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Events can bring people together especially you and your grandkids. Events can pay tribute to heroes, to raise awareness of a cause or to witness history in the making. Events can be as simple as a child’s kindergarten graduation or as dramatic as the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter what your preference is or even if it is constantly evolving. What does matter is that you and your grankids are “experiencing” something that will give you both great satisfaction and a lifetime of memories.

If your are near Sarasota, FL, don’t miss taking your grandkids to this yummy event.

grandkids at event with grandparentsSiesta Fiesta Craft Festival

Apr 11, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Siesta Key Village Sarasota, FL 34242

Since 1978, Siesta Fiesta will be back again to celebrate its Craft Festival in Sarasota, Florida! Hosted in an exquisite venue seated along the beautifully lush Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road, you can stroll along the beach as you take in art from 250 of the nation’s most talented artists and crafters out there. Showcasing an extensive collection of work ranging from life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and much, much more, this show truly has something for anyone. Complete with an additional green market, this spectacular show also features plants, orchids, body products, and tasty dips.
90,000 Attendees

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival

Apr 09, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Downtown Fort Worth, TX 76199

Since 1987, 9 blocks of Fort Worth’s historic brick-paved Main Street become a marketplace of food, arts, crafts, and live entertainment during this popular annual festival. One of the largest event of its kind in the Southwest.
400,000+ Attendees

Denver Auto Show

Apr 08, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Colorado Convention Center Denver, CO 80202

There is always lots to do with grandkids at car shows. Located at the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Auto Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles — cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks, sport utilities – cars to suit every budget and life style. You’ll not only see all the newest models, you’ll also be treated to sneak peeks of selected intros, concepts, and the latest in tricked out cars! It’s the perfect place to see the latest examples of fuel efficient technologies and aftermarket accessories. Factory and dealer representatives are on hand to answer your questions in a no pressure environment, and with your favorite car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money. So come sit in the cars, pop the hoods, inspect the trunks, kick the tires. The Denver Auto Show is great entertainment for serious shoppers, car buffs and the entire family!
180,000 Attendees 

Big Hat Days Festival

Apr 11, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Old Town Clovis Clovis, CA 93612

Since 1939, features a family festival with live bands, 350 arts and craft exhibitors, children’s carnival, games, home and garden show, spring boat and automotive show and international food and beverage gardens. Stroll along 11 blocks and shop at vendors with high quality merchandise from top of the line photography and art to home goods and even children’s toys and clothing. Visit local commercial business booths or contribute to a non-profit organization. After all that walking, you’re bound to be hungry so let the BIG Hat Days food vendors take care of that appetite. If you’re looking for some delicious snack type food, stop at the kettle corn, shaved ice or chocolate covered fruit or hot pretzel trailers along Pollasky Ave. If barbeque, Mexican food, corn dogs or shrimp filled artichokes are your forte, go to the Bullard Food Court. Takes place along Pollasky Avenue Between 3th Street and 8th Street.
140,000 Attendees

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Apr 10, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Piedmont Park Atlanta, GA 30306

Since 1937, We have a fabulous artist market, an exciting kid zone, 4 stages of music, an award winning and nationally recognized Atlanta High School Art Exhibition, an International cultural program full of color and pageantry. In addition we have the best green component in any festival in the Southeast as determined by the Southeast Festival and Event Association, the Southeast Regional Disc Dog Competition, classic festival foods, a special comedy show, a Saturday night VIP Bar, the La Fete International Food and Wine event featuring a reggae band and a performance by Miss Georgia, the Friends of Dogwood Pavilion with superb food from Atlanta’s best restaurants and fine wine pairings. As a special feature of our 75th anniversary there will be a 9 story classic Seattle Ferris Wheel built in 1963 to give visitors a whole new perspective of Piedmont Park and Midtown, and a fully restored, 1965 vintage carousel for the entire family to enjoy.
210,000+ Attendees

Poteet Strawberry Festival

Apr 10, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds Poteet, TX 78065

This event is sure to be a sweet treat for you and your grandkids. Since 1948, popular fest attracts thousands to savor the wonderful strawberry. Held annually in April, the festival has 14 areas of continuous entertainment featuring concerts with nationally known Country Western and Tejano stars, regional bands, gunslingers, carnival, various contests, and rodeo performances. There is something for the whole family!
200,000+ Attendees

