Art by the beach

DELAWARE The Third Annual Dewey Beach Art Festival is May 10, outdoors on the bayside of Dagsworthy Avenue in the center of town. Beach fun, live music, food, events for the kids, and, of course, plenty of art.

Best of barbecue

MARYLAND Pork in the Park is May 9-11 in Salisbury, Md., and is the largest sanctioned Kansas City barbecue competition east of the Mississippi. Family fun is served with barbecue that rules the day.

Island paradise

VIRGINIA The PANorama Carribean Music Fest, featuring steel pan music, is May 9-10 in Virginia Beach. Caribbean food, the Virginia Beach oceanfront, and more of the best of the islands.



Monument reopens

WASHINGTON, D.C. The 555-foot Washington Monument, one of the nation's most popular tourist attractions, reopens on May 12. The monument to our first president has been closed since August 23, 2011, when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake left at least 150 cracks in it.

Music by the beach

NEW YORK The 5th Annual Montauk Music Festival on Long Island is the place to be May 15-May 18 for independent artists and music lovers.

Money, money, money

PENNSYLVANIA The spring coin show of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists is May 8-10 at the Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd, Monroeville. The show features 130 tables of coin displays, from the rare to the unusual.

Bands and brews

NORTH CAROLINA The North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival is May 10 in Huntersville. The state's best and most inventive brewers bring their beers to accompany a full lineup of "real music."

Classic cars

NEW JERSEY Classic cars are on display May 9-11 on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, including the "Boardwalk Top 40."

Irish celebration

PENNSYLVANIA Nonstop Celtic music on two stages, a bagpipers' parade, food aplenty, and Irish step dancers fill the weekend at the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area May 24-25.

Walking full

DELAWARE Eat your way through Rehoboth through specialty food shops, outdoor venues, and some of the city's best restaurants. Every Sunday and Friday through October 26.