San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival and More New Attractions
Posted Sept. 23, 2016
SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO BAY WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL
Come sup and sip San Diego's finest fare, complete with bay views at this weeklong event Nov. 14-20. This food and wine festival is the largest of its kind in Southern California and will feature more than 40 citywide tasting experiences. Think whiskey tastings, panel discussions on sustainable seafood, farm-to-table dinners sourced exclusively from San Diego's purveyors, and culinary contests including the Fish Taco TKO and Battle of the Bartenders showdown. More than 60 of San Diego's top chefs (plus celeb chefs such as Rick Bayless and Michelle Bernstein) and representatives from 200 wineries, breweries, and spirit brands will be in attendance.
Details: Tickets can be purchased for each individual event ranging in price from $50 to $300. VIP packages allowing access to multiple events are available as well. Visit sandiegowineclassic.com for more information.
Posted Dec. 4, 2015
EUGENE, ORE.: OREGON TRUFFLE FESTIVAL
At the Oregon Truffle Festival (Jan. 16-31), celebrate the truffle during three fungi-filled weekends (two in Eugene, one in Newberg). Tuck in to multicourse truffle dinners cooked by talented chefs, watch dogs and their owners forage for the fungi, and learn to train your own dog to do the same. At the Eugene Fresh Truffle Marketplace, see cooking demonstrations and buy native truffles to practice what you've learned at home.
Details: For more information and to purchase tickets for the individual events, click here.
Posted Oct. 16, 2015
MAUI, HAWAII: WAILEA TENNIS FANTASY CAMP
Sharpen your tennis skills under the direction of former pros and get a Hawaiian vacation in, all in one weekend. From Nov. 18-22, Tracy Austin and Lindsay Davenport — two international Tennis Hall of Fame champions — will coach and participate in match play with guests at the Wailea Tennis Fantasy Camp at Four Seasons Resort Maui. Designed for avid adult tennis players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level, the camp includes four days of instruction and play, a players' welcome party, an awards luau, and time to explore Maui. Other tennis pros that will be hanging courtside include former U.S. Davis Cup Captain Tom Gullikson and current ATP player Steve Johnson.
Details: $3395 per person for double occupancy, $3895 per person for single occupancy. Price includes four nights' accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Maui
Posted Sept. 25, 2015
LOS ANGELES: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RINGO STARR & BARBARA BACH AT JULIEN'S AUCTIONS
This December, a once-in-a-lifetime collection of items from the London, Beverly Hills, and Monaco residences of Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach will be on sale at Julien's Auctions. Hundreds of items will be featured, from musical instruments, career memorabilia and fine art, to custom-made eclectic furnishings and fine antiques. Seven of the Beatles member's personal drum kits will be featured in the auction, including the musician's first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece. To go with the drum set, you'll also be able to pick up a limited number of Starr's own stage-used custom-made drumsticks. If you're more interested in former Bond-girl Barbara Bach, you can snag a piece of clothing worn by her and designed by Stella McCartney and Prada.
Details: Dec. 3, 4, and 5. 9665 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 150
Posted July 16, 2015
LAS VEGAS: "PICASSO: CREATURES AND CREATIVITY" AT THE BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART
This July, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, located in Las Vegas' Bellagio Hotel, will feature 45 of Pablo Picasso's works. These works include paintings, linocuts, and lithographs spanning the from the 1930s to the 1970s from one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. This particular exhibit focuses on the human figure, showing Picasso's range from realistic to very abstract art.
Details: Tickets are $19 each; $16 for Nevada residents or senior citizens; $14 for students, teachers, and military with a valid ID. Exhibit continues through Jan. 10, 2016.
Posted March 11, 2015
LONDON: ORIGINAL HOGWARTS EXPRESS LOCOMOTIVE AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON
On March 19, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter expands its exhibit by 20,000 square feet. The new space will include the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and a re-creation of Platform 9 ¾, complete with a luggage trolley disappearing through the platform wall. With steam billowing from the 78-year-old engine, guests will be able to climb aboard the actual train carriage, where many iconic scenes throughout the Harry Potter series were filmed. The attraction will also include an interactive portion with prop luggage where you’ll turn a dial to find out which luggage belonged to which character. Don’t miss the train-themed souvenir shop with Hogwarts Express goodies.
Details: Entrance is included in the standard ticket price, about $50 per person.
Posted Sept. 12, 2014
DALLAS: HEATHERWICK STUDIO AT THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER
From Sept. 13 to Jan. 4, 2015, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas presents Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio. British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his studio have designed everything from Longchamp's famous zip bag to large architectural projects in the U.K. and beyond. Heatherwick has been called "the next Leonardo da Vinci" by The New Yorker — not a far-fetched comparison when you look at his Rolling Bridge, a bridge that spans a small channel and rolls up "into a circular snail-like form" when water traffic passes through. This exhibition is the first North American presentation by a museum of the work of Heatherwick, and will include prototypes, large-scale models, objects, photographs, and film and video footage for a selection of projects. In the Nasher's lower level gallery, a special section will focus on the creative process that underlies all of the studio's designs.
Details: $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under; 2001 Flora Street Dallas, Texas 75201; 214-242-5100
Posted July 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES: LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
In the heart of the City of Angels, experience the best and latest the culinary world has to offer at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival (Aug. 21-24). For four days and three nights, attend tastings from world-class wineries, learn how to craft a gourmet cocktail at mixology seminars, shake hands with your favorite chefs at meet-and-greets, and watch cooking demonstrations with stars such as the original Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto, and Graham Elliot, winner of Food & Wine's Best New Chef award.
Details: Tickets are needed for each event starting at $50. Order online here.
Posted April 4, 2014
PHOENIX: HOLLYWOOD COSTUME EXHIBIT
From Dorothy’s blue-and-white gingham pinafore from The Wizard of Oz to Marilyn Monroe’s billowing white dress from The Seven Year Itch, the costumes designed for actors can become as iconic as the characters they’re playing. Both of these frocks will be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum’s Hollywood Costume Exhibition (March 26-July 6). More classic costumes include Darth Vader’s black suit and cape from Star Wars, but newer releases aren’t left out with Rosalyn Rosenfield’s (Jennifer Lawrence) shimmering white dress from the Oscar-nominated film American Hustle. Watch interviews with actors, costume designers, and filmmakers to discover more about the role of costume design in modern films.
Details: $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-17; 1625 N. Central Ave.; 602-257-1222
Posted June 4, 2013
BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y.: ARTHAMPTONS
Held on the 95-acre Sculpture Field of Nova's Ark, ArtHamptons international fine art fair showcases post-war and contemporary art - all of it for sale - from approximately 70 esteemed galleries July 11-14. During the Hamptons' largest art marketplace event, pore over more than 3,000 works in a 50,000-square-foot, air-conditioned space. At the "Forty Feet of Fashion" exhibit, walk underneath late local artist Larry Rivers' sculptures and view his fashion-oriented paintings. Other highlights include delicious bites prepared by Michelin-starred Swedish chef Magnus Lindstrom and an exhibition polo match presented by the Southampton Hunt & Polo Club.
Details: Ticket prices vary; 60 Millstone Road; 631-283-5505
Posted April 9, 2013
HAYWARD, WIS.: LUMBERJACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Using brute strength and endurance, more than 250 pro and amateur athletes climb, chop, saw, and log-roll their way through dozens of competitions during the Lumberjack World Championships July 25-27. Fighting for a slice of $50,000 in prize money, participants bang out events like the Boom Run, which requires running on loosely-chained logs across a pond; the Speed Climb, which calls for racing up a 90-foot-high cedar pole; and the Underhand Block Chop, which involves tearing a 5-pound ax through a horizontal, 12-inch-wide log. Those attendees exhilarated by the outdoorsy action can get in on the fun, too, by taking part in demonstrations and pre-competition log-rolling.
Details: Ticket prices vary; Lumberjack Bowl; 715-634-2484
BOSTON: RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES
During the only U.S. stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, pro high-divers catapult off a specially created platform atop the 90-foot-high Institute of Contemporary Art and plunge into Boston Harbor on Aug. 24. Watch the athletes perform complex maneuvers - some of fixed difficulty - to earn cash and points toward their World Series rankings. Keep an eye out for U.S.' David Colturi, who took a third-place finish at last year's Boston event.
