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Some of the most popular Halloween costumes are inspired by TV shows, movies and other forms of pop culture. According to Google, the big ones this year will likely include nods to Fortnite, Spider-Man, and IT.)  And some of the best Halloween parties around the country are based around a wide variety of spooktacular pop culture themes. Attend one of these parties, and your night will feel like a treat…you know, instead of a trick.

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Stranger Things ‘80s Halloween Party
Royal Oak, MI (Fri, Oct 18)

Expect to see a lot of people dressed up as Eleven, Dustin, Chief Hopper and other characters from Stranger Things this Halloween. The Netflix series has been a hit for three seasons, and costumes have been inspired by the hit show for just as long. And if watching the 1980s-set series makes you nostalgic for the “Me Decade,” this dance party in suburban Detroit offers the perfect excuse to don a pair of acid-washed jeans, tease your hair, and get into the groove of those ‘80s beats. Get tickets here.

The Nightmare Before Halloween: A Tim Burton Experience
Chicago (Oct 17–31)

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Headquarters Beercade is a bar in Chicago’s River North neighborhood known for its funky vibe, vintage arcade games and killer craft brews. But in the middle of the month, the vibe will become more quirky and gothic. Starting October 17, the style of director Tim Burton takes over the space. Since just about all of Burton’s movies are Halloween-appropriate, the installations and events (including a “Burtlesque,” aka burlesque, show on October 24) will likely cover a big chunk of his resume, including classics like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and especially The Nightmare Before Christmas. More info here.

A Gorey Halloween
San Francisco (Oct 23)

This roving West Coast celebration of author and illustrator Edward Gorey is entering its second decade and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The whimsical San Francisco event is set in a re-imagined “Edwardian Era” and features live music, art, circus-like acts, and extravagant costumes on performers and ticketholders alike. Fun fact: Gorey’s slightly morbid and surreal drawings heavily influenced director Tim Burton, which means you can expect a highly stylized Gothic vibe throughout the night. Get tickets here.

Interview with the Vampire Halloween Party
Boston (October 27–28)

Over the years, the annual costume party at the Liberty Hotel has become one of the most popular Halloween events for Boston’s 21-and-older crowd. It makes sense the Liberty embraces the ghoulish holiday every year: The luxe hotel is housed in a former jail, so its possible a ghost or two may crash the party. This year’s theme is based on 1994’s Interview with a Vampire starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst. But instead of dressing like a character from that movie, it could be more fun to dress as a vampire version of a character from one of their other films. Vampire cheerleader? Bring it on! More information here.

The It Halloween Costume Party
Atlanta (Oct 26)

If you suffer from coulrophobia that means you have a fear of clowns. And it just might be time to face your fears in a big way at this costume/dance party dedicated to the silver screen’s creepiest clown. The action takes place at Tongue & Groove, a legendary nightclub in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. It’s a sleek see-and-be-seen kind of place, so there’s a good chance the clown costumes here could veer on the sexy side which could alleviate your fears…or make them worse if you’re also afraid of showing some skin. More information here.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Orlando (Through Nov 1)

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As you can imagine, special celebrations at Disney World are big, festive productions and they’re for everyone. So the all-ages Halloween parties hosted at the Magic Kingdom are less scary boo and more bibbidi bobbidi boo. Park goers are encouraged to wear costumes (expect to see a lot of Frozen looks) while enjoying special fireworks, exclusive entertainment like a Hocus Pocus-themed stage show, and candy. Lots of candy. More information here.

A Hitchcock Halloween Party
New York City (Oct 25–26, 31)

For three nights, the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea will be transformed into a cinema-scape focused on all things Alfred Hitchcock. The director from Hollywood’s Golden Age helmed a lot of classic suspenseful films, so expect this multi-level interactive dance party to be equal parts movie premiere glitz and spooky references to movies like The Birds, Vertigo, and Psycho. More information here.

A Hitchcock Halloween
Los Angeles (Oct 26)

Yep, both coasts are having Hitchcock Halloweens this year. The original “Master of Suspense” gets the Hollywood treatment at The Theater at Ace Hotel’s annual spooky shindig. The building dates back to 1927, and its Spanish Gothic style should add a heightened haunted feeling to the festivities that include DJs, themed cocktails, and nods to Hitchcock’s signature scary scenes throughout the evening. Get tickets here.

