Best Festivals and Travel Destinations for Summer 2019. Throughout the summer, travelers can look forward to unique experiences including music festivals, boat races, foodie festivals, athletic competitions, beer festivals and more. The most popular festival of Barbados, this months-long celebration honors the 200-year-old tradition of the end of the sugar cane season with an exciting extravaganza of live music and traditional dancing. The festival now celebrates all that is Bajan with dusk ‘til dawn parties, arts and crafts markets and culinary-driven street fairs. The island’s most-colorful and -spirited celebrations occur the final week. Grand Kadooment Day, the final day of the festival, sees masquerade bands making their way to Spring Garden Highway, with revelers dressed in decorated costumes dancing behind music trucks and moving bars.
Barbados | July 2-7, 2019
you can swim, float, dive, or prefer to soak up some sun on the beach,
this festival has something for everyone! Dive Fest will feature water
awareness programs, scuba and freediving demonstrations and trials,
beach clean ups, conservation tips, lionfish hunting and tasting, as well as scuba dives all over the island – including the exhilarating east coast.
BARBADOS BEACH AND WELLNESS FESTIVAL
Barbados | September 2019 (exact dates to be announced)
In September, travelers can celebrate the Year of Wellness & Soft Adventure by enjoying transformative experiences at the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival. From early morning beach workouts to informative talks, the wellness festival will bring together remarkable groups of yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, speakers, chefs and other professionals. A truly first-rate, all-encompassing beach and wellness festival, this family friendly event is a blend of Caribbean healthy activities, general wellbeing, music, and food. It will form the backdrop to a potent and authentic Caribbean experience on the beautiful island of Barbados.
BERKELEY WORLD MUSICAL FESTIVAL
Berkeley | June 1-2, 2019
Berkeley World Music Festival is a free world music and cultural weekend that features musical genres from every corner of the world. Some of the finest musicians in the world who call the Bay Area home perform at this Festival. Best starting place is the main information booth at Telegraph and Haste.
Berkeley | June 19, 2019
Juneteenth in Berkeley is held annually on June 19 in south Berkeley’s five-block Alcatraz-Adeline corridor. Communities nationwide have adopted JUNETEENTH as an occasion to celebrate African American culture and traditions, and as an opportunity to acknowledge contributions African Americans have made to the fabric of America.
CHOCOLATE AND CHALK ART FESTIVAL
Berkeley | August 2019
Returning for its 20th year, the sidewalks along Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto in North Berkeley are the target of artists young and old during the Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival. While the artists are at work, guests can also sample more than 25 forms of chocolate from picante habanero chocolate gelato, chocolate profiteroles, dark chocolate truffles, Oreo shakes, chocolate ganache and more. Savory items that are featured on the menu include chocolate chicken kabobs.
BUENA PARK, CA
GHOST TOWN ALIVE
Buena Park | June – August 2019
June through August, the citizens of Calico come to life and guests can become one of them at Ghost Time Alive. Help the sheriff stop some bank robbers, play cards at the saloon and kick up your heels at the evening hoedown. On Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., music takes over Buena Park with performances by your favorite local artists and cover bands. In June you can find the live performances at Boisseranc Park and in July and August the shows move to the Buena Park Downtown Mall.
BRUSSELS JAZZ WEEKEND
Brussels, Belgium | May 24–26, 2019
Brussels Jazz Weekend is a free festival for music lovers offering a varied program for young and old, from swing of the 30s to today’s modern jazz beats. Enjoy more than 100 concerts across Brussels, featuring jazzy tunes on open air patios, in cool clubs and underground bars.
SECOND ANNUAL BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Brussels, Belgium | June 20-29, 2019
The second annual Brussels International Film Festival will take over the heart of the city. This 10-day festival is action-packed with outdoor screenings, lectures by directors and prominent members of the film community, master classes and ceremonies. Transformed for the duration of the festival into a real “Cine Città,” Brussels will focus on the cinema for ten days and welcome its legendary stars as well as up-and-coming talents to share and celebrate a passion for film.
