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2022-10-22 10:40:50 PM  
The Binghamton, NY rain festival.   January 1st to December 31st.

Actually, we have a rockin' projection festival called Luma, where trippy animations are projected on downtown buildings in a way that incorporates their architecture:

LUMA 2022 Look Back
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I also dig our local porchfest, where front porches all over the west side are used as stages for an all-day music festival, but we are certainly not unique in doing that.
 
2022-10-22 10:52:42 PM  
The Renaissance Faire back in the day when it was just north of San Francisco in the Black Point forest was magical. The perfect place for the event
 
2022-10-22 11:20:36 PM  
Jazzfest, NOLA.  Pick a year, but my favorite was 2001.  Only partially because of the shows at the festival itself.  Like most years, the best stuff was happening late at night in various venues throughout town.

I saw much bigger names that year, but one night a the HoB Parish, Irvin Mayfield and Kermit Ruffins each played a set.  Then they cut heads for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half.  Then Roy Hargrove (RIP) showed up.  I guess his eyes could've been that way because it was 3am or so by then but nah, that was the highest man I've ever seen.

So then all those dudes played a set together.  Every set throughout the night somehow topped the one that came before it.  I had somehow seriously underestimated Kermit's chops before that night, even though I had seen him several times already that year.  It felt like all of these guys kept bumping up against the apex of what they could do.

Anyway, stumbled out after 5am, the sun was up when I got home.  Go to Jazzfest, find the shows happening at night, try to be sober enough at midnight that you can go for 4 more hours, just in case.
 
2022-10-22 11:40:48 PM  
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2022-10-23 7:48:32 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The Renaissance Faire back in the day when it was just north of San Francisco in the Black Point forest was magical. The perfect place for the event


I second your assertion.  Call me old fashioned, but there is something about women's tendency at those things to wear tight bodices that gives me a strange feeling in my swimsuit area.
 
2022-10-23 9:03:38 AM  
Troy Chowderfest. Second weekend in October in Troy, NY. I've been going for ten years in a row, minus Covid. You get to sample 25-30 different types of chowder. I make sure to get there early so that I can sample all of them. It's the one thing that I do for myself every year that makes me happy.    :)
 
2022-10-23 9:16:59 AM  
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2022-10-23 9:21:25 AM  
Interesting.

The people I know from India (here in Houston) are Catholics.
 
2022-10-23 9:32:04 AM  
Norwalk CT Oyster Festival
In the nineties and the early 2000s it was the end of year demo jump for my skydiving club. A small point of land in Norwalk harbor bordered by Amtrak tracks and I95. Totally intimidating from the air.
But.... It was a free jump, the crowd always loved us, and we got unlimited free beer coupons and a lobster dinner. The ride home was in a executive commuter bus.
And because of this... I got to see the original Village People who were playing the festival.
 
2022-10-23 9:39:34 AM  
I live in the land of festivals. All summer long there are church festivals (a couple of the best are the one at the FL Wright designed Greek Orthodox church in Wauwatosa and a Serbian church in Racine. Then there is Summerfest and all the ethnic festivals at the Maier Festival Park (aka Summerfest Grounds) on the Milwaukee Lakefront.

Of all the ethnic festivals, my favorite has long been Indian Summer. It is the last of the season and is held the weekend after Labor Day. The food is good, including several vendors selling Fry Bread, and the craft vendors have great things to sell. I stock up with my year's supply of manoomin there. The music is all over the map with rock, blues, folk, and indigenous folk (yes, there are usually a couple of Andean pan flute groups there). Typically an Aztec dance group is there with incredible costumes and drums. There are demonstrations of things like dugout canoes and various dwellings like the wood longhouses so common among woodland groups.

It is the only festival that blocks off part of the grounds as a "no alcohol" area. This is because it also is one of the largest Pow Wows in North America with song and dance groups from all over and it is considered disrespectful to have alcohol present at one. I always make a point of attending the Grand Entrance and opening ceremony on the first day. The beautiful costumes and the drumming and singing, especially in the September sunshine are incredible.

