It’s Summer, my favorite season and as I grind away on my new urban fantasy series (more to come on that) and plot out my next travel adventure (stay tuned for future posts), I’m also thinking of fun things to do this summer.
The summer is the time for festivals, conferences, and conventions. But there are so many. Well, here’s a guide to some that might strike your fancy, based on your interest.
If you’re a proud nerd:
Check out a fan con. There is one for every taste from like Comic Con (most major cites have one but the most famous one is San Diego).
Blerdcon – You don’t have to be a black nerd to enjoy this conference. However, this is a conference that focuses on the type of things you’d see at comic con but with an eye on People of Color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.
Otakon – If you love anime, mangas, cosplay, then this is the festival for you.
If you’re into the arts:
Many major cites have some type of arts festival in the summer and it’s a great time to see local art and music or lesser known national and international artists. This is also a great time for books and movie festivals.
Afropunk – If you’re into music with a unique take on R&B, punk, rap, and rock, this is for you. It’s held in several major cities world wide.
Artscape– This is the largest arts festivals in the country and well worth the trip to Baltimore if you’ve never been. They have every aspect of the arts that you can think of. Music, plays, dancing, art work, jewelry, fashion, street performances, DJing. It’s conveniently in the same area as Penn Station so you can take the train in with no problem.
If you like to party:
Any festival that has music is a good place to party but some summer events actually are a party. Also food festivals can’t be a wrong choice for a fun atmosphere (especially BBQ and food truck festivals).
Caribana- There are Caribbean festivals all over, but if you can’t get to the Caribbean to celebrate, this one, located in Toronto, is pretty popular.
Tattoo conventions– I can’t say for sure these places are parties but I can’t imagine if you’re getting a tattoo you want it to be quiet (at least I don’t) and boring.
If you’re fancy:
Check out a festival or event that takes you out of your comfort zone or gives you some culture. Maybe pick a festival abroad. There are some excellent ones outside of the states that will also give you a bit of culture.
Dinner En Blanc – This takes place world wide at different times. You dress up (in white), dine outside, and just get your classy on. Most major cites across the globe have a version.
Wine festivals – Wine festivals aren’t necessarily fancy but they can be. In the summer you’ll find a pick of reggae, jazz, soul, rock wine festivals that are fun. Find a designated driver or go uber/lyft of course. Or, make your own wine fest and tour different wineries with a group of friends. Maybe rent bus and driver.
If you’re active:
How about checking out a race with a fun element like obstacle courses or wine and food! I hate running so I can get tricked into doing a 5k if it’s fun or has a theme. I’ve done a Color Run, Wine and Cheese Run, Crab Run, Night Glow Run, Rock n Roll Run … I still want to do the Zombie Run but that’s too real for me right now!
Beauty Product of the Month:
This month I had to try out Maybelline Tattoo Studio Waterproof Eyebrow Gel. It goes on a little messy if you have thin brows so you’ll have to do some clean up but I must say it works. It held up after a high impact workout, the sauna, the shower, and sleeping! The only area it rubbed away a bit was the ends of my brows where I have less hair for it to tint. Worth the buy if you want defined brows that last overnight.
Out the Box
I’m spending a lot of my free time writing my next series, Mystic Bonds. A new venture for me into my beloved urban fantasy genre. Here’s a bit of what it’s about and if you are interested in becoming a beta reader please reach out to me!
Amina Langston thought surviving the supernatural apocalypse, which killed fifty percent of humankind, and becoming a life mage nine years ago were the biggest challenges in her life. That is, until she and her brother, a technology mage, go on the run from non-gifted humans who want to steal their magical blood. Now she’s in search of a handsome stranger who keeps appearing in her dreams and a secret paranormal city for help freeing those still held in captivity for their blood.
During her journey, Amina befriends several other magical beings also searching for the town, including a sexy were-jackal who distracts her from locating the man of her proverbial dreams. However, when the group finds the mysterious town, it’s filled with dangerous magic, a barbaric were-pack, and a seer who foresaw their role in a world-ending event. Facing these new troubles, will Amina save the other paranormals she left behind or end up in greater peril?
Next month- Los Cabos, Mexico recap and more!
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