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Festivals in the USA

Discussion in 'North America' started by vinaya, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. vinaya

    vinaya Member

    I have not traveled to the US, thus,I have not participated in the festivals in the US. However, I hear a lot of things about Burning Man and Mardi Grass.

    While Mardi Gras is a parade which does not fascinate me, I am kind of fascinated with Burning Man because of art, music, dance and revelries associated with the festival.
  2. Benoit W

    Benoit W New Member

    I'vе оnly bееn twiсе but I'll givе this а gо.

    Trying tо соnvеy thе еxpеriеnсе is quitе diffiсult. Trying tо dеsсribе аll thаt's gоing оn in а 60000 pеrsоn frее spiritеd firе аnd light infusеd wееklоng аrts аnd musiс fеstivаl in thе middlе оf а driеd up lаkе bеd in Nеvаdа еnds up in run оn sеntеnсеs ;) .

    Sо I'll try tо соnvеy sоmе аspесts оf Burning Mаn by соntrаsting it аgаinst оthеr fеstivаls. I'll still оnly bе аblе tо соvеr а smаll bit оf whаt it is likе thеrе.

    Оthеr fеstivаls vs. Burning Mаn

    Mоst fеstivаls аrе 3-4 dаys аnd соst аrоund $150-$350 fоr thе tiсkеts.
    Burning Mаn is 7 dаys аnd thе tiсkеts run in thе $380-mid 400s rаngе.

    Mаny fеstivаls might соst yоu $400 tо $500 fоr а gооd lоng wееkеnd.
    Burning Mаn sееms tо соst mоst pеоplе $900-$1500. If yоu еnd up mаking а lоt оf аrt оr соntributing sоmеthing rеаlly big, yоu соuld spеnd thоusаnds.

    Mоst fеstivаls yоu shоw up аnd саn buy а lоt оf yоur fооd, drinks, аnd suppliеs thеrе. It's еаsy tо spеnd а lоt оf mоnеy thеrе (еspесiаlly whеn thеy сhаrgе $9+ fоr а bееr)
    Аt Burning Mаn, yоu bring еvеrything in yоu nееd tо mаkе it fоr а wееk. Yоu аlsо bring fооd, drink, аrt, whаtеvеr thаt yоu'd likе tо givе аwаy tо оthеr pеоplе.
  3. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    Both of those festivals are way too pricey for my taste. I prefer the more local festivities that take place close to home and don't require giving up an arm or a leg and your first-born son, in order to attend. State and county fairs for one thing, holiday parades and fireworks displays... all of those things are great for the lower budget, while still providing a great time had by all.
  4. Catchmeifyoucan

    Catchmeifyoucan New Member

    One of my favorites is the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle. It's an Arts festival that runs during the Summertime. There is a huge turnout. You have arts and crafts vendors selling their work. You have multiple stages for musical acts. The years I went they had a big dance competition going on. I think it was 2004. The city is awesome around that time too. Plenty of things to do outside fo the festival.
  5. reverserewind

    reverserewind Member

    I'm a huge lover of music, so I can't just go without mentioning a great rock 'n' metal festival called Rock at the Range. It's annual and usually takes place in April or May. About 60 bands, maybe even 100+. Most of them are usually pretty famous in the US as well as in the rest of the world.

    So, If you're into that kind of music, don't miss it out in 2017. I'm sure it's gonna be a blast. There's no reason it couldn't be.
  6. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Member

    Is the sports in Las Vegas can be called festival? I remember a relative who was here on vacation telling us about a festival of sports particularly boxing and mixed martial arts aside from the Dew Competition of skateboarding. From what I remember, that festival of sports is held during summertime to afford the students to attend particularly the competition of skateboarding. But maybe my interest in Las Vegas is more of the casino and not really of the sports competition. Taking chances in the casino and taking selfies would be enough for my curiosity.
  7. I have had a look at the Burning Man festival on the Web. It does look rather interesting. However, I doubt if I would be attending one any time soon. My idea of traveling nowadays is just to click on my mouse. Somehow I find that I can get to more places faster than if I had gone in person. Armchair traveling does have a lot of benefits. The top of the list is being able to go to the toilet anytime you want to.