courtesy Wilfred Stijger Edith van de Wetering
Go: April in Port Aransas, Texas
Since 1997, this artistic sand festival attracts talented amateurs and master sculptors alike to beautiful beaches of Port Aransas on the Lonestar State’s Gulf Coast. A three-day event typically held over a weekend in late April, SandFest features live music, entertainment, food, and sand sculpting lessons. You won’t want to miss the history behind these five favorite fair foods.
courtesy Sara Simmons/Tulip Time Festival
Go: May in Holland, Michigan
There’s no better place to celebrate Michigan’s Dutch Heritage than a town called Holland, where six million tulips are planted in private fields, city parks, and other gardens around town. First introduced in 1929, Tulip Time draws a half million visitors and features eight days of events, including three parades, an arts-and-crafts show, carnival rides, fireworks, and plenty of Dutch food tastings. If you want to get primed, check out these incredible photos of tulip farms.