3 Unexpected Festivals to Attend This Season

Portland Rose Fest

Portland Rose Fest

Sad that Coachella is over? Glad that Coachella is over? With thousands of festivals taking place each year, there is something for everyone if the huge music festival isn’t your scene, if you weren’t able to make it this year, or if you simply haven’t had enough of the festival fun! Whether its smelling the roses in Portland or jamming to your favorite band in Cambridge, below are some of the most unexpected festivals coming up over the next few weeks across the country and where to stay when traveling to each destination.


Boston Calling – May 26-28, 2017

It’s not just by chance that Cambridge, MA will host this year’s Boston Calling music festival. While the city’s popularity is growing, it is still an untapped area, largely overshadowed by downtown Boston, MA. To give you an idea, many people refer to Cambridge as being the Massachusetts version of Brooklyn, NY.  Home to Harvard and MIT, it is no wonder Cambridge has a bustling culinary, cultural and music scene. Boston Calling is a three-day music festival,featuring a large selection of musicians such as Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper and Weezer.  Though the term “music festival” might spark concern, with many people thinking of Coachella and festivals of the likes, Boston Calling offers locals and visitors the chance to enjoy a vast variety of music in a stimulating environment for a relatively small cost. The festival will take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex over Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28), with ticket options ranging from $99 to $999.

Where to stay: The Charles Hotel

With its understated, elegant New England design and unpretentious service, The Charles Hotel offers guests the perfect balance of New England luxury and tradition. The Charles Hotel is located in the heart of Harvard Square and is just steps away from Harvard Athletic Complex, as well as a short drive from the charming shops, restaurants and historical landmarks of Downtown Boston.


The Portland Rose Festival – May 26-June 11, 2017

At the heart of Portland’s popular culture for more than a century, the Rose Festival has its roots in tradition, with inspired programming that embraces both the contemporary and the nostalgic. Visionary city leaders started the festival during the first decade of the 20th Century to put Portland on the map and brand it “the summer capital of the world.” Little did they know that more than a hundred summers later the Rose Festival would be world-famous – both for its remarkable, award-winning events and as a leader in celebrating community values like volunteerism, patriotism and environmentalism. This year’s theme, which is “Brilliant,” will feature parades, concerts, a 1/2 marathon, and more.

Where to Stay: Provenance Hotels 

Portland-based Provenance Hotels, features a portfolio of art-focused boutique hotels all over the city including the chic and stylish Hotel Luciathe old Hollywood glamour-esque Hotel deLuxe, the creative-focused Sentinel and the newly acquired historic Heathman HotelEach of the hotels offer a truly unique Portland experience, incorporating the local culture such as daily Craft Beer Hours, Salt & Straw Ice Cream on-demand room delivery, and more.  Each of the properties offer Provenance Hotels’ signature list of amenities including pillow menus, spotify menus, spiritual menus and over the top pet amenities.

New Orleans

French Market Creole Tomato Festival – June 10-11, 2017

For a city known for Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, there are festivals each weekend to celebrate in the Big Easy! Tomatos, especially the succulent Creoles, are essential ingredients in many of the popular dishes served by New Orleans’ top restaurants with their versatility and unique flavor.  For 31 years, the Creole Tomato Festival has celebrated this unique Louisiana vegetable and is loved by all who attend for its quirky traditions, such as life-sized tomatoes strolling the grounds handing out tomato shaped fans, and the auctioning off of the first tomatoes of the season to local chefs. The two day affair, taking place June 10-11, 2017 is centered around the French Market and features cooking contests, live music, cooking demonstrations, a Creole Tomato parade and local farmers’ market and food and beverage booths.

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

Set within the historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans retains the grace and charm of an antebellum mansion. Guests of this French Quarter hotel have the advantage of staying near popular area attractions, including Bourbon Street.  Guests staying at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans have the opportunity to spend the day at the festival with a chef from the hotel, as he selects and purchases produce and other ingredients for him to prepare a sumptuous meal for attendees back at the hotel’s restaurant, M Bistro.


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