Northeast USA Top Events

 

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Thanksgiving Celebration

Plymouth, MA   02360
Barnstable County,
Massachusetts 0;
   
http://www.usathanksgiving.com
November. Plymouth, a growing community of nearly 50,000 year- round residents, welcomes you to its Thanksgiving celebration! For nearly a decade, Plymouth, Massachusetts has celebrated Thanksgiving in style! Come join us this year for our annual Thanksgiving Day parade.<br> America's Hometown has become the center of world attention as delegations from around the globe travel to be part of this international celebration. So plan to spend some time in this very special place and enjoy all that America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration and Plymouth, Massachusetts has to offer. There are events and activities in Plymouth in celebration of Thanksgiving throughout November.
2
SoulFest

Gilford, NH  
New Hampshire,
New Hampshire 1;
http://www.thesoulfest.com
August - SoulFest is growing! We anticipate our anniversary year to be a great success. We are making plans to make room for more people here are some important changes to camping. <br> On Site camping is reserved exclusively for multi-day SoulFest ticket buyers.
3
Richmond County Fair
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY   10306
Staten Island,
New York State 2;
http://www.richmondcountyfair.com/
In the heart of Staten Island, there is a place where the past can still be experienced with all your senses. The story of Richmond Town reveals layers of the past, and the lives of ordinary people connected to each other in many ways. From its beginning as a rural crossroad, through its development as county seat, to its place as a rustic outpost within New York City, this has been a community of people living and working together.
4
Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ   08619
Mercer County,
New Jersey 3;
   
http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/
Grounds For Sculpture is a 35-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ, featuring over 250 contemporary sculptures. Plus gallery exhibits, exquisite dining, exciting performances, and workshops for all.
5
Wicomico County Autumn Wine Festival

Salisbury, MD  
Maryland,
Maryland 4;
http://www.autumnwinefestival.org/
Sample the fine wines of Maryland while enjoying live music, local cuisine, and juried arts and crafts! The Wicomico County Autumn Wine Festival is one of only four wine festivals sanctioned by the Association of Maryland Wineries, and is the only such festival on the Eastern shore.
6
New Hampshire Renaissance Faire

Kingston, MD  
New Hampshire,
New Hampshire 5;
http://www.nhrenfaire.com/
We are a charity event, founded by Gypsy~Rose, that raises money for local non-profit orginizations. If you'd like to help support the NH Renaissance Faire & Samhain Celebration there are LOTS of ways to do so, (buying tee-shirts, steins, magnets or mugs, ad space, donations, art work and more). <br> This event is run by volunteers and is hosted in a *gorgeous* location in Kingston, NH. There are infinate amounts of things to do at this event; shop for local handcrafted arts and goods, listen to minstrels, acts and musicians, watch belly dance and firedance performances, fight life-sized dragons, get a reading from a local psychic, have tea with the Queen, eat wonderful renaissance food, attend a Samhain Celebration, (Samhain is a Celtic Holiday from the period), play games, do some pirating... or learn how to, fight knights, watch live steel combat, get your photo(s) taken and just enjoy the scenery and the atmosphere.
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Brazilian Day Festival
46th Street  - From 6th to 5th Avenue
New York, NY   10036
Midtown,
New York State 6;
 
http://www.brazilianday.com/
Brazil’s Independence Day (September 7th) is the occasion chosen to bring Brazilian-Americans, Brazilians who live away from home and those many people interested in Brazil together for a very special event. In 1984 the City of New York proclaimed the first Sunday in September as the day in which it celebrates Brazilian Independence from Portugal, which took place on September 7th, 1822.
8
Macys Fourth of July Fireworks
244 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  
Midtown,
New York State 7;
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CBGB Festival
Times Square
New York, NY   10036
Midtown,
New York State 8;
http://www.cbgb.com
July 5-8, 2012. The CBGB Festival will be presenting emerging artist showcases in over 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn on July 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Mixed in with the emerging talent with be some of today's best touring artists making for memorable nights of new and established music from some of today's best talents. On July 7th, CBGB Festival will be presenting a large free concert in New York City at this great city's iconic outdoor music venue: Summerstage in Central Park.
10
Lesbian and Gay Pride Week

