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What: Animal Aid Concert
When: March 25, 2-7 p.m.
Where: The Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.
With more than 15 musical acts, a dozen animal-friendly exhibitors, a variety of delicious vegan foods, a hot-sauce eating contest, a hula-hoop contest, and a benefit auction, this event benefits different animal rights organizations and is all about music, meals, merriment, and making a difference.
What: 12th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival
When: October 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
More Info: 617-424-8846
With more than 100 animal-friendly exhibitors, free samples of new vegetarian foods, loads of exciting animal rights educational displays, cooking demos by award-winning chefs, lectures by top national speakers, a children's activity center, and "show special" discounts, this blowout in "Bean Town" offers something for everyone.
What: 2007 Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival
When: September 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Lee Park
This free outdoor event is one of the largest vegetarian festivals in the country-with more than 100 exhibitors and between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors every year. It features restaurant booths, compassionate-living exhibitors, a dog and cat adoption fair, games for the kids, and fundraising activities for a spay/neuter project.
What: Metro Detroit's Great American Meatout 2007
When: March 18, 12 noon-5 p.m.
Where: Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest St.
More Info: 1-877-778-3464
Help yourself to free food samples as well as food from local vegetarian-friendly restaurants, presentations about the benefits of a meatless diet, free literature, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and much, much more.
What: EarthSave Louisville Taste of Health Festival
When: May 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Slugger Field
More Info: www.louisville.earthsave.org (organization's Web site)
www.hphpfunfest.org (2006 festival Web site)
This festival is sponsored by EarthSave, whose mission is to educate the public "about the powerful effects our food choices have on the environment, our health, and all life on Earth" and encourage "a shift toward a healthy, plant-based diet." The event features an extensive restaurant sampling fair, keynote addresses by renowned speakers, a special family program, a bookstore, and many interesting exhibits and cooking demos.
What: Maui's 3rd Annual Veganfest
When: November 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Kahului Community Center, 275 Uhu St.
With lectures on vegan health and nutrition by holistic physicians, soothing meditation music, vegan food samples from companies like Vitasoy and Tofurky, organic fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers, live cooking demonstrations by Maui's famous chefs, educational literature, and an array of nonleather merchandise and cruelty-free cosmetics, this festival is all about promoting compassionate living and a healthy lifestyle.
What: Maine Animal Coalition's 3rd Annual Vegetarian Food Festival
When: April 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Salt Gallery, 110 Exchange St.
Speakers, catered vegan food, vegan product samples, educational displays, and a raffle are just some of the things awaiting you at this fun festival!
What: VegFest 2007: A Compassionate Living Fair
When: May 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Reggie Benson High School, 546 N.E. 12th Ave.
More Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample a variety of different foods and peruse a mountain of animal-friendly merchandise and interesting exhibits while enjoying the entertainment, classes, workshops, cooking demos, and family activities.
San Francisco, California
What: 8th Annual Award-Winning World Vegetarian Weekend Celebration
When: September 29-30
Where: Golden Gate Park
Prepare to enjoy two full days of good fun, great food, and awesome entertainment. This impressive festival in the heart of Golden Gate Park features tons of top-notch speakers, an organic athlete conference, lots of international vegan foods to sample and buy, a host of healthy cooking demos, an eco-fashion show, a children's corner, and lively entertainment from around the world.
What: 14th Annual Vegetarian & Compassionate Living Festival
When: November 4, 12 noon-3:30 p.m.
Where: Phillippi Estate Park Mansion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trl.
Veggie burgers and veggie dogs with all the trimmings, salads, fruits, and free samples of vegetarian food prepared by local restaurants are just some of the many munchies on the menu. The festival also offers lots of live music, a raffle, and an array of cruelty-free vendors.
What: Vegfest 2007
When: March 24-25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall
Taste more than 500 free food samples, see cooking demos by chefs from across the country, hear the latest trends in nutrition from a variety of speakers, choose from a wide selection of animal-friendly books, and check out the free health screenings and face painting at this huge festival.
Syracuse, New York
What: Veg Fest '07
When: August 25-26
Where: Syracuse Inner Harbor
More Info: email@example.com
Benefiting the Community Animal Project-a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping animals and reducing their suffering-this two-day festival includes an adopt-a-thon and is packed full of speakers, musical entertainment, film screenings, and cruelty-free vendors.
[via HelpingAnimals.com // Travel // The Best Vegetarian Festivals in the U.S.]