June might be almost over, but there is still plenty of summer fun to be had! Here are three festivals coming up before the end of the month that deserve to be on your travel radar.
The Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge Outrigger Canoe Race and Festival
If you happen to be in the New York City area Saturday, June 22nd, stop by Pier 26 at Hudson River Park in Tribeca for a unique chance to experience Hawaiian culture in the Big Apple. Catch a glimpse of the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge, a 15-mile outrigger canoe race around the southern tips of Manhattan and Brooklyn and around New York Harbor. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. from Pier 26 and features teams from all over the world, including one made of Hawaiian Airlines employees (pictured). You can view the race from any of the stations along the route—Pier 62, Pier 66, Pier 26, and Pier 1 in Brooklyn—and enjoy performances by Hawaiian and Polynesian musicians, dancers, and storytellers at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. The festivaltakes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you can learn how to make your own Hawaiian lei, take a hula lesson, or if you're over the age of 14, try a 90-minute paddling lesson (from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) courtesy of New York Outrigger—all free of charge.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Although this festival has been going on since June 15th, it's still worth mentioning since it runs through June 29th. The 15-day long International Festival of Arts & Ideas takes place in New Haven, Connecticut, and attracts more than 100,000 art lovers from around the world each year. The best part: 80 percent of the events are free and open to the public. Come for 14 lectures and stimulating conversations about things like Shakespeare plays and foodie trends, see cross-cultural dance and music showcases, and catch free family-friendly musical performances during the week and on weekend afternoons. Walking tours, bike tours, and a number of dance, acting, puppetry, and photography master classes and workshops are also available free of charge.
The Jersey Shore Wine Festival
As you may have heard—perhaps from a little birdie at Budget Travel—the Jersey Shore is open for business this summer. Come celebrate New Jersey's best wineries with the two-day Jersey Shore Wine Festivalon the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk June 29th and 30th, in front of the Tropicana. You'll get great views of the Atlantic and the chance to sample more than 200 wines while listening to live music along the Boardwalk. Tickets can be purchased online—$15 per person before the Festival, and $20 per person at the gate including a complimentary souvenir wine glass—and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, so if nothing else, drink wine all weekend, you know, for the kids!