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CityPASS Home  »  City Traveler Blog  »  LET’S GET FESTIVE: Five More Fun & Funky Fests

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LET’S GET FESTIVE: Five More Fun & Funky Fests

Recently, CityPASS City Traveler shared five fun and funky fests happening across the U.S.

Well, we thought it might be fun (and funky) to offer you five more from five more North American cities. And what better time than now to let you know about all the sunny fun that’s available to you at the many festivals taking place throughout your favorite CityPASS locations? Here are five more fun and funky festivals to enjoy!


"Pitch Perfect" and "Glee" have nothing on Canada’s premiere a cappella festival: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival is held, each spring, in Toronto’s very cool and happening Distillery Historic District. Dedicated to celebrating Canadian and International vocal artists this year, SING! is presenting more than 100 concerts and workshops. Special presentations include: The Nylons Reunion Concert on May 30, late night “dragapella” cabaret with The Kinsey Sicks on May 30-31, Cantabile – The London Quartet in “From Monteverdi to Monty Python” on May 31, a choral concert tribute to R. Murray Schafer on May 31, and a tribute to Cole Porter, as well as the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, both on June 1.


Hot-rods. Tattoos. And the Queen Mary? One of these is definitely not like the other. But somehow they all come together just fine at the ultimate Los Angeles summer-time event known as the Ink and Iron Festival, June 6-8. Billed as a incredibly unique “custom culture” festival this is where you will find all sorts of hot rods (aka custom cars), live music, burlesque dancers and artists, art shows, '50s-era fashions, and of course, a tattoo show that covers three floors of Long Beach’s most famous ship. Speaking of tattoos, 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 states and 25 countries, representing all tattoo styles known to man … and woman.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons - Mrtony77


Boston CityPASS holders have ways to discover the charm of this historical city via visits to the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Old State House. But to see this city’s history come alive, might we suggest you make a visit during one of its finest festivals? Boston Harborfest, is a five-day Fourth of July Festival, July 2-6, that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the American Revolution and historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. More than 200 daily events during the festival are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, with sponsored main events on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Visitors to the annual Chowderfest will vote for “Boston’s Best Chowder” after sampling traditional New England-style clam chowder from some of the Boston area’s top restaurants.

Photo credit: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shannon Heavin


The only event of its kind in Philadelphia, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience. The festival, July 31-Aug. 3, is an outlet for often-overlooked cinema by emerging, established, and mid-career directors, writers and producers working in narrative, documentary, experimental and music video filmmaking. Last year’s fest showcased 75 films and included an appearance by famed movie director Spike Lee.

Photo credit: Knight Foundation - BlackStar Film Festival


The 2014 Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival is a 2-day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, for people of all ages, races, customs and interests. The midtown community of Piedmont Park is considered to be home to one of the largest and most enthusiastic art buying communities in metro Atlanta. This event, held on August 16-17, will feature up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a street market, children's play area, plus food and beverage vendors with healthy alternatives.

Photo credit: Burning Bush by LA-based Israeli artist, Amos Amit, from the Atlanta Arts Festival - atl10trader


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