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The event of summer in Seattle is one that, naturally, has an umbrella as its mascot -- Bumbershoot! Three days of art and music over Labor Day weekend, Bumbershoot idraws in the crowds from the 'burbs like no other summer activity in the city -- from young to old, everyone has a favorite at Bumbershoot. Besides drawing in the fans, Bumbershoot also drives some of the biggest names in music to Seattle for the weekend -- home to Jimmi Hendrix and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, among other famous musicians over time, artists love coming to perform underneath the Space Needle with the mild Northwest sun setting in the background! Grab tickets as early as possible -- prices go up the closer it gets to Labor Day weekend.

Hanover Tomato Festival

In neighboring county of Hanover, a local tomato with a cult-like following has grown to an annual festival of over 30,000. 2013 marks the 35th year of this free event. Many activities revolve around the red fruit--tomato tasting contests, best dressed tomatoes, and tomato coloring contests.  Bands, pageants, a petting zoo, mechanical rides, arts and crafts and face painting round out the day. July 13, 2013, 9am-4pm.

Richmond International Dragon Boat Race Festival

Fairly new to the city, this boating event takes place August 10, 2013 at Rockett’s Landing. Long, low, canoe-like boats are decorated with the head and tail of a dragon. Boats are made up of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 steering person. Open to all talent levels; it’s a great bonding experience that combines the synchronicity and athleticism of crew with the rhythm of a drum beat and participants that don’t take themselves too seriously. Not on a team? Arrive early to get a seat at one of the riverside restaurants like The Boathouse or Conch Republic to enjoy the view with a cold beverage. 


If you're in the mood to catch a movie, but nothing in the big theaters appeals to you, check out AFI DOCS (formerly SILVERDOCS). This eight-day film festival features over 100 independent films each June, all presented by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel. Nearly 30,000 film fans from across the country travel to attend the festival each year, which is now held in both Silver Spring, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Tickets and passes go on sale each spring. Follow them on Facebook for updates about what films to expect and complete schedules. 

Tremont Greek Fest

You don't have to share in their heritage to share in the fun of this event! Greek or not, you'll love the Tremont Greek Fest (formerly known as the Hellenic Heritage Festival), but you do need to have a taste for Greek food. This event takes place every Memorial Day Weekend, and is a non-stop party. There’s tons of amazing Greek cuisine, Greek music and dancing, a Greek marketplace, and a beer tent outside. As you can guess, the beer tent is where most of the party takes place, although the whole place is pretty lively. Admission is free, but bring plenty of cash – there’s lots of great stuff here to spend money on.

Parade the Circle

Party it up all day long in University Circle! Start your day with a parade in one of the most fun neighborhoods in all of Cleveland and end it with a party right down the road. The parade, which usually takes place in the middle of June, is sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art and is one of the most beautiful parades around. The floats are bright and colorful, with puppets, costumes, dancers, music and more. Once the parade is over, catch a free shuttle to Wade Oval for an afternoon of dancing, games, huge puppets, stilt walkers, music and delicious food, all at no cost to you. While you’re in the neighborhood, stroll through the local galleries, stop at some of the specialty shops and listen to live entertainment throughout the neighborhood.

Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off

This annual Memorial weekend event is the unofficial start of summer for the Cleveland area. It combines two of the best things on Earth, great ribs and great music. Chefs and BBQ artists from all over the country descend upon Cleveland during Memorial Day Weekend to show what they’ve got. While you’re taste testing the best of the best ribs, listen to the live music that graces the stage. The headliners are usually names you’ll know, though it may be from a few years ago. The cost of the concert is covered in the admission, which is usually just $5. It's not always easy to get information on this event, since they don't have an official website, or even a Facebook page. It's always at Jacobs Field on the same weeekend though, so you know where to find it. Keep your eye on Jacobs Field's website to double-check dates. 

Cain Park Arts Festival

The Cain Park Arts Festival takes place the second full weekend each July in Cleveland Heights. It can showcase up to 150 artists, and entries are juried, so you know you’re only seeing the best the city has to offer. There is a ton to look at, so set aside at least a few hours for this event. The entries are pretty split between painting and photography and crafts, so you’ll find plenty you’ll love, no matter what type of artwork floats your boat. Admission on Friday evening is free, and Saturday and Sunday costs $5 for everyone aged 13 and over. Almost all of what you see is for sale, so bring your wallet if you’re in to art. Park at Cleveland Heights City Hall – there’s limited available parking at the park and the shuttle over from City Hall is free.

Summer Shorts Festival at Adrienne Arsht Center

Every year in June, Florida’s City Theatre puts on a festival of short plays that has become a local summer staple. Packed into a 90-minute show, these short plays, which are selected from among the best plays in the country, will have you laughing non-stop. Summer Shorts typically kicks off the first week of June at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Make it a date by having dinner and a drink before the show. The festival’s program is typically available in May and tickets can be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

In the mood for something truly different? The annual Minnesota Fringe Festival connects the region's most adventurous artists with equally adventurous audiences. It's eleven days of performing arts in venues throughout Minneapolis' Uptown, West Bank and downtown neighborhoods. Performers are unjuried, which means there's no hoity-toity selection committee deciding what they think you ought to enjoy. Instead, performers sign up for a luck-of-the-draw chance at one of the festival stages. This ensures a truly eclectic mix of the most unique performers and performances you'll see anywhere. And your admission button is good for entry to the festival, plus discounts all over town.

