From fresh produce to craft beer, this month’s events are all about celebrating summer staples. More often than not, the staples of summer are also the hallmarks of a local community, as certain food items or music groups represent what is unique about a given town or city. The events below provide a peek into the cultures of their communities across the country.
Buy Local Market
August 3, 2017
The Buy Local Market will be a celebration of all things local. Farm and food vendors from across the state of Vermont will offer a wide selection of local cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, syrups, jams and more. The event will also feature a BBQ cook-off that is sure to bring the summer heat. Learn more at www.revitalizingwaterbury.org.
Trading Day & Kids’ Flea Market
August 19, 2017
Paso Robles, California
A “one-stop-shop yard sale experience,” the Trading Day and Kids’ Flea Market in downtown Paso Robles makes for a free, family-friendly event in a local park. Market-goers can hope to find unique antique furniture and vintage memorabilia, plus arts and crafts for the kids. For more information, visit www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.
Corn Palace Festival
August 23-27, 2017
Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell, South Dakota, is home to the “World’s Only Corn Palace,” which draws 500,000 tourists every year. The landmark features uniquely designed corn murals, as a testament to South Dakota’s agricultural climate. The Corn Palace Festival celebrates the annual redecoration of the venue with carnival rides, food and produce competitions. More information is available at www.mitchellmainstreet.com.
Southern Brewers Festival
August 26, 2017
Set up along the banks of the Tennessee River, the annual Southern Brewers Festival is a music festival and beer festival combined into one. The festival will feature live performances from four different bands and beer from more than 30 different breweries. Brewers will come from as nearby as Chattanooga, Tennessee, and as far away as Bend, Oregon, for the festival. The event benefits the CraftWorks Foundation and Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block. For more information, visit www.southernbrewersfestival.com.
Uncorked Wine Festival
August 26, 2017
Pocatello’s second-annual downtown wine festival will feature close to 100 different wines. The tastings will pair well with live music, grape stomping, gourmet desserts and more. VIP tickets include early access, reserved tables and complimentary appetizers. More information is available at www.oldtownpocatello.com.
Main Street events highlight the spirit of their local community. This time of year, that spirit is summer-focused and full of fun. Visit a downtown event in your community to experience what makes your town vibrant in the summer months.