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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Country Joins Rock ‘n Roll at Classic Car Event

The entertainment headliners for 2014 Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada is a lineup that is sure to keep the crowds on their feet during the weeklong annual celebration of America’s love affair with cars and rock ‘n’ roll.

Performances will kick off Tuesday, July 29 and go until Saturday, August 2. And what’s a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll without a little bit of country? On Friday, August 1 for the first time ever Hot August Nights introduces Country Night, starring Darryl Worely.

“We are very excited to wrestle into our wranglers and slip on our cowboy boots,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “It will be a night to remember and a little something different for Hot August Nights with all that join in on the festivities, but not to worry we haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling as The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley takes the stage on Saturday night at Grand Sierra.”    

Darryl Worely is known as a genuinely traditional country artist from Nashville who doesn’t follow trends or fads, but rather his own bedrock convictions. With twenty hit singles, including three number one songs: "I Miss My Friend", "Have You Forgotten", and "Awful, Beautiful Life" this is one show crowds will kick their heels up for. Five lucky winners will also receive a Darryl Worely Prize Package with details to be announced shortly.

Along with a Country Night, to keep the tradition alive, memorable rock ‘n’ roll acts from the 50’s, 60's, and 70's, with some of the top tribute acts in the country will be featured ranging from: Chicago Tribute Authority, Nathan Owen Motown Legends, and “Somethin’ tells me I’m into something good” Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, with more acts listed below. All performances are scheduled to begin at 8:15pm.t

Hot August Nights, a non-profit organization, is the premiere classic car event in the world, annually drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants to northern Nevada to revel in nostalgia, enjoy top entertainers from the 50s, 60s and 70s and participate in a variety of events including Show-n-Shines, controlled cruises and more.

For more information on this year’s entertainment call (775) 356-1956 or visit www.hotaugustnights.net

For more information about top events in Nevada take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Nevada.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Waikiki Beach Sports Festival Honors Duke’s Legacy

Duke’s OceanFest, Waikiki’s premier ocean sports festival and a popular celebration in tribute to Duke Kahanamoku for watermen and waterwomen worldwide, is being showcased this summer over a nine-day period from August 16 to 24.

Now in its 13th year, Duke’s OceanFest will feature a variety of competitions and events that includes surfing, stand-up paddling, one-mile ocean swim, lifeguard competition, surfboard waterpolo, wounded warrior canoe regatta, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, and beachfront luau. 

Most competitions will take place near Queen’s Surf in Waikiki, with the surf stand and exhibit booths fronting the majestic statue of Kahanamoku.

Brent Imonen, Event Director for Duke’s OceanFest, said: “We’re putting together an exciting schedule of ocean sports competitions and special events, and urge our waterman community and Hawaii’s visitors to mark their calendar and be part of the celebration. Duke’s OceanFest is the best time of year to experience Waikiki Beach and see the ocean sports heritage that has made it such an iconic destination.”

Kahanamoku’s enduring legacy and all he represents to Hawaii and the waterman spirit continues to be the primary inspiration for Duke’s OceanFest, with this year’s events concluding on Sunday, August 24, the 124th anniversary of his birth.

Revered as Hawaii’s greatest athlete, Kahanamoku (1890-1968) won six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, from 1912 to 1932, and is recognized as the “Father of International Surfing.” Kahanamoku was the world’s fastest swimmer, a champion paddler and steersman, and a lifelong mentor to generations of watermen and waterwomen. He once used his surfboard to rescue eight people from drowning following a boating accident in California. Kahanamoku was the first person inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1965) and International Surfing Hall of Fame (1966).

Duke’s OceanFest supports the mission of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF), the public, nonprofit foundation established in Kahanamoku’s honor in 1986. 

For more details and reservations visit the Duke’s OceanFest website www.dukesoceanfest.com or log on at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/DukesOceanfest2014.

For more information about top events in Hawaii take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the main annual festivals in Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kauai

Friday, June 27, 2014

Celebrating Culture and Heritage of Southeastern Indians

The Moundville Native American Festival celebrates the culture and heritage of Southeastern Indians. It is held in early October at the University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park in West Central Alabama.

One goal of the festival is to dispel Native American stereotypes by sparking an understanding of what once was and now is Southeastern Indian culture.

Festival organizers engage over 100 Native Americans and other experts to demonstrate arts, crafts, technologies and other lifeways and to perform music, dancing and storytelling particular to the southern tribes.

