An alternative to the beach: the nation’s weirdest festivals [SLIDESHOW]

Looking for some weekend fun this summer? While you could go to your favorite local hangout or make the drive to the beach, there are a number quirky events throughout the country that are just begging to be explored.

Every summer, there are hundreds of festivals celebrating just about everything under the sun. Whether you’re a sci-fi fan or enjoy doing the chicken dance, there is guaranteed to be a festival that piques your interest.

Check out our list of 10 of the weirdest festivals going on this summer: