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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 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.
The Bull Moose Festival is held every year in the Seattle neighborhood of Roosevelt. This street festival features live music, food and entertainment, and is a local staple. The daytime portion of the Bull Moose Festival features many things for children and families to do while the night time portion is more of a party-goers scene.
Witch festivals occur throughout the country as well as worldwide. Most festivals celebrate the Pagan and Wiccan holidays while educating the public about the religions. However, other events focus on the witches and magic found in fairy tales and pop culture. It is quite typical that witch festivals occur around Halloween.
During the Midsummer Fire Festival, a World of Warcraft special event inside the game, players can chose to defend or desecrate bond fires throughout the game to earn points towards valuable items and weapons. Players try to earn "burning blossoms" by completing various tasks, such as daily quests.
There are several hedonism festivals around the world, drawing pleasure-seekers from all walks of life. Two festivals take place in Jamaica, one in Key West, Florida, and still another in Germany, just outside of Berlin. These festivals invite party-goers to strip off their clothes and enjoy dancing, drinking, fine foods, sexual adventures, and -- most of all -- privacy.
Macon, Ga., is home to one of the biggest cherry blossom festivals in the world. The International Cherry Blossom Festival is spread over 10 days in March and brings the city of Macon to life. Georgia residents can also take advantage of the two-day Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, which puts a special emphasis on Japanese and other cultures.
For aficionados of horror films and fiction or for those who simply enjoy Halloween, New York City offers a number of impressive celebrations each year. While many of the best, such as the Horror Film Festival, take place around Halloween, others, such as the Stoker Weekend, have dates earlier in the year.
Spring and summer bring a variety of fun-filled events to the Festival Pier on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Whether you are interested in celebrating your heritage, a special holiday, enjoy your favorite food or if you would like to take a date to see a band play, these festivals offer something for nearly everyone.
Literary festivals have become something akin to rock concerts for readers and writers, and the United States offers several major annual events. Literary festivals offer readers an opportunity to mingle with their favorite writers and wannabe writers to pitch their book ideas to publishers. Book publishers, agents, fans and best-selling authors can be found rubbing elbows and exchanging ideas at these gatherings.
The Ash Lawn Opera Festival (ashlawnopera.org) is a nationally recognized nine-week-long summer music festival located in Charlottesville, Va. Festival events include Music at Twilight, Summer Saturdays that feature family entertainment, and a five-concert series of classical and contemporary music. In 2009, the opera festival relocated from Ash Lawn-Highland to The Paramount Theater.
The Wings on Strings kite festival takes place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, each summer, offering an entertaining kite show for people of all ages. The city is known for its air shows and museum, making it a natural location for a kite festival. The festival features many kinds of kites, as well as activities in which patrons can participate.
The Shakespeare Festival, sponsored by the Port Huron, Michigan-based Enter Stage Right production company, is held on the banks of the St. Clair River, just a few miles from the Port Huron city limits. Dubbed "Will on the Water," this festival features strolling musicians in Elizabethan dress, swordfights and, of course, a number of Shakespeare's plays.
Fans of the classic "Wizard of Oz" story have found some unique ways to celebrate, including the annual Wizard of Oz Festival that takes place in Chesterton, Indiana, each year. The only major Oz festival in the state, this one takes place each year in mid-September, attracting thousands of fans of L. Frank Baum's novel and the famous film version.
The history of the U.S. state of Georgia includes some infamous figures, with the gunfighter John Henry "Doc" Holliday born in the city of Griffin during the Wild West era. Communities in Georgia still celebrate the Western heritage of America, with cowboy festivals staged in locations throughout the state each year.
In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state in the Union. At that time, farming was the main livelihood in the state. Arkansas' Frontier Day festivals take visitors back to what life was like in 19th century Arkansas by celebrating the state's history in farming and introducing visitors to clothing and activities common to the time period.
Watching the goofball antics of clowns can bring a smile to any face, and most kids and adults will enjoy their performances. New York provides a chance to see clowns in action each year since 2006 when the city began staging the N.Y. Clown Theatre Festival. The Brick Theater in Brooklyn (bricktheater.com) hosts this entertaining event.
Grover Beach is located in San Luis Obispo County on the central coast of California. The Oceano Dunes Recreational Area is the gateway to fun in the sun with a temperate climate that provides perfect weather for the area's annual festivals that attract both tourists and locals year-round.
If sampling single malts, blended or liqueur whisky appeals to your taste buds, you might consider attending Whisky Week, held in April of each year in Chicago. There are many activities held at different venues throughout the city. However, the highlight of the week is WhiskyFest, a three-hour event held on Friday.