The incoming warm weather means festival season starts, no matter where you happen to travel. For your upcoming getaway, consider these unique, family-friendly spring festivals.
Starting as a single parade in 1891, Fiesta San Antonio now celebrates everything San Antonio has to offer. Held April 19–29, you can expect a carnival filled with exciting rides and bright lights, culinary events highlighting the region’s mouthwatering cuisine, the annual Fiesta Flower Show, live music in every genre, a masquerade party, charity walks and 5ks, a car show and so much more.
Every week of May in Memphis offers something new to explore and discover. The Beale Street Music Festival, May 4–6, features favorites like Alanis Morissette, Tyler the Creator, Jack White, Ludacris, Franz Ferdinand, All Time Low, Misterwives and more. The city’s International Salute to Czech Republic is May 7–13, with performances, exhibits, lectures, cinema, culinary events and more all focused on this year’s honored country. Foodies won’t want to miss the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, May 16–19. It all sums up with the Great American River Run and 901Fest, May 26.
A visit to Disney doesn’t have to be all princesses and Dole Whip. Disney’s annual flower festival features plenty of flower sculptures and topiary displays, but also guided tours focused around the natural attractions, outdoor kitchens and the Garden Rocks concert series. Now in its 25th year, the event is going on now and lasts through May 28.
While not necessarily a multiday festival, the Washington, D.C., embassy tour, which comes around once a year in early May, is a can’t-miss spring event for families living or traveling nearby. Embassies in the area are open May 5 for a limited time to give a glimpse at the embassy’s culture, cuisine and more. This year’s participating embassies include Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kosovo, Mexico, Nepal, Oman, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Thailand and Uganda. Better yet, the event is free!
If you missed cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C., head to Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts a late-April weekend of Japanese performances, activities, dining, shopping and more. You can catch this event April 28–29, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Northwest Florida is a haven for beachgoers seeking the waters of Panama City Beach, Pensacola and Destin. But this region of Florida also has some extensive history, offering family travelers a great way to introduce young ones to Florida’s Spanish and indigenous past.
More than 1,000 miles from Spain’s capital city of Madrid, the seven Canary Islands are also part of Spain. They are the tallest peaks of ancient volcanoes rising out of the Atlantic, not far from the coast of North Africa. Two of these volcanoes, both still active, offer exciting adventures for families traveling to the islands.
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If you think you have to head into the wilderness just to get some hiking time in on your next vacation, rest assured. Cities across the country pride themselves on being great all-around family destinations, and that often includes fun urban hiking opportunities. These cities prove you don’t have to hike to a mountaintop to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. They are home to great parks and walking trails designed for easy walks that let you enjoy the fresh air, and get to know the personality, culture and history of the city you are visiting.