The United States of America – the name of the country itself defines how united the country is. With 50 States the country offers excellent opportunities to enjoy traveling, sightseeing, adventure, nature exploration, festivals, and events, etc. Thus, the country welcomes traveler throughout the year and enable them to enjoy whatever they wish. Though the country has lots of attractions to visit and have wonderful vacations, if you visit the country to enjoy only the events and festivals of different regions, you will have a remarkable vacation for sure.
The events and festivals of any country are the best way to understand the culture and traditions and becoming their part is more enjoyable for the visitors. If you want to know the best festivals that the US celebrates, then here is the US festival list for you. The list of exciting cultural festivals in the USA will compel you to visit and be a part of it. So, get ready to have fun and enjoy it to the fullest.
1. Sundance Film Festival, Utah:
If you are crazy about films and movies, then Sundance Film Festival is heaven for you. It is a festival celebrated every January in Park City, Utah. It is filled with hundreds of filmmakers, actors, and patrons at the biggest independent film festival in the US. The festival is celebrated by giving awards to both feature films and short films. The awards are categorized under the number of titles and based on the film’s popularity, performance, cinematography, editing, music, idea or concept, script, acting, etc. the awards are being distributed to celebrities. The celebration offers a great experience and vibe to the public, so one must visit here to not only enjoying this festival but also to meet popular celebrities.
Festival Date: 28 Jan 2021 – 3 Feb 2021
2. SXSW, Austin TX:
Falls in mid-March, South by Southwest is one of the annual festivals that the city celebrates. It is a blend of the film festival, music festival, comedy festival, and conferences, so visitors enjoy all these together. The motto of the festival is to focus on the upcoming music, films, and emerging technology that people enjoy along with friends and family. During the festival, people also engage in between the award shows. It is one of the biggest festivals of Southwest that the entire city celebrates. If you want to be a part of this festival then you must get your bags packed for the month of March. The vibrant environment and great vibes will win your heart for sure.
Festival Date: 16 March 2021–20 March 2021
Location: Austin Texas
3. Mardi Gras, New Orleans:
Mardi Gras is celebrated in the month of February. It is a festival that refers to the beginning of a carnival celebration after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany. During this carnival, the people get to indulge in different traditional activities including eating fatty food, enjoy drinks, and dance. On this special occasion, the participants wear fancy and unique attires to attract viewers and enjoy dancing parades throughout the city. This festival not only looks pretty, but people enjoy it thoroughly. If you too want to enjoy it, just take a flight to New Orleans a week ago and join the group, after all, it is one of the best festivals in the US. You will have immense fun for sure.
Festival Date: 16 February 2021
Location: New Orleans
4. SandFest, Port Aransas, Texas:
SandFest is one of the most lovable festivals of Texas. At this festival, people use the sand to prepare sculptures near the stunning beach of Port Aransas. Though the sculpture will not remain permanent, the entire festival leaves an everlasting impression on people. By visiting this beach, people won’t get disappointed as here they can also get indulge in live music, food, and crafts, which is again super special. Once you are done with each of these activities don’t miss the local gems Stingrays Taphouse & Grill and The Brewery. Through this festival collects a handsome amount of money in the name of charity, and scholarship, for the local community and once the fest gets over the raised fund is given to the local community for their well-being.
Festival Date: 23 Apr, 2021 – Mon, 26 Apr, 2021
Location: Port Aransas, Texas
5. Aloha, Honolulu, Hawaii:
Aloha is one of the popular and biggest festivals in the US. It is a rich cultural festival of Honolulu, Hawaii, which reflects the culture and tradition of the region. The opening ceremony of the fest is spectacular, wherein the Hawaii people introduce it with “Royal Court”, hula dance, and traditional chanting. This annual festival falls in the month of September, and four festivals take place across September with a different theme every season. Throughout the fest, people get to indulge in diverse Hawaiian music, dance, and educational workshops, with street parties, concerts, parades, and various other participatory activities taking place. As this fest is open and free to the public, people can participate in it and enjoy the music, food, and other festivities that will make you a fan of all. Isn’t it sound great? Well, one must experience it at least once.
Festival Date: August – September 2021
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
6. Bonnaroo, Tennessee:
Bonnaroo is a 4 days festival of music in which musicians come from all over the world. There are almost 10 stages with over 150 musicians that keep on playing the popular music of different languages, regions, and dialects. Some of the popular music genres include gospel, reggae, jazz, Americana, bluegrass, pop, and rock. Apart from the music, travelers can also get indulge in outdoor yoga, art installations, silent disco, kid-friendly games, and parades. If these activities aren’t your cup of tea, you can also get engage in stand-up comedy and environmental talks, which eventually add more fun to the journey. This festival is held at Great Stage Park, Tennessee in mid-June for 4 days. If you want to enjoy one of the fantastic musical events, then Bonnaroo is the best one for you. Get your friends and family ready for this festival break.