Festa Italiana has the best food. IrishFest has the best music, but Indian Summer is the best overall and IME the most family friendly.
 
2022-10-23 9:41:29 AM  
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2022-10-23 9:47:13 AM  
76 or 77 New River, Virginia

We never got close. Great lineup, though. We drove from the beach and got nearby in early evening. Traffic was so slow that it took us an hour to get to the spur road that lead to the festival grounds. By that time, many of the acts we wanted to see had -- according to the docs -- already played. So, we decided to just go home. It took us 10 hours. It was dark by the time we got to the West Virginia Turnpike [sic] which was a scary 2 lanes of mountain road. My wife had gone to sleep and couldn't be roused. To keep awake I did two things. I sang Ry Cooder's Into the Purple Valley ... loudly. I'd alternate that with pretending to be a member of Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. The tail lights of the vehicle in front of us represented the lead dog sled of our team and I absolutely couldn't lose contact with them or we'd both die. The droll/scary part is that I was doing the running commentary in some contrived British "accent" that's probably a capital offense in England. And I was so slap-happy I couldn't drop the accent! By the time we were with 30 miles of home, I had slowed down to around 20 mph because of exhaustion. Apparently there are no state police awake near dawn because I wasn't ticketed or warned or anything.
 
2022-10-23 9:48:25 AM  
Fyre Festival
 
2022-10-23 9:51:19 AM  

Hinged: Interesting.

The people I know from India (here in Houston) are Catholics.


Huh. The Indian employee on one of Mrs Functions teams is also Catholic.


/hospital in Houston
 
2022-10-23 9:54:34 AM  

Sam's Club Sandwich: Troy Chowderfest. Second weekend in October in Troy, NY. I've been going for ten years in a row, minus Covid. You get to sample 25-30 different types of chowder. I make sure to get there early so that I can sample all of them. It's the one thing that I do for myself every year that makes me happy.    :)


That's a lot of chow..da
 
2022-10-23 9:55:10 AM  
Glasto '99

It only rained on the Sunday, and the sun came out after a 20 minute summer shower, drying everything up within 20 minutes. Almost every year surrounding that year was an e-coli-infecting communal mudbath.

Also: tried liquid LSD for the first/only time about 2 hours before sunrise on that Sunday. At the stone-circle, amidst a huge drumming circle that went bonkers when dawn broke!!

Double plus good: Managed to get there, get in, with a half-ounce of hash and a slab of beer, AND jump the fence, with my total expenditure for 4 days being a grand total of £50.

Ultrafark: I still made it to work on the Wendesday, and smashed my sales record (car insurance) whilst still decidedly stoned/hungover.

/it was mostly the best festival due to the lack of rain.
 
2022-10-23 10:02:12 AM  

Hinged: Interesting.

The people I know from India (here in Houston) are Catholics.


Are they from the southern part of India that was influenced by the Portuguese?
 
2022-10-23 10:17:25 AM  

hoodiowithtudio: Hinged: Interesting.

The people I know from India (here in Houston) are Catholics.

Are they from the southern part of India that was influenced by the Portuguese?



Could well be.

I never got that deep into it.
 
2022-10-23 10:20:12 AM  
The Fiesta of l'Amuravela in Cudillero, Spain, in 2019.

We were taking a narrow-gauge railway trip across the northern coast of Spain, and happened to stop in Cudillero.  We're sitting on our suitcases by the B&B and suddenly drums! bagpipes! A tractor pulling a boat, and a whole parade of townspeople comes down the road!

Early the next morning--
First the icon of the Virgin comes ashore in a boat and there is the blessing of the fleet by the head priest.
Then the icons of all the other Saints from the local churches are carried down to the shore.

A "scarecrow" - paper mache mannequin in a robe - is set up, and the Mayor reads to it a list of everything bad that happened in the town in the last year, while a scribe writes it down.  A literal reading of the grievances, in the local language Pixueto.
The icons are carried back to their churches.  The scarecrow is given the list of grievances and lit on fire (it has a few embedded fireworks), taking all the bad luck with it.

