Festivals are a great way to experience the culture of a city or country. Festivals bring together people from all over who share the same interests, whether it be food, music, or art. Some festivals have been around for decades while others are brand new and provide an opportunity for people to try something they’ve never done before. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of my favorite festivals in America that I’ve attended recently:
The Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby is the most important horse race in the United States. It is held annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs racecourse in Louisville, Kentucky. The race covers 1 1/2 miles and is run on dirt tracks.
The Derby was first run in 1875 as part of a plan by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of William Clark (of Lewis & Clark fame), to promote his recently opened racetrack at Churchill Downs. The first winner was Aristides who won $2,850 for his owner John Ewing; he also sired Man o’ War who won 20 consecutive races before retiring with his 22nd win at age five!
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair, and it’s held annually in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival that begins in September and ends in October. It is celebrated with beer, food and music!
The festival began in 1810 when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12th (also known as “Wiesn” Day). The citizens of Munich were invited to attend a horse race followed by dancing and feasting at this wedding celebration; this inspired them to hold their own annual celebrations every year thereafter.
The New Orleans Jazz Fest
New Orleans Jazz Fest is a music festival that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is held annually at the end of April and lasts for two weeks. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation (Nolafunk) organizes this event to celebrate jazz music, food and culture. This festival attracts more than 500,000 people each year from all over the world and features around 400 musicians on 13 stages during its duration.
This music festival has been ranked as one of the largest festivals in terms of attendance by Billboard Magazine since 1987 when it began ranking festivals based on their size or popularity. It also received recognition from Forbes magazine as one of America’s Top 10 Music Festivals To Attend In 2018 because it offers an amazing experience for both locals as well as tourists who visit New Orleans every year during this time period.
The San Francisco Street Food Festival
The San Francisco Street Food Festival is held in multiple locations throughout the city, most notably on Mission Street. It’s one of America’s largest street food festivals and has been going strong since 2005. The event spans several blocks and features over 75 vendors selling everything from Korean BBQ tacos to shrimp tempura ice cream cones. You’ll find everything from dumplings to burgers at this event–and everything in between!
If you’re into trying new foods or just want something different from your typical burger joint, this festival is for you!
Festa do Senhor dos Passos in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Festa do Senhor dos Passos is a religious festival that takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The festival honors the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and attracts thousands of people each year. The celebration lasts for nine days, but you can experience everything this event has to offer in just one day.
The festival begins with Mass at midnight on Good Friday, followed by a procession carrying an image of Christ on his way to Calvary (the hill where he was crucified). On Saturday morning there are more processions throughout the city before ending at nightfall when everyone goes home or stays up all night praying at church altars set up around town.
If you’re planning on attending this event make sure your passport is valid! You will need it if you want access into Brazil during this time period because they require visas for visitors who aren’t citizens or residents there already
Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia
Oruro is the capital city of Oruro department in Bolivia. It is located at an elevation of 3,837 meters above sea level and has a population of over 200,000 people. This city was founded by the Spanish conquistadores in 1548 and named after Our Lady of the Rosary (in Spanish, Nuestra SeÃ±ora del Rosario).
The Carnival Festival held every year during February is one of the most important cultural events in South America that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. It dates back to more than 500 years ago when it was first held by indigenous groups who lived in this area before European settlers arrived here. Although today’s carnival celebrations have changed over time due to numerous influences both inside and outside Bolivia, they still retain their original roots and traditions associated with them throughout history — making this festival truly unique!
Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, NV
Burning Man is a festival that takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It’s been going on since 1986 and is best known for its quirky costumes and art, as well as its community spirit. The event welcomes anyone who wants to participate–whether that means making art or simply observing it all go down.
Burning Man takes place during the last week of August each year (this year it will be from August 26-September 2). You can buy tickets starting at $390 per person if you register early, but camping fees increase as time goes on so get those tickets while they’re still affordable!
There are so many cool festivals that happen throughout the United States.
Festivals are a great way to experience the culture of a new place. They’re usually free or cheap, fun for the whole family and they give you an opportunity to meet people from all over the world. You can also try some new food at festivals!
Festivals are fun because they give you an insight into what it is like living in different parts of America. For example, in Texas there’s a rodeo festival that lasts 10 days where cowboys compete against each other by riding on bulls and horses at high speeds while trying not fall off their animals during their races through large crowds of cheering fans (which sometimes happens). This would be hard for someone who doesn’t know how ride animals but at least now we know how Texans spend their time when not working or watching football games together as friends during weekends afternoons/evenings during autumn months when temperatures drop down below freezing levels so long as there isn’t snow falling on top off everything else — which rarely ever happens since climate change has made winters warmer than ever before…
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of some of the best festivals in the US. There are many more that we didn’t cover here, but hopefully this will inspire you to go out and experience them for yourself!