United States Top Events

 

1
Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race

Bethel, AK  
Alaska,
Northwest USA 0;
http://www.k300.org/
Over the course of twenty-five years the K-300 has become the highest regarded mid-distance dog sled race in the world. The race annually attracts the top mushers in the world.
2
Candlelight Tours of Homes and Gardens

Charleston, SC  
South Carolina,
Southeast USA 1;
http://www.preservationsociety.org/tour1.htm
September - October 26. More than 175 houses and gardens, 8 - 10 per evening. Held annually early fall.
3
The Minnesota State Fair

St. Paul,    MN
Minnesota,
Northcentral USA 2;
http://www.mnstatefair.org/
Late August thru Labor Day. Giant pigs, carnival rides, giant foods, general weirdness, art, headlining music acts perform every night in the Grandstand. About 1.6 million expected attendance. Held annually, twelve days ending Labor Day. State Fairgrounds.
4
PGA Championship

Chaska, MI  
Michigan,
Midwest USA 3;
http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2008/index.html
Over the past nine decades, the PGA Championship has developed into one of the premier sporting events in the world. More than 100,000 people line the fairways of the nation's finest golf facilities during PGA Championship week to view the strongest, all-professional international field in major championship golf. As it was more than 80 years ago, the Wanamaker Trophy is still prized as one of the golf world's greatest treasures.
5
Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery, AL  
Alabama,
Southeast USA 4;
http://www.asf.net/
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, located in Montgomery - Alabama's state capital - is the sixth largest Shakespeare festival in the world and attracts more than 300,000 annual visitors from all 50 states and over 60 countries.
6
Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs, CA   92262
California,
Southwest USA 5;
   
http://www.psfilmfest.org/
Founded by Sonny Bono, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the country, screening over 200 films from more than 60 countries to an audience of over 70,000. From ages 5 to 85, the festival brings together communities as diverse as the retired citizens of the desert, the young, hip industry crowd of Los Angeles and film aficionados from around the world. The Palm Springs Film Festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black-tie gala award presentation. The festival screens a majority of the official international submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film.
7
Brazilian Day Festival
46th Street  - From 6th to 5th Avenue
New York, NY   10036
Midtown,
Northeast USA 6;
 
http://www.brazilianday.com/
Brazil’s Independence Day (September 7th) is the occasion chosen to bring Brazilian-Americans, Brazilians who live away from home and those many people interested in Brazil together for a very special event. In 1984 the City of New York proclaimed the first Sunday in September as the day in which it celebrates Brazilian Independence from Portugal, which took place on September 7th, 1822.
8
Underwear Run in Central Park
244 Fifth Avenue  - Central Park
New York, NY  
Upper East Side,
Northeast USA 7;
   
http://www.nyctri.com/_Celebrate_America__Underwear_Run.htm
Friday, July 6th 2012 at 7:30pm Dress in a Patriotic Theme! Start your daily regimen of crunches, planks, and bicycles to prepare for the big day and get pumped for an awesome event! The Underwear Run is a 1.7 mile fun run that takes place in Central Park every year on the Friday before the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon. No transitions, no timing chips, no expensive race gear, just 500 strangers running around in their underwear. Another typical summer evening in New York City!! The 2012 "Celebrate America" Underwear Run wants all participants to dress as patriotic as possible! Get your George Washington and Lady Liberty on... in underwear!
9
Emmy Awards

Los Angeles, CA  
Los Angeles County,
Southwest USA 8;
 
http://www.nbc.com/emmy
The Emmy Awards are United States television production awards, similar to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment. Three related but separate organizations present Emmy Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors national prime time entertainment (excluding sports); the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes daytime, sports, news and documentary programming; and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors programming originating outside the United States. <br> The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. The name "Emmy" was a feminization of "immy", a nickname used for the image orthicon tubes that were common in early television cameras. Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy in the first awards ceremony. The Emmy Awards trophies are currently made by a private company with a manufacturing site at the maximum security El Dorado Correctional Facility, in El Dorado, Kansas. The statuette of a winged woman holding an atom has since become the symbol of the TV Academy's goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art; the atom the electron of science. It was created by television engineer Louis McManus, using his wife as a model. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
10
Tahiti F&ecirc;te of Hilo - Tahiti F&ecirc;te.com

