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The Best Seaside Festivals
Summer is a great time to enjoy all of the fun at the seaside. One perfect way to experience and visit the seaside are festivals held throughout the country. These festivals celebrate the fun and beauty of our countries seaside and seaside culture. Here are a few great festivals to check out throughout the US.
Fog Fest, Pacifica, CA
Pacific, California hosts Fog Fest each year on the last week in September. This festival is a great place to celebrate the warm weather, the beauty and fun of the Pacifica coast. Visitors to this festival can enjoy the parade, the many booths with arts and crafts, the delicious food, the Sand Castle Contest and much more.
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay, CA
Held each October in Half Moon Bay, this festival celebrates the bounty and harvest in the region. Called the "World Pumpkin Capital," this festival has some amazing, gigantic pumpkins, and plenty of pumpkin activities. Visitors can enjoy pumpkin carving, a pumpkin weight-off, artists an much more.
Mermaid Parade, Coney Island, NY
This parade, held annually on Coney Island, is a fantastic summer art festival. Participants in the parade wear homemade costumes celebrating the seaside. Visitors get to watch the amazing artistry demonstrated in the parade, and the event is followed by a Mermaid Parade Ball, which has live performances, costumes and more.
Seafair, Seattle, WA
Seattle, Washington's summer festival is Seafair. This month long festival is packed with fun family events. Seafair has been a part of Seattle's summer culture since 1950, and continues to be a great event during the season. Visitors can enjoy a variety of marathons runs and other athletic events, the Pirate's Booty Seafair Milk Carton Derby, the Seafair Pirates Landing, the hydroplane race and much more.
Seaside Music Festival, Seaside Heights, NJ
The city of Seaside Heights, New Jersey comes together each May to host fantastic music festival. In venues throughout the city, including the beach, there will be all sorts of performers, from local to national. In addition to the music there are platy of other activities, including surfing classes, shops, restaurants and more.
Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Tampa, FL
Pirate enthusiasts will love the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. This event begins with a pirate invasion, continues with a brunch, a parade and a street festival. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest celebrates the history of pirates in the waters for Florida, especially the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar. Visitors will love celebrating Florida's pirating history with all of the fun themed events.
Summer Solstice Celebration, Santa Barbara, CA
The Summer Solstice Celebration is a great one day parade. Each year the parade draws thousand of visitors. This parade has creative floats, dancers and much more. Visitors to Santa Barbara can enjoy participating and watching in all of the fun of the parade.
Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach, VA
This festival celebrates the community of Venice Beach. Visitors to this festival will be joined by thousands of others, coming together to enjoy all if the community spirit and excitement. The biggest event of this festival is the Boardwalk Weekend, held at the end of September. Visitors to the Boardwalk Weekends will find live music, food, arts and crafts and more.