The Weirdest Event in Every State

By Amanda Postma - Sep. 24, 2020

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Everyone has something to celebrate.

Whether it’s Eeyore’s birthday or roadkill, people love to celebrate. That’s where events and festivals come into play.

Some of the things that people choose to celebrate are just downright weird. Not that there’s anything wrong with weird.

We just wouldn’t fit in at the Waikiki Spam Jam or even the Fire Ant Festival. It’s just not our cup of tea.

We’ll stick to the career fairs. But, in case you’re into weird festivals, here are just a few of the ones that stood out to us.

Summary of the Weirdest Events

  • Mooning of the Amtrak: When we say that California pulls off a “Mooning of the Amtrak” event every year, we don’t mean a moonlit train ride. We quite literally mean people drop their pants for the passing Amtrak train. Starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending with the last train ride of the day around midnight. Amtrak has even started slowing down their trains that day to allow their passengers to “enjoy” the view.
  • Frozen Dead Guy Days: Known as the weirdest winter festival in the U.S., the Frozen Dead Guy Days isn’t your typical event. Basically, a guy’s grandfather passed away in the ’80s and he sent the body to a scientist for it to be frozen until science could cure the grandfather’s ailments. Now, the body resides in Colorado with the grandfather’s daughter and so the state named the winter fest after the unique situation. Because who doesn’t like frozen dead guys? The best part of this fest is definitely the coffin race.
  • Duck Tape® Festival: Everyone knows that duct tape fixes everything. Divorce, a broken car window, dislocated shoulder. Everything. But the people in Ohio know that better than anyone and that’s why they celebrate with a Duck Tape® Festival. Since Avon, Ohio, is home to the Duck brand duct tape, it seems fitting that it’s known as the “Duck Tape Capital” of the world. The festival highlights the many uses of the tape, including sculptures, fashion, games and a parade.
  • No Pants Subway Ride: This event is pretty self-explanatory. Every year in January, New Yorkers gather to ride the rails without their pants. The purpose? To confuse bystanders. Donned with scarves, hats, mittens, coats, heavy socks, this is the best chance for event-goers to show off their best undies.
  • Quiet Music Festival: Music festivals are popular all over the U.S. These festivals are typically really loud and filled to the brim with people. And most of those people tend to be in an altered state-of-mind. If that sounds like a nightmare to you, you’re not alone. In fact, Portland, Oregon, came up with a solution: Quiet Music Festival. Instead, this festival is soothing. It’s comparable to a jazz concert or even a theater production. The music so soothing and calm that you might actually fall asleep during the festival.
  • The Weirder, The Better

    If nothing else maybe this will inspire you to celebrate all the weird things you love.

    Although it may not seem like there’s much cause for celebration with how this year is going, maybe that’s all the more reason to celebrate.

    So get out there and learn to be weird. It’s time to embrace that side of yourself. I mean who doesn’t want to attend an Elvis festival? Or even a Burning Man Festival, whatever that is.

    Don’t forget to check out the Goosefest and the UFO Festival. Here’s a full list of other weird events you won’t want to miss.

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    State Weird Events
    Alabama The Peanut Butter Festival
    Alaska Cordova Ice Worm Festival
    Arizona Tucson Fringe Festival
    Arkansas Ozark UFO Conference
    California Mooning of the Amtrak
    Colorado Frozen Dead Guy Days
    Connecticut Connecticut Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival
    Delaware Greyhounds Reach the Beach Festival
    Florida Underwater Music Festival
    Georgia Fire Ant Festival
    Hawaii Waikiki Spam Jam
    Idaho Goddess Fest
    Illinois Mattoon Bagelfest
    Indiana Marshall County Blueberry Festival
    Iowa Maple Syrup Festival
    Kansas Beef Empire Days
    Kentucky Lebowski Fest
    Louisiana San Fermin
    Maine The Dance Mile
    Maryland Maryland Deathfest
    Massachusetts Mac ‘N Cheese Festival
    Michigan Humungus Fungus Fest
    Minnesota Grumpy Old Men Festival
    Mississippi Tupelo Elvis Festival
    Missouri Pyromania
    Montana Darby Logger Days
    Nebraska The Chicken Show
    Nevada Burning Man Festival
    New Hampshire Fairy House Festival
    New Jersey Weird Week
    New Mexico UFO Festival
    New York No Pants Subway Ride
    North Carolina NC Pickle Fest
    North Dakota Goosefest
    Ohio Duct Tape Festival
    Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger Day Festival
    Oregon Quiet Music Festival
    Pennsylvania Stinkfest
    Rhode Island H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
    South Carolina Ayden Collard Festival
    South Dakota International Vinegar Festival
    Tennessee Spring Hill Country Ham Festival
    Texas Eeyore’s Birthday Party
    Utah Sundance Film Festival
    Vermont Frendly Gathering
    Virginia Woodbooger Festival
    Washington Bumbershoot
    West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off
    Wisconsin Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival
    Wyoming Cheyenne Zombie Fest

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Amanda Postma


Amanda Postma

Amanda Postma is a writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog with a focus on creating entertaining content to help you through your job search. She received her BA from the University Of Missouri-Columbia.

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