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The Best Events of Spring and Summer 2017

 March 27, 2017
Andy in In Trend
Now that spring is here, it's time to start planning how you are going to get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather. There are so many places to visit and things to do, that it can be sometimes difficult to decide. Use our definitive list of the most exciting things going on to help you plan the perfect trip!

Ahhhhh…can you feel it? Spring is right around the corner. And then the lazy hazy days of summer. Have you started planning how to best enjoy it yet? If not, there's no better time to start than right now. We've put together a list of the best and the biggest events across the US to help you out.


April

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley, Washington

April 1-30

Every year in April, the tulips bloom in Skagit Valley, Washington. Visitors from all over the country go and walk through the fields of flowers, buy bulbs, and enjoy the beginning of spring. They also have various unique and rare varieties on display. 

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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  • Masters Golf Tournament

Augusta, Georgia

April 4-10

The prestigious golf tournament known as the Masters brings together the greatest in golf in their quest for the famous green jacket. Many golf lovers have a trip to Augusta National on their bucket list. 

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  • Coachella

Coachella Valley, California

April 14-16 & 21-23 

Try not to roll your eyes. Yes, Coachella may be known as hipster paradise and is often associated with a certain look leading it to become a sort of joke over the years, but it still offers great music and a unique experience. The lineup this year includes acts such as Two Door Cinema Club, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, and Bon Iver!

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  • The Boston Marathon

Boston, Massachusetts

April 17

For any runners, the Boston Marathon is the marathon in the United States. Runners come from all over the world in the quest to complete the course. Even if you aren’t going to run, take some time out and see what’s happening around Boston for one of the most prestigious marathons in the country. 

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  • Gathering of Nations Indian Powwow

Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 28-30

For a uniquely American experience, you can head to New Mexico to get a taste of Native American Culture. At the Powwow, the largest gathering of Native American tribes, you can experience dancing, singing, and storytelling unique to the various tribes around the country.

Gathering of Nations Indian Powwow

Image: Navajo People Organization


  • Tribeca Film Festival

New York, New York

April 19-30

New York is a city built on the arts and film. It is therefore fitting then that every year the Tribeca Film Festival, located in downtown Manhattan, celebrates film with over 500 screenings, talks, and other events. Over 200 filmmakers are celebrated at this event. 

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  • The Great American Foodie Fest

Las Vegas, Nevada

April 2017

There is only one event like this in the west and this is it. Every year, food trucks from all over the country come to Las Vegas to show off the best food truck eats in the nation. Every year, over 50 food trucks and 500,000 people join the Great American Foodie Fest. 

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May

  • Kentucky Derby Horse Race

Louisville, Kentucky

May 6

Famous for big hats, mint juleps, and all kinds of fashion, the Kentucky Derby is a must-see event. The race, part of the Triple Crown, is a weekend-long party and week full of various activities. 

Kentucky Derby Horse Race

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  • Fiesta Noche del Rio

San Antonio, Texas

May 13-August 13

In Texas, you can experience the best of Hispanic culture during the months-long party in San Antonio. You can enjoy the food, songs, and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Texas and more.

Fiesta Noche del Rio

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  • The Preakness Stakes

Baltimore, Maryland

May 20 

First there is the Kentucky Derby, and then there is the Preakness. The second race in the coveted Triple Crown takes place in Baltimore. If you enjoyed Kentucky, why not take a trip up to Baltimore to see how people in Maryland celebrate racing. 

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  • Indianapolis 500-mile Race

Indianapolis, Indiana

May 29

If you’re into Indy, there’s only one place to go: The Indianapolis 500. This is the main event of the entire sport in the United States. There are events for weeks before the actual race, so get there early and get in on all the action. 

Indianapolis 500

Image: Indianapolis Motor Speedway


June

  • EDC Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

June 16-18 

If you can’t tell by the picture, the Electric Daisy Carnival, EDC for short, guarantees a good time. In fact, it's the biggest dance music festival in the US. With some of the world’s best DJs, crazy art and sculptures, and more glow sticks than you can count—you can join the over 300,000 who party here every year.

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  • Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Aspen, Colorado

June 16-18

World class food, the best wine, and celebrities aplenty are at the Food & Wine Classic. Mingle with the elite at this yearly event and your taste buds will thank you.  

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July

  • Taste of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

July 5-9

For more to eat, Chicago is the next place to go after Aspen. They hold the largest outdoor food festival in the United States. You can visit the city’s finest restaurants and all of the trendiest places to eat. There’s something for everyone in Chicago, so make sure you go there with some pants in a bigger size... 

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  • Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Santa Fe, New Mexico

July 14-16

Supporting art and local artists is a great way to give back and take in some culture. The International Folk Art Festival attracts artists from around the world and over 20,000 visitors every year. 

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  • Frontier Days

Cheyenne, Wyoming

July 21-31

If you're are looking for a trip back in time, head to the wild west in Wyoming. Every year since 1897, the city of Cheyenne has celebrated its past with the world's largest rodeo, old frontier town, saloon, chuck wagon cook-off, air show, bull riding shows, and many more events and parades.  

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  • Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Readington, NJ

July 29-31

It’s not too often that you can go to a festival of music and ballooning. Make your way to New Jersey to lift out and see the sights of New York City, Philadelphia and other landmarks of the area from above.

 Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

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  • Summerfest

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

June-July 

Summerfest is the biggest event of the year. Every summer the shores of Lake Michigan are rocked by 11 days of 1,000 performances and almost a million people. 

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August

  • Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine

August 2-6

Maine has been known for a lot of things, but lobster has to be one of the best and tastiest. In early August, you can head to the Pine Street State to enjoy some delicious lobster. The festival has been inviting people to Portland since 1947 and is sure not to disappoint. 

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  • Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, Iowa

August 10-20

A state fair might seem a bit old fashioned, but the Iowa State Fair should not be missed. It's one of the largest state fairs in the Unites States and attracts more than a million people from all over the world, every year. This fair will give you a true taste of what life in the Midwest is like. 

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  • Outside Lands

San Francisco, California

August 11-13

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is the place for music, food, wine, beer, art, and comedy in mid-August. Get your sunscreen and tent ready so you can enjoy some fun in the sun along the beautiful California coast. 

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  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis, South Dakota

August 8-14

Get your motor runnin’! Head out on the highway! If you were born to be wild, then there is no other place than the motorcycle rally in Sturgis. This week-long party attracts over 100,000 bikers from all over the country. 

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  • Burning Man Festival

Black Rock Desert

August 28-September 5

If your tastes are a bit more eclectic, take a trip to the Black Rock Desert. And by trip, we mean any kind of trip you mean. Anything seems possible at this festival, where anything and everything goes. Enjoy one of the most imaginative, fascinating, improbable, and awe-inspiring events you have ever been to. 

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 No matter where you live or what your tastes are, there are some events for you during the spring and summer to enjoy. So start planning and have fun!