The Moundville Native American Festival began in 1989, and 2014 marks its 25th anniversary. The festival has four major educational areas: the Arts and Craft Arbors, the Living History Camp, the Children's Area and the Native American Stage. Other components include a Trader's Circle and Arts Market, a Target Range and a food court. Every area reflects aspects of Southeastern Indian culture from various perspectives.

Additionally, guides are stationed at the park’s museum and at strategic points throughout the site to interpret this pristine prehistoric landscape.

Many Native Americans attending the festival, especially those whose families were forcibly removed from the Southeast, consider the park to be a sacred site and the festival a homecoming.

The Moundville Native American Festival has grown into one of the largest events of its kind in the Southeast. Designated a Cultural Olympiad Event by the 1996 Olympic Games, the festival has also received awards from the National Bus Association, the Alabama Tourism Department, the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the West Alabama Tourism Awards. It is consistently listed as one of Alabama's top 20 tourism events.

Moundville Archaeological Park is 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa on Alabama Highway 69, off of I-20/59, Exit 71-A. For more information, call 205-371-2234 or visit http://moundville.ua.edu.

For more information about top events in Alabama take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Alabama.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Mexico BBQ Championship returns to Rio Rancho

The 11th annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho from July 4 – 6, bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region for a three-day festival featuring food, beer, live music and interactive family activities.

This year’s event, presented by the Santa Ana Star Casino and hosted by the Rio Rancho CVB, will feature an indoor/outdoor format ensuring the 20,000 expected attendees can enjoy all the festival has to offer rain or shine. This is quite possibly the best way to spend 4th of July weekend this summer in New Mexico.

Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, you can check out local arts and crafts, burn off some calories by dancing to live music and even take the kids for a face painting and a few trips through the bouncy houses.

Value Packages including admission to the event and BBQ Bucks to be spent for food and beer are on sale now exclusively through Santa Ana Star Center online at www.santaanastarcenter.com.

Three Value Packages are available for the Pork & Brew:
Two admission tickets and $20 BBQ Bucks for $25 ($30 value)
Four admission tickets and $40 BBQ Bucks for $50 ($60 value)
Six admission tickets and $60 BBQ Bucks for $75 ($90 value)
Adult tickets can be purchased on the day of event for $5 while kids tickets (4-12) and seniors (65+) can be purchased for $3.

The Pork & Brew has become one of the largest annual events in New Mexico and winners of the BBQ Championship will advance to participate in the Kansas City BBQ Society’s National Championship.

For more information about top events in New Mexico take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in the Albuquerque region of New Mexico and in the Santa Fe region.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cheese Days in Monroe Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Welcome to Green County Wisconsin and the granddaddy of all food fests in the Midwest – Green County Cheese Days in Monroe.  

September 19 to 21 marks the 100th anniversary of Green County Cheese Days, and the cheesemaking, dairy farming, and Swiss traditions that continue to this day.

Right away you’ll sense the cheesy vibe:  old time copper kettle cheesemaking demonstrations, cheese carving, cheese pairings, and cheese sampling . 

On the menu: gourmet grilled cheese, the best deep-fried cheese curds in the nation, cheesecake on a stick.  New in 2014:  “Procession of Cheesemakers” with a cheesemaker from each of the dozen factories donning the traditional white uniform and bearing their signature cheese as part of the pomp and circumstance of the opening ceremony.

The best and brightest of the area’s bovines (Brown Swiss, Jersey, Guernsey, Holstein, Red & White Holstein, Ayrshire, and Milking Shorthorn) are selected to make the trip to the “big city” to play starring roles in the wildly popular Cow Milking Contest.  For many, the highlight of the weekend is The Swiss Colony Cheese Days Parade, led by a herd of Brown Swiss cows sporting clanging bells and floral wreaths.

To mark this special anniversary, 100 accordion players will play the official Cheese Days song (of course there is a song), and visitors can tour two century farms where multiple generations have tilled the land and milked the cows for more than 100 years.
Cheese Days offers up more fun things to do than there are holes in a giant wheel of Swiss cheese.  Like the song says “Come to Cheese Days in Monroe!”

Visit www.cheesedays or www.facebook.com/cheesedays for more details of the Green County Cheese Days in Monroe, Wisconsin.

