Upcoming Festival Weekend: March 7-10, 2024

Chocolate, Shamrocks, BBQ, Spring Markets, Maple Syrup, Cajun Food and Rattlesnakes.

Welcome back, Festival Fans!

While almost all the states have at least one festival this weekend (sorry Minnesota), there is an overall decrease in the number of festivals this weekend.

That’s not to say that there isn’t plenty to do, especially in such states as Florida, Georgia and Texas, where there are tons of events.

Depending on where you live, you just may have to check what’s going on around you and seeing if some of the farther-away festivals are worth the drive.

Take it from me: I drove 3 hours each way for a festival last weekend and I don’t regret it.

This weekend, depending on the climate, you’ll be seeing festivals ranging from Maple Syrup Fests to Cajun Food Festivals and plenty of Irish-influenced celebrations in-between.

For example, there are also…

  • BBQ Festivals in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina
  • Music Festivals in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, and Virginia
  • Rattlesnake Festivals in Georgia and Texas
  • Chocolate Festivals in New Jersey, New York and Tennessee
  • Storytelling Festivals in Kentucky and Texas
  • Flower Festivals in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia
  • Maple Fests in Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia
  • and plenty of Irish Festivals, Beer Festivals, Wine Festivals, and Cultural Festivals throughout the states.

Here are some more suggestions in each state:

Alabama
BBQ and Blues Cook-off (Foley)
Arkansas
Momentous (Bentonville)
Delaware
Turners Irish Festival (Wilmington)
Florida
Florida Strawberry Festival (Plant City), Pigapalooza! (Mulberry)
Georgia
South Georgia Wine Festival (Wray), Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival (Claxton)
Illinois
Uncorked: Chicago Wine Fest (Chicago)
Indiana
BrrrFest Craft Beer Festival (Bluffton)

Iowa
Maple Syrup Festival at Hartman Reserve Nature Center (Cedar Falls)
Kentucky
Tails and Ales (Lexington)
Louisiana
St. Patrick’s Seafood Festival (Marrero)
Maryland
Celtic Festival (North East)
Michigan
Noodle Fest (World of Winter) (Grand Rapids)
Minnesota
No festivals this weekend.
Mississippi
Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival (Hattiesburg)

Missouri
Cross Rivers Roots and Blues Festival (Cape Girardeau)
New Jersey
Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival 
New York
Burt Fest (Buffalo)
North Carolina
Carolina FiberFest (Raleigh)
Pennsylvania
Uncork the Alleghenies (Altoona)
South Carolina
Surfside Beach BBQ Festival 
Tennessee
County Sumner Irish Festival (Castalian Springs)

Texas
Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Roundup, ILLFest (Austin)
Virginia
Highland County Maple Festival (Monterey)
Washington, DC
No festivals this weekend.
West Virginia
Irish Spring Festival (Ireland)
Wisconsin
Bock Fest (Superior)

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

And don’t forget: Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 is coming up and you can try to make plans with the help of the Solar Eclipse Festival Guide at https://festivalguidesandreviews.com/solar-eclipse-festival-guide/

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-031024/

Until next week…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Upcoming Festival Weekend: March 7-10, 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

3/10 – The Vintage Market: Lucky Junkin’ Monroe, MICHIGAN My Review

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ALABAMA

3/8-3/9 – BBQ and Blues Cook-off – Foley
3/8-3/10 – Festival of Flowers – Mobile
3/9 – Mobile Chili Cook Off – Mobile
3/9 – Maplesville Spring Fling Festival – Maplesville
3/9 – Ross Bridge Spring Market – Hoover
3/9-3/10 – Orange Beach Festival of Art – Orange Beach

ARKANSAS

3/4-3/10 – Wye Daffodil Festival II – Bigelow
3/7-3/9 – Mountain View Spring Bluegrass Festival – Mountain View
3/9 – Momentous – Bentonville
3/9 – UAPB Spring Fling Community Celebration – Pine Bluff
3/9 – Shamrock’in the Square Festival of Fun – Mount Ida

DELAWARE

3/9 – Turners Irish Festival – Wilmington
3/10 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festivities at Quayside – Milton

