Pot Luck Events

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“Pot Luck” – do you know the origin of that expression? It turns out that it was food-based by meaning – “take whatever is in the pot and join us for dinner.” My research shows that its origin goes back centuries.  However, I think it’s safe to say that its’ meaning has evolved to mean “taking whatever comes your way” in food, in life, in whatever.

Well, let’s not insult the events this week by calling them “pot luck.” Although I decided to throw out my usual specific theme and look at events that fall into a variety of categories labeled “pot luck,” they are really wonderful events.

I mean, do you doubt that something called Toad Suck Daze isn’t an event that you need to get to know better? How about Buc Days? Is it about earning money? Well you just may get to find out this week. Or perhaps you have an interest in dolls. If so, will you be attending the Dolly Parade? Or best of all…do you think an event called Run for the Roses is a marathon at a botanical garden?  Well this week you get to find out for sure what all of these events, and more are all about.

They are ethnic festivals, art events, sporting events, parades, food events, music festivals and more. One of the oldest and most prestigious events all year is held this week. It is the annual “Run for the Roses”, otherwise known as the Kentucky Derby.  This year it will celebrate its 140th anniversary. It may be pot luck week but it is definitely take whatever you can get. This week has some fantastic events going on all over. Use the search box to find something great to attend this week. Grab the kids, the grand kids, the neighbor’s kids, whoever you can fit in the car and head on over to a great event near you this week!

 

Buccaneer Days Festival

Apr 24, 2014 – May 04, 2014

American Bank Center Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Since 1939, brings back memories of Corpus Christi’s past as a hideaway for pirates. Pirates come ashore and take over the town. Activities include carnival, parades, fireworks, sailboat regatta, barbeque, sporting events, folkloric competition, water show, dance and lots of music. Many activities take place along the bayfront as well.
150,000 Attendees

Sunfest

Apr 30, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Since 1983, SunFest has featured a variety of music, art and waterfront activities. More than 50 concerts by national recording artists and local musicians cover all genres including rock, pop, Latin, RandB, jazz, reggae, country and blues. Other attractions include family activities, a fine art and craft show, pedal boats, three floating waterfront barges, two food courts and one of the East Coast’s largest fireworks displays.
300,000 Attendees

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

May 02, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL 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

Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

May 02, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park San Diego, CA 92110

Since 1984, Old Town Cinco de Mayo presented by Corona and Corona Light will be going all out in by closing down the entire Historic Old Town area and transforming the streets into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. This free Fiesta will feature three stages with live entertainment, over 40 bands, traditional ballet folklorico dancers, Lucha Libre performances, equestrian shows, a mercado with over 100 retail and food booths, beer garden and Lowrider Lane! There will be something for everyone including a Children’s Area complete with fun carnival rides and games, entertainment, stage coach rides provided by Wells Fargo and an array of interactive activities and learn about the history behind this beloved holiday. After so much excitement, appease your appetite by visiting over 15 delicious restaurants to enjoy zesty food and quench your thirst with Margaritas and Corona and Corona Light specials. Cinco de Mayo only lands on a Saturday every 6 years so don’t be left out this year as we celebrate this three-day grand fiesta.
100,000 Attendees

Toad Suck Daze

May 02, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Downtown Conway, AR 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 04, 2014

Downtown Hoboken Hoboken, NJ 07030

Since 1993, over 300 artists, photographers and craftspeople display and sell their work, continuous live music on 2 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

Kentucky Derby – Run for the Roses

May 03, 2014

Churchill Downs Louisville, KY 40208

Since 1875, the most prestigious horse race in America and is the first jewel of the Triple Crown. Race for three-year- old Thoroughbreds is run over a 1 1/4 mile distance.
142,000 Attendees

 

Pittsburgh City Marathon

May 04, 2014

Heinz Field Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The races includes a 26.2 mile marathon, 1/2 marathon, marathon relay, and a kids marathon. There is a fee for registration.
50,000 Attendees

May Fair in Harvard Square

May 04, 2014

Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 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

Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival

May 03, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Downtown Austin, TX 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 acheive its title as live music capital of the world with its over 80 musical performance for two days on 6 stages. Thats 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

Polish Constitution Day Parade

May 03, 2014

Grant Park Chicago, IL 60605

Since 1891. The Polish Constitution Day Parade is the largest Polish parade outside of Poland, and celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. This Chicago parade is in honor of this historic document, the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world only to the United States Constitution is once again expected to draw 250,000 eager revelers to the lakefront and untold thousands more to the television coverage of the parade expected to once again be provided by ABC-7 and Polish stations.
250,000 Attendees

 

 

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