Festivals celebrated in USA have, over the years, become some of the most sought-after life experiences you could have. They are shared experiences. They bring you closer to the land, its people and its varied beliefs and traditions, that all come together to give you the great American escapade of your dreams.
The famous festivals in USA can take you from dancing to the latest chart-toppers to art-gazing at the works of upcoming talent, bustling traditional carnivals — and everything in between. They are spread across the 50 states and happen throughout the year. So you can choose the ones to include into your tour based on your intended areas of visit. SOTC will help ensure all prior arrangements are made once you’ve selected which ones to visit. Here’s a list of traveller-favourites to get you started.
Even if you made it for all of these festivals and events, there’s an entire list more of the unmissable festival experiences of USA. Whether it’s Burning Man or Halloween, American celebrations are ones that seem familiar but will nonetheless leave you amazed upon actually being there in person. SOTC has a bouquet of USA holiday packages for you to choose from. Simply pick one and join the celebrations.
This US festival that will delight you in ways you couldn’t imagine — the Mardi Gras. This French tradition is now synonymous with the colourful southern American festival of New Orleans. The city oozing culture celebrates like no other, with parades, parties and events far beyond the French Quarter of the city. Join in the revelry wearing gold, purple or green — the dress code of the festival.
What started in Pennsylvania in the 1950s as a celebration of the large German population in the country, is now the biggest US festival there is! Over 60 years have passed since the very first Kutztown Folk Festival but even now it is one of the best cultural experiences you can have. Don’t forget to sample delicacies like the fresh breads and cakes!
Another of the great US events in New Orleans, the Jazz & Heritage Festival is a platform that’s as renowned for showcasing local talent as it is for visitors having a good time. You don’t have to know the musicians to groove to the amazing music, soaking in the amazing atmosphere every beat of the way.
You can find one of the best family festival experiences on the stunning Hawaiian Islands that celebrate the Aloha Festival all across the state, in the month of March. This is free US festival will cost you nothing but leave you with an incredible cultural impression of all things Hawaii be it hula tutorials, making leis or street-side musical performances.
All the best musicians of the year make their way to the stages of Coachella, making it one of the most popular events in USA. This annual musical bonanza showcases genre-no-bar talents, boasts of celebrity audiences and offers plenty of opportunity to strut your festival fashion. Do seek to make arrangements well in advance as tickets run out at the earliest!
You don’t have to be a super-hero buff to enjoy Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. America has always been at the forefront of pop-culture and nowhere is that more apparent than its biggest cultural convention that showcases everything from gaming to comics to movies and graphic novels. Dressing up in costume is optional, but it does add to the fun.
November plays host to one of the most significant customs of the USA, the day of thanksgiving. Starting out as a harvest festival, Thanksgiving is now the most important day for family, togetherness and gratitude. Aside from the traditional thanksgiving meal, there’re many public parades and festivities to make this a US festival a celebration of togetherness.
Mingle with artists and the most artistically-inclined citizens of New York. at this lovely spring art festival. It allows you explore upcoming works, make spontaneous purchases and go gallery-hopping around the neighbourhood of Randall’s Island Park, the venue. Be sure to check out the David Zwirner Gallery or Skoto Gallery.
New Mexico in Albuquerque hosts one of the most whimsical festivals you can imagine — the International Balloon Fiesta. Picture the sky filled with hot air balloons of different colours, magically floating across the horizon. And if that’s not enough, you can get on one for a ride too!
In July, the vibrant city of Seattle hosts one of the most enjoyable culinary events in USA, the Seattle Street Food Festival. By scheduling this wonderful affair into your tour, you not only get delicious meals to sample, but great brews at the on-site craft beer gardens, surprise finds at the night market and some super fun interactions with other tourists as well as locals.
Standing at the most iconic urban district, Times Square in New York City, is one of the best United States of America events but also in the world. Join more than 1 million other people, locals and tourists, in welcoming the New Year in the most renowned of celebrations ever.