Taking to the road this summer? Whether one of these towns is your destination or simply a detour, make sure your plans include any and all of these fantastic Southern events!
Happening now: Summer at the Biltmore | Asheville, NC
During the summer, the Biltmore Estate comes alive. With handmade arts and crafts, live music, tours, shopping, outdoor activities (including biking, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and river floats) and exceptional dining, there is plenty to do! Plan your visit while the weather is warm and enjoy all Biltmore has to offer. biltmore.com
June 6, 13, 20, 27: Eats & Beats | Keswick Vineyards, VA
Keswick Vineyards, located just outside of Charlottesville, is a stunning vineyard with world-class wines. During the summer, the vneyard invites guests to Eats & Beats on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. These events feature live music, food and, of course, wine. Experience the lively atmosphere and the tasty wines at this fun event. keswickvineyards.com/2015/04/eats-beats-spring-schedule
Jun 3-7: Kentucky Bourbon Affair | Louisville, KY
Imagine a fantasy camp for bourbon lovers and that is what The Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ is. This five-day bourbon experience features behind-the-scenes tours, private barrel selections and specialty events at the world’s most iconic distilleries and famous Louisville hot spots. Buy one pass for all five days or go a la carte. For more information, including a schedule of events, click here:kybourbonaffair.com.
June 5-6: Magic City Brew Fest | Birmingham, AL
At this two-day beer festival, attendees have the opportunity to sample some of Alabama’s best beers, all while learning more about craft beer. While beer is the highlight of the event, there will also be food vendors from local restaurants. Live performances on Friday and Saturday will round out the event, sure to be a good time for all–or at least for those over 21. magiccitybrewfest.com
June 5, 12, 19 & 26: Party at the Point | Charleston, SC
Back for the 15th year, Party at the Point is one of the best outdoor concert experiences. Set on the beach, the concert series features live music, food and drink vendors, and stunning views of the water and sunsets. The series kicked off in April and runs each Friday until the end of the month. charlestonpartyatthepoint.com
June 6: National Trails Day | Nationwide
Outdoor enthusiasts come together for educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail projects for National Trails Day. While this takes place across the country, you can celebrate locally at state parks. They will offer a variety of ranger-led hikes. For events near you, visit their website: nationaltrailsday.org.
June 6: FedEx St. Jude Classic Shrimp & Cocktails | Memphis, TN
It’s the second annual FedEx St. Jude Classic Shrimp & Cocktails at TPC Southwind, with a silent auction, closest to the pin contest, live music, and the AMURICA photo booth. Guests will enjoy Pyramid Vodka cocktails by mixologist Michael Hughes, as well as delicious Southern fare by the St. Jude culinary team and local beer by High Cotton Brewing Co. Tickets are $50, and the party is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. stjude.org/shrimpandcocktails
June 5-6: Porter Flea Summer Market | Nashville, TN
Porter Flea is back again to give Nashville access to some of the best local and regional artisans. The market is open and free to the public on Saturday, June 6, but there is a special preview market that will be held on Friday, June 5, prior to the event. Guests get a sneak peak at the market, in addition to chatting with the different vendors while sipping on Jackalope beer and enjoying food from Riddim N Spice. porterflea.com
June 6-7: Virginia-Highland Summerfest | Atlanta, GA
Enjoy a summer weekend outdoors at Virginia-Highland Summerfest. Back for its 32nd year, the festival offers a packed weekend of fun. Peruse the myriad artist vendor tents, partake in the 5K (or sign your kids up for the Tot Trot), enjoy some live music or indulge in some of the amazing food options. Get the complete lineup and all related details at vahi.org.
