As summer approaches and the weather finally gets nice, it’s natural to start looking for outdoor activities to occupy your free time. While visiting parks and zoos can be nice, nothing gives you a real sense of the city you live in or visit quite like attending their local festival. Across the United States and around the world, there are many different festivals that celebrate a variety of different things. Keep reading for more information on some of the weirdest and most interesting!

Eeyore’s birthday party

Every year in Austin, Texas, people of all ages come together to celebrate Pooh’s best friend. People dress up as the grim yet lovable character and enjoy drum circles, live music, face painting, belly dancing and photos with Eeyore himself! The celebration is free to attend and all proceeds go to local charities. You are never too old to be a child!

Snail party

Held at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park outside of Eatonville, Washington, this annual event is a weekend dedicated to celebrating the banana slug. There are human snail races, snail observations, arts and crafts and other activities for children. As the second largest snail species in the world and an important part of Pacific Northwest ecology, this event offers valuable information for people of all ages.

National Hollerin’ Contest

Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina has hosted this epic competition every year since 1969. Originally founded to save the endangered form of communication from extinction, the event now includes live music and a barbecue. The event also offers displays and demonstrations of antique farm equipment, living history displays and a classic car show.

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival

The biggest draw for this annual event, held in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, is the Cow Chip Throw. Cow chips, in case you didn’t know, are dried bits of cow dung. Approximately 40,000 people attend each year to watch the competition and enjoy the kuchippa parade, crafts, food and drink. Local businesses are even allowed to sign up as a team for the Corporate Throw. What a great way to bond with your colleagues!

Interstate Mullet Toss

Traditionally held the last weekend in April, this event brings thousands of visitors to the Gulf Coast each year for the chance to cast a mullet across the Alabama/Florida state line. The festival is held on the beach and is organized by the famous oyster bar and music venue Flora-bama. There’s also a triathlon, golf tournament, live music, food and tons of beach games. This is a celebration that is guaranteed to be a party.

Whether you’d rather attend a more traditional state fair or one of the more exotic events mentioned above, there’s sure to be the perfect festival somewhere in the US for you and your family. There’s no better way to spend a hot summer weekend than sharing a new experience with the people you care about.

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