New York, NY   10014
Greenwich Village+,
New York State 9;
   
http://www.nycpride.org/
Late June - The world's biggest Pride event kicks off with a rally and ends with a parade, street fair and dance.
11
Harlem Week
200A West 136th Street  - Harlem
New York, Ne   York 10030
Harlem+,
New York State 10;
 
http://harlemweek.com
Tracing the evolution of HARLEM WEEK, now thirty five years old (1974), is very simple— it began as HARLEM DAY, a one-day tribute that was so astonishingly and unexpectedly successful that more days were needed to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history, to say nothing of the current, ever increasing artistic talent in Harlem. Above all, HARLEM DAY—in its unique way—was a day of encouragement and fellowship for New Yorkers in general and Harlemites in particular, many of whom had struggled for some years to see a positive future for Urban America.
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Haydenfilms Film Festival

Kutztown, PA  
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania 11;
http://www.haydenfilms.com/festival.html
Starting on October 30, 2006, Haydenfilms Team will be traveling the countryside creating buzz about our Second Annual Online Festival. Featuring a $10,000 Grand Prize, Haydenfilms.com Online Film Festival is open to ALL student and independent filmmakers alike. Each entrant will have the chance to let their films shine…Online!
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Underwear Run in Central Park
244 Fifth Avenue  - Central Park
New York, NY  
Upper East Side,
New York State 12;
   
http://www.nyctri.com/_Celebrate_America__Underwear_Run.htm
Friday, July 6th 2012 at 7:30pm Dress in a Patriotic Theme! Start your daily regimen of crunches, planks, and bicycles to prepare for the big day and get pumped for an awesome event! The Underwear Run is a 1.7 mile fun run that takes place in Central Park every year on the Friday before the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon. No transitions, no timing chips, no expensive race gear, just 500 strangers running around in their underwear. Another typical summer evening in New York City!! The 2012 "Celebrate America" Underwear Run wants all participants to dress as patriotic as possible! Get your George Washington and Lady Liberty on... in underwear!
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Puerto Rican Day Parade
From 44th to 86th sts on 5th Ave
New York, NY   10021
Midtown,
New York State 13;
     
http://www.nationalpuertoricandayparade.org/
Sunday, June 10th, 2012. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) takes place annually along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, on the second Sunday in June, in honor of the nearly 4 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and nearly 4 million people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage residing in the United States.<br> Originally, the Desfile Puertorriqueño, Inc., was born of the imperative necessity of translating Puerto Rican achievements into a visible demonstration of the dynamism of the Puerto Rican community, in order to achieve Puerto Rican unification and support all the other Spanish-speaking people. The first parade was held on Sunday, April 13, 1958, in Spanish Harlem “El Barrio”. The second parade was held for the first time along Fifth Avenue in New York City. (In 1980 was incorporated the New York Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. , a successor of the Desfile Puertorriqueño, Inc.) The National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, is a successor of the New York Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. it was incorporated and founded by Dr. Ramón S. Vélez and others members in 1995. Founding members still active in the organization are Madelyn Lugo and Maria Román Dumén. This new organizational structure not only expanded the scale of the parade itself but enhanced its ability to promote cultural awareness, education, leadership and community engagement among Puerto Ricans
15
Harlem Jazz and Music Festival
 - Harlem
New York, Ne   York
Harlem+,
New York State 14;
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Chinese New Year and Parade

New York, NY  
New York City,
New York State 15;
http://www.chineseparade.com/
First full moon between Jan 21 and Feb 19 A noisy, colorful occasion celebrated from noon to sunset around Mott St. Though dragons still dance in the street, firecrackers no longer chase away evil spirits because former Mayor Giuliani banned them for most events. The chances of getting a meal anywhere in Chinatown at this time are slim.
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Backseat Film Festival

Philadelphia, PA  
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania 16;
http://www.backseatfilmfestival.com/
September/October - The Backseat Film Festival is a rock ‘n roll film fest devoted to the best in edgy, unpretentious movies from all over the cinematic globe. An electrifying mix of zany short films, sleazy music videos, unrelenting documentaries and some of the most exciting feature film premieres around, the Backseat Film Festival is a showcase for movies that embody the youthful, exhilarating spirit of rock ‘n roll. No multicultural-love-stories or heavy-handed political statements here, just a lot of zombies, hot chicks, bad jokes and great music. And also, a hell of a lot of booze.
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Eerie Horror Film Festival