Details: Free to watch; 100 Northern Ave.
Posted March 28, 2013
DENVER: COLORADO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Aiming to build bridges of awareness, knowledge, and understanding between the Asian Pacific American communities and the general public, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival returns July 27-28, now with an expanded fleet of vessels. Every year, more than 100,000 people gather at Sloan's Lake Park for this event's authentic Asian art, cuisine, dance, music, and, of course, boat races. Across five stages, 100 performances ranging from martial arts to spoken-word poetry delight and inspire.
Details: Free admission; Sloan's Lake Park; 303-953-7277
SANTA FE, N.M.: INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET
Held next to Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art, the International Folk Art Market showcases the impressive wares of more than 190 artists from 60 countries July 12-14 at Milner Plaza. Chosen through a rigorous selection process led by a committee of art experts from museums like the Smithsonian, these artists offer a wide selection of handmade jewelry, bright silks, high-end rugs, woven baskets, and more. Live music provides a pleasant soundtrack to your shopping experience.
Details: Ticket prices vary; Milner Plaza; 505-992-7600
Posted Feb. 26, 2013
NEW HAVEN, CONN.: YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
Following 14 years of extensive renovations, the Yale University Art Gallery recently debuted its $135 million transformation. Packed with more than 4,000 works, the Gallery rocks nearly double the amount of exhibition space - 70,000 square feet - and resides in three united buildings that now form a cohesive whole. Architects Duncan Hazard and Richard Olcott added a glass and zinc rooftop structure to house temporary exhibitions. Among the new must-see objects: ethnographic sculptures from Southeast Asia and textiles from Indonesia, part of the Indo-Pacific art installation.
Details: Free admission; 1111 Chapel St.; 203-432-0600
LA JOLLA, CALIF.: LA JOLLA CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
Surround yourself with classic cars and their devotees April 5-7 at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance, based at La Jolla Cove. Chat up fellow aficionados, attend exclusive receptions at local hotspots, and get an eyeful of classic rides, including a 1930 Isotta Fraschini 8A Flying Star Roadster and a 1937 Delahaye Type 145 V-12 Coupe. Embarking from the San Diego Automotive Museum, an organized, 60-mile motor tour along the scenic coast will include stops at the Grand Del Mar hotel, Only Yesterday classic car garage, and the Coronado Naval Base.
Details: Ticket prices vary; 619-233-5008
Posted Jan. 31, 2013
AUSTIN, TEXAS: AUSTIN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Bigger than last year's event, the second annual Austin Food & Wine Festival returns with ample eating opportunities for even more attendees April 26-28. Under the live oak trees in downtown's Republic Square Park, taste your way through private food and drink tastings, hands-on edible experiences, cooking demos, and seminars led by epicurean masters. Watch chefs Tyson Cole, Marcus Samuelsson, and more than a dozen other heavy-hitters face off to create the ultimate taco during the Rock Your Taco competition. Nibble on the tortilla-wrapped creations while a panel of judges, including Man v. Food's Adam Richman, cast their votes.
Details: Ticket prices vary; Republic Square Park
BLUFF, NEW ZEALAND: BLUFF OYSTER FESTIVAL
Oyster lovers from all over the world will gather on May 25 in the tiny township Bluff on the southern-most point of New Zealand's South Island for the Bluff Oyster Festival, a celebration of the seasonal harvest. Known for its flavorful oysters, the fishing community kicks the festivities off with a live bagpipe performance, paying homage to the region's strong Scottish heritage. Guests dig into seafood, get competitive during oyster-opening and eating contests, and savor local wines.
Details: To assist those traveling to Bluff for this event, buses will regularly run from the more populated city of Invercargill.
Posted Jan. 17, 2013
ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND: ZERMATT UNPLUGGED
An acoustic festival in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Zermatt Unplugged provides a cozy atmosphere April 9-13 for musicians and music lovers alike. Across 11 stages all within easy walking distance of the base, artists like Bryan Ferry and Skunk Anansie will perform for thousands of fresh-off-the-slopes fans. Take time to survey the audience: performers occasionally watch their peers' shows. Thanks to 12 local restaurants' on-site stations, everyone can grab a high-quality meal between sets.
