Itâ€™s finally summer! Letâ€™s get outside (no matter what your city) and find some fun things to do. Hereâ€™s a hand-picked list of some great events going on in our EQR home towns:
Yerba Buena Gardens FestivalÂ May through October
Does the World Cup coverage have you considering a ticket to Rio? Visit this festival instead and get your latin music fix. Enjoy everything from salsa to jazz, from circus performers to samba-inspired Â hip-hop. Yerba Buena Garden, Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets. Free.
The Denver County FairÂ August 1-3
This is not your grandparentsâ€™ county fair with only hogs and funnel cakes. Founded in 2011, this event seeks to provide a traditional experience with an updated version of the city of Denverâ€™s pioneering spirit. Donâ€™t worry, there will be plenty of animals and fried foods, but also a pavilion encouraging the use of green energy, as well as fashion and â€œgeek cultureâ€. Â National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street. $8 for Adults, $4 for Kids, Seniors and Military; $20 for a Family 4-pack.
New York City
Central Park SummerstageÂ May through SeptemberÂ
Free outdoor music at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Â This year, enjoy John Butler Trio, Counting Crows, Beck, and many more. Central Park, near East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue. Free.
Safeway Barbecue BattleÂ June 21-22
Do you ever watch those barbecue showdown shows on TV? If so, you know cooking the perfect brisket or rack of ribs can get pretty heated. Even if you donâ€™t, stop by this major BBQ contest and festival for every kind of outdoor-cooked meat imaginable. Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th Streets. Various ticket packages are available, but single-day passes are $12 per adult.
Did we miss your favorite festival? Tell us in the comments and weâ€™ll be sure to give it a mention!