Festival Date: September 2 – 5, 2021
7. Burning Man, Nevada:
Burning Man is one of the week-long festivals held in Nevada’s the Black Rock Desert. Every year hundreds of festivalgoers, volunteers, and artists come from long ways to be a part of this festival. The major attractions of this festival are the burning of a massive wooden effigy (long-size sculpture –referred to as a man) at Burning Man, art installations, fire shows, and music concerts by popular musicians. The festive feel of the place will truly make travelers amazed with its experience. So, get ready to enjoy the artwork at Burning Man including the news and performances and art cars, interactive sculptures, buildings, among other media. Enjoy this festival in Nevada to the fullest and have immense fun.
Festival Date: Aug. 26 – Sept. 3 2021
8. Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans:
New Orleans is known as a party town in the USA and therefore many of the festivals in America are hosted here. People in New Orleans are engaged in different kinds of events and festivities that include clubbing, local talent, and the heritage side which they perform throughout the city. The city conducts it throughout the city. So, visit the city to have lots of fun and participate in the music events as well. The experience will win the heart of visitors and the lovely vibe will compel you to visit the city again and again. So, get your flight tickets booked at a cost-effective price and get ready to enjoy the festivals and of New Orleans.
Festival Date: October 8 – October 17, 2021
Location: New Orleans
9. Albuquerque, New Mexico:
Every year in New Mexico, the city celebrates Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. In this festival over 500 air balloons fly in the sky and the sky becomes colorful. The experience of this festival is different from any other festival in the US. Travelers visiting here can also experience flying up in the hot air balloon, instead of just watching. Though these rides are chargeable, some penny is worth paying to experience something matchless. It occurs in the month of early October, so if you are planning to take a break nearby the Halloween festival, then you must plan to attend this festival as well.
Festival Date: October 2, 2021 – October 10, 2021
Location: New Mexico
10. Electric Forest, Rothbury Michigan:
Electric Forest is a 4 to 7 days festival in which the entire focus is on electronic and jams band genres. The natural beauty of the venue is quite beautiful and travelers can have great fun not only in the blessed beauty but in between the fantastic musical event as well. At this venue, there is a 60,000 sq foot indoor water park, 18-hole golf course, and more. So, get ready to enjoy this unique festival have a remarkable musical break or a vacation with loved ones.
Festival Date: Aug. 12-15, 2021
Location: Rothbury Michigan
11. Kutztown, Pennsylvania:
Kutztown festival emerged in the 1950’s when three local professors decided to celebrate Pennsylvanian German Population in the country and since then it becomes one of the popular festivals of the US. Every year this festival attracts thousands of vacationers from all across the world. The festival ground is surrounded by the local people and their traditional attires, music, and theme in its background. Tourists can enjoy the folk festival of America and see how the culture still exists and people celebrate it. While enjoying this festival make sure to try the must-haves including the Fresh bread and pastries. As this festival is celebrated between June to July, travelers can plan their break or vacation accordingly.
Festival Date: March 16, 2021
12. Fantasy Fest, Key West Florida:
If you have missed enjoying the Mardi Gras festival of New Orleans, it’s bad luck, but travelers can enjoy a similar festival in KeyWest in Florida i.e. Fantasy Fest. At this festival, people walk around the street wearing the fancy attires of their favorite cartoon character and gather in masses to have fun. The participants enjoy it throughout the street and love to celebrate it every year in the month of October. So, it will be a fantastic time for vacationers to visit the Keywest and enjoy both festivals Fantasy Fest as well as Halloween which will comes just after Fantasy Fest’s end.
Festival Date: 22 October – 31 October 2021
Location: Key West, Florida
13. Lantern Floating, Hawaii:
Every year on Memorial Day, this amazing festival is celebrated wherein people gather and participate in Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii. In this festival people light up the lantern in loving memory of those who are not with us. It is one of the beautiful festivals whose motto is to remember people who are gone before us and their soul is being surrounded by love. At this festival approx. 50,000 thousand people participate on the south shore to honor the loved ones of their community and other communities as well. It is not like a fashionable and disco festival, but even being a peaceful event, it gathers a lot of people at the shore. One must visit in the month of May and participate as it is very peaceful.
Festival Date: May 31, 2021
14. Boston, Massachusetts:
Among the number of festivals, Boston Seafood Festival is one of the popular cultural festivals that people must visit and experience. In this festival, travelers and locals will get the opportunity to taste a variety of Sea Food made in unique recipes. Right from the traditional way of cooking to the modern cooking technique, every style is present there and chefs come up with the best recipes. These foods are made under the diet-friendly asset which eventually helps people to eat more without any fear of weight gain.
Festival Date: March 14-16 2021
15. Austin City Limits Music Festival:
Music enthusiasts must get their bags to pack for Austin city for the annual music festival which is popular as “Austin City Limits Music Festival”. This festival is celebrated in the month of October for a two-weekend long festival. At this festival, people can get indulge in different types of music, art, food, and drinks. At this festival, there is an Indie music lineup. In this people, a large number of people gather and indulge in different activities and enjoy the chill vibes throughout the festival. If you too looking for such a break, get your bags packed and fly for this fest. It will be an amazing experience for sure.
Festival Date: 1 October – 11 October 2021
Location: Austin City
Enjoy the popular US festivals of 2021 thoroughly with your loved ones and make this short break or vacation memorable for years. The list of these festivals offers you a variety of choices, so choose the best one and the most exciting festival of your choice and make this tour memorable.