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You’ve bought your festival tickets months in advance, planned your transportation to get there, picked out the perfect outfits, and invited all your coolest friends to tag along. Now, where are you all going to stay? We’ve found some unique accommodations near the country’s most coveted fests that will make your trip more than memorable. Book now to score one of these incredible rooms before they’re gone.

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Ullr Fest, Breckenridge, CO: January 9-12, 2019

Horned Vikings take to the slopes in this annual festival held in Breckenridge that celebrates Ullr, God of Snow. Take a cold plunge and then warm yourself by a huge bonfire, participate in the parade as a float builder or spectator, join the ice skating party or watch the film festival. Rally your closest Viking buddies to stay at Ski Bridge Lodge, an upscale rustic home that sleeps up to 18 guest and offers ski in/ski out access, beautiful mountain views, large stone fireplaces and an outdoor hot tub. Get it now before its gone.

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Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco: February 23, 2019

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with firecrackers, dancing dragons and extravagant floats in San Francisco’s Chinatown. While in town for the parade and festivities, book a Pod Room near Union Square for an experience like no other. If you’re going to be partying and dancing in the streets all night, all you’ll need is a bed to crash in. The Pod Room offers minimal accommodation (basically a 4×8-foot sleeping space) at a low price, but rooms will book quickly. Not recommended for those with claustrophobia!

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Mardi Gras, New Orleans: March 5, 2019

Take part in “Fat Tuesday” festivities during New Orleans’ wildest carnival celebration. Watch colorful floats pass by while sipping a foot-long frozen daiquiri and catching colorful bead necklaces thrown by scantily-dressed, masked performers. After a wild night, crawl into a comfortable bed in a Victorian cottage at the Audubon Cottages in the French Quarter. You’ll find seven quaint rooms to choose from including access to the backyard swimming pool and free continental breakfast. Book your room now before this walking-distance accommodation fills up.

Base Camp Pop Up RV and Tent Camping Resort.

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA: April 12-21, 2019

Swoon over your favorite vocalists, wear your coolest boho-chic outfit, dance your ass off and keep at eye out for celebs at Coachella. Social media influencers flock to this event for perfect Instagram pics and Snapchat videos. Embrace the desert atmosphere by booking a stylish tent at Base Camp Pop Up RV & Tent Camping Resort. The adults-only resort includes a pool, restaurant, and grocery store.The popularity of the event means that accommodation will fill up quickly, so book early to ensure a place to lay your head after an exhausting day of entertainment. Still need tickets? Get them here.

Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas: May 17-19, 2019

EDM fans won’t want to miss this vibrant fest and feast for the senses (get tickets here). Located on the sprawling grounds of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the venue is transformed into a huge circus-like dance party with an amazing lineup of artists, over-the-top stages that have unbelievable pyrotechnics and artistic lighting, thrilling carnival rides, and thought-provoking, larger-than-life interactive art experiences. The city will draw large crowds to this event, so consider snatching up accommodations at the mansion-like Promontory Ridge Villas. Each luxury villa features seven bedrooms, three pools, a massage room, a movie theater, a pool table room, multiple fireplaces, indoor/outdoor space for entertaining, elegant décor and top-notch amenities.

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Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI: June 26–July 7, 2019

Kick off summer at this festival featuring all the things you love…live music, carnival rides, paddleboats, pizza and beer. What else do you need? Oh, yeah, first some tickets (right here) and then a place to crash! Snag a room now at Brumder Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Choose from three elegantly decorated suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Listen to a vintage record in the library while sipping some tea underneath a sparkling chandelier. The refined accommodation will be a welcomed respite from the lively festival atmosphere.

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Comic-Con, San Diego, CA: July 18-21, 2019

Comic book and science fiction fans unite at this event where fictional characters leap to life. (Still need tickets? We got ’em.) What can be better than rubbing shoulders with your favorite super heroes? Well, how about spending the night on a 46-foot yacht? Zoina Yachts sleeps four and is docked in Point Loma. Each of the two bedrooms features a kitchenette and the facilities include three swimming pools. Your friends will think you’re Superman if you score this luxury accommodation before it gets swiped up.

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Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL: August 1-4, 2019

All your favorite music artists in one place and a lineup including around 170 of the best bands around. Your throat will be sore from screaming and singing, your feet will be sore from dancing and your face will be sore from grinning ear-to-ear. Book your tickets to the festival right here, and then immediately book your lodging at because they will go fast, too. Looking for a place to dorm with your best buddies? Check out the flashy new hotel-hostel FieldHouse Jones. If the cool rooms and common areas don’t win you over, surely the dining and drinking options—and River North location— will.

