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Happenings in Your Own Back Yard . . .

Posted: June 18th, 2010 by

Every year, normally between the months of March and October, there is something going on in your home state.  Most every town has something it is know for, so there’s a festival for it, like the Slug Queen Festival in Eugene, Oregon, or the Wiregrass Festival of Murals in Dothan, Alabama.  How about the  Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa, Florida and the Syracuse Polish Festival in Syracuse, New York?  If you’re into cultural festivals then the 9th Street Italian Market Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania might be the ticket, or why not try the Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival, Street Parade & Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Bonnaroo Music & Crafts Festival in Manchester, TN. Flickr Photo by rocknroll_guitar

Let’s not forget those music festivals like Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee or the Bamboozle in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  While we’re at it, let’s take in the Austin Reggae Festival in Austin, Texas, and why not the Lollapalooza, currently held in Chicago, Illinois or the Shamy Bash in Pataskala, Ohio.

 

Lollapalooza sign as seen in Chicago in 2006. Flickr photo by Tammylo

Vintage 1992 Lollapalooza tour poster. Flickr photo by Joe Madonna

While many of these festivals and events are local; oftentimes they are promoted regionally, and we can’t forget those festivals that people from all over your home state and beyond its borders do attend.  Or maybe your town has a special attraction, like an amusement park or huge water park, or even a natural forest with hiking, fishing and the like. 

Want to know where to look for these events?  Check out these sites: 

http://festivalnet.com/

http://www.craftmasternews.com/

http://www.craftsfairguide.com/

http://www.jambase.com/festivals/

http://www.uwmpost.com/2010/05/10/summer-music-festival-guide/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_festivals_in_the_United_States

You get the picture – why not get out and have fun this summer.  Attend an arts & crafts or music festival; get a little color in your cheeks, slurp a snow cone, gum some cotton candy, spread a quilt and eat some cold chicken, toss a Frisbee or two, scream at the top of your lungs while riding that dare-devil amusement park ride, marvel at the fireworks display that will surely follow whatever event you’ve taken in as dark finally settles, and when all is said and done, you will have filled your memory basket and now you’re ready for a good night’s sleep.