Beautiful weather for walking San Francisco yesterday. The Ferry Building was alive with people enjoying the weather and the farmers’ market.September 24, 2009
When it come to food festivals, the Indio International Tamale Festival is one of our favorites. Who does not like a yummy tamale?? The Festival is an idea that has grown since 1992 and this is the 25 year celebration. Old Town Indio will be the place to be this Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4. But there is more than just tamales and eating! There is a parade down the main street of Old Town Indio, music, live bands, folk dancing, costumes, entertainment, a kids zone, an art corner and lots of good food! Can’t wait! Hope to see you there! http://www.powerhiking.com
Saturday, December 3rd, is a day of festivities in the Bayside town of Tiburon. There will be wagon rides, ornament decorating, face painting, food, shopping, arts and crafts and Santa! There will be something for every member of the family. The day culminates in the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the corner of Main Street. Come and enjoy the fun! www.powerhiking.com
The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 30th from 7 – 9 pm. Above the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, the giant tree will be illuminated with thousands of lights. With music, entertainment and celebrity stars braving the cold to entertain, it promises to be a fun-filled evening. The Tree Lighting is a wonderful event that has been a tradition since 1933 and thousands will line the sidewalks attempting to get a view. It is also televised. The tree tradition was originally started in 1933 by Depression Era construction workers who put up a small tree and decorated it with cranberries, gum wrappers and tin cans. What many do not know is that on January 9th, when the tree comes down, the tree is milled and treated and the lumber used for Habitat For Humanity. That makes seeing the tree even more special! If you cannot make the Tree Lighting then seeing it at sometime over the holiday season is a must. Giant and brilliant with lights, it is a tradition not to be missed. www.powerhiking.com
We love this time of year as there are wonderful holiday festivals and celebrations across the country. Be sure and check your local newspapers or town websites to find out what fun is happening in your area.
Couple of our favorites are:
Christmas Tree Lighting in San Francisco – It is November 29th at 5 pm at 555 California Street. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this tree lighting ceremony, there will be music and entertainment and it benefits All Stars Helping Kids. Great fun and a good cause!
Tuba Christmas – Sunday December 12 at 3:30 pm at Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. Tuba players of all ages and from all over the world come each year to celebrate this festive event. Filling the plaza under the Christmas tree with sounds of carols and familiar tunes, this musical performance has been a favorite since 1974. You will find tuba holiday concerts across the country and around the world.
Since 1924 New York has had the Thanksgiving Day Parade. A event of fun and excitement for the whole family, thousands brave the cold each year to watch and thousands more enjoy it on TV. The parade originally started with live animals from the city zoo and, taking only a couple of years off during WWII, has evolved to the giant balloons that thrill millions today. It is truly a wonderful family tradition and we are looking forward to it. Hope you can enjoy it too. Happy Thanksgiving! www.powerhiking.com
What fun is the neighborhood Little Free Library! While on a walk in Venice, California, we came upon two neighborhood library boxes in one block. Small little boxes resembling large mail boxes where you can drop off a favorite book or pick up something new to read. They are everywhere! And not just in Venice. They are so friendly and so inviting and such a “neighborly” idea that every neighborhood should have them. What a great way to share a good book or discover a new author. Keep reading and be neighborly!!
Fall is here and the autumn harvest is upon us. Time to celebrate! Every year scenic Half Moon Bay hosts the HALF MOON BAY ART AND PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. This beautiful California coast city is known as the pumpkin capital of the world and for 46 years has celebrated the autumn harvest and pumpkin picking season with the festival on Main Street. Visitors flock from far and wide to partake in the family fun and pick out that very special pumpkin. There is something for everyone – crafts, artists, musicians, pumpkin sculpture, pie eating contests, costume contests, music contests and food. You will find everything from pumpkin pie to pumpkin ice cream to pumpkin soup, even local wineries and breweries. You won’t want to miss the parade down Main Street and the Festival promises to be a treat under beautiful coastal skies surrounded by magnificent coastal scenery. Dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 15 th and 16 th from 9 am to 5 pm. Great fields of orange along the highway will let you know that you are almost there. Have fun!! We are looking forward to it. http://www.powerhiking.com
On a beautiful, sunny, fall day in San Francisco, boats are heading out to enjoy a day on San Francisco Bay under clear blue sky. http://www.powerhiking.com
AVOFEST is 3 days of food, music and family fun. This year’s 30th annual AVOFEST takes place October 7th, 8th, 9th in Carpinteria, California and is free. Featuring everything from antique tractors to the largest avocado contest to the largest vat of guacamole to four different stages of music, this event promises to be entertaining for the entire family. There is the AvoEXPO Tent, a Commercial Marketplace, Festival Merchandise, a Flower Tent featuring local flower growers, a Children’s Venue, an Arts and Crafts Venue and lots of music and entertainment. Visit the website avofest.com for more information, details and directions. See you there! http://www.powerhiking.com
The skyline of San Francisco glows with blue lights in the evening in honor of San Francisco Fleet Week. With a week filled with activities, October 7th – 10th promises to be fun and exciting. There are ship tours, marching bands – even a high school band competition – , art shows, air shows, the Parade of Ships on Friday and, of course, the amazing Blue Angels. Prepare to be in awe as they soar through the skies over the San Francisco Bay, spinning and circling only inches from each other. There is a viewing area on the Marina Green and you can reserve seats online. Sit, watch and enjoy the catered food. San Francisco Fleet Week has been an October tradition in the Bay Area since 1981. It promises to be fun-filled, educational and exciting. Don’t miss it! http://www.powerhiking.com