To help simplify your summer-fun choices, we hand-selected a few art, food, music and film events across the country for you—and paired up two different go-to looks for each category. Find out what’s happening near you this summer, as well as the perfect outfit to arrive in style!
ART & CULTURE
For an artist with as much name recognition as Jeff Koons, it’s surprising that this summer’s exhibition at the Whitney will be his first ever retrospective and first major museum presentation in New York. It will be the most comprehensive showcase of the American Neo-Pop artist’s revolutionary repertoire to date. Boasting over 150 of Koons’ most significant objects, dating from 1978 to the present, and shown in chronological order, the retrospective format will allow visitors to take in the whole of the artist’s career and grapple with any deeper meaning there is to be found in Koons’ vast and critically divisive collection.
The Edward Hopper exhibition takes famous paintings by the renowned American realist and pairs them with contemporary photographs from the Whitney’s permanent photography collection. The photographs are chosen for their similarities to Hopper’s work in that they display an interest in mundane subjects made enigmatic and affecting through the manipulation of light. Through investigation of the style, visitors are invited to contemplate the unnoticed beauty contained within our day-to-day lives.
Step Back in Time Garden Party
Filoli in Woodside, CA
July 17, 2014
This one-night, 1920s-themed garden party at the Filoli Estate is an enchanting opportunity for visitors to tour the house and grounds in the dimming light of the setting sun. Hors d’oeuvres and libations are provided, as well as a live music soundtrack of period jazz to set the mood. Automobiles from the era will be on display in the front courtyard, and opportunities abound for dancing, relaxing, and socializing—all against the elegant backdrop of Filoli’s majestic manor.
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Pop Art Prints at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, March 21–August 31
Pop artists favored prints because they could produce vibrant, editioned multiples that enabled them to keep up with the demand created by their massive popularity at the time. This exhibition presents a selection of 37 prints, primarily from the 1960s, borrowed from the Smithsonian’s permanent collection that is rarely on public view.
Advanced Young Artists: Teen Artist + Mentor Exhibition at Pump Project Art Complex in Austin, TX, July 12–August 9
Committed to providing opportunities to youth who have limited access to arts resources, each year The Contemporary Austin pairs ten professional artists with 10 promising high school art students each year, for an intensive 7-month-long mentorship. After they work collaboratively in the artist’s studio, this exhibition is the culmination of that project, with works on display from all 20 artists.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Various islands of Hawaii
August 29–September 7
If you happen to find yourself in the island paradise that is Hawaii this summer, don’t miss the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. Chaired by James Beard-Award winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, this annual culinary event showcases wine tastings and cooking demonstrations, as well as a host of unique outings and dining experiences. Additionally, the festival seeks to emphasize the incredible abundance of delicious local ingredients found on the Hawaiian Islands, so diners should be prepared to sample some of the most exquisite produce, seafood, beef, and poultry they have ever had the pleasure of tasting.
Dinners at the Farm
White Gate and Barberry Hill Farms in East Lyme and Madison, CT
July 9–August 10
Created as a way to engender awareness of the profound significance and vivacity of Connecticut’s local farming community, Dinners at the Farm is a series of benefit dinners celebrating the area’s local farms, food and community. These dinners, which are an idea that has been implemented in various iterations all across the country, seek to reestablish the connection between food and eater by inviting guests to tour the farms that their groceries come from, by meeting and dining with the farmers, and by breaking bread with fellow community members. This particular series uses the funds it raises through ticket sales to help support local agricultural and humanitarian nonprofits, making participation not only richly satisfying personally, but altruistic to boot.
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Music City Food & Wine Fest in Nashville, TN, September 20–21
Only its second year of existence, the Music City Food + Wine Festival invites experts in the fields of bites and booze from all over the nation to collaborate with local talent for a weekend of delectable dining. Michael Symon, Masaharu Morimoto, Amanda Freitag and Tyler Florence are just a few star chefs who will be in attendance, and it wouldn’t be Music City without live bands, all of which have been selected by local darlings, Kings of Leon.