Rock the Garden Music Festival

Each June, the hottest ticket in the Twin Cities is Rock the Garden, a day-long summer music festival featuring the best local and national indie bands. Held outside the Walker Art Center with a backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline and Sculpture Garden, Rock the Garden always boasts an eclectic musical lineup from blues to bluegrass, rock to rap, Afrobeat to electro-pop, gospel to Solid Gold standards. It's backed by 89.3 The Current and Minnesota Public Radio and crowds have been known to swell to 11,000 strong, so buy your tickets early. Or, consider signing up as a volunteer. You'll work a shift, then enjoy the rest of the show for free.

Wawa Welcome America

So much of our nations history is roote in the heart of Philadelphia, and every year to celebrate Independence Day the city is transformed! For the entire week that includes the fourth of July the entire Parkway is transformed and there is a huge celebration. Enjoy seeing all the historic sites in Old City and then meander over to Penns Landing where you will find food and fireworks. Enjoy the parade and then rest up for the huge concert celebration! Every year the concert draws some of the biggest names in the music world and the usually busy Ben Franklin Parkway turns into the best seat in the house. 


Upwards of 500 artists showing in more than 70 studio buildings, art galleries, homes, storefronts, businesses and restaurants is enough to satisfy anyone's art fix. It happens each May at Art-A-Whirl, the nation's largest open studio tour. Produced by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Art-A-Whirl features artists working in multiple mediums - clay, fiber, furniture, glass, metal, photography, printmaking, sculpture, multimedia, you name it. Demonstrations, live performances, intimate and large-scale exhibitions are on the ticket. At many of these locales, you'll get to meet and mingle with the artists. Art-A-Whirl typically happens the third weekend of May and is free and open to the public.

Gloucester Schooner Festival

Wind up and round out the summer with a visit to the historic fishing town of Gloucester, north of Boston on Cape Ann. Labor Day weekend brings the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival to town, with events on shore and on the water celebrating Gloucester’s maritime heritage. Several large schooners will be in port for touring and racing in the Mayor’s Cup. Festivities include an evening parade of lights of lit boats in the harbor, fireworks, a daytime parade of sail in advance of the racing, exhibits and activities around maritime heritage, Coast Guard station open house, food, community, and generally a lot of fun.

Provincetown Jazz Festival

As if you need an excuse to make the drive (or hop the ferry) to the furthest tip of Cape Cod! You do? Okay then, here’s one: the Provincetown Jazz Festival in August is two days of amazing music in your favorite alternative (but not too far from home) travel destination. Provincetown is fun on its own, but when there are renown and respected jazz musicians playing, too, there’s no excuse not to go! Spend days at the beach or wandering Provincetown’s eclectic shops, but when the evening rolls around, make your way to the jazz festival venues to hear musicians from around the world play (and improvise) with one another. You never quite know what will happen, but you can be sure it will be music to your ears.

ICA First Fridays

The Institute of Contemporary Art is already the coolest art museum around, with its eclectic exhibits and fabulous building on the waterfront. All year round, the ICA hosts fun First Friday events that are the place to see and be seen for Boston’s hip. But in the summer, the vibe gets even better and even cooler when First Friday moves outside to catch the harbor breezes and take in the twinkling lights. Get a hip cocktail, wander the galleries and mingle on the waterfront with friends new and old; music and cocktails are selected to complement the current exhibits and installations. It’s what summer in the city was meant to be.

Jamaica Plain Music Festival

Jamaica Plain is a hip, up-and-coming -- correction, already here! -- neighborhood in Boston with a strong community identity. It’s now a place that has its very own music festival! Started just a couple of years ago by some proud locals, this late summer festival reflect the hip, young vibe of Jamaica Plain (JP for short). Showcasing local acts, young and old, and of many genres and ethnicities, the Jamaica Plain Music Festival celebrates not just music, but the unique spirit of the neighborhood. The event is held at a local park and local food vendors round out the day. It’s a day for the whole family. Keep your eyes out for the albino squirrel!

Miss Martha's Ice Cream Crankin'

Tennessee summers make ice cream fans of us all. But if you'd like to take your love of ice cream to the next level, check out Miss Martha's yearly festival. Held each June at First Presbyterian Church, it offers visitors the chance to sample scores upon scores of flavors from official brands and independant artisans alike. You'll find familiar flavors like chocolate, and crazy (and just plain heavenly) concoctions like red wine and pear sorbet, coconut toffee truffle, root beer crunch, and peanut butter Nutella. Judges are on hand to award prizes for best chocolate-based flavor, vanilla-based flavor, and “other.” The best in show winner will be made into an official Purity flavor, so competition is intense. Bring plenty of cold water –- and remember, you can't try everything, so pace yourself.


This four-day festival in Manchester, Tennessee has expanded from its 2002 jam-band beginnings to become a cultural center for indie, punk, standup comedy and more. With performances taking place day and night on two main stages and several side tents, and acts ranging from Lil Wayne to the Alabama Shakes to Bad Brains to the Beach Boys, you're bound to find something you love. Other entertainment options include the “silent disco” (visitors dance to music on headphones; to an overver, it appears silent), a standup comedy tent, and a profusion of pods offering fun food, products and services. Tickets sell for about $250 and include parking and camping for one car. Or stay in a hotel (make reservations early!) for a slightly more civilized experience. Either way, prepare to sweat, stay up late, and have a very memorable weekend.

Hart Plaza

Summer in The D would not be complete without a visit to one of the many festivals that happen in Hart Plaza. From Movement, the electronic music festival, to Motor City Pride and the Detroit Jazz Fest, there’s something for all to enjoy. The 14-acre plaza, which is named for the late U.S. Senator Philip Hart, has a capacity of 40,000 people. At the center of the plaza is the beautiful Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain. The summer fun hotspot is located directly on the Detroit International waterfront, in the heart of the city, where the views can’t be beat and the river provides the perfect picturesque setting to enjoy a sunny day – with a festival in the backdrop or not.