Michael Jackson Halloween Thriller Spectacular
Flagstaff, AZ (Oct 27)

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No soundtrack to Halloween is complete without “Thriller.” The King of Pop’s ‘80s hit (the song and especially the video) is a spooky staple this time of year, and is the centerpiece in this Flagstaff tribute stage show starring top Michael Jackson impersonator Danny Dash Andrews. The all-ages show covers Jackson’s other biggest hits, so the concert will feel like a giant dance party. Get tickets here.

Darkside in Riverside: A Halloween Pop Culture Con
Riverside, CA (Oct 19)

In the words of Stefan on Saturday Night Live, this bootiful pop culture con in Riverside, about an hour from LA, has everything: a haunted maze, a zombie 5K chase, horror speed dating, photo ops and panels with celebrity guests and more over the course of three days. If you consider Halloween to be more of a lifestyle instead of just a holiday, this is a can’t-miss event. Get tickets here.

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We should always pamper our moms, but Mother’s Day gives us an excuse to go all out. That’s not to say our budget agrees, though. If you want to make Mother’s Day really special this year, there are plenty of destinations that feel high-end, but are actually quite affordable.

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Nyack, New York

Nyack, New York

Maybe you’ve considered taking your mom to New York City or Niagara Falls, but a great option just an hour from New York City is charming Nyack. This winsome small town offers free walking tours, art tours, group bicycling excursions, kayaking on the Hudson River, and visiting the home of artist Edward Hopper—along with a slew of new restaurants suited to all budgets. For Mother’s Day, the boutique Time Nyack will provide all guests with complimentary “Rose Petal” cocktails and fresh strawberries between 5-6:30pm. Housed in a historic former factory turned recording studio, the hotel melds art and history, with a strong dash of urban energy.

Las Vegas

Photo: Derek Brown.

Vegas isn’t all about casinos and high-end attractions. It’s also very easy to do on the cheap, from budget-minded restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs (like Michael Symon’s Mabel’s BBQ at the newly-revamped Palms Casino Resort to free outdoor activities and lots of people watching. Whether it’s viewing the Mirage volcano as it erupts, visiting the conservatory at Bellagio (and checking out the fountains while you’re there) or taking a gondola ride at the Venetian, there’s tons of fun free or low-cost things to do that have nothing to do with gambling or nightclubs. Plus, Vegas is full of surprisingly affordable hotel stays, like the new Park MGM which includes mom-approved Italian food emporium Eataly.


curacao, caribbean

If you’re looking for a culture-filled and relaxing—yet adventurous and tropical—Mother’s Day escape, check out the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. Its historic capital city, Willemstad—a UNESCO World Heritage site—has tons of great museums, monuments, restaurants and shopping. With its colorful pastel buildings, red tile roofs and iconic Handleskade backdrop, Willemstad feels like a slice of Europe in the Caribbean. Try a guided hike up Mount Christoffel, relax on cove-like beaches, or have a cocktail and a spa treatment. Papagayo Beach Hotel is a modern hotel with European flair mixed with a touch of Caribbean decor and perfectly suited to its prime location among the boutiques and restaurants of Jan Thiel Beach.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, arizona

Scottsdale is a great destination to relax, restore and explore (and not spend a fortune). Start the day with red velvet pancakes and breakfast tacos at Herb Box before heading to the spa. Scottsdale has the largest number of spas per capita so there are plenty to choose from. Sip some wine from an extensive list at FnB before grabbing dessert at Super Chunk Sweets & Treats. For casual conversation, The Phoenician  hosts afternoon tea while the Hyatt Regency has 10 separate swimming pools, ideal for lounging with a book. For some light adventure, book a hot air balloon ride for the two of you or visit the Desert Botanical Gardens at night for a special light exhibit.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Space Coast is known for its gorgeous waters, beautiful sunset walks, and an exciting downtown featuring outdoor spaces, waterfront dining, shopping and live entertainment. Take a glass-bottomed kayak over bioluminescent lagoons or ride down the coast using Zagster bike share, or watch the birth of baby sea turtles at the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.  Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals; you can feed a giraffe or go on a rhino encounter. The Brevard Zoo is the only US zoo to offer guided kayak tours around the animal exhibits. Snap a selfie on the 800-foot Cocoa Beach Pier—one of the most photographed spots in town and choose from an array of affordable luxury resorts, including Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort.


