Upcoming Festival Weekend: February 1-4, 2024

Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, and so much more this weekend!

Welcome back, Festival Fans!

Not only is it Groundhog Day Weekend, but the Mardi Gras celebrations are picking up as well (Fat Tuesday is February 13th this year).

In fact, there are about 13 Mardi Gras Festivals in 4 states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas) this weekend.

But if you aren’t near any king cakes this weekend, there are plenty of Food Festivals to distract your belly the next few days, including…

  • Seafood Festivals (Florida)
  • Oyster Festival (Georgia, South Carolina)
  • Garlic Festival (Florida)
  • Taco and Tequila Fest (Illinois)
  • Hot Dish Festival (Minnesota)
  • Chocolate Festival (North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia)
  • Vegan Mac and Cheese Fest (North Carolina)
  • Chili Cook-Off (South Carolina)
  • even a Testicle Festival (Iowa)

Other types of festivals going on include…

  • Cultural Festivals (Native American Pow Wows, Greek Festivals, Vietnamese-American Spring Festival, Finnish Festivals, Asian Lunar New Year Festivals)
  • plenty of Winter and Ice Festivals
  • “Spirited” Festivals (Wine Festivals, Beer Festivals, Bacon and Bourbon, Whiskey)
  • Renaissance/Medieval Festivals
  • and, of course, the Groundhog Day Weekend Festival and other events in Punxsutawney, PA.

Here are some suggestions in each state:

Alabama
Prattville’s Mardi Gras Celebration 
Arkansas
Frost Fest (Fayetteville)
Delaware
No festivals this weekend.
Florida
Everglades Seafood Festival (Everglades City), St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival (Panama City)
Georgia
Smyrna Oysterfest 
Illinois
Downers Grove Ice Festival 
Indiana
No festivals this weekend.

Iowa
Twinterfest (Twin Lakes)
Kentucky
Jeremy Hicks Music Festival (Somerset)
Louisiana
Family Gras (New Orleans)
Maryland
Fire in Ice (Frederick)
Michigan
Da Yooper Winterfest (Menominee), Heikki Lunta Winter Festival (Negaunee)
Minnesota
Hot Dish Festival (Mankato)
Mississippi
No festivals this weekend.

Missouri
MO Bacon and Bourbon Festival (Columbia)
New Jersey
Winter Fire and Ice Festival (Cream Ridge)
New York
Niagara Wine and Beer Festival (Lockport)
North Carolina
American Indian Powwow (Durham)
Pennsylvania
Groundhog Days in the Park (Punxsutawney), Warren County Winterfest (Clarendon)
South Carolina
Group Therapy’s Chili Cook-Off (Columbia)
Tennessee
Sweetheart Market at Mountain Arts Community Center (Signal Mountain)

Texas
Mardi Gras Celebration – Kemah, Cowboy Mardi Gras (Bandera)
Virginia
Bacchus Wine and Food Festival (Newport)
Washington, DC
No festivals this weekend.
West Virginia
No festivals this weekend.
Wisconsin
Fond Du Lac Brewfest 

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Since last week, I’ve actually been able to update festivals through August and have already started September. Since September and October are huge festival months, it may take me 2 weeks or so to get through all of them. But, once I’m done, I’ll start at the beginning once more and continue to update festivals.

Feel free to reach out to me if you are able to confirm some 2024 festival dates.

Thanks!

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-020424/

Until next week…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Upcoming Festival Weekend: February 1-4, 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

2/3 – Prattville’s Mardi Gras Celebration – Prattville
2/3 – Von Brewski Beer Festival – Huntsville

ARKANSAS

2/3 – Frost Fest – Fayetteville

DELAWARE

No festivals this weekend.

