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Select Spring Festivals - 2010

Festivals abound all over North America in springtime. These festivals assault all the senses, leaving you with a delightful springtime glow.

Scroll down the list below to find the festival (or festivals) that appeal to you the most (I know, it's really hard to decide), and hop into your RV to experience the heady delights of spring.

I don't know about you, but whenever I get that spring feeling, I get this strong urge to travel. And what better destination than one (or more) of the great North American spring festivals?

If you've been bitten by the travel bug, as I have, you may find interest in the great spring festivals, listed by date below.

All the listings have links to their respective sites, so you can get updated information before you go. They all look so good, I don't really know where to start - maybe I'll just try them ALL?

If you feel like it, why not drop me a line and let me know what you think - I'll publish it right here for all the world to see (Instant fame - how about that?)

April 2010

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – NW Washington
April 1–30 2010

Hundreds of acres of blooming tulips will be on view. Tulip Town and Roozengaarde are the tulip growers, both offering display gardens and other activities.

Attractions include wine tours, quilt show, art show, salmon bake and an antique, craft and flea market  .  

The weather governs when the blooms will occur. Check for updates on the festival, where you can also download the brochure listing all the events  .  

More info: www.tulipfestival.org

Dogwood Festival, Lewiston Idaho
April 1–30 2010

Sunny spring days and hundreds of Dogwood trees in bloom invite you to enjoy the Annual Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley this April.  

THIS is the year – don’t miss it!

More info: www.lcsc.edu/dogwood

April Dogwood Festival, Piedmont Park, Atlanta
April 16-18 2010

Spring is here and that can only mean one thing in Atlanta: the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back! The Dogwoods are in bloom, and hundreds of artists from around the country will set up their tents for the 74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival  .  

More info: http://www.dogwood.org

Lilac Festival – Woodland, Washington
April 17–May 9 2010

There are four acres of lilacs and many other flowers, shrubs and exotic trees at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, about 30 minutes north of Portland. Gardens are open to the public daily year-round but the historic farmhouse is open for tours only during the festival. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

More info: www.lilacgardens.com

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival – Wenatchee, Washington
April 22–May 2 2010

This year's theme: Cruzin' Through the Decades

Apple Blossom on the Ave. is BACK…Events include: Verizon Wireless' “Rock on the Ave.” Saturday, May 1 at the Wenatchee Convention Center, Seattle’s hottest dance band…Stripped will play at 9pm, doors open at 8.  Drink Specials from 8-10pm and the outdoor beer garden is sponsored by Miller Lite.  Wristbands are $5 and can be purchased online at appleblossom.org or at the door.  

Grab you friends (21 and over only) and don’t miss this great event…everyone will be there to “Rock the Ave.”  

More info:  www.appleblossom.org

McDowell Mountain Music Festival – Scottsdale, Arizona
April 23–25 2010

The Festival took off in April of 2004 as an endeavor to bring real music back to Arizona while getting the community together for a great cause: our children

Each year, the festival brings together a number of bands from a wide variety of genres from all over the world to Arizona, and takes place on the last weekend of April every spring. This year's scheduled performers include Trombone Shorty &Orleans Avenue,  Hot Birds & The Chili Sauce, super chikan and more.

Be a part of helping to give back to the community - all proceeds, yes 100%, raised from the Festival are donated to two charities - Phoenix Day Family & Learning Center and Ear Candy.

More info: www.mmmf.net

Discovery Walk Festival – Vancouver, Washington
April 23 - 25, 2010

The Discovery Walk Festival, Vancouver USA is a yearly walking festival sponsored by International Walk Fest and the City of Vancouver, Washington to foster international friendship.  We expect to greet walkers and military units from a dozen different nations.  

The event is sanctioned by the ML Walking Association as one of their program of yearly walking events around the world.  Walkers earn credit towards awards as an International Master Walker.  It is also sanctioned by the IVV for volkssport credit toward lifelong achievement awards

More info: www.discoverywalk.org

Okanagan Spring Wine Festival – British Columbia, Canada
April 30–May 9 2010

The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is a perfect marriage of wine and culinary tourism. For the first ten days in May each year, it offers a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves fabulous wine accompanied by fine cuisine. And what better way to announce the grape growing season than to hold a Festival during bud break!.

Guests can choose an incredible 100 plus events throughout Okanagan Wine Country at a time of year when it is absolutely delightful to savour Spring in the warm sunshine. The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival has been described as "one of Canada's best small festivals" and it is no wonder that its success continues to grow.

Experience a wide range of culinary treats from light lunches to gourmet dinners served at many fabulous locations, what better way to visit Okanagan Wine Country during the first weekend in May.

A great way to enjoy the spring air by exploring Okanagan Wine Country, tasting the fabulous new wine releases, enjoying fine cuisine and tasting the wines famed around the globe. There are over 100 events to enjoy over the weekend.

More info: www.thewinefestivals.com

The Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic, Nature Valley, Oregon
April 23 - 25 2010

The Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic has been selected to host one of the six races across the country for the Nature Valley Pro Ride! Amateur riders in this years Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic  will have the opportunity to compete for a spot on the Nature Valley Cycling Team.

More info: http://www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com/nvpr/

Northwest Cherry Festival – The Dalles, Oregon
April 21–25 2010    

More info: www.thedalleschamber.com

28th Annual Laughlin River Run, Nevada
April 21–25 2010

More than 60,000 motorcyclists are expected to gather in Laughlin, on the banks of the Colorado River, for a Harley Davidson lifestyle trade show, exhibits, stunt shows, custom bike shows, concerts, a poker run and the Laughlin River Run on historic Route 66  .

More info: www.laughlinriverrun.com

Stockton Asparagus Festival, Stockton, California
April 23-25 2010

In 2008, over 45,000 pounds of delicious asparagus was enjoyed by all. From delicious deep-fried asparagus (45,000 orders), Asparagus Tri-tip Sandwiches (9,000 orders), Asparagus Burritos (4,000 orders), and pasta dishes (8,500 orders), to refreshing drinks and more, the Stockton Asparagus Festival offers bushels of different treats sure to please!

Asparagus Alley is ranked by some of the finest culinary critics in the country as one of the best food festivals in the West. That's because Asparagus Alley offers delicious and unique dishes for all tastes. Come enjoy this truly special celebration of Central Valley's own...asparagus!

More info:  www.asparagusfest.com

Stagecoach Festival, Indio California
April 24-25 2010

Each night beginning at sundown, the High Plains Mixer will host 3 different high profile DJs mashing up country music and spinning the coolest tunes this side of the Rio Grande. Why does a non profit organization like Global Inheritance care about cowboys spinning records. For us, it's less about the music and more about the power source.

Each day at noon, the Cattle Drive will begin over at the High Plain Mixer. Head over and help feed our energy well by riding bikes, bouncing on see saws, turning hand cranks and jogging in hamster wheels.

More info: www.stagecoachfestival.com

Crab and Seafood Festival, Astoria-Warrenton, Oregon
April 23-25 2010

The Astoria Warrenton Crab & Seafood Festival, situated on Oregon’s spectacular north coast, where the Columbia flows into the Pacific, will celebrate its 28th anniversary this year.

Enjoy a great spread of northwest cuisine, myriad arts and crafts, a selection of Oregon and Washington’s finest wineries, the beer garden and more. The Rotary Club of Astoria will be serving their traditional crab dinner all weekend long (price TBD based on Market Value). Live music will be on the stage in the exhibit hall all weekend and we’ll also have musicians at times in the tent.

More info: www.oldoregon.com

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