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Hawaiian shirt. Check. Colorful lei. Check. Laidback attitude and desire to escape everyday life. Check. Sounds like you’re well on your way to vacationing like a Parrot Head, those rollicking, rabid fans of trop rock troubadour Jimmy Buffett.

If you’ve got tickets to any of his upcoming shows and have travel plans around them, we’ve got a list of easy-to-follow rules that will make sure your change in latitude is the best it can be. In fact, these 10 pieces of priceless advice—which come courtesy of the 25,000-member-strong Jimmy Buffet fan group, Parrot Heads in Paradise (PHIP)—could apply to just about any vacation, or even life in general.

For those who don’t know, PHIP was first launched by fan Scott Nickerson in 1985 and the group has since raised over $46 million for charity. We can all drink to that. Now, here’s what can we learn from these rabid relaxationists…

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1. Pack the beach in your bag

Being a Parrot Head is all about that casual, relaxed beach vibe, so packing for a trip as a Parrot Head is relatively simple: shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. Beyond those basics you can add swimsuits, coconut bras, grass skirts, and even pirate paraphernalia. As for footwear, pack your flip-flops. No other footwear is required. Maybe throw in an extra pair along with some Band-Aids in case you suffer the fate that Jimmy sings about in “Margaritaville,” when he “blew out my flip flop. Stepped on a pop top. Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home.” What the Parrot Heads are trying to tell you here is, keep it simple; do not over pack.

2. Decorate your noggin’

The Kentucky Derby may be all about those elegant chapeaus the fancy ladies wear. For a Jimmy Buffet concert, fans don hats shaped like parrots, shark fins, coconuts and yes, even cheeseburgers. But why limit yourself to one item? Grab a straw hat and cover it with your own interpretation of the Parrot Head Nation—dangle plastic cheeseburgers, bananas, oranges, lobster and flamingos from it. Whatever floats your boat. There are very few sartorial rules for Parrot Heads. In other words, even on vacation, you do you.

3. Waste away in Margaritaville—any Margaritaville

Obviously, Parrot Heads flock to the chain of Margaritaville bars. But did you also know that they also convene at Landshark Bar & Grill, Cheeseburger in Paradise and 5 O’clock Somewhere? Consider the neon signs of these establishments to read “Welcome, Parrot Heads.” You may not always have a view of the ocean or be able to stick your toes in the sand at all the locations, but you’ll always be able to find an island drink served with a brightly colored umbrella. The Parrot Head life lesson here is that it’s not so much about the destination you’re in as it is the company you’re with (and the drink in your hand).

4. Set an alarm for 5pm

Parrot Heads are fond of reminding each other, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” in tribute to the Alan Jackson music video featuring Jimmy Buffett. As he sings, “At a moment like this, I can’t help but wonder, what would Jimmy Buffet do?” Never miss the start of happy hour with a daily reminder of the unofficial kickoff to cocktail time. Does that mean you have to wait until 5 for a drink? The Parrot Heads don’t. As the song says, “It’s only half past twelve, but I don’t care. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Parrot Heads aren’t known to adhere to rigid schedules, and neither should you—so on your next trip, leave some time to relax and see where the day takes you.

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5. Practice your fin dance everywhere you go

Have you ever seen tens of thousands of grown adults simultaneously touching their hands above their heads and swinging their fins to the left, fins to the right? No? Well, then you haven’t been to a Buffet concert. Being silly and participating with total abandon are two things Parrot Heads excel at. Give it a try on your next vacation and you just might make some new friends or be a part of some really fun and unexpected new experiences.

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6. Lei one on at a tailgate party

The party for Parrot Heads starts in the parking lot, with decked-out party tents and truck beds filled with water and edged with grass skirts. Expect to find full tiki bars set up, shark-shaped golf carts and thousands of Parrot Heads roaming with inner tubes around their waists and festooned with dozens of leis. No tailgate around? You can still vacation like a Parrot Head. Just set up a similar compound on the beach. Parrot Heads will soon find you, drawn like moths to a flame to your tiki torch. What this translates to for your next vacation is, find your people. No matter what your destination or interests are (cooking, history, soccer, gaming, yoga, whatever), do a little research ahead of time to connect with like-minded locals.

