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April 1-5, 2009
North Carolina Azalea Festival
Across from courthouse,
Wilmington, North Carolina
It's the festival's 62nd anniversary. Enjoy a street fair, art show, coin show, arts and crafts, garden tours, circus acts, a parade on Saturday morning, music, activities for kids, food vendors, festival merchandise, home tours
Learn More: Call 910-794-4650

April 1-30, 2009
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Various venues,
Mount Vernon, Washington
Tulip Run (2-mile & 5-mile courses), Anacortes Quilt Walk, battle of the bands, street fair Downtown, store open houses, garage sales, kite demonstrations, photography, arts and crafts, Apple Blossom and Barrel Tasting events, woodworking demonstrations, art and craft activities for kids, biking tulip tours, petting zoo, salmon barbecue, dense plantings of tulips and daffodils, air show, Art Bash. The festival office is now at 311 W. Kincaid Street to assist you with information. This is the festival's 26th year of fun.
Details: Call 360-428-5959

April 3-5, 2009
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
North 6th Street area,
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Now in its 38th year, the festival offers fun such as games, music, strawberry baking contest, carnival, farmers' strawberry judging and auction, parade on Saturday at 9:30am, and the Strawberry Strut (1-mile & 10K) held the week before the festival.
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April 3-5, 2009
Dogwood Days
McCurtain County Fairgrounds,
Idabel, Oklahoma
Boat and RV show, 5K run/walk, chainsaw carving, dance and a dance contest, bike show, scavenger hunt, Easter egg decorating contest and Easter basket decorating contest, BBQ cook-off, merchant specials, arts and crafts, Eggstravaganza egg hunt, pony rides and other activities for the kids, volleyball tournament, food, entertainment. General hours are 8am-5pm.
Get The Facts: Call 580-286-3305

April 3-5, 2009
Floral Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds on Hwy. 16 at Amphion Road,
Poteet, Texas
Alamo Attractions Carnival, musical (and other) entertainment, South Texas Gunfighters stage show, Freckles (festival mascot) mingling with the crowd, hypnotist entertainment, petting zoo, strawberry eating contest for kids, Elvis Extravaganza, parade Sat. at 1pm, arts and crafts, Radio Disney for kids, rodeo events, strawberry judging and auction, Taste of Texas Food Show, comedy juggling, commercial exhibits, dances and more. There will be tram services from the parking area. Gate fee includes all shows. (The carnival opens April 2 at 6pm.) Please leave pets comfortably at home. 2009 marks the event's 62nd season.
More: Call 830-742-8144 or 800-742-8144

April 3-24, 2009
Dogwood Arts Festival
Various venues,
Knoxville, Tennessee
Furniture Guild exhibit, walking trails and gardens (and bus tours to see the blossoms), Dogwood Mile on April 24, jazz, arts and crafts vendors, festival merchandise, Children's Film Festival, Tour of Homes, artist studio tours, student art show, street painting workshop, Shakespeare's Birthday Bash, musical theatre, storytelling contest. A few events are scattered just before and just after the official festival dates in this 49th year.
Questions? Call 559-875-4575

April 4, 2009
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Historic Downtown,
Winnsboro, Louisiana
Festival foods, commercial vendors, softball tournament, arts and crafts booths, educational booths, North Louisiana Fiddling Championship, plus musical entertainment from 33Miles, Bluz Boys, Hunter Hayes, L.C. Snoove. It's the 23rd year for this one.
Learn More: Call 318-435-7607

April 4, 2009
World Catfish Festival
Belzoni, Mississippi
Catfish on Parade (large fiberglass sculptures on display throughout town), 5K run/walk (plus 1-mile fun run for kids), entertainment, catfish eating contest, pageant, arts and crafts from 10am-6pm, Catfish Fry, festival foods, carnival (begins April 2). It's the event's 34th season. There is admission charged for those age 12 and older.
Questions? Call 800408-4838

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April 4-5, 2009
Fisherman's Festival
Westside Park,
Bodega Bay, California
For a 36th year you can enjoy fun such as the Wooden Boat Challenge, wine tasting, boat parade and blessing of the fleet (11am on Sunday), kite flying, raffle, llamas on parade, activities for children, music and other entertainment, parade of pets, arts and crafts, BBQ and other festival foods.
Further Details: Call 707-875-3866 (days) 707-875-9099 (eve.)

