Miami Beach Convention Center Miami Beach, FL US 33139

Since 1942, features one of the largest consumer marine exhibitions, More than 2,000 exhibitors from around the world will showcase thousands of the newest boats, from luxury motor and sailing yachts to personal watercraft and sport fishers, including powerboats, sailboats, jet boats and electric boats, in addition to the latest cutting-edge electronics, engines and marine accessories. Also takes place at Sealine Marina and Yachting Center.
177,000 Attendees

Grand Rapids Boat Show

Feb 13, 2013 – Feb 17, 2013

De Vos Place Grand Rapids, MI US 49503

Since 1946, features 250 exhibitors displaying the latest boat related items, accessories, equipment, electronics, marinas, docks and lifts, financing, vacation ideas, workshops on skiing, wakeboarding, barefooting and tricks and virtual reality fishing tournament. Over 400 boats including cruisers, water ski boats, fishing boats, runabouts, deckboats and pontoons from over 70 manufacturers. Plus 2 stages filled with seminars and travelogues and a dive tank.
40,000 Attendees

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