FLORIDA

3/4-3/10 – Florida Strawberry Festival II – Plant City
3/4-3/10 – Festival of the Arts Boca II – Boca Raton
3/4-3/10 – Daytona Beach Bike Week II – Daytona Beach
3/4-3/10* – Virginia Key Grassroots Festival – Virginia Key – DISCONTINUED
3/6-3/10 – Beach ‘N Boards Fest – Cocoa Beach
3/7-3/9 – Emerald Coast Cruizin’ Car Show: Spring – Panama City Beach
3/8-3/9 – Pigapalooza! – Mulberry
3/8-3/10 – Will McLean Music Festival – Brooksville
3/8-3/10 – Millennial Brewing Co. St. Patrick’s Fest – Fort Myers
3/9 – Tampa Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival – Tampa
3/9 – Milton’s Blackwater Food Truck Festival – Milton
Weekend continues below…

3/9 – Sausage Fest – Pinellas Park
3/9 – Dania Beach Wine and Seafood Festival – Dania Beach
3/9 – Zephyrhills Founders Day Festival – Zephyrhills
3/9 – Cocoa Reggae and Rum Festival – Cocoa Beach
3/9* – Manatee Pride Festival – Bradenton – DISCONTINUED
3/9 – Pasco Blues Festival – Land O’ Lakes
3/9 – Parrish Florida Chili Cookoff – Parrish
3/9 – Lake Alfred Heritage Festival – Lake Alfred
3/9 – Island Fest: Mullet Toss and Seafood Festival – Pine Island
3/9 – Lakewood Ranch Irish Celtic Festival – Bradenton
3/9-3/10 – Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival – Fort Myers Beach
Weekend continues below…

3/9-3/10 – Original Marathon Seafood Festival – Marathon
3/9-3/10 – Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest – Miami Gardens
3/9-3/10 – Bay Area Renaissance Festival IV – Dade City
3/9-3/10 – St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival – St. Augustine
3/9-3/10 – Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival on the Bayou – Tarpon Springs
3/9-3/10 – Palm Coast Strawberry Fest – Palm Coast
3/9-3/10 – Speckled Perch Festival and Parade – Okeechobee
3/9-3/10 – Florida Renaissance Festival and Craft Village VI – Deerfield Beach
3/10 – Calle Ocho Music Festival – Miami
3/10 – Taco Fest – Fort Myers
3/10 – St. Ambrose Spring Fair – Elkton
3/9* – Avalon Spring Fest: Lunar New Year Festival – Orlando
3/10 – Gulfport Peace, Love and Pride Fest – Gulfport

GEORGIA

3/8-3/9 – Irish Balloon Festival (Dublin-Laurens St. Patrick’s Festival) – Dublin
3/9 – Celtic Heritage Festival of Savannah – Savannah
3/9 – Small World Festival – Hinesville
3/9 – Cumming Wine Festival – Cumming
3/9 – Spring into Main Street Market – Fayetteville
3/9 – Atlanta Brunch Festival II – Atlanta
3/9 – South Georgia Wine Festival – Wray
3/9-3/10 – Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival – Valdosta
3/9-3/10 – Forsythia Festival – Forsyth
3/9-3/10 – Yule Forest Tulip Festival I – Stockbridge
3/9-3/10 – Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival – Claxton

ILLINOIS

3/9 – Uncorked: Chicago Wine Fest – Chicago

INDIANA

3/8-3/9 – Jay County Fiber Arts Festival – Portland
3/9 – The Wildflower Spring Market and Food Truck Rally – Terre Haute
3/9 – BrrrFest Craft Beer Festival – Bluffton

IOWA

3/8-3/10 – Maple Syrup Festival at Hartman Reserve Nature Center – Cedar Falls
3/9 – Spring Fling Festival – Cedar Rapids

KENTUCKY

3/8 – Tails and Ales – Lexington
3/8-3/10 – Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival – Corbin
3/9-3/10 – Kentucky Crafted Market – Lexington

LOUISIANA

3/8-3/9 – St. Patrick’s Seafood Festival – Marrero
3/8-3/10 – Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival – Independence
3/8-3/10 – Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival – New Orleans
3/9 – Black Heritage Day Festival – Lake Charles
3/9 – Roux for a Reason Gumbo Cook Off at Southdown Plantation – Houma
3/10 – Crawfete at Perkins Rowe – Baton Rouge

