FestivalA festival or fest is an event, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community. "Cherry Days" in Paonia, Colorado is a typical festival.
Types of Festivals
The word fest derives from the German language. See List of German expressions in English.
See also: List of festivals, ,
In Mythology, a festival was also a set of celebrations in the honour of a god.
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Focuses on the Southern tradition of fried pig intestines, also known as chitlins or chitterlings. Activities include a parade, hog-calling contest, a beauty pageant, and carnival rides. Held annually in Salley, South Carolina, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Yarmouth Clam Festival
Includes an arts and crafts show, musicians, sporting events, and food tastings. Weekend festival held in mid-July since 1965, located in Yarmouth, Maine.
Oakdale Chocolate Festival
Located near the west coast headquarters for the Hershey Chocolate company, the festival features arts and crafts, games, competitions, entertainment, and activities for children. Held on the third weekend of May in Oakdale, California.
Warrens Cranberry Festival
Presents an interactive information center, recipes, contests, and arts and crafts. Held in September in Warrens, Wisconsin.
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival
Sponsored by the Boston Vegetarian Society, featuring free tastings, guest speakers, and exhibitors. Held in October in Boston, Massachusetts.
National Date Festival
Part of the Riverside County Fair, featuring more than 7,000 exhibits and competitions related to the fruit. Held in February in Indio, California.
Features cooking, eating, and shucking contests, as well as the World's Largest Oyster Roast, and proceeds benefit charities. Held in January in Charleston, South Carolina.
Everglades Seafood Festival
Arts and crafts, local specialties, live performances, and rides. Held in February in Everglades City, Florida.
North Carolina Watermelon Festival
Held annually since 1986, featuring competitions, sporting events, and a beauty contest. Weekend festival in late July, located in Fair Bluff, North Carolina.
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Features a classic car show, parade, cooking and art competitions, farmer's market, and entertainment. Held in mid-May annually since 1959 in Castroville, California.
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Features vendors, arts and crafts, and entertainment, with the proceeds going to charity. Held in Stockton, California, over a weekend in late April.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Events include cooking demonstrations, eating contests, dance competitions, and a cook-off. Weekend-long festival held in early May, located in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Marshall County Blueberry Festival
Showcases include craft booths, food, entertainment, and a beauty contest. Held over Labor Day weekend in Plymouth, Indiana.
World Catfish Festival
One-day festival features eating contests, Miss Catfish competition, and entertainment including a play presented by the town's Garden Club. Held annually since 1975 in Belzoni, Mississippi.
Cranberry Festival of Chatsworth
A celebration of the New Jersey cranberry harvest, and a tribute to local culture. Special emphasis is given to the artisans of the festival. Held on a weekend in mid-October in Chatsworth, New Jersey.
Powell River's Blackberry Festival
Week-long celebration features different events each day, ranging from sports competitions to markets and a street party. Held in August in Powell River, British Columbia
Hatch Chile Festival
Events include a cook-off, parade, Chile Queen festival, competitions, and carnival rides. Held over a weekend in early September in Hatch, New Mexico.
Jackson County Apple Festival
First held in 1937, features beauty contests for adults and children, parades, sporting events, rides, and entertainment. Held the third full week of September in Jackson, Ohio.
Kodiak Crab Festival
Includes rides, a variety of sporting events, art showcases, and a seafood cook-off. Memorial Day weekend event in Kodiak, Alaska.
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Features Hawaiian coffee culture and heritage. Includes the Miss Kona Coffee scholarship pageant, parades, coffee tastings, coffee picking contest, and arts and crafts. Held annually since 1970 in November on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival
Features cooking contests, eating competitions, a parade, entertainment, and demonstrations. Held the first weekend in June, in Little Chute, Wisconsin.
Louisiana Pecan Festival
Celebrates the native nut and the farmers who grow it. Events include a Queen and Teen Queen contest. Held on the first full weekend of November each year in Colfax, Louisiana.
McClure Bean Soup Festival
Occuring since 1891, featuring bean soup history, recipes, and memorabilia. Held over a weekend in mid-September in McClure, Pennsylvania.
Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival
Celebrating the foods of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, with a focus on Dungeness crab. Includes events listing and ways to participate or volunteer. Held on the second weekend in October.
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Includes ticket information, list of vendors, entertainment and cook-off schedules. Held the last full weekend of July, in Gilroy, California.
Barnesville Potato Days Festival
Celebrates the potato with peeling and picking contests, a lefse cookoff, potato sack fashion show, mashed potato sculpturing, bushels of potato foods and other events and activities. Held in August in Barnesville, Minnesota.
Maine Lobster Festival
Provides ticket and cooking contest information, event schedule, parade and 10k race sign-up. Held in August in Rockland, Maine.
Includes map, scheduled events, history, vendor applications, and entry forms for contests including biggest avocado and best guacamole. Held in October in Carpinteria, California.
Florida Strawberry Festival
Includes schedule, ticket ordering, rules of contests, and attractions. Annual event since 1930, held over 10 days in late February and early March in Plant City, Florida.
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
Includes stage schedule, photo gallery, tips, and mullet recipes. Three-day event held in late October in Niceville, Florida.
Swamp Cabbage Festival
Includes activities, photographs, and stories from previous years. Weekend event, since 1965, held in late February on the Caloosahatchee River in LaBelle, Florida.
Grant Seafood Festival
Includes schedule, history, photographs, and information for crafters. All-volunteer two-day event held in February in Grant, Florida since 1965.
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
Includes menu and schedule of events. Four-day event held in January in Fellsmere, Florida.
MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair
Includes schedule of events, profiles of entertainers, photo gallery, and ticket ordering. Two-day event held in July in Pine Island, Florida.
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Includes activities, arts and crafts exhibitors, and contest winners. Held since 1965 on the first weekend in May in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
Includes schedule of events, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, ticket ordering, and highlights of previous years. Three-day event held in May in Zellwood, Florida.
National Cherry Festival
Features an event schedule, competitive event information, sporting events, and entertainment. Held in July in Traverse City, Michigan.
West Coast Chocolate Festival
Presents demonstrations, tastings, performances, factory tours, and activities. Held in October in Vancouver, British Columbia.