Watermelon Festivals in 2018: Where, When and More to Find a Watermelon Festival Near You!
Looking for a Watermelon festival in October 2018? There is no other listing as
complete and current as this list, just updated! Watermelon festivals are held through the United States,
Canada, Britain, and
Australia and much of the world. All the Watermelon
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Watermelon Festivals in 2018: Where, When and More to Find a Watermelon Festival Near You!
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Franklin County Watermelon Festival
103 N. Jackson Ave., Russellville, AL
35653. Phone: 256-332-1760. (ADDED: July 29, 2013X)
- Grand Bay Watermelon Festival - July 3rd & 4th, 2018
Grand Bay Odd Fellows Festival Park, 10327 Taylor F. Harper
Blvd., Grand Bay, AL. Phone: 251-865-3456. Email:
On July 3rd GATE OPENS from 3 pm to 7 pm - No Admission charged
and NO free Watermelon. We will have Food, Arts & Crafts, & Ride
vendors and other entertainment. On July 4th GATE OPENS 8 am to 4
pm to $5 Per Vehicle Admission - With the Vendors, Music, Games,
all the Free Sliced Ice Cold Watermelon You Can Eat, Pretty Baby
Contest, and Open Car Show, ONLY on July 4th!!! Family Event so
NO Smoking and NO Pets allowed in Festival Area. No alcohol
allowed in the Park.
- Cave City Watermelon Festival
City Park, 100 Park Street, Cave City, AR 72521.
Phone: (870) 283-5301. Email:
[email protected]. The focus of the festival is still "The World's
Sweetest Watermelons" and the businesses of Cave City. The
festival has grown into a sort of homecoming. Family and class
reunions are planned around the festivities and at any given time
during the 3 days you will find old friends reunited once again.
For three days every August, people from across the country come
here to slow down and enjoy one of Arkansas' best festivals. If
you've never been, or have been away too long, we invite you to
grab a lawn chair and stay awhile.
Hope Watermelon Festival
- over 40 years running, August 9, 2018 - August 11, 2018,
Thursday - 12:00 P.M - 7:00 P.M, Friday - 10:30 A.M - 9:00 P.M,
Saturday - 9:00 A.M - 9:00 P.M
Hope Fair Park, 800 Mockingbird
Lane, Hope, AR 71801. Phone: 870-777-3640. Email: [email protected].
Admission is Free. The Hope Watermelon festival features numerous
activities including arts & crafts, food, entertainment and other
family-oriented activities. Local civic clubs hold dinners
featuring such down-home fare as locally grown smoked chicken and
golden fried catfish. What else can you do at the festival? You
can participate in a 5 k race, take in a dog show, enter the
"Watermelon Idol" talent contest. The Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour
staring Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee will headline the Friday night
concert in the park! Saturday night concert will see mark the
return of gospel music...Gospel Fest!
- Arkansas Valley Fair Watermelon Day - over 140 years
running, Saturday, August 18
Rocky Ford Fairgrounds, 800
North 9th Street, Rocky Ford, Colorado 81067. Phone:
[email protected]. Dogs, Cats & other PETS are NOT
permitted on the Fairgrounds during Fair Week, unless they are
essential aids to people with disabilities.
Cordele Watermelon Festival - June 30, 2018
GA. Phone: 229-273-3102. June, 2018 will mark Cordele's 69th
year celebrating the bountiful summer harvest with the
"Watermelon Days Festival". A month chock full of good, clean,
watermelon FUN! Visitors come from near and far to enjoy events
such as the 4H Dog Show, Seed Spitting Contest, Watermelon
Horseshoe Tournament, Fishing Rodeo, Watermelon Decorating
Contest, "Wedding Game", Watermelon Chunking Contest, Gospel
Singing and much, much more. If you happen to be one of those
visitors, be sure to take a ride on the SAM shortline excursion
train where the vintage 1949 air conditioned cars take you back
in time to the very first year Cordele hosted the Watermelon
Days Festival. Depending on which day you choose to take the 45
mile trip from Cordele to Archer, stops may include the Georgia
Veteran's State Park at Lake Blackshear, Leslie, Americus and/or
Plains, home of President Jimmy Carter. For a detailed schedule
of all of the events of this year's Festival, including the
grand finale celebration of July 4 fireworks on the beautiful
Flint River, click on the link above. See you there!
