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Have You Ever Been To An Asparagus Or Avocado Festival?

If the answer is no, than grab a grandkid or two and check em out.  Festivals are grand fun for the whole family.

They are occasions that gather people together united in a common theme, cause or celebration. Events bring people together to pay tribute to their 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 are “experiencing” something that will give you great satisfaction and a lifetime of memories.

This list represents the EventCrazy staff choices of the events for the week. If you live nearby, any of these would be an excellent way to spend your weekend. If it is not geographically possible, you are encouraged to search the site for the personal experience that is just right for you. We hope that you find EventCrazy to be an excellent tool as you search for ways to create your own lifelong memories each and every week

Mainsail Arts Festival

Apr 18, 2015 – Apr 19, 2015

Vinoy Park Saint Petersburg, FL33731

Since 1975. St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront hosts this premier visual art festival with 222 of the nations’ best artists exhibiting, performing arts stage, student art, children’s art activity tent, and culinary art (food court).
100,000+ Attendees

Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival

Apr 18, 2015 – Apr 19, 2015

Downtown Kennesaw, GA30144

Since 1976, features over 200 arts and crafts booths filled with exhibitors displaying and selling their wares, 20 food booths and 20 general booth spaces, two stages filled with entertainment, children’s activities, food and authentic Civil War encampment. Parade held downtown Saturday morning at 9:30am. Also make plans to visit the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History home of “The General” famous Civil War locomotive. The Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival is one of the largest festivals in North Georgia.
60,000+ Attendees

Avocado Festival

Apr 19, 2015

Downtown Fallbrook, CA92028

Since 1987, celebration of the avocado in the “Avocado Capitol” with contests, entertainment, Main Street shops and street fair. Huge fun with 450 booths, arts, crafts, carnival, beer garde, avocado everything! Free admission, free parking, free shuttle. Music, contests, kids activities. A wide variety of agricultural displays are also found all along the Festival streets. What a fun-filled way to celebrate our heritage and be entertained at the same time
100,000 Attendees

Kentucky Derby Festival

Apr 18, 2015 – May 01, 2015

Whitaker Bank Ballpark Louisville, KY40505

Since 1951, opening ceremonies for the 75 events revolving around the Run for the Roses, Thunder Over Louisville, great balloon race, mini marathon, the Great Steamboat race and the Pegasus Parade. This celebration is packed with a variety of fun.
1,250,000 Attendees

Stockton Asparagus Festival

Apr 17, 2015 – Apr 19, 2015

San Joaquin County Fairgrounds Stockton, CA95206

Since 1986, food, entertainment, arts and crafts, micro beer pavilion, games, interactive activities, 3 sound stages featuring jazz, easy listening, country music and more.
90,000 Attendees

Springing the Blues Festival

Apr 17, 2015 – Apr 19, 2015

Seawalk Pavilion Jacksonville Beach, FL32250

Since 1991. The George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival is a free, three-day family- friendly music festival celebrates the blues at the beautiful oceanfront Seawalk Pavilion, in Jacksonville Beach. General seating only, no reserved seats, no saving seats, no strollers, no umbrellas, no coolers, no chairs, no video cameras, no children under 5.
150,000 Attendees

Bear on the Square Mountain Music Festival

Apr 18, 2015 – Apr 19, 2015

Historic District Dahlonega, GA30533

The 19th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will celebrate Southern Appalachian culture, setting up around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square. Pre- festival events (jamming, an auction) are on Friday, April 17. Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, offer free admission performances by old-time and bluegrass musicians, a juried Artists Marketplace with traditional mountain crafts, free music workshops and demonstrations, dance team performances, storytelling, Acoustic Open Mic, and Master Music Classes.
50,000 Attendees

Hillbilly Days

Apr 16, 2015 – Apr 18, 2015

Central Downtown Business District Pikeville, KY41501

Since 1977, celebrate the history and culture of Appalachia with a outdoor festival featuring a gazebo bandstand and dance floor, superior artists and craftspeople demonstrate their talents and sell their handiwork amidst mountain music, clogging, and square dancing. Clusters of men, women, and even youngsters pick and grin and try to outdo each other in their hillbilly outfits. Held in various locations throughout PikeCounty.
80,000+ Attendees

Fiesta San Antonio

Apr 16, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015

King William Historical District San Antonio, TX78204

Since 1891, Fiesta San Antonio originally started to honor Texas heroes who fought for the Independence of Texas. The festival takes place over a 10 day span with over 150 events such as fireworks, parades, arts and crafts, carnivals, 3 mile run, bird mart, 10K volksmarch, fashion show, bicycle challenge, oysterbake, entertainment and much more. Takes place in various locations.
3,000,000 Attendees

Great Balloon Glow

Apr 24, 2015

Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center Louisville, KY40209

The kick off event to the Great Balloon Race. Balloon pilots fire up the balloons but do not fly anywhere. The spectacular lighted affect is truly remarkable and is the reason that this is such a highly anticipated and appreciated part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow is a companion event to the race, the balloons inflate in their launch position on the field, but do not ascend. As the pilots fire their burners, watch as the balloons glow against the blackness of the night sky, synchronized to a special musical score. You are invited to walk around the field and talk to the pilots as they have more time to show off their balloons than on race morning.
50,000 Attendees

Thunder Over Louisville

Apr 18, 2015

Whitaker Bank Ballpark Louisville, KY40505

To some, it’s the official kick-off to the Kentucky Derby Festival. To others, it’s the unofficial beginning of spring. But to all, it’s simply one of the largest annual fireworks shows in North America and the setting for some of the most memorable moments you’ll ever share. What started with 3000 shells at a local stadium is now the nation’s largest annual fireworks extravaganza held at the junction of two states at a bend in the Ohio River. You can do a lot more at Thunder Over Louisville than simply look to the sky. With a slew of entertainment options available on the ground, there is sure to be something for everyone! From the Thunder FoodFest to the Interactive Display Area to the Kid’s Play Areas on the Great Lawn, there’s refreshments and entertainment galore. When it gets dark, the Thunder rolls. With an estimated average attendance of half a million people, it has become the largest annual event in its region. The show continues to be the largest annual pyrotechnics display in North America thanks to the artistry of Zambelli Internationale and the production of Visual Presentations.
500,000 Attendees

Daffodil Festival Junior Parade

Apr 18, 2015

Downtown Tacoma’s North End District Tacoma, WA98406

Since 1963. A parade set up especially for the enjoyment and participation of children. Costumes, pets, music and non- motorized floats are all part of the day.
50,000 Attendees

Spring Fair

Apr 16, 2015 – Apr 19, 2015

Washington State Fair and Events Center Puyallup, WA98371

Since 1990. The Spring Fair offers a family-friendly atmosphere each spring. The four-day event features animals, FFA and 4-H contests, vendors, rides, food and loads of memories.
125,000 Attendees

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival and Finale Grand Parade

Apr 18, 2015 – Apr 19, 2015

Japantown San Francisco, CA94115

Since 1967. Japanese music, dance, martial and visual arts, crafts, tea ceremonies, flower arranging, parade and food bazaar. Featuring a Grand Parade held on Sunday.
200,000 Attendees

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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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