6 beach festivals you have to check out

These are some of the best spring festivals that take place across the Southeast.

What’s better than a trip to the beach? A trip to the beach, but with all the excitement of a festival.

Festivals can be magical experiences, a time where strangers become best friends and memories are made with loved ones. 2022 is kicking off festival season with must-see artists and attractions. If you’re wanting to get into something fun this summer, these festivals are a must. From music festivals, to family-friendly events, there’s a festival for everyone.

Hangout Music Festival — Gulf Shores, Alabama

This three-day music festival, May 20-22, will have you in your feels with Halsey, two-stepping to Kane Brown, getting sexy with Doja-Cat, rockin out to Fall Out Boy and vibing to T-Pain. With rap, pop, EDM, country and rock acts performing, you’ll also enjoy great food from over a dozen restaurants. During your downtime, you can relax at a beach spa and get a massage or drag your friend to the beach and spend the day in hammocks. Tickets range from $399-$1,839 for general admission to VIP packages. Don’t let the pricing scare you, they do offer payment plan options. Visit www.hangoutmusicfest.com for more info.

Carolina Country Music Festival — Myrtle Beach SC

From June 9-12, the Carolina Country Music Festival is packing the heat with more than 30 of the biggest names in country music, including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Keith Urban. Make sure you have some comfortable cowboy boots, because you’ll be two-stepping all day and night. The CCMF is known to sell out fast, welcoming 20,000-35,000 people each year. Tickets are $209, and you can pay all at once or opt for the five easy payments plan. Visit www.carolinacountrymusicfest.com for more details.

Beachlife Festival — Redondo Beach, CA

Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, Sheryl Crow and Black Pumas are the definition of a vibe! From May 13-15, you can surf, relax and dance at the Beachlife Festival. They’re eco-friendly, with covid-safe protocols and operation guides. Tickets range from $159-1250 for general admission to VIP. This three-day festival festures more than 50 bands. Visit www.beachlifefestival.com or call 88-512-SHOW for more information.

Kite Festival — Washington State

Want to take the kids to their first festival? The Washing State International Kite Festival is a must see. From August 15-21, kite lovers from across the world come for a jaw dropping display of kites. From bright vibrant colors to animals and other designs, this festival is one for the entire family. Visit www.kitefestival.com for more information.

International Sand Sculpting Festival — Revere Beach, Massachusetts

This festival has free admission and runs from July 22-24. Nearly a million attendees enjoy the International Sand Sculpting Festival. This is another great festival for the whole family, with great food, entertainment and mind-blowing sand sculptures. It’s no wonder people attend everyday just to see what’s new and what’s finished. On Saturday, July 23, you can also enjoy an amazing fireworks display. If you want to show off your own skills, you can enter in the sculpting contest or even be a part of the musical talent line up. For more details visit www.internationalsandsculptingfestival.com.

Duke’s Oceanfest — Honolulu, Hawaii

One of the longest festivals this year, Duke’s Oceanfest runs August 21-29, and let’s you bring out your competitive side all while enjoying the beaches of Honolulu, Hawaii. This festival honors Hawaiian legend and Olympic gold medalist Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. Enroll in lifestyles sports such as surfing, canoe paddling, swimming, surf polo and more. A sure-fire way to enjoy the big island and honor their community. Check out www.dukesoceanfest.com for more information.