Monthly Archives: May 2016

Fun Times Await you at Pilsen Food Truck Social Chicago 2016

Venue: 18th Street, Allport, Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood
Date: 11th June and 12th June.
Time: 11am to 10pm.

Foodies visiting Chicago in June will be happy to know that as many as 25 food trucks will congregate in the heart of Chicago from 11th June to 12th June. These trucks will offer you the chance to savour the very best of street food delicacies.

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Various events and cultural activities which mark the food fest have infused a ‘social ‘element to this otherwise food event. A $20 ticket will allow one to try out drink and food from any of the five food trucks or restaurants. Individual purchases can also be made by paying extra.

Family fun

The ‘food truck social’ will also showcase the neighbourhood’s local craftsmanship and its various retailers. The historic Thalia Hall established in the year 1892 will enthral the audience with performances by live bands, electrifying music and loads of fun. The event has also earned the reputation of being a family extravaganza with various kid’s activities like dart games and art and craft. The EleVarte Community Studio and Yollocalli Art Reach in Pilsen offers exciting creative activities for kids as well as adults. Face painting is another activity that draws attention. Visitors will also have the pleasure of experiencing the local culture and the vibrancy of the neighbourhood.

Trucks to Look Forward to

Just some of the trucks that serve mouth watering delicacies are 5411 Empanadas, Bridgeport Pastry, Caponies Express, Chicago Pizza Boss, Husky Hog BBQ, Da Lobsta. Furthermore, Azul18 and Dia De Los Tamales are a couple of restaurant vendors that serve finger licking meals.

Food and Drinks

Pilson Punch House’s famous margarita punch and Revolution beer are quite sought after. Several cocktails and sponsored wines are also a part of the beverages on offer. Lobster rolls, jerk chicken, and pierogi served by the trucks are among the local favorites.

Other info

The food fest provides facilities such as comfortable seating area, wheel chair entrance for the handicapped and easily accessible washrooms. Check out the official website and keep yourself updated for ticketed shows and other events at Thalia Hall. Similarly, the official website of Chicago’s public transportation will address your queries regarding transportation.

Wellington Jazz Festival 2016 is Round the Corner

The yearly Wellington Jazz Festival is extremely popular. After all, world renowned jazz artists belt out memorable performances. The mood of the festival is all the more elevated by great food, craft beer and exquisite wine.

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This year, the festival will be held from 8th to 12th June and will offer the privilege of experiencing the music of the likes of Wayne Shorter Quartet and Lisa Fischer.

Performances to Look Forward to

Soak in the mesmerizing music of Wayne Shorter Quartet, the multi-Grammy winner. Of course, you will see lead members of his orchestra. They are none other than Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Lisa Fischer, the academy award winner brings to the audience her enigmatic fusion of rock and soulful compositions. Snarky Puppy from USA, with a contemporary mix of jazz and synthesizers is bound to enthral the audience.

Venues

Opera House, Wellington is the nerve centre of the festival and lures the best of Jazz artists. Matterhorn, a venue with historical significance lets you enjoy music as well as heady cocktails and food. Some of the other venues are The Rogue and Vagabond, CQ Bar, The Realm, Basque, Havana, The Lido Cafe, Meow, Hotel Bristol, New Zealand School of music, The Third Eye and Cin Cin among others.

Bookings

Visitors can book tickets online, in person and also over phone for events at the Opera House. Tickets can be booked by logging on to the official website. For phone bookings, call 0800 842 538. Tickets can also be booked by visiting any of the Ticketek agencies across the country. Free events at many of the venues can be enjoyed on a first-come first-serve basis. So it is advisable to reach such venues well in advance.

How to reach?

The nearest airport to Wellington is Wellington International Airport. It caters to both domestic and international flights. Another major airport is the Kapiti Coast Airport which is about 55 kms from Wellington.

Transport and Accommodation during the Festival

Going around the city is pretty easy and the popular places are easily accessible by public transport. Hiring a bike is also another good way of moving around the city. There are different cabs and taxi shuttles which provide excellent commuting facilities and can be hired on an hourly basis.