April 4-5, 2009
Big Hat Days
Old Town,
Clovis, California
Put on your big-brimmed hat and enjoy a 69th year. Plans include a home and garden show, commercial vendors, music, carnival, beer garden, more than 400 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, pony rides for the kids, merchant specials and more. General hours are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday.
Additional Facts: Call 559-299-7363

April 4-5, 2009
Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove, California
From 10am-5pm you can enjoy festival foods, police and firefighter competitions, a carnival, walking tours, miniature golf, 4 stages of entertainment, a parade down Pine Avenue (at 10am on Saturday), arts and crafts booths. It's the festival's 52nd year of fun and it all goes on rain or shine.
Learn More: Call 831-373-3304

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April 11, 2009
National Grits Festival
Warwick, Georgia
Grits CookOff, arts and crafts, corn shelling contest, grits eating contest, festival merchandise, entertainment, Rolling in the Quaker Grits Contest, activities for children, Grits Breakfast from 7-9am, parade. Help celebrate 12 years of festival fun.
Info: Call 229-947-0023

April 11-12, 2009
Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Municipal Park,
Loxley, Alabama
Help a 22nd year with fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, arts and crafts, carnival games and rides, car show, food booths, plus music from Lisa Mills, Rewind, Grits N Pieces, Curtis Coubella and others. Hours are 9am-7pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday.
Get The Facts: Call 251-550-2003

April 16-19, 2009
Bloomin' Temple Festival
Temple, Texas
Entertainment, Bloomin' Temple Tour (bicycle), 5K run/1-mile fun run (April 18 at 8am), arts and crafts, commercial vendors, activities for kids. When hunger hits you can dive into Frito pie, BBQ, pizza, fries, popcorn, onion rings, nachos, fruit.
Questions? Call 254-773-2105

April 17-18, 2009
StarDaze Festival
Star City, Arkansas
Bike show and bike ride, talent show, classic cars, arts and crafts, local entertainment on stage, exhibits, bass tournament (the week prior), scholarship pageant, food vendors, fireworks, carnival. This is the event's 6th season.
Details: Call 870-628-6400 or 870-628-9943

April 17-18, 2009
Baxley Tree Fest
Across from courthouse,
Baxley, Georgia
Plans for this 19th year include arts and crafts, an antique tractor show, games and rides, street dance, festival foods, car show, motorcycle show, activities for kids, Tree-tography Contest.
Further Information: Call 912-367-7731

April 17-18, 2009
Historic Downtown,
Vicksburg, Mississippi
This event, like so many others right now, invites sponsors and volunteers to come and lend a hand in charming Vicksburg. Events to look forward to this year include activities for kids, arts and crafts, games, festival merchandise, food, a bike show, Rally on the River and music from the Patrick Smith Band and Aaron Tippin.
Learn More: Call 800-221-3536

April 17-18, 2009
Totally Texas
Jimmy Burke Activity Center,
500 West 13th Street,
Deer Park, Texas
Parade on Saturday at 10am, antiques, commercial vendors, games, carnival, door prizes, car show, Bar-B-Q Cookoff, festival foods, arts and crafts, music. Pet Adventure Day is April 18 from 10:30am-2:30pm. General festival hours are 6pm-midnight Friday and 10am-midnight on Saturday.
Get the Facts: Call 281-478-2050

April 17-18, 2009
Magnolia Festival
Magnolia Park on Hwy. 96 at Hebo Street,
Kirbyville, Texas
In its 24th year the festival offers fun such as a pet show, parade (Sat. morning at 10am), carnival (opens the eve. of April 15), talent show, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, door prizes, festival foods, entertainment.
Questions? Call 409-423-6500

April 17-19, 2009
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park,
Atlanta, Georgia
Festival merchandise, sponsor booths, radio remote broadcasts, youth art, giant inflatables (and other fun at Kid's Village), aritsans showing and selling their work, nonprofit displays, music. Gyros, onion rings, pizza, funnel cakes and other treats will lure you to munch. The festival is back at Piedmont Park this 73rd year.
Additional Details: Call 404-817-6642

April 17-19, 2008
French Quarter Festival
French Quarter neighborhood,
New Orleans, Louisiana
Parade on Bourbon Street, museum tours, dancing, self-guided courtyard tours, Pirate's Alley Art Show, World Championship Oyster Eating Contest, Opera at Dusk, lots and lots of music performances, activities for kids. Hunger is no problem. You can feast on everything from grilled salmon to beef Po-Boys to black-eyed peas with green tomato salsa to seafood and tacos. Still not tempted? How about spring rolls, stuffed bell peppers, sausage and pizza. If you have a sweet tooth you can try the Bananas Foster, dessert pizza, strawberry crepes, bread pudding, ice cream, creme brulee, cheesecake or sweet potato pie.
More: Call 504-522-6730 or800-673-5725

April 17-19, 2009
World Gala Festival
Near Hwy. 15 and Hwy. 78,
St. George, South Carolina
Celebrate 24 years with a Grits Breakfast, Rolling in the Grits Contest (age 15 and older), carnival, 5K run plus Kids Fun Run, Grits Eating Contest, Grits Dinner, business and civic booths, arts and crafts, commerical booths, grits grinding, music, clothesline art, kid's basketball toss corn toss contest, food booths and more.
Get The Facts: Call 843-563-7943