Knox County Watermelon Festival - Saturday,
August , 8am-8pm (EST)
Patrick Henry Square,
Vincennes, Indiana. Directions: Located on the Historical George
Roger's Clark Memorial Site. Schedule of Events:
Run-Sponsored by Old National
Contest-Sponsored by WZDM
1:00-3:00 FREE CONCERT
3:00 Seed Spitting/Watermelon
Eating Contest-Sponsored by
4:00 Cutest Pet Contest-Sponsored by
6:00 Miss Watermelon Pageant- Sponsored by
Great American Grill Out (Sponsored by AT & T)
Kids Games, Tasty Food Booths, Crafts and Flea Market
WATERMELON by Nowaskie Melons. (ADDED: July 29, 2013X)
Monroe County Watermelon Festival - Saturday -
August ; held annually on the Saturday prior to Labor Day
downtown, Tompkinsville, KY. Phone: 270-487-5504. Email:
[email protected]. Join about 10,000 other folks for the
FREE 34th Annual Monroe County Watermelon Festival. The
festivities include 150 vendors selling arts and crafts,
commercial items and food, parade, quilt show, car show, and
antique tractors, and more. (ADDED: July 29, 2013X)
- Beauregard Watermelon Festival - June 29-30, 2018
Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, DeRidder, LA 70634. Entertainment
that can't be beat! Check out our entertainment page for a full
list of festival entertainment! Hot Eats and cool Watermelon
Treats. A wide variety of food and drinks, and of course,
Watermelon! Fun and games for the whole family, Shopping,
entertainment, and carnival rides!
Farmerville Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival - over 50
years running, July 27th, 2018 and July 28th, 2018
100 E. Bayou St., 505 EAST WATER ST.,Farmerville, LA 71241.
Phone: 318-368-0044. A seed spitting contest and a watermelon
eating contest and a street dance on Friday night.
La Platta Watermelon Bash - July 4th from 10:30 AM
to 1:30 PM
Town Hall, La Platta, MAryland. Celebrate the 4th
of July at Town Hall. Join us for hot dogs, water slides, and
plenty of watermelon.
Mardela Springs Annual Watermelon Festival - 17 years
running, late July
Wright's Market, 9300 Old Railroad Road
Rt. 50, Mardela Springs, Maryland 21837. Phone: (410) 742-8845.
Annual Watermelon Festival providing fun for the entire family.
Watermelon Seed Spit & Eating Contest, Watermelon Bowling,
Little Miss Watermelon Princess Contest, FREE Firetruck Rides,
Car Show, Tractor Show, Live Music with Barren Creek, Games,
Crafts and much more. FREE watermelon slices and corn on the cob
provided by Wright's Market. Delmar VFW and Delmar Lions Club
will prepare BBQ chicken, Hamburger and Hotdogs to raise money
for their cause. Northwestern's Relay For Life Team will be
selling drinks and sno-cones for the American Cancer Society.
- Howell Melon Festival
200 E. Grand
River Avenue , Howell, MI 48843. Phone: 517-546-0693. Email:
[email protected]. Melons, food, artists, vendors, run,
race, more: Annual Howell Melon Run200 E. Grand River Avenue, Doc May
Memorial Melon bike Ride on Saturday, August 15 9:00am-11:00am.
This ride has become a Melon Festival Tradition and is our way of
celebrating the life and work of Dr. Pat May. The course is 15 miles and
highlights historic neighborhoods, the McPherson Park Bike Path,
Crosstown Trail, Howell City Park and Lakeview Cemetery. The ride ends
back at the Courthouse where melon ice cream will be served. All Riders
will receive a route map and commemorative t-shirt. Annual Howell
Melon Run on August 14. This is one of the most scenic and beautiful
run/walks through residential streets, historic Lakeview Cemetery, and
Howell City Park. The race starts and finishes in downtown Howell.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
(ADDED: May 09, 2015, JBS)
- Kellogg Annual Watermelon Festival - over 71 years
running, Always held on the weekend after Labor Day, September
8th, 9th and 10th.