7. Pack an extra shaker of salt

Who would have thought a song about sponge cake, sunburned tourists and boiling shrimp would end up on the song list for the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame? “Margaritaville” has a lively tune, often belted at the top of their lungs by inebriated Parrot Heads. But it’s a sad song, really. Not only did his flip-flop break, he lost his shaker of salt, which every Parrot Head needs to rim his Margarita glass. This is just a metaphor for being prepared. Don’t suffer the same fate as poor Jimmy. Pack an extra of that thing you know you might lose on your trip—an extra phone charger, sunglasses, swim trunks, you name it.

8. Feast and imbibe like a Parrot Head

At the bottom of the Parrot Head food pyramid are of course margaritas and cheeseburgers. These food choices come courtesy of two of Buffet’s most popular tunes, odes to the “frozen concoction that helps me hang on,” and “that American creation on which I feed!” Other food and drinks mentioned in Jimmy Buffet songs include the Hurricane, gumbo, peanut butter, mango, fruitcake, dill pickles, Dreamsicles and Champagne. Beer drinkers sip on frosty bottles of Landshark Lager made by Margaritaville Brewing Co. The takeaway here? Calories don’t count on vacation. Live a little!

9. Laugh so you don’t go insane

This just might be the most important rule of all because sometimes travel presents you with unexpected challenges—a canceled flight, a bout of rain, a little Montezuma’s revenge. This is not the time to curl up on your hotel room floor and call it quits. Instead, take a cue from Jimmy’s “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.” This is the time you look for a chum with a bottle of rum and make the most of it, laugh in the face of adversity and move on. The beach will still be there in the morning.

Stay in a colorful nest: A list of top Parrot Head hotels

Sashaying into the lobby in your flamingo-festooned straw hat and grass skirt should never feel awkward. If you’re following Jimmy on the road, or just want to spend your vacation with other Parrot Heads, these resorts welcome the lifestyle with open arms.

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
Like the restaurant, Margaritaville hotels were tailor-made for relaxed sun-seekers.

Miami, FL: Circa 39
Get an instant change in attitude with the brightly colored décor and rum drinks like the Rumaway Bride at WunderBar at this Miami gem.

Montego Bay, Jamaica: Altamont West
The exterior and lobby are painted in parrot shades, of yellow, green and red.

Holetown, Barbados: Coral Reef Club
In addition to its name, so similar to Jimmy’s Coral Reefer Band, Parrot Heads will love this hotel for its laid-back luxury.

Key West, FL: NYAH
This affordable, quirky adults-only property charges by the room, not the person, encouraging Parrot Heads to nest together.

Key West FL: Casa Marina
The Parrot Head Mecca, this hotel hosts the annual conference for Parrot Heads, Meeting of the Minds.


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An award-winner writer based in Atlanta, Jan is also an editor, book author, publisher of Girl on the Go and a really pathetic packer for a travel writer. She is also editorial director of The 100 Companies, a publishing platform with 100-word stories and 100-second videos.
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Dads totally luck out—Father’s Day falls in June, when the weather is warm and the outdoor activities are plentiful. And not only does dear old Dad deserves nothing but the best for Father’s Day, but experiential gifts trump traditional presents any day. So treat your dad to the best gift you can give him, without bankrupting yourself in the process. We’ve got some cheap Father’s Day suggestions right here:

Red River Gorge

Red River Gorge at Natural Bridge. Photo: hspauldi – Flickr.

Hit the trails

Take dad for a hike. This is an easy one no matter where you live — if you’re in the city, it’s a great opportunity to get out into nature and blow off some steam, and if you’re in the country, well, that just makes it even easier. If you’re willing to travel for the privilege, Red River Gorge in Kentucky is one for the books. There are more than 500 miles of trails that vary in difficulty, and there’s no entrance fee to the park.

MillerCoors brewery tour - a cheap Father's Day delight

A sign at the MillerCoors brewery in Milwaukee. Photo: Adam Sonnett – Flickr.

