Bonnaroo who? Coachella where? Festivals are a fantastic opportunity to join together and share experience with those who share your taste. 

Whether you’re into music festivals or quirky conventions, here is a list of some unique festivals you should know about in 2023. 


Lots of hot air balloons in the air at the Albuquerque International Balloon festival.
Photo via Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
  1. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta –– October 7-15, 2023 

This nine-day spectacle, held annually in Albuquerque, New Mexico, showcases a mesmerizing display of hot air balloons in various shapes and sizes. The event boasts mass ascensions, special shapes rodeos, and captivating "Glowdeos," attracting visitors from around the world. There’s nothing quite like witnessing balloon-filled skies! 

Three scuba divers underwater pretending to play instruments. They are wearing bright colorful outfits.
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  1. Underwater Music Festival –– July –– Florida Keys

This festival is perfect for our in-the-shower singers, wildlife lovers, and anyone in between. Dive into an aquatic wonderland at Florida's Annual Underwater Music Festival, where music and marine life intertwine in a unique underwater concert. Held off the coast of the Florida Keys, this one-of-a-kind event combines conservation efforts with artistic expression In celebration and awareness of reef preservation.

A man in overalls and a baseball cap smiling and standing proudly at a farm stand decorated with hay, flowers, and bandanas. There is a sign advertising smoked chicken chili.
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  1. Roadkill Cook Off –– September 23, 2023 –– Marlinton, WV

Have you ever thought about eating roadkill? 

If you answered yes, then we have a treat for you – the West Virginia Roadkill Cook Off. Enjoy the culinary creativity of West Virginia at this festival that celebrates its gastronomic heritage. 

If you answered no, then fear not – the dishes are only inspired by roadkill, but not actual roadkill. Enjoy a culinary adventure surrounded by Appalachian culture, music, and heritage. Country roads, take us home!


Shrek and Donkey movie characters in a still from the movie Shrek.
Photo via Dreamworks

I like that boulder… that’s a nice boulder.

  1. Shrekfest –– Saturday, September 2, 2023 –– Milwaukee, WI 

A Scottish fictional character once said “Ogres are like onions..” if you recall this quote and many others, then Shrekfest is for you! 

What started as a joke quickly became a reality for fans of one of the most popular Dreamworks movies. Thankfully, you do not have to cross scorching deserts, tall towers, fire-breathing dragons or hunt for blue flowers with red thorns to attend this festival. Instead, venture to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to take part in a day filled with all things Shrek! 

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  1. Gilroy Garlic Festival –– July –– Gilroy, CA

Because who doesn’t like garlic? One of the world’s most beloved herbs, garlic, has an annual festival in Gilroy, California. Gilroy is known as the world’s capital for garlic and has held the festival for 43 years. Enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, cooking presentations, and of course garlic-infused foods! You can even try garlic ice cream. Talk about a garlic lover’s dream!

An image of a competitive event taking place at Frozen Dead Guy Days. 8 people wearing helmets are carrying a ninth person inside a box down a hill.
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  1. Honorable Mention: Frozen Dead Guy Days – Dates TBD –– Nederland, CO

What kind of Denver startup would we be if we didn’t mention a Colorado festival? If you’re from Colorado, you probably know the backstory of this funky festival. Bredo Morstøl’s body was found in a “Tuff Shed” in Nederland, Colorado. The hope was that the Norwegian grandpa could one day be revived by cryogenic technology in America. Unfortunately, his grandson was unable to revive him. This led to the Frozen Dead Guy Days!

The festival has been around for 20 years, and includes chilling activities like coffin races, a polar ice plunge, and more. It's a celebration that embraces the unconventional and has become a beloved part of Nederland's cultural identity.

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What funky festivals are you headed to this year?

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