The warmer months of the year marks the festival season in the US. Nowadays the focus has shifted from celebrating summer festivals themed on music, barbecue and beet to off-beat subjects such as the Gilroy Garlic Festival & the Pirate Festival. There is a festival just about every weekend in the US. So no matter what your interests are, there is a festival for you. Here are some of the best summer festivals in the USA.
The Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival, Colorado
There is a wine festival in almost every nook and corner of the US but this one in Colorado is definitely the best. There are educational seminars, wine tastings, cooking classes and even a “walk and wine” hike through the rugged mountains. A number of outdoor activities are encouraged in this festival such as horseback riding, hiking and biking.
Spoleto Festival, Charleston
The festival was founded in 1977 and is held every year in this small town in South Carolina. The festival is held every year from end May to early June. The festival has become very popular as it showcases the very best in performing arts every year In each day of the festival one can also view dazzling performances of jazz, theatre, orchestra and dance in the performance halls and parks of the town.
Great American Beer Festival, Denver
If you love craft beer then you simply cannot miss this festival. It is held every year in the month of September/October and it brings together more than 500 brewers across the country. More than 2200 varieties of beer are served over 3 days including fun events such as beer competition and public tasting. It is easily the largest event of its kind in the world.
Cheyenne Frontier Days, Wyoming
It is the largest and oldest rodeo in the US. The event is held in each July and managed to bring out the cowboy streak in almost everyone. This is a nine day festival which has events like parades, art shows, heritage exhibits and pancake breakfasts. The festival is famous for its rodeo events which comprise of barrel racing, bull-riding and roping.
Burning Man Festival, Nevada
This is a slightly different festival and is held every year at Black Rock. Every August, a temporary self-sufficient desert springs into life and the attendees bring everything with them for a complete week. They take everything with them.
Every year we get to see hundreds of musical festivals being held in various parts of the country. But choosing the best one from them is not an easy task at all but everyone will agree that Lollapalooza is probably the best of the lot. It is a 3 day mega music festival held in Chicago and one of the largest shows of summer. More than 120 bands perform on the stage and some of the notable performers include Red Hot Chili Peppers & the Black Keys.
If you are planning to visit the US next summer to enjoy one of the summer festivals then you will need to apply for esta which gives you the permission to visit the country without a visa.