Headed to Fenway for the first game of the season? Use this handy note to get out of any obligations you may have.
The exact times that these blocks close to pedestrian and vehicle traffic will depend on when patrons begin to arrive.
We’ve expanded to Boston and to celebrate we decided to pay Bostonians’ parking tickets and to give away gift cards and Amazon Echo Dots. For more on everything we’ve done in Boston, visit Random Acts of Parking.
Summer is the best season in Chicago, and not just because it’s no longer covered in snow or bitterly cold. Chicago residents have a lot to look forward to between tons of music and food festivals. If you’re anxious to get your groove on, or eat some delicious food, here are some upcoming festivals in Chicago, happening between April and June.
Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood Ave
Friday April 21, 2017 to Saturday April 29, 2017
The International Pop Overthrow (IPO) is a pop music festival that has been held in Los Angeles for the past 18 years, and has branched out to many different locations, including Chicago, San Diego, Vancouver, Liverpool, and Stockholm. The event features 25 to 180 of the best global pop bands. This year, IPO up-and-coming bands include Mike Vanderbilt & the Suburban Garage Sound, The Jeremy Band, Big Plastic Buddha and many more.
McGee’s Tavern & Grille, 950 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Tickets: $200 for 4 people
Saturday, May 20, 2017 (11am to 3pm)
McGee’s is celebrating the 28th installment of its much-loved Cajun party by bringing in 2,500 lbs of fresh crawfish straight from the bayou. The crawfish are then served up with their famous jambalaya & gumbo, free flowing all day (or until supplies last)! Paired with beverage specials and your favorite Zydeco jams, it’ll be an event you don’t want to miss!
Ashland Ave. & W. 18th St, Chicago IL
Friday May 26, 2017 (5pm to 10pm) to Sunday May 28, 2017 (noon to 9pm)
Prepare for a Mexican food festival like no other! Mole de Mayo pits different chefs from all over Chicago against each other in a competition to determine whose version of this Mexican staple is truly the best. Besides an intense focus on mole, this summer 2017 Chicago food festival features an open air mercado (market) filled with local food vendors and crafters, 2 stages of live music, and a lucha libre wrestling ring at the heart of it all.
Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago
Suggested donation: $5
Saturday May 27, 2017 to Sunday May 28, 2017 (noon to 10pm)
Now on its 33rd year, the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival kicks off Chicago’s outdoor festival season, and will make your Memorial Day weekend one you won’t forget. Showcasing the region’s favorite tribute bands such as Boy Band Review, Wedding Banned, One Night Band and Eliminator, the event is free but requests a $5 donation to benefit Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Sheffield between Diversey & Schubert, Chicago
Friday June 2, 2017 (5pm to 11pm) to Sunday June 4, 2017 (noon to 10pm)
Yiasou! Chicagoans, prepare for a weekend of anything and everything Greek as the St. George Greek Orthodox Church brings you a taste of Greece at their Annual Greek Fest! Feast on some Gyros, Tzatziki, Moussaka and more while experiencing the Greek filoxenia (hospitality), along with some great music and dancing.
Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park
Friday June 2, 2017 to Saturday June 3, 2017, noon to 8:30pm
The Chicago Gospel Festival celebrates how Gospel music came together in Chicago, from its ceremonial music origins in Africa, hymns of the South ,and jazz/blues of the North. Now in its 32nd year, the festival celebrates the love for joyous congregational singing of the African Americans that migrated to Chicago from the South. This year’s headliners include The Rance Allen Group, Jonathan McReynolds, and VaShawn Mitchell.
Lincoln / Irving Park / Damen
Tickets: $10 suggested donation at the gate ($20 per family)
Friday June 9, 2017 (5pm to 10pm) to Sunday June 11, 2017 (noon to 10pm)
Ribfest Chicago, named one of the 10 best food fests by USA Today, will be holding their 19th annual installment in 2017. Enjoy finger lickin’ good ribs, accompanied by 20 hours of live music from premier touring bands of different genres: everything from honky tonk to indie to rock. Stick around for Ribmania VIII, the rib eating contest, to see who will reign supreme!
Addams-Medill Park Chicago
Tickets start at $69
Friday June 9, 2017 to Sunday, June 11, 2017
There are tons of summer music festivals in Chicago, and Spring Awakening is one that’s highly anticipated each year. This gigantic congregation of electronic dance music (EDM) lovers features 5 stages and 80 DJs/artists over 3 days of nonstop partying! This year’s lineup features headliners like Armin van Buuren, Marshmello, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, and Alesso – to name a few!
