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Here is a collection of more than 100 special features about some of the top events in the USA bringing more information about each of those events . . .









Alabama
Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Every March, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park hosts the Anniversary of the Battle recreating frontier life in the year 1814 through a variety of special demonstrations and interpretive programs.

Moundville Native American Festival
The Moundville Native American Festival – slated for Wednesday through Saturday during the first full week of every October – celebrates the rich culture and heritage of the Southeastern Indians.





Arizona

Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb
The Bisbee 1000 event encourages physical fitness regardless of age, level of fitness, ability and available time. The event allows you to use any combination of walking, running and resting to traverse nine sets of steps and numerous back-roads at a mile-high altitude.

Navajo Nation Fair
The Navajo Nation Fair is recognized as the largest Native American Fair in the world, and with national events such as Championship Bull Riding and stadium concerts from artists such as Sugarland, Bucky Covington and Earl Thomas Conley, it’s easy to see why.

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
The annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival takes place at Dead Horse Ranch Park in Cottonwood, Arizona, during the last weekend in April. It is an easy way to begin bird watching or to deepen one’s appreciation of the Verde Valley’s resident birds and visiting migrants.

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
The Heard Museum Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest combines artistry, sheer athleticism and cultural traditions to create a unique competition.






California
Bay to Breakers 12K
The name reflects the traditional course of one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the "bay" side of the city) to the west end of the city and the "breakers" of Ocean Beach.

Coarsegold Tarantula Festival
While some people tend to run away from tarantulas, one small town in California’s gold country celebrates them, and some people even embrace them.






Connecticut
Annual Craft Expo
Guilford Art Center’s annual summer Craft Expo on the Guilford Green (in New Haven County) is one of Connecticut’s oldest (more than 53 years) and finest outdoor juried shows, celebrating American handmade craft and showcasing the finest creative artistry and workmanship.

Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous
A brilliant gathering along the waterfront at Mystic Seaport each July for the Museum’s annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous showcasing cruisers, sailboats, runabouts, launches and one very special steamboat, Mystic Seaport’s very own Sabino.






Florida
Jacksonville Jazz Festival
The sounds of Jazz will fill downtown Jacksonville when the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival takes the spotlight in 2011. This festival has been touted as the second largest jazz festival in the nation and is second to none in the entertainment it features.

Pensacola Beach Air Show
Every year the Blue Angels, officially known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, perform for crowds across the country. But, in the Blue Angels hometown of Pensacola, visitors have the privilege to watch them practise most every week throughout the year and watch three performances in May, July and November.

Tallahassee Springtime Festival
Springtime Tallahassee’s 42nd Annual Grand Parade and Arts Jubilee is a community event featuring regional artisans and entertainment acts. This two-day event is a Tallahassee tradition dating back to 1967 with the “Parade of Governors.” All ages are welcome to enjoy the offerings of this exciting event.

Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights
It was the fall of 1987, and the City of Tallahassee had just purchased new outdoor lights and decorations for the upcoming winter holiday season. A small group of local citizens banded together to organize a small, intimate holiday community event, primarily to show off the new decorations. And thus, the first Winter Festival was staged, with all of one entertainment stage, the brief lighting ceremony and “Santa’s Alleyway” on the north side of City Hall.






Georgia
Savannah Music Festival
Recently selected as one of the "best events around the world" by The Times of London, The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is Georgia's largest arts festival and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

Blessing of the Fleet
A tradition for over 40 years, the Blessing of the Fleet is a 3-day festival that attracts thousands of people to Darien. The tradition of blessing the fleet actually began hundreds of years ago in Mediterranean fishing ports to ensure a safe and bountiful year.






Hawaii
Honolulu Marathon

One of the world’s largest and most festive road races, the Honolulu Marathon 26.2-mile, scenic course includes spectacular views along world famous Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.






Idaho
Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

Featured on Good Morning America in 2007 as one of the nations best holiday light shows, the Holiday Light Show at the Coeur d'Alene Resort features over 225 holiday displays ringing the boardwalk plus a memorable "Journey to The North Pole" attraction to visit Santa himself!





Indiana
Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis 500, often referred to as the Indy 500 is an automobile race held annually over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Summer Celebration is the largest African-American event in the nation, with over 300,000 people in attendance in celebration of African-American heritage and culture.

Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair, nationally recognized as America's premiere showcase of agriculture, youth, education and entertainment, is the 6th oldest State Fair in the country.

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon
Ranked as a "Top 100 Event" in North American by the American Bus Association in 2008, the Feast of the Hunters' Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans.




Iowa
Des Moines Arts Festival
The Des Moines Arts Festival, presented by The Des Moines Register, founded by the Des Moines Art Center and produced by Downtown Events Group, is a top-ranked downtown festival with a field of national artists and continuous live entertainment.





Kansas
Dodge City Days
This 10-day celebration of Kansas’ Western heritage attracts more than 100,000 people each year to experience the top-rated Dodge City Days Rodeo with the crowning of Miss Rodeo Kansas and Miss Rodeo Kansas Princess, a two-day craft show featuring more than 200 artists, a professional barbecue contest and western parade, along with many other events and activities.

Smoky Hill River Festival
More than just music and art, the Smoky Hill River Festival offers plenty of activities for Festival goers of all ages, from artist displays to The Big Band Dance on Festival Friday.





Kentucky
American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
With extended hours during the AQS Quilt Show week, internationally recognized Museum of the American Quilter's Society highlights the vigorous international rebirth of quilt making that began in the 1970s.

Great American Brass Band Festival
Hosted by Danville's hometown band - the Advocate Brass Band - Kentucky's free, nonprofit brass band extravaganza is held every year in June.

Hillbilly Days
Hillbilly Days, made possible because of the efforts of the Shriners, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Government, City of Pikeville and local volunteers, transforms downtown Pikeville into one of the most unique festivals in the country.

International Bar-B-Q Festival
In mid-May each year, Owensboro comes to life with the wonderful smells and sounds of the International Bar-B-Q Festival. Smoke from hickory-stoked fires, and the mouthwatering smells of barbecued chicken and lamb compete to please the senses.

Jerusalem Ridge Festival
An annual festival where fans and musicians gather to play and listen to traditional bluegrass music, and to honor and remember Bill Monroe who made it all possible.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival
The 19th annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, celebrating the passion, history and art of making great Kentucky Bourbon, is held in Bardstown every September.

Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
The Kentucky Derby Festival is Kentucky's largest annual event and one of the nation’s finest celebrations with more than 70 special events of this annual civic celebration including concerts, races and just plain fun.

Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
Extending more than 6 city blocks, the Oktoberfest offers a variety of appealing foods, drinks and works by over 75 artisans and crafters from all over the country.

St James Court Art Show
The St James Court Art Show is a juried fine arts and fine crafts show hosting an impressive 750 artists from North America, and takes place in the heart of historic Old Louisville among the country's largest collection of Victorian homes.

World Chicken Festival
Voted as one of the Kentucky Tourism Council's "Top Ten" Events and the Southeast Tourism Society "Top 20" Events, the annual World Chicken Festival has also been voted "Best Festival In State" by Kentucky Monthly Magazine.





Louisiana
Lake Charles Contraband Days
Over 50 years old, Contraband Days is one of Louisiana’s largest festivals and the City of Lake Charles oldest festival. Contraband Days is a themed “pirate” festival with close to 100 events.





Maryland

Ocean City Sunfest
Ocean City celebrates the start of fall with its annual Sunfest in September, the four-day festival filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment and delicious food all at the Inlet Lot and beach. Admission to Sunfest is free.




Massachusetts

The Boston Marathon
The annual Boston Marathon is hosted by the city of Boston, Massachusetts, on Patriots' Day - now often referred to as “Marathon Monday" - the third Monday of April.





Michigan
Holland Tulip Time Festival
The Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan is a wonderful destination for individuals and groups alike who are looking for an event filled with exciting activities and rich Dutch heritage.

Great Lakes Folk Festival
The roots, the rhythms and the richness of music, dance, arts and culture from across America and around the world come to downtown East Lansing for the Michigan State University Museum's annual Great Lakes Folk Festival.





Minnesota
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States, predating the Tournament of Roses Festival by two years.






Mississippi
The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
The purpose of the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival is to reach a worldwide audience with a celebration of the contributions the Mississippi Delta Blues culture has made to the American story - and to help preserve that culture.






