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There are car shows, and then there are luxury car shows. If you have a taste for the finer things in life and want to see some incredible vehicles, a luxury show might be right up your alley. Whether you’re just looking for an impressive mix of cars you don’t see every day or want to check out new supercars up close, these five car shows will bring far more extravagance than your average parking lot show.

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Monterey Car Week in Monterey, CA: August 18-26, 2019

This weeklong event on California’s coast includes some breathtaking views of both the ocean and the cars. It’s a show that brings together lots of classics and exotics—and some that fit into both categories—in one stunning location. Kicking off with a drive up Pacific Coast Highway 1 and culminating with the Concours at Pebble Beach Golf Link, Monterey Car Week brings together some incredible vehicles from all over the world. Only the best of the best have been invited to the Concours, meaning that the 200 cars selected are truly top-of-the-line in terms of historical accuracy and technical merit. Attendees can also stop by The Quail, which has been hailed “America’s Fanciest Car Show” by Jalopnik. Monterey Car Week it is certainly worth the trip for serious luxury enthusiasts.

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Park Place Luxury and Supercar Showcase in Irving, TX: October 13, 2018

Though the Park Place Luxury and Supercar Showcase is, at its core, a luxury car show, it ultimately aims to celebrate all the finer things in life. Here you can expect to see the performance cars of yesterday as well as the supercars of today. The Park Place Luxury and Supercar Showcase celebration also includes a fashion show, pop-up shopping and a beer garden. Held at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, this show pulls out all the stops, even requiring a “polished resort wear” dress code—so come prepared if you plan to attend.

The Mansion Car Show in Glen Cove, NY: 2019 Date TBA

Though it’s one of the newer shows on this list, The Mansion Car Show is on track to become a staple of the luxury car show circuit. This glitzy show at the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel attracts more than just an exclusive collection of vintage and luxury cars. It also features a poolside party, a cigar-and-scotch party in the mansion’s opulent study and events catered by an award-winning restaurateur. The show concludes with an after party before guests spend the night in one of the mansions well-appointed rooms. The Mansion Car Show is more than just a car show—it’s an over-the-top luxury weekend just a short drive away from New York City.

EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibit – Grosse Pointe, MI: June 2019

Though held in a more conventional environment than some of the other shows on the list, this show in Grosse Pointe still pulls in a lot of interesting finds. The focus here is more on design than performance or collectibility, and that’s certainly reflected in the cars on display. Anyone who appreciates great automotive design will enjoy the selections here. Vintage lovers especially will appreciate the many elegant cars that make their way to this show at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford house. Though it has close ties to Ford, the EyesOn Design show welcomes between 200 and 300 vehicles each year from a wide range of eras and brands. It’s an upscale environment complete with a brunch, as well as numerous panels and exhibits. The show is judged by former designers from leading auto brands. EyesOn Design has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition in Michigan, running for more than 30 years.

Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance in Amelia Island, FL: March 7-10, 2019                 

The Amelia Island Concours is on par with Pebble Beach in terms of notoriety. Each year, dozens and dozens of beautiful cars flock to this island town just north of Jacksonville. It’s not uncommon to see some of today’s most incredible supercars alongside the classics of yesteryear. So if you want to see a vintage Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing next to a Porsche Martini Racing, this is the show for you. One of the highlights of the 2018 installment was the $2.5 million Mercedes AMG Project One Hypercar. In other words, this Concours is not for the faint of heart.


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Of course, just like the vehicles they showcase, these shows can cost a pretty penny. But if you’re a true car enthusiast, it’s worth saving up for the opportunity to be in the presence of so many pristine driving machines.

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Haden is the head of marketing strategy and innovation at Esurance. He oversees all initiatives related to marketing strategy, product and service innovation, and strategic partnerships. Haden is an innovator and a futurist who writes about the auto insurance industry. You can view Esurance’s car insurance policies on their website.
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The end of summer isn’t necessarily a bad thing in New York City. In fact, the fun only seems to pick up as sweater weather sets in. With the arrival of cooler temps and pumpkin spice lattes comes a whole host of fun festivals, sports games, concerts and more. Here are the 16 best things to do in NYC this fall—ranked.