Hilo,   
Hawaii,
Southwest USA 9;
http://www.tahitifete.com/
October - Tahitian Dance companies from Hawaii, Japan, and Mainland USA, will compete in this one-day event showcasing the finest in Tahitian Dance and Music. Hawaiian and Samoan Dance and Music exhibitions will also be featured.
11
Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs
Louisville, KY  
Kentucky,
Midwest USA 10;
http://www.kentuckyderby.com/
The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies 121 pounds. The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the US and typically draws around 155,000 fans. <a href="en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
12
Lebowski Fest

Louisville,   
Kentucky,
Midwest USA 11;
http://www.lebowskifest.com
September/October - Lebowski Fest is a bowling event celebrating all things relating to the Coen Brothers 1998 film, The Big Lebowski. It can be likened to a Star Trek convention in a very loose sense. The event takes place at a bowling alley and includes unlimited bowling, costume , trivia, farthest traveled, and bowling contests, prizes, and what-have-you. The friend of the Coen Brothers who inspired the main character played by Jeff Bridges, Jeff "The Dude" Dowd has been known to make an appearance and drink some White Russians. The 1st annual occurred in Fall of 2002 in Louisville, Kentucky and the 2nd annual took place in July 2003. We then headed way out west to Las Vegas for Lebowski Fest West in Feb., 2004. The 3rd Annual Lebowski Fest in June of 2004 brought over 4000 Achievers and included an outdoor concert with My Morning Jacket. Lebowski Fest New York was held in Aug. 2004. Lebowski Fest hit a milestone in LA when Jeff Bridges came out!
13
Fox Valley Folk Music and & Storytelling Festival
 - Island Park
Geneva, IL  
Illinois,
Midwest USA 12;
http://www.foxvalleyfolk.com/
The Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival is held each year at beautiful Island Park, a 13 acre island in the Fox River located in downtown Geneva, IL, (about 45 miles West of downtown Chicago). The main parking area for the Festival is at the Kane County Government Center is at 719 S. Batavia Avenue, (IL Rt. 31), in Geneva. The Chicago & Northwestern METRA Railway station is also located three blocks west of the festival's entrance.
14
Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, IA  
Iowa,
Northcentral USA 13;
http://www.iowastatefair.org/
August. Iowa State Fairgrounds.
15
Houston Hot Sauce Festival

Houston, TX  
Houston,
Southcentral USA 14;
 
http://www.houstonhotsauce.com/
Annual event Always in September, featuring hot sauce, salsa, chipotle, jams, spices, marinades, chips, dips, chili peppers, and more hot and spicy fiery food products. Also has ongoing stage entertainment, free kids activities, cold drinks, a wide variety of food, amateur salsa competition, contests, prizes, arts & crafts, pepper merchandise, and more...
16
Atlanta Festivals

Atlanta, GA  
Georgia,
Southeast USA 15;
17
TARFEST Festival of Film, Music & Art

Los Angeles, CA  
California,
Southwest USA 16;
http://www.tarfest.com
October - TarFest is a festival of emerging film, music and art held at the La Brea Tar Pits and the surrounding Museum Row in the historic Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles.
18
White Oak Rendezvous and Festival

Deer River, MN  
Minnesota,
Northcentral USA 17;
http://www.whiteoak.org/
First Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August. Over 1,000 fully costumed reenactors of the fur trade. Food such as wild rice soup, buffalo, beef brisket, Indian frybread music, dance, colonial crafts. Located on a 160 acre site with a Northwest Company Fur Post of 1798 constructed with blacksmith shop, company store, birch bark canoe, building shed, baking oven, root cellar, bourgeois quarters, gardens, and mile long nature trail. Participants from 11 states and Canada attend and compete in blackpowder shooting competitions and tomahawk and knife throwing competitions. RV and tent camping available for the public and a discount daily family pass available.
19
Arizona Classic Jazz Festival