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We get it. Summer is not about planning. In fact, some of the season’s best moments happen spontaneously: the last-minute backyard barbecue that turns into an epic event, the late-night bonding sesh around the campfire, the water fight that breaks out when you’re hosing down the car in your driveway.

But some summer fun does require planning. With a little forethought, you can pencil in one of these events to be the cherry on top of your coolest summer ever.

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Step inside some of Canada’s most intriguing buildings during Doors Open Toronto. | Flickr Photo: Tsai Project

Doors Open Toronto: Toronto, ON (May 26–27)

One weekend a year, visitors are given the chance to explore some of Toronto’s coolest buildings that aren’t normally open to the public. Enjoy walking tours, lectures, music and more—all for free. For 2018, the theme is “Film: The Great Romance,” giving participants an opportunity to check out historic theaters, media studios and buildings featured on the screen.

MoMA at NGV: Melbourne, Australia (June 8–October 7)

Hot weather not your thing? Bypass summer all together when you head Down Under, where the Southern Hemisphere’s winter ushers in this contemporary art exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

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Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest: Cannon Beach, OR (June 9)

This weekend of all-American festivities includes pro and amateur sculpting contests, a parade, a 5k run/walk and a nighttime bonfire on the beach in a Pacific coastal town about 80 miles west of Portland.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival: Atlanta, GA (June 15–18)

While many cities celebrate this holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States, the cradle of the US Civil Rights Movement does so in high style, with a weekend of music, speakers and parade floats with themes like black history and natural hair.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is the cat’s pajamas (but don’t actually wear pajamas. | Flickr Photo: Aaron Dahlstrom

Jazz Age Lawn Party: Governors Island, NY (June 16–17 and August 25–26)

Two weekends during the summer, take a trip 800 yards from Lower Manhattan—and a century back in time—as crooner Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra transport you to a world of brassy music, flapper costumes and Charleston contests. With Prohibition no longer in effect, this party really is the bee’s knees.

Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture: Flagstaff, AZ (June 30–July 1)

See more than 100 Native American artists, musicians, dancers and lecturers—a summer tradition dating back to the 1930s.

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Essence Festival: New Orleans, LA (July 5–8)

Part urban music fest, part beauty expo, part empowerment seminar, this year’s stage welcomes Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, the Roots and other A-listers.

California State Fair: Sacramento, CA (July 13–29)

Carnival rides and food on a stick come standard, but where else can you catch a concert, watch horse races, cool off in a water park and audition for Wheel of Fortune?

Guanajuato International Film Festival: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (July 20–29)

Forego the latest movie reboots in favor of this cinematic event that includes innovative flicks, workshops and talks by some of Latin America’s most prominent filmmakers.

This session of Miami Salsa Congress is officially called to order. Photo credit: Sam Litvin/Flickr.

Miami Salsa Congress: Miami, FL (July 25–29)

Music is serious business in South Florida, as exhibited by this festival attracting the world’s best salsa musicians, dancers and DJs for nonstop concerts, workshops and even—because it’s Miami—pool parties.

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Maine Lobster Festival: Rockland, ME (August 1–5)

Strap on a bib and head to this crustacean celebration that includes a seafood cooking contest, live music, a fine art show, parade and more.

End of the Road: Dorset, England (August 30–September 2)

Close out your summer at this aptly named music festival whose lineup is as enchanting as the event’s fairy garden setting. This year’s headliners include St. Vincent, Vampire Weekend, Feist and Yo La Tengo.

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Some hotels have guests that just don’t want to check out. What’s a staff to do? When it involves the supernatural, employees are making sure ghostly guests stay comfortable within their surroundings. The needs of current visitors aren’t ignored either; they’re actually encouraged to “engage” with said long-time patrons. Here are 10 allegedly haunted hotels making sure guests both living and not have an enjoyable stay.

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Union Station Hotel: Nashville, TN
This Nashville property resides in what was once this Southern city’s buzzing railway station and may have a resident ghost named Abigail. Legend has it she threw herself from the window of Room 711, onto the train tracks below, after being left at the altar on what was to be her wedding night. Room 711 is now known as the Abigail Room. Her story also lives on at Carter’s, the hotel’s bar/restaurant, with a signature cocktail created in her honor. The Abigail is made with Picker’s Vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, lemon and bubbles.

