Hipmunk Hotels: Unique Events and Festivals in the Deep South from Durham to Chattanooga

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Let your hair down on your next getaway, and choose one of these Deep South cities for a selection of unique events and festivals. From a 19th century inspired event to a 2-day seafood festival, there’s something for everyone in the Deep South.

Music, Art, and Technology in Durham, NC

Durham has several events and festivals on each year, which will keep you entertained during your stay in the city. Apart from cultural expos, art exhibitions, and jazz festivals, Durham is home to the annual Bull Durham Blues Festival. This two-day festival in September celebrates blues music with a line up of international and national artists.

If you’re looking for something different this year, Durham is hosting Moogfest in May, a music, art, and technology festival in honor of Robert Moog, who’s made a considerable impact on music.

19th Century Fun in Galveston, TX

Listed as one of the 20 charming beach towns across America by Country Living, Galveston is famous for its beautiful sandy shores, as well as its gorgeous historic homes.

The city boasts many live music venues, where each night you can enjoy a drink while listening to up and coming artists. For more quirky festivities, head to Galveston over Christmas for the annual Dickens on the Strand festival. This 19th century London inspired street festival will keep you entertained for hours, with parades, 5 stages, street entertainers, food and drinks, and holiday crafts.

Jazz in Chattanooga, TN

If you love Jazz, then Chattanooga needs to be on your travel list. In April, Chattanooga celebrates Jazz at Jazzanooga. For an entire month, Jazzanooga puts on large shows, performances, and food events. In June, the city hosts the 9 night award-winning Riverbend festival. You’ll find a variety of genres here, from rock to country, and bluegrass. Be prepared to share the fun with up to 80000 other festival goers, as Riverbend is a popular event in the US.

Apart from the festivities, Chattanooga is known for its scenic beauty. When you need a break from the music, visit the city’s iconic ancient rock formations with panoramic views from Lookout Mountain.

Mardi Gras Parade in Biloxi, MS

With numerous casinos. resort hotels, concert shows, and mouth-watering food venues, it’s no surprise Biloxi is called “the playground of the South”.

One of Biloxi’s biggest events is Mardi Gras in January and February. The first Mardi Gras parade can be traced back to 1908 and has since grown into one of the best parades on the Gulf Coast.

The annual seafood festival will keep the foodies satisfied. This celebration of Biloxi’s food history sees live music and an abundance of seafood over two days.

Tejano Music in Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi has it all: Sun, sea, beaches, gardens, museums, and an exhilarating music festival, Fiesta de la Flor, set up in honor of the “Queen of Tejano”, Selena Quintanilla Perez. Tejano is a music genre originating from the Mexican-American population in central and south Texas.

This two-day festival debuted last year to a roaring success, and is expected to draw more than 70000 fans this year. Book your hotel soon for your stay in Corpus Christi!

Feature photo by Joey Thompson.
This post was written in collaboration with Hipmunk.


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