Upcoming Festival Weekend: April 11-14, 2024

The Eclipse may be over, but Festival Season for many states is just beginning!

Welcome back, Festival Fans!

I am still recovering a bit from the Total Solar Eclipse as I write this…

…not only amazed how this…

…suddenly turned to this so quickly…

…but by the beauty of the moon which was absolutely breathtaking.

I’m not going to include a close-up image of the Moon/Sun Eclipse because my iPhone couldn’t do it any justice. The corona bled over the moon in my photos and made it appear to be glowing but it really wasn’t.

It was more like the moon, thanks to the darkness and the sun shining behind it, appeared to be hovering within the Earth’s atmosphere rather than the great distance away that it actually was. And the sun’s light made it seem magical – truly celestial – and it was something that I hope to see again one day.

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Great ready for a great selection of festivals!

This weekend, there are so many great festivals, especially in the south, celebrating:

  • Seasonal Fruits, such as Strawberries, Blueberries, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes
  • Delicious Foods: Chocolate, Chili, Catfish, Crawfish, Grits, Tacos, Seafood Pimento Cheese, Pretzels, Cornbread, Cheese, Ramps
  • Various Cultures: Lebanese, Jewish, African, Latino
  • Critters: Roosters, Dogs, Sheep, Worms, Migratory Birds, Osprey, Bears, Goats, Squirrels
  • Flowers: Dogwood, Rhododendron, Cherry Blossoms, Tulips, Daffodils
  • Music Genres: Blues, Folk, Jazz, Rock and more
  • and such a variety of festivals, including Bike Festivals, Renaissance Festivals, Pride Festivals, Art Festivals, Kite Festivals, Vintage Markets (Review), Rodeos/Cowboy Gatherings, Beer/Wine Festivals and more!

Some interesting festivals with very specific themes include the Mayberry I Love Lucy Days Festivals in Granville, Tennessee and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival (Review) in Washington, DC.

Here are some more suggestions in each state:

Alabama
Mobile Chocolate Festival, Rooster Day (Demopolis)
Arkansas
Festival on the Rails (McNeil)
Delaware
No festivals this weekend.
Florida
Tallahassee Bike Fest, Pinellas Pepper Fest (Pinellas Park)
Georgia
Tallapoosa Dogwood Festival, Acworth Art Fest 
Illinois
Sheep and Craft Festival (Waterloo)
Indiana
Bloomington Craft Beer Festival 

Iowa
Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights II (Des Moines)
Kentucky
Block Party (Kentucky Derby Festival) (Louisville)
Louisiana
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, French Quarter Festival (New Orleans)
Maryland
Dessert Wars Baltimore (Timonium)
Michigan
Festival of the Angry Bear (Marquette)
Minnesota
Minnesota Craft Beer Festival (Minneapolis)
Mississippi
King Cotton Crawfish Boil (Starkville)

Missouri
Spring-A-Palooza (Chillicothe)
New Jersey
Latin Food Festival (Paramus)
New York
CNY Maple Festival (Marathon)
North Carolina
Pimento Cheese Festival (Cary), Goat Fest (Nashville)
Pennsylvania
Central PA Pretzel Festival (Bloomsburg)
South Carolina
World Grits Festival (St. George), Hub City Hog Fest (Spartanburg)
Tennessee
Mayberry I Love Lucy Days (Granville)

Texas
Poteet Strawberry Festival, Lubbock Arts Festival
Virginia
Virginia Osprey Festival (Colonial Beach)
Washington, DC
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival 
West Virginia
Shortline Ramp Festival (Pine Grove)
Wisconsin
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival (Kenosha)

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Really go through the lists this weekend because you never know what you are going to find.

And don’t forget to look to the map, as there may be festivals nearby!

Also, 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-041424/

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Until next week…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Upcoming Festival Weekend: April 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

4/12-4/14 – Vintage Market Days of NW Arkansas: Spring Bentonville, ARKANSASMy Review

4/12-4/14 – Vintage Market Days of Metro Tampa: BloomTampa, FLORIDAMy Review

4/12-4/14 – Vintage Market Days of CharlestonNorth Charleston, SOUTH CAROLINAMy Review

4/13-4/14 – Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street FestivalWashington, DC My Review

