Taylor’s Favorite Events and Bucket List Fun!
by Taylor Deer
If you know me well, you know I am not a homebody and love to attend different events all year round. No matter what season it is or what the weather is like, there is always something going on for people to have fun and get out of the house.
Below is a list of my favorite events, both near and far, that I have attended. Of course, I even have a bucket list of events that I want to attend at some point. Check them out!
Events I Have Attended:
January: Gasparilla Pirate Festival – Tampa Bay, FL
I attended Gasparilla in Florida a few years ago when my friend Courtney was living in the Sarasota area. I always saw pictures of friends who went to The University of Tampa attend this cool event every year, so I made sure that I would get there at some point.
The day we went to the festival was one of the most fun days of my life. It is similar to Mardi Gras, except everyone dresses up as a pirate. They had a huge parade where people threw beads; all of the houses surrounding the bay had open parties; the local bars and restaurants had great specials going on and we met several new friends that day.
The Gasparilla Pirate Festival celebrates the legend of José Gaspar (also known as Gasparilla), a mythical Spanish pirate who supposedly operated in Southwest Florida in the early 1800s. I definitely recommend attending this event at least once in your life. This upcoming year, Gasparilla is being held on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Make sure to book your plans now!
February: Mardi Gras – New Orleans, LA
A year after I attended Gasparilla, my friend Courtney and I made our way down to New Orleans to celebrate (post) Mardi Gras.
If you read my past post on New Orleans, you know that I love this city for its delicious food, lively culture and quaint atmosphere. Even though we didn’t go to New Orleans on the actual Mardi Gras date, we still got to experience the excitement and party since NOLA celebrates the entire month of February!
This year, Mardi Gras is being held on Tuesday, February 13. It is considered “Fat Tuesday” as it is the last day of the Carnival season, before Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent.
March: Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day – Pearl River, NY
If you are reading this right now, you most likely do not know where Pearl River, NY is. Well, it is a small Irish town located in Southern New York State next to the town my grandparents lived in New Jersey. The Irish pride that fills this cute little town is so special; you can imagine how much fun their St. Paddy’s parade is!
Every year, my friends and I attend the parade and festival that is located in Downtown Pearl River and we always have the best time! In fact, the Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the best St. Paddy’s festivals in the country.
If you are looking to have a great time for St. Patrick’s day and experience an authentic Irish festival, plan your trip to Pearl River, NY, which is located an hour outside of New York City. The festival usually takes place the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day.
April: Baltimore Light Show – Baltimore, MD
A couple of years ago, I visited my college friend Dorothy who lives in Baltimore. During the weekend I visited her, Baltimore’s first Light City show was going on. All of the boats on the Inner Harbor were lit up and there were a ton of fun events going on for all ages to enjoy!
I love Baltimore and think it is the perfect city to enjoy sports, great seafood, authentic craft beer and that small city vibe! The people are also super nice and have great pride for their city.
The third annual Light City show is taking place in Baltimore on Saturday, April 14 through Saturday, April 21, 2018.
May: Smorgasburg – Brooklyn, NY
Smorgasburg is the largest food market in America, attracting thousands of people from all over the world to Brooklyn every weekend from April through November. On Saturdays, the event takes place on the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, while on Sundays, it is hosted in beautiful Prospect Park in the Flatbush area.
My friends and I are foodies and love going into New York City for the day to enjoy delicious meals and snacks we normally wouldn’t have in our hometowns. Smorgasburg is a place we love to go to when the weather starts to get beautiful in May.
This great food festival launched during the spring of 2011 and has since launched dozens of small businesses and attracted millions of visitors. The New York Times called Smorgasburg “The Woodstock of Eating”.
June: Coney Island Mermaid Parade – Brooklyn, NY
Every June, Coney Island in Brooklyn hosts the Mermaid Parade, which is the nation’s largest art parade and one of New York City’s most fun summer events.
A celebration of ancient mythology, the Mermaid Parade showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all over New York City and it is a great event to open the summer season.
This year, the Mermaid Parade is taking place on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
July: Benmarl Winery‘s Sangria Festival – Marlboro, NY
Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY is one of my favorite local wineries and every year they host an annual Sangria Festival that features several of my favorite flavors.
Since my mom’s birthday is in July, I usually buy us tickets to attend the festival. We always have a great time sipping delicious sangria, taking in the beautiful views of the Hudson Valley, savoring great food and dancing to the mariachi band. It is also a great day to spend with your best friends!
Benmarl usually hosts its Sangria Festival during a weekend in July and August.
August: The New York Renaissance Faire – Tuxedo Park, NY
Located in Sterling Forest, The New York Renaissance Faire is an annual medieval festival that takes place in August and September. To be quite honest, I did not think that this festival would be for me, but I ended up having a lot of fun while I was there.
The Faire reminded me of a family vacation we took to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA the summer before I entered Middle School, since they both replicated Northern Europe back in the day.
There are a lot of great shows, delicious food vendors, good drinks and activities. It is a great place to go if you have little ones, but it is also a lot of fun to go with friends too since there are a lot of adult things to do as well.
September: Wanderlust – Brooklyn, NY
A few weeks ago, I attended Wanderlust – a yoga and mindfulness festival that helps you cultivate your best self. The event guides you on a path towards a healthy and inspired life.
Wanderlust hosts events all throughout the country in every major city, but I attended the festival in Brooklyn, since it is closest to where I live.
I met up with my friends from my Yoga Teacher Training and we had a great time dancing, doing Vinyasa yoga, eating delicious WanderBowls, meditating and learning Acro yoga!
If you are into fitness, yoga, mindfulness or just someone who enjoys meeting new people and doing positive activities, I recommend you attend your local city’s Wanderlust!
October: Bear Mountain Oktoberfest – Bear Mountain, NY
Ever since I graduated college in 2013, Oktoberfest in Bear Mountain has been a tradition in my friend group.
This great German festival is an awesome way to enjoy New York State’s fall foliage while having fun and savoring delicious beer, brats and dessert! The event starts at the end of September and goes through Halloween weekend.
November: Laurita Winery‘s Late Fall Fire Pits and Food Truck Festival – New Egypt, NJ
There is nothing I love more than going to a winery during the midst of the fall season. Laurita Winery in New Egypt, NJ hosts a lot of fun events, including a Fall Fire Pits and Food Truck Festival.
Bonfires are definitely the best during the fall season and food trucks always have the tastiest offerings, so to top this all with Laurita‘s delicious wines makes this festival one of the top!
December: NYC SantaCon – Manhattan, NY
Over the past couple of years, my friends and I attended New York City’s annual SantaCon. This fun event allows people to dress up in Santa outfits and bar crawl around Manhattan.
It is a fun event to attend during the stress of the holiday season! This year’s annual SantaCon is taking place on Saturday, December 9.
My Event Bucket List:
January: Wintersköl – Aspen, CO
February: Carnivale – Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Panama City, Panama or Venice, Italy
March: Holi Festival – Mumbai, India
April: Coachella – Palm Springs, CA
May: Cinco de Mayo – Pueblo, Mexico
June: Solstice Times Square – Manhattan, NY
July: The Yacht Week – Croatia
August: Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada
September: London Fashion Week – London, England
October: Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
November: Loy Krathong & Yi Peng – Phuket, Thailand
December: European Christmas Markets – Northern Europe
I hope you all enjoyed my blog on my favorite events and what I would like to attend in the future. Email me at Taylor@sitinmyseats.com to book a trip to your next event!
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