Eerie, PA  
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania 17;
http://www.eeriehorrorfest.com/
October - The Eerie Horror Film Festival (EHFF) was conceived, born and raised in Erie County, Pennsylvania and has since grown up to become one of the most popular and respected horror film festivals in the country. Debuting in October of 2004 at the Roadhouse Theater in Erie, the EHFF attracted thousands of fans and filmmakers to the Erie area and showcased nearly 40 independent films that had been submitted to us from all around the world.
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King Richard's Faire
235 Main Street
Carver, Ma   sachusetts 02330
Barnstable County,
Massachusetts 18;
 
http://www.kingrichardsfaire.net/
October - King Richard's Faire is a vivid recreation of a 16th century English marketplace at festival time. Actors, dancers, puppeteers, jugglers, minstrels, mimes, magicians and musicians perform each weekend for the favor of his Royal Highness King Richard.
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Winter Antiques Show

New York, NY  
New York City,
New York State 19;
http://www.winterantiquesshow.com/
The Winter Antiques Show is America's most prestigious venue for fine and decorative arts, benefiting East Side House Settlement. The 2008 Show will be held from January 18th to 27th in New York City, with the celebrated Opening Night Party on Thursday, January 17th.
21
First Night Annapolis

Annapolis, MD  
Maryland,
Maryland 20;
http://www.firstnightannapolis.org/
December 31 - The New Year's event is special because it brings people together in a positive, interactive way - a way that combines the arts with the concept of responsible celebrating. Each of the past 14 years as many as 20,000 people of all ages - teens, singles, families, children and grandparents filled the streets of historic Annapolis enjoying an alcohol-free and drug-free celebration.
22
State Fair Meadowlands
Stadium Road
East Rutherford, NJ   07073
Bergen County,
New Jersey 21;
     
http://njfair.com/
June 22 to July 8, 2012. Established as a family owned business in 1921, our core values have remained the same as the 4th generation enters the family business. Our family and our team of managers share the vision of providing the highest quality service and products while maintaining traditional values and integrity including a pledge to reduce the environmental impact of the Fair. As Jersey’s largest single family event, we strive to provide a fertile environment for innovation and creativity. State Fair Meadowlands is a place where families may enjoy quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, exciting games and prizes as well as a wide and diverse selection of delicious foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages. <br/> Careful planning and a concerted effort by all involved to develop and promote the Fair as a place where families may enjoy an exciting and affordable day of special activities is always our mission. In the 10 years that we have managed this Meadowlands event, there has been resurgence in the number of families that attend and enjoy the various attractions that this annual event has to offer. Over 99 percent of the respondents to our exit survey stated that they absolutely had fun and planned to return to the fair in subsequent years. This high percentage of satisfied patrons has been earned by a lot of hard work and dedication to our patrons and our vendors.
23
NCAA Lacrosse Championships

Baltimore, MD  
Maryland,
Maryland 22;
24
Virginia Highland Festival

Abingdon, VA  
Virginia,
Virginia 23;
 
http://www.vahighlandsfestival.org/
2012 marks the 64th Virginia Highlands Festival and will be held from July 28 to August 12. Appalachian culture showcased in crafts, art and music.</br> The festival was started in 1948 by Robert Porterfield, founder of the Barter Theatre, as a simple one-week festival to showcase Appalachian arts and crafts. The festival has now grown into a 16 day event offering a variety of venues. Every year hundreds of volunteers work to create exciting new events for our festival for you to enjoy. The 2012 theme, "Carved from Our Past." Our 2012 signature art is a wood carving by this year's Signature Artist, John Dickens and will be unveiled soon. Please enjoy our beautiful mountains, forests, and streams while here and all the activities planned for you throughout Southwest Virginia. There is something everyone, old and young alike. An endless variety of activities and performances are planned for this year, July 28-August 12, in Abingdon, VA
25
Vermont State Fair

Rutland,   
Vermont,
Vermont 24;
http://www.vermontstatefair.net/
September. In 1972 The Rutland Fair became officially the Vermont State Fair.<br> The Fair has had top name entertainers such as Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride.
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Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival

Shrewsbury, MA  
Barnstable County,
Massachusetts 25;
http://www.spiritofshrewsbury.com/
The SOS Fall Festival began in 1997 from a desire by the Shrewsbury High School Alumni Association to plan an event in conjunction with its Homecoming Weekend. The Annual Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival committee is comprised of all volunteers who coordinate all festival activities and is self-funded by the generous support of the community to:<br> - Enhance Shrewsbury's image to its residents and businesses <br> - Showcase Shrewsbury's culture, history, and quality of life <br> - Participate in raising and distributing funds to non-profit organizations <br> - Coordinate town-wide activities for the enjoyment of all residents
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Delmarva Folk Festival