Chandler, AZ  
Arizona,
Southwest USA 18;
http://www.azclassicjazz.org/
The Mission of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society is to perpetuate, promote and present the American art form known as jazz during the period in which the music was created and celebrated through such styles as Dixieland (Trad Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Classic Jazz, New Orleans Jazz) and Swing. Through the presentation of live performances, we support the artists and seek to inform, educate, entertain both listeners and dancers and involve persons of all ages, with a special emphasis on youth.
20
Indy 500

Indianapolis, IN  
Indiana,
Midwest USA 19;
http://www.indy500.com
May<br> The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, often shortened to Indianapolis 500 or Indy 500, is an American automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is one of the oldest and richest motorsport events in existence, having the largest attendance and one of the largest radio and television audiences of any single-day sporting events worldwide. While the official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, news media estimate attendance in excess of 270,000. The event lends its name to the "IndyCar" class of formula, or open-wheel, race cars that have competed in it. In May 2006, the race celebrated its 90th running and 61st consecutive year of uninterrupted occurrence.
21
Oklahoma State Fair

Oklahoma City, OK  
Oklahoma,
Southcentral USA 20;
http://www.oklahomastatefair.com
September - Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that serves the people of Oklahoma and is dedicated to continuing the organization's heritage of education, entertainment and economic development through the operation of State Fair Park and the annual Oklahoma State Fair.
22
Virginia Highland Festival

Abingdon, VA  
Virginia,
Northeast USA 21;
 
http://www.vahighlandsfestival.org/
2012 marks the 64th Virginia Highlands Festival and will be held from July 28 to August 12. Appalachian culture showcased in crafts, art and music.</br> The festival was started in 1948 by Robert Porterfield, founder of the Barter Theatre, as a simple one-week festival to showcase Appalachian arts and crafts. The festival has now grown into a 16 day event offering a variety of venues. Every year hundreds of volunteers work to create exciting new events for our festival for you to enjoy. The 2012 theme, "Carved from Our Past." Our 2012 signature art is a wood carving by this year's Signature Artist, John Dickens and will be unveiled soon. Please enjoy our beautiful mountains, forests, and streams while here and all the activities planned for you throughout Southwest Virginia. There is something everyone, old and young alike. An endless variety of activities and performances are planned for this year, July 28-August 12, in Abingdon, VA
23
Richmond County Fair
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY   10306
Staten Island,
Northeast USA 22;
http://www.richmondcountyfair.com/
In the heart of Staten Island, there is a place where the past can still be experienced with all your senses. The story of Richmond Town reveals layers of the past, and the lives of ordinary people connected to each other in many ways. From its beginning as a rural crossroad, through its development as county seat, to its place as a rustic outpost within New York City, this has been a community of people living and working together.
24
Harlem Week
200A West 136th Street  - Harlem
New York, Ne   York 10030
Harlem+,
Northeast USA 23;
 
http://harlemweek.com
Tracing the evolution of HARLEM WEEK, now thirty five years old (1974), is very simple— it began as HARLEM DAY, a one-day tribute that was so astonishingly and unexpectedly successful that more days were needed to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history, to say nothing of the current, ever increasing artistic talent in Harlem. Above all, HARLEM DAY—in its unique way—was a day of encouragement and fellowship for New Yorkers in general and Harlemites in particular, many of whom had struggled for some years to see a positive future for Urban America.
25
Harlem Jazz and Music Festival
 - Harlem
New York, Ne   York
Harlem+,
Northeast USA 24;
26
Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