Imbibe in a brew

Head to Milwaukee for a beer with dad. The industrial city is known for its plethora of breweries, but before hitting the craft beer scene, head to the MillerCoors factory for a tour of a Midwestern mainstay. German immigrant Frederick Miller founded the brewery in the 1850s, and besides a brief pause during Prohibition, it’s been quenching the country’s thirst ever since. Tours are free, last about an hour and end with three free samples in the beer garden. How’s that for a cheap Father’s Day excursion?


The National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Photo: Jennifer Morrow – Flickr.

Visit Wright-Pat

There’s no better fatherly activity than diving into the fascinating history of aviation. The National Museum of the United States Air Force—located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio—has one of the Wright Brothers’ planes, modern models and everything in between. The museum just opened its fourth building on June 8, which has more than 70 aircraft in its Presidential, Research and Development, Space and Global Reach galleries. Visitors can board space shuttles and walk through Air Force One. The free museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney performs on his Out There Tour at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay in April 2014. Photo: Jimmy Baikovicius – Flickr.

See an outdoor concert

Moms may sing us lullabies as children, but dads play their favorite rock songs for us, making surewe’re way cooler than our age. Sting and Peter Gabriel are touring together this summer in what’ll surely be an epic, dad-approved blowout. If your pops wasn’t into either of them, try Paul McCartney, Guns N’ Roses or Black Sabbath, all of whom are also on the road. There’s a concert for every taste this summer, so find an outdoor venue near you, take your dad, and—this last part’s really important—buy him a beer. After all, he changed your diapers and fed you for years and whatnot. But at least you can tease him about getting too old for the lawn seats.

Car show

The 47th Annual Twin Cities Collectors Car Show & Swap Meet in Blaine, Minnesota.
August 2014. Photo: Greg Gjerdingen – Flickr.

Stroll through a car show

Most dads love a good car show. But which kind you take him to are up to you: You’ve got your new, unattainable cars for wishful thinking, and your classic hot rods for reminiscing. The Tahoe City Solstice Festival has a car show the evening of June 17, or try Thunder on the River Car Show June 18 near Scranton, Pennsylvania. If cross-country road trippin’ is more your dad’s thing, try a boat and RV show, which usually costs about $10–$15 at the door.

Hit the back nine

A game of golf is always cause for father/kid bonding. Florida is known for its golfcourses, and it’s a smart escape from the beaches, which get crowded this time of year with summer breakers. Try Bay Hill Club in Orlando or Hammock Dunes Club Link Course in Palm Coast. A word to the wise: Pick a tee time on any weekend except Father’s Day, as the greens will likely get about as crowded as the beaches.

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Nothing tops a good summer concert. But sometimes jumbo shows at sports stadiums just don’t provide the ambiance you’re craving. Luckily, America has been graced with the glory of multiple breathtaking outdoor concert venues. Whether they’re built right into their surroundings or have been turned into works of art, these venues are sure to satiate that live-music-on-a-summer-night need.

 Red Rocks Amphitheater outdoor concert venue

A sunrise at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Photo: Chris Pelliccione – Flickr

Red Rocks Amphitheatre — Morrison, Colorado

Located just outside of Denver, Red Rocks consistently tops the list of coolest outdoor theaters in America. And it’s easy to see why: The open-air theater is framed by shockingly red rocks, jutting out in every direction. On the schedule for this summer are The Lumineers, The National, Bob Dylan, Odesza and more. Red Rocks hosts other events too, like yoga, fitness challenges and movie screenings. And attendees can usually expect to enjoy the show while drinking a cold one from one of Denver’s many craft breweries.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion outdoor concert venue

Chicago’s skyline provides the backdrop for Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Photo: Sergey Gabdurakhmanov – Flickr

Jay Pritzker Pavilion — Chicago, Illinois

Pritzker Pavilion has been fostering perfect views of Chicago’s skyline from its Millennium Park outpost since 2004. It has 4,000 seats, and the lawn seats roughly 7,000. Most concerts are free and BYOB—though this summer’s Flight of the Conchords and Wilco shows are worth shelling out a little money for—and Chicagoans flock here with blanket and alcohol in hand as soon as it’s warm enough to not need 8 sweaters. And a winter coat. Whether or not there’s a concert, the pavilion itself is worth visiting, if only for the photo op—a giant steel ribbon structure frames the stage, and a web of crisscrossing steel pipes stretch over the pavilion and entire 95,000-square-foot lawn. It’s more art than building. In fact, the city had to designate it as a piece of art to circumnavigate some building height restrictions. 


