Upcoming Festival Weekend: July 20-23, 2023

Picklesburgh and UFO’s, plus many Food and Music Festivals!

Dearest Festival Fans, this is a big festival weekend for me – mostly because I’ll get to finally check out two festivals I’ve been trying to visit for a number of years now:

Picklesburgh in Pittsburgh and the UFO Festival in Kecksburg (both in Pennsylvania). The former gets a lot of hype and usually has a big crowd as there’s a large pickle offering (brine iced tea, fried pickle chips, pickle pizza, pickle beer, pickle ice cream, etc.) while the latter seems like a quirky festival and I just love those types of festivals in general.

Before and after these festivals, I’ll be visiting a bunch of Cultural Festivals, of which there are many this weekend.

Just look down the list and you’ll see Asian, Colombian, Greek, Polish, Italian, Peruvian, Lebanese, Bangladeshi, Latino and Mediterranean Cultural Festival, each with delicious homemade and authentic delights to enjoy.

And, if you thought the dinner choices ended there – think again.

Festivals with Food Themes this weekend are also numerous, offering Ice Cream, Tacos, Bagels, Corn, BBQ, Tamales, Cheese, Baby Food, Blueberries, Peaches, Soda Pop, Shrimp, Grits, and Tomatoes.

Of course, as mentioned above, there are also Pickles.

So it’s a great festival weekend for eating.

But it’s also a great weekend for music and live entertainment!

Some of this weekend’s offerings include W.C. Handy Music Festival (AL), City of Cumming Music Festival (GA), Electric Island EDM Festival (IL), Pitchfork Music Festival (IL), Abate of Indiana Boogie (IN), DC South Asian Music Fest (MD), Beaver Island Music Festival (MI), Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival (MI), Whirly Bird Music Festival (NY), Dapper Street Jazz Festival (NC), Squatchfest Music Festival (PA), Grits ‘n Grass Mountain Music Festival (SC), Belfast Music Festival (TN), Shenandoah Valley Music Festival (VA), Fling at the Springs Music Festival (WV), and Country Jam USA (WI).

So you have many possibilities to burn off the calories consumed from all the eating festivals.

It’s honestly a great overall festival weekend in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania with decent offerings in Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Western New York, Tennessee and Virginia.

Here are some more interesting picks for each state…

Alabama
W.C. Handy Music Festival (Florence)
Delaware
No festival this weekend.
Florida
Hemingway Days (Key West), Junkanoo Fest (Fort Lauderdale)
Georgia
Purple Pig Festival (Dallas), Atlanta Ice Cream Festival 
Illinois
Glencoe Festival of Art (Glencoe), Mattoon Bagelfest (Mattoon)

Indiana
Valparaiso Wine Festival, Fort Wayne Pride Fest
Kentucky
St. Rita Church Picnic (Louisville), Snappin’ Chaplin Turtle Derby (Perryville)
Maryland
Summer Soul Funk Festival (Crownsville), DC South Asian Music Fest (Silver Spring)
Michigan
Cadillac Festival of Arts, Arcadia Daze, TuscolaPalooza (Caro)
Mississippi
Brookstock (Brookhaven)

New York
St. James Italian Festival (Jamestown), Salt and Light Festival (Gasport)
North Carolina
Hillbilly Jam (Maggie Valley), Charlotte Peruvian Festival
Pennsylvania
Picklesburgh (Pittsburgh), UFO Festival (Kecksburg)
South Carolina
Grits ‘n Grass Mountain Music Festival (Pickens)
Tennessee
Grainger County Tomato Festival (Rutledge), Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival (Nashville)

Virginia
Hungry Mother Festival (Marion), Reggae By the River (Buchanan)
Washington, DC
Colombian Festival, La Placita DMV 
West Virginia
Beverly Heritage Days
Wisconsin
Beach Front Arts Fest (Kenosha), Lucky Days Festival (Luck)

As always, look to the lists and check out the map to see what’s going on around you.

If you are near or plan to travel to Ohio, you may want to check out this week’s post from my sister site Ohio Festivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ohio-weekend-072323

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Until next week…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Upcoming Festival Weekend: July 20-23, 2023

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MAP of festival and fair food cities this weekend.

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My Experiences of this Weekend’s Festival

No reviews this weekend.

