Packed with hundreds of food fairs, concerts, street sales, and movie screenings, summer is the best time of the year for attending festivals across the country. Here are some top festivals to look forward to this summer in cities around the nation:

  • Chum Fest (Seattle): Residents flock to this annual celebration of the chopped fish parts, bones, and fluids that make the city’s flourishing marine industry possible
  • Shakespeare By The Dump (Fort Wayne, IN): Theater fans are invited to gather every Saturday night to watch performances of Shakespeare’s classics just outside the town landfill
  • Southwest Regional Pop Tent Expo (Santa Fe, NM): Tent dealers and enthusiasts alike converge on Santa Fe during mid-July to see the latest in portable canopy technology
  • Lincoln Park Zoo Adult/Animal Singles Mixer (Chicago): Every Friday after 7:30 p.m. during the summer, Chicago singles are invited to an adult cocktail hour at Lincoln Park Zoo to mix and mingle with unattached wildlife looking for love
  • Middlesex County Folk Festival (Central Massachusetts): Grab a group of friends, a spot on the lawn, and spend an afternoon ignoring some of the finest folk musicians in the area
  • Taste Of Giamatti (Philadelphia): Actor and amateur chef Paul Giamatti cooks dinner for all 590,000 households in Philadelphia over a four-month period
  • Carolina Beer Fest (Charleston, SC): This annual celebration of the nation’s finest breweries features a wide selection of craft beers and one horrific porta-potty
  • Toyota Independent Film Festival (Chicago): This annual event celebrates promising new directors screening films where the protagonist drives a Camry
  • Bad Art Crawl (San Diego): Residents and visitors are invited to peruse and buy bad art, from bad paintings to bad embroidery, bad jewelry, and bad handmade notebooks
  • Hey, Where Did My Friends Go? (New York): This hugely popular music festival consists largely of everyone who showed up a few minutes late wandering around a field and occasionally yelling “Jason?”

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