Signature Events Top the List this Week

This week I want to highlight some events taking place that have not only managed to exist, they flourish. They are very special events. Typically they are classified as Signature Events and each of them has earned that moniker. It is a designation that shows the event has become extremely important to either the class that they fall in to or the area where they take place. A good example of such an event would be News Years Eve in NY. That event is synonymous with Times Square and vice versa. You could say that event is both a signature event for New York City and also a signature event for New Years Eve.

I included some this week that you may not be that familiar with unless they take place in your area. That’s why I chose them. I wanted to give you all a chance to see some events other than the nationally known ones that have a dramatic impact on the area where they take place. As an example, many years ago, and we won’t discuss just how many, I was on one of my very first road trips; 33 events in 3 weeks. That was a lot of road in one trip! But it was kind of my first long term experience outside my location comfort zone to see how other locations put on events. Everyone knows the signature events in the area where they live. This trip I got to experience what is considered “signature” events in other areas. It was an eye opening experience indeed.

One of the places we visited was Albuquerque around the time of the New Mexico State Fair. Everything and I mean everything was State Fair this and State Fair that. It was overwhelming; state fair car sales, white sales, laundromat fluff and fold specials (I know this one because by the time I got to Albuquerque, I needed a laundromat), restaurant deals, etc. You name it. If it happened or was on sale during the fair, it had “state fair” attached to it. These are the kind of events shift the financial health of the area in to high gear when they take place and they stand the test of time as a reflection of the community where they are hosted.

As always, these events are a mirror image of what kind of events are taking place throughout the country.  If there aren’t any events on this list that you can get to, please use the search box above to find fun events in your area this week. Grab your special someone(s) and just get there! You will be surprised just how much fun you will have when you get there.

National Art Festival

Feb 23, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013

Cambier Park Naples, FL US 34102

Since 1980, over 200 exhibitors displaying and selling fine art, crafts, prints, lithographs, photography, sculpture, glass, jewelry and other original works.
22,000 Attendees

Decatur Antique Auto Swap Meet

Feb 22, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013

Sheriff’s Posse Grounds Decatur, TX US 76234

Since 1976, features over 2,800 vendor spaces filled with parts for all types of accessories and parts for every type of car or truck. Plus autos on display and more.
40,000 Attendees

Street Painting Festival

Feb 23, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013

Downtown Lake Worth, FL US 33460

Since 1995, watch as over 400 artists transform pavement into a gallery of more than 200 “street paintings” reproduced in pastel chalks, strolling minstrels, jazz and classical music, dance and more.
100,000 Attendees

Great Fair

Feb 22, 2013 – Feb 23, 2013

Downtown Fountain Hills Fountain Hills, AZ US 85268

Features over 500 artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their works, skydivers, magicians, jugglers, clowns, carnival rides, food and hot air balloons.
135,000+ Attendees

Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Feb 20, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013

Washington State Convention and Trade Center Seattle, WA US 98101

Since 1989, features over 400 commercial booths, 90 information packed seminars, 50 educational exhibits, 16 garden vignettes. Get the latest gardening tips and pick up the newest trends in tools, plus much more.
80,000 Attendees

Pacific Orchid Exposition

Feb 21, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013

Fort Mason Center San Francisco, CA US 94123

Since 1953, with over 150,000 plants, international and national vendors, 1 of the top 10 orchid shows in the USA. This event will feature docent tours, lectures, food and music.
15,000 Attendees

Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

Feb 20, 2013 – Feb 23, 2013

Kibbie Dome at University of Idaho Moscow, ID US 83844

Since 1968, this event has attracted the world’s top jazz headliners and students from all over North America. Also included in this 4 day event are teaching workshops, concerts, and impromptu sessions with famous jazz musicians.
25,000 Attendees

Washington’s Birthday Celebration

Jan 24, 2013 – Feb 25, 2013

Laredo Civic Center Laredo, TX US 78040

The Washington’s Birthday Celebration, founded in 1898, is the largest Celebration of its kind in the United States. The month-long celebration includes parades, a carnival, an air show, fireworks, live concerts and many other fun and exciting events for every member of the family. Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and yearly contributes an estimated $14 million to the local economy. Some events are free and some there is an admission charge. Some events also take place Downtown, the airport and various locations.
400,000+ Attendees

Lost Dutchman Days

Feb 22, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013

Apache Junction Event Center Apache Junction, AZ US 85290

Since 1965, This event has 3 days of Professional Rodeo action, a Carnival that features 30+ rides, and carnival attractions. The Parade, viewing always a favorite and attracts thousands of spectators, who in 2010, were entertained with 125 entries. Don’t forget the Rodeo Dance, held outdoors with a large bonfire, it is hailed as the old fashioned barn dance (less the barn). The wild horses and burros can be seen everyday and are available for adoption from the Bureau of Land Management. Thrown into all this action, entertainment for our spectators continues with two stages of free quality entertainment which provides continuous music daily for your pleasure and what would any event be without plenty of food and vendor booths to browse and drool over. And we will have plenty with over 100 setting up to keep you busy.
95,000+ Attendees

Tucson Rodeo Parade

Feb 21, 2013

Downtown Streets Tucson, AZ US 85777

Since 1926, one of the world’s longest non-motorized parade with 300 entries.
200,000+ Attendees

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Feb 25, 2013 – Mar 17, 2013

Reliant Park Houston, TX US 77054

Since 1931, features one of the worlds largest livestock shows with over 35,000 entries all vying for top titles, ribbons, trophies and premiums in the show ring, plus junior livestock competition. Some of the livestock range from beef cattle and sheep to breeding poultry and rabbits. Live country music performances by the genres biggest stars. Horse shows include Appaloosa Show, Arabian-Half Arabian Show, Quarter Horse Show, Youth Quarter Horse Show, APHA Cutting, Top Hands Horse Show and Donkey and Mule Show, Premier horse sale and 4-H or FFA member children ages 12-17 can compete in the calf scramble. The rodeos are sanctioned by the PRCA and WPRA Association and consist of seven rodeo events (Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping) and only the top cowboys and cowgirls are invited to attend.
2,100,000+ Attendees

South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Feb 21, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013

Ritz Carlton Miami Beach, FL US 33139

Enjoy the different food and wines available to the event attendees, while enjoying the music and entertainment. Events take place at various venues throughout the area.
50,000 Attendees

Chinese New Year Parade

Feb 23, 2013

Downtown Chinatown Area San Francisco, CA US 94101

Since 1958, Chinatown celebrates the new year with colorful floats, music and music. One of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it.
300,000 Attendees

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