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#16. Keith Urban & Kelsea Ballerini (Oct 22)

See two of the hottest stars in country music right now as they light up the stage to a fun-lovin’ audience at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

#15. Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets (Nov 2)

If you haven’t caught a game at the beloved Barclay’s Center yet, here’s your shot. Watch a great night of basketball—and keep your eyes peeled for a possible courtside Beyonce/Jay-Z sighting—when the Houston Rockets come to Brooklyn.

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#14. Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Nov 9)

If you live for the holiday season (i.e. start singing Christmas carols in July), this one’s for you. Be one of the first to attend NYC’s famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockets at the November 9 opening show.

#13. Ed Sheeran (Sept 21)

Everyone’s favorite English singer-songwriter is coming to town in late September. Sway to the melody of “Perfect” and stomp to the beat of the “Shape of You” as uber-talented pop crooner Ed Sheeran takes the stage at MetLife Stadium.

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#12. Smorgasburg (Saturdays in October)

Accurately referred to as the “Woodstock of Eating” by the New York Times, Smorgasburg is the largest weekly outdoor food market in the world. Taste mouthwatering treats like lobster rolls and ramen burgers from more than 100 food vendors along the Williamsburg waterfront every Saturday through the end of October.

#11. “The Band’s Visit (Ongoing)

Already seen Hamilton 10 times? No problem. While tourists are filling seats at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sensational Broadway hit, instead check out “The Band’s Visit.” This compelling story of an Egyptian police band nabbed the  2018 Tony Award for Best Musical (and also racked up nine others!)

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#10. New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Sept 15)

Enjoy an afternoon of hotdogs, cotton candy and baseball at one of the last Yankee home games of the season. Arrive early to the 4pm game to soak up the end-of-season excitement in and around the stadium!

#9. Amateur Night at the Apollo (Nov 21)

Be a part of the notoriously tough audience judging contestants (and possible future stars!) at the fabled Harlem talent competition.  There are multiple Amateur Nights in the fall, but you’ll see the best of the best grace the Apollo stage on November 21st during the 2018 season grand finale “Super Top Dog” night.

#8. New York Comic Con (Oct 4–7)

No longer just a cult favorite, New York Comic Con at the Javits Center has turned into one of the largest pop culture events on the East Coast. Catch all the latest in comic books, video games, movies, anime and more at the 4-day event, including the famous faces behind your favorite characters, like Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Danai Gurira (Michonne on “The Walking Dead”) and Dean Cain (Superman) plus scientist Bill Nye, rapper/actor Common and dozens more.

#7. Justin Timberlake (Oct 24)

The ultimate entertainer, Justin Timberlake will light up the stage of Madison Square Garden during his Man of the Woods Tour. It’s an awesome opportunity to catch one the best performers out there in concert at such an iconic Big Apple venue.

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#6. 14th Annual NYC Vendy Awards (Sept 22)

Bring on the food truck wars! Get your tickets, hop on the ferry to Governors Island, and taste your way through 25 of the best food trucks in New York City. Don’t leave without seeing who is crowned champion at one of NYC’s most delicious culinary events.

#5. New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Oct 11)

Undoubtedly one of the greatest rivalries in football, the New York Giants will take on Super Bowl champs the Philadelphia Eagles under the bright lights of MetLife Stadium.

#4. New York Coffee Festival (October 12-14)

New York is known for its coffee culture and this is the city’s ultimate caffeine celebration. From Oct 12–14, visit the New York Coffee Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea and spend the day sipping some of the world’s finest brews, watching barista competitions and ogling at impressive latte art.

#3. Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade (Oct 20)

Forget the people-watching this Halloween; instead head to Tompkins Square Park on October 20th to howl your socks off at crazy dog costumes. According to CNN, it’s the largest dog costume parade in the world and—best of all—it’s free!

#2. New York City Marathon (Nov 4)

Marathon day in New York City is absolutely electric. On November 4, runners will tackle the famed 26.2-mile urban course. Feel the excitement from any spot along the route as it weaves through all five boroughs, or watch the inspiring last leg of the race along Central Park South to the finish line.

#1. Elton John (Nov 9)

It’s Elton John—need we say more? No…but we will. Don’t miss the icon as he comes to Madison Square Garden on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, capping off an incomparable career and over half a century on the road. If you haven’t seen Elton in concert yet, this your last chance.