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La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa: Santa Fe, NM
Meet Julia Staab, the resident ghost who lived at this former private home in the 1800s. During her lifetime, Julia loved to entertain but was heartbroken over not being able to have children and thus retreated to her bedroom until her death at age 52. However, she always is nice to guests; they’ve seen her at the top of a grand staircase within the inn’s main complex. The staff is good to her, too. Two restaurants are named after her, plus her own cocktail—the Juliarita Margarita—made with apricots derived from a tree she had planted. Plus, the hotel’s art curator includes Julia in weekly art talks and points out real-life pictures of her and those who once lived here.

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The Logan Inn: New Hope, PA
This Colonial era inn seems to keep a staff member on for the long haul, even if she’s not physically around anymore. They’ve also left Room 6 as is. Why? Apparently, this room once belonged to Emily, who is rumored to have been the mother of a previous inn owner during the 1970s. She lived and died in this space. Multiple guests are said to have witnessed mysterious occurrences ranging from seeing a moving, white misty shape, to the feeling of being pressed on the chest in the middle of the night. Guests can see what Emily looked like in real life; her photograph is shown in the lobby (and some swear they see her in Room Six).

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Hotel Alex Johnson: Rapid City, SD
This 80-plus year-old property has become so well known for reported hauntings that the cast of the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” filmed a segment here. There may be two figures lurking around. One of them is a man named Alex Johnson, the hotel’s namesake founder who died in 1938, who may be keeping tabs on his property. Then there’s “The Lady in White,” purportedly the ghost of a young bride who flung herself out of the window of Room 812 in the 1970s. Guests claim this woman wanders the halls of the eighth floor, searching for the truth about what happened to her.

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Omni Mount Washington Resort: Bretton Woods, NH
This resort’s staff knows how to treat a lady like a princess, especially for one long-time inhabitant. Every first Friday of the month, the hotel hosts an exclusive, reservations-only dinner in honor of Caroline Stickney, wife of the hotel’s founder, Joseph Stickney, in the resort’s main dining room. In life, Caroline loved to entertain and would hold similarly lavish dinner parties. Guests also might find her in “The Princess Room,” which holds a four-post bed she once slept in.

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Stanley Hotel: Estes Park, CO
Truly a “shining” example of a haunted hotel, this grand Colonial Revival served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining” during his stay in Suite 217. Apparently, this particular suite is one of the most spiritually active spots on the property. Even “Ghost Hunters” came here, and the hotel management is making this frightening a memorable stay. The curious can go on an evening tour that leads them to some darkened spaces. Participants are not only told about the phenomena that is connected to the hotel, but also what to do if they might encounter the subnormal. 

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Fairmount Hotel Vancouver: Vancouver, BC
This Canadian Fairmont location is the site of numerous sightings of a “Lady in Red” who is believed to be Jennie Pearl Cox. This elegant apparition was once a regular attendee at the hotel’s high society gatherings. Sadly, in the summer of 1944, Jennie was killed in a tragic car accident near the hotel and has since been rumored to make an occasional appearance at the Fairmont. The hotel staff raises a glass to her memory each October in the form of a specialty cocktail of the same name served at the hotel’s Notch8. The recipe for this spirit (get it?) contains a mix of Hendricks Gin, St. Germaine, cranberry juice and lemon juice topped with sparkling wine.


Photo credit: Bourbon Orleans Hotel and New Orleans Hotel Collection

Bourbon Orleans Hotel: New Orleans, LA
The story behind this hotel near NOLA’s Jackson Square is as rich as its haunted past. Opened in 1817 as a grand ballroom, this property was turned into a convent, school and orphanage until becoming a hotel in the 1960s. Supposedly, some former nuns and children still linger here. Guests in Room 644 have complained of hearing tortured cries and seeing a glimpse of a nun watching over them. As for the children, they’re said to playfully tug at workers within the lobby and kitchen areas. There’s also been sightings of a little girl chasing a ball down the hall. Delve deeper into this place’s haunted history on a guided tour every Thursday at 7pm.