Marietta, OH  
Ohio,
Midwest USA 25;
http://www.mariettaohio.org/sternwheel
September. Some 25 riverboats, plus entertainment, food, fireworks. Come to Marietta, Ohio for the 31th celebration of the Sternwheel festival. The weekend after Labor Day, sternwheelers arrive in Marietta, home of the American Sternwheel Association and home to two sternwheelers on the National Register of Historic Places.
27
Dixon Petunia Festival

Dixon, IL   61021
Illinois,
Midwest USA 26;
http://www.petuniafestival.org
Each year, the residents of Dixon, Illinois, honor a group of public spirited men and their project which has earned the town national recognition and as the State of Illinois official "Petunia City." <br> Thousands of pink petunias line more than two miles of Dixon highway approaches and main thoroughfares, giving the city a warm glow of color from early May until late fall.<br> It all began in the late 1950s when a combination of Dutch Elm disease and major highway expansion caused the removal of all trees along the communitys major roadways. <br> The Dixon Mens Garden Club, which for several years has worked on small flower beds scattered throughout the city, decided to do something about the barren look of the highway approaches. <br> In 1960 and 1961, the club planted 4,000 petunias along both sides of about one-half mile of the principal north-south route, South Galena Avenue. The next year, the club members put 6,000 more petunias on the three-quarters of a mile of North Galena Avenue. <br> Today, the plantings have spread to other approaches to the city and now extend along principal streets. Most of Dixon's 15,000 residents have taken part in one way or another.
28
Lesbian and Gay Pride Week

New York, NY   10014
Greenwich Village+,
Northeast USA 27;
   
http://www.nycpride.org/
Late June - The world's biggest Pride event kicks off with a rally and ends with a parade, street fair and dance.
29
Miami International Film Festival

Miami, FL  
Florida,
Southeast USA 28;
     
http://www.miamifilmfestival.com/
March - The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) brings the best of world cinema to South Florida and plays a leading role in maintaining and further enriching its film culture. MIFF uses the unique geographical and cultural position of Miami to be a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and US films, with a special focus on Ibero-American cinema. Both juried and audience awards are given in Documentary and Dramatic categories.
30
Lake Home & Cabin Show

Milwaukee, WI  
Wisconsin,
Midwest USA 29;
http://www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com/
The 3rd Annual Lake Home & Cabin Show™ at the Wisconsin Exposition Center in Milwaukee is a celebration of everything about a dream lake home or cabin. The show features products, services, activities and events covering virtually every aspect of lake home and cabin ownership and the lake and cabin lifestyle. A truly unique show for those that already own lake homes or cabins, want to own, or simply want to decorate their existing home in a northwoods décor.
31
Superbowl

Tampa, FL  
Florida,
Southeast USA 30;
32
Brazilian Film Festival

Miami, FL  
Southeast USA,
Southeast USA 31;
33
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

Port Angeles, WA  
Washington,
Northwest USA 32;
http://crabfestival.org/
October - The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is the annual celebration of the region's diverse bounty - the seafood, the maritime and cultural traditions and the breathtaking coastal environment. The festival's featured crustacean, the Dungeness Crab, was named after the village of Dungeness (near Port Angeles ), Washington . The Festival is located at the Port Angeles City Pier and the Red Lion Hotel overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with Victoria , B.C. just a ferry ride away.
34
Arizona State Fair

Phoenix, AZ  
Arizona,
Southwest USA 33;
     
http://www.azstatefair.com/
October - Arizona Exposition and State Fair With over 122 years of history, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair is a fascinating location and is run by an experienced staff of professionals. See how you can become a part of this dynamic team.
35
Riverfest

Little Rock, AR  
Arkansas,
Southcentral USA 34;
     
http://www.riverfestarkansas.com/
Riverfest is Arkansas' largest and most popular music, arts and food festival. The event is held annually over Memorial Day weekend in Julius Breckling Riverfront Park & the vibrant River Market District in Little Rock and the North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Riverfest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit corporation, that since 1978 has donated over $700,000 to the development of Julius Breckling Riverfront Park and the River Market District. The mission of Riverfest, Inc. is to produce a quality, recreational, cultural, educational, family-oriented celebration of the visual and performing arts for the benefit of the community.
36
Frisco Festival

