Upcoming Festival Weekend: January 11-14, 2024

Beer Fests, Ice Fests, Oysters and Manatees this weekend!

This weekend, festivals are plentiful primary in Florida, which has all sorts of options for you: Seafood, Oysters, Bacon and more. Not to mention Highland Games, a Medieval Faire and a Renaissance Fair as well.

And did I mention a Manatee Festival in Crystal River?

Some states, like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, have a handful of fests each while many more states have about 3 festivals or so.

Things haven’t picked up quite yet, but they should soon.

In the meantime, if there’s nothing around you, consider looking ahead at the Festival Guide in your own state, or even taking a trip in another one (look to that guide and see what’s going on).

I’ll be updating all the tentative dates (those with an asterisk) to get you the most current information. At the moment, I am going through May and then will follow that up with June and so forth.

It’s an unending process.

But, if you know the 2024 dates of a festival that still has an asterisk, then write me an email and let me know. I’ll be happy to update it.

Before I go, here are some suggestions by state:

Alabama
1/12-1/14 – Festival of Cranes – Decatur
Arkansas
No festivals this weekend.
Delaware
No festivals this weekend.
Florida
Florida Manatee Festival (Crystal River), Florida Keys Seafood Festival (Key West)
Georgia
CastleFaire: Winter Renaissance Festival (Helen)
Illinois
Volo Bog Winterfest (Ingleside)
Indiana
No festivals this weekend.

Iowa
Kee Live Music Festival (Cherokee)
Kentucky
Patti’s Festival of Lights XI (Grand Rivers)
Louisiana
Fur and Wildlife Festival (Cameron)
Maryland
Cambridge Ice and Oyster Fest (Cambridge)
Michigan
Hunter Ice Festival (Niles)
Minnesota
Mankato Craft Beer Expo (Mankato)
Mississippi
After Dark Renaissance Festival (Hattiesburg)

Missouri
MO Mac and Cheese Fest (Springfield)
New Jersey
NJ Meadowlands Eagle Festival (Lyndhurst)
New York
Buffalo On Tap (Buffalo)
North Carolina
C Chinese Lantern Festival IX (Cary)
Pennsylvania
Fire and Ice Festival (Somerset)
South Carolina
Riverbanks Zoo Wild Lights IX (Columbia)
Tennessee
Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival (Birchwood)

Texas
Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest (Galveston)
Virginia
Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival (Doswell)
Washington, DC
No festivals this weekend.
West Virginia
No festivals this weekend.
Wisconsin
Winter Gathering Pow Wow (Green Bay)

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

And, if you happen to be in Ohio this weekend, check this weekend’s post at OhioFestivals.net to see what’s going on. You can find this week’s post at https://ohiofestivals.net/ohio-weekend-011424/

Until next week…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Upcoming Festival Weekend: January 11-14, 2024

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MAP of festival and fair food cities this weekend.

If you can’t see the map on your smartphone, click HERE.

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My Experiences of this Weekend’s Festivals

No festival reviews this week.

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ALABAMA

1/10-1/15 – Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration IX – Birmingham
1/12-1/14 – Festival of Cranes – Decatur

ARKANSAS

No festivals this weekend.

DELAWARE

No festivals this weekend.

FLORIDA

1/8-1/14 – Lauderdale Food and Wine Festival – Fort Lauderdale
1/8-1/14 – Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and Music Fest II – Tampa
1/11-1/14 – The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens Asian Lantern Festival IX – Sanford
1/11-1/14 – ZOOLights VIII – Jacksonville
1/11-1/15 – Sarasota Winter Carnival – Sarasota
1/12-1/14 – Punta Gorda Seafood and Music Festival – Punta Gorda
1/12-1/14 – Everglades Roots Festival – Ochopee
1/12-1/15 – 30A Songwriters Festival – Santa Rosa Beach
Weekend continues below…

1/13 – Apalachicola Oyster Festival – Apalachicola
1/13 – Lake Alfred Bluegrass Bash – Lake Alfred
1/13-1/14 – Beaux Arts Festival of Art – Coral Gables
1/13-1/14 – Florida Manatee Festival – Crystal River
1/13-1/14 – Cape Coral Art Festival and Market Place – Cape Coral
1/13-1/14 – Hoggetowne Medieval Faire I – Gainesville
1/13-1/14 – St. Pete Beer, Bacon and BBQ – St. Petersburg
1/13-1/14 – Central Florida Scottish Highland Games – Winter Springs
1/13-1/14 – Florida Keys Seafood Festival – Key West
1/13-1/15 – Brevard Renaissance Fair II – Melbourne

