From Mild to Wild: Eclectic Events Across the U.S.

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	Santa Speedo Run in Boston

Santa Speedo Run in Boston

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Feb 25, 2013 —  America was founded on the freedom to pursue happiness any way we choose. Needless to say, this love of liberty can sometimes go over the edge, making for some of the wildest, most eclectic events in the US.

Coast to coast, Americans exercise their liberty in all sorts of crazy ways, from haunted hayrides to high heel drag queen races. At bacon festivals, foodies gorge themselves silly on all the hog they can eat while noir fans step back in time to a sultrier, seedier past at classic screenings.

Drinkers can get seriously sloshed on premium sakes at Sake Day in San Francisco. Meanwhile in Boston, hundreds of Santas run through the streets wearing nothing but bright red speedos for the Santa Speedo Run.

Whether you want to try the best food a city has to offer or take in some holiday-themed burlesque, there’s sure to be a great American event to satisfy even the hardest to please patriot. We’ve gone to the extreme and came back all in one piece, so take a chance and go wild with some of our favorite events in the US!

  • DC High Heel Drag Queen Race

    Drag Show / Running Every year on the Tuesday before Halloween

    DC High Heel Drag Queen Race - Drag Show | Running in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC Dupont Circle

    1 Dupont Circle Northwest
    Washington, DC 20036

  • Los Angeles Bacon Festival

    Food Festival Every February

    Los Angeles Bacon Festival - Food Festival in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles Petersen Automotive Museum

    6060 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    323‑930‑2277

  • Santa Speedo Run

    Holiday Event / Running Every year in December

    Santa Speedo Run - Holiday Event | Running in Boston.
    Boston Lir Tavern

    903 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02115

    617‑778‑0089

  • Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

    Holiday Event Every year in October

    Los Angeles Haunted Hayride - Holiday Event in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles Griffith Park

    4730 Crystal Springs Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90027

    323‑913‑4688

  • Hot Chocolate Festival

    Food & Drink Event / Food Festival Every year in February

    Hot Chocolate Festival - Food & Drink Event | Food Festival in New York.
    New York City Bakery

    3 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011

  • Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival

    Film Festival Every year in January

    Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival - Film Festival in San Francisco.
    San Francisco Castro Theatre

    429 Castro Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114

    415‑621‑6120

  • Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

    Fair / Carnival / Festival / Holiday Event Every year in November/December/January

    Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier - Fair / Carnival | Festival | Holiday Event in Chicago.
    Chicago Navy Pier

    600 East Grand Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611

    312‑595‑7437

  • NYC Big Apple Grapple

    Arm Wrestling / Sports Every year in April

    NYC Big Apple Grapple - Arm Wrestling | Sports in New York.
    New York Throughout the city
  • The Slutcracker

    Burlesque Show / Dance Performance / Holiday Event / Play Every year in December

    The Slutcracker - Burlesque Show | Dance Performance | Holiday Event | Play in Boston.
    Boston Somerville Theatre

    55 Davis Square
    Somerville, MA 02144

    617‑625‑5700

  • Taste of Chicago

    Food & Drink Event / Food Festival / Music Festival Every Year in July

    Taste of Chicago - Food & Drink Event | Food Festival | Music Festival in Chicago.
    Chicago Grant Park / Millennium Park

    Between South Michigan Avenue to Lake Michigan and East Roosevelt Road to East Randolph Street.

    312‑742‑7648

  • Sake Day

    Food & Drink Event Every year in October

    Sake Day - Food & Drink Event in San Francisco.
    San Francisco Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

    1840 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115

What is your favorite eclectic event in the U.S.?

Paul F. Feb 26, 2013
I'd die and go to heaven at that Sake Day. Wish there was one in LA.
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