Rogers, AR  
Arkansas,
Southcentral USA 35;
http://www.friscofestival.com/
A Main Street Rogers Event, The Frisco Festival derives its name from the Frisco Railroad, which by coming to Rogers in 1881, helped establish the development of the community of Rogers and its surrounding cities.
37
Roots Festival
 - Park Square
Paola, KS  
Kansas,
Southcentral USA 36;
 
http://www.rootsfestival.org/
August - Get the lawn chairs in order as you get ready for Grammy Award winning performances by non-other than five-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy on Friday, August 25. Buddy will take the stage at 10pm sharp! <br> Friday night not withstanding, Saturday night's performance of Delbert McClinton, at 10pm, promises to be one of the best Roots Festival performances yet.
38
Mardi Gras

New Orleans, LA  
Louisiana,
Southcentral USA 37;
http://www.nawlins.com/
February. One of the world's great celebrations, marking the last day before Lent begins. The fun actually begins in early January and climaxes on "Fat Tuesday", so-called because people often eat their fill the day before Lent.
39
Fair St. Louis

St. Louis, MO  
Missouri,
Southcentral USA 38;
     
http://www.fairstlouis.com/
July - One of the largest fireworks displays in the world. On the Mississippi Riverfront, near the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch. Also: air shows, food, outdoor concerts.
40
ViewPoint Bank Plano Balloon Festival

Plano, TX  
Other cities Texas,
Southcentral USA 39;
http://www.planoballoonfest.org/
As one of the Plano / Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex's most proven family events and Texas' largest balloon event, The 2006 ViewPoint Bank Plano Balloon Festival has a tremendous amount to offer its advertisers, sponsors and the community.
41
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Austin, TX  
Other cities Texas,
Southcentral USA 40;
     
http://www.agliff.org/
The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southwest.
42
Southeast Texas Mardi Gras

Port Arthur, TX  
Other cities Texas,
Southcentral USA 41;
 
http://mardigras.portarthur.com/
Mardi Gras Southeast Texas holds fun for all! From arts and crafts to Zydeco music and Parades, there is an attraction to peak everyone's interest.
43
Daytona 500

Daytona Beach, FL  
Florida,
Southeast USA 42;
http://www.Daytona500.com
February 15, 2004
44
Salem's Haunted Happenings

Salem, MN  
Barnstable County,
Northeast USA 43;
   
http://www.hauntedhappenings.org/
October. Citywide Halloween celebration, including candlelight tours and historic houses, psychic festival, costume parade.
45
Des Moines Art Festival

Des Moines, IA  
Iowa,
Northcentral USA 44;
http://www.desmoinesartsfestival.org/
Join us for the 2007 Des Moines Arts Festival on June 29-July 1 for Iowa's only free, three-day celebration of the arts!
46
Alaska Bald Eagle Festival

Haines,   
Alaska,
Northwest USA 45;
http://baldeaglefestival.org/
November - By the time of the Festival, winter has typically begun in Haines. Conditions can include cold temperatures, wind, snow and/or rain, so you'll want to come prepared with appropriate clothing. We recommend dressing in layers with thermal or polypropylene underwear, a wool or fleece middle layer, and a waterproof/windproof outer layer. Warm gloves, hats with ear protection, and warm waterproof boots are essential. Although you might wish to dress up for Sheldon Museum's annual fundraiser, Eagle Elegance, casual clothing is acceptable for all indoor events.
47
Saint Paul Winter Carnival