Wellington, the third most populous city in New Zealand offers a wide range of accommodation facilities. Budget hotels come with a tariff of about 100 NZD while dorm rooms come with a pretty cheap tariff of about 25 NZD.

A World of Entertainment awaits you at Bali Arts Festival 2016

The merry spirit of Bali Arts Festival 2016 will enchant every soul with its unique and vivacious essence. Fly down to Bali, a stunning tourist destination, to enjoy a month filled with colours and merriment.

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The 38th edition of the Bali Arts Festival will be held in the city of Denpasar from 11th June to 9th July, 2016. Read on to know what this cheerful art festival has in its kitty for tourists from across the globe.

What does it include?

If culture and traditions pique your interest, come to the festival and discover Bali’s past, culture, people and heritage. Explore handicraft exhibitions and cultural activities together with street performances and more. This enriching festival will rejuvenate you with a sense of excitement and amazement to know more about this beautiful city. As it is always seen, tourists will get an opportunity to witness the whole of Bali celebrating with music, dance and numerous activities.

Every year, the festival is based on a theme and village groups perform classical dances on the same. This year, the festival’s theme is “Pasuk Wetuning Bhuwana: Maintaining Universal Balance and Synergy”. The festival will include art performances, daily exhibitions, shadow puppetry, photography and traditional coconut leaf and bamboo decorations at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar.

Explore to the Core!

A month long celebration buoyed by the never ending enthusiasm of the locals, the Bali Arts Festival 2016 will offer a plethora of enjoyable activities. Tourists will get to see village dances, trances performances, classical dances including popular palace dance, musical performances, and also the renowned “kreasi baru” dance from Denpasar.

The Commencement Trail

The festival starts in villages on a merry note. Cultural groups are organised to perform at the Arts Festival. These groups showcase their village’s uniqueness and the resting places of their ancestors through fascinating performances, which have never failed to allure tourists.

The famed cultural event of Denpasar, Bali Arts Festival is truly a fun-packed memorable event. Enjoy with the Balinese people and delve in the magic of art that various ancient villages have possessed for centuries.

Celebrate New York’s Cultural Essence at Top June Festivals

Planning to visit the stunning New York city any soon? Why not book your tickets for June? Welcome summers in the USA whilst exploring the cultural aspects of the terrific New York.

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Enjoy enthralling events and festivals celebrating the cultural essence of the city!

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Date: June 18, 2016
Time: 01:00 pm

Place: Brooklyn, New York

Enjoy colourful and vivacious celebrations at Coney Island Mermaid Parade this June. The 34th Annual Mermaid Parade will offer a lot to enjoy. Become a part of the largest art parade of the nation and discover about the art and culture of the island.

Morristown Whiskey Fest 2016

Date:  June 16th
Time: 7pm-10pm
Place:  Event Hall at St. Peter’s Church

Get ready to enjoy a range of wonderful drinks at the renowned Morristown Whiskey Fest 2016. The exciting festival will showcase around 50 of the world’s best whiskies from Town Bar & Kitchen. Savour different kinds of drinks and food whilst enjoying music throughout the evening.
Gay Pride NYC
Date: June 26, 2016
Time: Noon
Place: New York City

Support the proud LGBT community this summer at Gay Pride NYC. The special festivity on the streets of New York is a step to encourage people to come and accept who they are. The bold rainbow colours express the impervious thoughts of people and their families during the parade. As it is said, it’s not just a parade, it’s a celebration!

New York City’s Multicultural Festival

Date: June 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Place: 85 Bradhurst Avenue, Manhattan

Enjoy the largest celebration of cultural diversity! This multicultural festival features vibrant performances and is attended by several renowned personalities and local residents who are filled with enthusiasm. Visitors enjoy dance, music, art and food during the festival.

