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World’s Largest Beatles Tribute Festival to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, May 24-28, 2012
Louisville, Kentucky - Abbey Road on the River, North America’s largest and longest running Beatles tribute festival, will be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-28, at the Belvedere Festival Park and Galt House Hotel & Suites, in Louisville, Kentucky. The five days of peace, love, and rock and roll will feature over 60 international bands performing on eight stages and 30,000 fans from all across the globe. Jefferson Starship will headline the event with a concert on Saturday, May 26th. Festival goers can also enjoy free guitar lessons, Beatles film screenings and presentations.

Hershey - Harrisburg Wine Country Announces Sweet Sensations of May: A Wine & Chocolate Pairing Experience
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Saturdays and Sundays just got a whole lot sweeter during the month of May in the Hershey-Harrisburg Pennsylvania region! The newly-formed Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country has dedicated the entire month to the marriage of wine and chocolate with their Sweet Sensations of May Wine Events. Nine award-winning wineries will pair their unique, handcrafted wines specifically with chocolates as guests enjoy every sip from their souvenir glasses. Tickets are $20.00 per person or $35.00 per couple. Designated drivers are free, as are their chocolates.
DETAILS:, Phone: (717) 616-8228

Soups on at Great Chowder Cook-Off, June 2, Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island - It’s that time of year again for the 31st Schweppes Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, to take place on Saturday, June 2nd at the Newport Yachting Center in historic downtown Newport, Rhode Island. The largest and longest running chowder championships in the country, the event features all-you-can-eat “chowda” from the nation’s best chefs who serve unlimited samples of their sumptuous creations to the thousands of chowder loving festival attendees who also act as judges. Tickets are $20.00, May 2nd through June 1st; $25.00 day of event, June 2nd. Children under 12 free with an adult. Phone: (401) 846-1600.

California’s Mountain Mandarin Festival Brings the Holidays to Your Table November 16-18, 2012
Newcastle, California - The Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn, California, celebrates the new crop of delicious, Sierra Foothills Mandarin oranges the week before Thanksgiving. Area growers will sell thousands of pounds of fresh Mandarin oranges accompanied by all the free samples. Includes a Mandarin recipe cooking contest, professional chef demonstrations, food, crafts and activities featuring the Mandarin orange, a Peel and Eat contest, live music and entertainment, and a children’s area.

Seattle, Washington, Chamber Music Society Summer Festival July 2-29, 2012
Seattle, Washington - Throughout the month of July, 2012, the Seattle Chamber Music Society presents concerts at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, in the heart of downtown Seattle. Artistic Director James Ehnes assembled a roster of 37 musicians who come together for these performances only. Artists include violinists Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, and Stefan Jackiw; violists Richard O’Neill and Cynthia Phelps; cellists Edward Arron and Ronald Thomas; pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Jeremy Denk and Jon Kimura Parker; clarinetist Ricardo Morales, and many more. DETAILS:, Phone: 206-283-8808

Arkansas’s Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival “Where Music Meets Mother Nature”
Lawrence, Kansas - The Wakarusa Music Festival, held in Ozark, Arkansas, from May 31 to June 3, 2102, is a grassroots festival nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas where the beauty of nature synchronizes with the euphoric sounds of live music. 2012 will mark the fourth year of Wakarusa on the marvelous Mulberry Mountain just up the road from Ozark, Arkansas. Prepare yourself for a magical weekend of phenomenal music but don’t be surprised if Mother Nature steals the show. This year’s festival will feature over 100 world renowned musicians with nearly 96 hours of consecutive music.
DETAILS:, Phone: (785) 749-3434

Highlands, Hebrides, Haggis: Scotland Has It All - Ramblers’ $300 Walking Tour Discount
Montclair, Virginia - Whether it be the moody mountains of the Highlands, the magical islands of the Hebrides, or the mystique of the taste of haggis, an adventure in Scotland awaits you with an English Lakeland Ramblers’ walking tour. Register for any of these Scotland tours and receive a $300 per person discount. Highlands & Islands: Inn to Inn tour (Jun 9 – 16, Sept 1-8) explores Scotland’s western coast and offers dramatic mountain and sea views on the Isle of Skye. Highlands & Islands: Isle of Skye tour (June 30 – Jul 7, Jul 28 – Aug 4) combines 3 days walking along the rugged Scottish coastline followed by 3 nights on the Isle of Skye touring the Waternish peninsula and the Black Cuillin Mountains.
DETAILS:, Phone: 800-724-8801

Classic Cars Congregate in Red River, New Mexico
Red River, New Mexico - Calling all cars: Red River, New Mexico invites classic car aficionados for their seventeenth annual Classic Car Show, June 1-3, 2012, featuring parades, a road rally, live music, games and contests, and a town-wide yard sale. Over 100 classics, antiques, muscle cars and more gather in the mountains of northern New Mexico for this annual event. Spectators enjoy the free show and cool mountain temperatures held in Brandenburg Park, located in the center of Red River’s one-mile long Main Street. (877) 754-1708.

Fine Art and Wine Together Again in Red River, New Mexico
Red River, New Mexico - The Red River, New Mexico, Chamber of Commerce is gathering northern New Mexico’s greatest artists, galleries, and wineries for the annual Fine Art & Wine Festival, June 16-17, 2012. Combined with Red River’s scenic beauty, small-town charm, and cool mountain temperatures, this free event has become a regional favorite. New Mexico wineries provide wine sampling for the weekend while spectators browse exquisite art, pottery, photography, and jewelry. Live jazz music fills the air during this exciting outdoor event, which also features a progressive four course wine dinner on June 16th. (877) 754-1708.