St. Paul, MN  
Minnesota,
Northcentral USA 46;
http://www.winter-carnival.com/
Celebrate the coolest season in Minnesota at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival! With more than 75 events, the Carnival is the oldest and largest festival in the nation and has become a trademark of history, community spirit and togetherness in Saint Paul.
48
CBGB Festival
Times Square
New York, NY   10036
Midtown,
Northeast USA 47;
http://www.cbgb.com
July 5-8, 2012. The CBGB Festival will be presenting emerging artist showcases in over 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn on July 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Mixed in with the emerging talent with be some of today's best touring artists making for memorable nights of new and established music from some of today's best talents. On July 7th, CBGB Festival will be presenting a large free concert in New York City at this great city's iconic outdoor music venue: Summerstage in Central Park.
49
Tastin' n Racin'

Issaquah, WA  
Washington,
Northwest USA 48;
http://www.tastinracin.com/
Tastin' n Racin' is celebrating its 2nd decade of hot Hydroplane action! It's going to be a big splash this year, not only with increased activity on the water, but with great events and specials on the board walk, main stage, and family fun area!
50
Macys Fourth of July Fireworks
244 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  
Midtown,
Northeast USA 49;
51
Huckleberry Festival

New York, MT  
Montana,
Northwest USA 50;
http://www.huckleberryfestival.com/
Annual regional arts & crafts festival celebrating the huckleberry and the local community, with 90 vendors, food, entertainment, parade and Miss Huckleberry pageant. This is the 28th year of this event.
52
Ohio State Fair

Columbus, OH  
Ohio,
Midwest USA 51;
http://www.ohiostatefair.com
The Fifty Year Club of the Ohio State Fair is an organization that holds an annual meeting during the fair. The objective of the group is to support, improve , and promote the Ohio State Fair and develop fellowship among the members.
53
Illinois International Film Festival

St.Charles, IL  
Illinois,
Midwest USA 52;
http://www.illinoisinternationalfilmfestival.com/
September - The objective of the Illinois International Film Festival is to celebrate the art and entertainment of film in all its forms. The artistic approach is eclectic.Through screenings and associated events, the festival aims to present a wide spectrum of filmmaking - feature films, documentaries, animation, short films, experimental student work, big budget, micro budget and so on. The Illinois International Film Festival brings audiences and filmmakers together to better enjoy the art and fun of filmmaking. The Film Festival offers filmmakers the opportunity to learn, grow and exhibit their films. The festival will offer attendees quality films expanding their knowledge of cinema and enhancing their appreciation of the filmmaking process. Film professionals and the interested public will have the opportunity to gain industry knowledge through interaction within a festival environment. The Illinois International Film Festival is about the film makers’ opportunity to entertain and move their audience.
54
McCook Balloon Fest

McCook, NB  
Nebraska,
Northcentral USA 53;
http://www.mccookballoonfest.com/
October - The High Plains Freedom Flight IV has come and gone. The sight was spectacular! The event was a huge success. Many thanks go out to all the great sponsors, crew, coordinators, and terrific pilots. We had 12 balloons that flew on Saturday and Sunday. The weather was great! and many spectators were on hand to take part in this great event! Although the wind kept us from flying Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning turned out better than expected. We will be posting pics as fast as we can and had some great photographers this year! Continue to watch this page for date for next year's event. In the meantime enjoy the pictures and treasure the moments! There are many ways for you to be a part of this great event. Sponsorships will be available for purchase enabling you to be an integral part of the action. Chase crew volunteers will also be needed. This is your opportunity to get a hands-on education in the operation of a hot air balloon. <a href="http://www.festivals.com" target="new">Source</a>
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ESPY Awards

Los Angeles, CA  
Los Angeles County,
Southwest USA 54;
     
http://espn.go.com/espys/
ESPY Award (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is presented by the American cable television network ESPN.
56
Arizona Balloon Festival

