Towns/cities with their own holidays/festivals! please share!

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Stampede in Calgary is a pretty big deal.  It would be hard to say what businesses decorate more for – Stampede or Christmas.  You can get a free breakfast during the entire Stampede if you want.  Most places of work have a relaxed dress code – dress business if you normally have to or Western.  There are usually informal days off, companies taking people to the rodeo or having a beer gardens etc.

Post # 3
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Vancouver has a festival of some sort almost every weekend in the summer. We have Greek Days, Children’s Festival, Film Festival, Italian Days,  etc, but my favorite is the Festival of Light , where hundreds of thousands of people come down to the beach to watch 3 different countries compete in a fireworks display.


Post # 4
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m from Louisville, KY – home of the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports! The celebration actually lasts two weeks, and the Friday before the Derby is a holiday and all the schools are out.

Post # 6
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

souza_2005:  Maybe a small one, by my hometown has a HUGE street festival on the first weekend of every August. It’s the largest street festival west of the Mississippi River. 

Artisans, specialty fods, and local business all make an appearance and some of the vendors travel from all over the country.  I spend a good amount of money there every year, buying jewelry and clothes.  Mostly, I love to look. 

Amazing painters and photographers display their work, unique pet things, funny signs, gifts for the person who you can never buy a gift for.  I love it!

Post # 7
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

souza_2005: Well, it kicks off with a giant airshow and firework display. Then events like a hot air balloon glow, hot air balloon race, a paddleboat race, the running of the rose (it’s a bartending/waitressing competition that includes makes complicated drinks and navigating an obstacle course with a tray of full drinks), then a big parade and then the Oaks. And there’s a Chow Wagon downtown that has live music and food every night during the festival. And that’s just the big, publicc events. There are tons of private or invite-only parties, the most well attended of which is the Brownstable Brown where my best friend met Apollo Anoton Ohno and the guy that played Smith Jared on Sex and the City. 

And all that is before Derby day! It’s awesome!

Post # 8
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My hometown has a small (but big for a small town) autumn festival – it’s a fair, really, with rides, food carts, craft fair, car show, firetruck rides, etc. The local schools all give the Friday of the week off so kids can spend the day at the festival.

Post # 9
35 posts

Hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. We have Wurstfest every November. An excuse to drink pitchers of beer, eat bratwurst, and celebrate our German heritage. 

Post # 10
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I live in Boston, and I’d say our biggest, unique holiday is Marathon Monday. I think they technically call it Patriot’s Day so that people can get the day off of work, but it basically consists of drinking and cheering on the runners as they go past. So fun! 

Post # 11
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

My city – Fort Wayne, IN – has two big local festivals. The city is located at the confluence of three rivers so our summer festival is called the Three Rivers Festival – it lasts 9 days and is celebrated in July. It starts off with a big parade and ends with a huge fireworks display. In between there are a ton of events in our downtown area like races, food vendors, dance performances, concerts, carnival rides, boat rides, helicopter rides, etc. I’m told it’s the 2nd largest festival in Indiana.

We also have the Johnny Appleseed Festival that takes place over one weekend in September. Technically, this festival isn’t unique to the city, but it is one of the major Johnny Appleseed Festivals in the US. It’s my favorite festival and features period authentic food and crafts that celebrates the life and times of John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed. All vendors have to wear period authentic costumes and many of the food vendors actually make their food on site using period authentic techniques.

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  MrsGAM.
Post # 12
2657 posts
Sugar bee

The town I grew up in also happened to be Lucille Ball’s hometown.  Every year, they have a comedy festival dedicated to her called Lucyfest.  I think they have a museum for her too, but it was built after we moved to NC.

Where I live now doesn’t have any super unique events, but the NC State Fair just started and that’s a big deal around here.  So much deep fried food…

Post # 14
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

souza_2005:  You should totally come to the Derby some year! It’s awesome. But plan ahead – it books up fast!

Post # 15
5222 posts
Bee Keeper

souza_2005:  where I grew up we celebrate Carnival (or Mardi Gras), which is a really fun series of events leading up to Lent. There’s parades with huge floats, masquerade balls and parties that last all day and night and of course is a huge tourist attraction. We would always get out of school for the big parades and then of course the Monday and Tuesday ( Fat Tuesday) before Ash Wednesday.


People go nuts over beads and moon pies. New Orleans gets all the credit but there’s so many towns in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that do Mardi Gras right, too. 



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