Aug 1 - Aug 3
The Craftsmen’s Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival
Join hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and craftsmen at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center as they present their original works for gifts, home décor, celebrations, functional items, dressing and accessorizing. There are even specialty foods and sampling is encouraged.
Aug 2 - Aug 3
35th Annual Revolutionary War Battle Reenactment
The reenactment depicts the skirmish which occurred at the site July 29, 1871 when Troy leader Colonel David Fanning attacked Colonel Phillip Alston and his band of Whig militiamen at Alston’s home. In addition there are period crafts such as blacksmithing, weaving and pottery.
Aug 8 - Aug 9
Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival
One of the largest bluegrass festivals in the country! Also enjoy Pickin’ & Pedalin’ Bicycle Tour, Jammin’ & Jumpin’ outdoor street pole vault, Fox on the Run 5K and disc golf. Learn the Folklife traditions of western Kentucky such as soap making, animal feeding and crafts and games.
Aug 8 - Aug 16
State Fair of West Virginia
The nine-day State Fair of West Virginia pays homage to West Virginia’s agriculture with livestock shows and competitive exhibits. Carnival rides, fair food and family entertainment draws thousands to the area each year.
Aug 15 - Aug 16
11th Annual Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival
The festival features local, regional and national bluegrass musicians in a family friendly atmosphere. The event is two days of the best in bluegrass music, food, dancing-all in one location!
Aug 15 - Aug 23
Wilson County Fair
There are games, rides, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, cattle, horse, sheep, goat and swine shows - as well as the best Fair Food around. Be sure to include the AgriVenture Barn and Fiddlers Grove Historic Village. Plus Country, Gospel and Bluegrass concerts.
Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights
This festival promotes one of the original and most unique neighborhoods in Jackson. Activities include shopping at artist/artisan booths, children’s area, dancers and musical acts. There are five stages, each featuring a unique style of music, including blues, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, folk and indie rock.
Arts & Crabs Festival
As one of Louisiana’s three crab festivals, the event aims to celebrate the ties between Louisiana seafood and culture by offering a comprehensive experience of best of Southwest Louisiana’s culture, food, music, and arts.
Aug 16 - Aug 17
Piedmont Park Arts Festival
Artists, food trucks, children’s activities and acoustic music are all part of the annual festival. More than 100 local and regional crafters will show off and sell their work. Don’t miss the Piedmont Summer Sprint 5K, the Corn Hole Tournament and Hula-hooping contest.
Aug 16 - Aug 24
Thunder on the Gulf Powerboat Races
Two exciting race days in TWO exciting cities. Race Week schedule includes Golf, Fishing, Texas Hold’em Poker Tournaments, Thunder Motorcycle Run, Bikini Contests, and Boat Parade. Then on Friday, Thunder On The Gulf will run in Orange Beach and the Inaugural Thunder Run Superboat Grand Prix on Sunday in Pensacola.
Aug 22 - Aug 23
Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off
Barbeque cooking teams from across the county will compete for cash and prizes and, of course, bragging rights. The event is held at Main Beach on Amelia Island, where “beach meets brisket”. Free admission includes kid’s zone, VIP Pig Pub, People’s Choice contest and live entertainment.
Aug 22 - Aug 23
Asheville Wine & Food Festival
Indulge in fresh bites from farm-to-table restaurants; sip locally crafted brews, distilled spirits and wines near and far; and meet award winning chefs, farmers and artisan food producers who’ve helped position Asheville among the nation’s top culinary destinations.
Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival
Teams of 20 race in heats on the Ohio River at English Park, vying for a chance at the final races and the Grand Championship trophy. Vendors offer food and beverages at the park, live entertainment, inflatables for the kids=fun for the whole family.
Aug 28 - Aug 31
Lowcountry Jazz Festival
Enjoy award winning contemporary jazz-soul-R&B artists including Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Najee and many more. The festival includes live performances each night as well as a smooth jazz brunch, artist meet ‘n’ greet and late-night jam sessions.
Aug 29 - Aug 30
44th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival
Two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. Both nights include the region’s finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew’s harp, bag pipes, spoons, saws and folk ensembles.
Aug 29 - Sep 1
108th Annual Canton Labor Day Celebrations
The four-day long event includes live musical entertainment from bluegrass to beach musical, folk dancing, heritage crafts, food vendors, fair rides and games. The festivities wrap up on Monday after the annual Canton Labor Day parade that takes place in the heart of the downtown district.
Aug 30 - Sep 1
Marietta Art in the Park
The Art in the Park Festival is the largest and only fine art festival in Cobb County. It features handcrafted art from 170 artists, free make and take art stations in the Children’s Interactive Art Alley. New this year, ChalkFest, a traveling exhibit featuring 20 professional chalk artists.
The nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks choreographed to an original soundtrack. Thunderous sounds on the Tennessee River. This one day event features a day of food, fun, live music, contest and the biggest boom in the nation!
Boozoo’s Labor Day Festival
Named for Zydeco legend Wilson “Boozoo” Chavis, the festival celebrates Southwest Louisiana’s rich musical heritage and the Creole culture. Enjoy Creole favorites like red beans and rice, crawfish Etouffe and BBQ sandwiches while listening to the sounds of Cajun and Zydeco masters.
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