For more information about top events in Wisconsin take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Saddle Up for National Day of the American Cowboy

Visitors to the city of Fort Worth, Texas are invited to “Saddle Up” and take part in festivities for the annual National Day of the American Cowboy in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Fort Worth, home to hundreds of years of Western history, has been dubbed the “City of Cowboys and Culture” for its abundance of Old West-related attractions as well as a thriving arts scene complemented by a diverse culinary palate and sophisticated cultural offerings.

Recognized nationally as the Best Cowboy Tribute by multiple national media outlets, the Fort Worth Stockyards has planned a day of free and family-orientated activities that will take place along East Exchange Avenue.

The activities are designed to help visitors experience and appreciate the role that Cowboys and Cowgirls of all ethnicities have played – and continue to play – in every day Western life. In addition to stage coach rides, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a “jail and bail” available all day, there are many other special events.

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, The Fort Worth Stockyards is a 15-block area that looks the same today as it did 100 years ago, complete with the world's only twice-daily cattle drive presented by the Fort Worth Herd and the restored Grapevine VintageRailroad.

The Historic Stockyards District is also home to Stockyards Station, a dining and shopping marketplace made from former sheep and hog pens, as well as notable attractions such as the Cowtown Coliseum – home to the world's only year-round rodeo, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Billy Bob's Texas – the world's largest honky-tonk, M.L. Leddy's legendary handmade boots and saddles, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and the White Elephant Saloon.

Visit www.FortWorth.com for more information.

For more information about top events in the Dallas/Fort Worth region check out the Top Events USA selection on the annual main festivals in the Dallas and Fort Worth region of Texas.

Monday, June 16, 2014

From Music in the Canyon to Fun in the Streets

From a canyon concert to a downtown celebration, there will be plenty of things to do in Fort Payne, Alabama the third Saturday in June. 

The Third Saturday Sunset Event returns June 21, 2014, bringing with it family fun to the streets of downtown Fort Payne, and for those who want to escape to nature, Jacksonville State University presents Bluegrass on the Rim at Little River Canyon.

From 3 to 9pm at the Little River Canyon Center’s new Canyon Concert outdoor stage, the Little River Canyon will serve as the backdrop to some of the best bluegrass music. Hosted by “The Fiddle Man” Tim Watson, Bluegrass on the Rim features an incredible line-up of bluegrass talent from around the country.

Plenty of food vendors will be on hand and festivalgoers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs and jammers are welcome. Tickets are $25 per person and free for children 6 years and under. Tickets may be purchase online at www.jsu.edu/epic/canyonconcerts/ or at the Little Canyon Center.

An afternoon of family fun activities can also be found in downtown Fort Payne from 5 to 8pm with the Third Saturday Sunset Event. Enjoy live music, a car show, children’s activities, plenty of food and other activities while strolling along the blocked off streets of downtown Fort Payne. Store specials, giveaways, and discounts will be offered at select retailers and restaurants. Admission is free.

Click on Discover Lookout Mountain for more details or call DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740.

For more information about top events in Alabama take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Alabama

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Missouri State Fair Celebrates Kids in Agriculture

A new event day, Celebrate Kids in Agriculture Saturday, August 16, will top the list of exciting new promotions offered at the 2014 Missouri State Fair

The day will acknowledge youth currently involved in Missouri's agriculture industry, and help raise awareness of and encourage an interest in agriculture among Missouri youth. 

Plans this day will include free gate admission for children ages 12 years of age and younger, free old-fashioned harvest games and new contests in two competitive exhibit categories. The event day will be the culmination of the 2014 Fair's marketing campaign, which includes a heightened emphasis on celebrating youth.

Old-fashioned harvest games, such as gunny sack races, egg relay races and water relays, will be offered for two age divisions and located on the lawn of the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Gardens Saturday, August 16.  Games for 4-7 year olds will be offered between 11am and 12:30pm, and games for 8-12 year olds will be offered between 1:30pm and 3pm. Complete details are available at www.mostatefair.com/special-contests.

Two new contests are also being offered to encourage participation in competitive exhibits amongst youth attending this year's Missouri State Fair, the Largest Homegrown Tomato Contest and the Fun on the Farm Poster Contest. 

These contests offer opportunities to engage youth in summer-long projects, as they wait to compete alongside their peers on August 16.  Complete details for the contests are available at www.mostatefair.com/special-contests. The Missouri State Fair, themed, Harvest the Fun!, will be held August 7-17 in Sedalia. Visit the 2014 Missouri State Fair for more information, and follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about top events in Missouri take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Missouri.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

South Shore Air Show’s One-of-a-Kind Aircraft

Glimmering through the sky in his one-of-a-kind aircraft, Starjammer, Elgin Wells will be performing during the 2014 South Shore Air Show in Newton County, Indiana.

