5 Unique American Festivals Worth Checking Out
With fifty different states, America has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, and every year, there are countless festivals celebrating various hobbies, traditions, and cultures. Whether you're an art aficionado or an enthusiastic foodie, there's no shortage of events that let you connect with other like-minded individuals, and here, in no particular order, are some festivals in the US that cover all sorts of interests.
First up, at #1, we have the Sea Otter Classic, a four-day celebration of cycling that features a wide variety of events and family-friendly activities. During the festival, enthusiasts may try out demo bikes at the Ride Zone, enjoy food at Sierra Nevada's Beer Garden, or even participate in amateur or professional races.
Athletes attending the festival can join various cycling events, which include mountain bike races and a variety of Gran Fondo routes. Children can also participate in age-appropriate competitions and activities, such as the Sea Otter Egg Hunt and the Kids' Races.
Coming in at #2 is Tucson Meet Yourself, an event that focuses on the authentic cultural food and living traditional arts of Arizona-Sonora's folk and ethnic communities. Since the festival's inception in 1974, it has provided a platform for local folk artists, such as basket weavers and calligraphers, to demonstrate their craft.
Each year, the event also features a wide range of food vendors who serve cuisine from various cultures, ranging from Japanese to Mexican. Among its events is Cruise For Healing, an organized 19-mile lowrider drive led by the Dukes Car Club to celebrate mobility, ease, and camaraderie.
Next up, at #3, we have the Brooklyn Book Festival, which seeks to nurture a literary, cultural community through programming that connects readers from all walks of life with local and international authors, publishers, and booksellers. It was launched in 2006 as a one-day event, and it has since grown to become one of the largest free literary festivals in New York City.
Its various "Bookend" events, which include book launches and parties, aim to highlight the literary diversity of the city and the uniqueness of each of the five boroughs. Children's Day features many workshops and activities for young readers, as well as presentations by both established and emerging authors.
Taking the #4 spot is the Vail Dance Festival. Established in 1989, it is an annual event where dancers, choreographers, and musicians can present their work and showcase their talent with fellow artists and aficionados. Among its programs is the Beat Pop Hop Camp, a free, week-long dance intensive that culminates in a performance at the festival.
To further its commitment to making dance more accessible, its Community Arts Access program partners with various organizations and other agencies to distribute free performance tickets. During the course of the event, people can also tune in to Conversations On Dance, a podcast that features discussions with the creatives involved in the festival.
Finally, at #5, we have the Columbus Food Truck Festival, which is a two-day event that aims to facilitate tourism and feature some of the best mobile food vendors from all around the country. It takes place in the Scioto Mile, an urban oasis comprised of over a hundred acres of parkland.
In addition to food, the festival features various local arts and crafts vendors who sell items ranging from clothing to soaps and candles. To help keep its attendees entertained and comfortable, the festival also invites musical artists of all genres to perform on stage.