April 17-19, 2009
Cotton Gin Festival
Museun at 307 N. Main,
Burton, Texas
Grand parade at 11am on Saturday, historic baling of cotton, tractor pull, bubble gum blowing contest, pie eating contest, bike parade for kids, cotton seed pulling contest, auction, antique machinery on display, arts and crafts, music, folk life demonstrations, food concessions. There is no admission charge on Sunday. It's the 20th anniversary for this one.
Info: Call 979-289-3378

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April 17-19, 2009
Ole Tyme Days Festival
Main Street area,
Dayton, Texas
Junior chili competition (categories for ages 5-12 and ages 13-18), gospel music, BBQ cooking contest, car show on April 18 at the Prosperity Bank on Hwy. 90, tractor parts swap table, carnival, baking contest, dance, pageant, arts and crafts, food, photo contest (categories: landscapes, animals, people). Admission is free for this 17th year.
Get Details: Call 936-402-3322 or 936-336-5736

April 17-19, 2009
Founders Day Festival
Mercer Street area,
Dripping Springs, Texas
For a 22nd year you can celebrate with music, arts and crafts, a parade at 6pm on Friday, washer pitching tournament, carnival, Tiger 5K run/walk, dance and concert (just after the parade) and plenty of treats such as grilled fresh corn and fajitas.
Further Facts: Call 512-858-4725

April 17-19, 2008
Terrell Heritage Festival
Ben Gill Park,
Terrell, Texas
Bicycle games, library book sale, blood drive, Frisbee Dogs, rodeo, carnival (opens April 15 at 5pm), arts and crafts, quilt show, BBQ cooking contest, health fair/business expo, art activities for kids, livestock and cowboy events, Heritage Tour of Homes, classic cars and trucks, music and other entertainment, museum tours, melodrama, motorcycle show and games, Tiger Discovery Program, Terrell Olympiad (ages 4-17), contemporary Christian music.
Further Information: Call 972-542-5703 or 1-877-TERRELL

April 18, 2009
Magnolia Festival
Downtown streets,
Gardendale, Alabama
Fun planned for this 8th year: Carnival, art activities for kids, classic cars, giant inflatables for the kids, Pooch Parade, entertainment, silent auction, arts and crafts. When you get the munchies you can go for burgers, tamales, corn dogs, boiled peanuts, fried cheesecake, lemonade and other treats. General festival hours are 10am-5pm.
Find Out More: Call 205-631-9195

April 18, 2009
Spinach Festival
Alma, Arkansas
Carnival, spinach eating contest, book sale, activities for kids, spinach recipe contest, entertainment, arts and crafts, food booths. Alma is home to the Allen Canning Company, which processes Popeye brand spinach. It's the event's 23rd year.
Additional Information: Call 479-632-4127

April 18-19, 2009
Bloomin' Festival
St. Bernard Prep School,
Culman, Alabama
Drawings for prizes, more than 140 arts and crafts booths, music, Southern specialty foods and more. General hours are 9am-5pm for this 25th year of fundraising. There is an admission for those age 6 and older. Please do not bring pets to the event. (Assistance dogs are always welcome, of course.)
Questions? Call 256-739-6682 or 800-722-0999

April 18-19, 2009
Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival
Lions Club Fairgrounds at 455 School Street,
Moulton, Alabama
For a 5th year you can enjoy the Chicken Poker Run, Bantam chickens on display, an egg toss, NASA exhibit, ag photo contest, chicken bowling as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, educational exhibits, music, arts and crafts, Egg Drop for future engineers, wing eating contest, Guitar Hero Competition. There is a new game this year called Egg Roulette. You get 6 eggs and 5 of them are hard-boiled. One is raw. You smash eggs on your forehead and the loser gets egg on his or her face. The fun is that it's politicians who are the contestants and the good news is that the money goes to charity. Also new this year: Down on the Farm is an area with ag exhibits, tractors, chickens, cows, saddlemakers, farriers, broom makers and other craftspeople. When you look for food at the festival you'll find chicken hot dogs, fries, gumbo, turkey sausage sandwiches, fried pickle spears, turkey legs, funnel cakes, snowcones, cotton candy and more.
Details: Call 258-974-1658 or 800-974-1658

April 18-19, 2009
Cherry Blossom Festival
Barnes Park at 350 South McPherrin Avenue,
Monterey Park, California
Have fun during this 12th season with martial arts demos, taiko drums, commercial vendors, raffles, activities for kids, Asian food festival, Japanese tea ceremony, civic and business vendors, Japanese music and dance, games. Hours are 11am-6:30pm Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday. No admission is charged.
Questions? Call 478-751-7429

