Maui Festivals Celebrate Culture, Local Talent and Preservation

Known for celebrating the best of the area, the top Maui festivals welcome visitors to experience all the island offers to both guests and locals. Maui – one of the top destinations in Hawaii – hosts several events throughout the year for many interests including food, film and nature. These events not only unite visitors, but also educate them as they learn about local culture and sustainable practices. Read more to learn about the top Maui festivals for your vacation.

Top 5 Maui Festivals to Learn About Hawaiian Culture

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World Whale Day – February

For one day in February, more than 20,000 people gather to celebrate humpback whale preservation. The event kicks off around 9 a.m., with a family-friendly parade featuring sea characters, marching bands, floats and more. After the parade, attendees will enjoy live music, local food and more fun activities.

Kids should check out the Keiki Carnival where they can play in bouncy castles, make crafts and have their faces painted. Those looking for unique items and souvenirs will enjoy the Madeon Maui Artisan Fair and an online charity auction that supports the Pacific Whale Foundation. Admission is around $5 per person older than 12, and new activities are added each year, so this is a must for families vacationing in Maui.

Maui Agriculture Fest – April

For more than 10 years, the Maui Agriculture Festival has showcased fresh foods and educated visitors about the important of agriculture in the area. The festival is held in April at the Maui Tropical Plantation and costs only $5 for adults ages 18 to 64, and free to guests younger than 18 and older than 65 years of age.

Event highlights include a large farmers market, food vendors, kids’ zone and live entertainment. Visitors may also purchase special event tickets to the Grand Taste and Legacy Farmers Breakfast, both of which showcase local flavors and rich dishes prepared by farmers and chefs. In addition, attendees will learn about eco-friendly food practices, animal care, healthy cooking habits and Hawaiian culture.

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Kapalua Wine and Food Festival – June

One of the longest-running food and wine festivals in the U.S., the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival combines Hawaiian foods and wines. This signature Maui festival brings vendors from all over the world to showcase their products to both locals and guests. In addition to rich flavors, visitors will find cooking demonstrations, a golf tournament, tennis clinic, tastings and tours, and the famous seafood festival. The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival runs for four days in June, and attendance is limited to 3,500 guests per day to maintain quality and comfortably. Get tickets and check out the full schedule.

Maui Film Festival, Maui – June

Among the top Maui festivals is the Maui Film Festival held in June. At this event, guests can enjoy local food and drinks, performances, and outdoor film viewings at the Celestial Cinema. The event also includes several fun activities such as an opening night reception, taste of chocolate, VIP parties and closing night parties. Throughout the five days of fun and culture, guests can also meet and learn about the filmmakers in an intimate outdoor setting.

Made in Maui County Festival – November

The Made in Maui County Festival ranks as the island’s largest product show. Held annually in November, guests will find dozens of vendors, a fashion show and plenty of local businesses. Browse items such as produce and goodies, arts and crafts, fashion, gifts and much more. This two-day event offers early-bird specials for Friday attendees, while Saturday features dozens of food trucks from all over Maui.

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