We LOVE a festival! Tag the word “fest” on the end of anything and we’re there! Here are 12 of the wildest, wackiest, over-the-top or just plain fabulous celebrations that we’ve seen!
Bean Fest and Outhouse Races
The aroma of beans and outhouses fill the mountain air — it’s time for the Bean Fest and Great Championship Outhouse Races.
Where: Mountain View, Arkansas
Highlights: Bean cook-off (attendees eat for free!), costumed booths, outhouse races, the best mountain music you will ever hear!
Eight decades of tulips. EIGHTY years. This is no amateur operation; this is serious stuff. It’s Tulip Time in Holland (Michigan), and when it comes to festivals, these people don’t mess around.
Where: Holland, Michigan
Highlights: A ridiculous amount of tulips, amazing authentic Dutch Dancing, fatballs, traditional costumes, the Wooden Shoe-Be-Do, street scrubbing, international music acts, three parades. More info
The Broom Corn Festival
We never expected to find a fest dedicated to something that we had never heard of… so there was no way we could pass up The Broom Corn Festival.
Where: Arcola, Illinois
Highlights: The Lawn Rangers precision lawn mowing team, The National Broom Sweeping Contest, broom making exhibit, Broom Corn Festival Parade, bacon dipped in chocolate. More info
The Courir de Mardi Gras
Courir de Mardi Gras, translates to Fat Tuesday Run and traces its origins back to medieval France and the feast of begging.
When: Fat Tuesday
Where: Church Point, Louisiana
Highlights: Dancing on horseback, early morning drinking, chicken chasing, tree climbing, drinking, great Cajun music, parade, drinking. More info
Oysterfest is an oyster-eatin’, beer-drinkin’, music-listenin’-to and two-steppin’ raucous good time. Moreover, Austin’s festivals are also the best to experience such music, food, culture, and other local activities.
Where: Fulton, Texas
Highlights: Raw oyster eating contest, live music, dancing, midway and rides, parade, booths. More info
The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where can you have the most fun in the shortest distance? The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
When: St. Patrick’s Day
Where: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Highlights: Wacky celebrity Grand Marshalls, International Order of Irish Elvi, a kazoo marching band, bar hopping. More info
The Manatee Festival
The Orange City / Blue Springs Manatee Festival has been raising funds and awareness for 28 years.
Where: Orange City, Florida
Highlights: Wildlife exhibits, craft booths, music, bus ride to Blue Springs State Park for manatee viewing. More info
Magic Week Festival
The “Magic Capital of the World” is not where you’d think. Magic Week Festival is in a little burg of 1,200 people – with a surprising history of magical proportions.
Where: Colon, Michigan
Highlights: Magic shows, street magic, tours of magic shops, late night drinking in the bars with magicians. More info
commemorates the culture of the Gullah People of the Southeastern US Sea Islands, past and present.
Where: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Highlights: Gullah Ooman (woman) Kitchen, Freedom Day Parade, Ol’ Fashion Gullah Breakfast, liturgical dancing, demonstrations, historical lectures. More info
The Dungeness Crab Fest
On the northern coast of Washington, the The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is definitely the place to be for any decapod-chowing seafood lover.
Where: Port Angeles, Washington
Highlights: Grab-a-crab Derby, Crab Feed, food vendors, located in the town where Twilight‘s Bella bought her prom dress. More info
The Testicle Festival celebrates the Rocky Mountain Oyster, is not for the kiddies, and no doubt could not go on within the city limits.
Where: Clinton, Montana
Highlights: Eating Rocky Mountain Oysters, using inappropriate adjectives, drinking, drinking, and a bit more drinking. More info
The Marathon Seafood Festival
The Marathon Seafood Festival features amazing, fresh local seafood slung out of booths on paper plates for dirt cheap.
Where: Marathon Key, Florida
Highlights: Eating, music, art booths, watching kids crash into each other in giant bubbles. More info
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YOUR TURN: Have you been to any of these? Which would be first on your list? Any that we’ve missed?