2013 calendar of cool events. Plan your road trips, now!

It’s cold. Days are short, and slowly getting longer. A perfect time to start planning your road trips!  I am plotting a spring getaway, and started to get a bit side-tracked. Hopefully, you will benefit from my google meanderings. And of course, be sure to download the iPhone app, “Best Road Trip Ever!” to make those long car trips a bit more fun.

(PS – I’m open to more suggestions!)

February 2013

Carnie Trade Show, Gibsonton, FL, 2/5 – 2/9 (Seriously – who knew carnival workers have “trade shows”?)

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA, 1/19 – 2/12

Parades will begin on January 19th. All NEW ORLEANS parade activity will pause from January 28th – February 5th due to Super Bowl XLVII, which takes place on February 3rd. However, there will be parades rolling during this time throughout Metairie, Slidell, Mandeville, Covington & Chalmette. New Orleans parade activity will resume as normal from February 6th – 12th

 

March 2013

SXSW Music, Austin, TX – 3/12 – 3/17

NCAA March Basketball – Rounds First through Third Rounds, 3/19 – 3/24

Austin, TX, Dayton, OH, Kansas City, MO, Philadelphia, PA

NCAA March Basketball -Regionals, 3/19 – 3/25

Los Angeles, CA, TBD, Arlington, TX, Indianapolis, IN

 

April 2013

NCAA March Basketball – Semifinals, Atlanta, GA, 4/6

NCAA March Basketball – Finals, Atlanta, GA, 4/8

Juke Joint Festival – Clarksdale, MS, 4/13

Coachella Music Festival, Indio, CA, 4/12 – 4/14, 4/19 – 4/21

Angola Prison Rodeo, St Francisville, LA, 4/20 – 4/21

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, New Orleans, LA, 4/26 – 5/6

 

May 2013

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, New Orleans, LA, 4/26 – 5/6

Kentucky Derby, Louisville, KY, 5/4

Art Car Parade, Houston, TX, 5/9 – 5/11

Sasquatch Music Festival, George, WA 5/24 – 5/27

 

June 2013

Free Press Summerfest, Houston, TX, 6/1 – 6/2

AIA Sandcastle Competition, Galveston, TX, 6/1

Wakarusa Music Festival, Ozark, AR, 5/31 – 6/2

Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN 6/6 – 6/9

Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI, 6/26 – 7/7

 

July 2013

Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI, 6/26 – 7/8

ArtCar Fest, Reno, NV, 7/20 – 7/22

da Vinci Days Kinetic Race, Corvallis, OR, 7/19 – 7/21

Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI, 7/27 – 7/29

All-American Soap Box Derby, Akron, OH, 7/27

 

August 2013

Route 66 International Festival, Joplin, MO, 8/2 – 8/4

Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL 8/2 – 8/4

Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA, 8/9 – 8/11

 

September 2013

Bumbershoot Music Festival, Seattle, WA, 8/31 – 9/2

Burning Man, Gerlach, NV 8/26 – 9/2

 

October 2013

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX, 10/4 – 10/6 & 10/11 – 10/13

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM, 10/5 – 10/13

Austin City Limits, Austin, TX, 10/4 – 10/6 & 10/11 – 10/13

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM, 10/5 – 10/13

FantasyFest, Key West, 10/18 – 10/27

Voodoo Experience Music Festival, New Orleans – 10/26 – 10/28

 

November 2013

TBD (OK, you probably have too many family obligations to plan a “real” road trip…but you can still have fun on your way to the relatives.)

 

December 2013

TBD (Take the train!)