Festival Heaven: Sails, Chefs, Outside Lands, Balloons and the 16th Century

August 20, 2008

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…


San Diego is a fairly idyllic place what with its beautiful coastline and predictably pleasant weather. So it’s not really a hard sell to get you out to its Festival of Sail, which starts today at the San Diego Maritime Museum. A $20 souvenir passport gets you on board the participating ships, and the Parade of Ships begins at 10 a.m.


We hope you didn’t thaw anything for dinner tonight because it’s time for the Easter Seals South Florida 20th Annual Festival of Chefs at the Miami Conrad Hotel. Participating restaurants include Atrio at Level 25, Anacapri on Ponce, Brochettes, Nobu, Oceanaire, Ortanique on the Mile, Preston’s Brasserie and We Take The Cake. A signature painting by artist MANO will be auctioned at the event also.


Even Dooce is heading to Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park this weekend. Check out the lineup and tell us you don’t want to clear whatever it is you had scheduled. We know we want to clear ours! Even if school is starting across the land, parents just want to have fun. If you already have your tickets, well then you obviously didn’t need to read this entry.


What is it with kids and balloons? We don’t know exactly, something about bright colors and things that float but the best balloons of all are hot air balloons which tickle kids and their grownups. This weekend is the Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival at Chatfield State Park near Denver. If you get there early enough (as in the 6 a.m. hour), you can go on one of two morning mass ascension flights and all it costs is the $7 state park fee!


The Mount Hope Estate is the host of the ever-huge Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire which boasts more than 90 shows per day, some for kids and some for adults (these are clearly marked in the program guide). Now in its 28th year, they’ve got the 16th century down pat with jousting exhibitions, sword swallowing and a village glass blower. Of course this faire serves Elizabethan fare like steak-on-a-stake and the ubiquitous turkey leg.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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