Our 3 Favorite Date Night Finds – July 6th, 2018

Our concierges spend tons of time researching the perfect date night activities. We figured, why not share some of our favorites? Of course, we’re always here to give you and your partner a custom date night recommendation!

  1. Nature at Night – A Magical Evening of Fireflies
    July 12, 2018 – New York City, NY
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    Does anything define summer more than fireflies twinkling in a field? This delightful date night is a celebration of all things firefly – it starts with a talk by Sara Lewis, author of Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies, and continues with a happy hour, artistic performances, and a guided firefly tour.
  2. Murder at the Conservatory
    July 27th – San Francisco, CA
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    Have you ever wanted to investigate a crime or solve a mystery? This is a great opportunity! With the beautiful Conservatory of Flowers as your backdrop, enjoy some light food, sip a glass of beer or wine, and try to solve the mystery of a mysterious manuscript that has surfaced.
  3. Culinary Competition for the Made In America Music Festival
    July 29th, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
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    This is an awesome idea for a culinary event. Vendors will be competing for spots to sell their food at the Made in America music festival. Who wouldn’t want to be able to sample tons of food, all made by vendors performing their best?

8 Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss (July 2018)

Summer is peak food festival season! Whether you’re craving key lime pie or watermelon, or would prefer something more savory like bacon, you’ll be sure to find a food festival for you! Check out some of our top picks of July food festivals below.

Key Lime Festival – Key West, Florida
June 30th – July 4th
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Is there anything more quintessentially Floridian than Key Lime Pie? Early this July, you can experience all the Key Lime Pie you’ve ever wanted at the Key Lime Festival in Florida. It has all the typical festival activities, plus some creative extras, like the Key Lime Pie drop. Ever wanted to see people try to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of a lighthouse… without damaging the pie? Then you won’t want to miss this!

National Cherry Festival – Traverse City, Michigan
June 30th – July 7th
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Celebrate all things cherry at this delicious festival! Whether you’d prefer to sample some cherry pancakes or watch an air show, this festival has a little something for everyone!

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival – Grand Bay, Alabama
July 3rd & 4th
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We dare you to try to find a fruit that better represents summer than watermelon! It’s the perfect subject for a July food festival. Come on July 4th to get all of the free, ice cold watermelon you can eat!

McLoud Blackberry Festival – McLoud, Oklahoma
July 6th & 7th
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This blackberry themed festival features a ton of classic activities like a carnival and a car show – but there are also baking competitions throughout the day on the 7th. Don’t miss out!

Taste of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
July 11th-15th
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Experience one of the largest food festivals in the world at Taste of Chicago! There will be tons of vendors to sample from, plus live music and other typical festival activities. If you’re going to go to one food festival in your life, this is a great choice!

Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival – Newport, Kentucky
July 12th-15th
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This festival features a ton of great ways to experience great tasting bacon and bourbon – whether you want to do a bourbon 101 class, sample some limited edition bourbons, or chow down on all the bacon themed food you can eat, you’ll love this festival!

CRAVE! Taste the Northwest – Spokane, Wisconsin
July 12th-15th
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Celebrate the foods of the Pacific Northwest with this fantastic festival! There are tons of delightful culinary events throughout the weekend, including a Global Street Foods Carnivale, a Seafood Bash and more. You won’t want to miss out on this delicious festival!

42nd Annual J.M. Tawes Crab & Clam Bake – Crisfield, Maryland
July 18th
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Who can say no to an all you can eat crab and clam bake? This annual festival features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, watermelon and more! It promises to be a great – and delicious – time!

5 Awesome Arizona Events (July 2018)

Whether you’re looking to beat the heat or get out in the sun, Arizona has the event for you this July. Check out some of our favorites below!

None of these catching your eye? Don’t worry – we have plenty of other ideas!

Winter in July, Phoenix Zoo – Phoenix, Arizona
July 14th
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Is the summer heat getting to you? Then Winter In July at the Phoenix Zoo is the event for you! There will be 48 tons of snow, lots of snow-related activities and more. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat in July!

Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival – Phoenix, Arizona
July 28th
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This indoor beer festival is huge – more than 65 breweries will be represented, serving over 350 varieties of beer. Plus, enjoy a variety of food, live music and even a rock climbing wall!