Then everybody sits down to feast on seafood and the local hard cider.  This is a fishing village, so the seafood is exceedingly fresh and exceedingly good.

Finally the bands fire up and the dancing begins.  In 2019 they also imported a mariachi band from Mexico to liven it up.

Just an incredible festival to stumble upon, in one of the prettiest villages in Spain.
 
2022-10-23 10:22:19 AM  
The very first blues and jazz festival in Kansas City. I had a great time (on the blues side, of course) each day, and one day dragged my friend and her daughter there. It was glorious! The weather was perfect that weekend, half of the city showed up, and the bands couldn't be better, as Roger Nabor still ran the Blues Society.

As a matter of fact, if you check the Sunday newspaper (KC Star) from that weekend, you'll see me on the front page, swinging my friend's little girl around. The funniest thing is that I was trying to stay out of the photographer's way, and didn't realize he was trying to take a picture of us.
 
2022-10-23 10:30:49 AM  
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2022-10-23 10:33:11 AM  
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2022-10-23 11:11:05 AM  
UCLA mardi gras in the late 70s before the preponderance of malignant republicans and fraternities and gang bangers
 
2022-10-23 11:12:22 AM  
The National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield, Maryland, held on Labor Day weekend.

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2022-10-23 11:14:04 AM  
...and a sample race form posted event, but a decade ago...

65th Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby
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2022-10-23 11:14:53 AM  
...and the final race for good measure, but look up the crab picking contest as well if you get a chance.

Crisfield MD 68th Hard Crab Derby Final
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2022-10-23 11:15:14 AM  

west.la.lawyer: UCLA mardi gras in the late 70s before the preponderance of malignant republicans and fraternities and gang bangers


if I could edit this, i'd take out "republicans" and replace it with preppies - they could have been commies for all I knew at that age
 
2022-10-23 11:41:46 AM  
My favorite festival:

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2022-10-23 11:42:06 AM  
Fantasy Fest in Key West, always a lot of people, always a lot of amazing costumes.

Lots of NSFW photos
Fantasy Fest Photo Gallery - Capt Tony's Saloon (capttonyestore.com)
 
2022-10-23 12:04:03 PM  
Wintergrass.  I have worked it for 15 years or so.  Until Covid blew it up.

Working it again this year.
 
2022-10-23 12:12:25 PM  

catmandu: I live in the land of festivals. All summer long there are church festivals (a couple of the best are the one at the FL Wright designed Greek Orthodox church in Wauwatosa and a Serbian church in Racine. Then there is Summerfest and all the ethnic festivals at the Maier Festival Park (aka Summerfest Grounds) on the Milwaukee Lakefront.

Of all the ethnic festivals, my favorite has long been Indian Summer. It is the last of the season and is held the weekend after Labor Day. The food is good, including several vendors selling Fry Bread, and the craft vendors have great things to sell. I stock up with my year's supply of manoomin there. The music is all over the map with rock, blues, folk, and indigenous folk (yes, there are usually a couple of Andean pan flute groups there). Typically an Aztec dance group is there with incredible costumes and drums. There are demonstrations of things like dugout canoes and various dwellings like the wood longhouses so common among woodland groups.

It is the only festival that blocks off part of the grounds as a "no alcohol" area. This is because it also is one of the largest Pow Wows in North America with song and dance groups from all over and it is considered disrespectful to have alcohol present at one. I always make a point of attending the Grand Entrance and opening ceremony on the first day. The beautiful costumes and the drumming and singing, especially in the September sunshine are incredible.

Festa Italiana has the best food. IrishFest has the best music, but Indian Summer is the best overall and IME the most family friendly.


I really love Indian Summer though its sad that it appears to be a thing of the past (I don't think this year was just a COVID cancellation, though I hope I'm wrong).