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Hermosa Inn: Paradise Valley, AZ
Once the private escape of cowboy artist Lon Megargee, this boutique inn not only has Megargee’s artwork hanging around, but also maybe the ghost of Lon himself. Apparently Megargee is still so fond of his old haunt that there are accounts from guests and staff about encountering him. He likes keeping doors shut, knocking décor off tables and even patting people on the head as they admire his work. Maybe you’ll catch him on a self-guided tour of the inn. Order the Last Drop, a whiskey/sweet vermouth cocktail titled after his painting, “Last Drop from His Stetson.” Megargee may also have a lady friend, “The Pink Lady,” who wanders around the bridge by the pool in her gown late at night.

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The St. Anthony: San Antonio, TX
For guests who prefer to experience “spirits” in a glass, this downtown hotel stirs up some boo-ish beverages. It actually contains a chic cocktail lounge called Haunt, which playfully gets its moniker from the fabled ghosts of St. Anthony’s past who live on through Haunt’s menu. Cocktails at Haunt are inspired by guests and patrons who may continue to grace the hotel with their presence. Order the Naylor, created in honor of one of the Texas cattlemen who built the luxe hotel in 1909 with every modern convenience of the time. The concoction consists of cognac, apple whiskey, a dash of apple bitters and sweet vermouth with a splash of honey. Then there’s the Lavender Lady, whose floral presence is usually felt within the hotel library just above Haunt. Her drink is just as flavorful with lavender-infused gin, syrup, and bitters plus lemon juice and Crème De Violette, and then a touch of Prosecco.





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Heavy metal behemoths Metallica have hit the road this summer for the band’s latest tour, as have late 80s/early 90s hard rock gods Guns N’ Roses, which means you’ll soon hear some monstrous riffs emanating from your local stadium or arena.

Make sure you get your tickets now at, and then make sure you find the best place to raise the horns before or after any of their shows. To help you along, we’ve tracked down a great metal bar located in (or around) every US city that Metallica and Guns N’ Roses are stopping through, so you can rock on among fellow metalheads.

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Ottobar, metal bar, Maryland

Ottobar | Flickr photo courtesy of Apium

Baltimore, MD (Metallica only)

Though its calendar is mostly populated with indie rock acts, music venue Ottobar celebrates its roots each week on Metal Monday, when DJs spin everything from thrash to death metal.

Philadelphia, PA

Heavy bands rule the lineup at Philly dive bar Kung Fu Necktie—there’s even a monthly Heavy Metal Karaoke night where you can sing (or strum) along to some brutal tunes.

Dingbatz, Clifton, New Jersey, Metal

Dingbatz | Flickr photo courtesy of Ryan Varsi

Clifton, NJ (Metallica only)

Throw on a black T-shirt and step into Dingbatz (northwest of MetLife Stadium), an unassuming watering hole with gothic décor and a jukebox stocked with your favorite metal albums.

Brooklyn/NYC, NY

If you’re new to metal bars, Lucky 13 in Gowanus provides a crash course on the aesthetic: Horror movies play on the TVs, lighting is dim and the absinthe menu is formidable. Show up late and you’ll even find go-go dancers gyrating atop the bar.

Buffalo, NY (GnR only)

Buffalo could well be the most underheralded metal mecca in the nation (this is the home of Cannibal Corpse, after all). Though you’ll have to dig a little to discover the scene, metal fans will find likeminded locals at bar and live music venue Waiting Room, which features live acts in an intimate 600-capacity setting with two stages.

Boston, MA

You probably won’t hear Pantera blaring through the soundsystem at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, but the gothic décor, crimson lighting and Diablo margaritas make this feel like a secret metalhead hangout.

Day by Day at Churchill’s Pub | Flickr CC: Meline Gharibyan

Miami, FL

It may share a name with a certain former British prime minister, but there’s nothing stodgy about the music at Churchill’s Pub, where you’ll find punk, jazz, country and metal acts holding down the stage nearly every night.

Orlando, FL (Metallica only)

Disney has a habit of banning metal acts from playing at the House of Blues inside its theme park, so head for The Haven—an alt-rock club that welcomes acts cast out of the Magic Kingdom.