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Toronto Film Festival, Toronto, CAN: September 5-15, 2019

Movie buffs will not want to miss out on the Toronto Film Festival featuring film screenings, live music, conversations with industry leaders, and more. Why not host a movie premiere party at a stunning home in suburban Vaughan? This beautiful, four-bedroom private house has elegant decor, a beautiful kitchen, marble showers and outdoor entertaining space. Don’t miss the chance to score this premium place before another film fan gets his hands on it.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM: October 6-12

There is nothing more picturesque than a brilliant blue sky filled with hot air balloons of every color taking flight. Whether from the ground or from the balloon basket, attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is an event not to be missed. Sip champagne while soaring over the beautiful landscape and watching the sunset, photograph the graceful swarm of balloons as they drift across sky, or admire them at night while they light up like lanterns. For accommodations, stay at family-friendly Mother Road Hostel featuring 11 cozy rooms. More like a bed-and-breakfast than a hostel, the spot offers guests porch seating, a sitting library, outdoor barbecue, in-room desks, free WiFi and continental breakfast.

RELATED: Top 10 summer music festivals

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York, NY: November 28

Pick your spot along the parade route and watch in wonder as marching bands, balloon characters, lively floats and celebrity guests pass by. While in New York, take advantage of the urban tentalow accommodation offered at Collective Governor’s Island. With rustic chic decor, an indoor-outdoor setting, views of the city, on-property dining and complimentary breakfast, these luxe glamping tents make for a wonderful getaway for a family or group of friends. Book now because this gem with only 10 guest rooms will go fast.

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Art Basel, Miami, FL: December

For those who enjoy modern and contemporary art, plus the vivaciousness of the Miami scene, Art Basel is something you won’t want to miss. While in Miami, stay at Blanc Kara for chic adult-only accommodations. The 25 guest rooms feature a clean, white palate that is brought to life with splashes of bright color. Grab a drink at the public lounge, whip up a meal in the in-room kitchen, or enjoy the daily breakfast buffet. You won’t want to miss out on these stylish accommodations, so book now before someone else beats you to it.

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Labor Day weekend may mark the unofficial end of summer, but it should be by no means depressing! That extra day off gives us a chance to squeeze in one more summer vacay, filled with barbecues, fireworks and plenty of All-American goodness. It’s a time to get outside, to explore, to cook out, to see a new city — and some cities know how to celebrate the end of summer much, much better than others. Here are the towns that top our list of best places to make the most of your Labor Day getaways.

 

Cincinnati

Fireworks over the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Chris Miller – Flickr

Catch some serious fireworks in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Queen City knows how to celebrate Labor Day: Riverfest, a big fireworks show that draws people from the whole tristate area to the surprisingly scenic Ohio riverfront. The show starts at 9:05 p.m. Sunday, but stake out your place and find somewhere to park early, because both the Kentucky and Ohio sides of the river are always packed full by showtime. Some restaurants along the river, like Moerlein Lager House, the Beer Sellar and Bar Louie host viewing parties, but get your tickets in advance. And check out a Reds game while you’re in town — they’re home all weekend. For food, try Eli’s BBQ along the river, Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Newport, or one of the many eateries in Over-the-Rhine.

 

The lit-up, nighttime skyline of Chicago, which is one of the best Labor Day getaways of 2016.

The Riverwalk in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Photo: MK Feeney – Flickr.

Live your best life (and Labor Day getaway) in Chicago, Illinois

Winters in Chicago come on hard and fast, and everyone there knows it, so the locals squeeze every last drop out of summer. On your Labor Day getaway, the beaches will still be popping, the outdoor patios at all the best restaurants will still be buzzing, and you can enjoy America’s pastime one more time since the White Sox are in town. You can grab a drink on a rooftop patio or stroll along the Riverwalk while the nights are still warm enough to do so. The Chicago Jazz Festival is also takingplace over Labor Day weekend in Millennium Park, and it’s free.

 

Get your nature and city fixes in Denver, Colorado

One could argue that any time of year is a good time to visit Denver, and you’d be right, but Labor Day is one of the best. The dry heat of summer is starting to break, and some of the aspens in the mountains are beginning to turn some gorgeous shades of yellow. September in the Rockies means less chances for natural disasters — wildfire risk has dropped, monsoon season has died down — which makes for some great hiking. And in the city, cooler September weather means more enjoyable craft brews on patios, and uninhibited views ofthe mountains. Downtown’s Civic Center Park is also hosting A Taste of Denver, so make sure you show up hungry.

Philly

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: Lee Cannon – Flickr.