Elgin Wells' Unlimited Class, Level I aerobatic airplane is the world's only aircraft of its kind. Starjammer is fitted with 250+ super-bright LEDs, five smoke streams, a 4,000-watt amplifier and onboard loudspeakers, creating a spectacularly bright show for both day and night.

The South Shore Air Show will be presented at Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County July 11 through July 13. Fair Oaks Farms is a 33,000-acre attraction, allowing the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and Fair Oaks Farms ample room to make additions to the family-fun event. Attendees will enjoy exciting aerial acrobatics, Fair Oaks Farms attractions, military displays, food and novelty vendors, and much more.

The South Shore on Lake Michigan is filled with family-friendly attractions like Deep River Waterpark and Fair Oaks Farms. History buffs can choose from an array of historical sites, museums and memorials. Visitors can learn about the history of flight at Marquette Park in Gary, the ice-cutting industry in Cedar Lake and the railroads in Griffith. Many communities along the South Shore also feature agritourism opportunities including wineries, dairies, U-pick orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farmer's markets.

For more information on the South Shore Air show, contact Special Events and Services Manager Bethany Randolph by email at bethany@southshorecva.com, or visit www.southshoreairshow.com.

For more information about top events in Indiana take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Indiana.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Bar Harbor, Maine Readies for a Special July 4th Celebration

Voted one of the top five small town Fourth of July celebrations in America in 2013, Bar Harbor, Maine is preparing once again to provide locals and visitors with spectacular festivities. Long-held traditions and exciting new additions have made Independence Day a special and memorable time in Bar Harbor. 

"We've worked with our event sponsors to bring all-day entertainment to those who choose Bar Harbor as their July 4th destination," said Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Chris Fogg. 

A full day of events begins with a blueberry pancake breakfast, craft fair and marketplace, and a fun-filled parade. Maine's iconic crustacean also has a big role with the Annual Lobster Races held to benefit the Mt. Desert Island YMCA, and the Annual Rotary Club Seafood Festival that kicks off at 11am. The Bar Harbor Town Pier is the ultimate venue with a view as a free concert series takes place from 4 to 9pm. The celebration concludes with fireworks over Frenchman Bay as the grand finale. 

"It's great to see the town come together to make this special event happen. We're ready to welcome our visitors for a holiday to remember," added Fogg.

Visit the Chamber's website for more information and a schedule of the day's events.

For more information about top events in Maine take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual major festivals and events in Maine.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mission Valley Hosts Jazz Festival “Crown Jewel”

Discerning jazz fans call the San Diego Jazz Fest "the crown jewel of classic jazz festivals". The event is held during the Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, in San Diego’s Mission Valley. 

The SD Jazz Fest is a favorite of festival-goers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center. There are large concert rooms with double dance floors and small, intimate "listening" rooms.  All are non-smoking. The Festival bands and individual guest artists represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, Dixieland, Ragtime, Swing, and Rockabilly styles.  

The 35th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest will be held November 26-30, 2014.  Wednesday evening will feature two bands, 7 - 11pm. Two rooms with large dance floors and seven bands are on tap for Thursday evening 6 – 11pm.  For Friday (10am – midnight), Saturday (9am – midnight) and Sunday (8:15am – 6pm), all bands will be performing throughout the weekend … totaling over 175 one-hour performances.   

A special Swing Dance Extravaganza is scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights, 7pm to midnight with local San Diego and nationally known bands.  Features include a “Battle of the Bands”, dance performances, and continuous music.  

The festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz.  Ticket prices, band lineup, performance schedules and other information can be found at www.SDjazzfest.org

For more information about top events in California take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in the San Diego region as well as the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Augusta, Georgia Arts Event Stacks Up Awards

For the 34th year in a row, the Greater Augusta Arts Council presents Augusta’s signature arts event, Arts in the Heart of Augusta, an award winning festival, on September 19-21, 2014.

The Festival won a Silver Best Festival Kaleidoscope Award from Southeast Festival and Events Association and was selected as a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society in 2013.

The Festival was also selected as Best Festival in 2013 by readers of both Augusta Magazine and Columbia County Magazine. Additionally, the Festival Committee welcomes back American Family Insurance as the Festival’s major sponsor.