89TH OMMEGANG PAGEANT
Brussels, Belgium | June 26-28, 2019
The 89th edition of this historic show will take place in June at the Grand-Place. The parade and show are part of the folklore of Brussels, featuring 1,400 actors. Historic groups, horses, puppet theatre, giants, flags, and more will parade through the streets of this historic city to honor the coming of Charles the Fifth to Brussels in 1549. A medieval village will be set up in the Parc de Bruxelles Warandepark, with tournaments from June 26-29.
BELGIAN BEER WEEKEND
Brussels, Belgium | September 6-8, 2019
The annual Belgian Beer Weekend celebrates the best of Belgian beverages, offering samples of iconic beers that Belgium is best known for. Throughout the weekend, several Belgian breweries will offer more than 80,000 beer lovers the opportunity to enjoy 350 delicious Belgian beers in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, at the Grand-Place city center.
EAT! BRUSSELS, DRINK! BORDEAUX
Brussels, Belgium | September 6-9, 2019
For the seventh consecutive year, the City of Brussels invites guests to Brussels’ culinary festival, Eat! BRUSSELS, Drink! BORDEAUX. For a taste of Brussels’ gastronomy, fine local chefs will each present a signature dish from their restaurant. In addition, the ‘Wine Pass’ tasting passport will give travelers the opportunity to try being a sommelier and learn about the world of Bordeaux wines. Workshops throughout the festival offer a place to quench your thirst for good food and good wine. The gourmet route will once again take place in beautiful Brussels Park.
CENTRAL COAST, CA
WINE, WAVES & BEYOND
Pismo Beach | May 3-5, 2019
Visitors can celebrate the best that Classic California has to offer. Three days of unforgettable events that embrace the love of California’s traditional surfing lifestyle and culture along with exceptional wine and food. Central Coast wines, artisan brews, local California farm-fresh and seaport-inspired cuisine, as well as great music, art, and the amiable coastal community. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit GleanSLO.
PASO ROBLES WINE FESTIVAL
Paso Robles | May 16-19, 2019
The 37th Annual Wine Festival is a 4-day celebration of Paso Wine, where small town charm meets world-class wine. It will kick-off Thursday, May 16 with a selection of Winemaker Dinners at area restaurants and will continues through the weekend, culminating with the Grand Tasting on Saturday, May 18 in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. There, over 70 wineries will come together to showcase their respective wines.
ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Pismo Beach | May 31 – June 2, 2019
Pismo Beach’s classic car show is one of the largest and finest classic car and street rod shows in California. The show began in the early ’80s and continues to attract the hottest classic cars each year to Pismo Beach. Every summer, cars line the streets of this beach town where spectators enjoy cool cars and great vendors.
SUNSET DINNER: ROCK N’ ROLL TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES AND THE ROLLING STONES
Simi Valley | July 12, 2019
Sunset Dinner Series welcomes back Paperback Writer and The Hollywood Stones, to kick off a summer of rock n’ roll. Five members of The Hollywood Stones will give impeccable live performances and dinner attendees will be able to enjoy an array of appetizers and gourmet buffet dinner with dessert. Tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, and the spectacular Air Force One will be included in the price.
TASTE OF CHARLOTTE
Charlotte, NC | June 7-9, 2019
The Taste of Charlotte festival offers an exciting array of palate pleasers from over 100 local vendors. Live music, children’s activities, cooking demos and street performances complement all of the foodie fun. Admission to the festival is completely free, but guests can purchase tokens for restaurant samples, beverage, and children’s activities.
QUEEN CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL
Charlotte, NC | August 24, 2019
The 2019 Queen City Summer Festival will feature over 50 vendors with giveaways, food, a bounce house, face painting, entertainment and more! Dance performances from some of the best dance teams the Queen City has to offer will keep guests entertained, along with live band performances.
