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Grab the grandkids and get ready for some good ol’ family fun. Check out the events below. Events are the life blood of a society. 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.

Wildflower Art and Music Festival

May 15, 2015 – May 17, 2015

Wildflower Festival Grounds Richardson, TX 75085

Since 1994, enjoy 6 stages of live music while visiting art and crafts vendors and tours of over 100 acres of wildflower fields.
70,000 Attendees 

Canton Flea Market Arts and Crafts Show

May 14, 2015

Canton Historic Courthouse Square Canton, MS39046

Since 1965, this gigantic arts and crafts show features a juried show to promote outstanding artist and craftsmen, whose work will be displayed on the grounds of historic MadisonCounty courthouse square and surrounding downtown area. This has become one of the largest outdoor craft markets in the South featuring over 1,000 artists taking place in this very popular show.
50,000 Attendees

East Lansing Art Festival

May 16, 2015 – May 17, 2015

East Lansing-Downtown East Lansing, MI48823

Since 1964. The East Lansing Art Festival is a two-day arts and cultural event held in the downtown city streets of East Lansing featuring juried fine art and fine craft exhibition and marketplace with more than 200 artists from across North America. This event is ranked as one of the top 100 fine art festivals in the nation! Come enjoy free educational arts and cultural experiences in our Children’s Activities Area as well as top-notch live musical performances on two stages and international fair from local restaurants in our food court.
75,000 Attendees

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

May 16, 2015 – May 17, 2015

Reston Town Center Reston, VA20190

Since 1991. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival brings more than 200 artists from around the nation for two days of exhibiting and selling their works, including paintings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry, and fine craft both fun and functional, with something for all tastes and ages to enjoy. Experience the sights and sounds while strolling 6 blocks of outdoor booths filled with art, live performances, and acclaimed hands- on art activities for children in Reston Town Center Pavilion. As an added perk this year, be inspired by a monumental public art sculpture by internationally renowned earth artist Patrick Dougherty on site at Town Square Park, accompanied by a documentary exhibition in the GRACE gallery. NVFAF is an independent, juried art show, produced since 1992 by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a non- profit 501(c)3 organization. The weekend festival admission is a voluntary donation of $5 per adult at the gates which provides an informative program and the bonus of dining certificates for local restaurants. The festivities begin on Friday night with a Launch Party at 6pm in the Pavilion. Get party tickets and more information on the festival website! GRACE benefits from gate donations and party ticket sales.
30,000+ Attendees

Dubuquefest: Very Special Arts

May 15, 2015 – May 17, 2015

Washington Park Dubuque, IA52001

Since 1975, art exhibition with over 125 artists, live entertainment, house tour, great food and more. Offering three full days of music, art, and culture. Located in picturesque downtown Dubuque in WashingtonPark and on the TownClockPlaza this festival is an arts celebration for the entire family.
60,000 Attendees 

Spokane Lilac Festival and Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

May 16, 2015

Downtown Spokane, WA99299

Since 1938, the Spokane Lilac Festival is a city-wide celebration highlighted by the annual Lilac Festival Torchlight Parade. Other events include, amateur golf tournament, junior lilac parade, air show and the largest timed foot race in the world. The parade starts on Washington and finishes on SpokaneFalls.
200,000 Attendees

Tulip Festival

May 14, 2015 – May 16, 2015

Windmill Park Square Orange City, IA51041

Since 1936, features windmills, tulips, Dutch lace, quilt show, Dutch folk arts and crafts, art burst, volksparade, puppet show, hand-crafted wooden shoes and more. Festivities include music and dancing by hundreds of children and adults in intricate authentic costumes, two daily parades featuring top area marching bands, nightly musical theatre, a carnival midway, fun ethnic food treats, plus thousands of tulips and a dozen reproduction windmills throughout a charming village.
100,000 Attendees

Beach Music Festival and Cruisin’ Virginia Beach Auto Show

May 15, 2015 – May 17, 2015

29th Street Stage Virginia Beach, VA23451

Since 1995, one of the biggest beach music festivals on the east, nothing but great live beach music with nationally acclaimed bands. Also featured is the Shag Championship on the Beach, where nationally ranked shaggers compete for cash prizes and trophies. Takes place at various venues. Whether you bring a classic car to show-off or cheer your favorite entry at the popular Burnout Competition, this event is guaranteed to “crank- up” both spectators AND participants! Hot rods, classic cars, street machines, antiques, and motorcycles line the boardwalk for blocks on end.
50,000 Attendees

Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival

May 15, 2015 – May 17, 2015

Downtown Raleigh, NC27601

Since 1980, festival includes live music on 3 stages from jazz to blues to country to pop, about 150 arts and crafts booths and displays, kidsplosure educational activities for the whole family, interactive sculptures and food.
80,000 Attendees

Italian Market Festival

May 16, 2015 – May 17, 2015

Italian Market / South Philly Philadelphia, PA19147

Since 2003. A feast of Italian foods, music and special events at one of the greatest outdoor food markets in the nation. Bring the whole family to enjoy the Annual Procession of Saints, live entertainment, half- ball tournament to benefit the Mummers Fancy Brigades, and Food, Food and more Food! Takes place rain or shine on 9th Street Between Catharine and Wharton Streets.
50,000 Attendees


May 14, 2015 – May 17, 2015

Downtown Tulsa Tulsa, OK74103

Since 1972, artisans display their artwork and crafts for sale with international cuisine and music also featured. What a perfect way to spend the day. Mayfest is a family- oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual, art lovers. Mayfest is nationally renowned for presenting the very best in arts and entertainment. Tulsa International Mayfest has something to offer everyone. The outdoor area of Mayfest includes fine arts, crafts, four stages of performing artists, KidZone – a children’s hands-on art activity area, and of course, great festival food. In addition to the outdoor space, Mayfest also features five indoor galleries.
350,000 Attendees

Do Dah Day

May 16, 2015

Caldwell Park Birmingham, AL35205

Since 1980, Do Dah Day is the south’s number one Dog and Animal Festival and,one of Birmingham’s best-loved events! The parade winds down Highland Ave. beginning at 11:01am on Saturday with the bands kicking off in the park around noon. And don’t miss out on the festivities at Do Dah Eve on Friday night. Check website. Party starts at 7:01pm Fundraiser for Humane Shelter. This is a great fun event. Also activities at Highland Park.
50,000 Attendees 

Preakness Stakes

May 16, 2015

Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, MD21215

Since 1873, the second race in the triple crown of racing. The race is for three year olds, 1 3/16 mile race.
90,000 Attendees

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival

May 17, 2015

Downtown Escondido Escondido, CA92025

Since 1989, Live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival a family tradition. Over five hundred unique vendor booths line seven blocks of beautiful downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue. Features fun for the entire family with arts and crafts vendors, fine art exhibits, bands on three stages, international food fair and children’s rides.
65,000+ Attendees

Festival of Culture

May 16, 2015 – May 17, 2015

Oakton Street Park Skokie, IL60077

Since 1991, a huge celebration of different cultures that we share the planet with. Enjoy food, music, costumes and more. You and your friends and family will enjoy two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food, unique arts and crafts, international children’s games, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.
50,000 Attendees

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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

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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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