Summer Festivals, From Spam to Lebowski

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-05-23T22:19:53Z

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A Celebration Sampler

While festivals take place year-round, the warmer months from May to September are the busiest, according to the International Festival & Events Association. Countless fests appeal to your stomach by celebrating the joys of such foods as artichokes, garlic, ribs and even spam. Others are geared to less-earthy tastes, offering a chance to soak up opera, jazz and dance in gorgeous outdoor settings. And there's no shortage of quirky events like Kentucky's Annual Lebowski Fest. Here's a sampling of some of the most delicious, exhilarating and odd festivals.