Hartly, DE  
Delaware,
Delaware 26;
http://delmarvafolkfestival.com/fest.htm
15 Hours of Great Music - Now expanded to 2 days! <br> Food & Craft Vendors <br> Camping for the whole weekend <br> Activities & Music for the kids <br> Relaxed atmosphere <br> Small, intimate, rural setting <br> Family atmosphere <br> Reasonable Price!!!
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Groundhog Day
102 W Mahoning St
Punxsutawney, PA   15767
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania 27;
 
http://www.groundhog.org
Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
29
Salem's Haunted Happenings

Salem, MN  
Barnstable County,
Massachusetts 28;
   
http://www.hauntedhappenings.org/
October. Citywide Halloween celebration, including candlelight tours and historic houses, psychic festival, costume parade.
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Maine Brewers' Festival

Portland, ME  
Maine,
Maine 29;
http://www.mainebrew.com/
The Maine Brewers’ Festival has become a fall tradition. People come from all over the Country to raise a glass, toast, dance, and enjoy!
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West Virginia Black Walnut Festival

Spencer, WV  
West Virginia,
West Virginia 30;
http://www.wvblackwalnutfestival.org/
Following a tradition which has been molded through the years by hard-working citizens of Spencer, the county seat of Roane County, this year's Festival promises to provide a whirlwind of activities, offering something for everyone. <br> The creation of one of this state's best attended festivals began in 1954 when Henry Young sold two million pounds of black walnuts. Young's sale of the local product gave a member of the Little Kanawha Regional Council the idea of developing the black walnuts into a cash crop for local farmers.
32
Waterfowl Festival

Easton, MD  
Maryland,
Maryland 31;
Waterfowl Festival
November - Paying homage to the annual migrating Canada geese flying overhead, Easton closes colonial streets, decorates historic buildings with natural greens, and recruits 1,500 volunteers to greet 18,000 visitors and 400 of the nation's finest wildlife artists, craftsmen and vendors with a ready smile and a helping hand. Excitement radiates throughout the town and neighboring St. Michaels, Oxford and Tilghman Island. Enjoy the 36th annual Festival, the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, fine restaurants, and quaint shops lining historic streets.
33
Baltimore Book Festival

Baltimore, MD  
Maryland,
Maryland 32;
http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com
September/October - Baltimore Book Festival! The mid-Atlantic's premier celebration of the literary arts features 200+ nationally known and local authors, poetry readings, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs/cookbook authors, children's writers and activities, live music, food and more than 75 exhibitors and book sellers. <br> Located in Mount Vernon Square, the Washington Monument overlooks the festival site and offers the perfect location for a weekend outing.
34
Miss America Pageant

Atlantic City, NJ  
Atlantic County,
New Jersey 33;
     
http://www.missamerica.org/
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler. Age: 23 - Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin - Education: St. Joseph High School - Carthage College - Music, Vocal Performance. National Platform Issue: Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler is the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. - Platform Issue: Circles of Support - Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents. Talent: Operatic Vocal. - Scholastic Ambition: To attend law school. - Scholastic Honors: Dean's List; Outstanding Senior Music Major Award; Music Department Honor's Recital Participant - Career Ambition: To pursue a career in Childhood Advocacy Law
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The Big E
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA   01089
Barnstable County,
Massachusetts 34;
   
http://www.thebige.com
(The Big E), September. Midway, entertainment, circus, Wild West and high-dive shows, ostrich races, daily parade, copies of six state capitols with exhibitions, best Spam recipe contest, re-creation of 19th-century New England village.
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Yankee Homecoming Festival

Newburyport, MA  
Barnstable County,
Massachusetts 35;
 
http://www.yankeehomecoming.com/
Newburyport's Yankee Homecoming is one of America's oldest, continually running festivals. During the 9-day festival, 200,000 tourists visit Newburyport to enjoy food, music, and ceaseless fun-filled activities.
37
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Stamford, CT  
Connecticut,
Connecticut 36;
http://www.crosswordtournament.com/
Directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, this is the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition. Solvers tackle eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $4,000 grand prize. Evening games, guest speakers, and a wine and cheese reception allow solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.
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Penn's Colony Festival

Pittsburg, PA  
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania 37;
http://www.pennscolony.com/
September. Folk artists in 18th Century marketplace.
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New River Gorge Bridge Day

