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No Weekend Left Behind

There are fourteen weekends between now and Labor Day and one big question: Where to go? Here, travel ideas for each, plus backup plans for when you’re citybound.

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Philly Beer Week  

JUNE
May 31-June 2

If you go:
Philadelphia

2 hours by car
1.5 hours by Amtrak

For beer lovers, Philly is the city of brotherly suds. From May 31 through June 9, 261 beer-centric bars, breweries, and restaurants band together for the sixth annual Philly Beer Week (phillybeerweek.org). Events include a beer expo, barbecue block party, and, on June 2, Craft Beer Day on South Philly’s booming Passyunk Avenue. Drop your luggage at the new Hotel Monaco (from $319; monaco-philadelphia.com), and it’s a swift stroll to the nearby Independence Visitor Center’s Opening Tap festival. Forty-five bucks buys access to more than 30 of the region’s best beer-makers, including newcomers Round Guys and Free Will. Afterward, head to handsomely renovated restaurant Fork (306–308 Market St.; 215-625-9425), where Torrisi vet Eli Kulp turns out New American dishes like crab-apple soup and Sichuan-peppercorn-glazed duck, followed by funky, multifloor Strangelove’s (216 S. 11th St.; 215-873-0404) for lemon icebox cream pie and one of eighteen pedigreed drafts from cultish breweries like California’s Russian River.

If you stay:
Brooklyn’s edgiest dance label, L.I.E.S., closes out Red Bull Music Academy’s monthlong residency (redbullmusicacademy.com) on May 31, as part of a stacked bill at Williamsburg’s Output. On June 1, Chicken and Beer (chickenandbeer.org) takes over (Le) Poisson Rouge with b-boy battles and bottomless hops and hot wings. Also mixing meat products and music is DayLife (lowereastsideny.com), a June 2 outing that blankets three blocks of Orchard Street with AstroTurf, yoga classes, D.J. lessons, a pastrami-eating contest, and pushcart versions of LES staples like the Fat Radish and Mission Chinese.


June 7-June 9

If you go:
Falmouth, Cape Cod

4 hours by car
In the 1800s, Falmouth was the third-largest whaling port on the East Coast. Today, the resort town has a thriving local food scene—making it the perfect backdrop for the inaugural Cape Cod Food & Wine Festival (June 8; tickets from $65; Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy.; capecodfoodwine.com). The event’s back-to-back four-hour tasting sessions are strictly 21-and-over, and offerings range from the simple (mini-croissants and fromage lardons from Maison Villatte) to the elaborate (toasted brioche topped with pork-liver mousse, Champagne-vanilla aspic, malted-milk crumb, tarragon gelée, and pickled baby carrots from Tastings bistro). Crash at the family-owned Baileys by the Sea (from $215; baileysbythesea.com), and you’ll awake each morning to a locally sourced multicourse breakfast served on the house’s wraparound porch. On Sunday, walk off the food coma in historic Falmouth Village, or drive to Woods Hole and gaze at the Edward Hopper–evoking Nobska lighthouse.


If you stay:
Kanye West joins a much older, rounder Axl Rose for the Governors Ball Music Festival (June 7–9; governorsballmusicfestival.com) on Randalls Island. In Manhattan proper, the musically inclined can jam on the ivories of a John Varvatos–styled piano parked outside Alice Tully Hall; it’s one of 88 decorated uprights and baby grands dotting the five boroughs as part of the Sing for Hope Pianos project (pianos.singforhope.org). And June 6 to 9, find out why Rob Delaney is one of Twitter’s first breakout comedians when he takes the stage at Carolines on Broadway (carolines.com).


June 14-June 16

If you go:
Copake Lake, New York

2 hours by car
Copake Country Club’s eighteen-hole course is renowned for its heart-stopping views of the Berkshire foothills, and this Father’s Day, dads golf for free when accompanied by a paying son or daughter ($65 for adults, cart included; $15 for kids under 14; 44 Golf Course Rd.; 518-325-4338). No membership is required for a meal at the Greens (518-325-0019), the club’s locavore restaurant, which grows herbs and veggies in a garden by the fourteenth tee. For accommodations, consider Mount Merino Manor (from $225; mountmerinomanor.com), a hilltop Victorian B&B in nearby Hudson.

If you stay:
In a rare New York detour, D.C.’s Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience (June 14–15; savorcraftbeer.com) swoops into the Metropolitan Pavilion. Also June 15: Lumen (lumenfest.org), a six-hour video-and-performance-art festival at Staten Island’s Lyons public pool.


June 21-June 23


If you go:
North Adams, Massachusetts

4 hours by car; 4.5 hours by bus
Commune with fellow Wilco lovers at the three-day Solid Sound Festival (from $65; solidsoundfestival.com), a family-friendly music extravaganza curated by and featuring the band, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA). Camp within a mile of the museum’s renovated nineteenth-century mill buildings ($90 per tent plot; $120 per RV plot) so you don’t miss a second of Yo La Tengo, Neko Case, White Denim, Low, and, of course, Wilco, who for the first (and probably last) time will play an all-request set on Friday. Also on deck: stand-up sets by John Hodgman and Reggie Watts and farm-to-table Berkshire eats at two new charity food events—local hors d’oeuvre and spirits ($90) and a midnight sit-down dinner with band members in the museum ($275).

If you stay:
On June 22, the Quiet Clubbing Pub Crawl (quietevents.com) puts a flash-mob spin on barhopping by pumping D.J. mixes into the wireless headsets of 100 hedonistic beatheads. The next day, the line between experimental art and music blurs as John Zorn premieres two warped vocal works alongside James Turrell’s rotunda-flooding light sculptures at the Guggenheim. And running all weekend is a kid-friendly immersive theater piece The Reptile Under the Flowers at St. Ann’s Warehouse (stannswarehouse.org). Think Sleep No More, only with puppets.


June 28-June 30

If you go:
Beach Haven, New Jersey

2 hours by car
Real-life drama unfolded at Long Beach Island’s 450-seat Surflight Theatre/Broadway on the Beach (201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven; 609-492-9477) last October when Sandy water reached as far as row H. Four months later, the 63-year-old theater returned swinging with a full lineup of performances. George M!, running June 19 through July 7, features Drew B. James as wisecracking song-and-dance legend George M. Cohan, performing showstoppers like “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Book tickets in advance ($45), along with a room at The Gables (from $250; gableslbi.com), an elegant Victorian inn that has made a comeback after the double whammy of a fire followed by Sandy flooding. For a pre-curtain dinner, lock in a table at beloved BYOB Mediterranean spot Carmen’s (122 North Bay Ave.; 609-848-9650).

If you stay
Bring a Scrabble board to the Museum of Mathematics (momath.org) on June 28 for one-on-one lessons with three-time national champ Joe Edley. Or catch a whole other kind of genius on display the following day, as BAM welcomes The Hitchcock 9 (6/29–7/3; bam.org), the British Film Institute’s touring festival of the director’s newly restored silent films. Saturday screenings include The Ring and Blackmail, both with live musical accompaniment. That Sunday, Pridefest (nycpride.org) marches down Fifth Avenue, led by grand marshals Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte, and Earl Fowlkes.



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