Swedish Midsummer Festival

Date: June 19, 2016
Time: – 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Place: Robert F. Wagner Park, Battery Park City, Manhattan, NY

Celibate Swedish traditions and heritage in Manhattan! The festival welcomes travellers from all over the world and promises them an unforgettable experience. Come here for a picnic, and interact with local people and relish the vivaciousness this festival!

Experience the Musical Aura of Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, Queensland

This spring season tourists will indulge in the melodious mist of music at top-notch Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival in Australia. If you are planning a trip to the bountiful Australia, why not include this high-end event in the itinerary and immerse in the musical celebration at the Gold Coast, Queensland? So get ready to treat your ears with a vivacious collection of songs and music.

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The musical heartbeat, Blues on Broadbeach will turn Australia into a music freak country from May 19th to May 22, 2016. Fly down here to enjoy the colourful and vibrant season with a blend of rejuvenation and craziness of music lovers all around.

Who are the Participants?

The vivacious festival will feature various Australian and international artists including Eric Burdon, and The Bamboos. Fans will also be treated with amazing music by massive artists like Cookin’ on 3 Burners featuring Tex Perkins, and a Back in Blue tribute to AC/DC.  Travel to this exclusive festival to witness five-time ARIA Award winning singer, guitarist and songwriter; Diesel perform at Friday Night of the festival in the Jupiters Hotel & Casino Theatre.

Delineated as Australia’s biggest free music festival, Blues in Broadbeach will also be graced by artists including Owen Campbell, the Heartache State, Bondi Cigars, Nick Barker, Blue Shaddy, along with Big Daddy Wilson.

What’s the Ambiance and Venue?

The four-day music festival will sweep you off your feet with great music in a countryside ambiance. Enjoy the heart-pumping music festival at distinct venues offering a fascinating ambiance blended with captivating performances. This day and night festivity will also provide promising opportunities to explore Broadbeach on the Gold Coast and the surrounding regions. The listed streets and venues include Alto Cucina & Bar, Atrium Bar at Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach Mall Stage, and Broadbeach Tavern.

More Information

The popular Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival was commenced in May 2002 and since then it is one of the biggest free music festivals in Australia. Fans get to groove in the cacophony of music ranging from soothing and classical to hip-hop and jazz. It welcomes fans from across the globe to enjoy. Unleash the musical paradise with Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival as it endeavours to nurture Australian and international talent.

Relax and rejuvenate in this marvellous musical fest with enthusiastic crowd and energetic performers this year.

Cheers: Downtown Alomeda Spring Festival is here again

Californians and even people from overseas look forward to Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival with anticipation and excitement.

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The next spring festival will be held on 7th and 8th May, 2016. This is a family event largely. Help yourself to some fast facts about the festival.

Supporter

Like every year, Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival is backed by Downtown Alameda Business Association. Established in 1981, this organisation acts as a support network for the 450+ businesses situated in the Historic Park Street Business District of Alameda. Since decades, the company’s goal has been to develop an economically prosperous business district through the united effort of its members.

Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival – At First Glance

The admission to Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival is totally free of cost! Mostly meant for families, the festival features 150+ vendors and 50+ shops. There are several platforms for art, crafts, food, beers, wines, mimosas, live music and entertainment. This place has something for people of all ages.

The Festival Details

The free street fair offers fun for all! Visitors can check out as many as 150 art and crafts booths, enjoy performances by talented musicians, and treat their taste-buds to fabulous cuisines. Alameda Avenue has a special area for kids and families too. Bounce houses, slot cars and walls developed for climbing are located here. Craft beers, regional wines and bubbly mimosas are served at independent booths.

On 7th May, music buffs may watch performances by prominent bands such as Savannah Blu, Joyride, The Newtones, Motel Drive and Zebop! Next day, music bands such as The Pine Needles, Fu Man Chu, Tia Carroll and Long Train Running will work their magic.

Secure bike parking will be available on the Park Street.

