Monthly Archives: March 2011

World-Fest Brings International Cultures to Branson’s Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City is getting ready to host the annual World-Fest celebration starting on April 7th and continuing until May 8th. This event is known as America’s Largest International Festival and offers a variety of interesting performances from talented showmen and women from around the world. The Russian State Circus, Canadian Powerhouse world-champion ship fiddlers and step-dancers, and the Rhythms of Rajasthan from India are just a few of the exciting performances you can expect to see at Silver Dollar City during this festival. You can even get a sample of foods from around the world at the special Tastes of the World exhibit. It’s an event that is designed to educate and entertain people of all ages, so bring your whole family along for this adventure!

If you’re interested in continuing your exploration of other cultures and talents outside of Silver Dollar City, make sure to see the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus. The Acrobats of China offer a stunning display of performance art that showcases their unique flexibility, agility, and strength. Dancing, contortion acts, juggling, aerial ballet, and a trapeze act are just the beginning of what this unique show has to offer. The exotic and rare talents featured in this show are family-friendly, so everyone can come and enjoy this show.

You don’t have to end your cultural adventure with the Acrobats of China. You can continue your exploration of different cultures at Yakov’s Dinner Adventure. This dinner and show combination brings you the talents of a 200 year old show formerly known as the Moscow Circus. You will be thrilled by strongmen, animal performers, clowns, and unicyclists throughout this performance. Each of the performers is considered a master of their particular act, so you’re certain to see some impressive displays. Your show also includes traditional Russian menu items such as pierogi, a puff pastry with potatoes, cheese, and onion inside, and kukuruski soup, a creamy corn chower. Between the dinner and the meal, you’re certain to get a real look at Russian culture and heritage!

Grand Ole Opry Performances for April 1 and 2

Please Note: The Grand Ole Opry does not release final lineups until the Wednesday prior to each performance. This list will be updated weekly as new performers are confirmed and added to the lineup.
The following performances will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House:

 

  • Mike Snider
  • Jimmy C Newman
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • Jimmy Dickens
  • Jim Ed Brown
  • Mel Tillis
  • Bill Anderson
  • Jan Howard
  • Jack Greene
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
  • Connie Smith
  • Daily & Vincent
  • and more
  • Jimmy Dickens
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • John Conlee
  • Jean Shepard
  • Henry Cho
  • Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
  • Opry Square Dancers
  • Bill Anderson Riders in the Sky
  • Darryl Worley
  • and more

Fiesta San Antonio Promises Fun for Families This April

You can gain unique insight into San Antonio culture during your springtime getaway by including Fiesta San Antonio in your vacation plans. This incredible event, which takes place April 7-17 in venues all around the city, will provide you with exciting parades, festivals, parties and activities for ten whole days. At Fiesta San Antonio, you can enjoy a flower show at the Woman’s Club of San Antonio, enjoy delicious food at the Oyster Bake at St. Mary’s University Campus or catch the King William Fair & Parade in the King William Historic District. There are multiple exciting events going on each day of Fiesta San Antonio, so it’s the perfect time to plan your vacation!

The River Walk in San Antonio is a must-see attraction, and you can get great views of the San Antonio landmarks from the River Walk by taking a Rio San Antonio River Walk Cruise. This exciting tour takes you aboard a tour boat, where you will see attractions like The Alamo, La Villita and San Fernando Cathedral as you float down the river. This tour covers about 2.5 miles and is fully narrated, so you will also get inside information about San Antonio’s best-loved landmarks that you will see. Your experience on your Rio San Antonio River Walk Cruise will provide you with plenty of fond memories of your San Antonio vacation!

Springtime brings in baseball season, and during your vacation in San Antonio, you can experience a San Antonio Missions baseball game and enjoy hours of fun. San Antonio Missions games aren’t just about baseball, as you can enjoy a variety of activities like dot races, sumo football and other friendly competitions. Kids love chasing Henry the Puffy Taco and the Ballapeno around the stadium while their parents enjoy cheering on the San Antonio Missions as they play a great game. For a great time enjoying America’s favorite past time, reserve your tickets for a San Antonio Missions game today!

Celebrate Literary Great Eudora Welty in New Orleans!

During your vacation in New Orleans, you can celebrate a literary legend by attending Eudora Welty’s 102nd Birthday Celebration. This fabulous event will take place at the gorgeous historic Hotel Monteleone on April 13th. At the event, you will get to view the film “The Purple Hat,” which was based on Eudora Welty’s short story by the same name. You will also get to experience a Purple Hat Fashion Show and enjoy delicious cupcakes. The hotel’s Carousel Bar is the place where Welty wrote her famous short story, so be sure to check it out while you are at the celebration!

