Weekend Fun: Strawberry Festivals!

weekend fun strawberry festivalsStrawberry festivals are a wonderful source of fun and excitement for kids of all ages and adults too!  Strawberry shortcake, pageants, and a host of entertaining events make for a great weekend experience for families.  As strawberry harvest season begins in earnest all around the country, the strawberry festivals coincide.  If you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out these strawberry events.  If you are are even relatively close to where one is occurring, consider making the trip!

The festivals that are happening this weekend are listed below.  However, even MORE festivals are going to be happening over Memorial Day weekend, so if you can’t make one this weekend, see the entire directory for those happening throughout the rest of the year.

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Last Chance for a Strawberry Festival

last chance for a strawberry festivalThe last strawberry festival of the year happens this weekend.  If you are trying to figure out what you and the family can do this weekend in California, why not stop by the 17th Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay?  The event will be held on August 6th and August 7th, 2011, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Admission is free, and the location is historic downtown Watsonville!

This event has almost two decades of fun under its belt, and participants never leave without having a tremendous amount of fund.  Events include delicious food, premier live entertainment, an exciting carnival, gooey strawberry contests, and other entertainment.

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Memorial Day Strawberry Festivals

Looking for something fun, family-oriented, and just plain fantastic to do this Memorial Day weekend?  Why not try out one of these flavorful strawberry fun happenings!  2011 Memorial Day strawberry festivals include events in California and Virginia:

2011 Memorial Weekend California Strawberry Festivals:

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Music Festival / Yosemite Strawberry Festival

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Strawberry Festival Season Is Heating Up

strawberry festival seasonFamily fun comes in the form of strawberry festivals this weekend.  If you are looking for something to venture out and enjoy, take advantage of these festivals that celebrate the fruit of strawberry plants.  Spring fun, hooray!

Strawberry festivals are happening right now!  This weekend, there will be four strawberry festivals occurring in three states.  If you live in California, South Carolina, or Tennessee, you might well be closer than you think to a memorable event.  And, don’t fret if a berry fest is not in your neck of the woods this weekend.  Check the Strawberry Festivals directory to find out when one will be happening in your neck of the woods.

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Strawberry Festival Season Is Here

florida strawberry festivalNothing says “Spring is coming!” quite like a fresh-picked strawberry.  And, nothing indicates that the strawberries are about to pour in like a big-time strawberry festival.  Well, strawberry festival season begins tomorrow!  The first major strawberry party is about to commence in Florida’s famous Plant City.

The Florida Strawberry Festival begins March 3rd and runs through March 13.  If you are in or passing through Florida, it can be a great opportunity to spend some time with the kids, relax, and enjoy some delicious strawberry stuffs.  There is truly something for every taste and age.  (See also the entire directory of Strawberry Festivals)

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Strawberry Festivals

Introduction to the Strawberry Festivals Page

strawberry festivalsStrawberry festivals have been a part of spring and summer celebrations marking the transition from the cold and dreary wintertime to a time of renewal, life, and color.  Strawberries are the first crop ready for harvest in most temperate regions.  When they are ready to be picked, it is a signal that scarcity is about to give way to abundance.  And, that is cause to celebrate!  There are scores of strawberry festivals, and most have long, storied histories of community involvement, integration of all people into the enjoyment, and fun activities for all ages.

Most strawberry festivals center around, of course, the magnificent strawberry and are held in either the month of May or June (although some are held both earlier and later).  A typical strawberry festival will include a pageant for children or teenagers (or both), lots of music, events and activities centered around eating strawberry dishes (including strawberry shortcake!), and a host of other family fun.  Depending on the size of the strawberry festival, carnival rides and other games and activities are available.

Most strawberry festivals are free to attend.  However, none are free to put on.  The typical small-town strawberry festival is usually hosted as a fund-raiser for various community groups, often a church or a chamber of commerce, and are funded by vendors and artisans who rent space at the festival in order to offer their crafts and wares to the festival goers.  There are also several festivals who charge an admission to cover the cost of administrating the festival and to profit.  Each festival is different and offers unique traditions and character.  Some are associated with Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms, and most can provide a day or a weekend full of excitement!

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