Memorial Day Weekend Festivals: May 25-29, 2023

Music Festivals Galore, plus Beer, Goats, White Squirrels, Sugar and Saints.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, festival fans, and it came so quickly this year.

There are festivals a-plenty but likely not as many as last weekend or even next weekend. It’s almost like there’s a slight dip to give room for plenty of other Memorial Day Celebrations that may not quite qualify as a festival (ie parades, Memorial Services, etc.).

Still, there are some really great-sounding festivals going on throughout the states.

Let’s talk about what’s coming up…

First off, if you like Music Festivals, this is a great weekend for that. Just about every state has one or more music festivals, ranging from the Beatles-inspired Abbey Road on the River in Indiana and the Woodstock Music Festival in (Woodstock) Alabama to the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Georgia and the Native Dawn Flute Gathering in Kentucky.

If you like critter festivals, there’s White Squirrel Weekend in North Carolina, the Farm Animal Frolic in Pennsylvania, the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival in Delaware, the Blue Crab Festival in Florida, Morocco Beaver Fest in Indiana, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival in Pennsylvania, the Flopeye Fish Festival in South Carolina, Goat Fest in Mississippi, some Dog Festivals and even 2 Brews at the Zoo.

Speaking of Brew, there are at least 10 Beer Festivals this weekend.

You can also be sure to find many Food and Food Truck Festivals, Art Festivals, Cultural Festivals, Family Festivals, a few Flower Festivals, a Sugar Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festivals, and even a special festival in Jessup, Pennsylvania…

…called the Saint Ubaldo Day “Running of the Saints.”

This festival takes place on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend and involves a race of three teams, each carrying the seated saint statue (Ubaldo, Giorgio, Antonio) through the town of Jessup. The only other town that has this festival is the sister city of Gubbio, Italy.

Now let’s take a closer look at some interesting festivals in each of the states to help you decide…

Alabama
Frog Level Music Festival (Wedowee),  Red Bluff Music and Arts Festival (Montgomery), Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic (Decatur)
Delaware
Poseiden Festival (Bethany Beach), Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival (Milton)
Florida
Blue Crab Festival (Palatka), Cuban Sandwich Festival (Tampa), Myakka River Blues Festival (Venice)
Georgia
Cars and Guitars Festival (Hartwell), Helen Bavarian Fest (Helen), Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
Illinois
Benld Italian-American Days, Prairie Arts Festival (Schaumburg), HerrinFesta Italiana

Indiana
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous: 18th Century Trade Fair, Abbey Road on the River (Jeffersonville)
Kentucky
Strawberry Festival (Beaver Dam), Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival (Pineville)
Maryland
 Ridgely Strawberry Festival, Chestertown Tea Party Festival
Michigan
Petoskey Stone Festival (Eastport), Lady’s Slipper Festival (Port Austin)
Mississippi
Goat Fest (Clarksdale), St. Clare Seafood Festival (Waveland)

New York
GlassFest (Corning), Totally Buffalo Festival (Buffalo)
North Carolina
White Squirrel Weekend (Brevard), NC Sugar Rush (Raleigh)
Pennsylvania
Troika Russian Festival (Erie),  Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival (Washington), Harrisburg Artsfest 
South Carolina
Original Gullah Festival (Beaufort), Greenville Scottish Games, Sumter Iris Festival
Tennessee
Exit 56 Blues Fest (Brownsville), Sheriff Buford Pusser Festival (Adamsville), The Old Gray Revival (Monterey)

Virginia
Woodbridge Beer Fest, Virginia Women’s Music Festival (Henrico), Virginia Women’s Music Festival (Henrico)
Washington, DC
No festivals this weekend.
West Virginia
Three Rivers Festival (Fairmont), Woodchopping Festival (Webster Springs)
Wisconsin
Ho-Chunk Nation’s Traditional Memorial Day Pow Wow (Black River Falls), East Troy Corn and Brat Roast

However you spend your weekend, I hope it’s a great one.

If you are traveling out of state this weekend, be sure to look at the festival listings of the destination state below. If you are staying home, check the usual state.

As always, look to the map in case there’s a festival near you that you didn’t notice in the list.

There will be even more festivals next weekend.