FLORIDA

2/1-2/4 – Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival – Fort Lauderdale
2/1-2/4 – ZOOLights XI – Jacksonville
2/1-2/5 – Farm to Grass MamaLinda Music Festival – Fort Pierce
2/2-2/3 – Budweiser Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition – Winter Haven
2/2-2/3 – Big Cypress Indigenous Arts and Music Festival – Clewiston
2/2-2/3 – Hernando County Greek Festival – Spring Hill
2/2-2/3 – Celtic Family Jamboree – Brooksville
2/2-2/4 – Treasure Coast Ribs, Wings and Rock Festival – Fort Pierce
2/2-2/4 – Goodland Mullet Festival – Goodland
2/2-2/4 – St. George’s Winter Carnival – New Port Richey
Weekend continues below…

2/2-2/4 – Englewood Seafood and Music Festival – Englewood
2/2-2/4 – Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow II – Auburndale
2/2-2/4 – Groundup Music Festival – Miami Beach
2/2-2/4 – The Amelia Island Festival of Stories and Songs – Fernandina Beach
2/2-2/4 – St. Katherine Greek Fest – Naples
2/2-2/4 – Treasure Coast Ribs Wings and Rock Festival – Vero Beach
2/2-2/4 – Everglades Seafood Festival – Everglades City
2/2-2/4 – South Florida Folk and Acoustic Music Festival – Davie
2/2-2/4 – St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival – Panama City
2/3 – Orlando Whiskey Festival – Orlando
2/3 – Millennial Mardi Gras Block Party – Fort Myers
Weekend continues below…

2/3 – Millennial Mardi Gras Block Party – Fort Myers
2/3 – Tampa Bay/St. Pete Whiskey Riot – St. Petersburg
2/3 – Florida Bohemian Festival – St. Augustine
2/3 – Taste of Ave – Ave Maria
2/3 – Granada Grand Festival of the Arts – Ormond Beach
2/3 – Taste of Okeechobee – Okeechobee
2/3 – WolfStock BrewFest and Concert – Naples
2/3 – Ortona Cane Grinding Festival – Moore Haven
2/3 – Biz Art in the Park – North Lauderdale
2/3 – Coral Isles Church Winter Festival – Tavernier
Weekend continues below…

2/3 – All Aboard Festival – Live Oak
2/3-2/4 – Florida Renaissance Festival and Craft Village I – Deerfield Beach
2/3-2/4 – Top of the Lake Art Fest – Okeechobee
2/3-2/4 – Gardenfest! – Vero Beach
2/3-2/4 – South Florida Garlic Fest – Wellington
2/3-2/4 – Brevard Renaissance Fair V – Melbourne
2/3-2/4 – Mount Dora Arts Festival – Mount Dora
2/3-2/4 – ArtFest Fort Myers – Fort Myers

GEORGIA

2/2-2/4 – Athens Wine Weekend – Athens
2/2-2/4 – Smyrna Oysterfest – Smyrna
2/3-2/4 – Vietnamese-American Community of George National Spring Festival – Lilburn

ILLINOIS

2/1 – Chicago Taco and Tequila Fest – Chicago
2/2-2/4 – Downers Grove Ice Festival – Downers Grove
2/3 – POLARpalooza – DeKalb

INDIANA

No festivals this weekend.

IOWA

2/2 – Testicle Festival – Vining
2/3 – Twinterfest – Twin Lakes

KENTUCKY

2/3 – Jeremy Hicks Music Festival – Somerset

LOUISIANA

2/2-2/4 – Family Gras – New Orleans
2/3 – Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade – Monroe
2/3 – Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade/Red River Mardi Gras Bash I – Shreveport

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

2/3 – Havre de Grace Ice Festival – Havre de Grace
2/3 – Fire in Ice – Frederick

MICHIGAN

2/1-2/4 – Perchville USA – East Tawas
2/2-2/3 – Snowmobile Festival – Gaylord
2/2-2/3 – Chilly Fest – Port Huron
2/2-2/4 – St. Joseph Ice Fest – St. Joseph
2/2-2/4 – Ice Breaker Festival – South Haven
2/2-2/4 – Heikki Lunta Winter Festival – Negaunee
2/2-2/4 – Plymouth Ice Festival – Plymouth
2/2-2/4 – Royal Oak Winter Blast Weekend – Royal Oak
2/3 – Que the Creek BBQ Festival – Battle Creek
2/3 – Lansing Winterfest I – Lansing
2/4 – Da Yooper Winterfest – Menominee

MINNESOTA

2/1 – Rondo Night (Saint Paul Winter Carnival) – Saint Paul
2/1-2/3 – Winterfest in Crosslake – Crosslake
2/1-2/4 – Ely Winter Festival I – Ely
2/3 – Luminary Loppet – Minneapolis
2/3 – Brewsology Beer Fest – Saint Paul
2/3 – Hot Dish Festival – Mankato
2/38 – Fire and Ice Fest – Redwood Falls – CANCELLED
2/3 – Year of the Dragon Celebration at Asia Mall – Eden Prairie
2/3 – Chanhassen February Festival – Chanhassen
2/3-2/4 – Laskiainen Finnish Festival – Aurora

MISSISSIPPI

No festivals this weekend.

