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No Weekend Left Behind


Chincoteague Pony Swim  

July 4-July 7

If you go:
Providence, Rhode Island

3.5 hours by car
The Rhode Island School of Design Museum (224 Benefit St.; 401-454-6500) is one of the best small museums on the East Coast; and if you’re the type of guy whose bow tie matches his suspenders, it’d be a shame to miss RISD’s “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion” exhibition (through August 18), covering everything from OG dandy Beau Brummell to the Sartorialist. Ogle one of Oscar Wilde’s button-downs, plus suits that belonged to Fred Astaire and John Waters. Chase the tour with a pickleback shot and dancing at the two-story Salon (57 Eddy St.; 401-865-6330), before passing out at the boutiquey Hotel Providence (from $219;

If you stay:
One of the standout parties in ­Verboten’s new StageONE concert series ( goes down on the Fourth, with D.J. Sasha dropping superclub sounds on the Williamsburg waterfront. On July 6, there’s a mock Miss America pageant starring ­Justin Vivian Bond at Fisher Center’s Spiegeltent (

July 12-July 14

If you go:
Bridgehampton, Long Island

2 hours by car; 3 hours by LIRR
For art, dumplings, and possible rock-legend sightings, head to the third annual artMRKT Hamptons (July 11–14; tickets from $20;, a four-day fair held on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society. Hundreds of works by emerging and established artists from 40 galleries—including Chelsea’s Nancy Hoffman, Bushwick’s Fuchs Projects, and L.A.’s CB1—suit collectors both casual and less so, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $50,000. No bank? No problem. Go for the food and people-watching instead: Trucks from Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rickshaw Dumplings, Montaco, and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream are a vast improvement over the usual stuffy (or absent) gallery fare, and last year’s attendees included Jon Bon Jovi, Edie Falco, and erstwhile Housewife Dina Manzo. Check in to the conveniently located Sag Harbor Inn (from $429;, and round out the weekend with a taco lunch from La Fondita (74 Montauk Hwy.; 631-267-8800) and an afternoon of Rosato tasting at East End winery Channing Daughters ($10; 1927 Scuttlehole Rd.; 631-537-7224).

If you stay:
Join thousands of MLB obsessives at the Javits Center for the All-Star Fanfest (July 12–16;, a veritable baseball theme park for snapping up memorabilia, testing new gear, and collecting eBay-gold autographs. On July 13, India’s Holi Festival meets an all-ages fun run when the Color Mob 5k ( beats a path through the city; wear white, as you’ll be doused head-to-toe in neon-hued cornstarch. Later that night, head to the Prospect Park band shell for a free screening of Bela Lugosi’s Dracula (, preceded by a musical set from singer-violinist Kishi Bashi.

July 19-July 21

If you go:
Chincoteague Island, Virginia

5 hours by car
In July—as those who grew up reading Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague will recall—the wild ponies who live on the 37-mile barrier island of Assateague make their annual swim across the channel to Chincoteague. Starting this weekend, the town’s “saltwater cowboys” begin rounding up the horses for July 24’s pony swim. Hole up in Miss Molly’s Inn (from $165;, the seven-room B&B where Henry wrote her famous children’s book in 1947. Make good use of the free bikes, beach chairs, and boogie boards as you spend Saturday relaxing on Assateague’s pristine white beaches (daily parking passes are $8) or cycling along its picturesque biking trails. Around 4:30 p.m., wander over to the south side of the island and watch as the cowboys lead the ponies to an enclosed pen. The corralling continues on Sunday at 8 a.m. on the north side, though seeing it involves a six-mile hike. Come nightfall, head to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival on Main Street for raffles, rides, and fried oysters aplenty.

If you stay:
Get a head start on the summer’s hottest concert—Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium—aboard the pre-party Rocks Off booze cruise, setting sail at 5:30 p.m. on July 19 ( The next morning, Nitehawk Cinema’s “Art Seen” series ( screens Beauty Is Embarrassing, a doc about multimedia visionary and Pee-wee’s Playhouse puppet designer Wayne White.

July 26-July 28

If you go:
Finger Lakes, New York

4 hours by car
Fifty-one weeks a year, the Finger Lakes region lures travelers with waterfall trails, peaceful retreats, and vineyard tours. But the last weekend of July, the towns around Cayuga Lake roll out a different kind of welcome mat: a patchwork of roadside blankets and front-porch displays piled high with antiques, farm tools, and sundry attic treasures. Now in its 25th year, the 50-Mile-Long Garage Sale (July 27–28; 800-499-9615) runs on State Route 90 between Homer and Montezuma, passing through seven tiny hamlets (and plenty of pastureland). Expect to find 300 to 500 vendors, with residents, businesses, and community groups all pitching in. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the best time to shop is early morning (to avoid the crowds) or late Sunday (when prices plummet). Stop for lunch in storybook Aurora, where Pumpkin Hill Bistro (2051 Rte. 90; 315-364-7091) serves pan-seared local duck breast and charred, sugar-crusted salmon in 1820s farmhouse environs. Three miles up the road, Captain Skip Stamberger’s year-old Water to Wine Tours invites folks aboard a fifteen-passenger, 26-foot harbor launch boat for daily five-hour cruises with stops at three lakeside vintners ($85;—a no-stress solution for anyone debating designated-driver duties. The best place to spend the night: Cortland’s timber-and-stone Hope Lake Lodge ($916 for two nights;, with an on-site spa and indoor water park and easy access to the sale route’s starting point in Homer, ten miles north.

If you stay:
Hop the ferry to Governors Island to see 200 wordsmiths across three stages as part of the Poetry Society of New York’s two-day Poetry Festival (July 27–28; That Sunday, Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Damrosch Park band shell by playing the dizzying works of Dan Deacon, Amon Tobin, and the National’s Bryce Dessner (

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