As a huge live music person, Summerfest is always going to be my favorite though.  Eleven or twelve stages of music going all day and night for $20 per day is an absolute steal.  As a beer lover, I never miss the Locust Street festival in June that does its beer run and Burheart's in Bay View has its Mittenfest (because who doesn't want to have an outdoor street party in February in Wisconsin?)
 
2022-10-23 12:45:48 PM  
Clam festival on Yarmouth maine. Super disappointed to find it was about the mollusks.
 
2022-10-23 1:22:30 PM  
Rectal Festival. It features your mom.
 
2022-10-23 1:38:34 PM  

Someone Else's Alt: Fantasy Fest in Key West, always a lot of people, always a lot of amazing costumes.

Lots of NSFW photos
Fantasy Fest Photo Gallery - Capt Tony's Saloon (capttonyestore.com)


Spraypaint is a costume, now?! ;-D
 
2022-10-23 3:07:07 PM  

uttertosh: Someone Else's Alt: Fantasy Fest in Key West, always a lot of people, always a lot of amazing costumes.

Lots of NSFW photos
Fantasy Fest Photo Gallery - Capt Tony's Saloon (capttonyestore.com)

Spraypaint is a costume, now?! ;-D


Yeah, my experience has been that after about 1130pm on parade night most people don't even bother with body paint. Working the door of the Green Parrot one FF parade night at about 2am a very pretty young woman comes to my door wearing nothing but flip flops, no paint, no panties, no purse, nothing. He was holding her DL and a credit card in her hand. I asked what happened to her costume, she replied "I didn't have one, and everyone was having so much fun I decided to just toss my clothes in the trash and have fun."

Good times.
 
2022-10-23 3:52:39 PM  

Sam's Club Sandwich: Troy Chowderfest. Second weekend in October in Troy, NY. I've been going for ten years in a row, minus Covid. You get to sample 25-30 different types of chowder. I make sure to get there early so that I can sample all of them. It's the one thing that I do for myself every year that makes me happy.    :)


Now imagine that in Newport, Rhode Island.  That's good chowdah!
 
2022-10-23 4:34:56 PM  
I wasn't old enough to drink so I wasn't able to fully enjoy this but I had a good time.

The fifth First Annual Armadillo Exposition and Confab in Victoria, Texas, 1975
 
2022-10-23 5:50:09 PM  
Haven't really been to many over the years, but my favorite still remains what was probably the first one I went to. The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach California. Haven't been since I was a kid in the early 80s but it was just fun wandering around looking at the various arts and crafts. Even for a 8 and 10yo. 

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2022-10-24 10:34:59 AM  
Cornerstone yearly festival back in IL in the early-to-mid 90's
 
2022-10-24 5:00:32 PM  

Someone Else's Alt: uttertosh: Someone Else's Alt: Fantasy Fest in Key West, always a lot of people, always a lot of amazing costumes.

Lots of NSFW photos
Fantasy Fest Photo Gallery - Capt Tony's Saloon (capttonyestore.com)

Spraypaint is a costume, now?! ;-D

Yeah, my experience has been that after about 1130pm on parade night most people don't even bother with body paint. Working the door of the Green Parrot one FF parade night at about 2am a very pretty young woman comes to my door wearing nothing but flip flops, no paint, no panties, no purse, nothing. He was holding her DL and a credit card in her hand. I asked what happened to her costume, she replied "I didn't have one, and everyone was having so much fun I decided to just toss my clothes in the trash and have fun."

Good times.


Halfabee64: Sam's Club Sandwich: Troy Chowderfest. Second weekend in October in Troy, NY. I've been going for ten years in a row, minus Covid. You get to sample 25-30 different types of chowder. I make sure to get there early so that I can sample all of them. It's the one thing that I do for myself every year that makes me happy.    :)

Now imagine that in Newport, Rhode Island.  That's good chowdah!


I read these two posts back to back way too closely (timewise) and mistook Halfabee64's response for a response to SomeoneElse'sAlt.
 
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