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What Is Your Family Doing This Weekend?

Research shows that families that take time to play together are stronger, healthier and happier. So, get busy and do something fun with your family.  Our friends at EventCrazy.com have come up with a fantastic array of fun family activities. See which ones are near you.

Red River Revel Arts Festival

Oct 03, 2015 – Oct 10, 2015

Shreveport Riverfront Festival Plaza Shreveport, LA71101

Since 1976, an 8 day celebration of the arts. Live, local entertainment, street performers, local and regional artists displays, and areas of educational entertainment geared especially for children. There is 24 food booths offering their traditional Revel favorites as well as new and tantalizing dishes! Art from more than 120 visual artists from across the nation was available all week long with some exceptional new artists adding flare to our already incredible array of visual artists. Plus, our four performance stages featured non-stop entertainment and showcased some great Revel favorites. The “Market” was expanded this year and included soaps, candles, food mixes, and more.
200,000 Attendees

St James Court Art Show

Oct 02, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Old Louisville – Central Park Louisville, KY40201

Since 1957, one of the largest outdoor art shows of its kind in the nation. More than 650 artists display their artwork in an elegant setting of fine Victorian homes. The St. James Court Art Show ® was originally established to provide necessary funding to maintain the St. James Court grounds and fountain. Proceeds from the show continue to allow St. James Court Association and Belgravia Court Association to fund ongoing grounds upkeep and neighborhood beautification efforts. Additionally, Fourth Street Association has utilized Art Show proceeds to fund the installation of new benches, urns and trash bins along Fourth Street. Art show proceeds also funded the LinearPark at 3rd and Hill and installation of period street lights.
200,000 Attendees 

Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral

Sep 30, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle, PA17013

Since 1973. The Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral marks the end of the swap meet season each year and is an absolute must-attend event for thousands of enthusiasts who travel to Carlisle from all points of the globe to buy, sell and celebrate all things automotive. This is a fun-filled weekend the entire family will enjoy. While exploring the 150 acres and 8,100 vending spaces, you will marvel at one of the largest automotive swap meets in the world. Carlisle is the place to purchase any of the 2,000 vehicles at the car corral where you can slip behind the wheel and get a feel for the vehicle. Even better, you can deal directly with the car owner to work out the best price. This is where you can buy, sell and trade with total confidence.
90,000+ Attendees

Northwood University International Auto Show

Oct 02, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Northwood University Midland, MI48640

Since 1964. This is the largest student run new car outdoor auto show in North America. Over 500 new cars, trucks, RV’s, semi trucks, specialty and promotional vehicles. Over 600 participating Northwood students from all curriculums and these students do not receive payment or credit for their participation. No admission or parking fees.
50,000 Attendees

Octoberfest on the River

Oct 02, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Downtown Rousakis Plaza Savannah, GA31401

Since 1978, celebration with German food and beverages, continuous entertainment, including Oompah bands, wiener dog races, arts and crafts and family fun.
200,000 Attendees


Oct 01, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Downtown Festival Grounds La Crosse, WI54601

Since 1961. The best of family activities offered including the Grand Maple Leaf Parade and Torchlight Parade. Carnival rides, ethnic foods, authentic German entertainment, as well as local and regional country, pop, rock and children’s acts.
145,000 Attendees

California Avocado Festival

Oct 02, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Carpinteria and Linden Avenues Carpinteria, CA93014

Since 1986, The Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun. Days of Peace, Love and Guacamole in beautiful downtown beachside Carpinteria! FREE Festival boasting fabulous epicurean delights, entertainment with a premier lineup of music, arts and crafts vendors, commercial marketplace, educational Avocado Expo Tent, contests, Kids Block Party, largest vat of guacamole, environmentally-friendly practices and a great family experience.
80,000 Attendees

Wooly Bear Festival

Oct 04, 2015

Downtown Vermilion, OH44089

Since 1973, the Woollybear Festival turns the small harbor town of Vermilion into a hub of excitement with 50+ vendors. The parade features over 25 high school bands from all over the state. The activities include, caterpillar race, games and entertainment. Bring your family to Vermilion for a day of fun. Celebrate the charming and fuzzy Woolybear caterpillar’s legendary ability to predict winter weather. (If the black band on its back is wide, get set for plenty of snow!) Watch the annual Woolybear forecast, caterpillar races, and a wonderful parade. There’s plenty of arts and crafts and entertainment for everyone! Taking place in various locations throughout the town.
160,000 Attendees

Riley Festival

Oct 01, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Downtown Greenfield, IN46140