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

3/8 – Rockville International Night – Rockville
3/9 – Westminster Irish Festival – Westminster
3/9 – Leprechaun Luau – Frederick
3/9 – Celtic Festival – North East
3/9 – Delmarva Heritage Festival – Pocomoke City
3/9-3/10 – Maple Syrup Festival I – Thurmont

MICHIGAN

3/6-3/10 – Gilda’s LaughFest – Grand Rapids
3/9 – Noodle Fest (World of Winter) – Grand Rapids
3/9 – Maple Sugar Festival – Kalamazoo
3/9 – Peace, Love and Hippies Indoor Spring Festival: Lapeer – Lapeer
3/9 – Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival – Jackson
3/10 – The Vintage Market: Lucky Junkin’ – Monroe – My Review

MINNESOTA

No festivals this weekend.

MISSISSIPPI

3/9 – Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival – Hattiesburg

MISSOURI

3/9 – Cross Rivers Roots and Blues Festival – Cape Girardeau

NEW JERSEY

3/9-3/10 – The Chocolate Expo – Edison
3/9-3/10 – Laurita Winery’s Shamrock and St. Patrick’s Weekends I – New Egypt
3/10 – Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival – Rumson

NEW YORK

3/8 – Burt Fest – Buffalo
3/9 – Rochester Wine and Chocolate Festival – Rochester

NORTH CAROLINA

3/8-3/9 – Carolina FiberFest – Raleigh

OHIO

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

PENNSYLVANIA

3/9 – Uncork the Alleghenies – Altoona
3/9 – SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival – Emmaus

SOUTH CAROLINA

3/6-3/10 – Charleston Wine and Food Festival – Charleston
3/9 – Cottontown Art Crawl – Columbia
3/9 – Surfside Beach BBQ Festival – Surfside Beach
3/9 – BBQ and Brews – Summerville
3/9 – Old Town St. Patrick’s Day Festival – Rock Hill
3/9-3/10 – Low Country Pow Wow and Cultural Festival – Hardeeville

TENNESSEE

3/9 – County Sumner Irish Festival – Castalian Springs
3/9 – Nashville Chocolate, Wine and Whiskey Festival – Franklin
3/9 – Mystical March at Collegedale Commons – Collegedale

TEXAS

3/4-3/5 – Landlock Festival II – Waco
3/4-3/10 – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo II – Houston
3/7-3/10 – Fulton Oysterfest – Fulton
3/7-3/10 – Texas Storytelling Festival – Denton
3/8-3/9 – TX Hill Country Musicfest – Bandera
3/8-3/10 – Austin Fair and Rodeo I – Austin
3/8-3/10 – Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Roundup – Sweetwater
3/8-3/10 – South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) I – Austin
3/8-3/10 – Big TX Fun Crawfish Festival I – Selma
3/8-3/10 – Hidalgo Border Fest – Hidalgo
Weekend continues below…

3/9 – Big Top Shopping Festival at City Place – Spring
3/9 – Dallas Whiskey Riot – Dallas
3/9 – Rajun Cajun Throwdown – Luling
3/9 – San Antonio Wino Wine Festival – San Antonio
3/9 – La Grange Uncorked – La Grange
3/9 – Killeen Wino Wine Festival – Harker Heights
3/9 – Bedford Holi Festival of Color – Bedford
3/9-3/10 – ILLFest – Austin
3/9-3/10 – Sherwood Forest Faire II – McDade
3/9-3/10 – Spring Fest at Historic Market Square I – San Antonio
3/9-3/10 – Cajun Festival at Traders Village San Antonio – San Antonio
3/10 – Missouri City Soul Food Festival – Missouri City

VIRGINIA

3/7-3/10 – Cabin Fever Pickin’ Party – Virginia Beach
3/9 – Balderinos Music Fest at Center of the Universe Brewing I – Ashland
3/9-3/10 – Highland County Maple Festival I – Monterey

WEST VIRGINIA

3/10 – Irish Spring Festival I – Ireland

WISCONSIN

3/8-3/9 – Bock Fest – Superior
3/9 – Pour Another Round Outdoor Winter Beer Festival – Green Bay
3/9-3/10 – Coda Fest – Madison

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