Winter is gone, spring is fading, and summer is finally peaking her head around the corner! Now the best part of the summer season is always debatable, but I think just about everyone can agree that there is nothing better than enjoying the muggy summer days and nights at a music, film, or food festival. That is why I have taken this stormy Sunday in Florence to compiled a list of festivals in various parts of the U.S. during the month of June. There were so many that I have only listed about half I found. My inspiration comes from my own hometown’s 18th annual Cruise-in and Street Dance: Rockville, IN! Scroll below for more fun, bizarre, and tantalizing festivals nationwide!
Absolut Chalk Street Painting Festival: Pasadena, CA Absolut Vodka teams up with the Light-Bringer Project to bring 400 of the world’s best chalk painters to cover up 2 blocks of Pasadena.
AIA Sandcastle Competition: Galveston, TX 75 super competitive teams descend on the beach of Galveston to create monstrous works of art out of good ol’ sand.
American Black Film Festival: Miami, FL The American Black Film community is coming together to inspire, educate, and network on all things pertaining to black cinema.
Beer Baron’s World of Beer Festival: Milwaukee, WI..where else! All about beer lovers congregating to taste the best the world has to offer in beer.
Blue Ridge Barbeque and Music Festival: Tyron, NC One of America’s most prestigious bbq competitions, complete with kid activities and craft booths
Breckenridge Music Festival: Breckenridge, CO Supported by the Colorado Creative Industries Division and the National Endowment for the Arts, this music festival has tunes to appeal to all crowds.
Combine Demolition Derby: Lind, WA A demolition derby, expect with wheat combines!
Eastern Naturist Gathering: Lenox, MA One of the biggest Nude gathering in the US. People who like living in the buff come to Lenox for a week of fun, games, and education, all rated PG.
Elfego Baca Shoot: Socorro, NM A crazy somewhat life-threatening sport created in honor of Elfego Baca
Global Halloween Convergence: New Orleans, LA A gathering of Halloween fans who have decided to extend the holiday for summer recreation, including tours and seminars
Gopher Count: Viola, MN Seeped in history this small town in Minnesota pays a bounty for all those who bring in gopher digits, owing back the large ruinous gopher population that use to plague settlers.
Judy Garland Festival: Grand Rapids, MN Rather self-explanatory, a fan convention for the late Judy Garland
Juneteenth: All Areas Celebrated largely by the African-American community in remembrance of the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom due to the Emancipation Proclamation
King Kamehemeha Hula Competition: Honolulu, HI Hawaiian Heritage puts on a Hula competition celebrating its cultural dance.
Kutztown Folk Festival: Kutztown, PA Lasts a little over a week and offers entertainment, crafts, food, and fun all theme in Dutch folk traditions.
Las Vegas International Chess Festival: Las Vegas, NV An international chess tournament with a hefty prize..here’s to hoping it’s not gambled away!
Left Coast Live: San Jose, CA A revival movement for live music in the downtown San Jose area.
Middle of Nowhere Celebration: Ainsworth, NE The town puts of wacky events to liven up life in a prairie state town.
Milk Drinking Contest: Harvard, IL Dairyland Illinois puts on a contest with age appropriate levels to see who can drink the most milk in the time allowed
*Thanks to 2camels.com for most of the festival info!