Where we live (Baltimore City), one of the most anticipated summer festivals is called ArtScape. Their website describes it as-
America's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople, visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children's entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site.
I try to find the places that seem local-ish rather than commercial. Because it's Baltimore, we came across a stand selling steamed hard crabs! We saw people sitting at picnic tables right in the middle of the festival picking crabs.
...and this adorable billboard. (The Natty Boh guy and the Utz girl are Baltimore icons.)
What are your feelings on festival eats? Yay or nay? I decided to go with a giant chicken gyro that went undocumented because my camera went a little crazy.