As the weather warms up, outdoor festivals and events are a great way to celebrate the spring and summer months. From music festivals to food fairs, these events offer a chance to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends while experiencing something new. Here are some of the best outdoor festivals and events to add to your calendar this year.
1. Coachella Music Festival – Indio, California
Considered one of the most iconic music festivals in the world, Coachella draws in crowds from all over the world for two weekends in April. The festival features a diverse lineup of musicians, from headliners like Beyoncé and Eminem to emerging artists.
2. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – Manchester, Tennessee
Another beloved music festival, Bonnaroo has been entertaining crowds since its inception in 2002. The festival is unique for its focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness. It also offers a diverse range of art installations, food vendors, and activities.
3. Feast Portland – Portland, Oregon
If you’re a foodie, Feast Portland is a must-visit event. The four-day festival showcases some of the best chefs and restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. Attendees can indulge in delicious bites, attend cooking classes, and even take part in a food-themed fun run.
4. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a breathtaking event that features hundreds of hot air balloons taking flight each morning. The fiesta offers plenty of activities for families, including balloon rides, live music, and special events.
5. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana
Celebrating the music and culture of New Orleans, the Jazz and Heritage Festival is a fun and lively event that has been around since 1970. The festival features a lineup of local musicians and performers, along with delicious food and drink vendors.
6. Holi Festival of Colors – Multiple Locations
For a more spirited event, the Holi Festival of Colors offers a unique and vibrant experience. Originating in India, the festival celebrates the arrival of spring and features vibrant colors, music, dance, and food.
7. National Cherry Blossom Festival – Washington D.C.
Taking place in the nation’s capital, the National Cherry Blossom Festival draws in crowds to see the beautiful cherry blossom trees in bloom. The festival includes parades, live performances, and plenty of food and drink options.
8. Sundance Film Festival – Park City, Utah
If you’re a movie buff, the Sundance Film Festival is the ultimate outdoor event for you. The festival features some of the best independent films, along with workshops and panels. Attendees can also enjoy skiing on Park City’s world-renowned slopes.
9. South by Southwest – Austin, Texas
South by Southwest (SXSW) is a massive festival showcasing music, film, and interactive events. The festival has a reputation for launching the careers of emerging artists, showcasing innovative media, and boasting big-name headliners.
10. Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Ashland, Oregon
For a more cultured outdoor event, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers a diverse lineup of plays, including productions by William Shakespeare, along with contemporary plays and musicals. The festival also features talks, workshops and special events.
These outdoor festivals and events are just a few of the many exciting experiences to be had during the spring and summer months. Whether you’re a music lover, foodie, or adventure seeker, these events are sure to offer something for everyone.