What is more fun than a festival? How about a visit to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day? Or attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans?!! Each month, we are rounding up some of the most fun festivals and annual events across the United States that you might want to check out! Here are a few February events and festivals that we think you should add to your bucket list!
Thanks to the genius of Bill Murray and the magic of the movie Groundhog Day, a large crowd gathers at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania each year to learn whether a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow. If P. Phil does see his shadow, then we are in for 6 more weeks of winter; if he doesn’t, spring is just around the corner! Attending this fun event is definitely a once in a lifetime experience…. and it will be sure to be trending on Twitter, so don’t forget to tweet about it!
Wine & Food Festivals
Miami, Florida, February
This much-talked-about festival brings all your favorite Food Network personalities and celebrity chefs to Miami for five days of events, from intimate dinners cooked by Sean Brock to a late-night Tacos After Dark session with Aarón Sanchez. If you’ve always dreamed of drinking tiki cocktails with Guy Fieri or having a rosé brunch with Martha Stewart, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival can make your wishes come true.
New Orleans, LA
The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans in Southern Louisiana, where celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually, there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls). While many tourists center their Carnival season activities on Bourbon Street and in New Orleans and Dauphin, major parades originate in the Uptown and Mid-City districts and follow a route along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street, on the upriver side of the French Quarter.
Mobile, founded by Bienville in 1702, is known for having the oldest organized Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, beginning in 1703. It was also host to the first formally organized Mardi Gras parade in the United States in 1830. According to statistics from the Alabama Tourism Department, Mobile Mardi Gras is the most-attended annual event in the state. The event attracted more than 800,000 people in 2010 and more than one million in 2011.
If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience, grab some beads and hit the beach! Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.
The Island’s Mardi Gras celebration draws more than 300,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls. And, this island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality! From the classic revelry found in the heart of Galveston’s historic downtown district – where the bulk of festivities take place – to electronic dance parties and family friendly events and parades, Mardi Gras! Galveston offers excitement everyone can enjoy.
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