Nikon at Jones Beach Theater outdoor concert venue

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Photo: Rob Sinclair – Flickr

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater — Wantagh, New York

This theater is located inside a state park, and first opened in 1952 to host musicals. Back then it had a moat — performers were brought to the stage in a boat and some of the scenery floated. That all changed after the first renovation, when the moat was filled in and seats were added closer to the stage. It had to undergo another major reno to the tune of $20 million after Hurricane Sandy hit hard in 2012. It reopened in spring of 2013, and only started selling alcohol outside of VIP boxes in 2014. Meaning this summer’s headliners—Bad Company and Joe Walsh, Weezer and Panic at the Disco, and the BLI Summer Jam (with Meghan Trainor and Iggy Azalea)—will be that much more fun.


Hollywood Bowl outdoor concert venue

A shot of Los Angeles, with Hollywood Bowl in the foreground. Photo: InSapphoWeTrust – Flickr

The Hollywood Bowl — Hollywood, California 

Nestled in the Hollywood hills, the Bowl opened in 1922 and rode the wave of Hollywood fame. Frank Sinatra played there in 1943, the Beatles in 1964, and a showcase of the world’s best musicians followed. It’s been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since it opened, and has drawn famous visitors, from President FDR to Mickey Rooney. This summer’s highlights include Janet Jackson, Paul Simon, The Cure with Twilight Sad and Steely Dan

Gorge Amphitheatre outdoor concert venue

Gorge Amphitheatre. Photo: Hejl – Flickr

Gorge Amphitheatre — George, Washington

This amphitheater is often considered one of the most scenic in the world, with sweeping views of the Columbia River and the foothills of the Cascade Range as its backdrop. The land on which it sits was originally set to be a vineyard. Instead, the Gorge opened in 1986, with a mind-blowing capacity of 27,500. Since then, it’s held dozens of music festivals, one of the most notable being Sasquatch! Music Festival. Fans can actually camp at the Gorge for 24 hours on the day of the single show, or until noon the day after a festival ends. This summer, the amphitheater will also host the Paradiso Festival, the Watershed Festival and Phish.

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It plays out like a scene in a movie: You pack your things and hit the open road with the hopes of reaching out and touching fame, fortune and glory—if only for a moment. Following your favorite band across the country is certainly an adventurous pastime, meaning it can also get expensive pretty quickly. But with a little knowhow and the hook-up with some cheap tickets, you can pull it off and still have enough in your wallet to get home. Here’s how:

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Strategize carefully

Following a band across the country shouldn’t be done on a whim—otherwise, you may run out of gas, get stranded, or show up to a sold-out show empty-handed. Before you hit the road, you need a plan.

Snag those tickets – for cheap!

The concert tickets should come first, and CheapTickets makes it easy to get into your favorite band’s shows without hurting your wallet. Your safest bet may be starting in your hometown. For example: If you’re a Carrie Underwood fan hailing from Jacksonville, FL, grab tickets to the first stop of her tour for $68. Then, it’s only a short jaunt to Duluth for the second show. Repeat this pattern until you’ve had your fill of Ms. Underwood’s sultry crooning.

Pick your plane, train or automobile

Transportation’s just as important as the concerts themselves. Do your research and see if a cheap car rental or a cheap flight is a better fit for your touring aspirations. You’re not stuck with one or the other throughout the entire duration of your tour, unless you drive your own car.

Budget well —you’ll need that money later

Life on the road can be filled with all sorts of unseen expenses. You’ll likely end up needing a last-minute hotel room in a strange city at least once. But if you budget accordingly and plan your hotel stays in advance, you’ll have plenty of cash left over for any proverbial bumps in the road.

Set aside some cash for (a little) frivolity

Let’s face it—no matter how many band t-shirts you already have, you’ll probably be aching to pick up some new merch. So get yourself something that’ll help you remember this experience! And besides, all budgeting and no play makes for a less-than-stellar trip.