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ALABAMA

7/20-7/22 – Rock the South – Cullman
7/21-7/23 – W.C. Handy Music Festival I – Florence

DELAWARE

No festivals this weekend.

FLORIDA

7/18-7/23 – Hemingway Days – Key West
7/21-7/23 – Junkanoo Fest – Fort Lauderdale
7/22 – Black Craft Music and Arts Festival – Panama City
7/22 – New Port Richey Rotaract’s Craft Beer and Wine Festival – New Port Richey

GEORGIA

7/21-7/23 – Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival – Atlanta
7/22 – Christmas in July Festival and Car Show – Patterson
7/22 – Atlanta Ice Cream Festival – Atlanta
7/22 – Marg and Taco Fest – Atlanta
7/22 – Harvest Festival at Hardman Farm Historic Site – Sautee Nacoochee
7/22 – City of Cumming Music Festival – Cumming
7/22 – Atlanta Kids Fest – McDonough
7/22 – Atlanta African Party in the Park – Atlanta
7/22-7/23 – Purple Pig Festival – Dallas
7/22-7/23 – Georgia Picnic and Food Truck Festival – Lawrenceburg

ILLINOIS

7/17-7/23 – McHenry Fiesta Days II – McHenry
7/19-7/22 – Mattoon Bagelfest – Mattoon
7/19-7/23 – Elk Grove Rotaryfest – Elk Grove Village
7/20-7/22 – Warrensburg Corn Festival – Warrensburg
7/20-7/22 – Rumble Down Festival – Mechanicsburg
7/20-7/23 – Tampico Fest – Tampico
7/20-7/23 – Algonquin Founders’ Day Festival – Algonquin
7/20-7/23 – Sugar Grove Corn Boil Festival – Sugar Grove
7/20-7/23 – Taco Fest and Highwood Days – Highwood
7/21 – Sad Summer Festival: Chicago – Chicago
7/21 – EffingHAM-JAM BBQ Cookoff – Effingham
7/21 – Horner Brew Fest – Chicago
7/21-7/22 – Kewanee Prairie Chicken Arts Festival – Kewanee
7/21-7/22 – Chatham Sweet Corn Festival – Chatham
7/21-7/22 – Electric Island EDM Festival – Antioch
Weekend continues below…

7/21-7/23 – Hume Sesquicentennial – Hume
7/21-7/23 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago
7/21-7/23 – Elizabeth Community Fair – Elizabeth
7/21-7/23 – AlpineFest – Lake Zurich
7/21-7/23 – Tacos Y Tamales Festival – Chicago
7/21-7/23 – Taste of Lincoln Avenue – Chicago
7/22 – Medici Midsummer Street Festival – Normal
7/22 – Barrington PorchFest – Barrington
7/22 – Freshie Fest – Long Grove
7/22 – Galena Brew Fest – Galena
7/22-7/23 – Rockford Chow Down – Rockford
7/22-7/23 – Sleepy Creek Vineyards Art and Music Festival – Fairmount
7/22-7/23 – Glencoe Festival of Art – Glencoe
7/23 – Winfield Food Truck Festival – Winfield
7/23 – Taste of Kerala – Schaumburg

INDIANA

7/17-7/22 – Circus City Festival II – Peru
7/20-7/23 – Abate of Indiana Boogie – Springville
7/21 – Sad Summer Festival: Indianapolis – Indianapolis
7/21-7/22 – Fort Wayne Pride Fest – Fort Wayne
7/21-7/22 – Spiceland Freedom Days – Spiceland
7/22 – Valparaiso Wine Festival – Valparaiso
7/22 – Holy Cross Wine and Cheese Festival – Indianapolis
7/22 – Indiana Microbrewers Festival – Indianapolis
7/22-7/23 – St. Martin Festival – Yorkville

KENTUCKY

7/20-7/22 – St. Agnes Carnival – Louisville
7/21-7/22 – St. Rita Church Picnic – Louisville
7/21-7/22 – Little Sandy Shakedown – Greenup
7/21-7/23 – Bacon, Bourbon & Brew Festival – Newport
7/22 – Hops and Vine Craft Beer and Wine Festival – Richmond
7/22 – Snappin’ Chaplin Turtle Derby – Perryville
7/22-7/23 – Louisville Street Food Festival – Louisville
7/22-7/23 – Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival VIII – Eminence

