June kicks off the summer season in the United States, and the warmer weather makes it a popular time for travel. Schools let out for the summer break, and many people take time off to spend with their families this month.
If you're planning a trip in the United States this June, there are a few major events happening including the Chicago Blues Festival, the U.S. Open Golf Championship Tournament, and a variety of other celebrations across the country.
Don't miss your chance to hear the blues in the city that made it popular. The Chicago Blues Festival is a free musical event each June that features local and internationally known blues, jazz, and rock artists.
It takes place outdoors in Millennium Park, which lies within Grant Park, on multiple stages over the course of three days. The largest free blues festival in the world, it has drawn big names such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, and Mavis Staples. Not surprisingly, the event also draws big crowds, so be prepared for long lines. Make sure to book hotels and restaurants in advance of this beloved festival.
Held in a different location each year, the annual U.S. Open usually takes place in mid-June and pits the biggest names in golf against one another for the championship tournament of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tour.
The 2019 U.S. Open will take place at Pebble Beach from June 10 to 16. On-site accommodations are available as part of an exclusive Championship Experience package at the Pebble Beach Golf Resort, but there are also a number of great hotels and accommodations near the event in Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Monterey.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the United States; it takes place each June in Manchester, Tennessee. After its premiere in 2002, this diverse event has expanded to include a variety of different musical performances on several stages constructed on a 600-acre farm.
In 2019, Bonnaroo will take place from June 13 to 16 and will feature the Grand Old Opry, Phish, Childish Gambino, Solange Knowles, Post Malone, Odesza, The Lumineers, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, and The Lonely Island as headliners.
On the Saturday closest to June 21 each year, Coney Island in New York City celebrates the summer with a parade and festival dedicated to mythical creatures of the seas. The Coney Island Mermaid Parade brings thousands of guests to Surf Avenue for a day of elaborate costumes, festive food and drink, fine art, and all things aquatic.
Led by celebrity guests named as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, the parade starts as Surf Avenue and West 21st Street in Coney Island and concludes at Steeplechase Plaza. After the event, the founder of the parade leads attendees to Coney Island beach to officially open the swimming season for the summer.
June 21: Summer Solstice
The solstice marks the official first day of summer, and, in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year. After the 21st, days get incrementally shorter until the winter solstice on December 21 when nights are at their longest. Then, the cycle starts all over again.
People have recognized and celebrated the summer solstice since the time of the ancient Greeks. Summer solstice marked the beginning of the Greek calendar year, which was rung in with days-long festivals.
Today places all across the United States celebrate the first day of summer with parades, parties, and music. New York City takes a different approach by hosting its annual "Mind Over Madness" yoga day with free classes in Times Square from sunrise to sunset. On the West Coast, the city of Santa Barbara, California, celebrates with a three-day arts festival. Each year has a different theme, and people come out to dance, listen to music, and view public art installations put up especially for the event.
One of the biggest—and oldest—LGBTQ Pride events in the United States is the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade, which takes place over the last full weekend in June each year.
This multi-day event commemorates the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City's Greenwich Village, which jumpstarted the gay rights movement of the 1970s. As part of the celebration, more than 200 parade groups and floats as well as hundreds of vendors and organizations gather at Civic Center and march down Market Street between Beale and 8th streets.
A good reason many tourists flock to New York is for its world-class dining, and twice a year—for two weeks from January to February and two weeks from June to July—foodies have the chance to dine at some of the best restaurants in the city at a bargain prix fixe price.
Restaurants across Manhattan and Brooklyn participate, so you'll have plenty of choices in both ambiance and cuisine. Reserve a table early—visitors and locals alike love the chance to try out new cuisine for a bargain, which means tables fill up fast.
Heralded as "the world's largest music festival," Summerfest takes place in downtown Milwaukee over two weeks in late June and early July each year. Summerfest features dozens of performers that range from local musicians to big-name acts like Willie Nelson, Jennifer Lopez, and the Killers.
Summerfest 2019 takes place from June 26 to 30 and July 2 to 7, 2019, daily from noon to midnight at the Summerfest Grounds and the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in downtown Milwaukee. Headliners this year include Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Bon Iver, Zac Brown Band, Lionel Richie, Lil' Wayne, and Snoop Dogg.