Chandler, AZ  
Arizona,
Southwest USA 55;
http://www.arizonaballoonfestival.net/
“The 2006 ARIZONA BALLOON FESTIVAL-CHANDLER (R)” and a "BOOO-Looning" Halloween event with more than 50 colorful hot-air balloons will participate in thrilling competition. The balloons will rise from the fields of Tumbleweed Park and compete in a Hare and Hound contest. Spectators are allowed to walk on the field and watch the balloons inflate and lift off. Photo taking is invited. DESERT GLOWS on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 27th & 28th, as a field full of illuminated, tethered, hot air balloons will glow in time to music.
57
Oktoberfest by the Bay

San Francisco, CA  
San Francisco County,
Southwest USA 56;
   
http://www.oktoberfestbythebay.com/
Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich's famed Oktoberfest, the festival will include nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink. The world renowned Chico Bavarian Band will headline our stage!<br/> FAQ - Why two completely separate sessions on Saturday? Happily, demand has outstripped supply and, for the time being, this is the best way to provide access and an all-around better experience (shorter lines, more seating, etc.). So, we'll clear the building at 5pm and start over at 6pm with a whole new group of festival goers. Pick the session that works best for you! We anticipate selling out both Saturday sessions.
58
Indian Summer Festival

Milwaukee, WI  
Wisconsin,
Midwest USA 57;
http://www.indiansummer.org
September. American Indian culture celebrated with powwow, arts and crafts, traditional food.
59
Riverfest

Vicksburg, MS  
Mississippi,
Southeast USA 58;
     
http://www.riverfestms.com/
A traditionally beautiful spring along the banks of the Mississippi River in Historic Vicksburg! Blocks and block of river artisans, foods of the world and lively regional music of all kinds say "Welcome to Riverfest and the Red Carpet City of the South." Shop through wonderful shops, enjoy the newly renovated downtown, and take in the great sites and sounds that make Vicksburg a national attraction. With a schedule of great events include a kayak race from Lake Providence to Vicksburg, the Alcorn Jazz Fest, a block of activities for young visitors and bands and music all day long!
60
Greater Mandeville Seafood Festival

Mandeville, LA  
Southcentral USA,
Southcentral USA 59;
http://www.seafoodfest.com/
Produced by the Greater Mandeville Seafood Association, Inc, The Mandeville Seafood Festival, established in 1978, is the oldest festival held in St. Tammany Parish. Attendance is estimated at over ten thousand people per day, with admission at $10.00. Children ten and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Senior citizens over sixty-five are also admitted free of charge.
61
Masters Golf Tournament

Augusta, GA  
Georgia,
Southeast USA 60;
http://www.masters.org/
Looking to provide a service to golf by hosting a tournament, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts decided to hold an annual event beginning in 1934. The final decision was made at a meeting in New York at the office of member W. Alton Jones. Roberts proposed the event be called the Masters Tournament, but Bobby Jones objected thinking it too presumptuous. The name Augusta National Invitation Tournament was adopted and the title was used for five years until 1939 when Jones relented and the name was officially changed. An early decision was whether Jones would play or serve as an official. Jones preferred not to compete but was persuaded by the Club's members to join the field. In the 12 Tournaments that Jones played, his best finish was 13th in 1934.
62
Aquatennial

Minneapolis, MN  
Minnesota,
Northcentral USA 61;
http://www.aquatennial.org/
Each year, more than 800,000 people celebrate the City of Lakes during the third week of July. Please join us for Minnesota's largest parade and free outdoor concert, the fourth largest fireworks show in the U.S., our amazing milk carton boat races and sandcastle building competition, the world's largest purse triathlon, our neighborhood park BBQ's and so much more. We are fun for all ages, from the young to the young at heart. Grab some sunscreen and come join us! July 15-24, 2005.
63
Big Island Rendezvous and Festival

Albert Lea, MN  
Minnesota,
Northcentral USA 62;
http://www.bigislandfestival.org
Annual event, always held the first weekend of October. Over 1,500 costumed reenactors and 250 tipis, tents and other shelters of the colonial period. We host over 5,000 grade school children who attend a choice of over 100 demonstrations and classes on colonial America and the fur trade. Food, drink, music, dance, theatre, blackpowder shooting, storytelling.
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Big Island Chocolate Festival

