Upcoming Festival Weekend: January 5-8, 2023

Starting the Year with New Festival Guides

Happy 2023, Festival Fans! I hope your holidays were wonderful and that you’re now ready for a new year filled with festivals.

Over the holidays, I decided to use my down time to put together some new festival guides for states that I’ve received votes for over the years. When you scroll down, you’ll notice the states of Delaware, Maryland (along with Washington, DC), Mississippi and Virginia added among the covered states.

While I haven’t officially started, I have decided to add the eastern half of Pennsylvania as well. Hopefully, that will be complete within the next week or two.

So, if you know anyone in the above-mentioned states, please let them know about the new Festival Guides – maybe share the guides with them or share the guides in social media groups or on pages where it would make sense to do so (ie Virginia Events Page).

When more people learn about the Guides, then they make sure that their festivals are listed and let me know if they’re not so that I can add them. It’s what helps my guides become so comprehensive.

So please share share share share. Thanks!

Concerning this weekend of festivals, it’s a slow start in most states with many Holiday Light Festivals still continuing for a final week or so.

But there are some states, like Florida, where you can take in a Celtic Festival, some Seafood Festivals, the first weekend of a Renaissance Festival and some Cultural Festivals.

There’s also a Fire and Ice Festival in Indiana, a Frontier Festival in Georgia, a Ski Fest in Michigan, and at least three Winter Festivals in Illinois.

There will definitely be more next weekend so stay tuned!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Upcoming Festival Weekend: January 5-8, 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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ALABAMA

1/2-1/4 – Magic Christmas in Lights VII – Theodore
1/2-1/8 – Winter Park at The Orion VII – Huntsville
1/4-1/8 – Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration VIII – Birmingham

DELAWARE

No festivals this weekend.

FLORIDA

1/2-1/8 – Santa’s Enchanted Forest XI – Hialeah
1/5-1/8 – The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens Asian Lantern Festival VIII – Sanford
1/6 – Pensacola Mardi Gras 12th Night Celebration – Pensacola
1/6-1/8 – Florida Keys Celtic Festival – Marathon Key
1/6-1/8 – Fort Myers Seafood and Music Festival – Fort Myers
1/6-1/8* – The Port St. Lucie Greek Festival – Port St. Lucie
1/6-1/8 – Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and Music Fest I – Tampa
1/7 – Riverwalk Stone Crab and Seafood Festival – Fort Lauderdale
1/7-1/8 – Brevard Renaissance Fair I – Melbourne

GEORGIA

1/2-1/8 – Winter Wonderlights VII – Athens
1/2-1/8 – Garden Lights, Holiday Nights IX – Atlanta
1/2-1/8 – IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival VII – Atlanta
1/2-1/8 (Closed 1/5, 1/6) – Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular VIII – Buford
1/6-1/8 – Frontier Festival at Chehaw – Albany

ILLINOIS

1/2-1/7 – Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum VII – Lisle
1/2-1/8 – Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Garden IX – Glencoe
1/7 – Frosty Fest – Gurnee
1/7 – Alton Eagle Ice Festival – Alton
1/8 – Volo Bog Winterfest – Ingleside

INDIANA

1/2-1/7 – Festival of Trees IX – Indianapolis
1/2-1/8 – Winterlights VIII – Indianapolis
1/6 – Fire and Ice Festival – Goshen

KENTUCKY

1/2-1/8 – Patti’s Festival of Lights X – Grand Rivers

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

No festivals this weekend.

MICHIGAN

1/2-1/8 – Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo VII – Royal Oak
1/7 – SISU Ski Fest – Ironwood

MISSISSIPPI

1/2-1/8 – Brandon Magic of Lights VIII – Brandon

NEW YORK

1/2-1/8 – Wegman’s Lights on the Lake VIII – Liverpool

NORTH CAROLINA

1/2-1/8 – NC Chinese Lantern Festival VIII – Cary
1/2-1/8 – Speedway Christmas VIII – Charlotte

OHIO

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

PENNSYLVANIA

1/2-1/8 – Holiday Lights on the Lake VIII – Altoona

SOUTH CAROLINA

No festivals this weekend.

TENNESSEE

1/2-1/8 – Holiday Lights at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens VIII – Nashville
1/2-1/8 – Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights VIII – Nashville
1/2-1/8 – Pinnacle Speedway in Lights VIII – Bristol
1/2-1/8 – Lights Over Gatlinburg VIII – Gatlinburg
1/4-1/8 – Asian Lantern Festival at the Chattanooga Zoo IX – Chattanooga
1/4-1/8 – Zoo Lights VII – Knoxville

VIRGINIA

1/2-1/8 – Bull Run Festival of Lights IX – Centreville
1/2-1/8 – GardenFest of Lights VII – Richmond
1/2-1/8 – (Closed 1/3, 1/4, 1/5) Busch Gardens Christmas Town IX – Williamsburg
1/2-1/8 – Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience XI – Leesburg
1/2-1/8 – Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights IX – Vienna
1/6-1/7 – Winter Wander VIII – Charlottesville
1/6-1/8 – Winter Lantern Festival IV – Tysons
1/7 – Twelfth Night Holiday Celebration – Louisa

WEST VIRGINIA

1/2-1/8 – Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights IX – Wheeling

WISCONSIN

No festivals this weekend.

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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

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Madison | Milwaukee

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