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Oxnard, California, Salsa Festival Celebrates 20 Years, July 27-28, 2013
Oxnard, California - It’s time to get ready for a spicy escape to Oxnard when the coastal city prepares for a milestone celebration of the 20th annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. The annual festival is a celebration of everything salsa—the music, the food and the dance—slated for July 27-28, 2013. Phone: 805-247-0197
Happy Kids Day 2013 - A Unique Multi-cultural Festival in Cupertino, California
Cupertino, California (San Francisco Bay Area) - Happy Kids Day 2013 festival will be held on August 17, 2013, at Cupertino Memorial Park in Cupertino, California. Happy Kids Day invites a consortium of performers with international children songs and dances, cultural exhibits with games and activities, and a diverse selection of ethnic delicacies. Phone: (650) 260-5880
Festival Forecast for July 19 & 20: 100 Percent Chance of Peaches in Marysville, California
Marysville, California - Historic Marysville, California, expects 30,000 visitors for its 14th Annual Peach Festival, July 19 and 20, 2013. The two-day festival features many inventive ways to savor the flavor of the fruit. Fresh peaches, peach ice cream, cobblers and pies, shakes , smoothies, candies, sodas, peach-basted barbecue are just a few of foods offered. Phone: (530) 749-3954
Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination Exhibition Blasts Through a Galaxy Far, Far Away to the Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California
San Jose, California - Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, the blockbuster exhibition featuring one of pop culture’s most enduring science-fiction franchises, opens October 19th, 2013, at The Tech Museum of Innovation, marking the final stop in the exhibition’s hugely popular 20-venue international journey. Phone: (408) 294-8324
Second Annual Central Coast Oyster and Music Festival, Morro Bay, California, October 19th, 2013
Morro Bay, California - In celebration of the world-renowned oysters of Morro Bay, the Central Coast Oyster Festival will be held this year Saturday, October 19th at the Morro Bay Golf Course from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and tickets go on sale July 1st, 2013. Phone: 805.459.0701
Colorado's Biggest Chili Cook-off, September 8, 2013
Evergreen, Colorado - Volunteer firefighters from six mountain area fire districts will be the beneficiaries of the 12th Annual Big Chili Cook-off, to take place Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the Evergreen Lake House, 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, in Evergreen, Colorado. Phone: (303) 547-0917
22nd Annual Greater Hartford Jazz Fest; Cool, Straight Ahead, Traditional
Hartford, Connecticut - The 22nd Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will be held Friday to Saturday, July 19 - 21, 2013, in Bushnell Park, Downtown Hartford, Connecticut.This year's festival features Arturo Sandoval, Bob Baldwin's NewUrbanJazz and The Steve Davis All-Star Sextet. Phone: 860-727-0050

2014 Official Florida Blueberry Festival Dates Announced
Brooksville, Florida - Join the fun at the 2014 Official Florida Blueberry Festival, April 12th & 13th 2014. The City of Brooksville is located in the heart of the central blueberry growing region in the sunshine state of Florida. Spanning 10 city blocks, there is something for everyone: festival fare, arts & crafts, live music, street entertainment, the Blueberry Patch kids zone and variety of quality exhibitors. Phone: (352) 754-4173
Chateau Cooking Vacations in France
Chicago, Illinois (July 1, 2013) - Live like the nobles once did, and stay in a beautiful French chateau in the Loire Valley or Bearn regions during these very special cooking vacations with the International Kitchen. During "A French Chateau Adventure with Le Calabash," stay in a luxury chateau for six nights, participate in five cooking classes, and dine with a Michelin-star chef, among other activities. Phone: (312) 467-0560
Sweet Corn Festival Promises Tons of Corn and Fun in Mendota, Illinois, August 8 to 11, 2013
Mendota, Illinois - Not only will there be tons of hot, buttered delicious Del Monte Sweet Corn to munch on, but there will also be tons of fun to experience as Mendota, IL celebrates the 66th Annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival on August 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th. Phone: (815) 539-6507
Baconpalooza - Kishwaukee Fest of Dekalb County, Illinois, July 20 to 28, 2013
DeKalb, Illinois - Kishwaukee Fest, held July 20 to 28, 2013, in DeKalb County, Illinois, is a week long celebration of concerts, special events, parade, old cars, new wines, bacon and cowboys. Concerts features county bands, big band, jazz, and soul music. Phone: (815) 756-1263    
