When it comes to summertime fun, not every town is satisfied with state fairs and carnivals. These intrepid communities celebrate quirky bits of history and time-honored traditions that make simple petting zoos seem boring. While some of these festivals might look bizarre at first glance, they serve the same purpose as the more run-of-the-mill gatherings: Get a bunch of people together to have fun.
Sandwich Celebration May 11–12
It's been over 250 years since the 4th Earl of Sandwich “created” our favorite lunchtime menu item. Celebrate this momentous occasion by heading to Kent, England for the Sandwich Celebration, which will feature dramatic reenactments of the first sandwich’s creation and sandwich making competitions.
Baby Jumping Festival June 6
Elvis-like impersonators play hopscotch over babies in Castrillo de Murcia of Spain at this bizarre festival (El Colacho). The 400 year old act comes with a spiritual purpose; in jumping over the babies, you are cleansing them of any evil that exists in their souls. Parental consent is, of course, needed to participate.
The Color Run Various U.S. cities through December
Taking the country by storm is the most colorful (and touted as the most happy) 5K on the planet. The Color Run is an un-timed, paint run for charity and starts runners off in all white, only to finish decked out in color from head to toe. You must register for this event in your chosen city.
BugFest September 21
Sample insect-infested food like Mealworm Maque Choux and Lemongrass Toasted Waxworm Spring Salad at BugFest in Raleigh. Nocturnal insect tours, educational arthropod presentations, and sessions on how to keep a beehive are also offered.
What is the craziest festival you've ever been too?