Spring Festival Specials

Interestingly, many businesses will provide weekend specials during the Spring Festival. Here are some of them.

i)    Bead Inspirations: Ample unique, ready-to-wear jewellery, with earrings starting at just $5 can be purchased by the visitors.

ii)    Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden: People can try out Mother’s Day menu specials here.

iii)    Ozone: Shoppers can get 25% off on all clothing and 10% off on all customised complete skateboards.

iv)    Yoga Alameda: All mothers can participate in the free classes on Mother’s Day.

Interested travellers should check out the official website of Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival to know more about the event.

Top Geological Wonders of North America

Our planet has often faced nature’s fury by way of earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

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Geologists and travellers around the world have been truly astonished with the natural occurrences and the marks they’ve left. Focusing on North America, we have listed some intriguing geological wonders from the continent.

Sailing Stones, Death Valley

At Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, travellers will observe the peculiar behaviour of stones. These stones move from one point to another without any human or animal touch. The phenomenon has puzzled scientists since decades. Some of them believe that winds may be the reason behind these movements.

Giant Crystal Cave, Mexico

Also called as Cave of the Crystals, Giant Crystal Cave houses some of the largest crystals of selenite ever found. With air temperatures reaching up to 58° C, visitors can stay in this spot for five to ten minutes at the most. The heat is due to the magma under the cave’s floor. The crystals have heights of up to 39 feet and diameter of up to13 feet. Needless to say, humans will appear like dwarfs near it.

Monument Valley, Utah

This valley has a cluster of vast sandstone buttes and the largest one has a height of 1000 feet. These gigantic formations are stratified with three layers – Organ Rock Shale, de Chelly Sandstone and Moenkopi Formation. The region experiences a desert climate with hot summers and cold winters. This site has been used in a number of Hollywood movies. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is situated quite close to it.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming

The largest hot spring in the US, Grand Prismatic Spring is a unique aquatic site with rainbow-like colour combination. These vivid colours are caused due to pigmented archaea that exist in the edges of the mineral-rich water. In summers, this spot is partly orange and red whereas in winters it’s usually dark green. Amateur and professional photographers simply love to capture the scenic beauty of this place.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Located in south-western US state, Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon that has been formed due to flash flooding and sub-aerial processes. The canyons are deep and narrow. Furthermore, corkscrewing sandstone walls are in the shades of pink, red and orange. Professional guides will share their knowledge on the culture and historical significance of the Antelope Canyon.

Get Ready for the Dubai Summer Surprises, 2016

Prepare yourselves for the much-awaited summer filled with fun, entertainment and shopping options. The annual mega-event of Dubai called ‘Dubai Summer Surprises’ will be celebrated from 9th July to 20th August. This annual festival is backed by the Government of Dubai as the aim is to promote Dubai as an international summer destination.

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Dubai Summer Surprises signifies the true culture, art, history and traditions of the emirate. Tourists from all around the globe can participate in this event as it’ll offer them a unique and memorable experience.

Shop till you drop!

Dubai Summer Surprises is an exemplary platform for buying a plethora of products, ranging from durable goods to luxury commodities. The variety of products includes cars, clothes, perfumes and home decor. Great prizes, bargains and surprises are available too. People, who spend substantial amounts of money, get the chance to win BMW cars, heavily-loaded shopping vouchers and attractive discounts.

Music, Entertainment and Relaxation

Music buffs will love the atmosphere of this festival. This is simply because they will get the opportunity to watch musical performances by top musicians, singers and dancers – of course, at a price!  They can even be a part of innumerable Jazz Clubs and similar spots. People who love to watch theatre performances should visit Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC). For destressing, there are many spas.

Fun-Packed Activities and Venues

Dubai Summer Surprises has something for everyone! Developed for children, ‘Modhesh World’ is a venue that has playgrounds, soft toy areas, latest video games and 4-D Cinema theatres. Teenagers and adults will get everything ranging from celebrity appearances to stage shows. Foodies will simply love the huge variety of cuisine. Through the gala ceremony, tourists will receive a rare insight into the history of Dubai.

General Perspective

Dubai Summer Surprises was launched in the summer of 1998 to propagate Dubai as a family-friendly destination. This event is scheduled annually from August to September. Interestingly, over the years, it has hosted more than 25 million guests. People from around the world come here to shop and have a lot of fun.

