Summer is in full swing, which means so is festival season! No matter your interests, there is an event happening this summer for you. Here are some of our top summer festivals to attend in 2019.
Summer Solstice Santa Barbara Celebration – June 21-23
Why celebrate the longest day of summer in just one day when you can celebrate it all weekend long? This is what Santa Barbara, California does! They have a weekend filled with costumes, floats, and puppets to produce a spectacular parade with more than 1,000 participants. This event is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is sure to tickle your creative side. Be one of the 100,000 spectators and enjoy the longest day of the year at Sunken Gardens.
Average Temperature: High of 72, Low of 59
Midnight Sun Festival – June 24
If you are a sports fan, the event for you might be the Midnight Sun Festival. Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, youth and collegiate teams play baseball games for 24 hours, starting at 10pm and due to its location, Fairbanks has a full 24 hours of Sunshine during most summer days. In addition to the baseball games, visitors can taste the local cuisine through food trucks, shop for endless amounts of “Made in Alaska” items, and partake in activities such as car smash and pony rides. On top of this, there are over 40 local artists to add to the endless amount of entertainment offered.
Average Temperature: High of 72, Low of 49
Taste of Chicago – July 10-14
After 38 years of operation, this is the place to be the Fourth of July weekend. Located in the heart of the city at Grant Park, this festival showcases many different food booths, celebrity chefs that prepare full three-course meals, and a possible opportunity to watch local chefs demonstrate their culinary skills. On top of the food there are performances all weekend from local Chicago artists and one star attraction, that in the past has featured Grammy winners, Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana. Come join the local tradition and have a weekend full of music and food. Plus, admission is free!
Average Temperature: High of 84, Low of 63
Festival Napa Valley – July 12-21
If you have never been to Napa Valley, California, you do not want to miss this festival. This region is known for its beauty and fine wines, but over these two weeks this serene destination turns into a cultural bounty. The festival showcases world class performances by over 200 artists, wineries, resorts, theaters, chefs and vintners. It is held by the Napa Valley Festival Association, which is a local non-profit organization inspired to enrich economic and artistic vitality.
Average Temperature: High of 93, Low of 56
Great Texas Balloon Race – July 26-28
If you’ve never seen these colorful giants consume the sky, watch out! The beauty and elegance will have you hooked. Located in Longview, Texas this balloon race showcases many different shapes and sizes of hot air balloons that are sent off into the daylight. Along with the beautiful balloons, live concerts are featured both Saturday and Sunday night following the Balloon Glow. Good music and good sights, what more could you want?
Average Temperature: High of 95, Low of 73
Rain Day Festival – July 29
Ever wonder what it would be like for it to rain on the same day every year? That’s what happens in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania! After a man who claimed that everyday on his birthday it rained, this festival was born. It is currently celebrating 115 days of rain on July 29th. This town celebrates through umbrella decorating contests, rain dances, parades, and a whole lot of country music produced by local artists.
Average Temperatures: High of 83, Low of 59
Cleveland Air Show – August 31-September 2
On top of being one of the oldest, aerospace fans claim this Air Show to be the most prestigious in the country. This air show began as an air race in the late 20s and continues to demonstrate skills and tricks in the sky. This show takes place at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, but can also be seen by nearby buildings and boats on Lake Erie. All branches of the Armed Forces are invited to participate in this end-of-summer, Labor Day event.
Average Temperatures: High of 74, Low of 61
What are some of your favorite summer festivals? Let us know in the comments below!