So, until then…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Upcoming Festival Weekend: May 25-29, 2023

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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 Festival

No festival reviews this weekend.

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ALABAMA

5/26-5/27 – RXR Fest – Alexander City
5/26-5/27 – Coal Fest – Brilliant
5/27 – Woodstock Music Festival – Woodstock
5/27 – May Day Music Fest – Florence
5/27 – Red Bluff Music and Arts Festival – Montgomery
5/27 – Frog Level Music Festival – Wedowee
5/27 – Old School and Blues Festival – Harvest
5/27 – Smith Lake Park Memorial Day Weekend Festival – Cullman
5/27-5/28 – Bluegrass and Arts Fest – Steele
5/27-5/28 – Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic – Decatur

DELAWARE

5/26-5/28 – Poseiden Festival – Bethany Beach
5/27 – Henlopen Springfest – Milton
5/27 – Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival – Milton
5/27-5/28 – Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash – Bowers Beach

FLORIDA

5/25-5/28 – Jacksonville Jazz Festival – Jacksonville
5/26-5/28 – Florida Folk Festival – White Springs
5/26-5/28 – Blue Crab Festival – Palatka
5/27 – Taste of Cuban Sandwich – Kissimmee
5/27 – Veg Head, Music and Wine Festival – Sarasota
5/27 – Lead Foot City’s Memorial Music and Motor Fest – Brooksville
5/27-5/28 – Brooksville Brunchfest Festival – Brooksville
5/27-5/28 – Sunset Music Festival – Tampa
5/28 – Caribbean Food and Music Fest – Apopka
5/28 – Dog Days of Summer Street Fest – Fort Myers
5/28 – Red, White and Tunes Festival – Fort Myers
5/28 – FORD Cuban Sandwich Festival: Tampa – Tampa
5/29 – Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest – Green Cove Springs
5/29 – Myakka River Blues Festival – Venice
5/29 – Florida Jerk Festival: West Palm Beach – West Palm Beach

GEORGIA

5/22-5/29 – Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair II – Marietta
5/26-5/27 – 1890 Days Jamboree – Ringgold
5/27 – Helen Bavarian Fest – Helen
5/27 – Atlanta Caribbean Carnival – Atlanta
5/27 – Brew at the Zoo – Atlanta
5/27 – Cars and Guitars Festival – Hartwell
5/27 – Hartwell Lakeside Music Festival – Hartwell
5/27-5/28 – Spring Arts in the Park – Blue Ridge
5/27-5/28 – The Camp – Peachtree City
5/27-5/28 – Alpharetta Arts Streetfest – Alpharetta
5/27-5/28 – Blairsville Spring Arts and Crafts and Music Festival – Blairsville
5/27-5/29 – Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta
5/27-5/29 – The Georgia Renaissance Festival VII – Fairburn
5/28 – FreakNik Festival Birthday Celebration – Atlanta

ILLINOIS

5/22-5/29 – HerrinFesta Italiana – Herrin
5/25 – Margaritas En Mayo – Yorkville
5/25-5/27 – Jeep Blitz – Bushnell
5/25-5/27 – Neoga Days – Neoga
5/25-5/28 – Colona Memorial Festival – Colona
5/26 – Lake County Food Truck Festival – Grayslake
5/26-5/28 – Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe
5/26-5/28 – Mole de Mayo Festival – Chicago
5/26-5/28 – Mayfest – Mount Carroll
5/26-5/28 – Benld Italian-American Days – Benld
5/27 – Pride Kick Off – Mt. Vernon
5/27 – Yorkville Bluegrass Music Festival – Yorkville
Weekend continues below…

5/27-5/28 – Barrington Art Festival – Barrington
5/27-5/28 – Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival – Chicago
5/27-5/28 – St. Charles Fine Art Show – St. Charles
5/27-5/28 – Sueños Music Festival – Chicago
5/27-5/28 – Prairie Arts Festival – Schaumburg
5/27-5/28 – Mayfestiversary – Chicago
5/27-5/28 – Mackinaw Valley Winery Music, Wine and Craft Beer Festival – Mackinaw
5/27-5/28 – Abundant Life Community Church Family Fest – Alton
5/28 – Collinsville Memorial Day Fireworks Celebration – Collinsville
5/28 – Main Street Craft Beer Festival – Park Ridge

