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Take The G-Kids Out to a Festival, Fair, Art in the Park and More

We grands love to take our g-kids to a festival or see art in the park. Here are the best events for you and your family to enjoy compliments of Eventcrazy.com

Arts in the Park

Apr 30, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Carillon in Byrd Park Richmond, VA 23173

Since 1972, a nationally-rated, juried art show with more than 450 artists, which offers the opportunity for you to see and purchase fine and original work produced by top- quality artists and crafts people from Virginia and throughout the United States.Free parking and shuttles.
100,000 Attendees

Laughlin River Run

Apr 27, 2016 – Apr 30, 2016

Edgewater Hotel and Casino Laughlin, NV 89029

Since 1982, tens of thousands of Harley Davidson enthusiasts ride into Laughlin. Get ready for the largest motorcycle event on the west coast. Join us this year as we take Laughlin by storm. Come see Historic US Route 66 the way it was meant to be seen. Turn back time as you ride the hills from Kingman to Oatman, AZ. Cool off in the Colorado, or test lady luck at any one of the casinos located on the strip. Numerous activities take place along the ride. Takes place in numerous locations in the area.
50,000 Attendees

Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair

Apr 28, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Fairgrounds Thibodaux, LA 70301

Since 1906, The Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department invites you and your family to join tens of thousands of families and friends at the 133rd annual Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair, southeast Louisiana’s largest and hottest fundraising fair. Come enjoy delicious food, cold drinks, hoppin’ live music, plenty of rides and games, and support our volunteer firefighters! Whether you live in Thibodaux, Baton Rouge, New Orleans or anywhere in between, this is one event you can’t miss. The oldest parade in Louisiana, food, rides, live continuous musical entertainment, 5k run/walk, $10,000 raffle and more. Parade held Sunday 11am ending at the fairgrounds.
100,000+ Attendees

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

Apr 28, 2016 – May 08, 2016

Memorial Park Wenatchee, WA 98801

Since 1919. More than 40 events celebrating the spring apple blossoms, one of the best known parades in the Northwest, arts and crafts, gem shows and entertainment. Grand parade held the last Saturday at 11am. Events take place throughout the town at various locations.
100,000 Attendees

Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival

Apr 29, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Santa Maria Fairpark Santa Maria, CA 93458

Since 1987, Festival kicks off the valley’s Strawberry Season, supports local agriculture and encourages the healthy indulgence of strawberries, in a fun filled, 3-day weekend community event. Showcases local talent, and offers a wide variety of things to do and see. With paid admission enjoy FREE attractions, everything from cooking demos to educational and wildlife exhibits. Also, enjoy strawberry tasting and desert eating contests, or you can come see all the awesome sights and sounds of the Festival. Festival also features pony rides, traditional carnival, commercial displays, FREE petting zoo, farm fresh berries for sale plus fun carnival foods and wholesome, family orientated event.
60,000 Attendees

Blossomtime Festival of Southwestern Michigan

May 01, 2016 – May 07, 2016

Business Route 94 Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Since 1906, this event has more than 75 exhibitors featuring a Grand Floral Parade, carnival, bicycle races, fun run/walk, youth parade, fashion show and more, celebration of agricultural industry and tourism promotion. This is the state’s largest multi community festival. The Blossomtime Festival takes place in various communities for a week. Parade Saturday at 1pm.
250,000 Attendees

Memphis in May International Festival

May 01, 2016 – May 31, 2016

Tom Lee Park Memphis, TN 38103

Since 1977. The month long Memphis in May International Festival featuring some of the premier events in the South including the Beale Street Music Festival, International Week, Barbecue Contest, Great Southern Food Festival and so much more.
140,000 Attendees


Apr 27, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Since 1983, SunFest has featured a variety of music, art and waterfront activities. More than 50 concerts by national recording artists and local musicians cover all genres including rock, pop, Latin, RandB, jazz, reggae, country and blues. Other attractions include family activities, a fine art and craft show, pedal boats, three floating waterfront barges, two food courts and one of the East Coast’s largest fireworks displays.
300,000 Attendees

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Apr 29, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Since 1964, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival features a fine arts and crafts show with over 300 award winning artists and craftspeople from around the nation offering first rate creations in watercolor, acrylics, oils, sculpture, clay, metal, wood and fiber. Photography, pottery, plants, jewelry, baskets, glass and more. The antiques festival offers an excellent showing of fine antiques and unique collectibles. The music festival features regional acts and local entertainment with something for the entire family includes, jazz, pop, rock, beach music, folk, country and big band. The food festival features shrimp and seafood dishes abound – all prepared with local flair and flavor. At the waterfront festival see the Pirates as they invade the festival, plus the Blessing of the Fleet, best decorated shrimp boat, fun zone geared toward the younger crowd, pirate contest and more.
150,000 Attendees

