With Memorial Day weekend on the way, May is the perfect time to kick off summer fun and vacations. But you don’t have to wait until the end of the month to get started! Join in on the local fun happening near you or take your vacation early to visit one of these indie-approved events.
Main Street JazzFest
May 1-2, 2015
Tennessee isn’t just for country music lovers! Kick off your month with a weekend full of jazz and swing music from a mix of worldwide performers and local groups. While you’re there, try some local food and visit the local shops to see what Murfreesboro is all about. Best of all, admission to JazzFest is free! Learn more about JazzFest here.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
May 1, 2015
Every year, local groups and Main Street Delaware come together to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault – in a way that you’ll never forget. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes invites men, women and children to walk a mile through downtown Delaware wearing women’s heels. Local restaurants and businesses will stay open late to support the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. With live music, food and children’s activities, it’s a playful event for a good cause. Click here for more details.
Taste of 8th
May 2, 2015
Barracks Row, Washington, D.C.
Barracks Row spans five blocks of 8th Street, SE, from Pennsylvania Avenue to the Washington Navy Yard. It encompasses a multitude of diverse restaurants, but on Saturday, May 2, you can try them all in one afternoon. Sample tapas-sized portions from more than 25 restaurants, ranging from American to Belgian to Korean. Tickets are just $20 for a pack of five. Learn more about the D.C. neighborhood and this tasty event here.
Community Shrimp Boil
May 8, 2015
The Community Shrimp Boil brings out the Cajun flair in this Arkansas community. For $15, you’ll get a shrimp meal, complete with Gulf shrimp, locally made Andouille sausage, corn, red potatoes and traditional seasonings. The event will also feature local Cajun and Zydeco music. If your moth is watering, click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Who Let the Dogs Out?
May 29, 2015
Chippewa Falls, Washington
This local event is for the dogs – in a good way. Take your furry friends downtown for art and activities, including training sessions, DNA testing and more. Your pup can even get a massage! Learn more about this dog-friendly event here.
The whole family can join in the fun this May, including the dogs! Find an event near you by getting involved with your community’s Main Street program or chamber of commerce.
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