Fairs and festivals are the best way to soak up the sun while listening to many of your favorite artists live. A majority of music festivals occur in the summer, transforming fairgrounds and parks into dreamscapes for music fans. Live performances are the centerpiece but far from the only attraction at these festivals. Lines of food trucks offer a multicultural spread of delectable meals, exotic vendors offer unique merchandise and handcrafted goods, and lawn games create a fun diversion to let out your competitive side. Many fairs and festivals are annual, and some are organized as for-profit while others benefit specific causes.

Music Festivals

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the "World’s Largest Music Festival" is Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Summerfest, which is an 11-day event that has held that title since 1999. Summerfest features a collection of artists with Adele and Luke Bryan headlining in 2017. Recurring yearly festival tours include Mayhem Festival and Warped Tour, all of which have shows in various U.S. cities throughout the summer. Other popular music festivals include the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival held in Manchester, Tennessee, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival located in Indio, California, Governors Ball in New York City, New York, and Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, Washington. One of the newer festivals on the scene is the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. New for 2016, Vegas's Route 91 Harvest Festival brings some of the biggest names in country music to Sin City. Some of the most popular electronic music festivals include Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival. Tickets to the Ultra Music Festival had such a high demand in 2015 that early bird tickets were sold out minutes after going on sale, and their advanced tickets sold out in 20 minutes. Famous festivals from around the world include Glastonbury Festival in England, Reading and Leeds Festival in England, Primavera Sound in Spain, and Tomorrowland held in Belgium. Music and arts festivals attract music lovers from all over the world to see the best live performances.


Fairs are always fun events because they usually step outside of the music festival niche and include a variety of food-focused activities and games for the fairs' guests. Fairs have a theme in mind, and the activities center on the theme, whether it is food and wine like the The Sun Wine and Food Fest or beer like the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston. Fairs are great for families or for a day party depending on the fair's theme, so it's worth the ticket!

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