10 Can't-Miss Events This Summer
Stay everywhere but still this summer. From music festivals in the mountains to family getaways at the beach, Hilton’s 12 brands will be there to help you play as hard as you work this summer. Here are the 10 can’t-miss events of the summer.
Jazz Age Lawn Party (Governors Island, NY)
Live out your Gatsby fantasies — and dress the part in your finest flapper attire — at this Prohibition-style gathering. Where else could you do the Charleston to a live band with a cocktail in hand just 10 minutes (by ferry) from Manhattan?
Mark your calendar: June 13-14 and Aug. 15-16, 2015960 1280
Disneyland's 60th Anniversary (Anaheim, CA)
There’s never been a better time to say, “I’m going to Disneyland!” In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Disney has upped the ante with an all-new fireworks show featuring pyrotechnics you have to see to believe, an innovative glow-in-the-dark parade and more.
Mark your calendar: Starting May 22, 2015960 1280
Maine Lobster Festival (Rockland, ME)
It wouldn’t be summer in New England without a lot of lobster, and Rockland’s annual festival brings 20,000 pounds of it! Besides stuffing your face for 5 days, you can take in a parade, the “sea goddess” coronation and the annual crate race (where participants run across lobster crates floating in the water).
Mark your calendar: July 29-Aug. 2, 2015960 1280
Opera House Cup/Nantucket Race Week (Nantucket Island, MA)
Sailing enthusiasts will recognize the annual Opera House Cup as the first all-wooden, single-hulled classic boat regatta — and what made Nantucket a sailing hub on the East Coast — but it’s the awards party that’s considered the “event of the season.” Guests toss back a few oysters and Dark ’n’ Stormy cocktails before dancing to live music on the beach.
Mark your calendar: Aug. 13-16, 2015960 1280
US Open (University Place, WA)
All eyes will be on 21-year-old Jordan Spieth, who is fresh off his Masters victory, at this year’s US Open at Chambers Bay golf course. They’ll also be on the unpredictable coastal winds as the championship heads to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in its 120-year history.
Mark your calendar: June 18-21, 2015960 1280
Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN)
Of all the summer music festivals, why pick this one? Simply put, we don’t think Bonnaroo can be beat. The annual 4-day festival — whose eclectic lineup of headliners this year includes Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, and Florence and the Machine — always draws the best fans, who camp out in “tent city” or pimped-out RVs on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee.
Mark your calendar: June 11-14, 2015960 1280
Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC)
For 17 glorious days and nights, music reverberates from the city of Charleston’s theaters, churches and green spaces, making this one of the largest performing-arts festivals in the US. Modeled after an event in Spoleto, Italy, that was founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, the festivities will include a brand-new production of Romeo and Juliet and close with a beer garden, a fireworks display and a performance by the 7-piece soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
Mark your calendar: May 22-June 7, 2015960 1280
Wanderlust in Squaw Valley (North Lake Tahoe, CA)
If a music festival with a side of “mindful living” is more your speed than constant partying, Wanderlust brings a wonderful combination of daily yoga practice, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding and farm-to-table eats. If you’re unable to make it to Squaw Valley, there are also festivals this summer in, among other places, Snowshoe, WV, and Whistler, British Columbia, each tailored to its unique host location.
Mark your calendar: July 16-19, 2015960 1280
Cheyenne Frontier Days (Cheyenne, WY)
If you’re looking for a family affair, look no further than the slice of Americana known as Cheyenne Frontier Days. The world’s largest outdoor rodeo also plays host to musical acts such as country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, parades, the US Air Force Thunderbirds, a carnival and more.
Mark your calendar: July 17-26, 2015960 1280
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (Sonoma, CA)
Cap off your summer with a Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, a Labor Day tradition. Kick things off Friday night poolside at the iconic Francis Ford Coppola Winery, dining and dancing under the stars. Then get a Taste of Sonoma thanks to 60 local chefs and over 200 wineries at the historic MacMurray Estate Vineyards where wine tours, expert pairings and a blind tasting are on offer.
Mark your calendar: Sept. 4-6, 2015960 1280
GraffiatoTop Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella opened Graffiato, an Italian-inspired restaurant in DC's Chinatown in 2011. Make sure you check out the second floor's ham bar -- 6 seats that face the kitchen where you can watch prosciutto being prepared to perfection. 960 1280
Rogue 24Enjoy Rogue 24's theater-in-the-round style restaurant, where tables surround an open kitchen. The menu is delivered after the meal to maintain the suspense and drama, while keeping dishes like “liquid chicken” a surprise. 960 1280
Restaurant EveChef-owner Cathal Armstrong grows his own organic vegetables in a garden behind Restaurant Eve. At this "very unstuffy fine dining eatery," you can choose from among tasting menus with 5, 7 or 9 courses. 960 1280
Mintwood PlaceAdams Morgan's Mintwood Place blends French and local cuisines with dishes like escargot hush puppies and pickled deviled eggs. Or try a creative cocktail not meant for sharing, such as The Scrooge: a refreshing black rum, spicy ginger ale and molasses elixir. 960 1280
Oya Restaurant & LoungePenn Quarter’s Oya offers innovative dishes such as the hamachi jalapeno sushi roll and the lobster mac 'n' cheese in a sleek and sophisticated lounge space. 960 1280
Asia NineAsia Nine puts a modern and playful spin on Pan-Asian cuisine with favorites such as Biden Vice Presidential Roll -- crab meat, cucumber, pickled ginger and chili bean sauce. 960 1280
Rose's LuxuryRanked as one of the best restaurants in the United States, and a popular favorite of president Barack Obama, Rose’s Luxury on Capital Hill serves up the tastiest of American tapas. However, this local hot spot is so in demand, you may wanna get in line for a table now. 960 1280
Granville Moore'sChef Teddy Folkman stands behind Granville Moore's bar, which has the largest selection of Belgian beers in the Mid-Atlantic (over 50 Belgian brews in bottles and 11 on tap). What goes best with a Belgian brew? Mussels, of course -- and here they’re soaked in blue cheese, pork belly, coconut milk … the list goes on. 960 1280
Museum vs. MuseumBoston's Museum of Fine Arts
With more than 450,000 works of art, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. Attracting more than 1 million visitors per year, this museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world. 960 1280
Park vs. ParkBoston Common
Going all the way back to 1634, the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States. It consists of 50 acres of land, including the famous “Emerald Necklace” of parks that extends from Common south to Roxbury. 960 1280
Meatpacking DistrictNightlife vs. Nightlife
The Meatpacking District is known by many as one of the more trendy or "hip" places in New York City for after-dark fun. Places such as club Tenjune, located beneath the upscale restaurant STK, and Plunge, at the Hotel Gansevoort, create endless buzz and good times. 960 1280