Maui Festivals Celebrate Culture, Local Talent and Preservation

Known for celebrating the best of the island, the top Maui festivals welcome visitors to experience all the island offers. 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. Learn about the top Maui festivals.

Top 5 Maui Festivals to Learn About Hawaiian Culture

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World Whale Day

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 and floats. After the parade, attendees enjoy live music, local food and other fun activities.

During World Whale Day, kids should check out Keiki Carnival where they play in bouncy castles, make crafts and have their faces painted. Those looking for unique items and souvenirs enjoy Madeon Maui Artisan Fair and an online charity auction that supports Pacific Whale Foundation. Admission costs 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

For more than 10 years, Maui Agriculture Festival has showcased fresh foods and educated visitors about the important of agriculture in the area. The festival takes place at the War Memorial Complex and admission is free.

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 prepared by farmers and chefs. In addition, attendees learn about eco-friendly food practices, animal care, healthy cooking habits and Hawaiian culture.

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Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

One of the longest-running food and wine festivals in the U.S., 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. Kapalua Wine and Food Festival occurs in June. Additionally, attendance is limited to 3,500 guests per day to maintain quality and comfortably.

Maui Film Festival, Maui

Among the top Maui festivals is Maui Film Festival held in June. At this event, guests 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 also meet and learn about filmmakers in an intimate outdoor setting.

Made in Maui County Festival

Made in Maui County Festival ranks as the island’s largest Maui shopping events of the year. Held annually in November, guests browse dozens of vendors, a fashion show and plenty of local businesses.

Purchase items such as produce and goodies, arts and crafts, fashion and gifts. 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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