Eat smart

You’ll need lots of energy for traveling, cheering and dancing your butt off, so make sure you can afford to eat enough. If you’re worried about your food budget, grab a few boxes of granola bars and other snacks before you leave home to cheaply tide you over between meals.

Pack light

Unless you’re hitting the road in a caravan, you’ll want to pack light. Even if you plan on touring for a few weeks. This is doubly true if you’re flying, so don’t bring anything more than a carry-on bag. If you need to wash your clothes in a pinch along the way, your hotel room’s sink or tub is the way to go. But if you’re feeling extra fancy, there’s always the laundromat.

Don’t forget that camera

Following a band on tour is probably a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, unless you plan on becoming Beyonce’s personal assistant. So remember to have fun, make great memories, and update your Instagram often—you know, to remind everyone of how jealous they should be.

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From blues and jazz to Katy Perry-style mega pop, America’s music scene is off the charts. And all over the country, entire swaths of the states are extremely loyal to their own favorite genres, according to this interactive map by Movoto. Which begs the question: What cities are the best for each kind of music? Here’s where to go to sample the best music genres and scenes around, on the cheap.

Get ready to rock in New York City

New Yorkers are as dedicated to music as they are to their pizza and bagels. And the city that shaped The Velvet Underground, KISS and The Talking Heads—and who propelled CBGB into a pop-culture icon—just wants to rock, whether it’s a cheap underground show or a packed stadium. But it doesn’t get much more quintessentially New York as Billy Joel, who’s filling the equally iconic Madison Square Garden on the regular. With tickets starting at $93 for his January 7 show, there’s no excuse notto see him play your favorites like “Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Movin’ Out,” and of course, “New York State of Mind.”

Dance to some EDM in San Francisco

Maybe it’s all the tech start-ups, but there’s just something about the Bay Area that makes people want to get down with some dirty bass. Cheap EDM shows are always within earshot—you can actually hear glitchy drums and layered strings pulsing down the steep San Francisco streets. If you need a little guidance on where to go, there’s a cheap Sound Tribe Sector 9 show on January 29, with tickets starting at $62. You’ll be treated to a trippy laser show and one of the genre’s top artists for your efforts.

Two-step, folk-style, in Las Vegas

You might expect mega-concerts to be Sin City’s biggest draw, but nothing gets the locals going quite like the twangy guitars and grassroots lyrics quite like folk music. And despite being surrounded by casinos and expensive hotels, there are plenty of cheap folk shows on the neon strip, including big names like Willie Nelson. Score some tickets to see him play January 8 amid all that glitz for as little as $62. Or, if your tastes run a little more country, see Reba, Brooks & Dunn for only $75.

Get back to your indie-rock roots in Austin

Austin, Texas, is the last bastion of excellent American music before you hit the southern border. There are cheap shows (and seriously cool venues) everywhere, and Austinites go crazy for the city’s vibrant punk and indie-rock scene. Catch The 1975 on May 5 for as low as $51. They’ll be rocking out in the Lone Star State for one night only.

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Forget pumpkin carving and apple picking, your wish list of things to do this fall is a bit more ambitious. You are hoping to catch that once-in-a-blue-moon soccer game, or hit up an Oktoberfest at a legit brewery. You want to attend a huge charity concert in Central Park, and see a world religious leader speak. Sure, sure, you’ll check out the beautiful foliage along the way. You just need a little help getting there—financially that is. Cheap Tickets has your back. Check out the event ticket part of, and use the promo code TICKETS10 for 10% off.

Global Citizen Festival

Great Lawn in Central Park

New York, New York

Sept. 26, 12 p.m.

Tickets start at $152

Bird's-eye-view of the 2014 Global Citizens Festival. Courtesy of Anthony Quintano.

Bird’s-eye-view of the 2014 Global Citizens Festival. Courtesy of Anthony Quintano.

Headliners of this annual festival include Beyoncé, Coldplay (sold!), Pearl Jam and Ed Sheeran. If that’s not star-studded enough, tack on a list of hosts that includes Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde. Proceeds go toward the eradication of extreme poverty.


