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12 Events to Look Forward to, All Year Long

Photo Credit: Pop Culture Blog

Photo Credit: Pop Culture Blog

The New Year is here! What are you looking forward to most in 2015? We’re looking forward to a year filled with fun festivals and events in our favorite parts of the country.


Sundance Film Festival – Park City, Utah

Even though the Academy Awards for last year’s films won’t take place for another month, if you attend the Sundance Film Festival, you may be watching some of next year’s nominees. The iconic Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah, just outside Salt Lake City. It’s a bucket list festival for any film geek.


Mardi Gras – Mobile, Alabama

Today, many cities around the country celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), but Mobile, Alabama has the oldest celebration, with festivities dating back to 1703. Along with being the oldest, Mobile’s Mardi Gras celebration is one of the best, with parades and tons of masked parties leading up to Lent. It’s a party that’s not to be missed!


Cherry Blossom Festival – Macon, Georgia

One of the county’s most beautiful festivals occurs in early spring in Macon, Georgia. Spend a delightful day among the stunning and fragrant cherry blossoms.


Springing the Blues Festival – Jacksonville, Florida

Every year, more than 150,000 people come to the SeaWalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Over the course of three days, you’ll hear from more than 20 of the best blue artists in the country. Also, it’s tough to beat the weather in Florida at this time of the year, it’s not too hot and not too cold.


Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis, Indiana

Every May, Indianapolis is home to one of the world’s most popular races, the Indy 500, which takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The actual race may only be a few hours long, but the city celebrates for two whole weeks,. There are events and parties all over town leading up to race day.


County Music Awards Festival – Nashville, Tennessee

No city does Country Music as well as Nashville, so it’s no surprise that the place goes all out for the Country Music Awards Festival. If you’re in town during CMA week, you’ll likely spot the best and brightest in the country music industry out and about. The festival ends with the Country Music Awards, who will go home a winner this year?


The Fair – St. Louis, Missouri

Celebrate America’s birthday in style at the country’s biggest birthday party in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the long weekend, you’ll be treated to spectacular aerial shows, live music, and of course you can’t forget about the amazing fireworks display!


Lollapalooza – Chicago, Illinois

One of the best parts about attending Lollapalooza is that you never know who may turn up to perform over the course of the three-day festival. The musical performers are always varied, so there’s sure to be something for every taste.


Oktoberfest – Denver, Colorado

Denver’s Oktoberfest is a little slice of Bavaria, right here in the good ole USA. In late September, the city is filled with tons of beer, music, German Food, and lots of family-friendly events too. Be sure to bring your own lederhosen.


Texas State Fair – Dallas, Texas

When you’re in Texas, it’s go big or go home, and it’s go big for their annual State Fair. Every October, thousands of people flock to the fair ground to see live demonstrations, listen to great music, go on crazy thrill rides and eat large quantities of fried food, though not always in that order.


EPCOT Food and Wine Festival – Orlando, Florida

November is one of the best times to visit Disney World. Not only are the crowds nice and light, but there is also tons of delicious food and wine, from all over the world, available to sample at EPCOT.


Holiday Festival of Lights – Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is home to one of the best Christmas light displays in the Country. In the town, there are over 700 displays with over 2 million lights used! Pack up some thermoses with some delicious hot chocolate and take a drive around the area for a fun date night or family night.

Cheers to a great 2015!

Warm, Winter Activities in Pittsburgh

It can get pretty cold in Pittsburg in the winter, but that doesn’t mean the city isn’t worth a visit! There are plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy and warm during the colder months. Here are some of our favorite places where you can take off your scarf and coat and stay a while.

1. Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh is home to an amazing and large collection of works from one of the most famous pop artists, Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol Museum is located in downtown Pittsburgh and contains thousands of pieces spread out over seven floors. You’ll get to see some of is most famous works like the Campbell’s Soup Cans, and see recreations of The Factory. Don’t miss the museum shop on your way out for some unique gifts (for others, or yourself!) Bonus – if you’re really a big Warhol fan, then take a drive by his childhood home, where Andy spent the first fifteen years of his life, at 3252 Dawson Street.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Game
Winter in Pittsburgh? One of the best things to do is embrace the season and attend a hockey game. The city us home to one of the best teams in the league, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team won the Stanley Cup in 2009. The Consol Energy Center, where you’ll catch the game was recently opened in late 2010. Don’t worry about being cold, it may be chilly out on the rink, but you’ll be comfortable in your seats.

3. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Class up your evening by taking in a performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the beautiful and historic Heinz Hall. The building has been around since the 1880’s. The Symphony’s Winter 2015 schedule include A Night in Russia, the music of Casablanca with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and BeethovenFest. Also while you’re welcome to dress up, tuxedos and ballgowns are not required, to take in a show.

4. SW Randall Toyes and Giftes
If you’re traveling to Pittsburgh with your children, then a trip to SW Randall Toyes and Gifts is a must. Their downtown toye store is one of the largest we’ve seen, and it will remind you of the toy stores in famous movies like Big. This place will keep you and your kids warm and occupied for hours, as there are many toys open to play with in the store.

5. Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Want to get up close and personal with a T-Rex? Then head on over to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History and find their Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibit. In the early 1900’s, Barnum Brown found the fossils of two T-Rex’s that together formed the most complete skeleton of the creature that existed. Along with the mighty T-Rex, you’ll find 12 other dinosaur specimens in the exhibit. The museum is also home to informative exhibits on anthropology, ecology and geology.

After all that sightseeing, you may find yourself wanting to sit back and relax with a cup of coffee. Pop by one of Pittsburgh’s best coffee shops, 21st Street Coffee and Tea. The space is beautiful, lofty with lots of exposed brick. They have a clover machine, so you can be assured that you’re guaranteed to get a good cup of coffee here.

Hopefully these sights will keep you busy, warm and entertained while visiting Pittsburgh. See you soon!