INDIANA

5/25-5/28 – Memorial Tri-State Bluegrass Festival – Kendallville
5/25-5/29 – Banks of the Wabash Festival I – Terre Haute
5/25-5/29 – Abbey Road on the River – Jeffersonville
5/26 – Strawberries on the Square – Franklin
5/26 – Riverfront Run Car Show – Madison
5/26-5/28 – Spring Old Court Days – Madison
5/27 – Milford Family Fun Day – Milford
5/27 – Wawasee Fine Arts Festival at Oakwood – Syracuse
5/27 – Star Valley Strawberry Festival – Borden
5/27 – Southern Indiana Uncorked – Corydon
5/27 – Morocco Beaver Fest – Morocco
5/27 – Melanin in May Festival – Indianapolis
5/27-5/28 – Michigan City Food Truck Festival – Michigan City
5/27-5/28 – Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous: 18th Century Trade Fair – Vincennes
5/28 – Evansville Food Truck Festival – Evansville

KENTUCKY

5/25-5/27 – Strawberry Festival – Beaver Dam
5/25-5/28 – Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival – Pineville
5/25-5/28 – Spring MYPATH Yoga Festival – Harrodsburg
5/25-5/28 – Grayson Memory Days – Grayson
5/25-5/29 – Redneck Rave – Mammoth Cave
5/26-5/27 – May Market at the Farm – Scottsville
5/26-5/29 – Speleofest – Bonnieville
5/27 – Live in Liberty Music Festival – Liberty
5/27-5/28 – Native Dawn Flute Gathering – Harrodsburg
5/27-5/28 – Spring into Summer Festival – Oak Grove
5/27-5/28 – Kentucky Dam Village Arts and Crafts Fest – Calvert City

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

5/25-5/28 – DelFest – Cumberland
5/26-5/28 – Chestertown Tea Party Festival – Chestertown
5/26-5/28 – Great Boonsboro Rescue Company Carnival I – Boonsboro
5/27 – Stars and Stripes Festival – Chesapeake Beach
5/27 – Red, White and Blue Music Festival – Newburg
5/27 – Baltimore Herb Festival – Baltimore
5/27-5/28 – Hometown Holidays Music Fest – Rockville
5/27-5/28 – Brew at the Zoo – Baltimore
5/27-5/28 – Caribbean Wine and Music Festival – Mount Airy
5/27-5/28 – Ratha Yatra and Festival of India – Baltimore
5/27-5/29 – FantasyWood Festival – West Friendship – CANCELLED
5/28 – Ridgely Strawberry Festival – Ridgely
5/28 – Sowebo Arts and Music Festival – Baltimore
5/28 – Célébrez en Rosé – Columbia

MICHIGAN

5/24-5/28 – Fruitport Old Fashioned Days – Fruitport
5/25-5/29 – Hazel Park Homecoming Festival – Hazel Park
5/25-5/29 – Laingsburg Lions Springtime Festival – Laingsburg
5/25-5/29 – Down Home Days Festival – Shelby Township
5/25-5/29 – St. Mary of the Lake Festival – New Buffalo
5/26-5/28 – Cristo Rey Fiesta – Lansing
5/26-5/28 – Alma Highland Festival and Games – Alma
5/26-5/29 – Dog Bowl – Frankenmuth
5/26-5/29 – Hemp Aid – Vandalia
5/26-5/29 – Buses by the Beach Benefit – West Olive
Weekend continues below…

5/27 – Native American Festival – St. Ignace
5/27 – Ballpark Beer Fest – Royal Oak
5/27 – Michigan Beer and Brat Festival – Thompsonville
5/27 – Petoskey Stone Festival – Eastport
5/27-5/28 – Memorial Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival – Newaygo
5/27-5/28 – Greater Rochester Heritage Days – Rochester
5/27-5/28 – Lemon Creek Winery’s Wine and Art Fair – Berrien Springs
5/27-5/29 – Movement – Electronic Music Festival – Detroit
5/28 – United by Sacrifice – Coleman
5/28 – Lady’s Slipper Festival – Port Austin