Chattanooga, TN | May 29 – June 1, 2019
Celebrating over 35 years as Chattanooga’s premier event, this year’s festival will feature headliners like Weezer, Keith Urban, and Macklemore. With four stages set along the backdrop of the gorgeous Tennessee River at Ross’s Landing, festival-goers are sure to have a good time and enjoy their favorite artists.
LEVITT AMP CHATTANOOGA MUSIC SERIES
Chattanooga, TN | Aug. 22 – Oct. 24, 2019
The Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series will return to energize the Bessie Smith Cultural Center lawn for the third year in a row. Situated at the core of Chattanooga’s Historic Martin Luther King District, the 2019 series will continue to celebrate the area’s rich heritage while fueling its revitalization through the power of free, live music.
CINCINNATI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Cincinnati, OH | July 25-27, 2019
This July, The Queen of R&B, Mary J Blige, along with Earth, Wind & Wire, Slick Rick and Maxwell will gather for Cincinnati’s Annual Music Festival. Originally called the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival when it was first held in 1962, the Music Festival has grown and evolved into a spectacular two-day event on Cincinnati’s riverfront.
Cincinnati, OH | July 22-29, 2019
The Cincinnati Opera will debut their brand new, powerful opera, Blind Injustice, which will look at the lives of several wrongly incarcerated exonerees. The opera will portray the true stories of six men and women who were wrongly convicted and later exonerated by the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP). The stories of these six exonerees are told in their own words with actual words from transcripts and interviews and are powerful tales of perseverance and forgiveness.
FOX CITIES, WI
MILE OF MUSIC
Cincinnati, OH | August 2019
Mile of Music combines a vibrant, one-mile stretch of downtown Wisconsin with 200 up-and-coming artists performing live music over four days! This unforgettable music-filled weekend with over 900 incredible shows are nearly all free to attend. The Mile continues to make attract music lovers and make music accessible to everyone. Welcoming the finest talent, the Mile of Music includes singer-songwriters, combo and multi-piece bands showcasing original roots music ranging from indie rock and country to soul, R&B, jazz and folk.
GREATER PALM SPRINGS, CA
JOSHUA TREE MUSICAL FESTIVAL
Joshua Tree | May 16-19, 2019
Founded in 2003, the bi-annual (May & Oct) Joshua Tree Music Festival is held at the gateway to the world-renowned National Park. JTMF is a resource-generating powerhouse of passionate creativity, community empowerment, and arts education for all ages. A family inclusive global music experience in the magical Mojave. Committed to radical inclusion, these four-day funky desert-style festivals create experiences where passion, purpose, family, and friends come together, and the boundary between performer and patron is blurred.
GREATER PALM SPRINGS RESTAURANT WEEK
Greater Palm Springs | May 31 – June 19, 2019
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week® is a 10-day dining event taking place at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. Participating restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for diners to enjoy. More than 100 participating new and local favorites are offering specially priced menus with 2-item lunches ($15, $20 and $25) and 3-item dinners ($29, $39 and $49), making it the perfect time to TREAT out — for less. Bon appéTREAT!
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
U.S. OPEN OF SURF
Huntington Beach | July 27, 2019 – Aug. 4, 2019
The Vans US Open of Surfing is the world’s largest surf competition and lifestyle festival. Each summer, over half a million people cruise the sand on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier for nine free fun-filled days. Watch as the best surfers in the world compete for one of the largest prize purses in the industry at this annual World Surf League qualifier. In addition to surfing, the event includes world-class skateboarding and BMX competitions, movie premieres, retail and art exhibitions, and product demos and samples from your favorite action sport industry brands, including title sponsor Vans.
JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION, VA
“FORGOTTEN SOLDIER” SPECIAL EXHIBITION
Yorktown, VA | June 29, 2019 – March 22, 2020
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will debut a new exhibit, Forgotten Solider, on June 29, 2019. The special exhibition will explore the personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions in establishing the nation. Through interactive experiences, artifact displays and compelling art displays, visitors will follow forgotten stories of soldiers who enlisted in the American cause for a free and independent nation and those who took up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom.
LONG BEACH, CA
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE LBC
Long Beach | July 27-28, 2019
Previously dubbed Summertime in the LBC, which came to the Queen Mary in 2017 and brought Snoop Dogg back to his hometown stage a year later, “Once Upon a Time in the LBC” will have Snoop headline on both Saturday, July 27 and now Sunday, July 28. Joining Snoop will be YG, The Game, DMX, Bone Thugs, and another local son, Warren G.
POW! WOW! LONG BEACH
Long Beach | July 22-28, 2019
Experience Long Beach’s latest art-focused festival! This week-long celebration of urban contemporary art features larger than life site-specific murals and multimedia installations by cutting-edge artists from around the world. Originally established in Hawaii, this art, music, and culture extravaganza expanded into Long Beach, drawing record crowds from across the greater Los Angeles area.
CATALINA SKI RACE
Long Beach | July 20, 2019
Dubbed “The World’s Greatest Ski Race,” see more than 100 super boats race between Long Beach and Catalina Island. Water skiers from around the globe come to participate. This race has notoriety because of the number of participants, and because it is the only open-ocean ski race regularly scheduled anywhere in the world. It is an especially unique challenge to compete across 62 miles of ocean.
ANNUAL LONG BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL
Long Beach | August 11-19, 2019
Long Beach Jazz Fest is back in August, featuring a great line-up from classic R&B to hot summer night jazz. The only Southern California Jazz Festival staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful Lagoon setting. Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists of the year and includes VIP seating in an incredible outdoor setting with a great selection of food, art and much more.
KENTUCKY REGGAE FESTIVAL
Louisville Water Tower | May 22-24, 2019
The Louisville Water Tower will be transformed into a Caribbean paradise this Memorial Day weekend. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the event will feature performances by the region’s top reggae artists. Other highlights of the three-day event include authentic Jamaican food and cocktails and a Caribbean Vendor Market featuring arts, crafts, beads, jewelry and more.
ABBEY ROAD ON THE RIVER
Jeffersonville, IN | May 23-27, 2019
Abbey Road on the River, affectionately referred to as “AROTR”, the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival, is now in its 18th year. In 2019, the festival will be held May 23-27 over Memorial Day Weekend, at the Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville, IN. For festival goers, Abbey Road on the River is truly the weekend they mark their year by. That’s because each year when people from all over the U.S. and abroad come together to celebrate the music of one of the best bands of all time, they reunite with their “Beatles family” and celebrates 5 days of peace, love and rock-n-roll.
MAYOR’S HIKE, BIKE & PADDLE
Waterfront Park – Great Lawn | May 27, 2019
Taking place every year during Memorial Day and Labor Day, the event is hosted by the Mayor. This free, healthy community event is joined twice a year by thousands of participants who can pick from a 5k hike, 12.5-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River.
KENTUCKY CRAFT BASH – BEER FESTIVAL
Louisville Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza | June 22, 2019
The Kentucky Guild of Brewers will host its second annual Kentucky Craft Bash. The Kentucky Craft Bash will be the state’s largest beer festival that will only feature beers produced within the Commonwealth by Kentucky Craft Brewers. This event will host over 35 Kentucky breweries featuring more than 90 varieties of beer. Event features live music, food trucks, experimental beers that will never go into widespread distribution, and beers rarely found outside of a brewery’s taproom or brewpub. For one day this summer, Festival Plaza will transform into the largest most exclusive taproom in the nation.
