When you’re alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go, Downtown!

Ok if you remember when that song came out, you are old. I happen to have heard it while listening to oldies stations in my youth. (cough). No matter how you heard it, it is so appropriate this week. I am not sure if the songwriter was thinking of festivals when he/she wrote those words but boy are they sure a cure for loneliness.  Many locales throughout this great country, celebrate everything “downtown”. It’s where everyone goes when their favorite team wins a big game, where they have the holiday parades,  where they have the fallen hero motorcades and where they have the July 4th fireworks. Downtown is the place to see and be seen in every town. This week we feature events that take place “downtown”.

I often talk about the power of events; financially, socially, spiritually and mentally. It’s that sense of belonging to your surroundings. This week’s events are wonderful examples of meaningful places to experience your surroundings and enjoy “Anytown USA”.  Highlighted are street fairs, parades, festivals and events within other events. Some of the events feature art, some feature music and some feature both. While some of the events showcase spring, one chooses to highlight toads. Toads! Did I just say toads? I mean one is Toad Suck Days. While they do they have a funny name and they do have toads races, the event is actually a free 3 day event to raise funds for education. Now that is a great reason to have an event no matter what your name you pick!

As I say every week and those of you who have been with me for the last 2 ½ years of event blogs already know, these events are chosen to widen the knowledge of our readers about what the rest of the world is doing. And we recognize that not very many users will be able to attend the events that we feature. But we hope that you might be convinced that a downtown event near you is just the ticket, when planning your weekend activities. If you use the search box above you will be able to find events taking place near you or you can sign up for our free weekly email delivered each week just in time to plan your weekend. And remember ..”things will be great when you’re downtown…”

Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair

May 02, 2013 – May 05, 2013

Fairgrounds Thibodaux, LA US 70301

Since 1906, oldest parade in Louisiana, food, rides, live continuous musical entertainment, 5k run/walk, $10,000 raffle and more. Parade held Sunday 11am ending at the fairgrounds.
100,000+ Attendees

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

May 03, 2013 – May 05, 2013

Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL US 32034

Since 1964, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival features a fine arts and crafts show with over 300 award winning artists and craftspeople from around the nation offering first rate creations in watercolor, acrylics, oils, sculpture, clay, metal, wood and fiber. Photography, pottery, plants, jewelry, baskets, glass and more. The antiques festival offers an excellent showing of fine antiques and unique collectibles. The music festival features regional acts and local entertainment with something for the entire family includes, jazz, pop, rock, beach music, folk, country and big band. The food festival features shrimp and seafood dishes abound – all prepared with local flair and flavor. At the waterfront festival see the Pirates as they invade the festival, plus the Blessing of the Fleet, best decorated shrimp boat, fun zone geared toward the younger crowd, pirate contest and more.
150,000 Attendees

Valley of Flowers Festival

May 02, 2013 – May 05, 2013

Knights of Columbus Park Florissant, MO US 63031

Since 1963, festival complete with full carnival with rides, booths, displays, plant sale, wine and cheese garden, baby photography contest, classic car show, craft fair, flea market and more. Also takes place at James J. Eagan Center
80,000+ Attendees

Springfest

May 02, 2013 – May 05, 2013

Inlet Lot Ocean City, MD US 21843

Springfest celebrates spring and the upcoming summer season. It is four dynamic days of delicious food, live entertainment and unique arts and crafts under four huge big top tents located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk. Springfest serves up a continuous variety of musical performances on two stages. Admission to the four day event is free! All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts. The Springfest Express offers direct service for festival attendees traveling from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center to the Inlet.
150,000 Attendees

Toad Suck Daze

May 03, 2013 – May 05, 2013

Downtown Conway, AR US 72032

Since 1982, features toad jumps, arts, crafts, musical entertainment, carnival rides, kiddie korner, melodrama, antique car show, concessions, toad tales, pet show, softball and 5K and 10K run, street dance, horseshow tournament and 5k and 10k runs. Also takes place on Front Street, Parkway Street, Main Street and Locust Street.
150,000+ Attendees

Hoboken Art and Music Festival

May 05, 2013

Downtown Hoboken Hoboken, NJ US 07030

Since 1993, over 300 artists, photographers and craftspeople display and sell their work, continuous live music on 3 stages, food, pony rides and other children’s activities. Some of the activities include clowns, magic, juggling, face painting, games, sand art, candle art, balloon art, and various craft demonstrations.
60,000+ Attendees

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

May 05, 2013

Downtown Carlsbad, CA US 92008

Since 1975, The Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Children’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast guarantee that you’ll find fun for the whole family! Parking for this very popular event is limited, so visitors are encouraged to use the complimentary shuttles that run to and from the faire every 15 minutes. The shuttle pick-up locations are at the northwest corner of Sears at Westfield Shoppingtown Plaza Camino Real (Highway 78 and Jefferson) as well as at the Poinsettia Coaster Station (Poinsettia exit off of I- 5).
90,000+ Attendees

Beale Street Music Festival

May 03, 2013 – May 05, 2013

Tom Lee Park Memphis, TN US 38103

Since 1977, one of the signature events in the month long Memphis in May International Festival. Three days long, it’s Mid-Americas party on the river at the foot of world famous Beale Street. Come out and dance, eat and listen to great music along the banks of the mighty MIssissippi.
140,000 Attendees

Great Neck Street Fair

May 05, 2013

Middle Neck Road Great Neck, NY US 11021

Since 1977, there will be over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, as well as a variety of food vendors, entertainment, music and more!
50,000 Attendees

May Fair in Harvard Square

May 05, 2013

Harvard Square Cambridge, MA US 02138

Since 1984. The neighborhood’s usual cast of artisans, street performers, vendors, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs will be taxed by offerings including art attacks, dance distractions, renegade clowns and entertainment on six separate stages.
150,000 Attendees

Edmond Arts Festival

May 03, 2013 – May 05, 2013

Downtown Edmond, OK US 73003

This annual festival features fine arts, crafts, children’s art activities and live entertainment. Edmond citizens and tourists enjoy this festival by strolling on Broadway to view and purchase art, relax and listen to live entertainment, shop the downtown stores, and eat delicious foods. This is a true family event including a wonderful children’s area and much, much more. The festival begins at Second Street and Broadway and continues north for 3 blocks. With over 100 artists from many states, including Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Kansas, you will find there is something for everyone. Fine Art, pottery, jewelry, metal art, furniture, photography and unique sculptures. The food is “award winning” as well, with Indian Tacos, Catfish, BBQ, Cotton Candy, Kettle Corn, Corn Dogs, ice cream and the list goes on and on. There are plenty of table and chairs with lots of shade.
75,000 Attendees

Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival

May 04, 2013 – May 05, 2013

Downtown Austin, TX US 78701

Since 1979, the Old Pecan Street Fall Arts Festival has been filling historic 6th street with fine arts, live music, and great food. This event has helped Austin achieve its title as live music capital of the world with its over 80 musical performance for two days on 6 stages. That’s the most bands you can see for free in Austin at anytime. Music includes: Rock, Country, Blues, Latino, Tejano, Oldies, Irish, Blue Grass, Zydeco, Funk, and more. Also this festival has helped Austin achieve its title as cultural meca of the world 2003. We have hand made arts and crafts from all over the country by 300 different vendors. This event also includes a carnival for the kids, street performers, face painters, clowns, and other activities that make it fun for the entire family.
300,000 Attendees

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