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25 Weird and Wonderful Summer Festivals in 50 states (Part 1)

We are working our way alphabetically through the 50 states to showcase some of the summer festivals America has to offer. Whether you are looking for a different local activity in your state, or any interesting reason for a road trip, we’ve got you covered America.

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  • Spirit of America Festival, Decatur, AL 2 of 26
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    Free patriotic festival with children's activities, live music, a pageant, and fireworks display on July 4.
    Check it out at Spirit of America Festival.

  • Solar Fair, Haines, AK 3 of 26
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    Four days of music and entertainment, contests, attractions, and exhibits from July 25-28.
    Find out more at Southeast Alaska State Fair.

  • Outdoor Festival, Mormon Lake, AZ 4 of 26
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    Mormon Lake Lodge hosts an outdoor festival with fishing, archery, shooting, and lots of outdoor information on June 8.
    Check it out at National Get Outdoors Day.

  • Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs, AR 5 of 26
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    International musicians come to perform 21 concerts and open rehearsals from June 2-15.
    Find out more at Hot Springs Music Festival.

  • California Wine Festival, Santa Barbara, CA 6 of 26
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    Three days of wine tastings on the beach and at sunset on July 18-20.
    Find out more at California Wine Festival.

  • Food & Wine Classic, Aspen, CO 7 of 26
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    Live music, celebrity chefs, amazing food in beautiful Aspen on June 14-16.
    Spotted at Food & Wine.

  • Cajun Zydeco Festival, Preston, CT 8 of 26
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    Cajun music, food, and dancing from Connecticut.
    Find out more at WCCT.

  • Firefly Music Festival, Dover, DE 9 of 26
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    Three days of unforgettable music featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, Foster the People, and more.
    Find out more at Firefly Music Festival.

  • Englewood Pirate Festival, Englewood, FL 10 of 26
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    This is a family pirate themed event with period merchants, shows, and a treasure hunt.
    Find out more at Visit Florida.

  • Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race, Helen, GA 11 of 26
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    Hot Air Balloons race from the Alpine Village to I-95, but there are flights available for a one of a kind ballooning experience.
    Find out more at Helen Balloon Race.

  • Ukulele Festival, Oahu, HI 12 of 26
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    This festival celebrates the unique sound of the ukulele with live performances, food, and activities.
    Find out more at Discover Hawaii Tours.

  • Cherry Festival, Emmett, ID 13 of 26
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    Enjoy a cherry bake off and pie eating contest along with concerts and carnival events.
    Find out more at Emmett Chamber of Commerce.

    Photo Credit: Emmett Cherry Festival

  • Air and Water Show, Chicago, IL 14 of 26
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    Be entertained with aerobatic acts on water and in the sky.
    Find out more at Enjoy Illinois.

  • Abraham Lincoln Freedom Festival, Santa Claus, IN 15 of 26
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    Celebrate our 16th President with fireworks and live music.
    Find out more at Santa Claus Indiana.

  • Backbone Bluegrass Festival, Dundee, IA 16 of 26
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    Enjoy bluegrass bands, jamming, workshop sessions and jam camp for three days full of bluegrass.
    Find out more at Backbone Bluegrass.

  • Beef Empire Days, Garden City, KS 17 of 26
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    Celebrate the beef industry and learn about the cattle business while enjoying a rodeo, parade, and various beefy events.
    Find out more at Beef Empire Days Rodeo.

  • Spin-a-Yarn Storytelling Festival, Louisville, KY 18 of 26
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    Listen to storytelling and enjoy bluegrass music, weaving and spinning demonstrations, a blacksmith, and historical cabin tours..
    Find out more at Little Loomhouse.

  • New Orleans Oyster Festival, New Orleans, LA 19 of 26
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    Oyster centric competitions where eating and shucking oysters benefit the community, fishers, and their families.
    Find out more at NOLA.

  • Old Port Festival, Portland, ME 20 of 26
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    Come to downtown Portland for music, arts and crafts, food, and kid's activities.
    Find out more at Maine Info.

  • Havre de Grace Seafood Festival, Havre de Grace, MD 21 of 26
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    Experience the taste of Chesapeake Bay while enjoying music, arts and crafts, a silent auction, and more.
    Find out more at Havre de Grace Seafood Festival.

  • Beers for Good, Fitchburg, MA 22 of 26
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    A festival dedicated to craft brewers and the beer lover with all proceeding going to charity.
    Find out more at Beers for Good.

  • Theo & Stacy’s Greek Festival, Kalamazoo, MI 23 of 26
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    Spend three days in Greece without leaving Michigan with food, entertainment, and family fun.
    Find out more at Kalamazoo Greek Festival.

  • Turtle Races, Longville, MN 24 of 26
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    Family fun throughout the summer with $3 turtle races, dance contests, and hula-hoop contests.
    Find out more at Explore Minnesota.

  • Elvis Festival, Tupelo, MS 25 of 26
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    Celebrate in the birthplace of Elvis with hundreds of impersonators and lots of music and art centered around the king.
    Find out more at Tupelo Elvis Festival.

  • Air & Art Fair, Webster Groves, MO 26 of 26
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    Outdoor fair with art exhibits and tents with family oriented art making like calligraphy, clay pots, and much more.
    Find out more at WCAF.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, 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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