10 of the Best Spring Festivals and Events in the U.S.
Updated: Feb 4
There are so many amazing spring festivals and events to check out in the United States – it's hard to know where to start! From the east to the west coast, here are just a few of our favorites coming up in the next few weeks:
National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a must-see event for any spring breaker. The festival celebrates the blooming of the cherry blossoms and takes place from March 20th to April 17th this year. There's something for everyone at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, from food and drink tastings to concerts and family-friendly activities.
The Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky
If you're looking for a quintessentially Southern spring experience, look no further than the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is a two-day horse race that takes place on the first Saturday in May. In addition to the races, there's also a food festival, fashion show, and live music. Get your tickets early – this event sells out fast!
Tulip Time Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tulip Time Festival is an annual event that celebrates Dutch culture and heritage. The festival takes place in Ann Arbor, Michigan and runs from May until Mother's Day. There's something for everyone at Tulip Time Festival, including concerts, art exhibits, and of course, tulip gardens.
Boston Calling Music Festival in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Calling is a three-day music festival that takes place at the end of May each year. The festival has previously featured artists like The National, Beck, and The Chainsmokers. If you're looking for a fun (and affordable) way to spend Memorial Day weekend, Boston Calling is a great option.
Cinco de Mayo Festival in San Diego, California
Cinco de Mayo Festival is a three-day celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. The festival takes place at Balboa Park in San Diego and features food vendors, live music, and cultural exhibits. Be sure to wear your sombrero!
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon
If you're a fan of theater, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is definitely worth checking out. The festival runs from February until November and features productions of Shakespeare's plays as well as other classic works. This event is perfect for theater lovers – be sure to buy your tickets early!
Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Atlanta, Georgia
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a celebration of the arts. The festival takes place in Piedmont Park and features art exhibits, live music, and food vendors. This event is free to attend and perfect for art lovers of all ages. The festival runs from April 14th to April 17th this year.
Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts
The Boston Marathon is a world-famous race that takes place on Patriots' Day (the third Monday of April). If you're looking for a challenging and rewarding spring activity, sign up for the marathon! There's also a half marathon and a kids' race available. The race starts in downtown Boston and finishes at the iconic Citgo sign.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana
If you're looking for some music to spice up your spring break, look no further than the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. This annual event features performances by jazz, blues, zydeco, and Cajun musicians. In addition to music, the festival also features food and crafts vendors. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place over two weekends in April and May.
National Garden Festival in Roanoke, Virginia
If you're looking for a spring activity that the whole family can enjoy, head to the National Garden Festival in Roanoke, Virginia. The festival features over 100 gardens, as well as live music and food vendors. This event is free to attend and runs from April 29th to May 29th.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore all that America has to offer this spring!
If you'd rather try out an all-inclusive for your spring break vacation, check out my blog post picking my favorite all-inclusive resorts!