NEWPORT BEACH, CA
NEWPORT BEACH WINE FESTIVAL
Newport Beach, CA | May 24-26, 2019
The 16th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival in May is quickly approaching! Celebrate American Memorial Day weekend from May 24-26 with winemaker dinners, tastings and more. From California’s Napa Valley to France’s Champagne valley, enjoy 25 award-winning wines, plenty of food stations, live entertainment, and waterfront views. The Mac(allan) & Cheese Whisky Tasting offers something even for those who aren’t wine fans.
WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
Newport Beach, CA | June 7-9, 2019
Within just five years, the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival has grown into a must-see event for residents and tourists alike. This yachting festival is a Balboa Yacht Club event which showcases the most diverse and valuable collection of wooden boats in California. The vision of its founder, the late Ralph Rodheim, was to be a legacy event with national stature and the finest showcase of wooden boats on the west coast in the similar luxury class of Pebble Beach for automobiles. The Wooden Boat Festival salutes the passion, time and effort the owners put into their vessels to preserve the heritage and timelessness of seafaring adventure.
SUNSET JAZZ AT NEWPORT
Newport Beach, CA | July 11-Sept. 19, 2019
Combine a summer outdoor evening and ocean views with table service offering wine and food selections together with world class jazz artists in an intimate setting. The 10th Annual Sunset Jazz at Newport summer series is an 11-week sequence of Wednesday night jazz performances. Lovers of great jazz, wine, food and gorgeous sunsets are welcome to attend these weekly shows, held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.
Oakland | May 2019
The entire month of May is dedicated to promoting events, performances, and shows that highlight the diversity of artists and work created in Oakland. The Town has long been home to innovators, creatives, and artists and Visit Oakland invites visitors and locals alike to explore new types of art or revisit old favorites. Discover your favorite artists in May and support them throughout the year.
CHINATOWN STREET FESTIVAL
Oakland | August 24-25, 2019
The two-day event runs all day and is free to the public. Consisting of more than 200 booths, the festival will span nine to ten blocks of Chinatown. Every year small businesses and community organizations from all over California come to showcase a myriad of delicious foods, unique Asian products, and special services. There will be arts & crafts, entertainment on two stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Oakland | Sept. 2, 2019
HIERO DAY began as a day of celebration from fans on September 3rd (9/3), a nod to 93′ til Infinity to listen to and appreciate Hieroglyphics music. Following suit, the collective responded to the fans with HIERO DAY! 2012 marked the first year of what now has become an annual celebration showcasing a plethora of culture, talent and a variety of the best local food and crafts available in the greater Bay Area.
GR815 BEER FEST
Rockford, IL | May 18, 2019
Rockford’s largest beer fest returns for its second year on May 18, 2019. Sample more than 125 different beers from 26 breweries, enjoy whisky tastings, eats from brand new Chicago food trucks, live music, prize drawings, outdoor activities and more. General admission tickets to the GR815 Beer Fest are available for $35, or $40 at the door on the day of the event. VIP tickets are available for $75.
ANDERSON JAPANESE GARDENS REOPENS
Rockford, IL | May 1, 2019
One of the top Japanese gardens in North America, Anderson Japanese Gardens offers some of its most colorful plant life. This award-winning 12-acre sanctuary originally started as the privately-owned backyard garden of businessman John Anderson. Inspired by calm and tranquility, the majestic garden is comprised of koi-filled ponds, winding paths, gentle streams and more.
SCREW CITY BEER FESTIVAL
Rockford, IL | Sept. 7-9, 2019
The 9th Annual Screw City Beer Festival returns in September 2019. The name comes from the city’s history, paying homage to Rockford’s industrial manufacturing story while also celebrating some of the country’s best brews. Brewers travel from Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Michigan and other states across the nation as the festival continues to grow every year. The event also offers live music and a diverse mix of gourmet foods from brat pretzels to grilled bacon skewers or wood-fired pizza.