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When it comes to state fairs, you know the drill: funnel cake, bumper cars and rigged carnival games. Instead of the same old, same old, shake up your summer with one of these unexpected events that will add a little oddball fun to your plans.

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Calories don’t count at the RC-MoonPie Festival. Photo credit: Bob Henderson/Flickr.

RC-MoonPie Festival: Bell Buckle, TN
(June 16)

Shamelessly declare your love for Southern junk food at this festival that celebrates pairing a crisp RC Cola with MoonPie, which—if you’re not from around here—are those round graham cracker cookies with marshmallow dipped in  chocolate. Rounding out the festivities are live music, cloggers, a parade and more. And don’t worry about the calories; you’ll burn them off during the RC Cola & MoonPie 10 Mile Run.

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UFO Festival: Roswell, NM (July 6–8)

Here’s a safe space to unleash all your conspiracy theories. The family-friendly event includes speakers, costume contests for attendees and their pets, live entertainment, authors and more. If the truth is out there, you’ll probably find it here.

The sun also rises in Key West during Hemingway Days. Photo credit: Erin Borrini/Flickr.

Hemingway Days: Key West, FL (July 17–22)

Whether you’re a bookworm or you paid a classmate to write your For Whom the Bell Tolls essay back in high school, you’ll enjoy this festival that celebrates the life of longtime Key West denizen Ernest Hemingway. The festivities include a Hemingway lookalike contest at the writer’s favorite bar, a “running of the bulls” down iconic Duval Street and more.

National Baby Food Festival: Fremont, MI (July 18–21)

Baby’s first food can also be baby’s first festival, when you bring the kids to this town that’s the cradle of Gerber Baby Food. Events include a children’s bike race, baby-crawling contest and car show, plus arts and crafts and more.

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da Vinci Days: Corvallis, OR (July 20–22)

In the spirit of the Italian artist/inventor, this free festival’s Graand (sic) Kinetic Challenge invites teams to engineer and race their own contraptions across 10 miles of city streets, sand dunes, mud and water. Other less laborious festivities include live music, a children’s village and art show.

Great Texas Mosquito Festival: Clute, TX (July 26–28)

Mascot Willie-Man-Chew and his “Swat Team” head up this carnival for folks itching to have a good time. The soiree includes music, carnival rides, cook-offs, a mosquito-calling contest and a prize for the child with the cutest mosquito-bitten legs (ouch).

Spitting images are everywhere at Twins Days the Twins Days Festival. Photo credit: Charles Robinson/twinsdays.org.

Twins Days: Twinsburg, OH (August 3–5)

This sibling celebration will have you seeing double—and triple. The first day of the festival is just for multiples and their families, but after that the public is welcome to marvel at the Double Take Parade, twins’ talent show, fireworks display and other activities that are twice as nice.

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival: Prairie Du Sac, WI (August 31–September 1)

Cow chips (yes, that’s a dried pile of dung) were once used for fuel but now they ignite this Labor Day weekend extravaganza that also includes an art fair, kids’ activities, cow-themed parade and more. The highlight is a contest to see who can their cow chip the farthest, as judged by the official Meadow Muffin Committee.

BugFest is all the buzz at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which puts on the event. Photo credit: Barbara Hobbs/Flickr.

BugFest: Raleigh, NC (September 15)

Got a kid who loves creepy-crawlies? Bring her to this free event full of insect-themed exhibits, crafts, games and activities. This is also an opportunity to ask questions to entomologists and—for the brave—sample cuisine from the festival’s Café Insecta, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Spinach Festival: Lenexa, KS (September 8)

Channel your inner Popeye at this free gathering that’s chock full of fun—and vitamin K. After a day of cooking demos, recipe contests, the world’s largest spinach salad and kids’ activities, you’ll either hate the green veggie or love it more than ever.

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For 16 years, the music festival, Bonnaroo,  has invaded the small town of Manchester in east Tennessee each June This year is no different; music, celebs, and hordes of revelers will gather for a long, music-filled weekend headlined in 2018 by Eminem, Muse and the Killers (get your tickets here). Campsites tend to be a popular means of accommodation, but if you’re not sold on sleeping in a tent during a humid Tennessee summer,  we’ve rounded up 8 hotels within an hour of ground zero for you to come home to after a day of jamming out, but book soon—these top spots will sell out fast.

