Over 20,000 pounds of lobster are available to eat at the historic Maine Lobster Festival, with tons of crafts and rides for those already stuffed to the brim with butter and delicious crustaceans.
Electric Daisy Festival – Las Vegas, NV (June 20 – 22)
No disrespect to the New York and Chicago legs of EDC, Las Vegas is the only place to truly experience the insanity that is the best summer electronic music festival. Over 345,000 people are expected to gather at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and it’s considered more of a destination festival for insomniacs
Kentucky Bourbon Festival – Bardstown, KY (Sept 16-24)
Every year thousands of people descend upon the town of Bardstown for a week of revelry that can only be found in people who are drinking a ton of bourbon.
Telluride Film Festival – Telluride, CO (Aug 29 – Sept 1)
Tucked away in the mountain town of Telluride, this historic film festival is the perfect way for movie buffs to spend the time between Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival. All of the biggest indie movies of the coming year will be shown.
Great American Beer Festival – Denver, CO (Oct 2 – 4)
OK, so technically this is more at the end of summer/beginning of fall, but let’s not split hairs. The biggest craft beer festival in the United States, The Great American Beer festival is THE place to be if you enjoy a cold pint after work. Last year there were over 200 breweries present, which means tons and tons of free samples.
Comic-Con – San Diego, CA (July 24-27)
Once a destination for hard-core comic book readers, Comic-Con has now fully expanded into the mainstream, and it’s the very best thing ever. Previews of new blockbusters are common, and major studios bring all the best actors from film and television to answer fan questions in beautiful San Diego. It’s no wonder people dress up and spend 10+ hours in line, its worth it.
Electric Zoo – New York City (Aug 30 – Sept 1)
Love electronic music but can’t afford to hike all the way out to Las Vegas for Electric Daisy Carnival? Fear not east coasters, because that’s where Electric Zoo comes in. The East Coast’s most insane electronic summer music festival is held each year on Randall Island (right next to Manhattan) on over 24 acres of of grassy fields.
Beer Bourbon BBQ Festival – Cary, NC (August 1-2)
Small-town Cary, North Carolina plays host to the traveling Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival that promises to be nothing but a good time. I mean What else can you have when you add beer, bourbon, and bbq?
Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA (Aug 8-10)
Unlike some summer music festivals that skip on the food, Outside Lands places a premium on food and drinks. There are different “Lands” that are devoted to beer/wine/food/art, so fear not.
Austin Ice Cream Festival – Fiesta Gardens, TX (August 9th)
Right here in our new hometown, an entire festival dedicated to ice-cream. What else is there to say…done and done.
Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE (June 19-22)
A very recent addition to the summer festival lineup, Firefly (launched in 2012) has managed to attract incredible artists every year, growing its crowds and proving that Delaware is more than just Joe Biden’s state.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Ashland, OR (February – October)
Need a break from EDM and Lobsters? Travel to charming Ashland, where each year from February to October you can witness some of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays live. The festival itself dates back to 1893, but don’t let that scare you, theater is timeless.
Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL (Aug 2-4)
Although Lollapalooza will always be known as a rock music festival (mosh pits included), it’s become quite tame in recent years with the addition of a wider audience. Any music fan worth their salt wants to go to Lollapalooza, it’s history!
National Cherry Festival – Traverse City, MI (July 5-12)
The National Cherry Festival is a little-known festival that not many people outside of the Midwest are aware of, and that’s a crying shame. Each year over 500,000 people descend upon Traverse City to take part in the over 150 events (most of which are free) and eat as many cherries as humanly possible.
Taste of Chicago – Chicago, IL (July 9 – 13)
Taste of Chicago is one of the best known Food and Wine festivals in the Midwest, where every year there are fantastic new restaurants debuting their dishes for the masses. What better way to spend a hot July afternoon than in Chicago’s Grand Park with over 66 establishments offering food and beverages?
Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI (July 25-27)
Started in 1959, this classic folk festival regularly brings out the best musicicans across blues, folk, and country to the beachfront of Newport, Rhode Island. The best part of the entire event? You can take a water shuttle from neighboring Perrotti Park each day.
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, TX- (Oct 11 – Nov 30)
The Texas Renaissance Festival that takes place each summer in Todd Mission is the only summer festival that will allow you to dress like a knight and chow down on authentic mead while watching a jousting event.
Chive Fest Chicago (June 28th)
Chive Fest Chicago (shameless self plug, I know) will see the coming together of thousands of Chivers and musical enthusiasts from across the country. It will also introduce many people to the Chive Community who, prior to Chive Fest, thought Chive was just a subterranean vegetable.
Empire of the Sun will headline! Also playing the Main Stage will be 2 Chainz, Matt & Kim, and Rebirth Brass Band! Playing the second stage will be White Arrows, Kitten, Neon Indian, and Holy Ghost!
Chive Fest Seattle (July 12th)
Much like before but in the picturesque city of Seattle, this will be one for the books. Let’s cut to the chase, headlining Chive Fest Seattle will be Girl Talk! Also, Steel Panther – if you haven’t had a chance to see Steel Panther live, it’s about as epic as it gets.
And we’re proud to announce The Birds of Satan are playing! Foo Fighter’s Taylor Hawkins and his band are going to rock the house. They’ve got all the buzz right now and the Chivers will be one of the first to see them live. St. Lucia, Surfer Blood, Moon Taxi, and Saints of Valory are also playing!
Long story short, it’s going to be a jolly-good time.
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival – Shelburne Farms, VT (July 20)
The Vermont Cheesemakers festival is the festival for every Liz Lemon out there who doesn’t want to sweat it out in a mosh pit, but instead eat cubes and cubes of delicious cheeses. I mean there will be over 200 products to sample, which sounds a bit like the millennial dream.
Aspen Food and Wine Festival- Aspen, CO (June 20-22)
Do you think Aspen is gorgeous? Do you like to eat food and drink wine? Then there is literally no good reason for you to miss the annual Food and Wine Classic in Apsen.
Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, NV (Aug 26 – Sept 2)
A mind-melding festival that takes place in the Nevada desert, Burning Man is not for the faint of heart (or people afraid of fire). This “commerce-free” event, where everyone fends for themselves is refreshing and simplistic. At least until the fire starts burning things down.