What are the best festivals in the US, from food to film? Vote now

Millions of people attend at least one festival in the U.S. per year — and those numbers are on the rise.

With so many events to choose from (and ticket prices in the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for some festivals), it can be difficult to decide where to spend your time and money. That’s why USA TODAY 10Best teamed up with a panel of festival experts to nominate the top events across seven categories.

We need you to help crown the best fests in the United States by voting for your favorites once per day until voting ends on Monday, March 18 at noon ET, and you can vote once per day, per category.

Click on each category below to vote:

Best Art Festival

Which art festival do you think is the best in the nation? — Photo courtesy of JodiJacobson / E+

Art festivals are a great way to discover new artists, enjoy live performances, and immerse yourself in creative works. Millions of people attend art festivals across the U.S. every year, with each event offering its own unique appeal. But which ones are the best?

To answer that question, an expert panel has nominated their top 20 picks, and now it’s your turn to decide the winners by voting for your favorites.

Vote: Best Art Festival »

Best City Food Festival

Which city food festival tantalizes your taste buds the most?Which city food festival tantalizes your taste buds the most? — Photo courtesy of Aleksandr_Vorobev / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Mouthwatering tastings, live cooking demos, beautiful venues, and top-notch chefs: food festivals celebrate the cuisine of cities across the United States, each delivering a travel-worthy epicurean adventure. But with so many wonderful city food festivals held every year, which ones are the most irresistible?

We assembled a panel of culinary experts who nominated their top 20 picks, and now it’s your turn to crown the best city food festival in the country.

Vote: Best City Food Festival »

Best Cultural Festival

Which cultural festival is your favorite?Which cultural festival is your favorite? — Photo courtesy of Simone Hogan / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Cultural festivals celebrate the rich heritages that have shaped the United States, whether through music, visual art, dance, competitions, or sumptuous culinary delights. These vibrant festivals bridge generations and broaden horizons, and every one of them delivers something special.

To honor the country’s most remarkable cultural festivals, USA TODAY 10Best teamed up with a panel of experts to create a list of 20 exceptional nominees. Now, it’s your turn to decide which of these festivals is the very best.

Vote: Best Cultural Festival »

Best Film Festival

Which film festival gets your vote for being the best celebration of cinema?Which film festival gets your vote for being the best celebration of cinema? — Photo courtesy of izusek / E+

Film festivals can be as astonishingly varied as cinema itself, showcasing everything from glossy premieres to daring independent productions to underground cult films. Whether its focus is on an underrepresented group, specific genres or mediums, or just a celebration of film in all its many forms, each of the 20 film festivals nominated by our panel of experts is truly special.

Now, it’s your turn to decide which of these film festivals is tops.

Vote: Best Film Festival »

Best Flower Festival

These flower festivals are vibrant events with bountiful blossomsThese flower festivals are vibrant events with bountiful blossoms — Photo courtesy of studioportosabbia / iStock / Getty Images Plus

What better way is there to enjoy a bounty of blossoms than by visiting some of the most amazing flower festivals in the country? These 20 flower festivals — nominated by an expert panel as the best in the U.S. — allow attendees to enjoy fragrant, colorful blooms, learn about flowers and plants, and simply have a wonderful time. Some events even offer a marketplace of flowers and plants that you can take home with you.

But which flower festival is the best?

Vote: Best Flower Festival »

Best Music Festival

Which music festival do you want to attend the most?Which music festival do you want to attend the most? — Photo courtesy of skynesher / iStock / Getty Images Plus

As the weather begins to warm up, music festival season is fast approaching, and each year, more and more events are joining the lineup, expanding and diversifying the music festival circuit in the United States.

Our panel of music festival aficionados has hand-picked 20 essential festivals from coast to coast where music fans can enjoy several artists (and even genres) in one place. And now it’s your turn to decide which ones are the best.

Vote: Best Music Festival »

Best Specialty Food Festival

These specialty food festivals give you a chance to celebrate your favorite foodsThese specialty food festivals give you a chance to celebrate your favorite foods — Photo courtesy of Aleksandr_Vorobev / iStock / Getty Images Plus

These 20 festivals — nominated by an expert panel as the best across the United States — celebrate specific foods, often local specialties grown or produced in the region. And these themed events promise attendees good food, good times, and plenty of opportunities to indulge.

Which specialty food festival would you most like to attend?

Vote: Best Specialty Food Festival »

Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on Friday, March 29.

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