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ALABAMA

4/12 – Seafood and Arts Festival – Montgomery
4/12-4/13 – Smoke on the Falls – Gadsden
4/12-4/13 – St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival – Birmingham
4/13 – Mobile Chocolate Festival – Mobile
4/13 – Mt. Laurel Spring Festival – Birmingham
4/13 – Spring Festival at the Monument – Enterprise
4/13 – Noble Street Festival – Anniston
4/13- Great Firkin Fest – Mobile
4/13 – Rooster Day – Demopolis
4/13 – Loop Music and Art Festival – Dothan
Weekend continues below…

4/13 – Battle of the Buffalo – Huntsville
4/13 – Patton Creek Art Festival – Hoover
4/13 – Corbin Farms Winery Spring Wine Festival – Calera
4/13 – Flimp Festival – Montgomery
4/13 – Spring Festival at Wilderwood Farm – Ralph
4/13 – Spring CahabaQue – Birmingham
4/13-4/14 – Kites over Mobile – Mobile
4/13-4/14 – Baldwin County Strawberry Festival – Loxley
4/13-4/14 – Calico Fort Arts and Crafts Fair – Fort Deposit
4/14 – Jewish Food and Culture Festival – Birmingham
4/14 – Pup Palooza – Huntsville

ARKANSAS

4/9-4/13 – Hogskin Holidays II – Hampton
4/12-4/14 – Vintage Market Days of NW Arkansas: Spring – Bentonville – My Review
4/13 – Festival on the Rails – McNeil

DELAWARE

No festivals this weekend.

FLORIDA

4/8-4/14 – Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival III – Clearwater
4/10-4/14 – Sacred Heart Spring Festival – Pinellas Park
4/11-4/14 – Sandestin Wine Festival – Miramar Beach
4/11-4/14 – Tallahassee Bike Fest – Tallahassee
4/12-4/13 – Tampa Bay Rodeo and Family Festival – Dover
4/12-4/13 – Ocoee Music Festival – Ocoee
4/12-4/14 – Vintage Market Days of Metro Tampa: Bloom – Tampa – My Review
4/12-4/14 – Gamble Rogers Music Festival – St. Augustine
4/12-4/14 – Tampa Bay Blues Festival – Tampa
4/12-4/14 – Delray Affair – Delray Beach
4/12-4/14 – Ferdinanda Beach Songwriters Festival – Amelia Island
4/12-4/15 – Naples Balloon Festival – Naples
Weekend continues below…

4/13 – Makin’ Bacon Festival – Williston
4/13 – Springtoberfest – Casselberry
4/13 – Brews Around the Zoo – Sanford
4/13 – Marion County Farmland Preservation Festival – Micanopy
4/13 – O’Leno Ole Chili Cook-Off and Springs Celebration – High Springs
4/13 – Suwannee River Catfish Festival – Branford
4/13 – Pinellas Pepper Fest – Pinellas Park
4/13 – Worm Gruntin’ Festival – Sopchoppy
4/13 – Absolutely Avalon – Orlando
4/13 – Hogtown Craft Beer Festival – Gainesville
4/13 – Rainbow Springs Art Festival – Dunnellon
4/13 – Woofstock Music Festival – Jacksonville
4/13* – Zephyrhills Music and Motorcycles – Zephyrhills – CANCELLED
4/13 – Dunnellon Boomtown Days – Dunnellon
4/13 – Black Gold Jubilee – Belle Glade
Weekend continues below…

4/13 – Love Your Mother Festival – Sanford
4/13* – Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Hoot ‘n’ Annie – Venice – CANCELLED
4/13 – Afro Roots Fest Jupiter – Jupiter
4/13-4/14 – Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival – Gainesville
4/13-4/14 – Keel Farms Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival III – Plant City
4/13-4/14 – Tallahassee Jazz and Blues Festival – Tallahassee
4/13-4/14 – The Original Tampa Bay Grilled Cheese Festival – Port Richey
4/13-4/14 – Blueberry Festival at Amber Brooke Farms: Eustis I – Eustis
4/13-4/14 – Cajun Crawfish and Music Festival – Jupiter
4/13-4/14 – Florida Groves Music Festival – Orlando
4/13-4/14 – Venice Sharks Tooth Festival – Venice
4/13-4/14 – Blueberry Fest at Wickham Park – Melbourne
4/13-4/14 – Miami Beach Pride Festival – Miami Beach
4/13-4/14 – Bern’s Winefest I – Tampa