Since 1970, Enjoy one of the largest craft festivals in Indiana with over 300 vendors plus designated areas for food, commercial and flea market booths, Fine Arts, Home Arts/Quilt, Photography, Fine Arts, Poster and Decorated Pumpkin shows. The Riley Festival follows years of tradition by celebrating the birthday of the “Hoosier Poet” James Whitcomb Riley. Free entertainment runs continuously from Friday thru Sunday. Friday features the Children’s Parade of Flowers. The 100 unit Ameriana Riley Festival Parade on Saturday highlights the day. A car show, Antique Engine and Tractor show, Antique show and Riley Run take place during the festival along with other shows. A donation fee shuttle runs from the HancockCounty 4-H Fairgrounds to the east entrance of the festival.
90,000 Attendees

Texas Rice Festival

Sep 30, 2015 – Oct 03, 2015

Stowell Park Winnie, TX77665

Since 1971, activities include live entertainment, parades, carnival, livestock show, horse show, bbq cookoff, volleyball tournament, rice cooking contest, antique car show and craft show.
75,000 Attendees

Bayfest Music Festival

Oct 02, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Bienville Square Mobile, AL36602

Since 1995. BayFest has become known for its vast array of renowned musical talent that appeals to a wide variety of audiences and is suitable for the entire family. Past performers at BayFest include: Luke Bryan, Kid Rock, Duran Duran, Kenny Chesney, Mary J. Blige, Motley Crue, B.B. King, Stone Temple Pilots, Lady Antebellum, Reba, Nelly, Bush, Blake Shelton, Al Green, Alan Jackson and many, many more! BayFest offers continuous music for every taste, including country, classic rock, alternative, pop, jazz, RandB, rap, gospel, modern rock and more. One of the festival’s stages, the Launching Pad, is specifically designed to spotlight local and regional talent and showcase acts who aspire for musical greatness. The event also includes a family activity area that has garnered rave reviews in and of itself. All of this is offered at a price that is less than what most individual concerts cost!
150,000 Attendees

The North Carolina Seafood Festival

Oct 02, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Morehead City Waterfront Morehead City, NC28557

Since 1987, features educational exhibits, 3 stages of entertainment, kid’s rides, over 150 food and arts and crafts vendors selling their wares, blessing of the fleet ceremonial on Sunday and more. Takes place on the Morehead City Waterfront, 4th Street to 10th Street.
135,000 Attendees

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

Oct 03, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Historic Issaquah Issaquah, WA98027

Since 1970, the festival celebrates the return of the salmon. An internationally recognized and award winning Festival that regularly draws an estimated 150,000 people. With over 500 vendors, 60 food booths, and multiple entertainment stages, Grand parade, Issaquah Salmon Days is now a staple event in the Puget Sound. If you have yet to experience Salmon Days or have been with us since ’70, mark your calendar.
150,000 Attendees

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Oct 03, 2015 – Oct 11, 2015

Balloon Fiesta Park Albuquerque, NM87201

Since 1972, more than 1000 balloons take part in this event, one of the the greatest spectacles of its kind in the world. Sunrise mass ascensions, special shapes rodeo, key grab contest and more. The most photographed event in the world this, is one spectacular experience that you do not want to miss.
1,000,000 Attendees


Oct 02, 2015 – Oct 03, 2015

La Mesa Boulevard at 4th Avenue La Mesa, CA91944

Since 1974, Traditional German celebration featuring dancing, over 300 commercial and arts and crafts booths, Bavarian bands and games. Great food — everything from Bratwurst to Thai, Carnival Rides, Costumed Dancers and Live Music, Two Beer Gardens and traditional German music. Village shops are open, with extended hours and great bargains. All combine to make this a not-to-be-missed event. The San Diego Trolley is a convenient way to attend Event also including the municipal parking lot between La Sesa Blvd. and Palm Avenue.
200,000 Attendees

Bridge to Bridge Run

Oct 04, 2015

San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace San Francisco, CA94105

Since 1977, Whether you run or walk the 12K or the 7K, you’ll enjoy the views! Both courses start together downtown at the FerryBuilding in the shadow of the BayBridge, then run through Fisherman’s Wharf, along the Marina Green, through beautiful Crissy Field which offers magnificent views of the Golden GateBridge and finally finishing at the historic Parade Grounds in the PresidioNational Park. The GlideFlossBridge to Bridge is a sightseeing tour of San Francisco with beautiful vistas everywhere you turn.
100,000 Attendees

Fall Festival of Folklife

Oct 03, 2015 – Oct 04, 2015

Newport News Regional Park Newport News, VA23606

Since 1972. Newport News’ Fall Festival of Folklife is one of Southeast Virginia’s biggest celebration of traditional crafts, trades and entertainment. From the 200 crafts people selling their wares under a canopy of trees to the acoustic melodies drifting from the LakeStage, Newport NewsRegionalPark is filled with the sounds, sights and memories that have been carefully passed from generation to generation. The festival includes a craft competition, craft and trade demonstrations, free children’s activities, food vendors and continuous entertainment. Parking fee.
70,000 Attendees

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Christine Crosby

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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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