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Let’s Get Festival!

One advantage to being a travel nurse is being in new, fun locations and being able to enjoy festivals and celebrations different from those you’re used to back home. Wherever in the world you are this August, we thought we’d share some fun festivals for you to enjoy nationwide before summer draws to a close:

Iowa State Fair, August 8-18, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa

They say “nothing compares” to the Iowa State Fair! This famous fest attracts more than a million folks every year with its music and comedy offerings, agriculture and industry expos, great eats (with 600+ concessionaires including 50+ foods on a stick!), art, demolition derby, parade, thriving midway, displays, exhibitions, and more. Whether participating or spectating, you’ll love the competitions galore, in areas like arm-wrestling, whistling, yodeling, yo-yoing, duck calling, beard growing, and many more — including the “best mullet” contest! And who could forget, the world-famous butter cow sculpture!

Elvis Week 2013, August 10-17, at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee

Over the week surrounding Elvis’ death fans of The King gather at Graceland to enjoy loads of Elvis impersonators and tribute artists, an Elvis trivia treasure hunt, screenings of films like “Aloha From Hawaii” and “Viva Las Vegas,” and even day-trips to Tupelo, Mississippi, where the man himself was born and reared. Enjoy all that Graceland offers year-round, plus all the extra festivities and a 100-vendor memorabilia fair nearby at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Outside Lands, Aug. 9-11, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

This fest celebrates music, food, wine, beer, and art. But in addition to that super fun spread, Outside Lands is known for being very eco-friendly in example and also through education. There is an entire “greening” section on the fest’s website featuring the Panhandle Solar Stage (completely powered by solar and alternative energy), a refillable water program, waste diversion, a farmers market by Full Belly Farm, urban gardening workshops, and more.

Burning Man, August 26-Sept. 2, near Gerlach in Black Rock Desert, Nevada

The idea of this festival is constructing a temporary city (dubbed Black Rock City) of tens of thousands of people all gathered together for a spontaneous celebration of “community, art self-expression, and self-reliance.” After one week everyone departs the desert leaving absolutely no physical trace. This year’s art theme for the atypical festival is “Cargo Cult.”

For more August festival fun across the U.S. consider some of these fun, festive affairs:

National Hot Air Balloon Classic, July 26-Aug. 3, Indianola, IA

Harlem Week, July 28-Aug. 24, Harlem, NY

North Carolina Watermelon Festival, July 30-Aug. 3, Murfreesboro, NC

Lollapalooza, Aug. 2-4, Chicago, IL

Virginia Highlands Festival, Aug. 2-11, Abingdon, VA

Rhode Island International Film Festival, Aug. 6-11, Newport, Rhode Island

Steamboat Wine Festival, Aug. 7-11, Steamboat Springs, CO

Tombstone Vigilante Days, Aug 9-10, Tombstone, AZ

Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 9-11, Toledo, Washington

DC Beer Week, Aug. 11-18, Washington, D.C.

Classic City BBQ Festival, Aug. 16-17, Athens, GA

Made in Hawaii Festival, Aug. 16-18, Honolulu, HI

Maha Music Festival, Aug. 17, Omaha, NE

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Aug. 18, Kaneohe, HI

Washington State International Kite Festival, Aug. 19-25, Long Beach, WA

Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, St. Paul, MN

New York State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, Syracuse, NY

Alaska State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, Palmer, AK

American Folk Festival, Aug. 23-25, Bangor, ME

Colorado State Fair, Aug. 23-Sept. 2, Pueblo, CO

Mason Dixon Frontier Festival, Aug. 24-25, Morris, PA

Ukrainian Festival, Aug. 28-31, McKees Rocks, PA

Southern Decadence Festival, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, New Orleans, LA

Electric Zoo Electronic Music Fest, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, New York, NY

North Carolina Apple Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Hendersonville, NC

Bumbershoot Music & Art Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Seattle, WA

 

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Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a Travel Nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!