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Summer is always a perfect time to spend vacation days outdoors while the weather is warm. As autumn grows near and the kids get ready to head back to school, people start thinking about that one last celebration. This makes August a busy time for families looking for fun weekends.
Let’s check out five cool August festivals in the United States.
Rhode Island Film Festival - Providence, Rhode Island – August 9-14
The Rhode Island film festival has been called one of the best in America. It has become internationally known and showcases hundreds of independent movies.
Directors, actors, and film lovers from all over the world head to Providence, Rhode Island to meet, socialize, and screen films. It is here where you will get a glimpse into the passionate work that goes into making movies. People watch, meet some of their idols, and even listen to live Question and Answer sessions about the film industry.
Film lovers, as well as those who don't have a deep love for cinema, will have a blast at the Rhode Island Film Festival. Just remember to bring popcorn.
National Lentil Festival - Pullman, Washington - August 19th-20th
The National Lentil Festival is unlike any other celebration you have been to before. If you are like me then you are asking yourself, "Why would anyone celebrate lentils?"
One reason is this area in Washington grows over a quarter of the lentils used throughout the entire United States. Plus, Pullman is also well known for producing the highest quality lentils in the country. As you can imagine this is a title that they are extremely proud of, so every August they throw a festival to celebrate. The National Lentil Festival has become well known throughout America for fun and entertainment.
A few things to expect when visiting are parades, a 5k run, and various other fun activities all of which are lentil themed, of course. They also crown a Lentil King and Queen as well as have a Lentil Family of the Year. This festival is quirky enough that even if you don’t like lentils, you will have a good time.
Many of the states use August as the month to throw their annual state celebration. This is a time to show off state pride and highlight what makes each state so great. These festivals last for a couple of weeks and are fantastic for trying new foods, seeking a few thrills and learning about life in that state.
Many of the state fairs also have campgrounds which can turn into a fun vacation for the entire family. All the fairs have rides, music and performances that the kids will love.
Wherever you are living in America, you are not too far from a state fair.
State Fairs in August
- Ohio State Fair - July 27th - August 7th.
- Wisconsin State Fair - August 4th -14th
- Indiana State Fair - August 5th -21st
- Iowa State Fair - August 11th -21st
- Missouri State Fair - August 11th-21st
- Maryland State Fair - August 25th - September 5th
- Minnesota State Fair - August 25th - September 5th
- The Great New York State Fair - August 25th - September 5th
Cheeseburger Festival in Caseville - Caseville, Michigan - August 12th - 21st
Brace yourself for this next one. The Cheeseburger Festival in Caseville, Michigan is a festival to honor two very different things. First, as the name suggests, it is a festival focused on cheeseburgers. Secondly, it is a celebration to honor Jimmy Buffet. This crazy ten-day festival takes place in Caseville, Michigan during the end of August. There is always something going on at this crazy event.
Try your hand at making sandcastles or head to the laser show on the beach. This festival draws over 50,000 people a year and has won many awards for being fun, wild, and wacky. Needless to say, there is an unlimited amount of cheeseburgers to eat so bring your stretchy pants.
World of Wine Festival – Jacksonville, Oregon, Aug 22nd -28th
Who doesn’t want to visit the biggest food and wine celebration in Oregon? This weeklong celebration packs in lively entertainment, wine tastings, auctions, food and more. This year, over 70 wineries are participating in the event. Of course, you have to experience all the different kinds of wines for yourself, and don't forget to take home a few bottles of your personal favorite.
The proceeds of the Oregon Wine Festival all go to charity. Last year they raised over half a million dollars, and 100% of the money went to the Child’s Miracle Network. Now that's something to drink to! Plus, how often do you get to drink wine for a good cause? So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to the festival today.
From parties celebrating cheeseburgers to drinking wine for charity, there are many ways to celebrate the last days of summer in America. These are 5 festivals you cannot miss, and each one is perfect for that last summer fling with family and friends.
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