Still looking for the right answer to the question, “What are you doing Memorial Day weekend?” We hear you. And since there’s no better answer to that question than a destination, we have five ideas for a festive last-minute getaway.
Cheer the Indy 500 in Indianapolis
May 30 is the date of this year’s Indy 500, but Motor Speedway mania is already in high gear with 500 Festival celebrations. Don’t know racing? RoBoNC says that anyone can appreciate the history on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum: “‘Gentlemen, start your engines’...from the beaches of Daytona to the desert of Arizona, these words are as famous as the drivers themselves and the tracks they race on.”
Ogle sidewalk chalk masterpieces in Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Mission (shown above) was the first US site to host an Italian I Madonnari Festival, and this year’s free event will feature hundreds of street painters creating large-scale chalk images. “If you're in Santa Barbara around this time,” says eliza0214, “it's an event that shouldn't be missed!” Catch a colorful preview here.
Feast on BBQ and music in Memphis
“If you’re visiting Memphis during the summer months, make it May,” advises Tim Thornton. The Memphis in May International Festival winds down this weekend with the Sunset Symphony, “a great time to kick back, relax, listen to some amazing music, and realize all that Memphis has to offer you.”
Enjoy traditional arts in Seattle
With a mission to celebrate and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic, and traditional arts, the Northwest Folklife Festival presents four days of performances--for free. And there’s more for music lovers to do: El Gallo says that “another mecca for musicians who flock to Seattle for the Folklife Festival is Dusty Strings in Fremont” for “the world's nicest hammered dulcimers”--and other, less “bizarro” instruments.
Celebrate Gullah culture in Beaufort
Learn about the Low Country’s Gullah people in Beaufort, SC--a “little sister” of Charleston and Savannah that is “equally as beautiful and impressive,” according to vampirefan. The festival has grown over 24 years to host 70,000 visitors; many of them will also take in Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, just an hour away. And don't forget to look for traditional sweetgrass baskets to take home as souvenirs.
Need a few more options? All six of our previous Memorial Day trip ideas are back in action this weekend. Mule Days, anyone?