Feast Portland in Portland, OR, September 18–21
Established just a few years ago in 2012, Feast Portland has already carved out quite the name for itself within the culinary industry. Named among Fodor’s Travel North America’s Top 15 Food Festivals, Portland’s premier food festival combines bites, booze and benevolence. Each year, the festival donates the entirety of its net proceeds toward ending childhood hunger.
Texas Monthly BBQ Festival in Austin, TX, September 14
Texas Monthly started rounding up the state’s best barbecue joints in 1973, starting with a list 20 strong. They expanded their list to the top 50 in 1997, and have been updating it quinquennially ever since. For the fifth year running, Texas Monthly BBQ Festival invites all the restaurants compiled on this list for an unbeatable barbecue experience with live music, cold brews, and, of course, grilled meats in spades.
Founded in 1991 by Perry Farrell, the lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza was an annual touring festival until 1997, and was reestablished in 2003. It became a weekend destination festival in 2005, and has been thriving in Chicago ever since, hosting mile-long lineups of popular rock, hip hop, electronic, and comedy acts over the course of a weekend. This year’s list of headliners include OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Skrillex, Foster the People and many more.
Newport Jazz Fest
Newport Jazz Festival is a long-standing tradition dating back to 1954, after a firecracker named Elaine Lorillard was introduced to “the most famous jazz impresario,” a man by the name of George Wein. Elaine complained that Newport was “terribly boring in the summer” and wondered if she might be able to bring some jazz in to town to liven the place up a bit. After about a year, the festival was born, and it’s served to set the formula for all subsequent major jazz festivals: popular artists drove ticket sales, while the lesser-known greats, spanning from traditional to the avant-garde, brought the critics through the door and elevated the festival’s artistic caliber. To this day, Newport Jazz Festival is likely the most well-known jazz festival in the U.S., and this year will host the likes of Bobby McFerrin, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco, Billy Hart, and Warren Wolf, to name a few.
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Bumbershoot in Seattle, WA, August 30–September 1
Every year on Labor Day weekend, Seattle Center plays host to a massive three-day arts and music festival. The mouthful of a name is actually outdated slang for umbrella—fitting for a festival held in a notoriously rainy city. This year’s festival will be headlined by Wu Tang Clan, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, and the Replacements.
The Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY, July 18th–20th
Forecastle Festival has inflated at lightning speed since its inception in 2002. What started as a little neighborhood event is now one of the country’s most popular music festivals, with Rolling Stone dubbing it “one of the coolest festivals across America.” This year’s lineup is led by Spoon, Jack White, Band of Horses, and Beck.
Eat See Hear
Los Angeles, CA
May 10–September 13
Every Saturday night for 19 consecutive weeks, Eat See Hear hosts affordable outdoor viewings of popular films in local communities all over L.A. The Eat in Eat See Hear is for the bevy of food trucks that show up to offer their scrumptious cookery to movie-goers, and the Hear is for the local bands that play live sets before the viewing. It’s a full-blown multimedia experience, and the icing on the cake is the impressive 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen the films are shown on, in high-definition audiovisual projection. It’s no sweat to find a good seat when the theater is a soft, green lawn and the screen is as big as a house.
Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Held mostly in the village of Vineyard Haven, the annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is of the highest caliber, comparable to better-known festivals such as Sundance and Cannes. For 4 days in September, the quiet area of Massachusetts comes alive with visitors bustling among film screenings, panel discussions, special events, cocktail parties, artist showcases, live music performances, and more. Celebrating its 8th year running, the festival’s goal is to stimulate viewers into pondering the expansiveness of the world of film—while simultaneously considering how the stories told the world over reflect a universal connectedness between the concerns and desires of all people.
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20th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, IL, August 1–28
One of the city’s most beloved film festivals, the Black Harvest Film Festival showcases bold and riveting films of all formats and genres that address issues related to the black experience in America and the African diaspora. Each year, the Gene Siskel Film Center sends out a call for submissions, and each year the response is plentiful, with the best of the bunch shown over the course of a month and a few special events sprinkled in throughout.
Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema in Seattle, WA, August 1–22
On Friday nights all throughout August, Three Dollar Bill Cinema screens movies outside in Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park. The best part? It’s totally free. The second-best part? This year’s theme is “Teenage Dreams,” so the selections will be chosen exclusively from the teen comedy oeuvre.