The Harbor Island International Beer Fest could almost double as a UN summit. Nearly 150 breweries plan to attend the event, representing nations such as Belgium, Germany, England, Czechoslovakia, and Italy. Throughout the afternoon, festivalgoers get the opportunity to try samples?including
exclusive beers made just for the event?from
renowned breweries like Dogfish Head, Founders Brewing Company, and Unibroue. With the Long Island Sound as a backdrop, visitors can stop to raise the occasional toast as they explore the grounds and receive samples from the flowing taps.
The five-hour celebration won't be limited to tastings, though. Live bands will perform for the crowds and the event schedule includes seminars and presentations on professional brewing techniques. At a separate marketplace area, visitors can check out home-brewing equipment and watch demos, though none this year cover the fine art of drinking beer from a beer helmet. And when it comes to feeding the crowds, local and regional restaurants also bring their A-game with everything from barbecue to chocolate truffles.
The oldest continuously operating theater in the state, Bardavon 1869 Opera House has carried forth a little piece of every era it thrived in. The domed ceiling and proscenium stage recall the 944-seat theater's opening as the Collingwood Opera House nearly 150 years ago. The Mighty Wurlitzer "Golden Voiced" pipe organ stretches back to 1928, to a time when the venue devoted itself to silent films. And despite the fact that it nearly succumbed to the wrecking ball in 1976, the stage has remained steadfast through the decades, becoming the one thing that performers such as Mark Twain, Frank Sinatra, and OK Go all have in common besides an enduring love of frisbee.
Massachusetts and New York metalheads get a sprawling double dose of tough and untamed hard rock as the Eat Your Heart Out Festival 2012 takes two states by storm in one marathon weekend. Touted as one of the “spring festivals worth attending” by Alternative Press, Eat Your Heart Out touts a buoyant lineup of international thrashers, with headlining performances from metallurgists Attack Attack! each night. The first day of the festival takes place at the three-stage live venue of Tuxedo Junction in Danbury, Massachusetts, where 14 hardcore metal and screamo acts such as Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Our Last Night, and That’s Outrageous blaze through merciless sets that shake eardrums for milk money.
Winemakers from across the state of New York flock to the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest each year, bottles of their finest wines in tow. Hosted on the sprawling Dutchess County Fairgrounds, the two-day festival features food and wine seminars, live music, and tastings of hundreds of local New York and international wines. To fuel the weekend's activities, a variety of specialty food vendors peddle gourmet treats, and local restaurants dole out samplings of some of their best dishes.
Even those who weren't there will never forget it. In 1969, more than 400,000 descended on Bethel, New York, for three days of peace, love, music, and mud: Woodstock. Today, a not-for-profit cultural center houses a museum devoted to that legendary event remains. It fittingly hosts live concerts and other events, but the real draw is a collection of promotional material, film footage, and other artifacts from the most important concert of the 20th century.
Size: The 800-acre site also boasts a pavilion amphitheater and multiple festival fields, stages, and special exhibits. The manicured grounds create a park-like environment for all visitors and festival-goers alike.
Eye Catcher: A groovy, psychedelically painted school bus greets visitors as they make their way through the museum's main exhibit.
Permanent Mainstay: The Woodstock Monument, located adjacent to the field where the original event took place, pays tribute to the historic festival and its legendary performers
Don't Miss: Speak Truth To Power, a photographic exhibition on display in the Museum?s Special Exhibit Gallery, featuring the empowering stories of human-rights defenders from around the world.
Hands-On History: Personal stories recorded in text and audio, and interactive multimedia exhibits carry the ideals of Woodstock through to the present day at the historic site it was held.
• For $35, you get a one-day festival ticket for Saturday, June 18 (up to a $70 value). • For $35, you get a one-day festival ticket for Sunday, June 19 (up to a $70 value). • For $70, you get a weekend pass for both days of the festival (up to a $95 value).