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Old 10-29-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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Other than the 4th of July and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, can you guys/gals give me some ideas for where there are festivals and parades that take place mainly at night or festivals that go well into the night and attract a large(ish) crowd. Anywhere in the U.S., especially in the midwest. Thanks!
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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Lots of cities I've been to have jazz festivals that go into the night.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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Other than the 4th of July and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, can you guys/gals give me some ideas for where there are festivals and parades that take place mainly at night or festivals that go well into the night and attract a large(ish) crowd. Anywhere in the U.S., especially in the midwest. Thanks!
Austin has several festivals. South by Southwest it the most famous one. It's a 3 week festival: a week of film, a week of music, and a week of interactive (which would be like IT, electronics, communications, ect). All of this takes place throughout downtown Austin. The one that is probably most highly recommended week is the music festivals. 1,800 or so bands from all over the world come to Austin to widen their fan base, attract media attention, and/or attract the attention of a major label. It's a REALLY big deal so people from all over the world come to Austin that week to party and listen to music. I haven't had the chance to go yet but I think I'll be able to a make it for the music festival in March.

A for other notable festivals:

Jazz Fest- New Orleans
Lallapalooza-Chicago
Bonnaroo- Tennessee
Seattle Film Festival- Seattle
All Tomorrow's Parties- New York
Sundance Film Festival- Utah
Texas State Fair (largest state fair in the country)- Dallas


I'm in my early 20's and I'm a real artsy person. You didn't mention what exactly you were looking for but these are some of festivals I would go if I got the chance to travel the country.
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:45 PM
 
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Might sound kinda lame, but my brother and I have been traveling around the midwest (mostly Chicagoland area, been to all the Lolla's there) selling bottled water and "homemade" jewelry at farmers market and flea market type places during the day and glowstick necklaces at night, usually in night club areas.

The necklaces are where the moneys at, but it's a lot easier at festivals with familys. 4th of July is perfect. Not to many drunk people trying to hassle you and plenty of parents expecting their kids to want to spend a few bucks.

We make enough money that we'd like to travel from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and everywhere in between. Just looking for some good ideas as to where to go.

We plan on doing Mardi Gras and SxSW..I've been to Bonnaroo but not to sell, I think it'd be hard cuz I'd be more interested in who's on stage and I imagine I'd get chased off by the promoters anywhere outside of the camping area.

This post turned into a novel. My bad.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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New Year's Eve in New York City. In a "bad" year, the crowd in and around Times Square might number half a million. And when the ball drops, the celebrating goes on well into the night in all directions from that location. (Trust me: if you've ever seen it on TV, you have absolutely no idea about what it's like to be there in person).
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