MISSISSIPPI

5/26-5/27 – Red Hills Festival – Louisville
5/26-5/28 – St. Clare Seafood Festival – Waveland
5/26-5/28 – Goat Fest – Clarksdale
5/27 – Unity in the Community (Metcalfe Homecoming) – Metcalfe
5/28 – Jazz in the Pass – Pass Christian

NEW YORK

5/25-5/28 – GlassFest – Corning
5/26-5/28 – Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day – Waterloo
5/26-5/28 – Totally Buffalo Festival – Buffalo
5/27 – Wildflower Festival – Hornell
5/27 – North Syracuse Family Festival – North Syracuse
5/27-5/28 – Tree Peony Festival of Flowers II – Linwood
5/27-5/28 – Fillmore FunFest – Fillmore
5/27-5/29 – NYPOWER Rocket Festival – Geneseo
5/28 – Maifest – East Aurora

NORTH CAROLINA

5/25 – Durham Night Market II – Durham
5/26-5/27 – Tony Rice Memorial Day MusicFest – Elon
5/26-5/27 – Swain County Heritage Festival – Bryson City
5/26-5/28 – Circle K Speed Street – Charlotte
5/26-5/28 – GRINDfest – Asheville
5/26-5/28 – North Carolina Fossil Festival – Aurora – POSTPONED TO 6/24-6/25
5/26-5/28 – White Squirrel Weekend – Brevard
5/26-5/29 – First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival – Louisburg
5/27 – Greater Bath Memorial Day Celebration/Smokin’ on the Point – Bath
5/27 – Hickory Rock Fest – Newton
5/27 – Spring Makers Market – Franklin
5/27-5/28 – Art on the Greene I – Banner Elk
5/27-5/28 – Denton FarmPark and SDM Food Truck Festival – Denton
5/27-5/28 – Orange Street ArtsFest – Wilmington
5/27-5/28 – St. Basil of Ostrog Serb Fest – Kernersville
5/27-5/28 – Hippie Revival Festival at Miss Angels Farm and Orchard – Mount Airy
5/28 – NC Sugar Rush – Raleigh
5/28 – Winston-Salem Spring Food Truck Festival – Winston-Salem

OHIO

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

PENNSYLVANIA

5/25 – Northern Liberties Night Market: Spring – Philadelphia
5/25-5/28 – Three Springs Homecoming Carnival – Huntingdon
5/25-5/28 – Lookout Fire Company #1 Spring Festival – Pen Argyl
5/26-5/27 – Fryburg Mayfest – Fryburg
5/26-5/27 – Blossburg Coal Festival – Blossburg
5/26-5/28 – Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival – Washington
5/26-5/28 – Troika Russian Festival – Erie
5/26-5/28 – SpringGate Vineyard Strawberry Festival – Harrisburg
5/26-5/28 – Pine Ridge Memorial Day Jam – Albrightsville
5/26-5/29 – Venango County Fairgrounds Bluegrass Festival – Franklin
Weekend continues below…

5/27 – Celebration of the Roses – Philadelphia
5/27 – Saint Ubaldo Day “Running of the Saints” – Jessup
5/27 – Red, Wine and Blue at Lehigh Valley Zoo – Schnecksville
5/27 – Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival – Indiana
5/27-5/28 – Flickerfest – Kane
5/27-5/28 – Shadyside Spring Art Festival on Walnut Street – Pittsburgh
5/27-5/28 – Farm Animal Frolic II – Stroudsburg
5/27-5/28 – Start of Summer Wine Fest – Hadley
5/27-5/28 – FlavorFest – Manheim
5/27-5/29 – Harrisburg Artsfest – Harrisburg
5/28 – Kayafest – Pittsburgh
5/28-5/29 – Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival I – Punxsutawney
5/29 – Memorial Day Irish Fest – Philadelphia
5/29 – Memorial Day Village Celebration – Boalsburg
5/29 – Memorial Day Celebration – Pittsburgh
5/29-6/3 – Festival at St. Ursula – Allison Park

