6 unique summer festivals you can’t miss

Listen up New York, summer’s not just for music festivals. Catch a different kind of beat with these out-of-the-box fests where music is just a side dish. We’re talking Darth Vader hot air balloon rides, knights in shining armor, and brews that’ll keep you cool in the sweltering heat of the summer solstice. No matter what your jam is, we’ve got you covered like SPF 70.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Governors Island, Colonel’s Row – New York, NY ($55+)
Saturday, June 11th – Sunday June 12th
& Saturday Aug 13th – Sunday Aug 14th

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Transport yourself back to Gatsby’s roaring 20’s. Charleston to tunes from the Jazz Age and picnic in the grass with your main squeeze. Vintage portraits, 20’s motorcar exhibits, and a dance orchestra make this party the bee’s knees! TICKETS

 

NYC Craft Beer Festival

Lexington Avenue Armory – New York, NY ($55+)
Friday June 17, 2016 – Saturday June 18, 2016

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The NYC Craft Beer Festival is celebrating its fifth year as the best beer bash in the city. A single ticket scores you a tasting glass and unlimited samplings of 150 beers, ciders, and meads. It’s no hoptical illusion—you can try them all. TICKETS

 

Rock, Ribs & Ridges

Sussex County Fairgrounds – Augusta, NJ ($15+)
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Rock out at the cookout with Kansas, Blues Traveler, Jefferson Starship, the Outlaws, and more. The Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival is returning to the Sussex County Fairgrounds for its seventh mouth-watering year, serving up only the best BBQ and craft beers. TICKETS

 

Sterling Renaissance Festival

Sterling Renaissance – Sterling, NY ($17+)
Saturday July 2, 2016 – Monday Aug 15, 2016

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Now’s your chance to time-warp back to an authentic English renaissance village–huzzah! Swing a mug at the pub, join the thieves guild, or chow down on a turkey leg while they keep the Black Knight at bay. TICKETS

 

Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival

The Garden at Studio Square NYC – Long Island City, NY ($40+)
Sunday July 17, 2016

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Warning: this fest is not for the faint hearted. Not only do you get four hours of spit roasted hogs and exclusive Sam Adams brews, but Jim Beam’s taking it up a notch with snifters of their special spirits. BYOB (bring your own bib). It’s going to be a saucy one. TICKETS

 

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Solberg Airport – Whitehouse Station, NJ ($8+)
Friday July 29, 2016 – Sunday July 31, 2016

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This festival has something for everyone: mass ascensions of museum-worthy hot air balloons twice a day, crafts & food vendors, fireworks, and a balloon glow. If that doesn’t get a rise out of you then performances by John Kay & Steppenwolf/Foghat and KC & the Sunshine Band definitely will. TICKETS

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