The search for America's small, hidden, and bizarre festivals. 


In 2009, Ross McDermott and Andrew Owen embarked on an epic photographic adventure to document a side of America most people had never seen. With a grant from the National Geographic Young Explorers Program and a vegetable oil powered truck, Ross and Andrew covered more than 40,000 miles and 33 festivals. This is the story of the American Festivals Project.


About the AFP

Get the backstory to Ross and Andrew's trip and see images from life on the road.


Explore the Festivals

Browse a handful of images, videos, and stories from the far corners of America. 



This project was made possible through a grant from National Geographic.
© 2018 All photography and words by Ross McDermott and Andrew Owen