Kailua-Kona,   
Hawaii,
Southwest USA 63;
 
http://www.konachocolatefestival.com/
March - The mission of the annual Kona Chocolate Festival is to entertain both visitors to and residents of the Big Island; showcase the creative talents of fine Big Island chefs, chocolatiers, ice cream and candy makers; provide a means to highlight cacao farming and support the chocolate industry in Hawai'i; and raise funds to support the unique education each child receives at Kona Pacific Waldorf School in Kealakekua.
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Natchez Fall Pilgrimage

Natchez, MS  
Mississippi,
Southeast USA 64;
http://www.natchezpilgrimage.com/
October. Antebellum homes shown by hostesses in period dress, period music and theater.
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Moab Folk Music Festival
PO Box 1082
Moab, UT   84532
Utah,
Southwest USA 65;
 
http://moabfolkfestival.com/
Folk music festival in spectacular Moab, Utah.
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Custer's Last Stand

Hardin, MT  
Montana,
Northwest USA 66;
http://www.custerslaststand.org
The Reenactment takes place June 25th, 26th, & 27th 2004 near Hardin, Montana
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King Richard's Faire
235 Main Street
Carver, Ma   sachusetts 02330
Barnstable County,
Northeast USA 67;
 
http://www.kingrichardsfaire.net/
October - King Richard's Faire is a vivid recreation of a 16th century English marketplace at festival time. Actors, dancers, puppeteers, jugglers, minstrels, mimes, magicians and musicians perform each weekend for the favor of his Royal Highness King Richard.
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Norsk Hostfest

Minot, ND  
North Dakota,
Northcentral USA 68;
http://www.hostfest.com/
October - Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, is celebrating its 29th year, starting the evening of October 10th-14th. Tens of thousands of people attend the event annually to celebrate and partake in the Scandinavian culture and entertainment. <br> Over 200 internationally recognized artisans, craftsmen and chefs participate. The experience is an eclectic array of contemporary and traditional. The cuisine as well as the clothes, art and jewelry are authentic, fine quality and exquisitely Nordic.
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US Open Championship

Village of Pinehust, NC  
North Carolina,
Southeast USA 69;
http://www.usopen.com/
On Oct. 4, 1895, the first U.S. Open Championship was conducted by the United States Golf Association on the nine-hole course of Newport (R.I.) Golf and Country Club. The first U.S. Open was considered something of a sideshow to the first U.S. Amateur, which was played on the same course and during the same week. Both championships had been scheduled for September but were postponed because of a conflict with a more established Newport sports spectacle, the America’s Cup yacht races.
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Lumberjack Days

Stillwater, MN  
Minnesota,
Northcentral USA 70;
http://www.lumberjackdays.com/
Lumberjack Days is Stillwater's annual summer celebration. Most of the festivities are held in Lowell Park adjacent to the beautiful St. Croix River in historic downtown Stillwater. There is no admission fee. National-act concerts and lumberjack shows along with one of the largest musically choreographed fireworks shows in the United States are just a sample of the FREE entertainment waiting for you at Lumberjack Days 06.
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College Hill Arts Festival

Cedar Falls, IA  
Iowa,
Northcentral USA 71;
http://www.chaf.cfu.net/
We invite you to join us for the 29th annual College Hill Arts Festival which will be held July 20-21, 2007 on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa at the shady corner of College and 23rd Streets. In 2005 the College Hill Arts Festival was named in Sunshine Artist magazine’s 2005 list of ‘100 Best Fine Arts & Design Shows’ in the United States. Each year 75 talented artists are hand-selected by three independent jurors whose task it is to fill the Festival with high quality art that demonstrates original design and unique representation of the chosen medium. These juried artists will exhibit and sell their original artwork in categories including jewelry, sculpture, painting, pastel, ceramics, graphics/printmaking, mixed media, fiber, photography, glass, and wood.