As the summer season starts winding down, it’s time to squeeze in as much local fun as possible before the kids head back to school and the season starts to change. Fortunately, communities across the country still have all kinds of festivals and celebrations planned to help you make the most of August. Whether you go for the food, the music or the socializing, these events will showcase the local flair of your community with authentic, homegrown entertainment.
Night in the Tropics
August 15, 2014
New Port Richey, Florida
It may not be located in the Florida Keys, but the town of New Port Richey, Florida, prides itself on its ability to throw a Key West-inspired party. Night in the Tropics features live music, exotic birds, local vendors, a classic car cruise-in and a tropical beer garden. Even if you can’t make it to the tropics this year, venturing to New Port Richey’s historic downtown area will get you close enough.
Shop Local Bridal Fair
August 15, 2014
La Grange, Kentucky
Summer is the season of weddings, but La Grange, Kentucky, makes it a better time to plan the wedding. Since 2010, local businesses in La Grange have come together to help brides plan their dream weddings at the Shop Local Bridal Fair. This year’s event will once again feature award-winning local bridal shop, Couture Closet Bridal Boutique.
Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival
August 16, 2014
Now in its eighth year, the Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival turns the streets of downtown Brunswick, Maine, into an open-air art gallery filled with local artwork and fine crafts. The festival will feature painting, sculpture, photography, live demonstrations and more, as well as children’s activities like art projects and face paintings. The idea behind the outdoor arts festival is to foster an appreciation for the arts within the local community and showcase Brunswick as a hub of creativity and culture.
Taste of Main Street
August 19, 2014
Downtown Encinitas features pleasant Southern California weather, picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and an eclectic mix of local bars and restaurants. Taste of Main Street celebrates this vibrant downtown community by bringing more than 30 local restaurants together, along with local shops and music groups, for one event. Participants can sample the restaurants, taste local wines and beers and listen to local musicians. For more information, or to buy tickets online, visit www.encinitas101.com.
August 23, 2014
In Brush, Colorado, the local chamber of commerce had struggled to maintain its annual biker rally thanks to a shrinking pool of volunteers. This year, the chamber hopes to mix things up and spark new interest in its events by hosting its first-ever Demolition Derby. The derby will consist of three classes, each with plenty of exciting racing and smashing. In between classes, there will be live entertainment and a beer garden available throughout the night. The derby is a family-friendly event and is likely to draw crowds from the local community of Brush and beyond. For more information, visit www.brushchamber.org.
Main Street events bring communities together in celebration of the local culture and flair. These events are the perfect way to get to know your hometown, or your summer vacation destination, a little better and make lasting memories with your friends, family and neighbors. If you go to a unique and exciting Main Street festival that isn’t on our list, we’d love to hear about it. Let us know by commenting below!