8 Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss (July 2018)

Summer is peak food festival season! Whether you’re craving key lime pie or watermelon, or would prefer something more savory like bacon, you’ll be sure to find a food festival for you! Check out some of our top picks of July food festivals below.

Key Lime Festival – Key West, Florida
June 30th – July 4th
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Is there anything more quintessentially Floridian than Key Lime Pie? Early this July, you can experience all the Key Lime Pie you’ve ever wanted at the Key Lime Festival in Florida. It has all the typical festival activities, plus some creative extras, like the Key Lime Pie drop. Ever wanted to see people try to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of a lighthouse… without damaging the pie? Then you won’t want to miss this!

National Cherry Festival – Traverse City, Michigan
June 30th – July 7th
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Celebrate all things cherry at this delicious festival! Whether you’d prefer to sample some cherry pancakes or watch an air show, this festival has a little something for everyone!

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival – Grand Bay, Alabama
July 3rd & 4th
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We dare you to try to find a fruit that better represents summer than watermelon! It’s the perfect subject for a July food festival. Come on July 4th to get all of the free, ice cold watermelon you can eat!

McLoud Blackberry Festival – McLoud, Oklahoma
July 6th & 7th
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This blackberry themed festival features a ton of classic activities like a carnival and a car show – but there are also baking competitions throughout the day on the 7th. Don’t miss out!

Taste of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
July 11th-15th
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Experience one of the largest food festivals in the world at Taste of Chicago! There will be tons of vendors to sample from, plus live music and other typical festival activities. If you’re going to go to one food festival in your life, this is a great choice!

Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival – Newport, Kentucky
July 12th-15th
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This festival features a ton of great ways to experience great tasting bacon and bourbon – whether you want to do a bourbon 101 class, sample some limited edition bourbons, or chow down on all the bacon themed food you can eat, you’ll love this festival!

CRAVE! Taste the Northwest – Spokane, Wisconsin
July 12th-15th
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Celebrate the foods of the Pacific Northwest with this fantastic festival! There are tons of delightful culinary events throughout the weekend, including a Global Street Foods Carnivale, a Seafood Bash and more. You won’t want to miss out on this delicious festival!

42nd Annual J.M. Tawes Crab & Clam Bake – Crisfield, Maryland
July 18th
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Who can say no to an all you can eat crab and clam bake? This annual festival features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, watermelon and more! It promises to be a great – and delicious – time!

5 Perfect Spots for an Offbeat Date Night

Have you been to every art museum in your area? Have a season pass to your local science center? Looking for an enriching experience unlike any other you’ve had? Well, then this list is for you. We’ve found 5 museums that focus on weird, unusual or just unlikely things to keep in mind next time you want a unique adventure. None of these in your area? Not to worry, we can help you find the perfect, unusual experience!

  1. International Cryptozoology Museum – Portland, Maine
    Delve into the mysterious and unknown at the International Cryptozoology museum. This museum is dedicated to the study of hidden or unknown animals. Think Bigfoot, sea serpents, etc. Whether you believe in their existence or not, this museum is sure to spark a fun discussion between you and your partner as you explore a variety of research materials and potential evidence of these creatures’ existence. Visit their website.
  2. Museum of the Weird – Austin, Texas
    Who doesn’t love a self-explanatory title? The Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas is a small collection of strange things connected to a gift shop. Inspired by dime museums of the past, this little museum is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the mood for something offbeat! Visit their website.
  3. National Mustard Museum – Middleton, Wisconsin
    Mustard can be a strangely polarizing condiment, but if you’re a fan, be sure to check out this museum! Founded in 1986, this museum is dedicated to collecting specimens of mustard – they’re up to almost 6,000! The best part? It’s all free, even the tasting bar! Visit their website.
  4. American Sign Museum – Cincinnati, Ohio
    Sure, you see signs every day – but we’ll bet you haven’t seen this many in one place! The American Sign Museum is a 20,000 square foot museum featuring signs of all kinds, from all times, whether they’re flashy and neon or more subtle. It’s a fascinating way to explore US history. Visit their website.
  5. Mystery Castle – Phoenix, Arizona
    The Mystery Castle in Phoenix, Arizona has a bit of a bittersweet backstory – a man named Boyce Luther Gully built it for his daughter after discovering he was ill with tuberculosis. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could send for her. She eventually moved in and started giving tours of her beloved castle. She has since passed on as well, but the legacy lives on. The castle has a ton of unique features, and is definitely worth exploring! Visit their website.