Fayetteville, WV  
West Virginia,
West Virginia 38;
 
http://www.officialbridgeday.com/
October - Bridge Day is the largest BASE jumping event in the world, held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Over 450 BASE jumpers and up to 200,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s Bridge Day on Saturday, October 21, 2006. The New River Gorge Bridge is the world’s 2nd longest single arch bridge, providing the launch point for six hours (9am-3pm EST) of legal, safe BASE jumps.
40
Baltimore Irish Festival

Baltimore, MD  
Maryland,
Maryland 39;
http://www.irishfestival.com/
November - The Festival is an annual celebration of Irish culture featuring international and local music and dance, traditional cuisine, workshops, cultural exhibits, and vendors of everything Irish. Along with the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, it is an event in which all of the various Baltimore Irish Organizations join together to celebrate our common heritage.
41
Keene Pumpkin Festival

Keene, NH  
New Hampshire,
New Hampshire 40;
http://www.pumpkinfestival.com/
Home page of the internationally known Keene Pumpkin Festival
42
First Night Burlington

Burlington, VT  
Vermont,
Vermont 41;
http://www.firstnightburlington.com/
"We've got a great event planned this year with Circus Smirkus, Burlington Taiko, Contra Dancing, great local and regional artists and our Drums & Dragons Parade!!"
43
West Chester International Short Film Festival

West Chester, PA  
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania 42;
http://www.westchesterfilmfestival.com
October - Perhaps you’ve noticed something a bit different about our name this year. We’ve added ‘Short’ Film Festival to our banner since our mission is to truly focus on independent short film. Also, we’ve added International – this year in addition to films from the USA, we received over 25 films around the world including Australia, Germany, India, Ireland, Poland, South Korea, Japan, Spain and our neighbors to the north, Canada. You will have the opportunity to see these films during the festival.
44
Penn’s Colony Festival

Saxonburg, PA  
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania 43;
http://www.pennscolony.com/
Traditional Folk Art & Fine Craftsmanship, True Handmade in America Quality, and Grand Colonial Entertainments. These are the Traditions of Early America’s Enduring Spirit. Come Re-discover America at Penn’s Colony. Now in its 22nd year, Penn’s Colony continues to create new events and activities for festival goers to enjoy. This year, even more family-based activities provide additional fun for families.
45
Patuxent River Appreciation Days

Solomons, MD  
Maryland,
Maryland 44;
http://www.pradinc.org/
October - Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) is a festival, which creates awareness, recognition, and promotion of the economic, social, recreational, cultural and historical impact of the tributaries and environs of the Patuxent River and the basin through which it flows. The festival is held annually on Columbus Day Weekend. The festival brings together, and reflects the continuing commitment of, the community, county and state government agencies, the Calvert Marine Museum, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, and other historical and environmental groups, which share a desire to preserve the Patuxent River and to celebrate its positive influence on the area’s quality of life, in the past, present, and future.
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Mushroom Festival

Kennett Square, PA  
Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania 45;
http://www.mushroomfestival.org
September - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania has long been known as “The Mushroom Capital of the World,” with more mushroom growing operations concentrated in the Southern Chester County area than any other area in the United States. The Mushroom Festival promotes our favorite crop, MUSHROOMS, Kennett Square and tourism in Southern Chester County. Over 100,000 visitors come from far and wide to experience our “Small Town America” Festival.
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Greater Hartford Marathon

Hartford, CT  
Connecticut,
Connecticut 46;
http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/
October - You run. And we'll take care of the rest. With easy registration. Convenient no-hassle transportation. A fast, scenic and well-supported course. And a huge post-race party with the best food in North America. We make everything easy, so you focus on running a PR or qualifying for Boston, enjoying the brilliant fall foliage, supporting your favorite charity or simply finishing your first race.
48
Polish American Festival

Wilmington, DE  
Delaware,
Delaware 47;
http://www.polishfestival.net
Our Festival began 49 years ago in the parking lot of our school an elementary school rich in Catholic and Polish Traditions. Our festival consisted of arts and crafts and of course our wonderful Polish Homemade foods. Our Festival was on a Saturday and Sunday and held in September just after school started.
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Haunted Newport

Newport, RI  
Rhode Island,
Rhode Island 48;
http://www.hauntednewport.net/
Based on the interest in her book, Haunted Newport, local writer/editor Eleyne Austen Sharp first proposed the idea for Haunted Newport Week in 1996. The annual event would celebrate Halloween while helping to extend the Newport tourism season.