When is the last time you attended a local parade or street fair? Now that spring has sprung, community calendars are filling up. That makes this month the perfect opportunity to dive into your community’s traditions, from seasonal festivals to new celebrations.
Rantoul Street Party
May 6, 2018
This month, the Beverly, Massachusetts, community will celebrate the recent revitalization of the downtown area on Rantoul Street. The free street party will introduce members of the community to Rantoul Street businesses with a festive atmosphere, including live music, kid-friendly activities, antique cars and more. Learn more from Beverly Main Streets.
Tennessee Strawberry Festival
May 9-12, 2018
The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is a Dayton tradition 71-years-strong. The festival spans several days with unique events on each day, from a carnival and family-fun night to a parade and Strawberry Chase race. This year’s theme, “Destination Strawberry Station…All Aboard!” will bring a locomotive flair to the annual festival. Check out the Dayton Chamber of Commerce for a complete schedule of events.
May 12, 2018
Spring cleaning makes for a more beautiful, comfortable place to live. In Kent, Washington, join together with other members of the community to clean up various locations of the city. Gloves, garbage bags, litter grabbers and other supplies will be provided. Learn more from the Kent Downtown Partnership.
Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival
May 19-20, 2018
The Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival will feature art and works from more than 60 makers, plus live jazz music and plenty of local and regional wines to sample. The event takes place in Hancock Park in downtown Dahlonega, a community known for its picturesque landscape and wealth of wineries. More information is available from the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.
Andersonville Wine Walk
May 20, 2018
Andersonville prides itself as the “shop local” capital of Chicago. Find out why during this spring event, which will take participants to different small businesses along three different routes through the neighborhood. With opportunities to sample wine at various stops, the event promises to let participants walk, sip and shop their way through Andersonville. More information is available from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.
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