This winter has been especially rough for many of us (thanks A LOT, Punxsutawney Phil), but not to worry. Spring is coming, and with it, the triumphant return of festival season. Exploring new places is so much easier in good weather and to make sure you’re ready, we’ve compiled a list of some Spring festivals you can check out no matter where you are in the US. Some of these are big, some have more local flair, but there’s a little something for everybody.
The Dogwood Festival - Atlanta, GA - April 10-12th
Coinciding with the blooming of the Dogwood Tree (they’re everywhere around here), Atlanta hosts a festival to celebrate this popular plant in Piedmont Park. Foods on sticks, arts and crafts, and music make this a fun place to welcome the warmer weather.
Calle Ocho - Little Havana, Miami, FL - March 15th
Carnaval in Miami is a 10-day event filled with music, special events, and food from restaurants all over the city. Calle Ocho is the culmination of Carnaval and is a 23 block street festival in Miami’s Little Havana. There are over 30 stages of Latin music and this mother of all street fairs hosts almost a million people.
One Spark - Jacksonville, FL - April 8-12th
Think about Kickstarter. Now infuse food trucks, seminars, craft beers, and music. One Spark is a crowdfunding festival that helps entrepreneurs with big ideas get funding. The organizers wanted visitors to have that festival environment, which makes this festival equal parts head and heart. They also wanted to cultivate a startup culture in their own backyard, throwing this in their hometown of Jacksonville rather than somewhere in Silicon Valley (and we can definitely relate to that). And there’s one more thing that makes OneSpark awesome: we’ll be there presenting Walkabout to the masses, so hit us up in the Barnett Bank.
Skagit Tulip Festival - Mount Vernon, Washington - April 1-30th
Mount Vernon in the Skagit Valley of Washington can put on quite the nature show with its blooming tulips oom every year. The beautiful sights attract visitors from all 50 states and 85 countries as the town explodes with color. Mother Nature is sometimes on her own schedule, especially when it comes to flowers, so we recommend checking the festival’s site regularly to make sure the tulips have opened up before you get there.
SXSW - Austin, TX - March 18-22nd
South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the most anticipated festivals in the world, featuring world-renowned artists, a film festival, and a digital innovation conference. While it definitely isn’t cheap, SXSW is a bucket list event that needs to be checked out.
We hope we’ve inspired you to explore new places and destinations, and remember if you go to any of these festivals take lots of pictures and use the hashtag #dropyourpin.
Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.