21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival, Lewiston, Maine
Lewiston, Maine - The Great Falls Balloon Festival is hosting its 21st annual celebration August 16-18, 2013, in Lewiston, Maine, with a beach party weekend. From Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston, visitors can enjoy the sight of dozens of hot air balloons as they take to the skies over the Androscoggin River and the rocky Great Falls. Phone: (207) 783-2249
Pirate Ship Formidable - A Boston Harbor Adventure, Not Just Another Harbor Cruise
Boston, Massachusetts - Join the “Pirates of Fun” for an exciting yet relaxing sail aboard Pirate Ship Formidable. History comes alive as the captain commands the crew aloft, hoist the square sails, brace the yardarms and fire the cannons. Phone: 978.729.2929
Boston's Newest Yummy Walks Food Tour is for Seafood Lovers
Boston, Massachusetts - Yummy Walks Food Tours is now offering the first Seafood and "Chowda" Tour in Boston every Friday at 1:00 p.m. The tour provides the opportunity to try chowders as well as other Seafood specialties. Participants visit a variety of food establishments and can decide who has the best seafood. Phone: (781) 239-9920
10th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration, Wareham, Massachusetts, October 12 & 13, 2013
Wareham, Massachusetts - The Tenth Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration will be held in Wareham, Massachusetts, Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, 2013. Designated by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events for 2013. Phone: 508-322-4000
Photography Adventure Package at Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish, Montana
Whitefish, Montana - Join the Bar W Guest Ranch this October 13th - 19th, for a photography adventure package. Catering to amateurs and professional photographers, the Bar W is offering an all inclusive photography week - complete with a professional coach. Phone: (406) 863-9099
Ladies, It's Time to Cowgirl Up at Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish, Montana
Whitefish, Montana - The Bar W Guest Ranch is offering an all inclusive package for women to "Cowgirl Up" with their best friends, sisters, daughters, or come alone as the girls take over the ranch. Visit the Bar W this September 22 - 28, 2013 and October 6-12, 2013, to "Cowgirl Up." Phone: (406) 863-9099
New Jersey
Exit O International Jazz Festival to Be Held in Cape May, New Jersey, November 8 – 10, 2013
Cape May, New Jersey - The second annual EXIT O International Jazz Festival will be held in Cape May, New Jersey, November 8 – 10, 2013. Four-time Grammy Award Winner Dianne Reeves (November 8) and nine-time Grammy Award Winner and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri (November 9) will headline the Festival. Phone: 609-849-9202
New York
New York's Rhinecliff Hotel Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Rhinecliff, New York - Brits James and David Chapman purchased and restored the historic Rhinecliff on the Hudson, infused it with British charm, added nine luxurious guest rooms and a farm-to-table gastro pub serving locally sourced items including Hudson Valley raised beef to make their popular "Meiller Farms Burger." Phone: 845 876-0590
Eaton Ohio's Preble County Historical Society’s Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration, July 7, 2013
Eaton, Ohio - Sunday July 7th, join The Preble County Historical Society for a historic Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration. Highlighting the afternoon festivities is the Cincinnati Circus Company. Circus features costumed stilt walker balloon artists, strolling magician, artistic face painting, jugglers and juggling workshop, bounce house, bounce obstacle course, large lawn games, flying trapeze artists with trapeze opportunities for the public. Phone: 937-787-4256
Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival Offers Taste of 19th Century Living in Marysville, Ohio
Marysville, Ohio - The Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival, September 20-22, 2013, will provide guests of all ages a trip back in time to the captivating sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of 19th century living, when covered bridges were a part of everyday life. Phone: 937-642-6279

West Virginia
West Virginia's Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad Announces 2013 Schedule
Romney, West Virginia - The historic twenty-three year old Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad is one of America’s most scenic train rides. The regular three-hour trips travel along the majestic South Branch of The Potomac River. Experience “The Trough,” a spectacular narrow mountain valley where the American Bald Eagle nests and soars above the train. Phone: 304-424-0736
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