10Best is aware that many events with large gatherings are currently being canceled or postponed. We’re highlighting these award-winning community festivals in the hopes that attendance will be possible in the future.
With so many fun and unique events to choose from (and ticket prices in the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for some festivals), it can be hard to decide where to spend your time and money.
So, we asked our readers to vote for the top events across six categories: music, general food, specialty food, film, cultural and emerging (founded in the past five years). These are the winners:
Best Cultural Festival: Water Lantern Festival (Multiple Locations)
Winning festival takes place in cities across the continent — Photo courtesy of Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, live music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams floating on the water.
Full list of winners: Best Cultural Festival »
Best Emerging Festival: Same Same But Different Music and Arts Festival in Perris, California
This California music festival debuted in 2018 — Photo courtesy of Same Same But…