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60 Festivals that Will Make Your Heart Whistle Dixie

Let’s metaphorically throw 2020 into a vat of grapes and stomp on it until it turns into wine. Then take a big sip and spit it out because we’ve found 60 festivals in the New Year to restore your desire to take a road trip or three.

The new year will be a big reset. A vaccine will be found. A better new normal will take shape. We predict that the wide-open spaces of the Midwest will call us to dust off our overnight bags and explore nearby cities brimming with new restaurants, boutiques, and fresh museum exhibits.

Tom and I can’t wait to load up our cooler and play lists, hit the road once again to enjoy live bands and rides on big Ferris Wheels at state fairs. It will be grand.

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Photo by Hannah Morgan on Unsplash

Optimistically, we put together the 2021 Midwest Event Guide, which lists 60 festivals in 13 states from Arkansas to Wisconsin.  Checkout a four-page sample of the event guide.

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Here is just a taste of what events are in the guide with photos and links to more information and tickets (when tickets are needed).

Birds of a Feather

If you’re a bird watcher, consider going to the Nebraska Crane Festival held in Central Nebraska in March. Or if you’d rather plan a weekend away in Cypress, IL, you can go to the Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center to watch bald eagles and other native birds in their natural habitat.

Prefer a cold weather bird watching event? Watch a goose chase during Frostival Days in Fargo, ND. All three are outlined in the event guide.

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Photo by Richard Lee on Unsplash

Must Love Dogs

The only thing better than owning a dog is watching a festival centered around dogs. Plan a trip to Lima, OH, to watch the water dog races and to shop 1,800 flea market vendors (no pun intended). More novel yet, head to Sydney, NE, to watch the wiener dog races in October.

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Photo by Marcus Benedix on Unsplash

Wine, Whisky, and Fierce Bulls

If you prefer flights of craft beer, cider or wine to taste, the Midwest delivers that in spades. In April enjoy the Forks, Corks, and Kegs Festival in Deadwood, SD, or the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour in Grand Forks, ND, in May. Of course, the focus of the Whisky Velocity Tour is watching Professional Bull Riders, but there will be whisky for you as well.

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Watch professional bull riders battle to stay on the fiercest bulls in the MIdwest.

Other choices include the Ozark Beerfest in Springfield, MO, or the Hop Riot Beer Festival in Bay City, MI, in August.

Disclaimer:  Please check state travel laws and guidelines and follow CDC safety protocol when traveling in 2021. We believe life is too short not to get out and eat, drink, and dive into the Midwest every darn month (following safety guidelines).

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