WASHINGTON BREWERS FESTIVAL
Seattle | June 14-16, 2019
Raise a glass with us on Father’s Day weekend as the Washington Beer Commission presents the 14th Annual Washington Brewer’s Festival at King County’s Marymoor Park! The Washington Brewer’s Festival is a unique all-ages beer festival (Sat & Sun) where thousands of beer aficionados can sample more than 500 beers from 110 Washington breweries. In addition, the festival great food trucks, a live music stage, wine/cider and all-ages activities.
CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY
Seattle | July 19-21, 2019
Capitol hill block party is an annual 3-day festival celebrating music, art and the neighborhood itself in the heart of Seattle. Unlike your typical festival experience, CHBP showcases some of the city’s best local bars, restaurants, and retail shops alongside incredible bands, art shows, community events, and political activism. This 6-stage music and arts festival comes alive as the Seattle’s best weekend of summer! Owned and operated by local business owners and community members, CHBP is one of the last independently owned festivals of its size in the country.
Seattle | June – August 2019
As it enters its 70th year, Seafair is a ten-week long festival featuring nearly 75 sanctioned events that reach more than two-million people. It’s about building community, creating memories, and providing affordable fun. Seafair is committed to uniting and celebrating all of Seattle’s diverse communities by offering affordable fun and activities where differences are welcomed, and every individual feels a sense of belonging to make memories that last a lifetime. Seafair’s Signature Events include: Seafair Summer 4th, Seafair Pirates Landing, Milk Carton Derby, Seafair Triathlon & Kids Triathlon, Seafair Torchlight Parade and Fanfest, Torchlight 5K & 8K Run, Seafair Fleet Week, and Seafair Weekend Festival.
ST. LOUIS, MO
WHITAKER JAZZ FESTIVAL
Missouri Botanical Garden | May 29 – July 31, 2019
The Whitaker Jazz Festival is perfect for those who like to enjoy cool jazz on warm summer nights under the stars. The concerts feature a variety of local artists performing after-hours concerts in the lush surroundings of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS
Forest Park | May 31 – June 23, 2019,
Festival-goers can watch Shakespeare under the stars in beautiful Forest Park, bring blankets or chairs for lawn seating and pack a picnic or enjoy a box dinner from the on-site caterer. During the traditional Green Show dancers, musicians, jugglers and other entertainers interact with the audience.
WEBSTER ARTS FAIR
Webster Groves | June 7-9, 2019
Webster Arts Fair is a blind-juried nationally-acclaimed fine arts fair. Held in the first full weekend of June each year at the corner of Bompart and Lockwood in charming Webster Groves, MO. Ranked 77th in fine arts and fine crafts fairs in the nation, this prestigious fair features 100+ artists from all over the country. The Webster Arts Fair also features entertainment, food and hands-on art activities for all ages. This prestigious fair attracts about 20,000 art, food and entertainment lovers every year.
ST. LOUIS BREWERS HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Forest Park | July 14, 2019
Festival-goers will be able to enjoy live music, gourmet food and have a chance to sample more than 60 beer styles from local brewers including: Schlafly, O’Fallon Brewery Six Row Brewing Company, Morgan Street Brewery, Anheuser-Busch, and Square One.
LET THEM EAT ART
Historic Downtown Maplewood | July 12, 2019
Maplewood’s whimsical tribute to Bastille Day – this is where Mardi Gras meets the Christmas Tree Walk. Festival-goers can take a self-guided tour through the streets of historic downtown Maplewood where to find live art demonstrations, music, entertainment and surprises. Food and drink specials streetside from Maplewood’s award-winning restaurants and food purveyors are available.
FESTIVAL OF NATIONS
Tower Grove Park | Aug. 24-25, 2019
Tower Grove Park will welcome the region’s premier multicultural celebration, featuring over 40 ethnic food booths, non-stop music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world. Receive dance lessons from a pro, participate in sports activities from around the world, learn about different religions and enjoy the international food court for a huge selection of 40+ ethnic food booths.
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