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

7/21-7/22 – Harmony Woods Music and Beer Fest – Havre de Grace
7/21-7/23 – DC South Asian Music Fest – Silver Spring
7/22 – Antietam Music Fest II – Hagerstown
7/22 – Summer Soul Funk Festival – Crownsville
7/22 – Taneytown Artisan Fest – Taneytown
7/22 – La Placita DMV – Washington, DC
7/22 – Colombian Festival – Washington, DC

MICHIGAN

7/17-7/22 – Charlevoix Venetian Festival II – Charlevoix
7/17-7/23 – Michigan Brown Trout Festival II – Alpena
7/18 – Sad Summer Festival: Sterling Heights – Sterling Heights
7/19-7/22 – National Baby Food Festival – Fremont
7/19-7/22 – Baldwin Troutarama – Baldwin
7/20-7/22 – Farmington Founders Festival – Farmington
7/20-7/22 – Beaver Island Music Festival – Beaver Island
7/20-7/22 – Ann Arbor Street Art Fair – Ann Arbor
7/20-7/23 – Muskegon Bike Time – Muskegon
7/20-7/23 – Indian River SummerFest – Indian River
Weekend continues below…

7/20-7/23 – Fraser Lions Carnival – Fraser
7/20-7/23 – Pigeon Farmer’s SummerFest – Pigeon
7/20-7/23 – Mayville Sunflower Festival – Mayville
7/21 – Ravenna Dog Daze and Car Cruise-In – Ravenna
7/21-7/22 – OPA! Greek Fest – Norton Shores
7/21-7/22 – Lumberjack Festival – Farwell
7/21-7/22 – Cadillac Festival of Arts – Cadillac
7/21-7/22 – Michigan Summer Beer Festival – Ypsilanti
7/21-7/22 – Revive Fest – Leonidas
7/21-7/22 – Sparta Town and Country Days – Sparta
7/21-7/22 – Bronson Polish Festival – Bronson
7/21-7/22 – Shay Days – Harbor Springs
Weekend continues below…

7/21-7/23 – Hot Air Jubilee – Jackson
7/21-7/23 – Blueberry Festival at Blueberry Lane Farms – Otisville
7/21-7/23 – Remus Heritage Days – Remus
7/21-7/23 – St. Joseph Parish Festival – Dexter
7/21-7/23 – Rock the Coast – Holland
7/21-7/23 – Arcadia Daze – Arcadia
7/21-7/23 – Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival – Marquette
7/21-7/23 – Dunesville Music Festival – Lake Ann
7/22 – Night Market at Beacon Park VI – Detroit
Weekend continues below…

7/22 – FrankenFest Port Huron – Port Huron
7/22 – Yellowstone Country Music Festival – Brighton
7/22 – Shepherd Highland Games – Shepherd
7/22 – Midwest Soda Pop Festival – Paw Paw
7/22 – TuscolaPalooza – Caro
7/22 – Art, Wine and Music Festival – Berrien Springs
7/22 – Tyrone Township Pioneer Day – Fenton
7/22-7/23 – Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival’s Enchanted Forest II – Vassar
7/22-7/23 – Bay Harbor Arts Festival – Bay Harbor
7/22-7/23 – AuSable River Festival I – Grayling
7/23 – Lemon Creek Winery’s Vintage Blues Bash – Berrien Springs

MISSISSIPPI

7/22 – Brookstock – Brookhaven

NEW YORK

7/17-7/23 – Canal Fest of the Tonawandas II – Tonawanda/North Tonawanda
7/21-7/23 – Puchos Grease Pole Festival – Buffalo
7/18 – Taste of Wayne County – Newark
7/20-7/22 – Skaneateles Curbside Festival – Skaneateles
7/20-7/22 – Whirly Bird Music Festival – Jamestown
7/20-7/23 – Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance – Trumansburg
7/21-7/22 – Walworth Festival in the Park – Walworth
7/21-7/23 – Great Wellsville Balloon Rally – Wellsville
7/21-7/23 – Salt and Light Festival – Gasport
7/21-7/23 – Rock n Roll Camp Music Festival – Springville
Weekend continues below…

