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Most people in the U.S. associate turkey with the month of November. However, Vinton County residents look forward to the annual summer Wild Turkey Festival held in McArthur, Ohio. During the four-day event, families can partake in an assortment of turkey-themed fun.
DuPage County, Illinois is located just west of the city of Chicago. Fall is a great time to visit the DuPage County suburbs to enjoy the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and plenty of fall festivities and Halloween celebrations located throughout the area. Whether you're a leaf peeper, a trick-or-treater or just a lover of brisk autumn weather, bundle up and head out to these events.
Fairhope, Alabama is on Mobile Bay of the Gulf Coast, approximately 25 minutes from Mobile. Every year since 1952, the town has celebrated the Arts and Crafts Festival. The festival marks the beginning of spring, and was voted in the top 20 out of 100 Best Predominately Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the country by "Sunshine Artist" magazine in 2010.
New York City is known for its restaurants, shops, museums and entertainment. It's also a city that is rich in cultural diversity and has plenty of options for those looking to celebrate it. Whether you want to be entertained or simply enjoy some traditional Latino food, New York offers plenty of Latin festivals.
From humble beginnings, the Sundance Film Festival (sundance.org) has become the biggest independent film festival in the U.S. and one of the world's most famous film festivals. Held in January, the festival attracts celebrities and the world's film press. Each year the festival shows 200 films chosen from thousands of submissions, which makes this a very competitive film festival to enter.
Festivals are a time to celebrate, relax and enjoy time with friends. Bourbon and beer festivals offer samples of dozens of varieties of alcoholic beverages, along with delicious Southern-style food and live rock and blues bands. If you want to eat, drink and be merry in Maryland, grab your drinking buddies and head to one of the state's bourbon and beer festivals.
Port Lavaca, Texas, is a Gulf town approximately an hour and a half northeast of Corpus Christi. The Flip Flop Festival occurs at the end of the summer on the Bayfront Peninsula. The festival uses its name to put on events such as a flip flop fashion show.
The Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival (shenandoahbike.org) attracts bicyclers from around the region to Staunton, Virginia. The festival runs for a weekend and invites bikers to view the area through planned routes by the festival organizers. Bike festival participants are also entitled to discounts at area attractions, such as Blackfriars Theater, which presents plays by Shakespeare.
The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is a metal and hardcore concert that occurs in Worcester, Massachusetts, every year. It is weekend-long event with general admission, meaning that fans do not have to sit or stand based on their ticket. They can sit on the balcony or stand on the floor in front of the stage.
The Sequim Irrigation Festival is an annual celebration that has been going on in Sequim, Washington, since 1896. That's more than 100 years of parades, home cooking, music and entertainment. Officially, the festival honors the irrigation technology that made the farming town a possibility, but it's more than that. It's about the endurance of years of family, tradition and community.
Many modern people continue to have a historical and cultural interest in the ancient Celtic traditions. The Celts are believed to have come from six small nations in modern-day Europe: Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Brittany, the Isle of Man and Cornwall. Celtic heritage is celebrated yearly in northeast Louisiana at the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival. At this festival, you can spend a day learning about Celtic heritage while enjoying traditional Celtic dance, music and food.
Every year, the border town of San Benito, Texas, hosts the Narciso Martinez Conjunto Festival. The festival -- held every autumn since 1992 -- celebrates the South Texas style of music called conjunto, known in Mexico as musica norteña. Held at the Narciso Martinez Cultural Center, the three-day event brings together both new and old forms of conjunto; fans say the music heard at this festival is the purest form of the genre.
Each year tourists come to Attica, Ohio, to participate in the Oak Ridge Fall Festival. The outdoor festival provides entertainment, educational activities and great food in a dynamic venue that offers something for people of all ages. The festival's rural north-central Ohio location provides an atmosphere of a friendly, welcoming community event that makes the festival an anticipated attraction for many people.
Missouri's Kingdom of Callaway County Fair is a week-long fall festival held annually in the first week of August. It features carnival rides, agricultural prize contests and exhibitions, food stands, derbies, rodeos, a tractor pull, magic shows, animal auctions and plenty of musical entertainment on the Budweiser Stage. In 2011, the Kingdom of Callaway Fair celebrates its 34th anniversary.
The Muscadine grape is native to the Southeastern United States. If you're a Southerner, you've likely sampled Muscadines jelly, pie or wine or maybe attended one of the region's many Muscadine Festivals. For those of you new to the Muscadine and the celebrations it engenders, you're in for a treat.
Lake Loramie State Park in Minster, Ohio, is home to the Fall Festival and Campout, a weekend-long annual celebration in September with 40 to 50 early American settler campsite displays and period reenactors, a farmers' market, craft show, antique power show, kids activities, entertainment and plenty of good food.
Utica is a small community located in Central Ohio, about 35 miles northeast of Columbus. Set among forests and rolling hills, Utica is home to a picturesque town square, historic architecture and several shops and restaurants. Additionally, the village hosts the annual Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, which takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend.
There is only one state in the United States where, if Independence Day is mentioned, you might be asked, "Which one?" As one of just two states to have once been a sovereign nation, Texas celebrates its Independence Day on March 2 with gusto. Since 2008, the city of Conroe has been marking the occasion with a Texas Independence Day Music Festival and Chili Cook-off. The festival is typically held on the weekend closest to March 2.
Cincinnati's MidPoint Music Festival began in 2001 and has become one of the city's biggest festivals for indie rock. Past performers have included A Place to Bury Strangers, Caribou, Surfer Blood and Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices fame. In 2010, 20,000 fans attended the festival, a big increase from 13,500 the year before.
The small village of Muston is a couple of miles to the southwest of Filey in North Yorkshire, England. This usually quiet town comes alive during a week in late summer, during the annual Scarecrow Festival. Scarecrows of all shapes and sizes are displayed around the village.