This week, our EWR Airport parking company continues our five-part blog series about the best festivals in the country. We’ve already covered music and art, so this week we moved on to the world of theater. No matter where you go, you’ll find theater enthusiasts eager to showcase plays and performances. Here are some notable festivals we’ve found:
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
This Tony Award-winning festival in Ashland is set on a four-acre campus that includes three theaters. Since 1935, the festival has presented all 37 Shakespearean plays along with nearly 300 plays to total 29,000 performances. Theater-lovers can enjoy 11 different plays from February to November and can even enjoy a 12-day “at sea” excursion.
Without Walls (WoW) Festival
Every year, the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego hosts a theater program that aims to present theater in places other than buildings. During the season, visitors can enjoy local, national, and international performances in locations throughout San Diego as well as a weekend-long festival celebrating the art.
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Created to bring inspiration to the area, this 15-day festival in New Haven, Connecticut attracts more than 100,000 people every June. It features artists and thinkers from around the world and includes music, theater, dance, speech, and more in theaters, open spaces, and courtyards throughout the city.
Shakespeare in the Park
Every year, New York City’s Public Theater hosts Shakespeare in the Park, a free theater event in Central Park. Over the years, more than five million people have attended the Shakespearean performances that take place during the summer and this year, the festival will celebrate its 53rd year.
Williamstown Theater Festival
A Tony Award-winning festival, the Williamstown Theater Festival has been an annual event since 1955. It’s attended by people from all over the country and features several shows in different genres throughout the summer months. It showcases a variety of Massachusetts culture, from readings to cabarets to musicals and classic plays.
Chicago Fringe Festival
In recent years, fringe festivals have become more and more popular around the country. They focus on an array of performing arts and often feature brief, laid-back shows. The annual Chicago Fringe Festival is a 10-day long event that exposes more than 50 upcoming artists and performers.
Ringling international Arts Festival
In Sarasota, Florida, you’ll find an annual four-day long arts festival that is the result of a partnership between the Ringling Museum of Art and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The festival features artists from all over the world to celebrate music, theater, and dance. Visitors can also enjoy the museum of art, circus museum, education center, and gardens while in the area.