It’s my favorite time of the year, the season for outdoor vegan festivals. The weather warms up enough to sit outside and eat some of the best vegan food under the sun—literally! So, slather on that cruelty-free sunscreen and check out one of these can’t-miss plant-based, outdoor festivals.
1. Vegan Street Fair, held in nine cities nationwide
Vegan Street Fair knows how to throw a vegan party. Their events, which take place in L.A., Miami, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Oakland, Denver, Austin, and Las Vegas, are more than just a parking lot full of food tents. This family-friendly festival offers on-stage conversations with vegan chefs, plus music, rides, and games. And, entry to all Vegan Street Fairs is free!
2. Vegandale, held in six cities nationwide
Vegandale is another multi-city, plant-based festival that knocks our socks off. Held in Dallas, Miami, New York, Toronto, Chicago, and L.A., Vegandale is not just a chance to taste amazing vegan food, it’s an experience complete with visual art, music, games, and such a sense of community that attendees often refer to themselves as “citizens” of Vegandale. Are you intrigued? Get a taste of the action from L.A.’s Vegandale with Michelle Celestino on UnchainedTV!
3. Soul Vegan Food Festival, Miami Beach, FL
It’s described this way, “the nation’s foremost, urban centric, plant-based food, spirit and wellness festival in celebration of Black History Month since 2018.” The Soul Vegan Food Festival combines incredible vegan food with a celebration of the contributions made by Black vegan chefs, cooks, and vegan personalities. All of this with my feet in the sand of Miami Beach? I’ll be there!
4. Woodstock Fruit Festival, Woodstock, NY
This week-long festival is about more than just fruit. It is the largest raw vegan festival in the world! The Woodstock Fruit Festival is set up more like a retreat or summer camp. It offers morning yoga classes, music, blindfolded fruit tastings, and evening bonfires. The mission of the festival is to promote a fruit-based, raw vegan lifestyle and to raise awareness about the health benefits of plant-based eating. I’ll bet their vegan fruit smoothies are out of this world!
5. VegFest Michigan, Detroit, MI
VegMichigan, the largest vegan non-profit organization in the state, hosts not one, but two incredible vegan festivals each year. The upcoming Spring VegFest Michigan will be held at the outdoor Eastern Market in Detroit and features 100 food vendors, live cooking demos, and a sustainable, vegan shopping experience that includes cosmetics, soaps, clothing, and books, making this festival a unique celebration of the entire vegan lifestyle.
]These vegan festivals are all fabulous in slightly different ways. Makes me want to hit the road and just go from one to the next… forever!
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Carrie Woods is a writer based in Indiana who comes from a family of journalists.