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The Dwell Hotel, Chattanooga
Each room at this newly renovated boutique hotel is decorated differently and with bright, retro colors and designs. The funky design spreads throughout the entire space, turning one of Chattanooga’s most historic buildings into a work of art. The Dwell Hotel is located right in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga and close to plenty of shopping and restaurant options. It’s also near I-24, which you’ll be driving to get to and from Manchester. Want to end the day with a nightcap? Swanky bar, Matilda Midnight, serves delicious drinks. The ceiling is dotted with lights, creating a starry atmosphere, and metallic wall paper makes the whole room twinkle.

Thompson Nashville
Walking into the Thompson Nashville, you immediately feel at home. Set in the heart of Nashville’s trendy Gulch neighborhood, the Thompson Nashville is making a name for itself as the luxury hotel of choice for Music City. You’ll want for nothing here. They’ve got beautifully decorated rooms, plush beds with high thread-count linens, bright and airy bathrooms with subway tiles accented by modern black & white fixtures, a killer coffee shop, a delicious restaurant, and a lovely rooftop bar scene.

Hutton Hotel, Nashville
Located in the West End area of Music City, the Hutton Hotel delights with its boutique atmosphere. Start the day at WestEnd Coffee before hitting the road to Manchester. At the end of your fest-filled day, WestEnd Kitchen & Bar will fill your belly with finger- licking Southern food sure to cure anything that ails you. The rooms are simply appointed, with comfy beds, and city views. If you’re looking to splurge, they also offer suites…and penthouses!

Chattanooga Choo Choo
“Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?” Does that song ring a bell? The 1940’s hit by Glenn Miller is an ode to Chattanooga’s downtown train station and his desire to meet a loved one in the Scenic City. You, too, can meet someone there and now you’ll be able to stay at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. Filled with the grandeur of a time gone by, you’ll be taken back in time when you step inside. Train cars are parked out back and you can tour them if you like. Several great restaurants are nearby, like The Terminal, and if you want some more music after a day at Bonnaroo, visit new-ish live music venue Track 29.

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The SoBro Guest House, Nashville
At The SoBro Guest House, you won’t have worry about waiting in line to check-in. Perhaps it’s a glimpse into the future, but SoBro Guest House offers self check-in for all of their 24-roms. But don’t worry, just because there’s no front desk doesn’t mean they’ve left you hanging! A dedicated team is always available to help you during your stay. Rooms are equipped with a full kitchen and bar, king beds, and spacious bathrooms, meaning they’re more like apartments than any hotel we’re used to.

The Read House, Chattanooga
Rumor has it, The Read House is haunted. While odd happenings have been said to happen throughout the historic property, it is room 311 that gets the most spooky reviews. The ghost of Annalisa Netherly is said to haunt it, after she was found murdered in the bathtub in the 1920s—or did she die of a broken heart in that room, after her lover left her? Guess we’ll never know. But you can certainly book the room this June and see if the spirit can be conjured by a little late night séance. Since its opening in the 1800s, the hotel has been the pride of the city. Gleefully restored, you’ll feel a sense of Southern elegance when you arrive.

The 404 Hotel, Nashville
The oasis that is the The 404 Hotel is located in the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville. With only four king suites, the attention to detail here is top notch. Rooms feature plush, king beds and a spacious sitting area as well. The attached restaurant, The 404 Kitchen is lead by James Beard-award wining chef Matt Bolus. No trip to the hotel is complete without popping in here to enjoy a bite or two. The cornbread is to die for!

The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga
Perhaps the most luxurious of all the hotel offerings in the Scenic City, The Chattanoogan  is a great place to rest and recover after a day (or days) at Bonnaroo. The high-end hotel is ideally located in downtown Chattanooga, offers sizable rooms that are a heavenly reprieve, and has three on-site restaurants serving delicious Southern fare. If you really need help recovering from the 4 days music festival, head to the spa—they offer a great array of massages sure to revitalize you!