7/22 – Onofest – Onoville
7/22 – St. James Italian Festival – Jamestown
7/22 – Smoke in the Valley – Canisteo
7/22 – 42 North Brewing’s HillTap Festival – Ellicottville
7/22-7/23 – Indigenous Music and Arts Festival – Victor
7/22-7/23 – Sterling Renaissance Festival IV – Sterling
7/22-7/23 – Arts at the Garden – Canandaigua
7/22-7/23 – Sanborn and Lewiston Farm Museum Festival – Sanborn
7/23 – Masten Jazz Festival I – Buffalo
7/23 – BanglaFest – Williamsville

NORTH CAROLINA

7/21-7/22 – FabFest: Beatles Festival – Charlotte
7/21-7/22 – Hillbilly Jam – Maggie Valley
7/21-7/23 – Food and Culture Festival -Waynesville
7/22 – Summertime Brews Festival – Greensboro
7/22 – Dapper Street Jazz Festival – Charlotte
7/22 – Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival – Salisbury
7/23 – Charlotte Peruvian Festival – Charlotte

OHIO

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

PENNSYLVANIA

7/17-7/23 – Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival V – Philadelphia
7/18-7/22 – Holy Trinity Greek Food Festival – Ambridge
7/19-7/22 – Houtzdale Days – Houtzdale
7/19-7/23 – Gathering of the Artist – Austin
7/20-7/22 – Upper Frankford Township Fireman’s Fair – Newville
7/20-7/22 – Shannock Valley Community Festival – Rural Valley
7/20-7/22 – Horse Trading Days – Zelienople
7/20-7/23 – Oil Heritage Festival – Oil City
7/21 – Stewartstown Night Market V – Stewartstown
Weekend continues below…

7/21 – Savor the Flavors of Greece – Monessen
7/21-7/22 – St. Eulalia Summer Festival – Roaring Brook Township
7/21-7/22 – Klingerstown Fireman’s Food Fest – Klingerstown
7/21-7/23 – Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society Annual Engine Show – Saegertown
7/21-7/23 – Picklesburgh – Pittsburgh
7/21-7/23 – Waterford Days – Waterford
7/21-7/23 – SpringGate Vineyard Country Music Festival – Harrisburg
7/21-7/23 – Blast Furnace Blues Festival – Bethlehem
Weekend continues below…

7/21-7/23 – UFO Festival – Kecksburg
7/22 – Squatchfest Music Festival – Kane
7/22 – Slate Belt Pride – Bangor
7/22 – Allentown Water Lantern Festival – Allentown
7/22 – St. James Feast Fest – Sewickley
7/22 – West Leechburg VFD Firemens Festival – Leechburg
7/22 – Pioneer Day at Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train – Ashland
7/22 – Schuylkill County Brew Fest – Pottsville
7/22 – Castanea Community Day – Lock Haven
Weekend continues below…

7/22 – St. Vincent Basilica Parish Festival – Latrobe
7/22 – Harrisburg Dessert Festival – Harrisburg
7/22 – WaterFire Sharon I – Sharon
7/22-7/23 – Mid-Summer Festival at Conneaut Lake Park – Conneaut Lake
7/22-7/23 – Uptown Chalk the Block – Somerset
7/22-7/23 – Fuzion Festival – Easton
7/23 – Paranormal Plants Arts Festival – Pittsburgh
7/23 – St. George Church Lebanese Food Festival – Uniontown
7/23 – Bethany Blueberry Festival – Frenchville

SOUTH CAROLINA

7/17-7/22 – South Carolina Peach Festival II – Gaffney
7/17-7/23 – Beaufort Water Festival II – Beaufort
7/19-7/21 – May River Shrimp Festival – Bluffton
7/21-7/22 – Grits ‘n Grass Mountain Music Festival – Pickens
7/22 – Sweetgrass Festival – Mount Pleasant
7/22 – Cross Lake Life Festival – Cross

TENNESSEE

7/17-7/22 – Fun Fest II – Kingsport
7/20-7/23 – Summer Jamz Music Fest – Brownsville
7/20-7/23 – Sound Haven Festival – Whitwell
7/21 – Friday Night Market in the BORO and Food Truck Festival XVI – Murfreesboro
7/21-7/22 – Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Fiddlers Jamboree – Franklin
7/21-7/22 – Greenbrier Mountain Festival – Pittman Center
7/21-7/22 – Grainger County Tomato Festival – Rutledge
7/22 – Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival – Nashville
7/22 – Kodak Community Festival – Kodak
7/22 – Belfast Music Festival – Belfast
7/22 – “New” Grass Festival – Pulaski
7/23 – Sad Summer Festival: Nashville – Nashville