Kellogg, MN. They have a parade,
entertainment, events, "'burnout", Pagent, vintage tractor ride,
soap box derby, softball tournament and more.
- Watermelon Day, Vining MN - held on the 3rd
Saturday in August
Front St, Vining, Minnesota 56588. Phone:
(928) 219-1712. . Email:
[email protected]. "Biggest Small Town Celebration
in Otter Tail County", Watermelon Day is held on the 3rd
Saturday in August in Vining, MN.
- Mize Mississippi Watermelon Festival - running for 40
years, July 20 & 21, 2018
Downtown Mize, MS 39116. Phone:
(877) 790-9722. Exciting Entertainment, Arts and Crafts
and Food, Kids Games, Car Show, Always fun for Everyone. The
Mississippi Watermelon Festival is excited to welcome to our
stage, for the 40th Annual Festival. The Mississippi WATERMELON
FESTIVAL is a true family event, offering fun activities for the
young and old alike. From our amazing car show to our always
entertaining watermelon contests, you're sure to have a great
Water Valley Annual Watermelon Carnival - August -
running for over 48 years
Water Valley, Mississippi 38965.
[email protected]. The Watermelon Carnival is Water
Valley's most prized annual celebration. An estimated 20,000
people attend the various events, always set the first weekend
in August. The carnival is named among the top 20 festivals in
the southeastern United States by the Southeastern Tourism
Society. The first carnival was held on Thursday, August 27,
1931. At that time, the entire nation was in the grip of the
depression. In Water Valley, a bank had failed, the railroad had
pulled out, and unemployment was high. Local businessmen were
concerned about the spirit of the townspeople, so they decided
to host a carnival to boost morale. The Watermelon Carnival
consisted of a parade, a pageant to name the carnival queen, and
a formal ball. Festivities were repeated for nine consecutive
years, and then halted with the outbreak of World War II. The
Watermelon Carnival lay in dormancy until 1980.
- Thurston Watermelon Days
Thurston, NE. There are vendors, entertainment, and events that will be
taking place. Tune into "Y101.3" in September for news about
Watermelon Days. Make sure to verify out our local businesses as
well as our Area Business Sponsors. Thank you to everyone who has
added us on Facebook
Tune into Channel 9.1 and 9.2 in September to see
our television ads.
Harbes Family Farm and Orchard
Watermelon Festival- Saturday and Sunday in AUgust
5698 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901. Phone: 631-298-0800.
Alternate Phone: 631-298-0700. Fax: 631-298-1332. Email:
[email protected]. Open:
see their website for the dates of this year's festival; normal hours
are early September to October 31 on weekends
from 9 am to 6 pm (Corn Maze open 7 pm to 10 pm).
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Take the
LIE (495) east to exit 71. Make a left onto Edwards Avenue and continue
north for 4 miles. Make a right on Sound Avenue. Continue East on Sound
Avenue for 8.6 miles. The farm is on the north side (left) of the road. The
orchard is 1 mile west of Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
Celebrate the sweetest festival in town at Harbes Farm & Vineyard's Annual
Watermelon Festival on Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26, from
10am-7pm! Enjoy our farm fresh watermelon and cap off your summer with this
fun two-day weekend event.You can't miss participating in one of our FREE
fun-filled watermelon eating contests for all ages! Farmer Fred will be
emceeing what has become one of Harbes Farm & Vineyard's most anticipated
summer events. We'll be holding three contests daily in our courtyard area.
Seating is limited so be sure to arrive early! Farmer Fred will be hosting
exciting watermelon games for the kids throughout the day! They'll have tons
of fun taking part in our watermelon rolling races and seed spitting
challenges. Mom and dad will have fun cheering them on. FREE LIVE MUSIC will
be available to enjoy in our courtyard/picnic area both days from 1-5pm.
Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Rob Bruey will be playing on
Saturday. We'll have the popular Como Brothers returning on Sunday. These
talented singer-songwriters draw influence from pop, rock, and blues
originating from a love for acts such as The Beatles. Relax and enjoy their
energetic and heartfelt harmonies.Harbes u- pick
orchard also features an evening spooky walk corn maze. (UPDATED: May 11,
- Dresden Melon Festival - August 4, 2018
OH 43821. Phone: 740-754-3151. Alternate phone: 740-252-2651.