During your vacation in New Orleans, you may want to see some unique wildlife, and your visit to the Audobon Zoo will provide you with great opportunities to see gorgeous animals like white tigers, zebras, and jaguars. You will also get to see some of nature’s largest animals like Asian elephants and hippopotami. The zoo is home to quite a few endangered species, so you may get to see a fascinating animal that you have never seen before. If you love animals, be sure to include a visit to the Audobon Zoo in your vacation plans!

If you want to see many of the popular attractions in New Orleans without breaking the bank, you can save money and still see it all by purchasing a New Orleans Power Pass. This great pass grants you admission to more than 45 popular attractions like the National WWII Museum, the Oak Valley Plantation, The New Orleans Botanical Garden and the French Quarter Walking Tour. The pass is available in one, two, three and five day increments and will be a great way to see all you want to see in New Orleans while saving money for souvenirs.

Bring Your Family to the YFS Kids Fair Near Mount Rushmore!

If you are planning a spring getaway to the Mount Rushmore area with your children, your whole family can enjoy attending the YFS Kids Fair. This wonderful event, which takes place April 15 -17 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, will provide you with three full days of family fun. At the YFS Kids Fair, you can enjoy entertainment, bouncing on inflatables and taking part in a variety of hands-on activities like crafts. There will be all types of entertainment at the fair, and many local businesses and community organizations will be on-hand at the fair to show kids how the city works.

While you are visiting the Mount Rushmore area, you will want to learn more about the American Presidents whose likenesses are carved into the Mount Rushmore monument. Your visit to the National Presidential Wax Museum will provide you with an in-depth look at each president of the United States, from our first president, George Washington, to our current president, Barack Obama. Each President is represented with a life-like wax replica and historical information about world events that happened while each president was in office. The whole family is sure to love this fascinating attraction!

After exploring attractions in the Mount Rushmore area, you and your family will be ready for some outdoor recreational activities, and you will have a blast at Holy Terror Mini Golf. This exciting miniature golf course provides you with 18 holes of fabulous family fun. Partake in healthy competition and see who can get a hole-in-one while avoiding the carefully placed obstacles and hills in this fun golf course. This course is located next door to the Presidential Wax Museum, so it’s in the perfect location for fun after visiting educational attractions!

Don’t Miss the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis!

If you are planning a getaway to Memphis this spring, you won’t want to miss the annual Beale Street Music Festival that takes place in Tom Lee Park April 29 – May 1. This exciting event will give you the opportunity to see legendary musical artists live in concert while hearing new musicians that are bound to become favorites. This year boasts an impressive line-up including Jerry Lee Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Wilco, Cake and Ludacris. This festival has a long history of pleasing crowds each year, so you are sure to have a great time hearing some fabulous music!

During your stay in Memphis, you will want to visit one of the musical attractions in the area. The Gibson Guitar Factory Tour will provide you with a comprehensive view of how the legendary guitars are made. You will see the painstaking detail that goes into the production of each Gibson Guitar, and you will see why these beautiful instruments have been the favorites of greats like Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton. This fascinating tour will be interesting for the entire family, so be sure to include a tour at the Gibson Factory in your vacation plans.

If you are interested in learning about Memphis’ involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, you will love visiting the National Civil Rights Museum during your visit. This incredible museum sits in the very spot that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Inside the museum, you can see valuable artifacts related to Civil Rights events like the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington. This incredible museum is sure to provide you with new insight into the Civil Rights Movement and the people who helped to improve American society by taking part in it.

See The World’s Largest Dinosaurs in the Big Apple This Spring!

There are a variety of great museums and attractions to visit in New York, and you won’t want to miss seeing “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs” at the American Museum of Natural History. This exciting exhibit runs from April 16 until May 26 and features a variety of exhibits about sauropods, the largest dinosaurs. These immense creatures measured up to 150 feet, and you will be fascinated at how they lived, moved and survived during their existence. This exhibit will only be shown for a limited time, so be sure to include “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs” in your vacation plans!

New York is full of unique tours for visitors, and during your visit, you should consider taking Rapper’s Row – The Queens Hip Hop Tour. This great tour is perfect for those that love hip hop music and want to get an up-close and personal view of the industry. On the tour, you will visit iconic locations throughout Queens and midtown Manhattan that have been instrumental in the hip hop industry, like 5 Pointz, Magic Johnson Studios and Jamaica Avenue. You will also get to visit hotspots featured in some of your favorite hip hop music videos. This tour is appropriate for all ages, so bring your whole family along!