VIRGINIA

7/20-7/22 – Chincoteague Blueberry Festival – Chincoteague Island
7/21-7/22 – Shenandoah Valley Music Festival I – Orkney Springs
7/21-7/23 – Virginia Lake Festival – Clarksville
7/21-7/23 – Virginia Highlands Festival I – Abingdon
7/21-7/23 – Hungry Mother Festival – Marion
7/21-7/23 – Sunflower Festival at Sinkland Farms II – Christiansburg
Weekend continues below…

7/22 – Gotta Go Fest – Richmond
7/22 – Purcellville Wine and Food Festival – Purcellville
7/22 – Reggae By the River – Buchanan
7/22 – Augusta County Fair Wine Festival – Fishersville
7/22 – American Craft Sake Fest – Charlottesville
7/22 – Graves Mountain Farm Peach Day Festival – Syria
7/22 – Norfolk Latino Music and Food Festival – Norfolk
7/22-7/23 – Clarksville LakeFest – Clarksville

WEST VIRGINIA

7/21-7/23 – Fling at the Springs Music Festival – Sweet Springs
7/22 – Beverly Heritage Days – Beverly
7/22 – West Virginia Wellness Festival – Morgantown
7/22 – Ellenboro Summer Bash – Ellenboro

WISCONSIN

7/19 – Milwaukee Night Market II – Milwaukee
7/19 – Town Food Truck Festival III – Brookfield
7/19-7/22 – Country Jam USA – Eau Claire
7/20-7/23 – The Great Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous – Danbury
7/20-7/23 – Ladysmith Northland Mardi Gras – Ladysmith
7/20-7/23 – Pulaski Polka Days – Pulaski
7/20-7/23 – Sovereign State Days – Winneconne
7/20-7/23 – Country Thunder – Twin Lakes
7/21-7/22 – Boogiedown – Yuba
7/21-7/22 – Hatfield Carpfest – Hatfield
7/21-7/22 – La Crosse Storytelling Festival – La Crosse
Weekend continues below…

7/21-7/23 – St. Therese Festival – Kenosha
7/21-7/23 – Lucky Days Festival – Luck
7/21-7/23 – DeerFest – Oshkosh
7/21-7/23 – Cazenovia Community Celebration – Cazenovia
7/22 – Wabeno Art and Music Fest/WAM Fest – Wabeno
7/22 – River Bluff Daze Festival – Ferryville
7/22 – Beach Front Arts Fest – Kenosha
7/22 – Taco Fest of Racine – Franksville
7/22 – Bryan Lee Memorial Blues Festival – Two Rivers
7/22 – Hometown Festival Art and Craft Fair (Hometown Festival Week) – Platteville
Weekend continues below…

7/22-7/23 – Liberty Grove Antique Tractor and Arts Festival – Ellison Bay
7/22-7/23 – Two Rivers Fish Derby and Festival – Two Rivers
7/22-7/23 – Midwest Fire Fest – Cambridge
7/22-7/23 – Art at the Park – Appleton
7/22-7/23 – Granville Blues Fest I – Milwaukee
7/22-7/23 – Iron River Lions Blueberry Festival – Iron River
7/22-7/23 – Bristol Renaissance Faire III – Kenosha
7/23 – Holy Spirit Parish’s SpiritFEST – Stevens Point
7/23 – St. Elias Mediterranean Festival – La Crosse
7/23 – Wines, Steins and Vines Festival – Trempealeau
7/23 – Airport Day – New Holstein

Alabama

Delaware

Florida

Miami | Tallahassee/Florida Panhandle | Tampa

Georgia

Atlanta

Illinois

Chicago

Indiana

Kentucky

Maryland

Michigan

Detroit | Upper Peninsula

Mississippi

New York

Buffalo | Rochester-Syracuse

North Carolina

Ohio

Akron/Canton | Cincinnati | Cleveland | Columbus | Dayton | Toledo

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh

South Carolina

Tennessee

Knoxville | Nashville

Virginia

Washington, DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Madison | Milwaukee

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