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.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
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.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.