Springtime is around the corner and it is time to start making travel plans for the spring festivals that bright up the season. Spring festivals in the Southeast celebrate springtime flowers and the mild weather at outdoor events where people can gather to enjoy the arts and entertainment offered by the charming southern communities.
Cotton District Art Festival
April 18, 2009
The Cotton District Arts Festival has been selected as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association. The festival features villages, choral performances, theatrical performances and musical entertainment. In addition to the abundance of entertainment if food from local chefs. Visitors can choose to visit the festival’s villages, such as Chaucer’s Literary Village, the Children’s Village, International Village with culture from around the world and Celtic Village.
Rivers and Spires Festival Inc.
April 16-18, 2009
Rivers and Spires is considered one of the Top 100 Festivals in America by the ABA for the third year in a row. Rivers and Spires features live music, entertainments, kid’s activities and food on every street corning in the historic downtown Clarksville.
Rivers & Spires is a relatively new festival that started as a tribute to soldiers in 2003. The soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division were honored in the first festival in Clarksville and the festival has continued since with tributes for soldiers from nearby Fort Campbell.
Keeneland Spring Meet
April 3-24, 2009
Three week festival draws nearly 250,000 people for the celebration of horse racing.
Kentucky Derby Festival
April 11 – May 1, 2009
The Kentucky Derby Festival includes 70 events, pageants, parades, fireworks hot air balloons and the Great Steamboat Race of the Ohio River.
Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival
Summerville, South Carolina
April 3-5, 2009
This festival draws over 200,000 people to enjoy the beautiful spring blooms in Azalea Park. Flowertown features live entertainment, a tennis tournament and a Children’s Jubilee.
Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Spring Festival of Flowers
March 29 – April 30, 2009
The Spring Festival is a month long display of thousands of spring bulbs, flowers and woodland wildflowers along with blooming dogwoods and azaleas.
Ponchtoula Strawberry Festival
April 3-5, 2009
Free festival features a weekend of family oriented fun with carnival rides, entertainment, strawberries and more.
Rock Hill, South Carolina
April 16-25, 2009
The Come-See-Me Festival is a ten day event that draws over 100,000 people every year. The historic Glencairn Garden is the centerpiece of the family festival. Glencairn Garden displays beautiful camellias, wisterias, dogwoods and flowers surrounding over 3,500 azaleas with a lily pond. Activities include a Beach Bash, parade, Moonlight Jazz, the Mayor’s Frog Jump and a Fireworks Extravaganza.
Festival information is subject to change. See the festival websites for additional information.
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