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Discover what a turn-of-the-century maritime Christmas was like when San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents its annual maritime Christmas programs on Dec. 14, 2013.

The first program, Christmas At Sea on Hyde Street Pier, offers unique family fun for all, starting at 3 p.m.
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Denver officially begins celebrating Mile High Holidays over Thanksgiving Weekend as the Grand Illumination of downtown Denver sees more than 600,000 twinkling lights throughout downtown turned on for the first time.

The lights will provide a sparkling backdrop to a weekend in Denver full of shopping, seasonal events and great hotel deals. Here are 10 highlights of Thanksgiving Weekend in Denver. For more Mile High Holiday Weekend events and information, go to
MileHighHolidays.com.
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Celebrate Native American culture at the fourth annual American Indian Arts Fest at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Demonstrations, exhibits, and sales of a variety of artistic and cultural items will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Visitors will be able to admire and purchase musical instruments, paintings, jewelry and beadwork, pottery, baskets, katchinas, gourd art, and music CDs.
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Celebrate fall at Homestead National Monument of America at Beatrice, Nebraska on Nov. 9, 2013, by helping the monument harvest prairie seed and learn about the diversity of the tallgrass prairie.

Starting at 1 p.m., visitors are asked to come to the Education Center to help gather prairie grass seeds. The locally collected native prairie seed will be used in maintenance and restoration projects. The harvest will begin with a short orientation at the Education Center where visitors will learn about the species that are to be collected.
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For many Americans, November evokes thoughts of food, family and good cheer. With that in mind, on Nov. 15, 2013, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, will host a Family Fun Day that will be all about food.

"Tasty Traditions" invites attendees to share stories, swap recipes, sample some great western food and gain a better understanding of several aspects of our Western heritage through food. The event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m.
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The small town of Coarsegold, located less than half an hour south of Yosemite's southern entrance in California's Sierra foothills, is prepping for the 15th annual Coarsegold Tarantula Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

In what serves as a prime example of a unique, small-town event, the annual festival celebrates the tarantulas that come out of their burrows each fall to find a mate, before hunkering back down for the winter. The arachnids' emergence serves as a forecaster for cooler temperatures and rain in the coming week, and is a reason to celebrate for local townsfolk.
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Brewfest 2013, Sheridan County, Wyoming's annual shindig featuring regionally brewed beer from more than 14 micro breweries, will take place Sept. 7 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Whitney Plaza in the historic Western downtown area.

Hosted by the
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, visitors will enjoy six hours of fun, entertainment, great food, and, of course, beer tasting. Participants can pick up their wristbands, official Brewfest sampling glass and voting token at the main event tent and then enjoy beer sampling. Tickets are $25 per person.
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Bruce Lee, an important icon for both Chinese and Americans alike, will be honored during Los Angeles Chinatown's historic 75th Anniversary celebration on June 15, 2013, to be held in conjunction with L.A. Chinatown's popular annual series, Chinatown Summer Nights (www.chinatownsummernights.com).

The event will include a banquet at the iconic Golden Dragon Restaurant and the ground breaking for Bruce Lee's statue in Central Plaza on the evening of June 15, 2013. The dedication will begin at 7:45 p.m.
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The California Capital Airshow (CCA), one of the nation's largest and most-respected air shows, has announced a robust and varied performer's roster for 2013, set for Oct. 5-6 at Mather Airport in Sacramento.

The airshow will feature spine-tingling performances including headliner, the Royal Canadian Air Force Jet Demonstration Team, known as the Snowbirds.
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The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) will celebrate its 92nd annual Santa Fe Indian Market on Aug. 17-18, 2013.

This spectacular festival brings more than 150,000 persons to Santa Fe every August with its unique, exciting and inspiring events. From families with young children to avid art collectors, Santa Fe Indian Market attracts visitors from all walks of life.
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Begun more than 120 years ago as a parade to honor the heroes from the battle of the Alamo and San Jacinto, the City of San Antonio, Texas will be celebrating Fiesta San Antonio from April 18 to 28, 2013.

The annual 11-day celebration of San Antonio's rich Western history, culture and heritage has grown into a citywide celebration with more than 100 official events.
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MarsFest 2013, a three-day annual science festival for all ages and interest levels, will be held March 1 through March 3, 2013 at Death Valley National Park in California.

MarsFest 2013 will feature guest lectures by planetary scientists; field trips to other-worldly sites in the park, an Expo with information booths, instrument demonstrations, kids' activity tables, and ranger talks/guided hikes for novice space explorers.
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More than 50 Western poets, musicians and musical groups from the U.S. and Canada, performing on seven stages at four different venues, will gather Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 2013, in Elko, Nevada for the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Produced by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the nation's greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions.
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Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration, opens July 22, 2011 and organizers promise 10 days of fun and excitement, with evening entertainment provided by a range of top artists such as Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Mötley Crüe.

Marking its 115th anniversary, Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) will run July 22-31, and the Wyoming extravaganza will feature parades, Native American dancing and storytelling, a carnival midway and a performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team.
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Whale Festivals featuring wine, beer and chowder tasting, whale watching walks, a run/walk, crafts fair and wildlife art displays are planned during the first three weekends of March 2013 on Northern California's ruggedly beautiful Mendocino Coast.

Details of the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce-sponsored events can be found at
MendoWhale.com.
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The Old West will come alive once again Jan. 12 and 13, 2013,as more than a dozen Western re-enactment groups from as far away as Colorado and Oklahoma ride into Yuma, Arizona for the Gathering of the Gunfighters showdown at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park.

For spectators, the fun is seeing Western lore unfold in person with lots of shoutin' and shootin' - and no doubt, some prolonged and dramatic "death scenes." And while there weren't regular gun battles at the fearsome Territorial Prison, the setting adds to the atmosphere.
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Another season of Silver Dollar City's World Fest got underway April 7, 2011 at the Branson,Mo.-theme park with guests to the 1880s theme park enjoying performers from all around the globe who bring their music, dance, culture and foods to middle America.

"World-Fest literally brings the world within reach of so many people. The camaraderie among performers, and the interaction with guests, especially kids, really opens your eyes to how important it is to bring authentic cultures to America's heartland," said Janet Oller, Director of Marketing for Silver Dollar City Attractions.
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Visitors to Scottsdale, Arizona can get a rare glimpse into the Native American nations that span the Southwest during the 11th season of Native Trails, presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

During these free noontime festivals Jan. 17 through April 6, 2013, attendees will be enthralled by Native American song and dance performances that showcase traditional instruments, customary attire and colorful stories.
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The French Quarter will be alive with revelers for the 2013 New Orleans New Year's Eve bash, and officials are expecting a crowd nearing the 50,000 mark with parties spread throughout the Vieux Carre.

Local restaurants will serve up Reveillon dinners, while bars will be decorated "with bells on" to ring in the New Year.
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The annual Evening of Lights observance, featuring a winter solstice alignment, 2,000 glowing luminarias, and holiday treats, will be held on Dec. 19, 2012, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico.

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and marks the official start of winter. It is still an important time of ceremony for many Native American people.
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