Nevada
Burning Man
In essence, Burning Man is an unique annual art event and an experiment in temporary community (a city called Black Rock City that only exists for this event) dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.






New Hampshire

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
The country’s oldest craft fair, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the finest, most prestigious craft events in the country today featuring fine craft work by state-juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

New Hampshire Maple Weekend
A statewide event in which more than 50 sugar houses across New Hampshire open their doors to visitors, offering plenty of opportunities to tour maple orchards and sugar houses, learn how maple syrup is made, and taste free samples of maple products and fill up on pancake breakfasts.

New Hampshire Seafood Festival
The country’s oldest craft fair, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the finest, most prestigious craft events in the country today featuring fine craft work by state-juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll
The quaint lanes of Strawbery Banke Museum, New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighborhood, are aglow with hundreds of candles. The historic homes are festively decorated, and the alluring scents and sounds of the holiday season fill the air.





New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
The largest balloon fiesta in the world, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October each year.

Santa Fe Indian Market
More than 1,000 of the most gifted Native American artists from across North America showcase their work annually during the largest show and sale of Native American art in the world – the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Santa Fe Spanish Market
This popular annual event celebrates the rich Spanish heritage of Northern New Mexico. The art forms are numerous, having evolved from the simple items available to the early founders of Santa Fe.






New York
Oswego Harborfest
Harborfest is an annual 4-day admission-free non-profit event held every last full weekend of July in Oswego, New York, along the shores of southeastern Lake Ontario. 




North Carolina
American Dance Festival
The American Dance Festival – “The world’s greatest dance festival,” says the New York Post – has grown to more than 400 students from all over the world and a faculty of 50.

Azalea Festival
The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington's annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington's premier event.

Biltmore Festival of Flowers
A popular festival for over 25 years, the Biltmore Annual Festival of Flowers celebrates the beauty of George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre property and its original design by Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture. 

North Carolina Seafood Festival
Seafood! That's what the North Carolina Seafood Festival is all about. The fun, rides, musical entertainment and crafts are a merely a bonus. It’s about the seafood.






Ohio
Columbus Arts Festival
The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by Time Warner Cable, celebrates 50 years of bringing the best of fine arts and fine craft to Columbus, Ohio. The city's summer event features amazing art, great music, gourmet food and a host of other fun activities for the entire family.

The Vectron Dayton Air Show
Ohio celebrates its stronghold in the world of flight and the likes of the Wright brothers who put it there. Born in Dayton, Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited as the first people to successfully build a working airplane.





Oklahoma
Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival
When the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival opens in June every year in downtown Oklahoma City, OK, more than 1,200 American Indian artists and dancers from throughout North America gather to celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world.






Oregon
Fall Kite Festival
For over 30 years Lincoln City, named by Kitelines Magazine as one of the best places to fly kites in North America, celebrates with two annual kite festivals.


Whale Watching Events
The entire Oregon Coast celebrates the gray whale migration along its shores twice a year (Spring and Winter) with special Whale Watching Weeks. They pass Oregon during the Spring return from late March to June.






Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
In 1954, Louis and Elaine Lorillard, jazz fans and frequent visitors to George Wein's Storyville jazz club in Boston's Copley Hotel, asked the jazz impresario to produce a jazz event in Newport to bring more excitement to the resort area's summer season.

Newport Winter Festival
With over one hundred and fifty individual events, this Festival has become "New England's largest winter extravaganza”. Alive with sparkle and excitement, the Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music, and entertainment, with fun for all ages.

Rhode Island International Film Festival

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema






South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
10 days of outstanding nightly entertainment, 19 sporting/water competitions, a talent show, low country supper for 3,500 people, and two weekends jam packed with activities

Carolina Cup
The Carolina Cup race-meeting features the thrilling sport of steeplechase horse racing amid a flurry of spring fashions and elaborate tailgate parties. From the Corporate Terrace to College Park, old friends meet and new friends are made during the afternoon of seven races.