GEORGIA

4/8-4/13 – Savannah Music Festival III – Savannah
4/11-4/14 – FLAME Festival – Washington
4/12 – Peachtree City Night Market I – Peachtree City
4/12-4/13 – Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival – Blairsville
4/12-4/14 – Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron Festival I – Hiawassee
4/12-4/14 – Little Richard Festival – Macon
4/12-4/14 – Atlanta Dogwood Festival – Atlanta
4/13 – Amplify Decatur Music Festival – Decatur
4/13 – Picnic in the Park Food Truck Festival: Spring – Macon
4/13 – Wolf Creek Plantation Spring Festival – Americus
4/13 – Atlanta Spring Wine Festival – Atlanta
4/13 – Tallapoosa Dogwood Festival – Tallapoosa
4/13 – Summerville Main Street Spring Market – Summerville
4/13 – The Ultimate Spring Fest – Powder Springs
Weekend continues below…

4/13 – Taste of Mableton – Mableton
4/13 – Tacos ‘N Taps – Atlanta
4/13 – Elberton Spring Fling – Elberton
4/13 – Market on the Square I – Fayetteville
4/13 – Odum Food Truck Festival – Odum
4/13 – BFUMC Spring Craft Fair – Bethlehem
4/13 – National Grits Festival – Warwick
4/13-4/14 – Perry Dogwood Festival – Perry
4/13-4/14 – 4F Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire: Spring II – Danielsville
4/13-4/14* – Cowboy Gathering and Western Festival – Bremen – CANCELLED
4/13-4/14 – Spring Fling Festival – Warm Springs
4/13-4/14 – Ottawa Farms Strawberry Festival – Bloomingdale
4/13-4/14 – Acworth Art Fest – Acworth
4/13-4/14 – The Georgia Renaissance Festival I – Fairburn
4/14 – Alpharetta Wine Festival – Alpharetta

ILLINOIS

4/13 – Sheep and Craft Festival – Waterloo
4/13 – Holi Moli – Normal

INDIANA

4/11-4/14 – xZOOberance IV – Indianapolis
4/13 – St. Benno Fest – Indianapolis
4/13 – Bloomington Craft Beer Festival – Bloomington

IOWA

4/10-4/14 – Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights II – Des Moines

KENTUCKY

4/13 – Block Party (Kentucky Derby Festival) – Louisville

LOUISIANA

4/11 – Destrehan Plantation Heritage Day – Destrehan
4/11-4/13 – Louisiana Railroad Days Festival – DeQuincy
4/11-4/14 – French Quarter Festival – New Orleans
4/12 – Shreveport Blues Festival – Bossier City
4/12-4/13 – Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration – Grand Isle
4/12-4/13 – Wine on False River – New Roads
4/12-4/14 – Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment and Festival – Pelican
4/12-4/14 – Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival – Ponchatoula
4/12-4/14 – Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival – Jean Lafitte
4/13 – Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival – Franklin
4/13 – Basin Brew Fest – Morgan City
4/13 – Friends of South Terrebonne Cook-Off – Houma
4/13 – Lamb Weston’s North Louisiana Sweet Potato Festival – Oak Grove – MOVED TO 4/27
4/14 – The International Rose and Wine Festival – Shreveport
4/14 – Taste of Mid City – Baton Rouge

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

4/12-4/14 – Baltimore Tattoo Arts Festival – Baltimore
4/13 – Interstate BBQ and Outdoor Expo – Boonsboro
4/13 – DC Beer Fest: Spring – Washington, DC
4/13 – DC Wine Fest!: Spring Edition – Washington, DC
4/13 – Bel Air Kite Festival – Bel Air
4/13 – Dessert Wars Baltimore – Timonium
4/13 – First Landing Wine and Arts Festival – Coltons Point
4/13 – Marshy Point Spring Festival – Middle River
4/13-4/14 – Cherry Blossom Wine and Beer Festival – Washington, DC
4/13-4/14 – Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival – Washington, DC – My Review
4/14 – Songkran Festival: Thai New Year Festival – Washington, DC

MICHIGAN

4/13 – Festival of the Angry Bear – Marquette

MINNESOTA

4/13 – Goat Fest at Schram Haus Brewery – Chaska
4/13 – Minnesota Craft Beer Festival – Minneapolis
4/13 – Vergas Maple Syrup Festival – Vergas

MISSISSIPPI

4/11-4/13 – Amory Railroad Festival – Amory
4/13 – Caterpillar Parade and Spring into Green Market – Clinton
4/13 – Loose Caboose Arts and Crafts Festival – Newton
4/13 – Juke Joint Festival – Clarksdale
4/13 – King Cotton Crawfish Boil – Starkville
4/13-4/14 – Arts Alive! – Bay St. Louis