Denver’s Central City Opera Announces 2012 Festival
Denver, Colorado - With a show-stopping line up of internationally renowned artists, Central City Opera’s 2012 Festival (running June 30 – Aug. 12), features three all new main stage productions with something for everyone, including Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s musical theater classic, Oklahoma!, Puccini’s world famous opera, La bohème, and Benjamin Britten’s ghostly The Turn of The Screw. Patrons will also enjoy a wide range of additional Festival offerings to enhance their Central City experience, as well as Central City Opera performances and events surrounding the Festival in the Denver area this summer. Single tickets for main stage Festival productions are available starting at $20.00.
DETAILS:, Phone: 303-909-5716

Denver’s Central City Opera Presents an Array of 2012 Festival Offerings that will Engage and Entertain
Denver, Colorado - In addition to Central City Opera’s new main stage productions of Oklahoma!, La bohème, and The Turn of The Screw, the 2012 Festival (June 30 to August 12) will present a wide range of festival offerings. Events include: Central City Days, an uncommon event that takes modern fun to historic heights with customized historic Central City adventures; Turn of the ScrewFest, an epic night of opera and paranormal activities; The Medium, a one-hour dramatic opera starring renowned artist Joyce Castle; Smokin’ Hot Hoedown, an anniversary celebration with BBQ, beer and celebrated folk singer Abby Washburn; and a slew of other ongoing events.
DETAILS:, Phone: 303-909-5716

Chandler’s New World Festival Brings Celtic and Quebecois Music to Vermont
Randolph, Vermont - Celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional – and sometimes not so traditional – music and dance at the 20th annual New World Festival, Sunday, September 2, 2012. Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance sessions, children’s activities, and open dancing unfold on six continuous stages from noon until midnight. The festival, a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Fall Event, takes place in Chandler Music Hall, in all-weather tents, and in Bethany Church. Advance discounted adult tickets available online or by calling the box office through August 31. 802-728-6464. Adults $32 advance, $37 day of festival, Students 13 – 18 $10, Children 2 – 12 $5, Under 2 free. Phone: 802-728-9878

Minnesota Bluegrass Festival Picks Around The Clock
St. Cloud, Minnesota - The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival has been nominated three times as Event of the Year by the IBMA in Nashville. It is a four day music and camping festival that includes thirty hours of Mainstage concerts; plus daytime instrument collaborations and nightly dances in The Showcase Tent; music, contests, crafts, and games; twenty hands-on workshops; and dozens of food and merchant booths. The 2012 MBOTMA Festival will be August 9-12 at El Rancho Mañana near Richmond, Minnesota. In addition to the professional bands, a large portion of the 4,000 plus people that attend are amateur musicians. Advance prices range from $19 for any single day to $77 for all four days including camping. Teens are only $10 and children are free. 800-635-3037, Phone: 800-635-3037

19th Annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2012
Irwin, Pennsylvania - Step back in time with more than 500 artisans donning period clothing and peddling their finest wares at the 19th Annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival. With more than 220 booths situated on the Westmoreland Fairgrounds near Greensburg, PA, there is truly ‘something for everyone.’ Shop for unique treasures including florals, clothing, candles, stained glass, jewelry, decorative painting, functional and decorative wood, pet items, and home decorations. Festival features the Carpenter’s Battery military encampment and free musical performances. Children’s activities include puppet shows, face painting and animal shows. The Event is held Friday and Monday 10-6, Saturday and Sunday 10-8. Admission is $6.00 Adults, $5.50 Seniors (65+), $1.00 Child (6-12) and children under 6 are free. Phone: 724-863-4577
Phone: 724-863-4577

14th Annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Miami, Florida - The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF), celebrating 14 years as one of the top LGBT Film Festivals in the country, has built an international reputation for bringing premiere LGBT films to South Florida. This year’s ten-day Festival will run April 27-May 6, 2012 with screening locations in Miami Beach and Coral Gables. The MGLFF will feature more than 65 films with 15 countries represented from around the world, including short films, documentaries and feature-length movies that support the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender communities. As one of the first LGBT Film Festivals of the calendar year, the MGLFF will be showcasing several films never before screened. At this year’s opening night on Friday, April 27, the MGLFF will be presenting the inaugural Lavender Heart Award to country singer Chely Wright. For tickets and a complete festival schedule, call 877-484-8499, or visit

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 40th Anniversary Season, July 15 – August 20, 2012
Santa Fe, New Mexico - Celebrating 40 years of exceptional music-making. Considered one of the world’s preeminent music festivals, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival offers audiences 90+ works performed by more than 70 sought-after artists and four ensembles. Anniversary season (July 15 –August 20) includes commissions by renowned composers Magnus Lindberg, Helen Grime, David Del Tredici and Aaron Jay Kernis, plus an Albuquerque mini-series. Of special note is an international symposium on the science of music and healing co-presented by University of New Mexico Cancer Center. 2012 Artist-in-Residence: Alan Gilbert, conductor.
DETAILS:; Phone: 505.982.1890

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