Cleveland, OH (GnR only)

Cleveland’s best metal bar is actually in the burbs. At Dark Room in Broadview Heights, metal music and horror films rule supreme: You’ll find metal, hardcore, punk, industrial and other jams loaded on the jukebox, and horror posters, a life-sized grim reaper and casket setting the atmosphere.

Columbus, OH (Metallica only)

It’s not exactly a metal bar, but Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar makes and serves the stuff that Vikings drank, so you can order a glass, put in your earbuds and blast some Amon Amarth.

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Miss May 1 at Triple Rock Social Club | Flickr CC: Derrick Austinson Photography

Minneapolis, MN (GnR only)

While Prince and the Replacements are the most well known acts to come out of the Twin Cities, the Triple Rock Social Club keeps metal alive with regular live shows. Bonus: The owners, who are well known around town as members of punk band Dillinger Four, also offer a solid veg-friendly dinner menu.

St. Louis, MO

Stop by the Crow’s Nest on Saturdays and Sunday for the Metal Brunch, which features Decappetizers, Judas Feasts and a Bloody Mary made with pork au jus.

Dawes at the Rev Room | Flickr CC: ljcurletta

Little Rock, AR

Little Rock churned out doom metal act Pallbearer, so it’s no surprise to find the metal scene here is thriving, which is not to say you don’t have to dig a little to find it. Head to local venue the Rev Room and you’ll find everything from indie rock to reggae on the concert calendar, as well as a good smattering of metal shows.

Houston, TX

Located just blocks from the House of Blues and the Toyota Center, Dirt Bar is typically filled with concert-goers knocking back pre- or post-show drinks amid lighting that resembles stalactites and blaring rock music.

Soundpony | Flickr CC: Nicolas Henderson

Tulsa, OK (GnR only)

You’ll find everything from DJ nights to soul nights to trivia nights at beloved Tulsa bar Soundpony, but metal heads won’t want to miss the monthly Live Band Heavy Metal Karaoke Night, featuring Satanico and the Demon Seeds.

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Las Vegas, NV (GnR only)

A welcome antidote to the sleek, techno-pounding clubs of the Strip, the heavily grafittied, delightfully divey Double Down Saloon offers booze, free live music, and gambling, all under the tagline “Shut up and drink.” It’s open 24 hours, offers $20 puke insurance for less sure drinkers, and serves up oddball cocktails that  might include Twinkies or Slim Jims.

San Antonio, TX

Don’t come to Bonds 007 Rock Bar expecting to drink martinis and gaze at spy gadgets. Instead, this Texas dive hosts shows from local metal acts and serves cheap Jaeger shots.

Dallas, TX (Metallica only)

With motorcycles parked out front, live music in the back and plenty of cheap booze in-between, Reno’s Chop Shop is the kind of bar that bikers and metal lovers can agree on.

Kuma's Corner, metal, Chicago

Kuma’s Corner | Flickr photo by Lindsey Turner

Chicago, IL

All three locations of Kuma’s Corner serve fully-loaded burgers named after metal bands (accompanied by a high volume soundtrack)—the beefy creation bearing Metallica’s moniker comes with applewood smoked bacon, buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing.

Winston-Salem, NC (GnR only)

In Greensboro, about a half hour from Winston-Salem,  the Somewhere Else Tavern serves up all-original live music, including plenty of metal and hard rock acts. The cover for most shows is just $5.

Trve Brewing Company | Flickr CC: Greg Willis

Denver, CO

Pentagrams, candles and spooky black and white photos line the walls at Trve Brewing Company, a heavy metal brewery where you can drink a pint while Skeletonwitch blares in the background.

Atlanta, GA (Metallica only)

There can only be one amazing place to wolf down burgers while head banging in Atlanta, and it’s called The Highlander. Prove that you’re worthy of partying here by eating an entire plate of the spicy ghost pepper-jack cheeseballs.

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Detroit, MI

The owners of legendary Detroit metal venue Blondies have moved on to Harpo’s, a theater built in 1939 that has been transformed into the ideal place to have your face melted by some wicked guitar solos.

Los Angeles, CA

Countless heavy metal artists have passed through the doors of the Rainbow Bar and Grill (from Alice Cooper to Motörhead frontman Lemmy), a Sunset Strip club that serves pizza and plenty of classic riffs.

