Travel: Summer Festivals on the East Coast

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Looking for a summer festival to hit this season?  Here are a few East Coast based fests we think you should put on your calendar.

Firefly Music Festival.  Dover, Delaware. June 19-22.

Firefly music festival may be new-ish to the music festival scene, but it is making waves with music lovers across the nation.  It offers a large variety of musical entertainment, featuring well known acts like Oukast and the Foot Fighters as well as those looking for their “Big Break” (a contest element of the lineup where bands competed for a chance to play on stage).  The entire thing is set in the middle of the woods where attendees can camp, the way music festing was designed to be experienced.

Safeway Barbeque Battle.  Washington, D.C.  June 21-22.

Get ready to get your grub on!  The annual BBQ battle in the nation’s capital, featuring BBQ bosses from across the nation, live music, entertainment, cooking demos, activities for kids and more is a great way to start the summer.  Celebrity chefs are also set to make appearances during the two day event proceeds are used to support the DC Children’s Charities and the Capital Area Food Bank.  The event is easily accessed by public transportation and nearby tons of other great attractions you can add to your itinerary.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. State College, Pennsylvania. July 10-13.

More than 100,000 artists and enthusiasts are set to dsecend on the Penn State campus to partake in four days of art celebration.  Watch it being created live, buy it, admire it, and partake in opportunities to make it yourself.  BookFest PA, the Arts Festival Races, and the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival will be going on too.

Fingerlakes Wine Festival. Watkins Glen, New York. July 11-13.

Now in its 20th year, the Fingerlakes event features 80 different wineries, musicians, regional chefs, food purveyors, craft vendors and people who enjoy wine, food, and fun.  While you’re sober also plan to drive the Watkins Glen International track in your own car!

Maryland Renaissance Festival. Crownsville, Maryland. August 23-October 19.

This annual event may seem a little medival, but it is the perfect way to close out a summer.  Spend your time walking around a renaissance era village, presided over by a king and queen, knights, and ladies while you enjoy shopping in the market place, watching a joust, and imbibing on turkey legs and hearty beer.  This event is loved by children and adults alike.

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