Email: [email protected].
A family friendly event for all ages, celebrating Dresden's
melon-growing heritage, set on the banks of the scenic Muskingum
River. Events include live music, 5K, kids games, family puppet
show, petting zoo, cruise-in, tractor pull, melon growing
contest, melon derby race, archery lessons, fishing tournament,
food, and beer garden. Free parking at Tri-Valley High School,
shuttle provided. Melon Growing Contest: Cash Prizes for
heaviest watermelon, largest cantaloupe, and sweetest
cantaloupe, start planning now!!
Rush Springs Watermelon Festival - August ,
Held each year on the second Saturday in August
Park, Rush Springs, OK 73082. Phone 580-476-3745 - Email:
[email protected]. They
offer watermelon-themed activities, carnival rides and plenty of
family friendly entertainment for all. Held continuously since
1948, the festival attracts over 20,000 visitors each year with
all-day entertainment and free watermelon in the afternoon. Other
festivities include a seed-spitting contest, an arts and craft
fair featuring over 100 vendors, carnival rides, live
entertainment, stage shows, watermelon exhibits and more. Snack
on tasty concessions from on-site food vendors, or browse through
rows of classic cars, motorcycles and trucks in the festival's
annual antique car and motorcycle show while sipping a glass of
cool lemonade.. A parade will also be held Friday evening at
Valliant Watermelon Festival - held each summer on
the third Saturday in July.
Valliant, OK. By the slice or by
the entire melon, the whole family is in for good, old-fashioned
fun at the Valliant Watermelon Festival. Besides those fleshy
slices of watermelon, there's watermelon salsa, slushies and all
kinds of other foods with your favorite summer fruit. Also, there
are car shows, live music, a watermelon eating contest and a
seed-spitting contest for a little friendly competition.
Irrigon Watermelon Festival - held annually in
Irrigon Marinara Park, Irrigon, Oregon 97844. Join us
in Irrigon for the anual Irrigon Watermelon Festival!
Food-Fun-Games and Entertainment all day long! And Bellinger
Farms Watermelons! We'll have a Life Flight chopper coming in to
land on our baseball field at 12:30, be sure to sign up for
their valuable service while there. We have a car show too, in
the shade by the river, so if you have a nice ride or a classic
car you like to show off, come on down!!! A 5k color fun-run
supporting Grid Kids of Irrigon! Lots of local vendors, sure to
be something for everyone! Our flyer (on their Facebook page)
says it all. See ya'll there!!
Winston-Dillard Melon Festival - 50 years running,
mid September, 3 days, weekend
Riverbend Park, Winston,
Oregon. Come on Down and have a good time at Melon Festival! We
will have 3 on 3 basketball, mud volley ball, competitions like
men's knees comp., dog comp. chilli cook off, don't forget the
vendors, and our annual raffle we have lots of great prizes to
give away. Bring your kids to we will have games, crafts for
them to enjoy and lots for them to see during the parade on
Saturday, at 11 am. We have live music for your entertainment so
come listen while you enjoy one of our delicious BBQ dinners on
Saturday and Sunday! Are you brave enough to get up on stage? If
so don't forget to sign up for the talent show being held on
Franklin Farmers Market Watermelon Festival -
August 18, 2018 from 8 am to 1 pm
230 Franklin Road,
Franklin, TN 37064. Phone: 615-592-1337. The festival is a big,
juicy sweet seed-spittin' fun day for the whole family! The
games for the kids and adults, includes the popular watermelon
seed-spitting contest and the popular fastest watermelon eating
contest. Don't miss the wild watermelon carvings and slices of
ice cold watermelon!
Lucky Ladd Farms Watermelon Festival - Saturday June
30, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
4374 Rocky Glade Road,
Eagleville, TN 37060. Phone: 615-274-3786. Email:
Click here for current open hours, days and dates.
Directions: Centrally located in Middle Tennessee just south of
Nashville, half-way between Franklin and Murfreesboro.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit
Click here for our Facebook page. Crawl on down to the farm
for some summertime family fun and enjoy a FREE slice of
refreshing watermelon. Cool off in the Splash Zone featuring our
Splash Pad, Bubble Blast Pool, inflatable water slides and more.