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 205 E Randolph St, Chicago
Friday June 9, 2017 to Sunday, June 11, 2017 (11am to 9:30pm)
The world’s largest free blues festival is back this year with even more pizzazz than previous years. This 3 day event, which started in 1984, expects over half a million attendees to show the world why Chicago is the blues capital of the world. Past performers include Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, and the late Koko Taylor. This year’s headliners include Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., Stax Records soul singer-songwriter William Bell, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
18th Street at Allport, Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood
Saturday June 10, 2017 to Sunday June 11, 2017, 11am to 10pm
Over 25 Illinois food trucks are rolling out onto Chicago’s Lower West Side for a weekend of good eats and lively beats. The $20 sampler ticket gives you 6 sample sized portions from the food trucks and restaurants onsite, and samples from other local vendors. Other food and beverages are also available at their regular prices. A $5 optional donation benefits four different non-profit organizations.
Huntington Bank Pavilion, 1300 S Linn White Dr, Chicago
Tickets: $99.50 to $599.50
Friday June 23, 2017 to Sunday June 25, 2017 (2pm to 11pm)
Some of country music’s biggest names, including Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town, will share the stage at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago’s Northerly Island for the Midwest’s biggest country music festival. Get your tickets on their website, and don’t forget your cowboy hat! Tickets start at $99.50 for a one day pass.
Which one of these Chicago festivals will we be seeing you at? Tweet your excitement at @ParkWhiz!
Are you hungry for the warmer months ahead, and the good food and music that comes along with them? We’ve put together a list of the best upcoming 2017 festivals in NYC, from April to June. There’s sure to be at least one thing here to get you excited for the summer!
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague Street (between Clinton and Henry), Brooklyn NY
Friday April 28, 2017 to Sunday April 30, 2017
Now on its 9th year, one of the best spring festivals in New York, the Brooklyn Folk Fest, presents the very best of American and world folk music. Along with workshops, film screenings and jam sessions, this year’s festival also features music from Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton, Willie Watson, and Jim Kweskin.
Secret Theatre, Main Stage, 4402 23rd St, Long Island, NY
Friday May 19, 2017 to Sunday May 21, 2017
Organized by Random Access Music (RAM), the Queens New Music Festival showcases living composers’ work to a whole new audience. There will be a series of concerts over 3 days, by artists and composers all over the United States.
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, New York, NY
Saturday May 20, 2017 to Sunday May 21, 2017
Featuring food samples and meals from the best vegetarian restaurants, this fruit and veg fest will also include talks from leading vegetarian and plant experts, cooking demos, and animal welfare and eco-information tables. Proceeds go to the Humane League.
9th Ave, 47th to 52nd St. NY
Saturday May 20, 2017 to Sunday May 21, 2017
One of the longest running summer 2017 food festivals in NYC, this year’s Ninth Avenue International Food Fest promises to deliver more fun and more food! The festival features international food offerings from merchants such as Lucky’s Famous Burgers, Daisy May’s BBQ, and Otto’s Tacos. Attendees will be treated to music & dance, and children’s games. Check it out – entry is free!
Randall’s Island, New York City
Tickets: 1 day General Admission passes start at $105
Friday June 2, 2017 to Sunday June 4, 2017
Launched in 2011, The Governor’s Ball Music Festival is a multi-day music festival featuring artists from an array of genres, including rock, hip hop, electronic, americana, pop, folk and more. This year’s lineup features recent Grammy winner for Best New Artist:Chance the Rapper, alongside Lorde, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, and Wiz Khalifa.
Hunter Mountain, NY
Friday June 16, 2017 to Sunday June 18, 2017
For 13 years now, Hunter Mountain has served as the backdrop to the Mountain Jam festival, a 3-day, multi-stage event featuring over 40 artists. This year’s lineup features artists such as The Head and The Heart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Steve Miller Band.
NYC (all over)
Wednesday June 21, 2017
Now on its 11th year, this free music fest celebrates the longest day of the year with live music: over 1,000 concerts in sidewalks and streets across all 5 boroughs. From 10am to 10pm, listen to musicians of all ages perform in all genres–hiphop, punk, rock to Latin jazz and opera.
Larkin Cold Storage, Queens, NY
Saturday June 24, 2017
Gruyere, edam, cheddar–no matter your favorite, if you love cheese, this is the place for you! Over 50 of the country’s best cheesemongers battle it out for ultimate supremacy. Prepare your stomach for a night of pleasantries and of course, lots of cheese!
Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th St, New York, NY
Sunday, June 25, 2017 (10am to 5:30pm)
Featuring 40 exclusive food vendors and hundreds of other merchants in over 40,000 sq ft of retail space, the Famous Food Festival brings the flavors of the world to New York while supporting local businesses. To score free entrance for this inaugural event, simply RSVP to get tickets sent straight to your email.
Which of these summer 2017 festivals in NYC will you be eating and rocking your way through? Tweet us at @ParkWhiz – especially if you have tips for other great festivals to check out!
Some may bill it as a “Hallmark Holiday,” but Valentine’s Day is really what you and your love make of it. With so many different activities to choose from during Valentine’s Day in New York City, there’s sure to be something that fits your unique tastes – even if you can’t celebrate on the 14th!
Romance Under the Stars
Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space
February 14, 2017
Look into the stars this Valentine’s Day in New York. The American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space is hosting a special event with an open cocktail and champagne bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and chocolates. While you gaze into the stars and seek out specific heavenly bodies, enjoy the musical stylings of a jazz quartet.
Disney Valentine’s Ball
Highline Ballroom, Chelsea
February 11, 2017
There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. If something prevents you and your love from making it out on that exact date, the Disney Valentine’s Ball might be your perfect alternative.
If you fancy yourself a Disney princess, you’ll enjoy hearing the greatest love tales of all time, and receiving “true love’s kiss” from your sweetie at Disney’s Valentine’s Ball. Rock cover band The Little Mermen will be serenading couples to ensure their own fairy tale night. And don’t let the fact that Disney is in the name throw you off – this all night sing-along featuring Disney hits is sure to be a rager!
The ’70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert
February 11, 2017
Here’s another fun date idea instead of or in addition to February 14th activities. R&B/soul stars The Stylistics, The Dramatics, The Delfonics, The Manhattans, and Blue Magic will be setting the mood for this romantic Valentine’s Day in New York date idea.
Love in Times Square on Valentine’s Day
Times Square, Midtown West
February 14, 2017
Love is in the air at Duffy Square. Take your love by the hand and play witness to (or act as a participant in!) actual wedding ceremonies, surprise proposals, and vow renewals. If the relationship is new, have your own fun by going to the Heart of Hearts kaleidoscopic kissing booths.
The Cliffs at LIC
11-11 44th Dr, New York
February 14, 2017
For the super-fit couple, a Valentine’s Day in New York date might consist of a mutual adrenaline rush. Specifically, rock climbing at Try The Cliffs at LIC. Buy a day pass ($28), or if you’re a novice, an introductory class ($49). The facility is well-equipped, and the friendly staff will make sure you have an amazing time.
Dinners in the Dark
Camaje, Greenwich Village
$95 per person
February 14, 2017
Improve your senses by getting rid of one of them. Guests at chef Abigail Hitchcock’s Camaje will experience a four-course meal while blindfolded. This unusual experience is choreographed by performance artists and is said to be an experiment to test and awaken senses. It will surely be a Valentine’s Day in New York you won’t soon forget!
275 W 22nd St, New York
If you and your partner are the type who’d prefer a low-key, no-fuss Valentine’s Day in New York, Barracuda Lounge might be the perfect place for you. This no-attitude gay lounge is a cozy place to enjoy a drag show – especially during happy hour.
The High Line
Washington St at Gansevoort St, New York
The High Line is a long park in New York that first opened in 2009. Abandoned elevated train tracks were transformed into exquisite parks and gardens. With stunning views of the Hudson River, and downtown New York’s skyline, The High Line provides a romantic atmosphere on any day of the year.
Hudson River Park
Battery Park City to 59th St, New York
You’ll be able to see Hudson River Park from The High Line – why not make your way over on Valentine’s Day? This beautiful waterfront park stretches from Battery Park to 59th Street. If you decide to get active, there’s skating, kayaking many paths for walking, and plenty of room for biking.
Merchant’s House Museum
$40: $30 Members. VIP Front Row tickets $50
Feb. 14, 2017 at 7PM
Are you a fan of classical music? Check out Love in the Parlors: A Valentine in Concert. Presented by The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society, performers include Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth, and many others signing 19th century hits.
No matter how you and you love enjoy spending time together, there are plenty of different Valentine’s Day in New York date ideas to choose from.
Over to you
How will you be spending Valentine’s Day in New York? Leave your thoughts in the comments, or tweet us more ideas at @ParkWhiz.