Aspen Food & Wine Classic, Colorado, June 17-19
The Aspen Food & Wine Classic is synonymous with great chefs. The even takes place in the resort town of Aspen, where guests drink wine and enjoy haute cuisine all in view of the Rocky Mountains. Celebrity chefs like Mario Batali and Bobby Flay flock to the event with their signature dishes in tow. The elite festival is for those who unabashedly love the finer things in life.
Taste of Chicago, Grant Park July 6-10
Chicago is the home of some incredible food and Taste of Chicago is one of the summer’s biggest and best food festivals. More than 65 restaurants will be on hand for the five-day celebration, in addition to food trucks, and pop-up spaces. It also includes an amazing concert series featuring The Roots, The Decembrists, Billy Idol and more.
Mysteryland USA, June 10-13
Woodstock, New York is famous for the 1969 music event that is closely tied to the history of the 1960s counter-culture. Musicians have been returning to the site for inspiration ever since. Two years ago, a new festival joined the long list of music events that have played Woodstock. Mysteryland features electronica and dance music of every genre. Although classic rock enthusiasts were not impressed by the music, legions of fans flocked to the site for a laid back weekend. The 2016 edition of Mysteryland features many sub-genres of music and performers like Skrillex, John Digweed, Odesza and Penguin Prison. There will also be a comedy stage.
Lollapalooza, Chicago’s Grant Park, July 28-31
What Woodstock was to young people of the 1960s Lollapalooza was to youth growing up in the 1990s. The alternative and grunge rock scene exploded in popularity, leading to Perry Farrell’s groundbreaking summer tour. Now Lollapalooza is still growing strong as a summer festival in Chicago’s Grant Park. Although there are smaller Lollapalooza events around the world, the showcase and largest even is in the American Midwest, where Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Future, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ellie Goulding, Grimes and Jane’s Addiction will all appear.
The Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, August 25 to September 5
The Minnesota State Fair is considered the top state fair in America and it’s easy to see why. It draws more than 1.8 million people to its 12 day festivities, which are held the weeks leading up to Labor Day. It features rides, fried foods, traditional competitions and big name musical performances. The food is an intoxicating mix of local traditions mixed with daring innovations. The Walleye on a Stick is a nod to the region’s great fishing, while the deep-fried smelt is a new way of enjoying a local favorite.
Seattle Street Food Festival, August 21-23
Food Trucks are the stars of the Seattle Street Food Festival. In early August, the Capitol Hill neighborhood hosts a Street Food Fest where over 65 local food vendors serve up delicious snacks, meals and craft beverages.
National Buffalo Wing Festival, Buffalo, New York, September 3-4
Buffalo wings are a cultural staple in America and they originated in the football-crazy pubs of Buffalo, New York. The National Buffalo Wing Festival has competitions – wing-eating and wing-cooking – and plenty of food and drink. The wing-tastic event is held at the Coca-Cola Center in downtown Buffalo on Labor Day Weekend, the perfect way to close out the summer.