Unwind Before the Holidays with these Five Southern Festivals

Date Posted: Sep 22, 2016

With holiday season just around the corner, there’s no better time to schedule a last minute trip that can help ease the tensions of the winter months.

Looking for food, culture, music or maybe just a beach? Luckily, the South can offer all of this, and more, and during one of the most beautiful times of year. October – December are the months Southerners live for, it’s what makes those hot and humid months worth while.

Bayou City Art Festival

  • October 8, 2016 – October 9, 2016; Houston
  • The Downtown festival will host 300 artists in 19 different mediums.
  • The festival is a sophisticated outdoor gallery under the iconic Houston skyline, transforming the streets into artistic avenues bursting with color.
  • Patrons can also enjoy music, entertainment, food trucks and the Children’s Creative Zone.


45th Annual National Shrimp Festival

  • October 13-16; Gulf Shores, Ala.
  • Savor fresh from the gulf seafood during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people.
  • This year the festival will play host to more than 80 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts including musical acts to please all palates, including Blues, Motown, Southern Rock, Jazz, Zydeco and Country.


Annual Taste of Atlanta

  • Oct 21-23, 2016; Atlanta
  • Now in its 15th year, the famed three-day festival attracts tens of thousands of food lovers and culinary connoisseurs – from the southeast and beyond – to turn tasters into diners and to experience what makes Atlanta the food capitol of the South.
  • The event also features live entertainment, specialty food and beverage tents and four live cooking stages to provide patrons with fresh ideas and exclusive tutorials.


Voodoo Festival: Worship the Music

  • October 28-30, 2016; New Orleans
  • Voodoo is a musical gumbo stirring together music, art, community, cuisine and all the mystery and adventure that Halloween weekend in New Orleans conjures up.
  • With more than 65 bands over three days, this is more than just a Festival – it’s an experience.
  • Across the Festival Grounds of City Park, Voodoo hosts interactive and immersive large-scale art installations. It’s a living and breathing landscape envisioned by some of the world’s most innovative talents, beckoning for you to take a moment and worship the arts.


Foo Foo Festival

  • 3rd – 14th, 2016; Pensacola, Fla.
  • This year’s festival is inviting visitors to vacation artfully. With a plethora of offerings over 12 days, there’s something for everyone, all with the backdrop of the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast.
  • Come for one event, and stay for a number of other unique musical shows, cultural events and artistic festivals including: the Blue Angels Homecoming Show, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and the Pensacola Marathon.


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