The kids may head back to school soon, but August days are still long enough to squeeze in some after-hours local fun around town. This month, head downtown to soak up the last little bit of summer and make memories that will last all year long. You might just find a new favorite restaurant or learn something new about the community.
Maryland State BBQ Bash
Friday, August 14 – Saturday, August 15, 2015
Bel Air, Maryland
Repeatedly named the best event in Maryland’s Hartford County, the Maryland State BBQ Bash features the Maryland State BBQ championship cook-off, with more than 50 competitors vying for the $12,500 award and an invitation to the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tennessee, and The American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. With those stakes on the line, you can bet the competitors will bring out their best BBQ recipes. This two-day event typically attracts more than 25,000 attendees, making it the largest fundraising event that the Bel Air Downtown Alliance puts on. Find more information here.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Bridgeton, New Jersey
The Cohansey Riverfest takes place every August to celebrate the natural environment in Cumberland County, New Jersey. The festival, which aims to raise awareness of environmental protection efforts and to connect people to the community, includes a car show, a 5k run, a beer garden and the Bridgeton Crabfest. There will also be live music and entertainment throughout the day. For more information, visit the Riverfest website.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Santa Monica, California
Sonic Submarine celebrates Santa Monica’s history as a hotbed for street performers. This electronic music festival will take place at the Third Street Promenade, just off Santa Monica Boulevard. Three DJs will take the stage for hour-long sets, and it will all take place as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. Read more about Sonic Submarine here.
Friday, August 28 – Saturday, August 29, 2015
This annual event brings live music, local food and local businesses to Frisco Park in downtown Rogers for a weekend of celebration. On Friday, there will be an opening ceremony followed by live entertainment. On Saturday, there will be a day full of activities, including a farmers’ market, a 5k race, a BBQ cook-off and more. You can even ride the historic A&M Railroad as it winds from Springdale to Rogers, offering opportunities to learn about the community and the history behind it. For more information, read about Frisco Festival here.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
As the name suggests, Antique Days features an all-day antique market outside the Mercer County Courthouse — but that’s not all. Entertainment will take place all over downtown. The Mercer Carnegie Library will host a book sale, Central Park will feature a craft show and farmers’ market, and Main Street will be reserved for a car show. The activity will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit Aledo Main Street online.
Is there a Main Street event coming up in your community? Tell us how you’re spending the last weekends of summer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We might feature your community’s event in an upcoming blog post!