Don’t Miss These Quirky Summer Festivals

There’s nothing more fun than a quirky, local festival. All across the nation people celebrate things that most of us never think to celebrate, or things that deserve to be celebrated more.

These fests take place in all sorts of obscure places – and most of them happen in the summer.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the fun, Motel 6 has put together this rundown of America’s Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals for 2016:

Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio; June 17 – June 19

Embrace your ingenuity at the Duck Tape World Headquarters for a free, three-day family-friendly festival featuring live entertainment, food, rides, crafts, a parade with giant floats made from duct tape and more! There’s even a fashion show on the main stage where participants can model their custom Duck Tape outfits for all to see.

Roswell UFO Festival in Roswell, New Mexico; June 30 – July 3

Join UFO enthusiasts (and skeptics) for the City of Roswell’s celebration of the alleged flying-saucer crash landing in July 1947. The three-day festival takes place from Thursday, June 30 through Sunday July 3 and includes guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest for humans and pets, a parade and tons of family-friendly activities.

Running of the Bulls in New Orleans, Louisiana; July 8 – July 10

On the same weekend as the famous Running of the Bulls in Spain, the San Fermín in Nueva Orleans festival celebrates in the same way but with a twist – the “bulls” are roller derby athletes! Beginning on Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, this year’s 10th annual NOLA Bulls celebration will welcome over 20,000 visitors looking for a taste of Spain with proceeds benefitting various local charities.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California; July 29 – July 31

Summer’s ultimate food fair takes place from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 and features incredible, open-flame cooking competitions, live entertainment and plenty of delicious, garlic-laced foods including the town’s signature Gilroygarlic ice cream!

Great River Tug Fest between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois; August 11 – August 13

This year’s 30th annual event takes place on the banks of the Mississippi River from Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13 and features a tug-of-war competition between Illinois and Iowa that literally stops all boat traffic on the river. The epic rivalry is at the heart of the celebration on both sides of the river with festivities including parades, mini-tugs for kids, carnival rides, live entertainment and more.

Bat Fest in Austin, Texas; August 20

Nearly 2 million Mexican free-tailed bats live under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas where tourists and locals flock to view the bats’ nightly flights into the sky. On August 20, the town’s 12th annual event celebrates the bats’ flight at dusk with three live music stages featuring performances by Blue October, The American Authors, The Mowgli’s, and Coleman Hell, along with arts and crafts, food, drinks, bat-themed activities and a costume contest.”

Please note that the Duck Tape festival has already taken place. Mark it on your calendar for next year, though.

The other quirky festivals are still open – and you could just about hit every one of them if you don’t mind driving all over the country.

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