April 18-19, 2009
Mainsail Arts Festival
Vinoy Park (Bayshore Drive & 7th Avenue NE),
St. Petersburg, Florida
Art activities for kids, more than 200 artisans showing and selling their work, school art on display, music ranging from jazz to country to rock and more. Festival foods include Cuban sandwiches, sweet potato fries, salads, BBQ, burgers, blackened salmon sandwiches, grilled Portabello mushroom sandwiches, pizza, spinach pie, sweet potato pie, bread pudding, baklava, fruit smoothies. Hours for this 34th season are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Further Information: Call 727-892-5885 or 727-893-7734

April 18-19, 2009
Bradford County Strawberry Festival
Starke, Florida
Fresh berries for sale, activities for kids, Legends Show with tributes to Patsy Cline and Elvis, classic cars, lots of strawberry treats, arts and crafts, entertainment. The Berrylicious Strawberry Shortcake is reportedly not to be missed. It's the festival's 11th year.
Find Out Details: Call 904-964-5278

April 18-19, 2009
Big Shanty Festival
Main Street of Downtown,
Kennesaw, Georgia
Festival foods, commercial vendors, games, 2 stages of entertainment, Civil War Living History, parade on Saturday at 9:30am, more than 200 arts and crafts vendors. It's the event's 33rd year.
Learn More: Call 770-423-1330

April 18-26, 2009
Gold Nugget Days
Various venues,
Paradise, California
a 54-pound gold nugget was discovered in the area in 1859. This year is the Sesquicentennial of that find and the town will be celebrating with a melodrama, Donkey Derby, Law Dawgs and Pistoleros holding up stagecoaches, Boots and Hoops Dance, Dogtown in the Park at Community Park (K-9 demo, rabies clinic, paw painting, dog contests). You can also enjoy the Tent City with miners and a trading post, Cowboy Chuck Wagon, merchant decorating contest, pageant, parade at noon on April 25, Sweet Shoppe of baked goods.
Get The Festival Facts: Call 530-872-8722

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April 21-26, 2009
Festival of the Arts
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Face painting, art activities for kids, Creation Station (where you can create your own art), Young At Art Mart (with kids only shopping), more than 140 arts and crafts booths, Pottery Place, 4 stages of entertainment, kinetic sculpture, International Food Row, Arts After School Gallery. Many events take place at either State Center or Myriad Botanical Gardens. Please leave pets comfortably at home while you attend.
Info: Call 405-270-4848

April 22-25, 2009
Vinton Dogwood Festival
Vinton, Virginia
Carnival, Guitar Hero Contest, 5K Dogwood Run Saturday at 8:30am at the Baptist Church, arts and crafts, music on 3 stages, activities for kids, parade, farmers market, food vendors and more. The festival celebrates 54 years in 2009.
Questions? Call 540-983-0613 or 540-983-0614

April 22-26, 2009
Trout Festival
Various venues,
Kalkaska, Michigan
Breakfasts at the Senior Center and at CETA Hall, demolition derby, flea market, arts and crafts, softball tournament, parade, entertainment, trout fishing contest, grocery cart races, Taste of Trout (restaurant professionals) cooking contest, Kalkaska Idol April 24-25, fish fry, canrival, classic cars, Trout Run-Wood Memorial Race, Ugly Truck Contest, Youth Parade April 24.
Learn Details: Call 727-842-7651 or 4CHASCO

April 24-25, 2009
Dewberry Festival
Wilson Ledbetter Park,
Cameron, Texas
Cake contest, dewberry cobbler with ice cream, BBQ cooking contest, entertainment, youth fishing tournament, chili cooking contest, arts and crafts, food vendors. It's the event's 13th year.
Find Out More: Call 254-697-4979

April 24-25, 2009
International Ramp Festival
City Park,
Elkins, Nevada
Ramp cooking contest, arts and crats, activities for kids, entertainment, taste testing, traditional ramp dinner on Friday night at the Armory. The festival celebrate 19 seasons this year.
Further Information: Call 304-636-2780

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April 24-26, 2009
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Downtown (Weber Point area),
Stockton, California
The festival celebrates its 24th year with chef demos, a House & Garden Expo at the Civic Center, Sea Lion Encounter, Asparagus Kids, decorated boat parade, Spear-It of the Valley wine and microbrews, staged and strolling entertainment, hole-in-one golf contest, arts and crafts, Delta River Cruise, deep-fried asparagus eating competition, food and merchandise vendors, Rockin' Ray and the Amazing Skyy Dogs, asparagus recipe contest, Great Spear-It Run (1-mile, 5K, 5-mile) with both serious and costumed competitors on April 26, fresh asparagus for sale, deep-fried asparagus burritos, fresh asparagus for sale, pasta dishes, more.
Further Facts: Call 209-644-3740

April 24-26, 2009
Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Throughout the island,
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Antique car parade on Saturday, Daffodil Tailgate Picnic, garden club show, Children's Daffodil Parade, Daffy Hat Parade, Daffodil Dog Parade, merchant specials, art, walking tours, plenty of flowers to view.
Find Out Details: Call 508-228-1700

