Weird and Wacky Festivals

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.

National Cherry Blossom Festival-Washington, D.C. March 20-April 14 

Washington is abloom with this annual celebration of Spring.  Since 1912, thousands of Japanese Cherry trees, a goodwill gift from Japan, have graced our nation’s capital.  Join in this city-wide event that includes parade, tours and a fireworks show.  Many located around the Tidal Basin.  Although many events are free, some charge admission and/or are invitation only.

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Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival-Kenosha, WI April 20, 2013

This small (but growing) event celebrates two of Wisconsin’s most popular products.  Sample a variety of hand-crafted beer and cheeses from around the state while enjoying live entertainment.  All proceeds go to support the local Boys & Girls club.

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TCM Classic Film Festival-Hollywood, CA April 25-28

Cable channel TCM (Turner Classic Movies) hosts this weekend celebrating our love of the movies.  Special screenings of restored films and Q & A sessions highlight the event.  Attendees have a chance to meet classic film stars (Kim Novak, Kirk Douglas, and Esther Williams have attended in the past).  Passes at different price level are available.

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

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