MISSOURI

4/10-4/14 – Animals Aglow at the Saint Louis Zoo V – St. Louis
4/11-4/13 – Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival – St. Louis
4/11-4/14 – Street Fest at Silver Dollar City I – Branson
4/13 – Spring-A-Palooza – Chillicothe
4/13 – Bar K Beer Fest – St. Louis
4/13 – Arcadian Moon “Flight for Freedom” Family Kite Festival – Higginsville

NEW JERSEY

4/12-4/13 – Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival – Atlantic City
4/13 – Burlington County Book Festival – Westampton Township
4/13 – Essex County Family Day (Cherry Blossom Festival) – Newark
4/13-4/14 – Tulip Festival at Dalton Farms III – Swedesboro
4/13-4/14 – Shoppes at Dragon Village Storybook Festival – Bridgeton
4/14 – Margate’s Cherry Blossom Festival – Margate City
4/14 – Bloom Fest (Cherry Blossom Festival) – Newark
4/14 – Art in Bloom – Clinton
4/14 – Daffodil Day at Reeves Reed Arboretum – Summit
4/14 – Latin Food Festival – Paramus
4/14 – Red Bank Spring Street Fair and Craft Show I – Red Bank
4/14 – Bloomfest – Orange

NEW YORK

4/13 – CollaBEERation Fest – Buffalo
4/13-4/14 – CNY Maple Festival – Marathon

NORTH CAROLINA

4/8-4/14 – Charlotte SHOUT! III – Charlotte
4/11-4/14 – Queen Charlotte Fair I – Concord
4/12-4/13 – Peak City Pig Fest – Apex
4/12-4/13 – Strange Fruit Music Festival – Greensboro
4/12-4/14 – Moo, Brew and ‘Que Music Fest – Charlotte
4/13 – Appalachian TrailFest – Hot Springs
4/13 – Paws in the Park – Pineville
4/13 – Pimento Cheese Festival – Cary
Weekend continues below…

4/13 – Festival of Fun – New Bern
4/13 – Goat Fest – Nashville
4/13 – Charlotte Brunch Festival – Charlotte
4/13 – Chalk of the Town – Holly Springs
4/13 – The Lost Colony Wine, Art and Culinary Festival – Manteo
4/13 – Charlotte StrEATS Tasting Tour and Festival – Charlotte
4/13-4/14 – Spring Pottery and Glass Festival II – Creedmoor
4/13-4/14 – Eastern North Carolina Renaissance Faire – Kinston
4/14 – Charlotte StrEATS Festival – Charlotte
4/14 – A Sip of Spring Beer and Wine Festival – Wake Forest

OHIO

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

PENNSYLVANIA

4/10-4/13 – Keystone State Carving and Vendor Show – Chambersburg
4/12-4/13 – Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer Fest – Philadelphia
4/12-4/13 – Dill’s Celtic Fest – Dillsburg
4/13 – Erie Micro Brew Festival – Erie
4/13 – Central PA Pretzel Festival – Bloomsburg
4/13 – CranFest Folk and Food Festival – Cranberry Township
4/13-4/14 – Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival – Philadelphia
4/14 – Chestnut Hill Clover Market – Philadelphia
4/14 – Hello Handmade Kickoff Market – Mt. Pleasant

SOUTH CAROLINA

4/11-4/13 – Puddin’ Swamp Festival – Turbeville
4/11-4/13 – Festival on the Avenue – Sumter
4/12-4/13 – Come-See-Me Festival I – Rock Hill
4/12-4/13 – Hub City Hog Fest – Spartanburg
4/12-4/14 – Lowcountry Strawberry Festival II – Mount Pleasant
4/12-4/14 – World Grits Festival – St. George
4/12-4/14 – Vintage Market Days of Charleston – North Charleston – My Review
4/13 – Mac Arnold Cornbread and Collard Greens Blues Festival – Fountain Inn
4/13 – Lower Saluda Craft BeerFest – Columbia
4/13 – Lowcountry Dogapalooza – Hanahan
4/13 – Forest Acres Festival – Columbia
4/13 – History Up High: Hot Air Balloon and Kite Festival – Roebuck
4/13 – Lowcountry Cajun Festival – Charleston
4/13-4/14 – Strawberry Festival at Jedburg Junction – Summerville
4/14 – Isle of Palms Songwriters Festival – Isle of Palms
4/14 – Blues by the Sea – Kiawah Island