April 24-26, 2009
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Various venues,
Vermontville, Michigan
Maple syrup making demonstrations, pedal tractor pull, museum displays, children's parade April 25 at 11am, grand parade April 25 at 2pm, food vendors, chicken and roast beef dinners, classic cars, arts and crafts, petting zoo, arm wrestling competition, egg toss and other games, arts and crafts, entertainment, pageant. The event celebrates 69 years in 2009.
Questions? Call 517-725-0394 or 517-726-0670

April 24-26, 2009
Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 202,
Astoria, Oregon
Plans for this 27th year include music, activities for kids, arts and crafts, seafood dinners, wine competition, beer garden. Hours are 4-9pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday, 11am-4pm on Sunday. There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older.
Find Out Details: Call 503-325-6311 or 800-875-6807

April 24-26, 2009
National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee
Pancake breakfast Sunday 7:30-10:30am at the Cook-Off Tent, historical tours, campfire cooking demonstrations, National Cornbread Cook-Off, Jam Tent for musicians, carnival (opens a few days earlier), 5K road race and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, cruise-in, Friday night street dance, festival merchandise, bluegrass music, activities for kids, juried arts and crafts, Cornbread Alley with specialty cornbreads such as Broccoli Cornbread. Try Cornbread donuts or Cheesy Chicken Cornbread. This year the festival celebrates 13 years.
Questions? Call 423-837-0022

April 24-26, 2009
City Park area,
Muenster, Texas
Now in its 34th year, the festival features fun such as carnival rides, a rock climbing wall, brisket cooking competitions, 2 stages of musical entertainment, folk dancing, sausage and rib cooking competitions, Nagelshlagen (nail driving contest), arts and crafts, Metric Century Bicycle Rally Saturday at 11am, activities for children, clowns and storytellers, mimes and magicians, homemade breads, apple strudel, sausages, cheeses, cakes and pies, KinderTheatre, 5K and 15K runs. Please, no pets at the festival. There is an admission charge for those age 9 and older.
Further Information: Call 940-759-2227 or 800-942-8037

April 24-26, 2009
Vermont Maple Festival
Main Street are Downtown,
St. Albans, Vermont
Maple cookbooks, maple cooking demonstrations and cooking contests, pancake breakfast at City Elementary School on Bellows St. Sat. & Sun. 7am-noon (with free Cabot cheese samples and also ice cream), Fiddler's Variety Show, carnival games and rides, Maple Dinner/Dance, antiques, exhibits, activities for kids, Sap Run (8.5 miles), youth talent show, sugarhouse tours, staged entertainment, arts and crafts booths, parade at 1pm on Sunday, face painting. Food is abundant. Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, pizza and other treats, including some which feature maple. Try the maple cotton candy, maple shakes and the maple sugar on snow.
Get The Facts: Call 802-524-5800

April 25, 2009
Auburn CityFest
Kiesel Prk,
Auburn, Alabama
Pony rides, arts and crafts, Lee County Humane Society Mutt Strutt 5K (canines welcome in the event), Bama Air Dogs, SCA medieval demonstrations, non-profit booths, stilt walking clown, Sean Driscoll (storyteller), food vendors, children's art exhibit, Children's Imagination Station, entertainment, chance to try trout fishing. Blankets and chairs are allowed at this event. Hours are 9am-4pm and there is no admission charge.
Find Out Details: Call 334-501-2963 or 334-501-2930

April 25, 2009
Butter & Egg Days
Historic Downtown,
Petaluma, California
Good Egg recognition for one local member of the community, Cutest Chick Contest (costume contest for small children), inflatables and other activities for the kids, two-hour parade at noon, arts and crafts on B Street, food court, breakfast at the Masonic Lodge, cow chip toss, antiques, beer garden, non-profit booths. Hours of fun are 10am-5pm.
More: Call 405-270-4848

April 25, 2009
Sugar Festival
City Park area,
Clewiston, Florida
Sweet Taste of Sugar Country Dessert Contest (7 categories, with the desserts being cut up and sold), rodeo events, bass tournament (April 26), 5K run, pageant (1 week prior), cane grinding demonstrations, antique farm implement display, arts and crafts, music, car show, activities for children, syrup making, festival foods.
Find Out Details: Call 863-983-7979

April 25, 2009
Derrick Days
Corsicana, Texas
Street dance, fireworks, chili cooking contest, raffle, dog agility demo, BBQ contest, Oil City Mini-Thon 5K, 1-mile (and space for kids and pets), pancake breakfast 7-9am, door prizes, pet adoptions, parade at 9am, Shakers & Scrapers Car Show, activities for kids, carnival at Bank of America parking lot, film on oil industry history, washer pitching tournament, hot dogs and music in the park.
Learn Information: Call 903-654-4851

