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There are so many fun festivals across the U.S. and one of the best things about them is that they offer great entertainment, great food and great times all in one place. Here are a few popular festivals for you to consider as you plan your next camping adventure.
June 29-July 3, 2016 and July 5-10, 2016
Billed as the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest spans 11 days and features over 1,000 performances on 11 stages. Performers range from emerging talent and local favorites to some of the music industry’s hottest stars. The list of big names slated to perform this year includes Tim McGraw, Def Leppard, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Selena Gomez. More than 45 food vendors will be on hand, and since it takes place in Milwaukee, you can be sure there will be plenty of cold beer to enjoy, too.
August 3-7, 2016
Now in its 69th year, the Maine Lobster Festival is described as “five days of food and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine.” That feasting includes an impressive 20,000 pounds of lobster accompanied by more than 1,700 pounds of butter. There’s also a sea goddess coronation, a parade, entertainment, The Great Lobster Crate Race, a road race, fun run and walk, arts and crafts, cooking contests and more. Proceeds benefit the local community.
September 2-4, 2016
One of Seattle’s largest cultural events, Bumbershoot draws thousands of people from across the country to celebrate the arts through live music, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, dance and more. Plenty of food vendors will also be on hand to help keep the crowd’s energy high. As for the name? Bumbershoot is a humorous term for umbrella, and was derived from a combination of the words “umbrella” and “parachute.”
November 5-6, 2016
What’s not to love about a festival that celebrates bacon? This annual event, held in eastern Pennsylvania, draws more than 50,000 attendees who can check out more than 100 vendors and over 20 musical acts on eight stages. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, well-behaved, bacon-loving dogs are welcome to attend. You can even buy them a bandana at the Bacon Boutique. PA Bacon Fest runs concurrently with the Easton Farmers’ Market, the oldest, continuously-operating open-air market in the country.