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Summer’s long, hot sunny days are suited to baseball games, hitting the beach—and eating and drinking outdoors, of course. Whether it’s peaches in Georgia, garlic in California, oysters in Connecticut or pierogi in Indiana, summer food festivals are a fun, delicious way to explore regional food traditions while getting to see a new place. Here are a few of our favorites.

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International Biscuit Festival | Flickr photo courtesy of Joel Kramer

International Biscuit Festival, Knoxville, TN: May 20, 2017
If you love warm, flaky biscuits, there’s no better place to be than Knoxville. The annual festival features biscuit brunches, a street lined with biscuit tastings, biscuit art and songwriting competitions to pay homage to the baked treat.

Trenton Pork Roll Festival: Trenton, NJ: May 27, 2017
Unless you’re a New Jersey native, you may not be aware that the pork roll is a state delicacy. Learn about—and devour—the processed, sliced pork at the festival, where vendors serve pork roll sandwiches, pork roll pizza, and much more.

Flickr photo courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski

Great Wisconsin Cheese Fest, Little Chute, WI: June 2-4, 2017
Cheeseheads—and plain old cheese lovers—unite at the Wisconsin Cheese Fest, where visitors sample cheeses, take in a cheese carving demo, face off in a cheese curd eating contest and cheer on the cheese parade.

Georgia Peach Festival, Fort Valley, GA: June 10, 2017
Georgia is known for its sweet, juicy peaches, and the fest is held during harvest season to celebrate the crop. Start the day with peach pancakes and end with taking a bite out of the World’s Largest Peach Cobbler.

Key Lime Festival, Key West, FL, July 1-4: 2017
Florida’s tiny, tart limes are on display at this quirky Key West fest, which features a Key lime martini and margarita bar crawl, samples of five variations on Key lime pie, a Key lime pie-eating contest and many more delicious events.

The Moxie Festival, Lisbon, ME: July 7–9, 2017
Moxie, Maine’s herbal soft drink, may be an acquired taste, but with a Moxie parade, Moxie recipe contest, and a Moxie chugging competition, you’ll be well on your way to understanding the cult favorite soda.

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Garlic Festival | Flickr photo courtesy of Eugene Kim

Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, CA: July 28-30, 2017
If garlic ice cream sounds tasty, score tickets to the Gilroy Garlic Festival now. The weekend fest celebrates all things garlic, with snacks likes garlic fries, garlic calamari and garlic popcorn, plus celebrity chef cook-offs, a garlic-eating contest and more.

Pierogi Fest, Whiting, IN: July 28-30, 2017
Whiting celebrates Eastern European heritage in many forms at the annual Pierogi Fest—participate in a polka dance-off, watch Slovak dancers and, of course, sample a wide range of meat and cheese–stuffed pierogi, as well as other Polish dishes.

Blueberry festival | Flickr photo courtesy of Chattanooga Market

National Blueberry Festival, South Haven, MI: August 10-13, 2017
Blueberries rule in Michigan, where the National Blueberry Festival celebrates the berries with all-you-can-eat blueberry pancake breakfasts, a blueberry pie-eating contest, other blueberry snacks, and a 5k and 10k race to run some of the treats off.

Milford Oyster Festival, Milford, CT: August 19, 2017
If nothing sounds better than a dozen chilled oysters and an ice-cold beer, head to Milford, where this year’s fest features 35,000 oysters and clams. The bivalves include 19 different varieties from eight Eastern states, so slurp some new-to-you oysters and round out the day with a lobster roll.

Hatch Chile Festival, Hatch, NM: September 2-3, 2017
Lovers of spicy food can head to the Chile Capital of the World for the Hatch Chile Festival, which challenges eaters with dishes like green chile cheeseburgers, a chile toss and chile-eating contest. Take home freshly roasted green chiles or unique chile powders as souvenirs.

What the Fluff? Marshmallow Fluff Festival, Somerville, MA: September 23, 2017
Wind down your summer festival-going with Somerville‘s Marshmallow Fluff Festival, devoted to the sticky marshmallow spread. Play a marshmallow toss or Fluff jousting before snacking on Fluffernutter milkshakes, Fluff-covered strawberries—even Fluff with pickles. Yum?

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Amy is Senior Editor at Plate Magazine, where she covers chefs and bartenders across the country. Based in Chicago, she has also written for Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Serious Eats and Saveur.