While summer is winding down, the festival season is just hitting its stride. Around the country, in big cities and in small picturesque towns, the final weekends of summer are being celebrated with local fairs and festivals. Some are based around music, like Arizona's Oldest Folk Music Festival, some celebrate crops like the Circleville Pumpkin Show in Ohio, and others feature arts and crafts like the Artisan's Festival in Maryland. More often than not, you will find a mix of all three–food, music, and art–the perfect recipe for inspiration! See artisans at work! Take the time to ask questions. Find out what inspires them. Use observations from other artisans’ crafts to spark your own creativity.
You’ve probably heard of the big festivals in your area, perhaps an Oktoberfest, but there are most likely more festivals tucked away in nearby towns you never knew existed. All you have to do is search online for “local festivals” to find some hidden gems near you. Then start to go on a festival art hunt! Take a ride and enjoy the fading heat of summer while the leaves still hang on the trees. Let the sounds, smells, and people be your inspiration.