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Posted on July 20, 2015 by Christine Crosby in Eventcrazy.com, Family, grandkids, Maria King, summertime

Fun In The Summertime With EventCrazy.com

By Maria King – Founder of eventcrazy.com

Nothing spells bonding like taking your grandkids out to an event so you can spend some quality time together. It can also give mom and dad a break. Check out this weeks wonderful selections and to find an event near you just visit www.eventcrazy.com

BAM Arts Fair

Jul 24, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Bellevue Art Museum Bellevue, WA 98004

Since 1947, features 300 of the country’s top artists displaying and selling their wares, artists demonstration stage, kid’s fair, celebration arts stage, film and video festival, preview party and food concessions. Artwork ranges from handmade paper to blown glass and from metal sculptures to painted silk clothing.
88,000 Attendees

EAA Air Venture

Jul 20, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Wittman Airport Oshkosh, WI 54906

For seven days, the aviation world descends on Oshkosh to create the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Nearly every aspect of flight is represented in one way or another — from ultralights to the heavy iron of the Warbirds, AirVenture has it all. Exhibitors showing off the latest aviation innovations, informative forums presented by industry leaders and hands-on workshops compliment the variety of AirVenture activities. Air show includes 600 exhibitors and over 12,000 airplanes of every type, including homebuilts, antiques, warbirds, aerobatics, rotorcraft and floatplanes. More than 500 aviation seminars, workshops and forums, special evening programs and daily air shows.
830,000 Attendees

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas

Jul 19, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Bank of Erie Canal Tonawanda, NY 14150

Since 1983, features bandshell performances, Main Street parade, boat parade, water shows on the canal, fireworks, ethnic food, arts and craft show with 300 vendors, entertainment, exhibits, boat rides, antique car show, amusement rides and midway, youth activities, 4 mile run, gaming tent and much more.
150,000+ Attendees

Saint Ann’s Italian Street Festival

Jul 22, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Church of Saint Ann’s Hoboken, NJ 07030

Since 1911, One of the most well known and beloved Italian festivals in the U.S. Rich in history and tradition, people travel from great distance to attend this celebration. Featuring 60+ vendors, entertainment, arts and crafts, games and a procession through the streets of Hoboken on Saturday. This is a really great festival in the New York area with Italian food specialty items galore.
125,000 Attendees

Oswego Harborfest

Jul 23, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Waterfront Parks and Fort Ontario Oswego, NY 13126

Since 1978. New York State’s Premier Admission-Free Festival, gets underway on Thursday night. The traditional opening ceremonies will again take place on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power “Lakeview Stage” in Breitbeck Park. A juried arts and crafts, antique and classic boats, regatta, 5k run/walk, civil war encampment, cruises, free entertainment on 7 stages and fireworks.
200,000 Attendees

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Jul 24, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Christmas Hill Park Gilroy, CA 95020

Since 1979, a celebration of garlic and its importance to the Garlic Capital of the World. Almost 100 local and nationally known juried arts and crafts exhibitors are on- site. Three stages and several groups of strolling musicians provide a variety of musical entertainment. The Great Garlic Cook-off is one of the most well-known cooking contests in the country. Hundreds of amateur chefs respond to the call for recipes. The 100 most delicious-sounding of these are forwarded to a professional food consultant who makes the final selection. The finalists come to Gilroy to prepare their recipes, celebrity judges pick their favorites. There are plenty of things to do at the festival and lots of other food items as well as the children’s area tol keep your kid’s entertained all day.
110,000+ Attendees

Pierogi Festival

Jul 24, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Downtown Whiting, IN 46394

Since 1995, over 50 vendors, European cuisine make an ethnic extravaganza, pierogi vendors, polish sausage, home made tamales, Slovakian and Hungarian food, sidewalk sale, arts and crafts fair. Don’t miss the eating contest and parade! Parade held Friday night at 7pm. The Festival is the pride of Whiting. It allows us to celebrate our heritage while poking a little fun at ourselves at the same time. Where else can you see grown women dressed up like our grandmothers (bushas, as we say) in housecoats and babushkas? Or the lawnmower brigade strut through town with sandals and socks on like or dads did? You’ll also see life-size polish pastries and goodies walking and talking waiting to take a picture with you? Only here at Whiting’s Pierogi Fest.
190,000+ Attendees