SOUTH CAROLINA

5/22-5/28 – Fair at Heritage Park II – Simpsonville
5/25-5/27 – Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival – Campobello
5/26-5/27 – Flopeye Fish Festival – Great Falls
5/26-5/28 – Sumter Iris Festival – Sumter
5/26-5/28 – Original Gullah Festival – Beaufort
5/26-5/29 – Spoleto Festival USA I – Charleston
5/27 – Black Cowboy Festival – Sumter
5/27 – Cross Lake Life Festival – Cross
5/27 – Chesnee Heritage Festival – Chesnee
5/27 – Greenville Scottish Games – Greenville
5/27-5/28 – Hilton Head Art Festival – Hilton Head Island
5/28 – South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival – Columbia

TENNESSEE

5/25-5/27 – Sheriff Buford Pusser Festival – Adamsville
5/26 – Friday Night Market in the BORO and Food Truck Festival VIII – Murfreesboro
5/26-5/28 – Camp Reggae – Turtletown
5/27 – Little Owl Fairy House Festival – Chattanooga
5/27 – Antique Car and Bluegrass Festival/Heritage Day – Granville
5/27 – Chattanooga Beer Fest – Chattanooga
5/27 – White Bluff Arts and Music Festival – White Bluff
5/27 – Come Together Day Summer Kickoff – Nashville
5/27 – Big Sandy Spring Festival – Big Sandy
5/27-5/28 – Exit 56 Blues Fest – Brownsville
5/27-5/29 – Tennessee Pirate Fest II – Harriman
5/27-5/29 – Tennessee Renaissance Festival IV – Arrington
5/28 – Chattanooga Market Street Food Festival – Chattanooga
5/28-5/29 – The Old Gray Revival – Monterey

VIRGINIA

5/24-5/27 – Dr. Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival – Clintwood
5/25-5/28 – Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival – Axton
5/26-5/27 – Nickelsville Days – Nickelsville
5/26-5/28 – Virginia Women’s Music Festival – Henrico
5/26-5/28 – Festival in the Park – Roanoke
5/26-5/28 – Umoja Festival – Portsmouth
5/26-5/28 – Patriotic Festival – Norfolk
5/27 – Rock the Dock Music Festival – Williamsburg
5/27 – Woodbridge Beer Fest – Woodbridge
5/27-5/28 – Virginia Renaissance Faire III – Spotsylvania Courthouse
5/27-5/28 – Virginia Herb Festival – Middletown
5/27-5/29 – ViVa! Vienna! Festival – Vienna
5/29 – Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Festival – Falls Church

WEST VIRGINIA

5/25-5/27 – Three Rivers Festival – Fairmont
5/26-5/27 – Oglebay’s Backyard BBQ Festival – Wheeling
5/26-5/27 – Woodchopping Festival – Webster Springs
5/26-5/28 – ArtSpring Festival – Various Tucker County locations
5/26-5/28 – Vandalia Gathering – Charleston
5/26-5/28 – West Virginia Dandelion Festival – White Sulphur Springs
5/26-5/29 – River City Festival of the Arts – Rowlesburg
5/27 – Clarksburg Rock Festival and Block Party – Clarksburg
5/27 – Alderson Strawberry Festival – Alderson

WISCONSIN

5/26-5/28 – Arcadia Broiler Dairy Days – Arcadia
5/26-5/28 – Milwaukee Metal Fest – Milwaukee
5/26-5/28 – World’s Largest Brat Fest – Madison
5/26-5/28 – Dan Jansen Family Fest – Greenfield
5/26-5/29 – East Troy Corn and Brat Roast – East Troy
5/26-5/29 – Burlington Jamboree – Burlington
5/27 – BikerFest Block Party – Milwaukee
5/27-5/28 – Falls Memorial Fest – Menomonee Falls
5/27-5/28 – Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair – Sturgeon Bay
5/27-5/28 – Hmong National Memorial Day Festival – Oshkosh
5/27-5/28 – Jacksonport Maifest Celebration – Jacksonport
5/27-5/29 – Celebrate De Pere – De Pere
5/27-5/29 – Ho-Chunk Nation’s Traditional Memorial Day Pow Wow – Black River Falls
5/28 – Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Show and Sidewalk Sales – Eagle River
5/28 – Fondy Food Truck Festival – Fond du Lac
5/28 – East Troy Brewfest – East Troy

Festival Schedule Pages

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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