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Lily Fest

2051 Park Dr., catawba, SC
Category: Recreation
Award: Best-Kept Secret Festival
Year Won: 2015
Pick: Editor's Pick

About an hour south of Charlotte is the world’s largest population of rocky shoals spider lilies. The lilies cover about 20 acres along the Catawba River at Landsford Canal State Park. Each May, the park celebrates peak blooming season with Lily Fest—live music, about 450 acres of peaceful park, and thousands of white blooms floating on the river. This year’s festival is May 17 from noon until 5 p.m.