Show off your dance moves in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philly throws a giant two-day Made in America Music Festival during your perfect Labor Day getaway. And what better time to not only be in a patriotic place, but dance your butt off at a patriotically-named fest? It’s the fourth year for the festival, which is held on multiple stages throughout the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Jay-Z curates the lineup, meaning it’s a must-see. Coldplay and Rihanna are headlining this year, with performances from Chance the Rapper, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and more. Make sure to get your tickets now.

 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo: Steve – Flickr.

Get back to basics in Midwestern Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Time for your Labor Day cookout. The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a barbecue, so why not center your trip around some smoked meat? Milwaukee is throwing the Big Gig BBQ on Sept. 4, and it’s bigger and better than any backyard barbecue you’ve ever been to. There will be brisket, ribs and BBQ from 10 of the best local and national grillers. And in a city that’s home to storied beerslike Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz and MillerCoors, it’s safe to say you’ll have some quality hydration with your grub.

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Steeped in German heritage and drenched in beer, Milwaukee is probably one of the best places to hang out with your dad on Father’s Day. There’s cheese and sausage, beer and fishing, and whole boatload of history. The city’s industrial past still seems to seep from its pores, and you can sense it the second you see the skyline. But it’s also breathtaking, especially as the sun starts to dip below the horizon and turn the waters of Lake Michigan into a palette of pastels. Summer weekends here are fairly close to magical (and your dad will probably think so too)—and being that it’s cheap right now, it’s the perfect time for Milwaukee travel.

 

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Milwaukee, Wisc. on the shore of Lake Michigan from 38,000 feet in the air. Photo: Ron Reiring – Flickr CC

Plane, train or automobile — General Mitchell International Airport serves the Milwaukee area and is only five miles south of downtown. There’s also the option of flying into Chicago and driving up — the drive is less than two hours if you don’t hit traffic. There’s also an Amtrak station. Driving in may be the best option, though, because it means you can tool around the city or beautiful Wisconsin countryside.

 

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Milwaukee County Transit System Bus. Photo: Vincent Desjardins – Flickr CC

Cheap local transit — Pay only $3 for a 30-minute ride on a Bublr Bike, or get a pay-as-you-go pass and pay only $2 per 30-minute ride. This is the best way to see the city, especially with the weather being so nice this time of year. If you must take the bus, Milwaukee County Transit System charges $2.25 a ride if you pay in cash.

 

Lakefront Brewery

A flight of beer at Lakefront Brewery. Photo: Connie Ma – Flickr CC

Book a brewery tour — The options for brewery tours are seemingly endless in a city known for its beer. Just make sure you plan ahead, because some require you to book a tour, and some stop touring by mid-afternoon. You could go traditional with MillerCoors (it’s free and comes with three beers), or more craft with Milwaukee Brewing Company (it’s $10, and includes samples and a pint glass). Lakefront Brewery also has a good $7 tour, rife with samples.

 

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Usinger’s Sausage in Milwaukee. Photo: Dan Perry – Flickr CC

Bulk up on some brats — Few meals are as quintessentially ‘dad’ as sausage, beer and cheese. Luckily there’s no meal that’s more Milwaukeean, making Usinger’s Sausage and Smoked Meats quite the historical mainstay. The 136-year-old, family-owned company sells its brats and sausages all over town, but nothing beats visiting the shop downtown on Third Street. For more instant gratification, head across the street to Old German Beer Hall or Milwaukee Brat House to sample the goods without having to cook them yourself.

 

Fly fishing

A local fisherman fly fishing the Milwaukee River by the Kletzsch Park waterfall in April 2013. Photo: Nick Bragg – Flickr CC

Fetch some fish to fry — Sink your lines in the Milwaukee River at Caesar’s Park, less than three miles south of town. With patience and a little luck, you might be feasting on salmon, steelhead and brown trout. So kick back, crack open a beer and try your hand at catching dinner while you bond with dear old dad. If you want to get a little farther away from it all, you can also access the Milwaukee River from Kern Park, Estabrook Park or Kletzch Park.

 

Milwaukee Polish Fest

Milwaukee Polish Fest. Photo: Matthew Juzenas – Flickr CC

Find a festival — June is festival season in basically every city in America, and Milwaukee leads the parade. There’s Taco Fest on June 6, PrideFest the weekend of June 10, Polish Fest the weekend of June 17, Beer Lovers Festival June 18, and that’s just the beginning. Most parishes have festivals throughout the summer, and Milwaukee has a rich Catholic history, so there’s a bunch of them. You could probably stumble upon a festival without even trying.

