From March through May, beautiful and exciting festivals take place across North America to celebrate the season of rebirth. There’s no better time to head out on a spring road trip and join in the festivities! Here are five incredible North American festivals that you don’t want to miss:
1. Washington, D.C.: National Cherry Blossom Festival
Celebrating the blooming of cherry trees is a centuries-old tradition in Japan. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. The first Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 1927 and continues to be a rite of spring in the Nation’s Capital.
The festival spans four weeks and welcomes visitors to admire the unforgettable sea of pink and white while enjoying an array of cultural events and activities, including the Blossom Kite Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, Petapalooza and more!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 20 – April 17, 2022.
2. Nova Scotia: Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival
The Annapolis Valley, located along Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, is home to the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival. Celebrating its 88th year, this festival is a top tourist attraction as visitors and residents enjoy driving through the valley to view blossoming trees in the apple orchards. The festival also includes hikes, tours, concerts, barbeques, community teas, craft fairs, fireworks and parades.
The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival takes place May 25 – 30, 2022.
3. Georgia: Atlanta Dogwood Festival
For more than 80 years, Atlanta’s Piedmont Park has welcome artists from across the country for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Artists and artisans display their sculptures, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and more as music travels across the spring breezes from the main stage’s live performers. The festival is renowned for its Kid’s Village, featuring huge inflatables, face painting, crafts and a two-story rock-climbing wall!
This year’s Atlanta Dogwood Festival runs April 8-10, 2022.
4. Vancouver, B.C.: Cherry Blossom Festival
With more than 40,000 cherry trees lining the city streets, spring is an idyllic time to visit Vancouver, British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival boasts a line-up of arts events, community bike rides, cherry blossom viewing tours and traditional Japanese festivities.
The celebrations continue for a full month, from April 1 – 28, 2022.
5. Washington: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Take a road trip to tulip town for the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! Each year, the festival invites visitors to Mount Vernon, Washington to experience millions of vibrant tulips in bloom across the Skagit Valley. Fields of tulips, bursting with color, attract visitors from all over the world. Festival goers partake in picking bouquets of the gorgeous flowers, snapping incredible photos, taking trolley rides through the fields and attending fun events like bike tours, art shows, family fun runs and more.
The month-long festival takes place April 1 – 28, 2022.
Is Your Battery Ready For a Spring Festival Trip?
Before you hit the road, make sure a dead battery doesn’t interrupt your journey. Most of the time, there’s no warning that your battery is about to die. Avoid finding out the hard way by calling AAA for a battery inspection before heading to the festival! Your AAA Battery Service Technician comes to your location to determine if your battery is still in good shape. If needed, the Technician carries an array of batteries on their truck to conveniently replace yours on the spot!
Deena Grabowski is the Director of Corporate Communications at Club Assist.