June 6-7: Heritage Foundation Tour of Homes
Each summer, members and supporters of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County open their homes and businesses as part of the Heritage Tour, showcasing the community’s dedication to protecting those resources as part of our legacy. Now in its 40th year, the Tour will invite the public inside historic residences and commercial structures within historic districts on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. http://historicfranklin.com/
June 11-14: CMA Fest | Nashville, TN
Brace yourself for four days of all things country. Thousands of country fans come from afar for CMA Fest. With guests such as Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it’s the biggest country event of the season. If you can’t score tickets to the big-name shows, check out free concerts and activities around town. cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival
June 13-14: Creole Tomato Festival | New Orleans, LA
Pay homage to this one-of-a-kind fruit (no, the Creole variety still isn’t a veggie!) at the Creole Tomato Festival in New Orleans. Check out a variety of cooking demos, live music performances and, of course, the Creole Tomato Parade. And if you have a fear of huge tomatoes, either have a stiff drink before arrival or head to Nashville for the CMA Fest this weekend. The event is free, and the fun takes place at the French Market. Learn more here.
June 13: Alabama Tour de Cure | Birmingham, AL
Cyclists of all experience levels follow a course from University of Montevallo campus through Shelby County. This fundraising event benefits the American Diabetes Association. Friends and family can meet riders along the way or enjoy the finish-line festivities on their own. To find a Tour de Cure event near you, visit their website: tour.diabetes.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TC_homepage
June 13 & 27: Downs After Dark | Louisville, KY
Louisvillians love going to Churchill Downs, especially at night with the lit racetrack and great entertainment. There are two Downs After Dark scheduled in June, on Saturday, June 13, and June 27. Bet the ponies, drink a cocktail, enjoy a great dinner and listen to live music. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first race at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here: churchilldowns.com
June 19-20: City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair | Williamson County, TN
Shoppers and lovers of interiors, antiques and vintage finds flock to Williamson County for this unique shopping experience. More than 80 vendors from 13 states will be on-site to showcase their creations. The event takes place in the gardens and mansion of Buddy Killen, late music producer. In addition to shopping, there will be live music and how-to exhibits. cityfarmhousefranklin.blogspot.com/p/shopper-info.
June 19-21: Southern Grown | Sea Island, GA
The Southern Grown Festival is a celebration of all things Southern–food, music and culture. Held in Sea Island, GA, this event features music from the Avett Brothers, Wood Brothers and Sol Driven Train, and food from award-winning chefs. The festivities kick off on Friday, June 19, with light snacks and beverages and come to a close on Sunday, June 21, with a traditional Southern brunch. southerngrown.com/schedule-of-events
June 20: A Taste of Music City | Nashville, TN
Held at Public Square Park in Nashville, TN, this event invites guests to food and beverage tastings from local restaurants and breweries. The vendor list includes local eateries, such as 312 Pizza Company and Rumours East, and beverage companies, including Whisper Creek, Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company and Yazoo. In addition to the great food and libations, the event features live music. tasteofmusiccity.com
June 20: Happenin Fest 2015 | Birmingham, AL
Good People Brewing Co. and Happenin Records join forces to bring you great music from acts including The Black Lips, Andrew Combs, and Dommel Mosel, plus craft beer. The event starts at 2 p.m., and will also feature food trucks, vendors and artists. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 the day of the event. facebook.com/events/8211
June 26: Live at The Garden with Aretha Franklin | Memphis, TN
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, kicks off the 2015 Live at the Garden season at Memphis Botanic Garden. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and lawn seats are still available. Enjoy an evening under the stars in the beautiful gardens with drinks, dining, friends and great music. liveatthegarden.com/aretha-franklin
June 27-28: Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival | Atlanta, GA
The Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival is, as the name suggests, held in the Historic Fourth Ward Park over two days. Celebrate community and tradition through the arts and recognizing the important history of this part of Atlanta. Great for people of all ages! oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com
June 27: Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K | Austin, TX
This event embraces the weirdness that defines Austin. At The Long Center, there will be live music, food and attractions on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dubbed the Slowest 5K on the Planet, the 5K will include costumes, activity stops and lots of fun. So do your part, and Keep Austin Weird at this one-day event. keepaustinweirdfest.com
Safe travels, and enjoy your June!