For more than 60 years, visitors from across the country have attended the festival to hear these talented performers make music.
Lexington, North Carolina Held on nine blocks of Uptown Lexington’s Main Street, this annual Barbecue Festival drew an estimated 200,000 people in 2014.
With more than 150 events, including a chili cook-off, musical entertainment, and a children’s fair, this 10-day festival is held in February each year—this year marks the 28th annual celebration.
Recently, the festival planners incorporated a Newport Winter Festival bracelet available for purchase, which gives reduced or free admission to all events and local business discounts.
And there’s plenty of shrimp-themed fun to be had: chefs compete to win the annual restaurant challenge with their best shrimp dishes and more than 200 pounds of shrimp are prepared every day for samples. Admission, parking, and trolleys are all free during the St.Mackinac Island, Michigan This 10-day festival occurs each year during June to draw visitors to Mackinac Island when the lilacs are in full bloom.Dating back to 1949, the lilac-themed celebration has grown throughout the years, but key traditions, such as crowning a Lilac Queen, have remained the same.The three-day festival incorporates music and dance performances from a variety of different regions, cultures, and heritages.Along with craft demonstrations, a children’s area, food vendors, and a marketplace with hand-made creations, the festival also has workshops, where artists that share a similar instrument or tradition take the stage together to perform and discuss their music.