April 25, 2009
Onion Festival
Princeton High School,
Princeton, Texas
Onion Bowl football tournament, downtown parade, food vendors, entertainment, 5K run, classic cars, pageant, arts and crafts, tennis round-robin tournament, activity booths, festival merchandise. It's the festival's 5th season.
Questions? Call 972-548-2048 or 972-523-6665

April 25-26, 2009
Great American Pie Festival
Lakeside Park,
Celebration, Florida
Craft and other vendors, cooking demos, Never Ending Pie Buffet, pie eating contest, games for kids, art activities for kids, musical entertainment and more. General hours are 11am-7pm on Saturday and noon-5pm on Sunday.
Get Details: Call 847-371-0170

April 25-26, 2009
Great Griffin Mayfling
City Park,
Griffin, Georgia
Community and non-profit booths, local entertainment, festival foods, juried arts and crafts, activities for kids and more.
Learn More: Call 770-228-8200

April 25-26, 2009
Vidalia Onion Festival
Various venues,
Vidalia, Georgia
Fireworks, arts and crafts, street dance, arts and crafts, air show, onion recipe contest, theatre, sidewalk sale, farm tour, Vidalia Onion Run/Walk (10k, 5K & 1-mile), onion eating contest, car show, motorcycle rally, local grower onion sales, Virtual Army Experience. Some events may precede festival dates. It's the 32nd year for this one.
Find Out The Facts: Call 912-536-8687

April 25-26, 2009
Main Street Festival
Historic Main Street,
Franklin, Tennessee
Two carnivals, 4 stages of music and other entertainment, 200 juried arts and crafts vendors, 2 food courts. Some events will be held in Bicentennial Park.
Details: Call 615-591-8500

April 25-26, 2009
Red Poppy Festival
Downtown Square,
Georgetown, Texas
Come and enjoy a 10th anniversary celebration with gymnastics demonstrations, arts and crafts, musical and other entertainment, car show, food court, Safe Place Kids Area, parade at 10am on Saturday, Church on the Squre and more.
Learn More: Call 512-930-3545

April 25-26, 2009
Springfest Street Fair
Main & South Broadway area,
Nyack, New York
Arts and crafts, entertainment, merchant specials, quadricentennial events, collectibles, food.
Questions? Call 845-353-2221

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April Somethings!
Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

