We’re in the dog days of summer now and luckily for those of us with acute wanderlust, there’s a ton of fun events occurring all over the U.S. in July.
Here’s a few of our top picks to make your July travel plans a snap to organize!
Taste of Chicago
July 5-9, 2017
The Taste of Chicago is free, fun for the whole crew and one great way to experience the amazing diversity of local culinary stylings. Food trucks, booths, musical acts – all take up real estate in Grant Park, a great place for this kind of low key summer event that’s been happening in the city for nearly 40 years.
Flights: From Denver on Spirit for $159, New York (LGA) on United for $197 and from Los Angeles on Spirit for $221.
Montana Folk Festival
July 7-9, 2017
In a world of expensive festival tickets, the Montana Folk Festival stands out for the fact that they are one of the largest free festivals. Of course, this means it’s a near-constant struggle to stay alive so if you like your vacation with a side of altruism, you can donate to their kickstarter campaign and help keep them going for another year.
Flights: Flights from Los Angeles or Chicago on Delta for $508, and from Seattle on Delta for around $600.
Amelia Earhart Festival
July 14-15, 2017
Amelia Earhart’s hometown pulls out all the stops every summer, complete with a downtown music, food and crafts fair, star-filled outdoor concert, children’s activities, carnival, awards and honors, and the “Concert in the Sky” fireworks show finale.
Flights: Flights from Los Angeles on United for under $400, from Portland on Spirit for $337 and from Philadelphia on Frontier for $306.
Pitchfork Music Festival
July 14-16, 2017
Pitchfork is somewhat deservedly seen as the music festival for egghead intellectual music nerds. It’s also a relative bargain in the festival game, with a 3-day pass coming in at the low, low price of $165. You may not understand what you’re listening to, but you won;t overpay for the privilege!
Flights: Nonstop flights available from Austin on American for $305, from New York (LGA) on Spirit for $185 and from Los Angeles on Virgin American for $350.
Snake River Stampede
July 18-22, 2017
One of the too professional rodeos in the country, the Snake River Stampede has a plethora of rodeo-adjacent activities like the Buckaroo Breakfast, parade, and equestrian drill team competition in addition to classic rodeo competitions. It’s a family-friendly, cowboy extravaganza. Don’t miss out!
Flights: You may never have heard of Nampa and it might sound like an outpost on some desolate planet, but in fact, it’s just 23 miles from Boise International Airport. Los Angeles on United for $237, San Diego on United for $192 and from Albuquerque on American for $300.
Lumberjack World Championships
July 20-22, 2017
You want to watch a 50 year old tradition of burly men being strong, chopping and sawing and rolling wood for the public’s gaping pleasure? You bet we do! There’s a sort of strong man mythology that every little kid can appreciate. Kiddos and mom and dad get in for $45 on Thursday’s Family Night (up to 4 kids on the one ticket).
Flights: From Chicago on United for $187, from Dallas on Delta for around $450 and from Seattle on Delta for $500.
July 20-23, 2017
If you ever wondered when nerds stopped being, well, nerdy and started being cool, you have Comic-Con to thank at least partly for the phenomenon. It’s a virtual playland for grown-up fanboys and girls to express their unabashed inner nerds unencumbered by the stigma foisted on them by the bullies of the world. And lo and behold, it is one of the coolest parties of the year.
Flights: Somewhat surprisingly, reasonable flights are still available for these dates. From Seattle on United for $337, from Phoenix on American for $250 and from Austin on United for around $350.
Newport Folk Festival
July 28-30, 2017
Aside from being the festival that launched a thousand folk careers back in the day, the Newport Folk Festival is the place that Bob Dylan played an electric guitar to the chagrin and horror of the international folk community. In recent years, the festival has welcomed more indie acts and has seen a revitalization as a positive effect. It’s location is lovely Fort Adams State Park, that overlooks a bobbing sea of sailboats.
When to Buy: Fly into New York instead of Providence at this late date for the best deals. From Boston into LaGuardia on American for $123, from Los Angeles to JFK on Sun Country for $356 and from Chicago on Spirit for $164.
We invite you to check out the rest of our 2017 event picks. And, as always, happy travels!