MISSOURI

2/3 – MO Bacon and Bourbon Festival – Columbia

NEW JERSEY

2/2-2/4 – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Greek Winter Feast – Egg Harbor
2/3-2/4 – Winter Fire and Ice Festival – Cream Ridge
2/4 – Lunar Fest NJ – Maplewood

NEW YORK

2/3 – Niagara Wine and Beer Festival – Lockport

NORTH CAROLINA

2/1-2/3 – North Carolina Jazz Festival – Wilmington
2/3 – Big Frosty Beer Festival – Raleigh
2/3 – American Indian Powwow – Durham
2/3-2/4 – Carolina Chocolate Festival – Morehead City
2/4 – Vegan Mac & Cheese Cook-Off – Durham

OHIO

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

PENNSYLVANIA

2/1-2/3 – Groundhog Days in the Park – Punxsutawney
2/2-2/3 – Groundhog’s Winter Fest – Waterford
2/2-2/4 – Carlisle Ice Art Fest – Carlisle
2/2-2/4 – Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival – Lewisburg
2/3 – Carve 4 Cancer Winter Festival at Montage Mountain – Scranton
2/3 – Founders Philly Freeze-Out – Philadelphia
2/3 – Philly Chocolate, Wine and Whiskey Festival – Oaks
2/3 – Winterfest at Moraine State Park – Portersville
2/3 – Skytop Lodge Winter Beer Festival – Skytop
2/3 – Warren County Winterfest – Clarendon
2/3 – Franklin on Ice – Franklin

SOUTH CAROLINA

2/3 – Group Therapy’s Chili Cook-Off – Columbia
2/4 – Lowcountry Oyster Festival – Mount Pleasant

TENNESSEE

2/3 – Sweetheart Market at Mountain Arts Community Center – Signal Mountain

TEXAS

1/29-2/3 – Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo IV – Fort Worth
2/1-2/3 – Cowboy Mardi Gras – Bandera
2/2-2/3 – Mardi Gras on the Sabine – Orange
2/2-2/4 – Lunar New Year at Asia Times Square II – Grand Prairie
2/2-2/4 – Mardi Gras Galveston I – Galveston
2/3 – Carnaval Brasileiro – Austin
2/3 – San Antonio Wino Fest – San Antonio
2/3 – Mardi Gras Celebration – Kemah
2/3-2/4 – Faire of Champions V – Palestine
2/3-2/4 – Kerrville Renaissance Festival III – Kerrville
2/4 – Killeen Wine Fest – Killeen

VIRGINIA

2/2 – Bacchus Wine and Food Festival – Newport
2/2-2/4 – Winter Lantern Festival X – Tysons
2/2-2/4 – Chocolate Lovers Festival – Fairfax

WEST VIRGINIA

No festivals this weekend.

WISCONSIN

1/31-2/4 – Winterfest – Lake Geneva
2/2-2/3 – Knickerbocker Ice Festival – Lake Mills
2/2-2/4 – Iola Winter Carnival – Iola
2/2-2/4 – Hot Air Affair – Hudson
2/2-2/4 – Fish Creek Winterfest – Fish Creek
2/3 – Winterfest – Balsam Lake
2/3 – Fond Du Lac Brewfest – Fond Du Lac

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Festival Guides

Alabama | Arkansas | Delaware | Florida | Georgia
Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kentucky | Louisiana
Maryland | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri
New Jersey | New York | North Carolina | Ohio | Pennsylvania
South Carolina | Tennessee | Texas | Virginia
Washington, DC | West Virginia | Wisconsin

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