Austin City Limits  

Zilker Park

Austin, Texas

Oct. 2-4, 9-11

Three-day pass starts at $415

Iggy Azalea performs at Austin City Limits. Courtesy of Ralph Arvesen.

Iggy Azalea performs at Austin City Limits. Courtesy of Ralph Arvesen.

Leave it to Austin City Limits to pack in the most musical goodness into two weekends as humanly possible. Acts such as Drake, Foo Fighters, Alt-J, Hozier, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, A$AP Rocky, and Walk the Moon will be gracing the stage, just to name a few. It’s important to save money on the ticket purchase since hotel rates will likely go up during these two weekends as well.



Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Chico, California

Oct. 4-7

Tickets start at $104

Courtesy of Steven Guzzardi.

Courtesy of Steven Guzzardi.

Don your lederhosen and raise your glass for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest celebration. This is the first year the festival will span three days, and a fabulous alternative to forking out the cash to travel across the pond to Germany. Prost!


CONCACAF Cup: United States vs. Mexico

Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

Oct. 10, 6 p.m.

Tickets start at $156

U.S. Men's National Team in 2013. Courtesy of Erik Drost.

U.S. Men’s National Team in 2013. Courtesy of Erik Drost.

 More than 90,000 fans are expected to turn out for this high-stakes clash against the U.S. Men’s’ National Team and Mexico. A win here will be the USMNT’s ticket to the Confederations Cup in Russia, which will let the team scope out the stage they’ll be entering in World Cup 2018. Teams that make it to the Confederations Cup always have an advantage in the subsequent World Cup, and the USMNT is gunning for it.


An American in Paris

The Palace Theater

New York, New York

Oct. 16, 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $71 (check out a matinee for a cheaper show)

An American in Paris. Courtesy of James Joel.

An American in Paris. Courtesy of James Joel.

The story of an American World War II veteran in Paris trying to make a name for himself as a painter, who falls in love with a French girl. Gene Kelly made the musical famous with the 1951 movie, and Broadway will bring it to life again this fall. Critics are saying it’s not to be missed.


Ohio State University vs. Michigan

Michigan Stadium

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nov. 28, time TBA

Tickets start at $137 

Courtesy of Scott Stuart.

Courtesy ofScott Stuart.

If you can score tickets to this game, you’re the envy of tens of thousands of Ohio State and Michigan fans. In fact, if you’ve spent too much money on other fall events, you’ll do yourself a favor and resell these tickets. But if you care at all about college football, this game is not to be missed. The OSU/Michigan rivalry is heralded as one of the thickest competitions in the sport, transcending generations.

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Denverblog Denver may be the hottest spot in the country for Obama fans, democrats and political junkies later this month as the site of the Democratic National Convention. (A tip for those planning to travel to Denver for the convention: Check online for several free events for the public around convention time.)

But if you’re more interested in food and music than politics — or if you’re just looking for a fun place to travel for Labor Day weekend — Denver still is the place to be.

A Taste of Colorado, Denver’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration, starts right after the convention ends, and features food, music and fun for all ages all weekend. And the most fun of all: Admission is FREE.

A Taste of Colorado has food from more than 50 Denver restaurants, including Gelazzi Gelato, Thunderbird Burgers and more. You can purchase food with tickets (eight for $5). There are also carnival rides, cooking demonstrations, an arts & crafts market and plenty of entertainment and activities for kids.

Free concerts provide entertainment throughout the festival, and the headliners on the mainstage are big: Little Feat on Friday night, The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Sunday and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Monday.

It’s not too late to plan your Labor Day weekend travel. So find some cheap tickets and head to Denver for plenty of food and free concerts. A Taste of Colorado runs Friday, Autarget="_blank" gust 29 through Monday, September 1 at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.

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Book your Dallas vacation this weekend to enjoy Taste of Dallas.

The event runs Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13 in the West End in downtown Dallas.

Taste of Dallas features food from more than 30 restaurants, including Landry’s Seafood House, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Buca di Beppo. There are also free concerts; more than 20 bands will perform on two stages. The headliners on the main stage are Edwin McCain (Friday), Little Texas (Saturday) and Soul Asylum (Sunday).

Admission to Taste of Dallas is free, and all concerts are free. Food costs $2-$5.

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