Come and discover the joy of small-town America by attending one of the many diverse festivals held each year throughout the country. Regardless of if your interest is local food and drink, stunning displays of nature, or arts and cultural offerings, you will find something to suit your fancy at one of the nation’s quaint festivals. Here are four of the best festivals to consider for your next weekend getaway:
TULIP TIME – HOLLAND, MICHIGAN: Nature lovers will delight in the offerings of this charming flower festival. Over 500,000 people descend on the town of Holland each May to honor the state of Michigan’s Dutch heritage. Six million tulip buds are planted all over the town, bringing the area alive with color and fragrant blooms. Since its launch in 1929, the festival has grown to eight days filled with parades, carnival rides, fireworks, and a host of authentic Dutch food and drink options.
MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL – ROCKLAND, MAINE: With a population of only 7,000, the town of Rockland is known as a haven for fresh lobster and its annual August festival that celebrates this delectable treat. Every summer, over 80,000 visitors travel to Rockland to indulge in the more than 25,000 pounds of lobster that are caught fresh in the nearby waters of this coastal area. In addition to consuming copious amounts of fresh lobster prepared in a myriad of ways, festival-goers will enjoy a variety of live musical performances, pageants, parades, and the iconic lobster crate races.
NEWPORT WINTER FESTIVAL – NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: The cold winter months make for the perfect time to take in a cozy festival celebrating the best parts of this season. The quintessential New England town of Newport is the ideal setting for this winter festival, featuring more than 150 events that offer something for everyone in the family. Visitors to this 10-day February festival will love warming up with a warm bowl of chili during the chili cook-off or attending the children’s fair. A trip to Newport is simply the best way to enjoy the charm of the winter season in New England.
HARVEST FAIR – SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA: Wine enthusiasts will not want to miss the chance to take in some of Sonoma County’s best adult beverages and farm-to-table foods at this classy festival. The Harvest Fair takes place every October in the heart of California wine country, delivering glorious weather and the chance to expand your palate. Featuring delicious local cuisine partnered with wine from more than 100 producers, The Tasting Pavilion is the highlight of this unique seasonal festival experience. The festival also offers cooking demos and seminars, designed to inform and entertain at the same time. Be sure to make time to watch the World Championship Grape Stomp, where teams of two work together to crush grapes in a barrel using only their bare feet.