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival: Titus Andronicus – Flagstaff, Arizona
July 20th-29th
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The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival isn’t exactly your typical festival – it’s more of a season at a theater. However, if you love watching live theater, you won’t want to miss out on their products! This July, they’ll be doing Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his life.

Summer of Sharks, the OdySea Aquarium – Scottsdale, Arizona
July 1st-31st
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July is a great time to visit the OdySea Aquarium – they’re having shark-related celebrations and activities all month long, many of them free with admission! Check their website on the day you’re looking to visit to find out more!

Happy Hour History Tours, The Arizona Biltmore – Phoenix, Arizona
Through August 31st
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Enjoy two of the hotel’s most iconic cocktails – the Calalina Spritz and the Tequila Sunrise – and learn all about the history of The Arizona Biltmore, including learning about the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and famous celebritites that have passed through.

 

5 Can’t Miss Events in Washington (July 2018)

Washington state uses July to celebrate everything under the sun! Whether it’s dogs, sweet onions or Scottish heritage, you can find a festival for it in Washington this July! Check out some of our top picks below!

Nothing here striking your fancy? We have tons of other ideas – just use our concierge service!

Poochapalooza – Marysville, Washington
July 7th
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Looking for some time to bond with both your significant other and your dog? Look no further than Poochapalooza – an event dedicated to dogs of all shape and sizes. Whether you’d prefer to watch dogs compete in athletic events, or you want to enter your dog in a costume contest, these event is perfect for dog lovers and dog parents everywhere!

Sweet Onion Festival – Walla Walla, Washington
July 21st
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Sweet Onions are the official Washington State vegetable – celebrate them at this fun event, which include a 5k fun run, chef demonstrations, and more!

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival – Vashon, WA
July 20th-22nd
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Strawberries are a fantastic summer fruit, and Vashon Island loves to celebrate them! This fun-filled festival has everything from a parade to a car show to a carnival. Don’t miss out!

72nd Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering – Enumclaw, Washington
July 28th-29th
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Celebrate Scottish heritage and culture at this fantastic event. There will be traditional performers, a variety of Scottish and Celtic food vendors, and a variety of competitions including dancing, drumming and more.

CoffeeCon – Seattle, Washington
July 28th-29th
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Can’t live without that caffeine fix? Celebrate it with other like-minded people at CoffeeCon! Visit vendors, listen to experts, or maybe even attend a class on the nuances of coffee tasting – it’s up to you!

 

5 Fun Events in Texas (July 2018)

Ice cream festivals, live music on the water… mosquito festivals? July in Texas is chock full of a variety of events and things to do! Find some of our favorite picks below. Nothing here striking your fancy? We have tons of other ideas – just use our concierge service!

El Paso Ice Cream Fest – El Paso, Texas
July 1st
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Beat the heat with this fantastic festival dedicated to everyone’s favorite summer treat: ice cream! Last year, over 20 vendors and 75 flavors were featured. You can’t go wrong with an ice cream festival in July!

Houston Zoo After Dark – Houston, Texas
July 19th
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The Houston Zoo After Dark lets you enjoy the zoo in an adult-only environment. Explore the zoo from 6-8pm, and then enjoy entertainment from 8-10pm. July’s theme is Goin’ Country – enjoy line dancing, horseshoes and mechanical bull rides, or meet some of the zoo’s favorite party animals!

Night in Old Fredericksburg – Fredericksburg, Texas
July 21st
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Enjoy this celebration of Texas and German culture! This event features a ton of different activities, like a washer pitching tournament, goat roping contest and a variety of cook-offs!

The Great Texas Mosquito Festival – Clute, Texas
July 26th-28th
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Okay, so this is a weird theme for a festival – but it got your attention, didn’t it? Rest assured, there won’t be many mosquito-themed activities here, but there will be lots of fun, typical festival events like cooking competitions and live music!

Rockin’ the River – Fort Worth, Texas
July 7th-August 11th
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This month-long music festival is perfect for summer – the events take place on a waterfront stage! You can hang out on land or in the water while listening to a variety of music. Plus, general admission is free!