Five Off-beat Attractions in Sydney

The state capital of New South Wales – Australia, Sydney has several world famous tourist attractions such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and Circular Quay. Visitors will be truly amazed with these iconic monuments, landmarks and their surroundings.

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While most travellers are aware of such must-visit attractions, the destination also has spectacular locations that are often considered as hidden gems. You will definitely like the tranquil and beautiful atmosphere of these places.

Vaucluse House

Vaucluse House is a 19th century estate, built in Gothic Revival style. It features a house, kitchen wing, stables and outbuildings bordered by a beautiful garden. In1915, this mansion became the first official house museum of the country. Today, it hosts many events and exhibitions such as Sydney Harbour Icons, Autumn Harvest Festival, culinary tours and photography awards. Vaucluse House provides a fun cultural learning experience to all the visitors.

Bundeena

A village in the peripheral area of southern Sydney, Bundeena is the centre of attraction for artists and adventure-seekers. This peaceful place has numerous local galleries, family-friendly beaches and an attractive market. One may participate in activities such as kayaking, fishing and stand-up paddle-boarding. Bundeena can be reached by both car and ferry.

Museum of Sydney

Developed on the ruins of Arthur Phillip’s home, Museum of Sydney hosts many exhibitions that allow people to discover both colonial and modern Sydney. The goods and chattels from the city’s convict era are on display here. This is perhaps the best venue for travellers wishing to know about Sydney’s background and its advancement over the years.

Darook Park

Darook Park is the perfect picnic location for families and friends. The lush green gardens, shady corners and still waters for swimming attract travellers to the location. This little piece of heaven offers spectacular views of the sky during sunset. The serene ambience allows visitors to rest, relax and enjoy their time here.

Boa Voyagem for Homebush Bay!

Homebush Bay is a unique spot where visitors can get a chance to witness several ships that were abandoned here when the ship-breaking yard was closed. The most stunning spectacle is the more than a century old ship, which is covered with innumerable mangrove trees and rich vegetation. Its majestic presence is simply awe-inspiring.

Laconia Bike Week 2016, USA – the Perfect Excuse for a Dream Motorcycling Holiday

New Hampshire is all set to witness the 93rd Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week. The power-packed event will be held from 11th June, 2016 to 19th June, 2016.

Laconia Bike Week by Carter Brown/ CC BY

Laconia Bike Week by Carter Brown/ CC BY

The world-renowned event welcomes passionate bikers, riders and enthusiasts from all across the globe. Plan a week-long memorable holiday as you participate in this unique and highly celebrated motorcycling event in USA.

The event will be graced by experts, professionals, renowned companies, businesses, amateurs and even newbie bikers! Participate in the event to enjoy a week of passion and entertainment.

Facts about the Rally

This national event started 1916 with an aim to promote riding along the scenic panoramas in and around the State of New Hampshire. For decades now, Laconia Motorcycle Week is being celebrated as an exciting event, which offers a plethora of opportunities to motorcyclists from all corners of the world.

Explore New Hampshire

The astounding State of New Hampshire has an abundance of mesmerising and stunning natural beauty. Enjoy gypsy rides along the majestic White Mountains or the striking coastline across the Lakes Region. The different rallies and tours of Laconia Motorcycle Week 2016 will cover all seven districts of the state. Each district offers unique charismatic views and unforgettable experiences to every avid motorcyclist. During the rally, you will cover historic sites, museums, conservation areas, and wildlife sanctuaries.

Robust Bike Schedule

The week-long motorcycle rally will offer a thundering platform for riders to live their passion. The diverse world-class rally will include gypsy tours, poker runs, bike shows, hill climbs, racing and charity rides together with live music and contests. Immerse in the magic day night. It will also include the 10th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Ride, Big Air Jumps and Stunts Show, Laconia Fest Motorcycle Music Festival, and Special Events at Heritage Harley-Davidson.