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Want to start your summer off right? Head to an outdoor festival with Trailways

Summer is almost here Ė for some of us, itís already here. With kids getting out of school and Fatherís Day approaching, itís a great time to head out of town for an outdoor event. From rodeo events to duct tape festivals, everyone can find an outdoor event that peaks their interest.

Foodies rejoice with BBQ events across the country
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Summertime is the time to grill and enjoy mouth-watering barbecue, so head to a barbecue event to enjoy the food, the drinks and the company.

If you love beer and barbecue, look no further. Brew and BBQ is a monthlong event in Sandusky, Ohio, that offers 100 beers from different breweries, four different styles of barbecue plus family friendly events, like Wild West games and visiting FrontierTown.

For those near the nationís capital, donít miss the 26th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle on June 23-24. This festival signals the start of summer for many and is one of the largest food and music festivals around. Itís a chance to step away from the chaos of life and enjoy delicious food, live music and other unique entertainment. There are 30 bands playing on three stages during the event, including bands like Plain White Tís. You might see some celebrity appearances, as well.

Cultural events offer unique experiences while educating attendees
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Events that celebrate different cultures offer something different from other events. Entertainment, food and more are all inspired by the individual culture so youíre likely to experience something youíve never seen, heard or done before.

At the North American Indian Days festival in Browning, Montana, attendees will enjoy authentic Blackfeet traditions. From dancing stick games to horse races, thereís something for everyone at this event happening July 12-15.

The 69th annual Kutztown Folk Festival in Pennsylvania offers more than your typical festival. Enjoy everything quilts with the countryís largest quilt sale Ė over 2,500 local handmade quilts Ė plus a quilt auction and the chance to help create the Festival Visitors Quilt. Crafts and folk art are a major part of the festival; youíll find metalworking, pottery, tinning, soap-making and more. For the kids, thereís a petting zoo, puppet shows, magic shows, a parade and donít forget the horse-powered carousel.

Attend the Houston Caribbean Fest on July 8-9 to celebrate and unite the cultures of the Caribbean. On July 8 at 2 p.m., enjoy The Annual Parade of Bands, featuring Top Soca & Reggae Artist, Mellow Groves Steal Orchestra, plus a salute to the Pan Man Steal Pan Jamboree.

Head to California for the Oxnard Salsa Festival on July 28-29. You'll enjoy salsa tastings, live music, a kid zone and much more. If you've got a salsa recipe to die for, enter the salsa competition.

Get down and dirty at rodeo events
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What better way to spoil your dad than a rodeo event? With bull riding, livestock shows, beer sampling and live entertainment, these events are sure to make your dad happy.

Head to Prescott, Arizona, for the 131st annual Worldís Oldest Rodeo where attendees will enjoy several different rodeo performances. Keep an eye out for some rodeo celebrities as you make your way through the event.

Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 10-day event starting July 20 dedicated to all things Western Culture. You can attend one day or all 10 so check the calendar for events you donít want to miss. The event offers a Cowboy Church on Sundays, multiple parades, live music and entertainment, military events, museums, tours and much, much more. And, donít forget the main feature Ė the rodeo.

Outdoor festivals celebrate everything from duct tape to balloons
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Want to do something completely different this summer with your family? Head to the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival in Ohio from June 14-16. What makes it a ďduct tapeĒ festival? Why, the unforgettable duct tape fashion show, of course. Enjoy fashions created solely from duct tape while enjoying other standard festival entertainment, like food, drinks and live entertainment.

At the Great Galena Balloon Race, hot air balloons litter the sky. Night rides on hot air balloons are a nightly occurrence Ė and create a beautiful scene. There are tethered balloon rides and bounce houses for the kids, and the adults can enjoy beer, wine, food and more. If hot air balloons are your thing, head to Illinois on June 15-17.

Donít waste your summer sitting around; enjoy the warm weather and long days at an outdoor festival. Whether you attend one of these events or one of your own, take away the stress and hassle of travel plans by contacting Trailways to book your charter bus tickets.

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