After a day full of sightseeing in the Big Apple, you will be ready for a relaxing evening of dining and entertainment at the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament! This spectacular experience provides you with a delicious meal of roasted chicken, herb-basted potatoes and other delicious sides while dazzling you with an impressive show. You will see six valiant knights partake in medieval competitions like jousting and sword fighting to win your favor. You will feel just like you’ve taken a time machine back to medieval times!

Don’t Miss the Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show in Gatlinburg!

If you are planning a springtime getaway to the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area, you won’t want to miss the Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show April 20-23 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This exciting event will provide you with hours of fun perusing unique handcrafted items made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. You are sure to find the perfect souvenir to remember your Smoky Mountains vacation at this great craft show, so plan ahead to bring the entire family!

During your stay in Gatlinburg, you will definitely want to explore some of the educational attractions in the area, and you can learn all about rainforest wildlife at the RainForest Adventure Discovery Zoo. This fabulous attraction features a simulated rainforest ecosystem with fascinating animals like giant tortoises, ringtailed lemurs and venomous snakes that are sure to fascinate you. You will love strolling through the rainforest and admiring the 25-foot waterfall while gorgeous tropical birds fly overhead.

You are sure to work up an appetite while exploring the exciting attractions in Gatlinburg, and you can dine on a delicious meal while admiring priceless rock and roll artifacts at the Hard Rock Café during your visit. The Hard Rock Café is known for its impressive array of music memorabilia, and you can see items like Tom Petty’s harmonica and a red suit that belonged to Buck Owens while dining on delicious American fares like burgers and fries. The whole family is sure to enjoy the experience at the Hard Rock Café, so be sure to include a meal here in your vacation plans!

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s Birthday in Nashville!

When you are planning a spring getaway to Nashville, plan to have a great time at William Shakespeare’s 447th Birthday Celebration at the Nashville Comedy Theater on April 23. This exciting event will provide you with a hilarious evening of Shakespearean-style comedy that will serve as a tribute to the bard. The talented cast of performers at the theater will provide improvisational comedy in the style of Shakespeare to honor and celebrate his incredible literary legacy. Surely thou shalt jest!

After exploring Nashville attractions and hotspots, you may want to enjoy some recreational activities, and you will have a blast at Europa Go Karts and Golf. You can enjoy racing your family and friends on the 1,000 yard track or playing a round of miniature golf for some healthy competition. There are even two different golf courses to choose from! Whether you have a need for speed or would prefer a leisurely round of golf, you are sure to have a great time at Europa Go Karts and Golf!

If you want to get a comprehensive view of Nashville during your visit, you can see all of the most notable attractions by taking the Discover Nashville Tour. This 3.5 hour tour will take you by important Nashville landmarks like Historic Downtown, Bicentennial Mall, the Parthenon, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. You will even enjoy admission at the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame during the tour, so you will get to see it all during your tour!

Celebrate Celtic Heritage in Las Vegas this April!

There are a variety of exciting events in Las Vegas, and if you are interested in Celtic heritage, you will absolutely love attending the 2011 Las Vegas International Celtic Festival April 15th through April 17th. At the festival, you can experience a kilted golf tournament, Highland Games Tournament, and a variety of other activities like an International Tattoo exhibition. Whether you have Scottish or Irish ancestry or simply enjoy cultural activities, you are sure to have a great time at the International Celtic Festival, so get out your bagpipes and pack your kilt!

All of the spectacular shows and activities in Las Vegas will definitely work up an appetite, and you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at nine different restaurants with the Las Vegas Meal Ticket. This pass is available in 1, 2, 3 and 5 day increments and provides you with three meals per day at your choice of nine popular restaurants like Planet Hollywood, Lombardi’s Romagna Mia, Cheeseburger Las Vegas and Pampas Brazillian Grille. This great pass is an excellent value and is perfect for families!

Your Las Vegas vacation won’t be complete without catching a performance at one of the great shows in the city, and you can hear all of your favorite hits from years gone by at Echoes from the 60s. This impressive production features talented performers sharing their renditions of great hits from Motown, the British Invasion and Woodstock. Whether you feel nostalgic for music from the 60’s or are just discovering the decade’s impressive repertoire, you will have a great time at this fabulous show!