Maybe you’re looking for an alternative to the Memorial Day crowds. Perhaps you’d like to do something a little more unique for your next vacation. Or maybe you just need a last-minute getaway to decompress. This month, we’ve got classic horseracing, a barbecue cook-off, and indie music with a majestic view on offer (among other things). Here’s 5 cool events to attend across the U.S. in May.
May 5–6, 2017
It’s not too late to get yourself to the Derby, but it will cost you. This tradition is a little bit fancy, a little bit silly (the hats!), and a whole lot southern hospitality. Whether you love horse racing with the passion of 1,000 fiery suns or you just want to people watch, we promise you the Derby will not disappoint.
When to Buy: Prices for flights to Louisville are very high for this weekend, but you can still snag deals from New York for around $500 round trip and Los Angeles for closer to $700.
Magnolia Blossom Festival & Steak Cook-Off
May 19–21, 2017
A real southern steak cook-off? Yes, please. Locals at the Magnolia Blossom Festival & Steak Cook-Off are not playing around with their steak recipes. If you’re hankering for a bit of small-town southern hospitality, we can think of no better place to get your fix.
When to Buy: Getting to Magnolia is part of the fun. You can get the best fares into Dallas, which is a 2-hour drive from town. Flights under $100 from Phoenix and Los Angeles as of May 2, 2017.
Great Lakes Kite Festival
May 20–21, 2017
Grand Haven, MI
Loads of family fun to be had at this Michigan kiting event including a giant kite display (with some kites as big as school buses) and a “kite ballet.” Grand Haven is located on a popular beach with a large, flat flying field set up for a variety of events for kite lovers.
When to Buy: The deals are going to be sweetest from Detroit. You can get a ticket from Chicago for $150 round trip or Los Angeles from around $300.
Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 26–28, 2017
We’re already into music festival season and we know you have a ton of choices, but we’d like to lobby for your attendance at Sasquatch. The breathtaking natural beauty of the Gorge is hard to beat as a backdrop to an always interesting and eclectic lineup of musicians and comedians. This year you’ll feast your ears on Chance the Rapper, Kiara, the Shins, Foxygen, Fred Armisen, and Sasheer Zamata.
When to Buy: Most people fly into Seattle and then make the drive to Quincy. That’s a solid 3-hour drive, but we promise the views alone are worth the inconvenient location. Flights from Chicago and New York are hovering around $500 right now.
May 28, 2017
300,000 people are expected to descend upon Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” as it is often referred to by fans. It’s also a surprisingly inexpensive day at the races – $25 a ticket for the Grand Stand, and if you buy two kids under 15 are free!
When to Buy: Flights are a little cheaper than would be expected. $400 round trip from New York and around $600 from Boston.
Check out the rest of our 2017 event picks. And, as always, happy travels!