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Summer is just around the corner, which means outdoor concerts, long walks, hikes, and picnics. Inspiring festivals are no exception. Get your tickets early for these one-of-a-kind events that will add a dash of adventure to your summer.

7 Most Exciting Summer Festivals In The US

1. Tupelo Elvis Festival

7 Most Exciting Summer Festivals In The US
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When: June 7-11, 2023

Where: Tupelo, Mississippi

The gentleman. The legend. The myth. Elvis Presley's music, film, and a summer festival live on! Pack your bags and get ready to be shook by everything Elvis as you travel to the King's home state of Mississippi. Polyester jumpsuits, long sideburns, and some serious hip-swinging will be seen on the streets.

7 Most Exciting Summer Festivals In The US
Tupelo Elvis Festival

The schedule includes great music, Elvis history and if you make the trip, you'll want to get good seats for the main event: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition. The rivalry is fierce, and the resemblance is uncanny. Take your blue suede shoes with you on a summer trip to Mississippi!

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Tupelo Mississippi has a great combination of big city attractions and small-town hospitality. Tupelo, located in the northeastern part of the state, is a three-hour drive from Jackson, MS.

Tupelo is one of those cities that stands out with its own distinct feel and charm, making Tupelo travel an unforgettable experience. There are numerous excellent restaurants, shopping opportunities, museums, festivals, and other special events, as well as modern entertainment centers and sporting events.

2. Summerfest

When: June 22–24 • June 29–July 1 • July 6–8

Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Summerfest was only getting started when they revealed around 100 headliners. The festival will take place over three weekends and will feature over 800 artists on 12 stages. Elle King, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, Imagine Dragons, James Taylor, Zach Bryan, and others will perform.

3. Bend Yoga Festival

7 Most Exciting Summer Festivals In The US

When: June 8-11, 2023

Where: Bend, Oregon

Yogis, come together! Join like-minded people for four days of mindfulness and deep connection with nature, other yogis, and your highest self. Sunrise Stretch and Plant Spirit Meditation, AcroYoga, and even a Yoga Happy Hour with DJ Taz Rashid are among the sessions available. Enhance your health, wellness, and happiness by Forest Bathing (taking in the atmosphere of the forest without actually bathing) on the Deschutes River Trail, or hop on a paddleboard and enjoy the peaceful scenery.

If traditional meditation is difficult for you, try a moving meditation session, which incorporates music and movement to increase your awareness of the present moment. Mountain biking tours, photography workshops, and stargazing at night are all on the agenda.

Bend, Oregon Events

According to rumor, there is always something going on in Bend. And guess what? The rumors are correct. There's always something going on in our bustling little mountain oasis.

Bend events are jam-packed with fun, culture, action, and even delicious food and beverages. From family-friendly festivals to art walks, beer festivals, outdoor concerts, marathons, or bike races, there's bound to be an event that you won't want to miss.

Family-friendly events such as Oregon WinterFest, Bend Summer Festival, and Balloons Over Bend will keep the kids occupied with kid-friendly activities and plenty of welcoming entertainment for the entire family.

For the adults, try some of the area's best-tasting hoppy, hazy, dark, balanced, and all-around delicious beers.

4. The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning

7 Most Exciting Summer Festivals In The US

Where: Readington, New Jersey

When: July 28-30, 2023

This festival, which is North America's largest summer hot air balloon and music festival, is held at Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey, and is fun for the whole family. The balloons will captivate you as they ascend into the air twice daily.

The balloons will ascend around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday as the pilots simultaneously blast their propane burners, lighting up the sky like fireflies, so be sure to be there. Also, if you don't mind spending about $275, you can go on your own balloon ride.

The festival features three headliner concerts, hundreds of arts, crafts, and other vendors, and a variety of kid-friendly activities. According to rumors, you can catch a balloon replica of both Yoda and Darth Vader.

5. Festival of Fools

Where: Burlington, Vermont

When: August 4-6, 2023

Laughter is the best medicine, and this Burlington, Vermont, fair is prescribing it! On the beautiful streets of Burlington, enjoy over 17 hours of free, high-energy, laugh-out-loud comic entertainment. This will be the festival's 16th year in a row. The goal of more than 100 entertainers, including musicians, dancers, and contortionists, is to bring joy and laughter to everyone who attends.

Last year's festival featured Sarah Twister, a contortionist/comedian/self-proclaimed attention seeker who literally bends over backwards (while shooting fire bows) to entertain! Mutts Gone Nuts, featuring nine of the world's smartest and most talented dogs, was another fan favorite.

6. The Water Lantern Festival

7 Most Exciting Summer Festivals In The US

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: August 5, 2023

For $26, you get admission to the festival, a floating lantern kit with an LED light, a marker, conversation-starter cards (use them to make new friends! ), and playing cards.

Construct your lantern, drop it in the water, and watch it float away peacefully. Lanterns can be used to remember a lost loved one, to symbolize and welcome hope and joy into your life, or to represent your determination to let go of whatever is holding you back.

It's a peaceful event that's also quite beautiful to watch. Don't worry, at the end of the night, the lanterns (made of rice paper and wood) are cleaned up.

7. Electric Zoo

7 Most Exciting Summer Festivals In The US

When: September 1–3

Where: New York City, New York

Electric Zoo is New York City's premier electronic music festival, held over the Labor Day weekend. It's an unusual and exciting way to spend the holiday, with stacked artists ranging from bass to techno and everything in between.

This year's lineup features Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Gorgon City, Martin Garrix, and many more. In previous years, events have had a 'Supernaturals' theme, inviting 'all cosmic creatures, astral aliens, intergalactic illusionists, supernatural wizards, shamans, witches, and extraterrestrial beings' to enjoy a variety of electronic music and its subgenres. That should give you an idea of what to anticipate.

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