Apr. 3-5 Generation Festival (jazz), Conference Center, Monterey, California, 831-373-3366
Apr. 3-5 Cypress Sawmill Festival, Kemper Williams Park/Campground, Patterson, Louisiana, 985-395-4905 or 800-256-2931
Apr. 3-5 Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Entertainment District on Main, Dallas, Texas, 214-855-1881
Apr. 4 Orange Harvest Festival (7th), 9-4, Eaton Park, Orange Cove, California, 559-626-5179
Apr. 4 Threefoot Festival, 8am-6pm, Downtown, Meridian, Mississippi, 601-485-1944 or 601-693-2787
Apr. 4 Billy the Kid Day (21), Downtown on Pecan Street, Hico, Texas, 800-361-4426
Apr. 4 Texas Rio Grande Onion Fest, 10am-9pm, City Park on N. Airport Dr., Weslaco, Texas, 956-968-2102
Apr. 4 Fiesta En La Calle, Yorktown, Texas, 361-564-2661
Apr. 4-5 Hawaiian Scottish Festival, Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Hawaii, 808-625-3559
Apr. 11 Pear Blossom Festival (56th), Downtown, Medford, Oregon, 541-734-PEAR
Apr. 11-19 Cimarron Territory Celebration, various venues, Beaver, Oklahoma, 580-625-4725
Apr. 16-18 Hillbilly Days Festival, Pikeville, Kentucky, 606-432-5504
Apr. 16-19 Vintage Days (35th), Treasure Island, California State University of Fresno, California, 559-278-2741
Apr. 16-19 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival (34th), Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-336-2787
Apr. 16-19 Windfest 2009 (36th), Community Center, Portland, Texas, 361-643-2475 or 877-643-6475
Apr. 16-25 Come See Festival, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 800-681-7635
Apr. 18 Dogwood Days, Diamond B Mall parking lot area, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, 870-670-6397
Apr. 17-18 Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival,
                   10am-9pm, Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church, Birmingham, Alabama, 205-253-6564 or 205-251-5057
Apr. 17-18 Crawfish Festival (18th), Faunsdale, Alabama, 334-628-3240
Apr. 17-18 Teche Bear Festival (6th), Historic Downtown, Franklin, Louisiana, 800-256-2931
Apr. 17-18 Norman 89er Day, Norman, Oklahoma, 405-366-8095 or 405-217-9611
Apr. 17-19 Central Valley Pizza Festival, Lemoore, California, 559-924-2421
Apr. 17-19 Bluebonnet Trails Festival (58th), Ennis, Texas, 972-878-4748
Apr. 17-19 Texas Sandfest (13th), Beach Markers 9 & 10, Port Aransas, Texas, 800-452-6278
Apr. 17-19 & 24-26 Texas Crawfish & Music Festival (23rd),
                   Old Town Springs, Texas, 713-249-3998 or 800-853-8696
Apr. 18 Strawberry Festival (23rd), 9-5, Downtown, Castleberry, Alabama, 251-966-2422
Apr. 18 Dogwood Days, Diamond B Mall parking lot area, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, 870-670-6397
Apr. 18 Picnic Day (95th), UC Davis campus, Davis, California, 530-752-6320
Apr. 18 Thunder Road Festival, 10-6 (plus bluegrass music until 10pm, Downtown, Rockwood, Tennessee, 865-250-6717
Apr. 18-19 National Mayhaw Festival, Spring Creek Recreational Park, Colquitt, Georgia, 229-758-2400
Apr. 18-19 Spring Fest, 10-4, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 765-494-5876
Apr. 18-19 Wamego Tulip Festival (22nd), City Park, Wamego, Kansas, 785-456-7649
Apr. 18-19 Chocolate Festival (22nd), Old Town, Washington, (Maysville), Kentucky, 505-759-7423 or 606-759-0505
Apr. 18-19 Green Frog Festival, Downtown, Wilburton, Oklahoma, 918-465-2254
Apr. 18-19 Texas Bluebonnet Festival, Downtown, Chappel Hill, Texas, 979-836-6033
Apr. 18-26 Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival (30th), Downtown Square, Manning, South Carolina, 803-432-4405
Apr. 19 Spring Bada-Bing, 11-4, Plant Zero on E. 4th St., Richmond, Tennessee, 804-304-4312
Apr. 20-26 World's Biggest Fish Fry, Henry County Fairgrounds, Paris, Tennessee, 731-642-3431
Apr. 23-25 Rose Show & Festival (88th), Downtown & Paradise Park, Thomasville, Georgia, 229-227-3310 or 229-227-7020
Apr. 24 Apple Blossom Festival, 5-8pm, Presbyterian Manor grounds, Newton, Kansas, 316-263-5400
Apr. 24-25 Red Fern Festival, Norris Park area downtown, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, 918-456-3742
Apr. 24-25 Riverfest, Municipal Park, Freeport, Texas, 979-233-3305 or 979-233-5051
Apr. 24-26 Festival on the River, Robert Fowler Memorial Park, Geneva, Alabama, 334-684-6582 or 334-684-2485
Apr. 24-26 Panoply Arts Festival (28th), Big Spring International Park, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-519-2767
Apr. 24-26 Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival, Fairpark, Santa Maria, California, 805-925-8824
Apr. 24-26 Leesburg Bikefest, Downtown, Leesburg, Florida, 352-365-0053
Apr. 24-26 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, On the beach, Pompano Beach, Florida, 954-941-2940
Apr. 24-26 Fisherman's Festival, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 207-633-2353 or 207-633-4825
Apr. 25 Double Decker Arts Festival, Oxford, Mississippi, 662-232-2367 or 800-756-9177
Apr. 25 Spring Fling, Downtown, Wynnewood, Oklahoma, 405-665-4466
Apr. 25 Eeyore's Birthday Party (46th), 11am-dusk, Pease Park, Austin , Texas, 512-448-5160
Apr. 25 San Jacinto Day Festival, 10-6, One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas, 281-479-2421
Apr. 25 Bluebird Festival (16th), Wills Point, Texas, 903-873-3111 or 903-560-0156
Apr. 25-26 Daffodil Festival (31st), Meriden, Connecticut, 203-630-4259
Apr. 25-26 Apopka Art & Foliage Festival (48th),
                   9-5, Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, Florida, 407-884-6488
Apr. 25-26 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival (19th),
                   10-6 & 10-4, Marine Street along Riverwalk, Carrabelle, Florida, 850-697-2585
Apr. 25-26 Melbourne Art Festival, Downtown, Melbourne, Florida, Email info@melbournearts.org
Apr. 25-26 Spring Jonquil Festival, 10-6 & noon-5, Village Green, Smyrna, Georgia, 770-423-6600
Apr. 25-26 East Maui Taro Festival (17th), Hana Ballpark, Hana, Hawaii, 808-264-1553
Apr. 25-26 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Republic Square Park, Austin, Texas, 512-458-6073
Apr. 25-26 Arbor Daze, 9am-8pm & 2-6pm, City Hall Campus on Ector Drive, Euless, Texas, 817-685-1660
Apr. 25-26 Dirty Dan Days Seafood Festival,
                   Village Green (and other venues), Fairhaven, Washington, Email doug@epicevents.us
Apr. 26 Festival de la Familia (18th), 10-6, Cal Expo, Sacramento, California, 916-422-2700
Apr. 26 St. Michael Spring Festival, Veterans Hall at 503 Park Dr., Weimar, Texas, 979-263-5251
Apr. 30-May 3 Raisin Festival, Lincoln Park, Selma, California, 559-891-2235

