EventCrazy Staff Picks of the Week 09/01/2014

By Maria King
9/4/2014 10:33:34 AM

Events are the life blood of a society. They are occasions that gather people together united in a common theme, cause or celebration. Events bring people together to pay tribute to their heroes, to raise awareness of a cause or to witness history in the making. Events can be as simple as a child's kindergarten graduation or as dramatic as the Super Bowl. It doesn't matter what your preference is or even if it is constantly evolving. What does matter is that you are "experiencing" something that will give you great satisfaction and a lifetime of memories.

This list represents the EventCrazy staff choices of the events for the week. If you live nearby, any of these would be an excellent way to spend your weekend. If it is not geographically possible, you are encouraged to search the site for the personal experience that is just right for you. We hope that you find EventCrazy to be an excellent tool as you search for ways to create your own lifelong memories each and every week.

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Art in the Park

Sep 05, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Julia Davis Park Boise, ID 83799

Since 1955, considered one of Idaho's most extensive celebrations of the visual arts, free to the public, artists work available for purchase.

150,000 Attendees

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival

Sep 06, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Downtown Mountain View, CA 94041

Silicon Valley's World-Class Art and Music Festival is a vibrant multicultural celebration featuring 600 professional artists and craftmakers showing exceptional handcrafted wares, stellar live music, the Pigskin Party Lounge with giant screen TV, festive food and drink with premium wines, microbrews, mojitos and margaritas, an organic and green products showcase, health and wellness displays, home and garden exhibits, a special remembrance ceremony to honor the heroes from 9/11, and action-packed Kids' Park with the School of Rock Stage, climbing wall, amusements and super cool body art. Admission is free. Takes place along Castro Street Between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue.

150,000+ Attendees

National Mushroom Festival

Sep 06, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Downtown Kennett Square, PA 19348

Since 1986. The Mushroom Festival will feature an Antique Car show and parade, art show. brewfest, soup and wine fest, children's activities, music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, mushroom grower's demonstration, mushroom farm tours and a street festival to include mushrooms on most menus and mushrooms for sale. Parade Friday at 6pm.

80,000+ Attendees

Marion Popcorn Festival

Sep 04, 2014 - Sep 06, 2014

Downtown Marion Marion, OH 43301

Since 1981, features great entertainment by well known musical entertainers, rides, fine arts and craft exhibitors displaying and selling their wares, kiddie korner, Popcorn 100 bike tour, Popcorn 5000 (5K run), parade with over 250 units and a lot more. Plus go to the Popcorn Museum and see over 50 antique poppers. Also takes place on other streets downtown. Orville Redenbacher Parade on Thursday evening.

200,000+ Attendees

Norwalk Oyster Festival

Sep 05, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Veteran's Memorial Park East Norwalk, CT 06850

Since 1978, waterfront festival features national, regional and local entertainment, arts and crafts with over 225 juried crafters, tall ships, harbor cruises, oyster shucking and slurping contests, and an international food court. Plus entertainment and activities for children at Kid's Cove.

100,000+ Attendees

Broom Corn Festival

Sep 05, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Downtown Arcola Arcola, IL 61910

Since 1971, Enjoy arts and crafts, flea markets, a parade, broom making, entertainment and more. . Featured events on Friday include the Grand Marshal ceremonies and the National Broom Sweeping Contest on Main Street. There are several activities for the entire family. Saturday events kick off early with the 5k and 10k runs. The most popular attraction of the the day though is one of the grandest parades in Central Illinois, which rolls off in the afternoon. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend at the Oak Street Stage and in the beer tent.

100,000 Attendees

Indian Summer Festival

Sep 05, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Henry W. Maier Park Milwaukee, WI 53202

Since 1987, one of the largest Native American festivals in the country, authentic tribal villages, competition, Pow Wow, cultural demonstrators and entertainers, traditional foods, contemporary music and more. Also includes on Saturday the Annual Native American Music Awards at the Marcus Amphitheater and Dylans Run/Walk on Sunday morning.

65,000 Attendees

Popcorn Festival

Sep 06, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Downtown Beavercreek, OH 45432

Since 1987, features over 200 juried craftspeople, great food and special recipes made with popcorn. Live entertainment, 5K run, children's area and more. Takes place on Dayton-Xenia Road, Between Fairfield and Meadow Bridge.

100,000+ Attendees

Yellow Daisy Festival

Sep 04, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Since 1969, Voted the Nation's #1 Arts and Crafts Show SIX YEARS IN A ROW by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and winner of multiple awards by the Georgia Festival and Events Association. More than 500 artists and crafters from 38 States and two countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase. Daily live entertainment, Children's Corner activities, clogging and crafter demonstrations throughout the event as well as fabulous festival foods.

225,000 Attendees

Pufferbilly Days

Sep 04, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Downtown Boone, IA 50037

Since 1976, celebration of railroads, train rides, parades, crafts, a food court with the famous brats, a 5k and 10k run, pet show, spelling bee, live entertainment and more.

75,000 Attendees

Hampton Bay Days

Sep 05, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Downtown Hampton Hampton, VA 23669

Since 1983. A three-day family festival encompassing ten city blocks in Downtown Hampton. Celebrate life on the Chesapeake Bay with musical performances on five stages, a world-class fireworks display, carnival, Chesapeake Bay educational displays, sporting and water events, car and motorcycle show, month-long and weekend art shows with over 100 artisans, children's activities, succulent seafood and much more!

200,000 Attendees

Hoboken Italian Festival

Sep 04, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014

Downtown Hoboken, NJ 07030

Since 1927, a waterfront extravaganza with international food and music. Celebrating the Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri, there is a procession through the streets on Saturday which is proceeded by the Blessing of the Fleet. Amusement rides and a carnival offer activities for kids as well. A fireworks display takes place Saturday night.

120,000 Attendees

Belmont Shore Car Show

Sep 07, 2014

Downtown Long Beach Long Beach, CA 90803

Since 1990. The fourteen-block stretch of East Second Street will be closed from Bayshore Avenue to Livingston Avenue for the event. Up to 700 classic cars will be on display making it one of the largest car shows of its kind on the West Coast. The side streets that intersect with Second Street will also be closed to the alleys for the purpose of exhibiting cars. What makes this car show unique is its location. Taking place on the usually busy Second Street (driven by an estimated 40,000 vehicles per day), attendees have the opportunity to intermix shopping and dining with viewing the gorgeous automobiles. After all Belmont Shore is home to over fifty unique and upscale shops and nearly fifty restaurants, cafes and sweet shops! You also can't beat the weather of this beachside town with the warm sun and ocean breezes. But of course it's the cars that bring the large crowd. You can expect to find some of the first automobiles ever made as well as classic roadsters, coupes, sedans, convertibles, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and low riders from the 1920's through the mid 1970's. Many cars are one-of-a-kind, limited editions or customized. It's estimated that the total value of the cars on display will be in the ballpark of $25 million!

50,000 Attendees

Grape Day Parade and Festival

Sep 06, 2014

Grape Day Park Escondido, CA 92025

Since 1908. Features free entertainment, arts and crafts booths, an international food court, community booths, a petting zoo, a kids corner, numerous demonstrations such as blacksmithing and printing, farm equipment displays, an art exhibit, an opportunity drawing, tours of Heritage Walk Museum, and free Grapes.

65,000 Attendees

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