Apr 3 - Apr 24
Keeneland Race Course Spring Meet
One of the nation’s leading Thoroughbred race tracks hosts a three-week meet attracting visitors from around the world. Keeneland will also host the 2015 Breeder’s Cup at the end of October.
Apr 8 - Apr 12
North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc.
Celebrating Spring and Southern Charm via its Street Fair, Parade and weekend Concert Series, in addition to a Southern Garden Party, Patron’s Gala, Circus and many additional events. Attendees can also opt for a VIP experience at the concerts and gala.
Apr 10 - Apr 12
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
The largest “FREE” festival in Louisiana, attendees enjoy fresh strawberries, prepared in a variety of ways, as well as a parade, carnival rides, craft booths, and entertainment. Be sure to visit the unique boutiques and antique shops in the town known as “America’s Antique City”.
This year’s event includes celebrity chefs who will display their chocolate creativity amidst festival attendees. Downtown merchants offer chocolate samples as you shop within their stores and festival proceeds benefit the United Way. Events include a chocolate bake-off, pastry demonstrations, a hands-free mousse eating contest as well as live music and entertainment.
Travel back in time to explore the “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice” exhibit at the 15th Annual NatureFEST! Hosted by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation, the event is a nature outing and museum exhibit all in one. Families will enjoy live demonstrations of intriguing Mississippi reptiles and SCUBA divers feeding fish in the giant 100,000 gallon aquarium system. The museum also has a new dinosaur bone exhibit donated by the hosts of the “American Pickers” television series.
Apr 11 - Apr 12
Florida Blueberry Festival
Celebrating the blueberry season, this annual festival has more than 150 vendors, including 75 artisans, and great food including: pie, wine, ice cream, shortcake, pancakes, muffins, jams, honey and more! Additional festival elements include live entertainment as well as a car and bike show.
Apr 11 - Apr 12
27th Annual Dogwood Festival
Enjoy browsing one-of-a-kind crafts, festival food, kid’s activities and dog diving competition on Saturday and Sunday. A Hot Air Balloon Rally is held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds with a balloon glow at dusk amidst music and delicious food.
Apr 16 - Apr 25
A ten-day festival, with more than 100 events, showcasing the City of Rock Hill and its gardens. Events include: Beach Bash, Parade, Moonlight Jazz & Blues, Glencairn Garden Entertainment, Gourmet Gardens, BBQ Cook-Off, Skydiving Exhibition, and a Tailgate Party and Fireworks Extravaganza. Children events include the Mayor’s Frog Jump, Teddy Bear Tea Party, Chalk on Main, Musical Mania, Sundaes with Glen (the festival mascot), Healthy Kids Zone and Everything Trucks. Visit their website for a complete listing of events and all that the city of Rock Hill has to offer.
Apr 16 - Apr 19
Crawfish Music Festival
Additional weekend 4/23/2015-4/26/2015. Attendees enjoy fresh, local, seafood as they listen to top musical entertainment as well as rides and games from the largest traveling festival midway in the world.
Apr 16 - May 1
Kentucky Derby Festival
The 2015 Festival kicks off on April 18 with the Opening Ceremonies – Thunder Over Louisville, one of the nation’s largest annual fireworks extravaganzas. Basketball, golf, volleyball, concerts, hot-air balloons, bed and steamboat races as well as the Pegasus Parade on April 30. Visit their website for a full listing of events that help raise more than $500,000 for area charities each year.
Blue Ridge Marathon-America's Toughest Road Marathon
Featured on The Weather Channel World’s 15 Toughest Marathons, with 7,430 feet of elevation change over the course of three mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this marathon has rightfully earned its title. A half-marathon and 10K are also offered.
Apr 18 - Apr 19
31st Annual Bloomin' Festival Arts and Crafts Fair
A juried arts and crafts fair, where not only can one find unique, handmade, pieces of art, but also have the chance to see some created before their very eyes. Demonstrations include: Blacksmith, Glass Blower, Potter, Broom Maker, Portrait Artist and more. Delicious treats await, too, including Monk Break. The monks at Saint Bernard Abbey prepare their signature raisin bread each year and their candle maker also is onsite, making this a one-of-a-kind event!
Apr 18 - Jun 7
Georgia Renaissance Festival
Celebrating 30 years in 2015! This 8-weekend annual Spring Festival takes its guests on a journey back to 16th Century England on its 32 acre Kingdom complete with knights, faire maidens as well as the Queen and her Royal Court. A marketplace has unique treasures for one to shop, delicious foods to taste (turkey legs, meat pies and frothy ales) and ten stages of entertainment as well as a Royal Jousting Tournament.
Apr 21 - Apr 25
Attendees not only come to see prizewinning quilts and learn from quilt masters but also enjoy workshops that center around color, design, embroidery, embellishment, software and technology. Paducah is only one of seven cities in the WORLD to be recognized as a City of Crafts and Folk Art as designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Apr 22 - Apr 26
Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend
Wine and culinary talent from around the world come together in the historic seaside town of Beaufort for a five-day festival with 20-plus events which include: intimate wine dinners and Vin de Mer (where guests are immersed in a culinary tour de force offering 300 wine labels and cuisine from dozens of local and regional restaurants paired together in perfect harmony).
Apr 23 - Apr 26
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
A qualifier for the Olympic Games and World Championship, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (RK3DE) delivers X-Game-Level thrills along with master horsemanship in a multiday competition of Olympic-level horses and riders.
Apr 23 - Apr 26
Virginia International Tattoo
The term “tattoo” refers to a Scottish military last call, when pipes and drums called troops back to post for an evening ceremony. Featuring more than 800 military and civilian performers from eight nations, the Virginia International Tattoo has been long regarded as the most patriotic of the world’s tattoos.
Apr 24 - Apr 25
Double Decker Arts Festival 2015
Experience the best of southern culture in the heart of the deep-south. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary the two-day festival kicks off Friday night and Saturday includes 150 artists, southern food and music for all ages.
Apr 24 - Apr 25
Gardendale Magnolia Festival
The event features free art classes, a talent search, pooch parade, 3 stages of live entertainment, carnival, car show, pageant, vendors, eating contests and more!
Apr 24 - Apr 25
Norfolk NATO Festival
Recognizing the international influence of the NATO Command in Norfolk, Virginia, Friday night’s flag-raising ceremony honors each of the 28 NATO Member Nations. Saturday’s Parade of Nations, has more than 100 entries. Both are FREE to the public. The NATO village allows attendees a chance to greet a NATO representative and learn about that nation’s culture.
Apr 24 - Apr 26
Interstate Mullet Toss
Hosted by the Flora-Bama Lounge, on the Florida-Alabama state line, this wacky, fun-filled, tournament has participants compete in an actual mullet (fish) toss! Live music, food and drinks keep everyone entertained!
Apr 24 - Apr 27
37th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival
Recognized by MSNBC as one of the Five Don’t Miss Festivals Across the U.S., The Vidalia community celebrates Georgia’s Official State Vegetable with a four-day festival. In addition to a children’s parade, street dance, pageant, baseball tournament and other events, the local airport hosts a carnival, aviation activities, concert and fireworks show. Don’t miss the professional chef competition and Vidalia Onion Recipe Contest and Public Tasting.
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