Traveling full time has its advantages. Not only are we able to pick up and go wherever and whenever, we also get to check out some AMAZING sights across the country. And not just sights, but activities. Some you can’t find anywhere else in the country!
Assuming you haven’t lived under a rock your whole life, you probably know of some kind of festival in your area, or a big name festival (I.E. Sundance Film Festival). But for those who aren’t quite sure, let’s define festival. Wikipedia defines Festival as – celebration that focuses upon a theme, and may run for hours to weeks. The theme of a festival might be an area of interest such as art, or an aspect of the community in which the festival is being held, such as the community’s history or culture. Festivals are often periodical, for example, held annually.
When we decided on this full time RV life, we joined several RV related Facebook groups to get helpful tips and tricks to this life. Several months ago, a lady in one of the group mentioned she wanted to put together a list of festivals across the country that her and her husband should visit. Apparently there is a Bacon Festival in Pennsylvania?!?! Sorry… Squirrel! … She got quite a response with a wide variety of festivals across the country. With her permission to write up this blog post, I went through the whole post and typed up every suggestion listed in the comments. I wrote them out by state so it’s easy to find a festival near you! Or if you want to take a weekend road trip somewhere close.
Festivals List by State
Check out the list below! If you don’t see a festival you LOVE, tell us about it! Comment here or go to our Facebook Post and leave a comment. We want to make this list even more AMAZING by having your input! 😃
- Alabama– Peanut Festival in Dothan, Al, November
– Pecan Festival in Elberta, AL, end October-early November
– Baldwin County Strawberry Festival in Loxley, Alabama, April
– Elberta German Sausage Festival in Elberta, AL, Last Saturday of March & October
-Humboldt Bay Oyster Festival, Arcata, CA, usually in June
– Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA, July
– Lompoc Flower Festival in Lompoc CA. June
– Pear Festival Kelseyville, CA, September
– Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, CA, October
– Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn, CA, November
– Swallows Day in San Juan Capistrano CA in March
– Wine and Balloon Festival in Temecula, CA, June
– Whiskey Flats Days in Kernville, CA, Presidents Weekend
– Eggplant Festival in Loomis CA, October
– Snowdown in Durango CO, January **40 years!
– Apple/Scrapple in Bridgeville, DE, First full weekend in October
-Strawberry Festival, in Plant City, FL, March
– Cooter Festival in Inverness, FL, October
– Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola, FL, November **55 years!
-Florida Manatee Festval, Crystal River, FL, January
-Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, GA, March
– Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain, GA, September
– Turkey Testicle Festival in Byron, IL, October
-Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County, Indiana, Starts 2nd week in October for 2 weeks
– Feast of the Hunter’s Moon in Lafayette, IN, October
– Tulip Time Festival in Pella, IA, May
-Old Settlers Days in Mulvane, KS, 3rd weekend in August **144 years running!
-Crawfish festival in Breaux Bridge, LA, May
– The Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, MI, July
– Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Mi, July
– The Cheeseburger Festival in Caseville, Mi, August
– Testicle Festival in Deerfield, Mi, March
– Cranberry Festival in Warren, Mi,
– Melon Festival in Howell, MI, August
– HummingBird Festival in Holly Springs MS, September
– Kudzu Festival in Holly Springs, MS
– Balloon Fest in Natchez, MS, October
– Watermelon Festival in Water Valley, MS, August
– Sweet Potato Festival in Vardaman, MS, November
– Cruisin’ the Coast in Long Beach/Gulf Port, MS, October
– Applefest in Weston, MO, October
– Pecan Festival in Brunswick MO, October
– Octoberfest in Herman, MO, October
– Apple Butter Festival in Kimmswick, MO, October
-Lewis and Clark Festival in Cut Bank, MT, November
– Willow Tree Festival in Gordon, NE, 2nd weekend in September
– Octoberfest in Sidney, NE, 1st weekend in October
– Fallon Cantaloupe Festival in Fallon NV, Around Labor Day
– Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM, October
– Chile fest in Hatch, NM on Labor Day
– Rawhide Days in Tucumcari, NM, May
-BBQ Festival in Lexington, NC, October
-Seafood festival in Morehead City, NC, 1st weekend in October
-Autumn Leaves in Mt Airy, NC, mid October
– Barbeque Days in Kinston, NC, first weekend in May
– Pumpkin Festival in Circleville, OH, October
-Bratwurst Festival in Bucyrus, OH, August
-Tomato Festival in Reynoldsburg, OH, August
-Olde Time Farming Festival in Centerburg, Oh, September
-Alive Music Festival in Mineral City, Oh, July
– Yankee Peddler in Canal Fulton, Ohio, September ** 46 years!
-Rattlesnake Round Up in Okeene, OK, April
– Watermelon Festival in Rush Springs, OK, August
-Sorghum Days in Wewoka, OK, October
-Sucker Day in Wetumka, OK, Spetmber **67 years!
– Kolache Festival in Prague, OK, May
-Azalea Festival in Muskogee, OK, April **50 years!
– Rose Rock Festival in Noble, OK, May
– Renaissance Festival in Muskogee, OK, May
-Strawberry days in Lebanon, OR, 1st weekend in June
-Blackberry Festival in Lowell, OR, August
-Pear Blossom Festival in Medford, OR, April
-Summer Kite Festival in Lincoln City, OR, 3rd weekend in June
-Southern Oregon Kite Festival in Brookings, OR, 3rd weekend in July
-Scandinavian Festival in Junction City, OR, August
-Turkey Rama in McMinnville, OR, July
-Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel, OR, September
– Sisters Outdoor Quilt Festival in Sisters, OR, July
-Mosquito Festival, Paisley, OR
-Apple Harvest in the Eastern PA region, October
– Bowhunters Festival in Forksville, PA, September
– PA Bacon Fest in Easton, PA, November
-Riverboat Days in Yankton, South Dakota, 3rd weekend of August
– RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival in Bell Buckle, TN, June
– National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, TN, late April
– Cooper Young Festival, Memphis, TN, September **30 years!
– Annual Middle TN Strawberry Festival in Portland, TN, May **77 Years!
– Grainger County Tomato Festival in Rutledge, TN, July
-Rattle Snake Round Up in Sweetwater, Texas
-Strawberry Festival in Poteet, Texas
– Antique lovers Spring & Fall in Round Top, TX
– Watermelon Festival in Chappel Hill, TX
-Scarecrow Festival in Chappel Hill, TX, October
– Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill, TX, April
– Kolache Festival in Caldwell, TX, September
– Rose Festival in Tyler, TX, October
– Edom Arts Festival in Edom, TX, October
– Wurstfest in New Braunfels, TX, November
– National Polka Festival in Ennis, TX, May
– Peach Festival in Hurricane, UT, September
– Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, VA, April/May **90 years!
– Oktoberfest in Leaventworth, WA, last weekend of Sept. through 2nd weekend of Oct.
– Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Western Washington, April.
-Berry Dairy Days in Burlington, WA, mid june
– Leavenworth Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Leavenworth, WA, December
– Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs, WV, October
– Warrens Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI, September **World’s Largest Cranberry Festival
– Cow Chip Throw in Prairie du Sac, WI, September