Bellevue Festival of the Arts

Jul 24, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Cost Plus World Market Parking Lot Bellevue, WA 98004

Since 1985. Bellevue Festival of the Arts… is a juried arts and crafts fair located just across Lake Washington from Seattle. Its prime location by Cost Plus World Market just north of Bellevue Square, is in the heart of a vibrant city. Produced by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest and organized by artists it continues to support a variety of non-profits with proceeds from the festival. Visit the newsletter page for those details. Now celebrating its 31st year it features 200 of the most talented and popular artisans, musicians and craftspeople from the Northwest and beyond. Estimated attendance is 75,000. The Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place the last full weekend in July in downtown Bellevue, Washington along with two other art fairs, Bellevue Art Museum’s ARTSfair and Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair. Together these three fairs are known as Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend.
75,000 Attendees

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

Jul 24, 2015 – Aug 02, 2015

Waterfront Stadium/Escanaba Park Grand Haven, MI 49417

Since 1924, festival week is filled with great family-type entertainment including a family parade, quilt show, Coast Guard run, kid’s parade, Coast Guard waterball tournament, Venetian boat parade, parade of ships, ship tours, musical entertainment, community picnic, huge arts and crafts show, carnival, spectacular fireworks show and much, much more. Takes place at various locations. Some events are free and some there is an admission charge.
350,000 Attendees

Lowell Folk Festival

Jul 24, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Boarding House Park Lowell, MA 01852

Since 1987, features the finest in traditional music, dance, storytelling and puppetry. Concerts are featured on 5 daytime stages – JFK Plaza, Boarding House Park, Market Street Stage, Market Mills Courtyard, John Street Dance Pavilion and St. Anne’s Churchyard. Evening concerts are at Boarding House Park and John Street Dance Pavilion. Also includes craft demonstrations, interactive games and activities for the entire family on Shattuck Street, over 20 varieties of ethnic food prepared by Greater Lowell non-profit ethnic organizations. The Ethnic Foodways features demonstrations of traditional cooking and recipes from Lowell’s ethnic communities at Lucy Larcom Park. The street parades wind through the streets of Lowell throughout the weekend.
105,000 Attendees

Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Jul 24, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Solberg Airport White House Station, NJ 08889

Since 1983. The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning a summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is a premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. Held annually at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ, the festival truly has something for everyone! From twice daily mass ascensions of over 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, a 5k run and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do.
100,000 Attendees

Premier Great Texas Balloon Race

Jul 21, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

East Texas Regional Airport Longview, TX 75603

Since 1979, pilots from around the world compete for the Texas state championships during several races throughout the weekend.
70,000 Attendees


Jul 22, 2015 – Jul 25, 2015

Downtown Minneapolis, MN 55401

Since 1940, major civic water festival with about 30 free and family-oriented events, sports competition, musical entertainment, block party, air expo, torchlight and grande day parade. Takes place at various locations.
150,000 Attendees

Oil Heritage Week Festival

Jul 23, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Downtown Oil City, PA 16301

Since 1979, concerts, food, sports events, dances, train rides, parades, trolley tours, fireworks, 5K run, crafts, car and motorcycle cruise-in, sidewalk sales and kids events. Take place on Seneca Street, between Duncomb and Center Streets.
50,000 Attendees

Sixth Street Arts and Crafts Fair

Jul 24, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Bellevue Galleria Bellevue, WA 98004

Since 1970, features over 130 artists from the Western U.S. displaying and selling their creations. You’ll experience the original work in an open-air showcase of sculpture, jewelry, home décor, wood and glass work, fabrics and more. Peruse an eclectic mix of outstanding arts and crafts and discover the perfect treasure from baskets and beadwork to paintings and pottery. Jazz, blues and rock musicians will entertain you from the stage while you stroll. There will be hands-on activities for kids and a variety of food offerings to satisfy your cravings, including gyros, Philly cheese steaks, German bratwurst, crepes, Thai cuisine and much more.
85,000 Attendees

Milwaukee Air and Water Show

Jul 25, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015

Downtown by the Waterfront Milwaukee, WI 53202

Since 2009. The Milwaukee Air and Water Show is shaping up to be the best year yet, complete with a variety of world-class performers. Grab your camera and get ready to witness the stunning spectacles of speed, precision and power of the 2015 headliners, including: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Breitling Jet Team, Aerostars Formation Aerobatic Team and more!
150,000 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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