Festival City Guide

Festival City Guide

3 April 2014

Festival season is more than just roadtrip playlists, wardrobe revamps, and #selfies – it’s also about exploring new places and trying new eats. Venture off the festival grounds this time around with our handy city guide below.

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COACHELLA – Palm Springs, CA (April 11-13, 18-20)

Restaurants
- For a delicious, locally grown, organic brunch, Cheeky’s is the place to go.
- Date night? Copley’s is intimate (and delicious) enough for your best friend or significant other.
Matchbox is your one-stop shop for pizza and other Italian delicacies.

Sights and Attractions
- Horseback riding in the desert is not just for movies: Relive those Indiana Jones scenes with your friends at Smoke Tree Stables.
- Bring out your inner Tiger Woods! Swing that golf club at Stand By Golf.
- Hike through the Indian Canyons or the Tahquitz Canyon for a great workout and Instagram-worthy photo ops.
- See the desert floor 8,500 feet above the ground with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

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JAZZ FESTIVAL – New Orleans (April 25-May 4)

Restaurants
- For a surprise, Stella! is constantly switching up its methods and menu – something’s bound to hit the spot.
- A delicious landmark cafe, Cafe Du Monde has been open since 1862. Grab a coffee or one of their famous zeppole.
- For “a truly unique New Orleans-style Mexcian joint,” try Juan’s Flying Burrito for a new spins on dishes from both cultures.
- Need a pick-me-up? The best cup of coffee in town is at PJ’s Coffee.

Sights and Attractions
- If you’re feeling like staying indoors for half a day, head to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for a display of sea life from all ends of the Americas.
- Open daily, the Historic French Market is the perfect combination of history, culture, shopping, and food – and may just satiate your Parisian wanderlust for now.
Jackson Square is the perfect (and convenient) place to spend a nice and relaxing day.

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GOVERNOR’S BALL – New York, NY (June 6-8)

Restaurants
- Slurp up the city’s best ramen at Ippudo NY.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way at Momofuku Milk Bar (and try the delicious Karlie’s Kookies while you’re at it).
- For all you animal lovers and health buffs, organic vegan restaurant Candle 79 is the place to go.
- Stop in LA Burdick for some seriously decadent chocolate treats.
- Despite the long lines, the popular Shake Shack is a must-try.
- Head to Dominique Ansel for some Cronuts and Shot-Glass cookies with milk – and be the envy of all your friends back home.

Sights and Attractions
- For first-timers, you can’t beat the view from the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock. Don’t forget to take a cruise to the Statue of Liberty.
- Channel your inner Blair Waldorf and drop by the Metropolitan Museum after strolling around Central Park.
- Lounge on the High Line and see the city from a totally different perspective.
- Experience nightlife at New York’s best rooftop bars: Le BainPress Lounge, and 230 Fifth are all great choices.

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BONNAROO – Manchester, TN (June 12-15)

Restaurants
- Take a break from the music and fun at a local favorite, Jiffy Burger, for a hearty meal.
- For a taste of Tennessee, head to The Oak Restaurant to sample everything from fried pickles to Southwest Egg Rolls.
- Nothing like a cuppa from Coffee Cafe to prep yourself for a whole day of music.
- The Brew Coffee Shop promises to satisfy your cravings for both coffee and sweets.

Sights and Attractions
- Get back in touch with nature at the Old Stone Fort State Park.
- A must-see phenomenon, the beautiful underground Ruby Falls has been a visitors’ favorite for over 85 years.
- From whale sharks to penguins, there’s something for everyone to love at the Tennessee Aquarium.

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LOLLAPALOOZA – Chicago, IL (August 1-3)

Restaurants
- Chicago is home to the Deep Dish Pizza, originally created in the kitchens of Uno Pizzeria. Dine in Lou Malnati’s for the best slice of deliciousness.
- Chicago Mix, please! Get a taste of Chicago’s most famous (and highly addictive) gourmet popcorn, Garrett’s Popcorn.
Portillo’s hot dogs are a must-try, but don’t forget to leave room for dessert – their cake shakes are just as delicious.

Sights and Attractions
- Afraid of heights? Face your fears at the Skydeck in the Willis Tower (locals call it Sears Tower), 103 floors above the ground. The Skydeck lodge’s glass boxes allow you to see the Chicago Skyline right under your feet.
- Take a stroll around Millennium Park and visit Chicago’s must-see attractions such as The Bean and the Crown Fountain.
- Immerse yourself into the world of science with a visit to the Adler Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.

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OUTSIDELANDS – San Francisco, CA (August 8-10)

Restaurants
- 25 Lusk is a beautiful mix of modernity and history, within a historic brick and timber warehouse.
- Having been named twice the best Japanese and Sushi restaurant in San Francisco, Umami is a no-brainer.
- Grab your friend and camera, and take the next cable car to the iconic Buena Vista Cafe. Having been around since 1916 as a boardinghouse, the location became famous in 1952 for having introduced the Irish Coffee.
- Forget the fancy stuff: Pizza211 is your quick and easy way to enjoy a quick bite in between shows with your friends.
- Pull up a stool and enjoy some drinks and laughs at the 500club; it’s the perfect spot to cure your post-show woes.

Sights and Attractions
- San Francisco’s version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lombard Street is so steep that it needed to be zigzagged in such a way that makes it look straight out of the pages of Dr. Seuss.
- Wine, dine, shop, and explore: Pier 39 is the fun and friendly locale for you to unwind, unload, and hang out while doing some shopping, eating, and more.
- After the music and craziness, head to the Twin Peaks to lay back and enjoy the 180-degree view of the Bay Area.
- A staggering 18 blocks long, Haight Street has a lot to love. With plenty of classic homes to walk past, trendy shops, and artistic graffiti, you’ll be entertained the whole way down.

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Photo Credit: Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, Coachella, Jazz Festival, OutsideLands, Bonnaroo