Wondering where to travel this year? Why not make it an experience that will one-up everyone else’s story?


Here, in one place, the 50 strangest, funniest, most noteworthy festivals in the U.S., alphabetical and separated by state (because I’m that anal retentive)… enjoy!


(And, if you’d like to read my sarcastic and occasionally funny commentary on each festival, click through: Fantastic Festivals, Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4, Part 5)




Christmas Village Festival, Irondale, AL




Alaska State Fair, Palmer, AK




Crawdad & Shrimp Festival, Camp Verde, AZ

Fourth Avenue Street Fair, Tucson, AZ

Ostrich Festival, Chandler, AZ




Pickle Fest, Atkins, AR

Toad Suck Daze Festival, Conway, AR




Garlic Festival, Gilroy, CA

Harvest Grape Stomp, Santa Rosa, CA

Jumping Frog Jubilee, Angels Camp, CA

World Pillow Fighting Contest, Fullerton, CA




Headless Chicken Days, Fruita, CO




World Championship Punkin Chunkin’, Nassau, DE




Frog Leg Festival, Fellsmere, FL

Rattlesnake Festival, San Antonio, FL




SPAM Jam, Waikiki, HI




Face-to-Fish Day, Boise, ID

Port-Neuf Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Rendezvous, Pocatello, ID




Taste of Chicago, Grant Park, IL




Empire Asparagus Festival, Empire, MI

Gizzard Fest, Potterville, MI

Humungus Fungus Fest, Crystal Falls, MI




The Kudzo Festival, Holly Springs, MS

Slugburger Festival, Corinth, MS




Typewriter Toss, Springfield, MO




Testicle Festival, Clinton, MT


New Mexico


UFO Festival, Roswell, NM

Whole Enchilada Fiesta, Las Cruces, NM

Zozobra, Santa Fe, NM




All-American Soap Box Derby, Akron, OH

Banana Split Festival, Wilmington, OH

Duct Tape Festival, Avon, OH

Ox Roast, West Jefferson, OH




World Cow Chip Throwing Championship, Beaver, Okla


South Carolina


Chitlin’ Strut, Salley, SC

Okra Strut Festival, Irmo, SC

Watermelon Festival, Hampton, SC


South Dakota


Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, Mitchell, SD

Husband-Calling Competition, Brown County, SD

LifeLight Music Festival, Worthing, SD




Bob Wills Day, Turkey, TX

Dragon Boat, Kite, and Lantern Festival, Lake Carolyn, TX

Goat BBQ & Craft Show, Electra, TX

Mosquito Festival, Clute, TX

National Polka Fest, Ennis, TX

O. Henry Pun-Off, Austin, TX

Onion Fest, Weslaco, TX




Rotten Sneaker Contest, Montpelier, VT




Cheese Days, Colby, WI




Renaissance Festivals, everywhere


(All links were correct at the time this posted. If you find a broken link, please let me know in the comments – and tell us if you have a festival to add to the list!)


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