Weird and Wacky Festivals May-June

From comic books shows to chili cook-offs, fun fairs and festivals are held all across America.  Whatever your interest, I’m sure someone, somewhere is celebrating it.

Bay to Breakers-San Francisco, Ca May 19, 2013

Each year runners flock to San Francisco for this truly unusual footrace.  Since 1912, participants run 12 kilometers from east to west from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.  Although there are many serious participants (the course record being 33:31), hundreds embody the eclectic spirit of the city dressing in outrageous costumes (or, in some cases, no clothes at all!).  A memorable experience for both runners and bystanders.

For more information:  http://www.baytobreakers.com/

John Wayne Birthday Celebration-Winterset, IA May 24-25, 2013

This small Iowa town comes alive to celebrate the life of Hollywood Legend John Wayne. From tours of The Duke’s birthplace to pie contests to tours of his birthplace, there are plenty activities for the whole family.  Many of them free of charge!  This year, actress Maureen O’Hara (Wayne’s co-star in five films) will be on hand to meet fans and discuss her career.

For more information: http://www.johnwaynebirthplace.org/index.html

Chicago Blues Festival-Chicago, IL June 6-9, 2013

Originally organized to celebrate the life of the “Faher of Chicago Blues” Muddy Waters, this weekend festival has grown into one of the city’s largest music events.  Many of blues’ biggest names have performed at this event, entertaining thousands each year in both Millenium Park and the nearby Grant Park.

For more information: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_festival.html

National Strawberry Festival-Belleville, MI June 14-16 2013

Celebrate summer with a visit to this “strawberry wonderland”.  Things kick off with a parade, followed by a weekend of food, crafts, music and carnival rides.  Assorted strawberry treats abound, including the ever-popular Strawberry Shortcake.

For more information: http://www.nationalstrawberryfest.com/

Of course, you can find information on a variety of vacation destinations by visiting the Library’s Travel Neighborhood.  Happy Travels!