Festivities will take place on the Augusta Common and Broad Street which will be closed from 7th Street through 10th Street. As always, the Festival comprises the Global Village with authentic ethnic foods from 20 different countries; a Fine Arts and Crafts Market with over 110 juried fine arts and crafts booths; free crafts for kids; and a Young Artists Market where school-aged artists sell their work; and several stages stacked with live, local entertainment.

Exciting new attractions for the 2014 Festival include: an expansion of the Festival to 7th Street to create a dedicated family area including free hands-on craft activities for kids, fine arts and crafts booths appealing to children and their parents, several food booths from the Global Village, and the Young Artist Market.

Also new is the addition of a fifth stage specifically for jazz performances, alongside the regular stages which are: the Global Stage on the Common, presenting international performers and headline musicians; the Family Stage, presenting entertainment from local community arts organizations; the Community Stage, presenting local bands; and the Troubadour Stage, highlighting spoken word and acoustic performances. 

Additionally, the new countries that will be represented in the Global Village are: Sweden, Micronesia/Indonesia and Cyprus.

Visit www.artsintheheart.com for more details, Like the festival on Facebook and follow it on Twitter, @artintheheart14.

For more information about top events in Georgia take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Georgia.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It’s LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival Time!

Whether you crave juicy, plump blackberries, mouth watering strawberry preserves or a good old fashioned blueberry pie, Oregon’s bountiful berry season will be on full offer in Portland in July at the 4th annual LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival

This free, family friendly event will feature a 2-day farmers market, a children’s booth with activities and crafts, a main stage with cooking demos and entertainment, health and wellness seminars and more berry deliciousness than you can possibly imagine.

New for 2014, the expanded festival will feature a Know Your Oregon Berries booth, which will provide berry handling and storage tips, harvest dates and everything you need to know to help you enjoy the berries when you get them home (if you can resist eating them on the way!)

Returning to the berry calendar in addition to the popular daytime events will be the Gala Berry Dinner on Saturday, July 19.  Held on the rooftop terrace of the Ecotrust building, the dinner will feature a berry centric menu from a selection of Portland’s top chefs. And if you want more, LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival Restaurant Month will be happening across the city, with a range of local restaurants highlighting specialty berry menu items available all July long.

Mark your calendars for the 4th annual LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival.  The Ecotrust Event Space is located at NE 10th Ave and NE Johnson St in Portland.  Festival admission is free, and the hours will be from noon to 6pm on Friday, July 18 and 11am to 5pm on Saturday, July 19. For more information visit www.oregonberryfestival.com

LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon, a local health plan known for its commitment to wellness, is the title sponsor for the 2014 OBF. Committed to actively supporting their members’ healthy decisions from foods to activities, LifeWise celebrates the health benefits of Oregon berries through this partnership.

Visit www.activelynorthwest.com for more information to support healthy decisions. For more information about LifeWise, please visit www.lifewiseor.com.

For more information about top events in Oregon take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Oregon.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mucking, Drilling and Mining for Free in Virginia City, Nevada

Step back in time and celebrate Nevada's mining history during Comstock Muckfest in historic Virginia City, Nevada, Saturday, June 7, 2014. 

This family-focused event is free and takes place from 10am until 5pm held at various locations including the Marshall Mint Museum, the Fourth Ward School and more.

The Virginia City Trolley provides an all-day on and off pass for transportation to locations where demonstrations take place. At the Virginia & Truckee Train Depot watch professionals drive spikes, then head to the Marshall Mint Museum to see a live coin minting. At the Fourth Ward School, kids can test their mining skills with a chocolate chip cookie mining activity. At the Gold Hill Depot, find the Comstock Modern Mining Park with its massive displays of modern-day mining equipment, as well as a mucking demonstration. Download the complete schedule online.

Join in on the fun and experience a day in the life of a Virginia City miner. For $10, enter the team handrail race competition, mucking or bucket-lift contest that takes place throughout the day. Winners take home bragging rights and a trophy, not to mention some great photos.

Coinciding with Comstock Muckfest is the Virginia City Wine Tour Series, taking place the first Saturday of each month. The wine tour includes a commemorative Virginia City stemless wine glass, a map and wine samples at 23 locations throughout town for $20. Tickets are available for advance purchase online or at the Visitors Center in Virginia City, located at 86 South C Street.

Comstock Muckfest is an official Nevada 150 event. Learn more about Nevada 150 celebration at Nevada150.org.