South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
When sunshine and summer weather makes an appearance it means family vacations are in the works. If your family is looking for an affordable and entertaining quick summer getaway, the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival in South Dakota is for you. In June, Fort Sisseton becomes invaded with history


Tabor Czech Days
The two words are synonymous with fun, music entertainment, dancing and traditional Czech foods. The celebration has kept alive the heritage of the early founders of the little South Dakota community who came to Tabor from Czechoslovakia as early as 1869.






Tennessee
Dogwood Arts Fetival
Celebrate the arrival of spring and enjoy the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, taking place the entire month of April each year. This unique festival transforms Knoxville into a month long springtime celebration.

Mule Day
If it’s the first week of April, then MULE DAY is happening in Columbia, TN (unless Easter happens to fall on the first April weekend in which case Mule Day will be on the second).

Secret City Festival
The Secret City Festival, presented by the City of Oak Ridge, the Arts Council of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau includes a wide variety of events and activities for the entire family in June.






Texas
Terlingua International Chili Championship
On the first Saturday of November the Chili Appreciation Society International holds the ultimate celebration of Chili at the Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua.





Utah
The Moab Music Festival
Classical Chamber Music is probably the last thing you would expect to find in a small southwestern town with a population of less than 6,000, but every September, that is exactly what you will find in Moab, Utah.






Washington DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-week event in Washington DC that celebrates springtime in the nations capital as well as the Gift in 1912 of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan.






Washington
Washington State International Kite Festival
Voted best kite festival in the world by Kite Trade Association International, the WSIKF is a weeklong kite celebration and competition that boasts skies ablaze with color, high flying action and choreographed movement.

National Lentil Festival
The draws people from all over the country to enjoy fun activities and a diverse assortment of lentil culinary delights.  The lentil is a small, lens-shaped legume and approximately one-third of the world's lentils are grown in the beautiful Palouse region.





Wisconsin
American Birkebeiner
Health and wellness. During the past three decades Americans have embraced cross-country skiing like never before. And for good reason. Cross-country skiing is a great way to stay in shape, and the sport is accessible to all ages and fitness levels.

EAA AirVenture
In October some 15 million acres of Virginia foliage show off their brilliant colors and the winemakers harvest the grapes for crush – when Virginia celebrates the harvest at 160 wineries statewide with festivals and special events, barrel tastings, harvest dinners and wine-themed travel packages.

Milwaukee Irish Fest
Even natives of Ireland know that the world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture is the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest, held on the third weekend of August on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee Summerfest
For over 40 years Milwaukee has celebrated Summerfest, the 11-day musical extravaganza recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Largest Music Festival”.






Wyoming

Cody Stampede Rodeo
Since the turn of the century, rodeos and parades have been part of the Fourth of July in Cody, Wyoming

Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo
Chips fly during the exciting Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo held every Father’s Day weekend at the Encampment-Riverside Lions Club Arena in Encampment, Wyoming








FEATURED EVENTS

Alabama
Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Moundville Native American Festival

Arizona
Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb
Navajo Nation Fair
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

California
Bay to Breakers 12K
Coarsegold Tarantula Festival

Connecticut
Annual Craft Expo
Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

Florida
Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Pensacola Beach Air Show
Tallahassee Springtime Festival
Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

Georgia
Savannah Music Festival
Blessing of the Fleet

Hawaii
Honolulu Marathon

Idaho
Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

Indiana
Indianapolis 500
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana State Fair
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Iowa
Des Moines Arts Festival

Kansas
Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

Kentucky
American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
Hillbilly Days
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Jerusalem Ridge Festival
Kentucky Bourbon Festival
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
World Chicken Festival


Louisiana
Lake Charles Contraband Days

Maryland
Ocean City Sunfest
Ocean City Winterfest of Lights

Massachusetts
The Boston Marathon

Michigan
Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

Minnesota
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Mississippi
The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Nevada
Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
North Carolina Azalea Festival
American Dance Festival
Biltmore Festival of Flowers
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Ohio
Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Oklahoma
Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Oregon
Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
Carolina Cup

South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
Tabor Czech Days

Tennessee
Dogwood Arts FetivalMule Day
Secret City Festival

Texas
Terlingua International Chili Championship

Utah
The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington
Washington State International Kite Festival
National Lentil Festival

Wisconsin
American Birkebeiner
EAA AirVenture
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Summerfest

Wyoming
Cody Stampede Rodeo
Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo




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