Memorial Day has come and gone, the white attire has become a firm fixture in everyone’s daily wardrobe and your glass of red has been replaced with rose. This can mean only one thing – summer days are here! For Little Bird the first couple months of summer are our downtime and you can be sure we relish every moment of it knowing fall madness is just around the bend. But while we’re getting some much needed R&R, many of our event producer friends are gearing up for some of the nation’s most iconic events. No matter your hobbies, interest or palate there is something for everyone and we tried our best to narrow down our top 10 events for summer 2016!
June 9 – 12
Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
There’s still time, hurry and pack your bags to catch the final three days of this hardcore iconic music festival. Sleep under the stars and wake up to another great day of performances. This year’s lineup includes Pearl Jam, LCD Sound System, J. Cole, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
For more information: http://www.bonnaroo.com
June 17 – 18
Food & Wine Classic, Aspen, CO
We hesitated to include the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen because it’s long since sold out (start planning 2017 now!) but hell this is a bucket list and quite frankly we really can’t have a list of summer events without including the creme de la creme of culinary events. We’re not gonna lie, it’s a bit of a who’s who kind of do but if that’s your thing (and really who would say that is not their thing?!) then jump aboard one of the dozens of private jets making their way to the Colorado Rockies each June and prepare to cozy up and learn a few tricks from the country’s best celebrity chefs. And while you’re at it, save us a seat too!
For more information: http://www.foodandwine.com/promo/events/2016-aspen-classic
June 25 – 26
San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade
The largest Pride celebration in the world, the rainbow-washed parade moves down the length of Market Street in San Francisco and includes hundreds of floats from various groups and organizations. The festival includes community booths, fab food and drink vendors and live performances on a myriad of stages throughout the Civic Center area. Don your most lively get up and join the party or stand on the sidelines and observe – either way the entertainment factor is sky high!
For more information: http://www.sfpride.org
July 15 – 24
Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole, Napa, California
Ten days filled with classical concerts, gala dinners, wine-tasting events, art exhibitions and lectures. Not to be missed events include an intimate evening with Kristen Chenoweth on July 15th and the Taste of Napa on July 16th. Purchase tickets to one off events or if you’re feeling flush go for the all-access pass at $10k a pop!
For more information: www.festivaldelsole.com/napa
July 21 – 24
Comic-Con, San Diego, CA
There are many Comic-Cons out there these days but if you’re after the real mccoy, San Diego is it. The original and largest of these events dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for comics, films and science fiction/fantasy literature, the event in more recent years has come to embrace a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres. Annually more than 130,000 fans gather to attend panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals and get a sneak peak at upcoming feature films.
For more information: http://www.comic-con.org/cci
Super Saturday, Water Mill, New York
Hosted by Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa, Super Saturday is THE shopping event of the summer. The Rolls Royce of designer garage sales, over 200 designers sell their merch 30-70% off and 100% of the proceeds go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. And lest we forget about the goodie bags; the heft of this bag alone will require assistance to your car! After all that tireless shopping, spend a few nights at the Surf Lodge in Montauk where you can recoup and admire all your new finds!
For more information: http://supersaturday.ocrf.org
August 3 – 7
69th Annual Lobster Festival, Maine
The name says it all – more than 20,000lbs of lobster are prepared and consumed over this incredible crustacean-filled weekend. There is fun for the whole family from fun runs to arts and crafts and cooking contests. Just be sure you don’t book your cholesterol check up for August 8th!
For more information: www.mainelobsterfestival.com
August 28 – September 5
Burning Man Festival, Nevada
Tens of thousands flock to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create and partake in Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. The art installations are spectacular in both size and scope and the experience for many is an annual pilgrimage they cannot go without. Haven’t been before? First decide if you’re up to the challenge of life in the desert for a week and all that goes with it!
For more information: www.burningman.com
August 29 – September 11
US Open Tennis, Queens, New York
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows has undergone a total transformation in the past year with renovation of the fields courts, a new Grandstand Stadium and most exciting a roof over the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Gone are the rain delays for the much-anticipated finals! Big name players this year will undoubtedly include Novak Djokovic and and Serena Williams.
For more information: www.usopen.org
September 14 – 18
Bourbon Festival, Bardstown, Kentucky
Technically falling after the summer season, we couldn’t help but include The Bourbon Festival in Bardstown – the Bourbon capital of the world and and voted the ‘ most beautiful small town in America.’ More than 30 events are held over a long weekend, including barrel-rolling competitions, tours of distilleries and concerts.
For more information: www.kybourbonfestival.com
Remember, wherever you find yourself this season, be sure to kick back and enjoy the slower, warm days of summer!