Details: Ticket prices start at $70.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: ARTEBA
Eyeball and purchase contemporary art from more than 80 international galleries at ArteBA, a four-day art fair at Buenos Aires' La Rural convention center May 24-27. Meet emerging Latin American artists and attend market discussions led by New York-based curator Chus Martinez. Speakers include Maria Inés Rodriguez, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Mexico; Natalia Majluf, director of the Museo de Arte de Lima; and Juan Andrés Gaitán, curator of the 2014 8th Biennale of Berlin.
Details: Ticket prices start at $10; 011-54-11-4816-8704
Posted Nov. 15, 2012
DALLAS: KLYDE WARREN PARK
Creating a more walkable city center, the new 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park connects Dallas' downtown, uptown, and Arts District. Privately managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, the pedestrian-friendly green space includes a children's playground, dog park, performance stage, water features, table tennis, and a designated area to play provided board games. Free programming like yoga classes, concerts, and movie showings also keeps you entertained. Until the sit-down outdoor restaurant debuts mid-2013, savor made-to-order casual eats from the park's exclusive food truck Relish, helmed by former Ritz-Carlton, Dallas executive chef John Coleman.
Details: Free to explore; Between Pearl and St. Paul Streets; 214-716-4500
SAN FRANCISCO: ZINFANDEL FESTIVAL
Have a thing for zinfandel? Get together with thousands of fellow fans and taste-test plenty of flights Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Zinfandel Festival, located in the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel and the glass-and-steel Concourse Exhibition Center. One-of-a-kind experiences include expert-led tastings and celebrity-chef-prepared meals carefully paired with the headliner varietal from top wineries like Cakebread Cellars, Grgich Hills Estate, and Terra d'Oro. You're bound to find a new favorite at the Grand Tasting, which will offer more than 200 different zinfandels.
Details: Individual event ticket prices vary.
Posted Oct. 29, 2012
CORDOBA, SPAIN: ANDALUCIA BIKE RACE
Tough and technical, the 280-mile Andalucia Bike Race will bring cycling's best athletes to this southern Spanish region Feb. 24-March 1. Now an International Cycling Union Class-1 affair, this six-day stage-race in Cordoba, Jaen, and Priego de Cordoba winds mountain bikers through spectacular scenery, even on top of railroad tracks in the countryside. All 400-plus riders compete in two-person teams, including during the new time trial. Though pros participate to potentially pick up points for their world ranking, amateurs also share the trails with their idols.
Details: Registration starts at $440.
WAUSAU, WIS.: WORLD ICE FISHING CHAMPIONSHIP
On top of the frozen Big Eau Pleine Lake in Wausau, Wis., watch about 100 of the world's preeminent ice fishers compete Feb. 16-17 in this Olympic-like event. In individual and team competitions, anglers must use hand augers to drill through the thick ice. Those with the heaviest combined catches over the two-day showdown receive gold medals. Interested kids can take part in an on-ice fishing tutorial led by certified instructors.
Details: Free to watch; 847-514-4763
Posted Sept. 27, 2012
LONDON: THE SHARD
Be among the first people in the world to check out 360-degree London views from the city's highest viewing platform and Western Europe's tallest building. Slated to open to the public Feb. 1, the glass-encased, 1,016-foot Shard features multimedia displays, installations, and digital telescopes that provide information in 10 languages about famous landmarks. In 30 seconds, guests vertically travel from the Shard's base to its 68th floor. From there, they can ascend even higher - 800 feet in the air - to Level 72 and stand in the open air.
Details: Advanced tickets can be purchased on theviewfromtheshard.com or by calling 011-44-844-499-7111.
DETROIT: NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
In downtown Detroit's Cobo Center Jan. 19-27, automakers will show off their 2013 products at the North American International Auto Show. Get all the details on highly anticipated new releases - rumor has it Chevrolet will unveil its latest Corvette - and be on the look out for concept cars. Jump into the action by participating in manufacturers' interactive exhibits. Who doesn't want to dance with Kia's hamsters?
