Sometimes travelers need a little motivation to book a trip. One of the best forms of motivation is festivals, events that require a little advance planning or you will miss out on all the fun. Across the country, the month of May is full of fun festivals whether you are a food lover or a music enthusiast. Keep reading to discover some of the best festivals in May.
1. World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
Most travelers plan a trip to Memphis, Tennessee
to check out the local music scene, but during the month of May there's a whole other reason to plan a trip. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest brings together people who love to cook barbecue - and those that love to eat it.
2. Nantucket Wine Festival
If you've always wanted to visit Nantucket, Massachusetts
but aren't interested in the summer crowds, check out the Nantucket Wine Festival in May. This sophisticated event will allow you to soak up the historic atmosphere of Nantucket while sampling a variety of wines.
3. New York Photo Festival
Photography enthusiasts might think that museums and galleries are the only way to seek out the best and latest photography, but there are also festivals that bring these types of people together. One of the best, the New York Photo Festival, takes place every May in New York.
4. Santa Cruz Blues Festival
One of the best festivals in May for music fans is the Santa Cruz Blues Festival. Plan a trip to this spot in California
and you will get to hear some of the best blues musicians from across the country all in one place.
5. Burlington Chocolate Festiva l
Sometimes festivals allow us to travel off the beaten path and try out new and surprising destinations. During May, one of these opportunities is the Chocolate Festival in Burlington, Wisconsin
. This family-friendly festival will delight both kids and adults alike.
6. Taste of Cincinnati
One of the best festivals in May for food fans is Taste of Cincinnati. During one trip to a city, it is often difficult to really survey the food scene. When you plan a trip
during this festival, you will be able to sample food from a variety of chefs and restaurants all during one visit.
7. Albany Tulip Festival
Some May festivals celebrate the best of the season. As spring is known for its colorful flowers, one of the most seasonal festivals of the month is the Albany Tulip Festival. Plan a trip to Albany, New York
during May and prepare to be impressed by the range of colors and arrangements of tulips.
8. Austin Wine & Music Fest
The city of Austin, Texas
is a popular destination for its live music. But during May, one festival takes this concept a step further. During the Austin Wine and Music Fest, not only do you get to enjoy live music and nightlife, but you also get to sample a variety of wines as well.
9. Blue Crab Festival
Some of the best festivals are the ones that feature a regional ingredient, allowing you to delve deep into a culture while enjoying its local cuisine. One great example is the Blue Crab Festival in Little River, South Carolina
, a family-friendly event that allows you to sample delicious food while gaining an authentic perspective on the place as well.
10. Branson Motorcycle Rally
May is the month for fresh air and mild temperatures. Both of these things attract motorcycle enthusiasts to Branson, Missouri
for the annual Branson Motorcycle Rally. In addition to guided rides, this rally is also known for its nightlife and music.
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