GEORGIA

1/8-1/14 – Garden Lights, Holiday Nights IX – Atlanta
1/8-1/14 – IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival VIII – Atlanta
1/12-1/14 – CastleFaire: Winter Renaissance Festival – Helen
1/13-1/15 – Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular VIII – Buford

ILLINOIS

1/13 – Chicago Bacon Fest at Old Crow – Chicago
1/14 – Volo Bog Winterfest – Ingleside
1/14 – Winter Jam – Peoria

INDIANA

No festivals this weekend.

IOWA

1/12-1/14 – Icestravaganza – Davenport
1/13-1/14 – Kee Live Music Festival – Cherokee

KENTUCKY

1/8-1/14 – Patti’s Festival of Lights XI – Grand Rivers

LOUISIANA

1/12-1/13 – Fur and Wildlife Festival – Cameron
1/13 – Winterfest – New Orleans
1/13* – Weenie Spaghetti Cookoff Festival – Houma

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

1/8-1/14 (Closed 1/9) – Lumino City Festival VIII – Gaithersburg
1/11-1/14* – Havre de Grace Winter Celtic Festival – Havre de Grace – CANCELLED
1/12-1/13 – Cambridge Ice and Oyster Fest – Cambridge
1/12-1/14 – Dreamfest – Ocean City
1/13 – American Indian Pow Wow Morning Star Celebration – Bel Air

MICHIGAN

1/12-1/14 – Hunter Ice Festival – Niles
1/12-1/14 – St. Clair Shores Tunnel of Lights VII – St. Clair Shores
1/13 – Winterfest at Pier Park – Grosse Pointe Farms

MINNESOTA

1/12-1/13 – Gichi Manidoo Giizis (Great Spirit Moon) Pow Wow – Carlton
1/13 – Mankato Craft Beer Expo – Mankato

MISSISSIPPI

1/13 – After Dark Renaissance Festival – Hattiesburg

MISSOURI

1/13 – MO Mac and Cheese Fest – Springfield

NEW JERSEY

1/11-1/14 – Let It Glow: A Holiday Lantern Spectacular VII – Paramus
1/14 – NJ Meadowlands Eagle Festival – Lyndhurst

NEW YORK

1/8-1/12 – Wegman’s Lights on the Lake IX – Liverpool
1/12-1/13 – Buffalo On Tap – Buffalo
1/13 – Buffalo Wine Festival – Buffalo

NORTH CAROLINA

1/8-1/14 – NC Chinese Lantern Festival IX – Cary
1/13 – Haliwa-Saponi Winter Powwow – Hollister

OHIO

Ohio Festivals can be found at ohiofestivals.net/ohio-festivals/

PENNSYLVANIA

1/12-1/13 – Fire and Frost Fun at Peddler’s Village II – Lahaska/New Hope
1/12-1/14 – Fire and Ice Festival – Somerset
1/13 – Mountain City Beer and Wine Festival – Altoona
1/13 – Ardmore Winter Beer Festival – Ardmore

SOUTH CAROLINA

1/8-1/14 – Riverbanks Zoo Wild Lights IX – Columbia

TENNESSEE

1/8-1/14 – Lights Over Gatlinburg IX – Gatlinburg
1/8-1/14 – Skyland Ranch Festival of Lights XI – Sevierville
1/10-1/14 – Asian Lantern Festival at the Chattanooga Zoo IX – Chattanooga
1/11-1/14 – Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights IX – Nashville
1/13-1/14 – Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival – Birchwood

TEXAS

1/13 – Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest – Galveston
1/13 – MLK Jr. Festival – Longview
1/13-1/14 – Faire of Champions II – Palestine
1/14 – Kite Flying Festival – Sugar Land

VIRGINIA

1/8-1/14 – Bright Nights on the Bluffwalk VIII – Lynchburg
1/12-1/14 – Winter Lantern Festival VIII – Tysons
1/13-1/14 – Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival – Doswell

WEST VIRGINIA

No festivals this weekend.

WISCONSIN

1/13 – Winter Gathering Pow Wow – Green Bay

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