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10 Festivals to Welcome Spring Across the U.S.

Spring is finally starting to make an appearance. The cold climates and bare branches are starting to trade places with warmer weather, full green trees, and bright sunshine. This season is my absolute favorite. It’s a time to get the family out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh blooms. I’m apparently not the only one who gets a rush from this season; these spring festivals are all about saying “goodbye winter, and hello spring!”

Check out the 10 festivals to welcome spring across the U.S. here …

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  • DC Cherry Blossom Festival 2 of 11
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    The DC Cherry Blossom Festival is a great way to celebrate the coming of spring.  This festival will be going on from March 20-April 13 and most of the events are free. Enjoy food and entertainment here, too.

     

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  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival 3 of 11
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    The 78th Atlanta Dogwood Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia from April 11-13 is a place for celebrating the coming of spring through art and creativity.  See the diversity of the world with traditional dances on the International Stage, and view the artwork of local students from 60 different schools. 

     

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  • Swallows’ Day Parade 4 of 11
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    On March 22nd, rain or shine, you can find people parading down the street at the Swallows' Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano, California. This year will be the 56th annual parade, and it's sure to have lots of entertainment to celebrate the swallows making their way back home in spring. 

     

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  • Tulip Festival 5 of 11
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    The Tulip Festival is held in Albany's Historic Washington Park from May 10- 11. You can surely get into the spirit of spring after you walk by the 100,000 tulips that will be in bloom for this festival.

     

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    The Tulip Time Festival in Pella, Iowa from May 1-3 has been celebrated since 1935 and continues on. Its a three-day event celebrating Dutch culture with Dutch foods, costumed wood dancers, and street vendors selling Dutch pancake puffs, poffertjes.

     

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  • Bluebonnet Festival 7 of 11
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    From April 11-13, you can celebrate the bloom of the bluebonnets in Burnet, Texas at the Bluebonnet Festival. You know you will be getting a real show when you are seeing them at the "Bluebonnet Capital of Texas." 

     

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  • International Cherry Blossom Festival 8 of 11
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    Macon, Georgia is known as "The Cherry Blossom Capital of the World." There will be no doubt that spring has arrived once the 300,000 cherry blossoms appear downtown over the festival's course, from March 21-30th.

     

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  • Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival 9 of 11
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    The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia takes place from April 25-May 4 and is packed with events. See the parade, take part in the 10K race, enjoy carnival games, a circus, and so much more — all in the name of spring. 

     

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  • Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers 10 of 11
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    The warmer spring climates help the thousands of tulips, daffodils, and other flowers bloom at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina from March 20-May 23. There are many special events held to celebrate spring, such as horseback rides, hiking, and a special dinner surrounded by spring flowers.

     

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  • Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning Festival 11 of 11
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    To welcome spring, sailors have a tradition of burning their socks, in hopes of warmer weather and don't wear them again until the fall hits. Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning in Annapolis, Maryland on March 22nd does a great job of celebrating this tradition.

     

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Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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