Test your skills and win prizes in the Watermelon Crawl, Seed
Spitting, Melon Toss and Watermelon Eating Contests. Lucky Ladd
Farms - Family Adventure and Fun Park. Explore over 70
activities for all ages including Tennessee's largest petting
farm. Adult: $13, Children: $11, Children Under 2: FREE.
The church of Christ on New York Avenue Watermelon Festival -
See their website for this year's date, TBD
219 New York
Avenue , Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830. Phone: (865) 483-7418. News
Line: (865) 482-9266. Email:
[email protected]. How
much hot air do you have? Put it to good use in our Watermelon
seed spitting contest! First place takes home a watermelon! For
those with less lung capacity don't worry, there is enough food,
drink and fellowship to still have a blessed afternoon.
- Green River Watermelon Festival Melon Days - September 14-15th,
OK Anderson Green River City Park, Green River, UT
84525. Phone: (435) 820-0592. Email:
Melon Queen and Princess Pageants. Melon Cruise Car Show. The
car show will also be the weekend prior to Melon Days..
Community Day at OK Anderson City Park, 6:00pm - This is a
activity for the residents of Green River. There will be a meal
provided by one of our local food establishments and games for
the kids. The carnival and bounce houses also open
Scramble Tournament, Concert Friday night at the John Wesley
Powell River History Museum. Melon Run Saturday. Scout Pancake
Breakfast; The local Boy Scout Patrol 289 is again doing their
Pancake breakfast at OK Anderson Park at the pavilion (in the
middle of town). Saturday during Melon Days, Starting at 7am to 9am.
Melon Days Parade - The parade will be on Saturday
morning starting on or around 10am. The parade lineup will be at
the City Maintenance Building (545 West Main) across from NAPA
and will end at the Book Cliff Lodge (735 East Main). Please
line up by 9:30. Melon Queens and Princesses PerformThe Melon
Queens and Princesses will perform their talents at the city
park at noon on Saturday. Melon Days Fun Shoot Saturday, starts
at noon at Green River Shooting Range. Softball Tournament
Men's & Coed. Square Dancing Friday 7-10pm and Saturday
8-10:30pm; $6 per person per dance. Raffle, door prizes and lots
of fun. Melon Games & Melon Carving Contest.
- Carytown Watermelon Festival - Sunday, August 12, 2019
Carytown, Virginia. .115,000 people, over 3000 watermelons and
you! With 80 musicians, over 100 exhibitors, one of the largest
kids areas of any festival on the east coast and all of the
great Carytown style, the Carytown Watermelon Festival presented
by Martin's has become the largest one day festival in the state
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
- Pardeeville Watermelon Festival - Always the first
Saturday after Labor Day, Saturday, September 8, 2018
Chandler Park, Pardeeville, WII 53954. Phone: 608-514-1926.
[email protected]. Festival hosted by
the United States Watermelon Speed-Eating & Seed Spitting
Championships, Inc. A staple of our free festival, is the open
air market. Our market showcases art and craft vendors from all
over the area, plus a flea market and commercial vendors such
Avon, Scentsy, and Tupperware. The fair opens at 10:00am until
about 3:00pm. The last few years, we've had between 20 and 40
vendors spread out around the event grounds.
- Stanley Watermelon Festival - held on the Last
Sunday in July; July 29, 2018
Chapman Park, Stanley, WI.
Annual Stanley Lions Watermelon Festival held at Chapman Park.
Flea Market starts at 8 a.m. Charcoal Chicken serving starts at
10:30 a.m. Car Show 10 a.m. Children's Games 3 p.m. Free
watermelon starting at 11 a.m. Raffle on grounds. Contact
Information: (715) 644-3638 (General Info), (715) 644-5298 (Flea
Market) and (715) 644-5376 (Car Show).
Straffordville Watermelon Festival
Straffordville, Ontario, Canada. Watermelon
Fest Straffordville Firehall Pancake breakfast 7am, parade at
10am, Silent Auction at the community centre, free admission to
enjoy food booths, craft vendors, musical entertainment, games &
activities for all ages and family movie in the park at
dusk...bring your blankets and lawn chairs!