TENNESSEE

4/12-4/13 – Knoxville Cheese Fest – Knoxville
4/12-4/13 – Tennessee River Rendezvous History, Heritage, and Weaponry Festival – Saltillo
4/12-4/13 – The Old Gray – Monterey
4/12-4/13 – Market in the Park: Spring – Gallatin
4/12-4/13 – Mayberry I Love Lucy Days – Granville
4/12-4/14 – NoliFest – Erwin
4/13 – Window on the World International Festival – Cookeville
4/13 – Upper Cumberland Spring Market and Food Truck Festival – Cookeville
4/13 – East Nashville Beer Festival – Nashville
4/13 – Oakhaven Festival – Memphis
4/13 – Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival – Nashville
4/13 – Shelby Forest Spring Fest – Millington
4/13-4/14 – Spring Paint Jam – Waverly
4/14 – Buttercup Festival – Nolensville
4/14 – “Knoshville” Jewish Food Festival – Knoxville

TEXAS

4/8-4/14 – Fusebox Festival – Austin
4/12 – Neches River Festival Parade and Street Party – Beaumont
4/12-4/13 – Wild West Brew Fest – Pflugerville
4/12-4/14 – Cattle Country Music Festival – Gonzales
4/12-4/14 – The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival – The Woodlands
4/12-4/14 – Burnet Bluebonnet Festival – Burnet
4/12-4/14 – McKinney Arts in Bloom Festival – McKinney
4/12-4/14 – Poteet Strawberry Festival – Poteet
4/13 – Paris Texas Wine Fest – Paris
4/13 – Downtown Bryan Street and Art Fair – Bryan
4/13 – Hill Country Craft Beer Festival – New Braunfels
Weekend continues below…

4/13 – Jersey Village Founders’ Day – Jersey Village
4/13 – Houston Art Car Parade and Festival – Houston
4/13 – Madisonville Mudbug and Music Festival – Madisonville
4/13 – Rip’s Ribs Cook-Off/Wine Festival/Jazz Festival – Eastland
4/13 – Squirrel Fest at Pease Park – Austin
4/13 – The Texas Food Truck Showdown – Waco
4/13 – Crawfish and Cannons – Newcastle
4/13 – Austin Country, Folk & Blues Festival at Round Rock: Pflugerville – Austin
4/13 – Earth Day Bay Day – Corpus Christi
4/13-4/14 – Texas Street Food Festival – Arlington
4/13-4/14 – Spring Festival at Rockberry Ranch V – Poteet
4/13-4/14 – Taste of the Southside – San Antonio
4/13-4/14 – Lubbock Arts Festival – Lubbock
Weekend continues below…

4/13-4/14 – Avalon Faire II – Kilgore
4/13-4/14 – Dallas Festival of the Arts – Dallas
4/13-4/14 – Houston Latin Fest – Sugar Land
4/13-4/14 – Sherwood Forest Faire VII – McDade
4/13-4/14 – Scarborough Renaissance Festival II – Waxahachie
4/13-4/14 – Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival – Chappell Hill
4/14 – ABC Kite Fest – Austin
4/14 – Local Frisco Vendor Market – Frisco
4/14 – Waco Margarita Festival – Waco
4/14 – Spring Homegrown at Northgate – College Station
4/14 – Katy Wino Wine Festival – Katy
4/14 – St. Mary’s Catholic Church Festival – Temple
4/14 – Houston Barbecue Festival – Humble

VIRGINIA

4/12-4/14 – Bryant’s Cidery and Brewery Apple Blossom Festival – Roseland
4/13 – Richmond African American Book Festival – Richmond
4/13 – Clarksville Lake County Wine Festival – Clarksville
4/13 – Phoebus Spring Fling and Beer Fest – Hampton
4/13 – Pilsner Invitational – Williamsburg
4/13 – Chesterfield Outdoor Fest – Chesterfield
4/13 – James River Cellars’ April Fools’ Wine Festival – Glen Allen
4/13 – Smithfield Wine and Brew Fest – Smithfield
4/13 – Virginia Osprey Festival – Colonial Beach
4/13-4/14 – St. Fiacre Flower Festival – Portsmouth

WEST VIRGINIA

4/13 – Shortline Ramp Festival – Pine Grove
4/13 – Feast of the Ramson – Richwood
4/13 – Camp Creek Lumberjack Competition and Ramp Feast – Camp Creek

WISCONSIN

4/13 – Menominee Sturgeon Feast and Celebration Pow Wow – Keshena
4/13 – Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival – Kenosha
4/13 – Dells Rare Barrel Affair – Wisconsin Dells

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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