Boston Dragon Boat Festival

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You don’t have to go to Hong Kong to get a glimpse into the allure of Asia. Held on June 8th and June 9th, the 34th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returns to deliver a majestic, cultural display at the Charles River in Boston! Witness 54 teams from around the world compete for coveted medals and honors. Over 20,000 participants and spectators turn out to witness this 3,000 year old Chinese tradition. The Festival premiered in 1979, and has since grown from a small neighborhood event into a highly-anticipated Boston attraction. Best of all – it’s free! Build lasting memories with your travel companions and experience this unique cultural tradition! Teams compete over a 500-meter course in colorful, 39-foot Hong Kong style dragon boats. Time trials begin at 7:00am on June 8th- so sneak a peek at the teams before they compete! The real races take place from 7:00am – … [Read more...]

Chicago Blues Festival

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Held annually in June, the Chicago Blue Festival is the largest blues festival in the world! 3 days, 5 stages, and more than 500,000 blues fans unite to prove that Chicago is the “Blue Capital of the World.” One of the most anticipated Chicago attractions, the stages have been graced by Ray Charles, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and many other iconic blues artists over the years. This year’s lineup includes performances by some of the most up-and-coming blues artists. Admission is free, so why pass up the chance to experience blues culture in the great city of Chicago! Taking place June 6th through the 9th in Grant Park, you won’t want to miss a beat! Thursday - June 6th 6:30pm-9pm: Performances by Shemekia Copeland, Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine, and Quinn Sullivan. Friday – June 7th 11:15am-9:30pm: Performances include Irma Thomas, Earnest “Guitar” Roy, … [Read more...]

Green Festival Chicago

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 A project of Green America and Global Exchange, the Green Festival is a celebration of sustainable solutions that are benefiting local and international communities. Prepare to be inspired and floored as you are introduced to innovative ideas, inventions, and products that aim to solve the eco-inadequacies in food, building, energy, and beyond! The nation’s premier sustainability event, head to the Navy Pier from May 18th-19th to enjoy how-to workshops, film and documentary showings, educational and fun activities for kids, organic beer and wine, vegetarian cuisine, and entertaining live music. Visit the marketplace where over 300 eco-friendly businesses showcase their eco-friendly products. Sample Fair Trade tea and coffee, oils, chocolate, and shop organic clothing, all-natural products, and more! Learn about the benefits in investing in green home solutions, and feel … [Read more...]

Maker Faire San Francisco

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This isn’t your typical show and tell. The Maker Faire is the World’s most diverse display of creativity and innovation in technology, science, craft, fashion, art, food, and more! At this family-friendly festival, meet over 350 passionate makers as they proudly display their projects, and participate in hands on activities to foster new skills. While you may not walk away a master of chiseling hand-made spoons, nor the engineer behind the next technological breakthrough, the Maker Faire will inevitably inspire you.  Every year there are first-time makers as well as returning favorites. Filled with an incredible variety of exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances, the Maker Fair is entertaining, interactive, informative, and fun! A favorite San Francisco attraction for locals and visitors alike, don't be surprised if you return home with a new interest or … [Read more...]

San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo San Francisco style! The 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 4th, is jam-packed with entertainment, live music, and fun for the entire family. Because of the many contributions made by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and Latinos in the United States, this holiday is fondly celebrated by people of all walks of life. Beginning at 10:00am, head over to Dolores Park and experience the celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Entertainment Lineup: 10:00am Zumba-thon Exercise Class ($10 donation requested) Zumba is an exciting, effective, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance that will get you moving! 11:45am Welcome by Mission Neighborhood Centers Kicking off the festival right – the Senior Chorus will perform, as well as El Chiquilin from Univision Radio Latino Mix 12:45pm Performance by The Mission District Young Musicians Program Directed … [Read more...]

Mayfest Chicago

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Kick off the Chicago summer the right way at this three-day celebration, featuring a broad spectrum of entertainment from May 17th until May 19th. One of the most anticipated attractions, Chicago Mayfest is fun for the entire family! Starting on Friday at 5pm, qench your thirst with ice cold beer as you shop the local artisan and merchant booths; get your fill of some of your favorite festival foods – pretzels, barbecue, and beyond; and head to the main stage area to hear some of Chicago’s best bands! For a full line-up, check out the Mayfest website. Saturday from 10am – 2pm, you and your family can join Mayfest for Chicago Kids Day! Enjoy fun activities, arts & crafts, healthy food options, balloons, and raffles. Celebrate children’s health and wellness with fun, educational activities. Organized by real community members, activities include health and posture … [Read more...]

Merrie Monarch Festival

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The reputable, week-long Merrie Monarch Festival of Hawaii is fast-approaching, and locals and tourists alike are excited to marvel at the many spectacles. Returning once more to the Afook Chinen Civic Auditoria, this cultural delight honors King David Kalaukaua, who was called the “Merrie Monarch” for his patronage of the arts. He is recognized for restoring many Hawaiian cultural traditions during his reign, including the hula. Stop by and enjoy several free exhibitions and events for a cultural, entertaining delight! If you are staying in Oahu or any of the other islands, consider getting to Hilo via Hawaiian Airlines for excellent fares on flights between islands! Be sure to leave time in your Hawaii itinerary to explore the festivities:     Ho’olaule’a (Celebration) Sunday, March 31st - Starting at 9:00am on Sunday, stop by the Afook Chinene … [Read more...]