The United States is fairly teeming with a variety of festivals offering up great fun for just about any taste. You will find festivals related to music, arts and crafts, beer, flowers, film, science, pioneers, sports, religion, Renaissance fairs, harvest, nature, holidays, culture, rodeo, horse racing, storytelling and so much more. Read further to learn about just a few amazing festivals you will want to put on your list to attend.


1. Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival

Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival, Oklahoma, USA
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Held each year in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, this family-oriented festival will take you back in time to the old West. Activities include live stage comedy, rope making, weaving, covered wagon and stagecoach rides and more. Your children will especially enjoy the always-popular pony rides, coloring and leather crafting, paper fan decorating, bandanna designing, having their picture taken with a Longhorn steer or having some down-time sitting and hearing a cowboy yarn at the storyteller’s tent. Cowboy favorites such as stew, beans, biscuits and cobbler will be served by an authentic chuck wagon crew.


2. Camelot Days Medieval Festival

Camelot Days Medieval Festival USA Florida

A yearly event held in Hollywood, Florida, this festival will take you back in time where you will find yourself in a kingdom filled with knights, royalty, peasants and jesters. You will enjoy a living chess game and watch a very realistic recreation of a joust between the black knight and the white knight. Turkey legs and other foods of the time period will be available. Arts and crafts, games, various exhibitions and rides are always offered.


3. Christmas on the River Festival

Christmas on the River Festival, Demopolis, Alabama
This festival is held for an entire week each year in Demopolis, Alabama. Activities include some live theater, the Alabama Barbecue Championship, lighting of the tree celebration, candlelight house tours, choir concert, children’s parade and more. On the last day of the celebration, there will be a Jingle Bell Run which is a 5K road race and the day will end with a parade of lighted and decorated boats on the Tombigbee River.


4. Dublin Irish Festival

Dublin Irish Festival, Ohio

This music and cultural festival is held each year in Dublin, Ohio. Activities include Irish and other Celtic music and dance, cultural exhibits, genealogy, sports, games, children’s activities and more. Irish foods will be available as well as beverage tastings offered.


5. Decibel Festival

Decibel International Festival, Seattle, Washington, USA

This ininternational music and digital arts festival, which offers live electronic music performances, along with visual art and new media, is held yearly in Seattle, Washington. Several exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and performances will be offered. Food will be available.


6. Kentucky Derby Festival

Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, Kentucky

This festival is held each year for two weeks before the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. Activities include the largest fireworks display in all of North America, balloon race, steamboat race, parade, marathons, children’s activities and more. A variety of foods will be available.

These are just six of the fantastic festivals to be found across America. Whether you choose to attend one of these or any of the many others to choose from, you are sure to have a wonderful time and make memories with your friends and family that will last a lifetime. Go to as many as you can and you will most likely find a few you will want to return to year after year.


This post was written by Lorenzo Franklin, a retired history professor who now spends his spare time traveling around the United States. When traveling to Oklahoma, one of Lorenzo’s favorite travel destinations, he recommends visiting  Chickasaw Country.