You rocked Coachella and now you can’t possibly imagine going back to your regular life? So don’t! Instead, get back on the road and head to one of our Travelocity Employees’ Top 10 Festivals. Narrowing it down to 10 was tough, but here are our picks in order of date:
1. Fiesta® – San Antonio, Texas (April 19-29) | @FiestaSA The fiesta at Fiesta® has been going on for 121 years – they’ve gotta be doing something right. A must-see: Sing and dance to trumpets, violins, requintos and guitarrones as dozens of Mariachi bands come together along the River Walk.
2. The World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest – Memphis, Tenn. (May 17-19) | @memphisbbq It’s the tastiest part of the Memphis in May International Festival where over $110,000 is up for grabs, and hundreds of teams from around the world compete for some majorly mouth-watering bragging rights. A must-see: The cross-dressing, snout-sporting competitors in the Miss Piggie Idol showcase would give Randy Jackson something to “dude” about.
3. Portland Rose Festival – Portland, Ore. (May 20-June 17) | @PDXRoseFestival The intoxicating smell of roses fills the city of Portland during this gorgeous spring festival in one of our favorite American cities. A must-see: Eighty international teams racing beautifully decorated dragon boats down the Willamette River in the 20th Annual Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race.
4. Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta, Ga. (May 26-28) | @AtlantaJazzFest From legendary jazz greats to up-and-comers the scene here is super smooth and the sound is always a showstopper. Best of all – Tickets are free! A must-see: While the main stage will be buzzing with the sounds of Tito Puente Jr. Lionel Loueke, and Kathleen Bertrand, don’t miss the International Stage where jazz from around the world will come alive.
5. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester, Tenn (June 7-10) | @bonnaroo It’s hard to find something that’s not happening at Bonnaroo this year. Music? Check. Art? Check. Yoga, Camping, Food Fest, Film Fest, and spontaneous Hug-Fest? Check. A must-see: Temper Trap and The Roots.
6. Food & Wine Classic in Aspen – Aspen, Colo. (June 15-17) | @fandw Flay, Lagasse, Batali and De Laurentiis, are just a taste of the heavy hitters who will be showing off their latest culinary creations during this 30th anniversary celebration. A must see: Expert Laura Werlin’s melted cheese master class on Friday at 3:45pm.
7. Summerfest – Milwaukee, Wis. (June 27-July 1; July 3-8) | @summerfest Lady Antebellum, Darius and the Beach Boys will be headlining the ginormous 2012 Summerfest lineup. A must-see: Although rock, alternative and country are heavy in the lineup, Tiesto takes the stage with his signature progressive trance sound on July 3.
8. Montreal International Jazz Festival – Montreal, Quebec, Canada (June 28-7 July) | @MtlJazzFestival Guinnss says it’s one of the world’s largest jazz festivals, we say it’s one of the world’s most fun. A must-see: After an eight year hiatus from Montreal Jazz Festival, James Taylor is back for two nights of timeless folk classics.
9. Calgary Stampede – Calgary, Alberta Canada (July 6-16) | @calgarystampede A raucous good time is to be had by all at the Centennial celebration of the Calgary Stampede, hailed as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. A must-see: The GMC Rangeland Derby – 36 drivers and 216 horses in a stampede battle for $1.15 million in cold hard cash.
10. Taste of Chicago – Chicago, Ill. (July 11-15) | @TasteofChi2012 It’s a feastival, not a festival at Chicago’s delicious outdoor event. Dozens of the city’s best restaurants come together for an epic picnic in Grant Park. A must-see: Jennifer Hudson will be sure to dazzle in her Wednesday evening performance under the stars.