For more information on Virginia City, Nev. and the Comstock Muckfest & Heritage Wine Tour, visit online or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission (VCTC) at 775-847-7500.

A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the United States - Virginia City, Nevada. Experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800's. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train.

The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.

For more information about top events in Nevada take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Nevada.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Savor the Difference in This Cajun Location

Iberia Parish, Louisiana celebrates its rich heritage and just about everything else at its many area festivals and events, from Mardi Gras to Louisiana shrimp, sugar and music.

Among them are the Delcambre Shrimp Festival (August),  Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival (September) and World Championship Gumbo Cookoff (October).

The town of Delcambre, Louisiana, located about 20 miles southwest of Lafayette, is home to one of the area's most productive shrimp fleets and on August 14 to 18 the town will devote an entire weekend to honor this economic lifeblood with the Delcambre Shrimp Festival. Events include a shrimp cook-off, queens’ pageants, fais-do-do's, food booths, carnival rides, and the blessing of the shrimp boat fleet. There's plenty of fun for "kids" of all ages and lots to see, hear, and eat.

For 73 years the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival has brought together 23 sugar-producing parishes to honor the cane growers, mill operators and others in the sugar industry with ceremonies, parties, parades, royalty, exhibits, and dancing in the streets. Set in historic New Iberia, the event (September 24-28 in 2014) has small town charm and features top-notch entertainment.

Each year, on the second weekend of October, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce hosts the World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off, a premier event in Iberia Parish. The three-day event (October 10-12 this year) takes place on New Iberia's historic and award-winning Main Street.

While the gumbo competition itself is on Sunday, Friday evening kicks off the event weekend with great music and popular food items. On Saturday, there are bands all day, down town shopping deals, museum tours and forty-plus food booths cooking anything but gumbo for lunch. Sunday's full attention goes to the gumbo as 90 or more teams vy for bragging rights to the best gumbo in the world.

Just 20 miles south of Lafayette, 2 hours west of New Orleans and 4 hours east of Houston, New Iberia is a must for visiting. Click here for directions. For information on many other events in this Cajun location visit www.iberiatravel.com

For more information about top events in Louisiana take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the major annual festivals and events in Louisiana-Baton Rouge, Louisiana-New Orleans and the Louisiana West region.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Some Upcoming Festivals and Events in Hawaii

Included in some of the upcoming festivals and events in Hawaii is the 25th annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky on July 4 at Vidinha Stadium Soccer field – Kauai’s largest Independence Day celebration event. Benefiting Kauai Hospice, visitors and residents will be treated to a display of aerial fireworks along with Hawaiian entertainment by local musicians and hula dancers. Top hotels and restaurants will also provide great food for this occasion.

The Joy of Sake Honolulu, the biggest sake bash outside of Japan, takes place on July 18 at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu. The event celebrates Hawaii’s 100-year love affair with sake from the early days of Japanese immigration and founding of the Honolulu Sake Brewery to present day. The event will feature a record amount of the world’s finest sakes available for tasting, along with appetizers from a variety of Honolulu’s elite restaurants. 

Koloa Plantation Days celebrates its 29th annual festival in Poipu, Kauai from July 18-27. The ten-day family-oriented slate of events showcases Koloa’s social and natural history and diverse cultural traditions. Additionally, visitors can enjoy sporting activities, entertainment, costumes, and food available at the Poipu and Koloa area resorts. 

Holding its 55th annual tournament from July 26-August 2, the Hawaian International Billfish Tournament combines five days of fishing off the beautiful Kona Coast of Hawaii Island with several other social and cultural events held throughout the week. Spectators can watch the tournament from Kailua Pier, as more than 30 teams from around the world are expected to compete for the coveted Governor’s Trophy. 

From August 15-16, Grand Wailea’s executive chef Eric Faivre will host the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour on Maui. James Beard award-winning guest chefs David Burke, Johnny Iuzzini, and Norm Van Aken will come together to prepare their signature cuisines for a once-in-a-lifetime reception and dinner. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation and its mission to celebrate, nurture, and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future.

The 20th annual Made In Hawaii Festival (Oahu) is scheduled to take place August 15-17 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. The three-day showcase features more than 400 booths selling and promoting made in Hawaii products, including food, books, art, gifts, fashion, plants, crafts, produce, and more. Attendees can take home locally made and grown goods, while enjoying free cooking demonstrations and live musical performances. 

For more information about top events in Hawaii take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the main annual festivals in Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kauai