Towsontown Spring Festival

Apr 30, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Downtown Business Area Towson, MD 21204

Since 1967. Today with the help of 100’s of volunteers, sponsors and many Baltimore County Agencies, the Towsontown Spring Festival has turned into the largest outdoor festival in Maryland and one of the largest on the east coast. Approximately 250,000 visitors attend the two day event with more than 450 vendors to satisfy the appetites of our patrons. The festival features three entertainment stages with over 30 acts and numerous national attractions.Opening ceremonies are held at the corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Avenues at 12:00 pm Saturday. Prior to opening ceremonies there will be Bag Pipers, Color Guard and the Chief Musician from the Department of the Navy to sing the National Anthem. Bring your family and friends to enjoy all our wonderful summertime foods, unique vendors and the variety of entertainment!
200,000+ Attendees

Panoply Arts Festival

Apr 29, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Big Spring Park Huntsville, AL 35801

Since 1981, the 3 day festival features visual arts show, songwriters showcase, jazz and blues showcase and other music, theatre and dance performances on 4 stages. Also includes choreography competition, juried visual arts show and children’s discovery area.
75,000 Attendees

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

Apr 29, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Quakertown Park (Civic Center Park) Denton, TX 76201

Since 1981, 1,300+ musicians, artists and performers, come hear great jazz along with the best pop, rhythm and blues and cross cultural music. The park setting includes 6 stages, 220+ booths, juried arts and crafts, children’s art tent, community/school entertainment, food games and clowns. Makes this a fun family event.
100,000+ Attendees

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

May 01, 2016

Downtown Carlsbad, CA 92008

Since 1975, The Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Children’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast guarantee that you’ll find fun for the whole family! Parking for this very popular event is limited, so visitors are encouraged to use the complimentary shuttles that run to and from the faire every 15 minutes. The shuttle pick-up locations are at the northwest corner of Sears at Westfield Shoppingtown Plaza Camino Real (Highway 78 and Jefferson) as well as at the Poinsettia Coaster Station (Poinsettia exit off of I- 5).
90,000+ Attendees

Brookside Art Annual

Apr 29, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Brookside Kansas City, MO 64108

Since 1986. Located in an eclectic neighborhood in the center of Kansas City, Brookside is just minutes from downtown, the Plaza and the southern suburbs. This is the first art show of the year and draws over 70,000 people from the entire region. The focus of the show is on ART! This community loves art shows and it consistently ranks in the top 25 shows according to Art Source. The show has children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday and light music in the evenings. Food booths are operated by local restaurants. The location for the show is at 63rd and Brookside between Main St. and Wornall.
70,000+ Attendees

Livermore Wine Country Festival

Apr 30, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Historic Downtown Livermore, CA 94550

Since 1991. Livermore Wine Country Festival is the largest celebration of wine, craft brews, arts, crafts, shopping, dining, entertainment and hometown charm in the East Bay! Attendees each year to explore over 300 vendor booths and to shop at Downtown’s incredible specialty boutiques. Enjoy our collection of restaurants that are globally inspired and locally enhanced!
150,000 Attendees


Apr 29, 2016 – May 01, 2016

Port Aransas Beach Markers 9 and 10 Port Aransas, TX 78373

The Texas Sand Sculpture Festival, called “SandFest”, is an incredible three-day event held on the beach in Port Arkansas, Texas on Mustang Island. Master sculptors fly in from all over the world to compete by creating huge life- size sand sculptures. See our web site for photos! In addition to the “Masters” contest we have sand contests for Youth, Amateurs, and Pro-Ams. SandFest has several tents with free activities such as and Entertainment Tent with live music and a Youth Tent with free games and crafts for the kids. “Lesson Mountain” has free sand sculpting lessons for ages 4 through 104. Our centerpiece is 250 tons of sand carved by over 20 master sculptors. SandFest is very family-oriented with things to do for everyone in the family. SandFest is amazing. People love the experience and return every year.
100,000 Attendees

May Fair in Harvard Square

May 01, 2016

Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 02138

Since 1984. The neighborhood’s usual cast of artisans, street performers, vendors, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs will be taxed by offerings including art attacks, dance distractions, renegade clowns and entertainment on six separate stages.
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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