Cobra Arcade Bar | Flickr CC: Lauren Topor

Phoenix, AZ (Metallica only)

What’s better than listening to some sick ’80s metal riffs while you’re racking up a high score on a retro Q-Bert arcade cabinet? Cobra Arcade Bar let’s you do it with a beer in your hand—just show up before the line snakes down the block.

San Diego, CA (Metallica only)

The food at Kindred may be vegan, but the chugging power chords playing through the sound system and the giant wolf sculpture on the wall betrays this bar’s metal roots.

San Francisco/Oakland, CA

If you’re on the hunt for a cheap beer in the Lower Haight, Molotov’s boats a bargain priced menu for you to peruse while you admire the dogs (Fido is definitely welcome here), tattoos and ‘80s metal jukebox selections of your fellow bar patrons.

Highline Bar | Flickr CC: Morgan Davis

Seattle, WA

The center of Seattle’s thriving metal scene is Highline Bar, a vegan venue (yes, there’s a mushroom sandwich called the Weedeater on the menu) that hosts cheap concerts and mixes up some affordable cocktails.






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If your summer isn’t packed with ice cream, then you’re doing it wrong. Get the scoop on these events that’ll fill the hottest time of year with sweet relief.

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Ice Cream Museum | Photo courtesy of @gemisabella

Museum of Ice Cream: Los Angeles, CA

On a sweltering day, ducking into an air-conditioned museum is always a good idea. Why not take things to the next level with a visit to this pop-up shrine to ice cream, which made its Los Angeles debut in April. Browse ice cream-inspired art installations, sample artisanal flavors and dive into the sprinkle pool—a vat filled with millions of colorful “sprinkles” made from antimicrobial plastics that’ll put your grownup mind at ease while your inner child comes out to play. Tickets to the museum are hard to come by (unless you’re Beyoncé), but here’s some cold comfort: Organizers may push back the museum’s planned August 15 closing.

New Hampshire Ice Cream Trail: Various Cities, NH

The Granite State’s dairy farmers want us to eat more ice cream, and who are we to argue? Through Labor Day,  creameries across New Hampshire invite you to try their scoops. Pick up a copy of the trail map—which includes coupons for ice cream, natch—at highway rest areas, welcome centers and participating shops. Hit all 50 stops on the trail, and along with a few pounds, you’ll gain some serious bragging rights.

Gelato Festival: Europe

Food trucks carry this moveable feast to cities across Europe all summer long, where the public votes on their favorite confections by seasoned gelato makers and newcomers alike. In each city, the flavors change and the stakes increase. The tour winds it way through Italy, England, Poland and Germany before a champion is crowned at Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo in September.

The Scooper Bowl will score a touchdown with ice cream lovers. | Credit Kyle Klein Photography/Flickr.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl: Boston, MA, and New York, NY

Are you ready for some ice cream? Then buy a pass to this all-you-can-eat event, which serves as a fundraiser for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition to good karma, you’ll gain access to live entertainment, family-friendly activities and dozens of ice cream flavors from local and national brands. For the first time, the annual gathering comes to Manhattan’s Bryant Park, June 1 to 3. Then it returns to its home base at Boston’s City Hall Plaza, June 6 to 8.

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Austin Ice Cream Festival: Austin, TX

What’s cooler than South by Southwest? The Austin Ice Cream Festival. This annual extravaganza invites you to beat the Texas heat with frozen treats and a bunch of dessert-related contests: ice cream eating, Popsicle stick sculpture building and a homemade ice cream taste test. The 11th annual festival is set for August 11 at Austin‘s Fiesta Gardens.

Bring your Texas-sized appetite to the Austin Ice Cream Festival. | Credit Andreanna Moya Photography/Flickr.

Brain Freezer 5K: Burlington, VT

On July 8, show up at downtown’s Battery Park to run 1.5 miles, eat a pint of ice cream, then run back. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit People Helping People Global, so this is a win-win. Once your brain freeze subsides, head about 30 miles east for a victory lap around the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival: Atlanta, GA

There’s a reason they call it Hotlanta. Cool off at this annual event that makes dessert part of a healthy lifestyle. Take part in the ice-cream eating contest, then burn off the calories with double-dutch jumping, a hoola hoop contest, and even a 5k walk and wellness screenings. This year’s festival will be July 22 at Piedmont Park.




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