Hot summer nights. Those magical evenings where you can be out after dark without a sweater, eating dinner on a picnic blanket, while the kids chase fireflies holding glass jelly jars.
Hilton Grand Vacations properties are near some of the top summer festivals where adults and kids can celebrate sunup to well past sundown. If there isn’t an HGV property near the festival you plan to attend, you can use your points to stay at any Hilton Family of Brands property. We’ve got you covered (so you can listen to some of the best ‘covers’ this summer).
Music Festivals for the Adults
Governors Ball Music Festival – Randall Island, NYC
Governors Ball 2018 Dates: June 1-3
Why Go? Relax among the hi-rises of Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens, at this 3-day music festival on Randall Island. The 2018 lineup includes Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Halsey, and more!
Where to Stay: HGV has three Manhattan properties to relax after a day at the Governors Ball.
Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza 2018 Dates: August 2-5
Why Go? It’s Chicago, in the summer. Need we say more? Enjoy live bands (including the energetic Bruno Mars!) on the waterfront in Grant Park and enjoy the late nights and friendly locals of the windy city. It feels like there is a festival on every street corner during the summer in Chicago.
Where to Stay: Stay at one of Hilton’s flagships, Hilton Chicago, right on Michigan Avenue. You’ll be in the center of all the summer fun!
Bumbershoot – Seattle WA
Bumbershoot 2018 Dates: August 31 – September 2 (Labor Day Weekend)
Why Go? Spend Labor Day Weekend in Seattle’s City Center enjoying the last days of sunshine and Cascade Mountain views before the clouds settle in for the fall.
Where to Stay: Stay central at the Hilton Seattle and enjoy walking the waterfront and Pike’s Place Market. The hotel is located just three blocks from the Light Rail that can whisk you right to City Center for the festival.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Telluride, CO
Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2018 Dates: June 21-24
Why Go? Four days of unforgettable music, mountains, and craft beer at 8,750 feet above sea level. The western charm of downtown Telluride might be the perfect place for a Bluegrass Festival. The festival is also happening near summer solstice so you can enjoy long daylight hours. Enjoy the sounds of Sam Bush Band, Sturgill Simpson, Emmylou Harris, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more!
Where to Stay: After a visit to the Valdoro Mountain Lodge in Breckenridge, continue your mountain journey in western ski towns with a stay at the Hampton Inn Montrose where you will be a short drive to the Bluegrass Festival.
Summer Festivals for the Whole Family
If you are planning a summer vacation with the whole family, we’ve put together our list of festivals that all ages can enjoy.
Comic-Con – San Diego, CA
Comic-Con 2018 Dates: July 19 – 22
Why Go? This huge festival isn’t just for comic book fans anymore. What began as a small gathering in 1970, has now turned into one of the most popular festivals in the USA. Boasting crowds topping 130,000, Comic-Con continues to celebrate comics, storytelling, and the arts.
Where to Stay: Stay north of downtown San Diego at Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa. You can enjoy the festival by day, and escape the crowds to lay by the pool for happy hour.
Del Mar Fair – San Diego, CA
Del Mar Fair 2018 Dates: June 1 – July 4
Why Go? If you can’t make Comic-Con this year, why not enjoy a totally different kind of festival? The Del Mar Fair in San Diego is the ultimate summer fair with rides, carnival games, animals, concerts, and plenty of funnel cake.
Where to Stay: Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa is just a short drive from the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Maker Faire – New York City
Maker Faire 2018 Dates: September 21-22
Why Go? This offbeat festival celebrates innovation, creativity, and do-it yourself spirit. This is a festival favorite for families. Participants show off their high and low-tech creations with the weird and wacky being well represented. Kids will not be bored here as there are tons of hands-on demos and crafts. There is also a special section where those under 18 present their work, so you might meet a six year old who has engineered her own robot.
Where to Stay: Choose from three Hilton Grand Vacations properties in Manhattan.
Norfolk’s Harborfest – Norfolk, VA
Harborfest 2018 Dates: June 8-10
Why Go? On the waterfront of Norfolk, VA you can always find a festival or other happenings during the summer months. Harborfest is a 3-day party with music, dance, and theater, combined with the Parade of Sails. This parade of tall ships and antique sailing vessels is a showstopper. Hands-on projects focus on kid-centric topics such as making your own pirate accessories. To top it all off, the fireworks show is one of the largest pyrotechnical displays on the East Coast.
Where to Stay: Try out the brand new Hilton Norfolk On Main.
Pan-Pacific Festival – Oahu, HI
Pan-Pacific 2018 Dates: June 8-10
Why Go? Hula dancers and taiko drummers share the spotlight during this celebration of Hawaiian and Japanese traditions. Waikiki turns into an international party with crafts, food booths, dancing, music, and a grand cross-cultural parade on Kalakaua Avenue.
Where to Stay: Hilton Grand Vacations has five stunning Oahu properties to choose from.
Parker Ranch Rodeo – Hawaii Island
Parker Ranch Rodeo 2018 Date: July 4 (Annually)
Why Go? If you are traveling to the Big Island of Hawaii over the 4th of July, you can celebrate wild west style on the lush ranch lands of Waimea. Fans cheer for their favorite “paniolo” (Hawaiian cowboy) during heart-pounding demonstrations of bronco busting and barrel racing. Children’s activities and food make this a perfect family festival.
Where to Stay: Hilton Grand Vacations has four properties to choose from in Hawaii.
Whether you are traveling with kids or without, this summer offers so many fun festivals to add to your vacation memories. Don’t forget, Hilton Grand Vacations is perfect for festival goers. We offer full kitchens to pack lunches for the day and plenty of space to relax and spread out after fun in the sun. Do you have a stand-out summer festival that other HGV Owners should add to their travel plans? Comment below!