8 cheap, can’t-miss summer events popping up from Nashville to NYC

This summer, your favorite brands and cities are bringing the online experience to temporary brick-and-mortar locations near you. From coast to coast, you’ll find limited-time, curated pop-up shops, dance parties, art installations and more Instagram-worthy experiences to enjoy.

But shake a leg, because just like summer, these pop-up experiences and festivals won’t stick around forever. Here are some of the best summer events to catch.

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8 cheap, can’t-miss summer events
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8 cheap, can’t-miss summer events

New York City: Bubble Garden

The outdoor patio at Tavern on the Green, an iconic Central Park eatery, has transformed into a whimsical weekend bubble garden. Running now through July 4, the patio features bubbles and balloons for kiddos and bubbly for adults. Enjoy summer in the city right in the heart of Central Park, sipping sparkling wines and Champagne under lanterns, twinkling string lights — and with a bubble machine.

Miami: Silent Disco

At Silent Disco, visitors can dance to the beat of their own tunes. Instead of a live band or DJ blasting music through speakers, guests are issued wireless headphones to control their playlist and volume. Early birds can snag tickets to get in for free before midnight, and general admission starts at $15 to move and groove at The Wynwood Yard on July 13 and 14.

Chicago: Happy Place

Chicago gets all the cool stuff early: Earlier this year, they hosted a cashier-less Amazon Go store, and this summer, they’re home to a real, live Happy Place. After its successful debut in Los Angeles, the pop-up event is spreading the joy to Chicago from June 28 to Aug. 6. Tickets start at $30 and the event promises to provide a delight to the senses you won’t soon forget. Packed into 20,000 square feet is the world’s largest confetti dome, a larger-than-life double rainbow into a pot of happiness, and of course, a rubber ducky cubby.

Nashville, Tenn.: Pride Festival

Nashville is one of the top 15 best places to go for spring break, and it’s worth visiting in the summer, too. The city’s Pride Festival takes place June 23 and 24, right in front of City Hall. Celebrating LGBTQ people and culture, the event boasts family-friendly activities including face painting and carnival games. And as expected, the Music City will deliver on entertainment: The two-day event features headliners Wilson Phillips and JoJo, plus over 60 other performers.

San Francisco: 29Rooms

Refinery29’s 29Rooms first hit the scene in 2015 and will be going to San Francisco next. From June 21 to June 24, The City by the Bay will host the imaginative exhibition: 29 unique spaces that showcase art from a wide range of talented artisans who practice different disciplines. You’re encouraged to explore, enjoy the space and let your imagination run wild. You’ll find plenty of opportunity for selfies among the neon signs, hanging flowers, rainbows, graffiti, disco balls, suspended punching bags and even a carousel.

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Austin, Texas: Austin Ice Cream Festival

Beat the Texas heat and cool down at the Austin Ice Cream Festival on June 23. Tickets for the family-friendly event that celebrates all things a la mode start at $15 and attendees can gorge on ice cream, frozen yogurt, shaved ice and gelato from local favorites as well as national brands. If you’re in need of an ice cream reprieve, Austin’s best food trucks will be there to provide savory treats to balance out the sweets.

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Aspen, Colo.: Goop

Goop is a Hollywood heavy hitter and leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand. Now through Aug. 12, a Goop retail location can be found in Aspen, Colo. Goop has a not-so-secret reputation for endorsing and selling wildly pricey items, and its pop-up caters to the same high-end clientele. With several exclusive products featured at the limited-time store in Aspen, shoppers can browse Goop’s recycled cashmere blanket, fine jewelry and clothing.

Los Angeles: Saved by the Max

Instantly recognizable to fans of ’90s TV, Saved by the Max is a themed experienced centered on the hit show “Saved by the Bell.” After a sold-out, year-long run in Chicago, the favorite after-school diner of Bayside High School students arrived in West Hollywood on May 1 and will be serving up ’90s nostalgia through September 2019. For $40 a person, the experience is part culinary and part museum. Attendees can enjoy AC Sliders, Macaroni & Screech and a Lisa Turtle Milkshake, and scope out memorabilia from the Bayside Tigers.

Click through to keep reading about the cheapest — and most expensive — destinations to visit this summer.


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