French Quarter Festival

Apr 09, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

French Quarter New Orleans, LA 70112

this one may not be best for grankids, but grandparent will love it. Since 1984, featuring approximately 13 stages and over 600 local musicians, performing traditional and contemporary Jazz, Gospel, R and B, Cajun, Zydeco, Classical and more. The world’s largest jazz bunch with authentic New Orleans cuisine served from over 60 local chefs and restaurants. Unique children’s area to entertain kid’s of all ages with crafts, musical performances and much more. Little Red Schoolhouse 5K Race and Walk. Plus special events include a second-line parade to kick off the festival weekend, openings of historic courtyards, art shows, music colloquiums, guess the weight of the world’s largest Praline Contest, Isenos crafts demonstrations, special museum exhibits and much more. Take place at various locations. Admission charge for some attractions.
290,000+ Attendees

Amory Railroad Festival

Apr 09, 2015 – Apr 13, 2015

Frisco Park Amory, MS 38821

All grandkids love trains and they’ll love atetnding this event. Since 1979. Folks from near and far, including many railroad enthusiasts, make the Amory Railroad Festival a “must,” year in and year out. Amory owes its very existence to the railroad – the town was established by the old KCMandB (Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham) Railroad at the mid-point between Memphis and Birmingham and named the town for railroad magnate Harcourt Amory. The KCMandB eventually became the Frisco (St. Louis and San Francisco), which in turn was purchased by the Burlington Northern in the 1970s. The BN then merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1995, resulting in the current “Burlington Northern Santa Fe” Bring the whole family and plan to spend at least one full day in Amory. Ya’ll come! Yuh heah?
60,000 Attendees

Delray Affair

Apr 10, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444

Since 1963, over 600 skilled artists and craftsmen will display, pottery, crafts, photography, watercolors, sculpture, jewelry, acrylics, oils, natural wood furnishings and stained glass art. Also a juried art and craft show, local and regional talent, youth rides, games, festival food, continuous stage and strolling entertainment and much more.
250,000+ Attendees

International Kite Festival and Cultural Festival

Apr 17, 2010 – Apr 18, 2010

Cardome Centre Georgetown, KY 40324

Since 2001. Professional kite demonstrations, international kite exhibits, Japanese garden, Tahara Japan kite fest and international food court. Two stages with non-stop entertainment that represent International and Kentucky musicians. A wonderful event that provides fun and educational opportunities for the entire family.
7,000 Attendees

Daffodil Festival Parade

Apr 11, 2015

Downtown Orting, WA 98360

Since 1934. The Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade is an annual celebration of the community, history, traditions, and growth, of its home of Pierce County. Traveling through the four cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting, the Parade consists of over 180 entries, including floats, bands, marching, and mounted units. Linking one generation to another in tradition, floats are decorated with thousands of fresh-cut daffodils, just like the daffodil flowers that grew in the Puyallup Valley since over 80 years ago. The floats are decorated with fresh cut Daffodils, numbering in the thousands. Parade starts at Bridge Street and Washington Streets and ends at the North end of town. Tacoma – 10:15 AM, Puyallup – 12:45 PM, Sumner – 2:30 PM, and Orting – 5:00 PM
50,000 Attendees

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Apr 11, 2015

Downtown Washington, DC 20001

This annual parade is in conjunction with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It features marching bands from all 50 states as well as many foreign countries. Spectacular floats, costumed dance troupes giant helium balloons and celebrity guests. Wonderful event for children of all ages!
200,000 Attendees

Mule Day

Apr 06, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Maury County Park Columbia, TN 38401

Since 1840. It began as “Breeder’s Day”, a single day livestock show and mule market event held on the first Monday in April. Over time, “Mule Day” evolved from a single day event into a multi-day festival, attracting thousands of attendees, lasting almost a week. The heavy involvement of Maury County in the mule industry has caused the event to grow over time into “one of the largest livestock markets in the world.” Activities include mule shows, mule pulling, arts and crafts, flea market, knife show, liars contest, pancake breakfast, parade and a beauty pageant to select Mule Day Queen.
200,000+ Attendees

Baldwin County Strawberry Festival

Apr 11, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Loxley Municipal Park Loxley, AL 36551

Since 1986, It has grown from a few crafters and food vendors, to over 160 arts and craft exhibitors, a dozen different food vendors, an exciting carnival, wonderful children’s games, antique auto show, animal riding and petting exhibits and live music. Of course, strawberry shortcake is still king!
50,000 Attendees

Country Thunder West

Apr 09, 2015 – Apr 12, 2015

Country Thunder West Florence, AZ 85132

Since 1994. National Country stars headline the stage for the entire weekend. One of the largest Country music festivals in the country.


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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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