 

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Bond over baseball — This one’s a classic for a reason—take your dad to a Milwaukee Brewers game, settle in with some beers and Cracker Jacks, and enjoy the ride. Even if you’re not that into the team — or the sport, for that matter — there’s always good people watching, and it’s a great way to absorb some Vitamin D and just enjoy being out in the sun. If you want to up the ante with a little rivalry and drama, the Brewers play the Mets, the Nationals and the Dodgers at home in June.

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Enjoying Milwaukee on the cheap isn’t just about bowling and beer, as its old reputation might have you think. Rivaling Chicago for primo culture on Lake Michigan, it offers a whole host of free or really inexpensive diversions for any type of taste.

Explore Lakefront Parks

At Doctors Park take the paved trail or dirt path down the gorgeous bluff just north of downtown Milwaukee to access a swimming beach and clear views across the lake. Between the baseball diamonds and playground atop the bluff and the sandcastle-making opportunities below, it’s a perfect afternoon in the making.

Designed in the 1890s by Frederick Law Olmstead, Lake Park takes after the “Romantic-style” parks of Europe with tons of wide, open space and paths that lead to knockout vistas. Explore an Indianmound dating from 300 B.C., cross pretty Brick Arch Bridge or fly a kite on a blustery blue day.

The South Side green scene centers around Sheridan Park. Named for Civil War hero Phillip Sheridan, it hugs the lakefront and has a community pool, tennis and basketball courts, and a multi-use trail.

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Doctors Park

Soak Up Culture for Free

Milwaukee Art Museum – The First Thursday of the month is always free at the Calatrava-designed art museum that’s home to works by Paul Gaughin and Vassily Kandinsky

Milwaukee Art Museum

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Milwaukee County Zoo – Say “hello” to a new Snow Leopard cub, an Amur Tiger and a flurry of orangutans. And there’s a lot more where that came from so head here on a Family Free Day, when there’s no admission fee. Upcoming dates are October 10, November 7 and December 5.

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Milwaukee Public Museum
– Lifelike dioramas exploring important concepts in nature, science and history are what make this museum special, and especially interesting to kids. Milwaukee residents always getin free the first Thursday of the month. But if you’re visiting from out of town, keep these free-for-all dates on your calendar: Mothers Day (free for mothers), Fathers Day (free for fathers), Veterans Day (free for members of the military, past and present) and Grandparents Day (free for grandparents).

Various Exhibits in the Milwaukee Public Museum
Eat Well & Cheaply

You can find seemingly everything and anything in the maze of food stalls at Milwaukee Public Market. From a cup of local Anodyne Coffee to salad from The Green Kitchen to a hunk of cheddar at West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe, you’re covered any time of day — at any price.

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Dollar tacos? Say no more. That’s what you get at Amelia’s on Layton Avenue on Monday nights. Fill up on Mexican foodand wash it down with a $1 margarita or mai tai.

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Friday Fish fries are a right of passage in Brew City, and casual pub Kelly’s Bleachers has a delicious and affordable one in the shadow of Miller Park. It’s $8.95 for all-you-can-eat cod and fan-tailed shrimp, plus fixings like coleslaw and rye bread.

Oakland Gyros is a mainstay stumble-in after a night on the East Side bar scene. Count on it for quick counter service and slide into a booth for a one-on-one with a steak shishkabob.

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Walk a Historic Street

Milwaukee’s German heart beats on Old World Third Street, where sausage emporiums Eusinger’s and Mader’s carry on 100-plus-year traditions. Take in the Euro yesteryear spirit as you wander past cream-city brick buildings and jag over to the Milwaukee RiverWalk, a popular pedestrian thoroughfare.

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Around since the 1840s, the now-hipster Brady Street has a mix of indie retail, ethnic restaurants, funky coffee shops and swank bars. It’s been called “Milwaukee’s own Haight-Ashbury” and has the colorful characters and peace-love-happiness vibe to prove it.

The Historic Third Ward, centered around Milwaukee and Buffalo streets, is Milwaukee’s oldest center of warehousing and now a hub for culture and arts. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic and is home to more than 20 galleries and art studios, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) and the Broadway Theatre Center.

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CheapTickets and Northwest Airlines are offering cheap flights for the holidays. So if you want to go home for Thanksgiving or plan a Christmas getaway, check out sale airfares like these:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul to Boston: $287
  • Detroit to Baltimore: $183
  • Indianapolis to New York: $177
  • Milwaukee to Austin, TX: $251
  • Memphis to Orlando: $205

These cheap flights don’t include taxes and are good for travel November 20 – January 5, 2009.

So whether you want to visit cousins in Kalamazoo or ring in the New Year in New York, CheapTickets and Northwest have cheap flights to help you celebrate the holidays. But hurry, sale ends November 26.

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