There is a lot of talk these days about the environment, global warming and protecting the earth. Everyone is working, hopefully, to reduce their carbon footprint. And even though this week is a little ahead of the traditional Earth Day, I was thinking it might be nice to give a little bit of showcase to some events that highlight what Mother Nature has given us. Not so much as an environmental celebration like the upcoming 44 year old Earth Day, but in more of the beauty, wonder and appreciation way. Let me explain.
Nature gives us gifts every minute. Some things we take for granted like the sunshine and sunsets, flowers, trees, produce and so much more. So I thought it would be nice to showcase events that use nature as a theme, sort of anyway. Ok it’s simplistic and barely scratches the surface but it speaks to the influence of nature in places that we might overlook.
Let’s explore what we have to offer. First up we have the Cherry Blossom Festivals and I have chosen two to include because I find them amazingly beautiful. When I was young, a street in our area had been lined with Cherry Blossoms for a few miles. Every year when they bloomed the town also placed large American flags next to each and it was one of the most beautiful and dramatic visions you every would see. So the Cherry Blossom festivals make the list. Also there is the Dogwood Festival in Atlanta that welcomes Spring and has won numerous awards for very environmentally conscious. Next up are a few festivals celebrating the earth’s harvest; like two avocado festivals, a strawberry festival and even a grits fest. Additionally we have two flower fests; a daffodil festival and a bluebonnet festival (not the margarine, the flower). And what would a tribute to nature be without a few events at the beach, one of my very favorite gifts that nature has given us. These featured events are a shark tooth festival and a sand fest.
Now I am not sure if it’s the upcoming Earth Day or the welcoming of Spring or even if it’s just that we love to celebrate what we know and appreciate it. Whatever the reason, this week our hats are off to Mother Nature and her wonderful planet Earth. Remember the next time you complain about taking the recycling out that we can never do enough to preserve what we have been given. All you need to do is just open your eyes.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival Apr 11, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014 Piedmont Park Atlanta, GA 30306
Since 1937, We have a fabulous artist market, an exciting kid zone, 4 stages of music, an award winning and nationally recognized Atlanta High School Art Exhibition, an International cultural program full of color and pageantry. In addition we have the best green component in any festival in the Southeast as determined by the Southeast Festival and Event Association, the Southeast Regional Disc Dog Competition, classic festival foods, a special comedy show, a Saturday night VIP Bar, the La Fete International Food and Wine event featuring a reggae band and a performance by Miss Georgia, the Friends of Dogwood Pavilion with superb food from Atlanta's best restaurants and fine wine pairings. As a special feature of our 75th anniversary there will be a 9 story classic Seattle Ferris Wheel built in 1963 to give visitors a whole new perspective of Piedmont Park and Midtown, and a fully restored, 1965 vintage carousel for the entire family to enjoy. 230,000+ Attendees
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Apr 12, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014 Japantown San Francisco, CA 94115
Since 1967. Japanese music, dance, martial and visual arts, crafts, tea ceremonies, flower arranging and food bazaar. Event is held over two weekends. 200,000 Attendees
Avocado Festival Apr 13, 2014 Downtown Fallbrook, CA 92028
Since 1987, celebration of the avocado in the "Avocado Capitol" with contests, entertainment, Main Street shops and street fair. Huge fun with 450 booths, arts, crafts, carnival, beer garde, avocado everything! Free admission, free parking, free shuttle. Music, contests, kids activities. A wide variety of agricultural displays are also found all along the Festival streets. What a fun-filled way to celebrate our heritage and be entertained at the same time 100,000 Attendees
Sharks Tooth Festival Apr 11, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014 Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds Venice, FL 34285
Since 1992, enjoy shark memorabilia, marine exhibits, live music, pro-am volleyball, beach sports races, sandcastle contest, shark tooth scramble, fishing tournament, arts and crafts and fabulous seafood. 40,000 Attendees
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Apr 12, 2014 Downtown Washington, DC 20001
This annual parade is in conjunction with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It features marching bands from all 50 states as well as many foreign countries. Spectacular floats, costumed dance troupes giant helium balloons and celebrity guests. Wonderful event for children of all ages! 200,000 Attendees
Bluebonnet Trails Festival Apr 12, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014 Historic Downtown Ennis, TX 75119
Since 1952, wildflower festival pays tribute to Texas State flower, includes close to 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, souvenirs, food, free trail maps, Bed and Breakfast and Hotel Bluebonnet specials. Also takes place throughout Downtown area. 40,000 Attendees
Daffodil Festival Junior Parade Apr 12, 2014 Downtown Tacoma's North End District Tacoma, WA 98406
Since 1963. A parade set up especially for the enjoyment and participation of children. Costumes, pets, music and non-motorized floats are all part of the day. 50,000 Attendees
Daffodil Marine Regatta Apr 13, 2014 Tacoma Yacht Club Tacoma, WA 98407
Since 1953. A final culmination of the Daffodil weekend festivities with boats up and down the basin. 50,000 Attendees
SandFest Apr 11, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014 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 Aransas, 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
Los Angeles AVOCADO Festival Apr 13, 2014 La Placita Olvera Los Angeles, CA 90012
The avocado is very popular in cuisine dishes, meats, sandwiches, seafood, California sushi rolls, salads as well as a spread on corn tortillas or toast served with spices like the Mexican dip known as guacamole. At the “Los Angeles AVOCADO Festival” (free entrance to the public) in La Placita Olvera more than 15,000 people will taste a variety of dishes served with lots of Avocado or guacamole provided by all type of ethnic food vendors and local restaurants from the Los Angeles area. Attendees can also enjoy crafts, live entertainment, free raffle to win gifts, cooking recipe books, commercial products, free health screenings, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors. 15,000 Attendees
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