Details: $12 adult admission; 248-643-0250
Posted Aug. 28, 2012
RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO: FESTIVAL GOURMET INTERNATIONAL
Taste-test global cuisine during Festival Gourmet International, Nov. 8-18 at upscale Riviera Nayarit hotels and restaurants. More than 20 renowned chefs, including Patricia Quintana of Mexico City's Izote restaurant, will debut new recipes and mingle with guests while putting on progressive meals, cooking demonstrations, a tequila celebration, and chef's table and winemaker dinners. In between bites, soak up the beauty of venues like Grand Velas resort, Marival Residences & World Spa, and St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.
Details: Event locations and ticket prices vary; 011-52-322-222-2247
HAMILTON, BERMUDA: ARGO GROUP WORLD CUP
Facing off for the King Edward VII Gold Cup, only the top male and female sailors will compete in the Argo Group World Cup at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Oct. 2-7. An Alpari World Match Racing Tour event, the ultra-exclusive participant list - this year including Sweden's Bjorn Hansen and Great Britain's Ian Williams - draws thousands of spectators. Along scenic Hamilton Harbour, watch last year's Austrian winner Torvar Mirsky defend his title as reigning champ in this six-day race.
Details: Free to watch; 441-295-2214
Posted July 31, 2012
THE PLAINS, VA.: INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP
More than 200 horses will compete in seven contests at the Great Meadow outdoor racing facility on Oct. 20 during the International Gold Cup, one of the U.S.'s largest steeplechase events. With the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, watch the regal animals leap over timber and brush fences, ultimately vying for $100,000 and the day's namesake trophy, typically presented by local resident Robert Duvall. When you can tear your eyes away from the majestic contenders, take in a Porsche auto show, a Jack Russell terrier race, and a lavish tailgate-decorations showdown.
Details: Ticket prices vary; 540-347-2612
Posted July 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS: TREME CREOLE GUMBO FESTIVAL
Ring in the musical Treme neighborhood's 200th anniversary at the 5th annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival in Louis Armstrong Park. From Nov. 10 to 11, listen to local brass bands perform live, chow down on various kinds of gumbo served up by area restaurants, and walk through a 40-vendor-plus arts market. Put on by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the event nods to the neighborhood's creole culture and is conveniently located near attractions like the New Orleans African American Museum.
Details: Free admission; 504-558-6100
Posted June 20, 2012
LE CASTELLET, FRANCE: 2 TOURS D'HORLOGE
A flagship event on the European historic racing calendar, more than 100 qualifying vehicles will grace the Circuit Paul Ricard track for the 24-hour 2 Tours d'Horloge race Nov. 9-11. Following evening practice rounds and a two-hour prelude affair, stunning touring cars and sport prototypes will hit the pavement from 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 11 to honor the 20th anniversary of V de V Sports, a racing company founded by Eric Van de Vyver, also the race's creator. No money or trophies are up for grabs; the grand prize lies in the pride of completing this feat and meeting fellow automotive enthusiasts along the way.
Details: Ticket info to come
Posted June 4, 2012
SAN MARINO, CALIF.: HUNTINGTON'S JAPANESE GARDEN
Twelve miles from downtown Los Angeles, the Huntington's revamped Japanese Garden debuted in April after a yearlong, nearly $7 million renovation. The nine-acre green space now features a new .75-acre tea garden and a ceremonial teahouse called Seifu-an, meaning "arbor of pure breeze." Built in Kyoto, Japan, on temple grounds in 1964, the teahouse made its way to its latest homebase for restoration under the supervision of Kyoto-based architect Yoshiaki Nakamura. Local landscape architects Takeo and Keiji Uesugi oversaw the design of the Japanese Garden makeover, including the creation of a new waterfall near the Japanese House. Koi-filled ponds, a bonsai court, bamboo forest, and a moon bridge add to the calming ambience.
Details: Adult admission starts at $15; 1151 Oxford Road; 626-405-2100
Posted May 21, 2012
DENVER: USA PRO CYCLING CHALLENGE
Catch the final leg of the 683-mile, 7-day USA Pro Cycling Challenge in downtown Denver on Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. After pedaling through 11 other cities in the Rockies, more than 100 of the sport's best athletes will embark on a 9.5-mile time trial in the state's capital. Snag a spot to watch the action near Civil Center Park; the race will start there, and the finish line is on Broadway, adjacent to the park. Look out for Levi Leipheimer, who will likely attempt to reclaim first place.
Details: Free to watch