Best Festivals in North America For Travelers
By: Lisa www.townbubble.com
If you are traveling to North America now or in the near future, you should try to experience at least one of their famous festivals. You might be wondering which one are worth seeing, because not all festivals are created equally. Lucky for you, we have composed a list of some of the best festivals in North America!
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
Don’t let the name “New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival” fool you- despite having many famous, spectacular jazz musicians at this down home festival, New Orleans jazz festival also has big headliners like Cyndi Lauper, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Buffet just to name a few. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival happens every year from April 26th until May 5th, and offers so much including great music,great food and just an all around great time to be had by all. They also boast a Louisiana Folk-life Village, and a Native American Village where visitors are able to watch craft demonstrations and enjoy traditional local music. Yet none of this even comes close to the amazing food you are able to sample at this festival. Make sure you taste all of the Louisiana favorites like muffuletta, red beans and rice, po’boys, and craw-fish pie. You won’t regret it! Trust me!
California Strawberry Festival
If you’re a fan of bright red, juicy strawberries, you have got to make the California Strawberry Festival one of your stops. At the California strawberry festival you will engrossed with all of your favorite strawberry-themed foods, such as: strawberry shortcake, chocolate covered strawberries, or just plain strawberries slathered with whipped cream! Other highlights from the strawberry festival includes: cooking demonstrations, a “Life of a Strawberry” exhibit, live music, kids area, and locally made arts and crafts. The California strawberry festival runs annually May 18th -May 19th.
Cinco in the Park
Cinco in the Park is a fiesta celebrating Mexican culture and heritage. While many cities have their own Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Denver undoubtedly has one of the biggest and the best. The Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo commemorates a battle in which the Mexican town of Puebla overcame the French back in 1862. It is also typically called ‘the day of the dead’ because people of Mexican culture send their dead gifts on this big holiday. The festival itself boasts many things, including (but not limited to): music, dancing, a parade, and a Green Chili Bowl Cook-Off. This festival is held May 4th-May 5th.
Nantucket Daffodil Festival
The island of Nantucket celebrates each year’s spring thaw with a colorful Nantucket Daffodil Festival which runs annually April 29th through May 1st. An antique car parade in which the vehicles are bedecked with daffodil blooms takes center stage, along with the daffy hat pageant and the daffy dog parade. After a long, hard, snowy Massachusetts winter, the daffodil blooms are a welcomed sight.
Vidalia Onion Festival
The Vidalia Onion Festival is Georgia’s official state festival. Vidalia Georgia was named after this delicious onion and holds a festival in it’s honor annually April 18th-April 21 st. A few of the Vidalia Onion festival festivities you may encounter include: an air show,concert, onion eating contest, the Miss Vidalia Onion pageant, a rodeo, motorcycle rally, and plenty of onion sapling opportunities! A ‘must sample’ is the sweet vidalia onion rings,which will make your mouth water and your stomach beg you for more!
Burning Man Festival
Black Rock Desert, Nevada
This is probably one of the few festivals that almost everyone has heard about, yet it’s not quite that easy to explain. The Burning Man Festival runs from August 26th through September 2nd, and is a celebration of life’s simpler times. It’s a festival that is part art show, and part experiment in self-expression. The festival’s main event is the burning of wooden effigy.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras is a world famous festival that’s really more like a giant, drunken party. This is not for the faint of hearts of for anyone under age eighteen. Mardi Gras is a carnival! Over a million people join together in New Orleans during February to party together,sample creole delicacies, listen to jazz, and admire the numerous loud, inventive outfits worn by paraders and parade-watchers alike.
We’ve shared the festivals you won’t want to miss while in North America. Some are family friendly, and others are party hardy, but all of them are worth the trip. Which ones have you gone to and what did you think? Or which ones do you most want to visit on your North American trip? Let us know in the comments below!
Author Bio: Lisa is a writer for TownBubble.com which recently featured an article about the U.S Cities With The Best Weather. If you have any questions or comments for Lisa, feel free to connect with her @TownBubble on Twitter.