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    The Big E, Massachusetts

  1305 Memorial Avenue - West Springfield, MA            
(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.
    Puerto Rican Day Parade, New York State
  From 44th to 86th sts on 5th Ave - New York, NY             
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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.
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
    Bike New York, New York State
  Five Boro Bike Tour - New York, NY             
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Bike New York has announced dates and details for the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, held Sunday, May 5, 2013. The Tour will be returning to a “rush” first-come, first-serve registration system which will open on Tuesday, January 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is America’s largest cycling event with a 40 mile, traffic-free ride through all five boroughs for 32,000 cyclists. The Tour is co-produced by Bike New York, the city’s premiere bicycling organization, and the New York City Department of Transportation, in association with multiple City of New York departments. Proceeds from the event fund Bike New York’s education programs. Bike New York, aka The Five Boro Bike tour, is the largest event of it's kind in the United States. Every year on the first Sunday of May, over 30,000 riders participate in the 42 mile ride around New York City. The closed route takes riders through all five boros of New York City, across five major bridges, and finally across New York Harbor on the Staten Island ferry.
The tour runs north up the Avenue of the Americas (6th avenue) past Macy's and past the lions of the New York City Public Library before entering Central Park. After exiting the park the tour crosses into the Bronx for a short 2 mile stretch before getting back to Manhattan and onto the FDR Drive. The FDR stretch of the tour runs south through Manhattan under Gracie Mansion before crossing the East River via Queensboro Bridge into Queens where the tour enters Astoria park. Source
    Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey
  18 Fairgrounds Road - Hamilton, NJ            
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.
    Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York State
  Suite 656, 55 Washington Street  - Brooklyn, NY             
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One of the nation’s groundbreaking music ensembles, the Brooklyn Philharmonic opens its 54th season as a vital presence in the cultural life of the New York metropolitan area. For the past five decades, the Brooklyn Philharmonic has played a leading role in the presentation of innovative and thematic programming, receiving 21 ASCAP Awards over the last 25 years for “Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.” Since its 1954 inception, audiences have embraced the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s commitment to the concept of the orchestra as a contemporary performance ensemble, emphasizing important present-day music.
    Baltimore Book Festival, Maryland
   - Baltimore, MD           
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.
Located in Mount Vernon Square, the Washington Monument overlooks the festival site and offers the perfect location for a weekend outing.
    Haydenfilms Film Festival, Pennsylvania
   - Kutztown, PA           
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!
    NCAA Lacrosse Championships, Maryland
   - Baltimore, MD           
May 29-31, 2004
    Backseat Film Festival, Pennsylvania
   - Philadelphia, PA           
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.
    Virginia Highland Festival, Virginia
   - Abingdon, VA           
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.
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
    Keene Pumpkin Festival, New Hampshire
   - Keene, NH           
Home page of the internationally known Keene Pumpkin Festival
    Vermont State Fair, Vermont
   - Rutland,            
September. In 1972 The Rutland Fair became officially the Vermont State Fair.
The Fair has had top name entertainers such as Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride.
    First Night Annapolis, Maryland
   - Annapolis, MD           
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.
    Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival, Massachusetts
   - Shrewsbury, MA           
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:
- Enhance Shrewsbury's image to its residents and businesses
- Showcase Shrewsbury's culture, history, and quality of life
- Participate in raising and distributing funds to non-profit organizations
- Coordinate town-wide activities for the enjoyment of all residents
    Yankee Homecoming Festival, Massachusetts
   - Newburyport, MA            
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.
    Battleship New Jersey, New Jersey
  62 Battleship Place - Camden, NJ             
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America's most decorated Battleship is now the area's most exciting museum, open for tours, events and overnight encampments. Exploring “BB62” is experiencing history in a whole new way. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded.
    Groundhog Day, Pennsylvania
  102 W Mahoning St - Punxsutawney, PA           
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.
    State Fair Meadowlands, New Jersey
  Stadium Road - East Rutherford, NJ             
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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.
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.
    First Night Burlington, Vermont
   - Burlington, VT           
"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!!"
    Delmarva Folk Festival, Delaware
   - Hartly, DE           
15 Hours of Great Music - Now expanded to 2 days!
Food & Craft Vendors
Camping for the whole weekend
Activities & Music for the kids
Relaxed atmosphere
Small, intimate, rural setting
Family atmosphere
Reasonable Price!!!
    SoulFest, New Hampshire
   - Gilford, NH           
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.
On Site camping is reserved exclusively for multi-day SoulFest ticket buyers.
    New River Gorge Bridge Day, West Virginia
   - Fayetteville, WV            
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.
    Greater Hartford Marathon, Connecticut
   - Hartford, CT           
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.
    West Virginia Black Walnut Festival, West Virginia
   - Spencer, WV           
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.
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.
    Polish American Festival, Delaware
   - Wilmington, DE           
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.
    Maine Brewers' Festival, Maine
   - Portland, ME           
The Maine Brewers’ Festival has become a fall tradition. People come from all over the Country to raise a glass, toast, dance, and enjoy!
    Haunted Newport, Rhode Island
   - Newport, RI           
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.
    New Hampshire Renaissance Faire, New Hampshire
   - Kingston, MD           
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).
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.
    American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Connecticut
   - Stamford, CT           
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.