Other April 2009 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may also be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
Apr. 1 St. Stupid's Day Parade (31st),
                   noon, Justin Herman/Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco, California, 510-841-1898
Apr. 3-4 Bit One Spring Art & Craft Fair (18th), State Fair Center, Minot, North Dakota, 701-836-9385
Apr. 3-5 Blooom 'n' Garden Expo (5th), County Agricultural Expo Park, Franklin, Tennessee, 615-790-5721
Apr. 3-6 Book Faire, County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, 707-545-0831
Apr. 4 Prairie Dog Chili Cook-Off (34th), 10-5, Traders Village, Grand Prairie, Texas, 972-647-2331
Apr. 4-5 Home & Garden Show (20th), County Expo Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 405-372-2540
Apr. 5 Spring Breakout Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet, Ice Time Arena, Newburgh, New York, 807-863-4295
Apr. 5 New York Autograph Show, 9-5, Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, New York, New York, 888-338-4338
Apr. 5 Spring Craft Show , 9-3:30, Simek Recreation Center, Medford, Wisconsin, 715-748-6655
Apr. 10-19 International Auto Show, Javits Convention Center, New York, New York, 800-282-3338
Apr. 15-19 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championship,
                   Paul Battle Arena, Tunica, Mississippi, 480-683-0485
Apr. 17 Art Stroll & Chili Feed, Downtown, Sisters, Oregon, 541-549-4979
Apr. 17-19 Best of the Valley Quilt Show (14th), 9-5, 9-5, 9-4
                   McDermont Field House at 365 N. Sweet Briar, Lindsay, California, 550-562-3326
Apr. 17-19 Wildflower Show, Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California, 831-548-5716
Apr. 17-19 Antique Alley & Yard Sale,
                   15-mile area, Cleburne (and Grandview and Maypearl), Texas, 817-641-0183
Apr. 17-19 Dallas Guitar Show (32nd), Market Hall on Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas, 972-260-4201 or 972-240-2206
Apr. 17-19 Orvis Warehouse Sale, Dulles Expo & Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia, 888-235-9763
Apr. 18 Kingsburg Car Show, Kingsburg, California, 559-897-1111
Apr. 18 Southern Kentucky Book Fest (11th), Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 270-745-5016
Apr. 18 Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-584-6383
Apr. 18 Spring Fair to Remember (10th), 3000 Hwy. PV, West Bend, Wisconsin, 262-692-9488
Apr. 18-19 Art on the Lake (48th),
                   10-5, Rec Center at 1503 Sunset Drive, Guntersville, Alabama, 256-582-4378 or Email peloise@aol.com
Apr. 18-19 History Meets the Arts, various galleries, Gettysburgh, Pennsylvania, 717-337-3491 or 800-237-5015
Apr. 23-26 Clovis Rodeo (95th), Rodeo Grounds, Clovis, California, 559-299-8838
Apr. 23-26 Texas International Boat Show, Downtown Marina, Corpus Christi, Texas, 581-842-8808
Apr. 24-26 New Living Expo (8th), Concourse Exhibition Center at 8th & Brannon, San Francisco, California, 415-382-8300
Apr. 24-26 Connecticut Storytelling Festival (28th), Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, 860-439-2764
Apr. 24-26 Interstate Mullet Toss, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key, Florida, 850-492-6838
Apr. 24-26 Steel City Con (a.k.a. Pittsburgh Toy, Comic and Childhood Collectibles Show) (20th),
                   Indoor Sports Arena on Rich Hill Road, Cheswick, Pennsylvania, 412-213-0224
Apr. 24-26 April Action Car Show, Moab, Utah, 435-259-5858
Apr. 24-26 Dogwood Arts & Crafts Festival (36th), Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia, 304-696-5990
Apr. 25 Ducky Derby & Carnival (19th), 10:30-3:30, Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz, California, 831-479-4070
Apr. 25 Ride With Fire,
                   80-mile motorcycle ride with police/fire escort, meets at BCVFD Station No. 50, Glen St. Mary, Florida, 904-259-0231
Apr. 25 Weiner Dog Races, Sulphur, Oklahoma, 580-622-6246
Apr. 25-26 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, UCLA Main Campus, Los Angeles, California, 213-237-7335 or 800-LATIMES
Apr. 25-26 Wildflower Show, 10-4, Mission College, Santa Clara, California, 650-691-9749 or 650-941-1068
Apr. 26 Big Sur International Marathon, Big Sur, California, 831-625-6226
Apr. 26 Taste of Marietta (16th), 11-7, Marietta Square, Marietta, Georgia, 770-429-1115
Apr. 26 Ride for the Big House, Hammonton, New Jersey, 609-886-1422

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