With the summer months upon us, you may be on the hunt for something unique and exciting to do from the comfort of your home. Luckily for you, we put together some of the top virtual events to check out throughout the month of June! From festivals celebrating music, diversity, the Renaissance, and more, as well as arts and crafts shows, kids’ activities, and other creative things to check out, there is something for everyone in the house.
Koroneburg Renaissance Festival
Weekends through June 27
Throw it back to a medieval German town, dating 1450-1600 A.D. at the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival. This annual festival takes place at one of the only permanently built Renaissance villages in the United States. This year’s festivities will be broadcast over the fair’s website and Facebook every weekend in June.
Viewers can tune in to meet the fair’s guilds, entertainers, vendors, and participants. Planned entertainers will delight with tales, music, demonstrations, and more.
For the full details on the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival, including the schedule of events, check out the festival’s website.
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Through June 13
Delight your kids by tuning in to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Running through June 13th, there is a variety of children’s entertainers, including theater, music, dance, and storytelling. All of this entertainment is geared toward kids, encouraging creative thinking that transforms the world around them. Tickets are available for purchase as “pay what you can” with sliding prices based on what your family can afford.
For more information on the festival, including to view the lineup and purchase tickets, head over to the festival’s website.
West Hartford Virtual Arts & Crafts Show
On the hunt for that perfect gift or something to freshen up the décor in your home? Check out the West Hartford Virtual Arts & Crafts Show, featuring works from nearly 100 artists working in a variety of mediums and styles. From pottery, jewelry, and glass to fine art, photography, and more, there are plenty of fun and unique items to peruse and purchase. The best part? Shopping takes place online 24/7 through June 30th!
For more information on the West Hartford Virtual Arts & Crafts Show, including to visit the virtual marketplace, check out the West Hartford city website.
Brklyn Film Festival
Immerse yourself in a diverse lineup of films created by artists from around the world. There are multiple categories to enjoy, including Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Animation, and Experimental. There is also a KidsFest component to check out, with two categories within it, one dedicated to younger kids (ages 3-7) and older kids and teens (ages 8-15). You may view an entire category of films for $10 each or purchase an all-access festival pass for $24 to view all 144 features and shorts.
For the full lineup of films, to purchase tickets, or learn more about the festival, head over to the Brklyn Film Festival site.
Boston Early Music Festival
Enjoy virtual performances of early music, including operas, concerts, Exhibition, and Fringe Concerts through the Boston Early Music Festival. Taking place exclusively online, you will have a front row seat for these beautiful performances streamed right to your device. Ticket prices range from $10 to $25 or you can purchase a subscription to all 16 events for $150.
This year’s featured opera is a production of Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise performed and recorded in 2017, a Baroque visual and sonic pleaser about 4 star-crossed lovers indulging in carnival season. Additionally, you can enjoy the festival’s world-famous exhibition showcasing instrument builders and more, and virtuosic performances from ensembles featuring some of the best artists in the world.
For more information on the 2021 Boston Early Music Festival, check out the festival’s website.
LA Pride: Thrive with Pride Concert
Celebrate Pride by livestreaming the LA Pride: Thrive with Pride Concert for free on TikTok. Taking place June 10th, this night of jubilation will be headlined by global pop superstar Charli XCX from a spectacular LA locale. Up and coming acts will also hit the stage, representing a variety of genres.
If you live in the LA Metro Area, Saturday, June 12th will feature a special on ABC7/KABC Los Angeles that you can enjoy. This special will spotlight LA Pride’s 2021 honorees along with a variety of other engaging and enlightening content, including trans profiles, celebrity shout-outs, a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and more.
For more information, including up-to-date details on recently announced in-person events, check out the LA Pride website.
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend At Home
The Center for Irish Music, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is offering people from all over the opportunity to participate in and enjoy a weekend of traditional Irish music. From workshops and lectures to concerts and more, anyone can enjoy a piece of the planned programming. Concerts start the evening of June 10th and run through June 14th. Each concert has a suggested donation of $10 per concert to help support the artists.
For more details, including a schedule of events and workshops, or to learn more about the Center for Irish Music, check out the Center’s website.
Happy Place Virtual Festival
June 12-July 12
Find your happy place all month long at the Happy Place Virtual Festival. Taking place exclusively online, guests may browse and explore a virtual map with different locations focused on a variety of topics all centered around physical and mental well-being.
Enjoy incredible performances, inspiring speakers, engrossing tutorials, and more by roaming the interactive digital “grounds” of the festival. Guest speakers and performers change daily throughout the month so check in often. The event is free, but donations are encouraged to the festival’s charity partners, with gratitude from the event organizers.
For more information and to start exploring the map, check out the Happy Place Virtual Festival website.
Juneteenth Music Festival
Celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, by tuning in to the Juneteenth Music Festival. Broadcast live from Denver, Colorado, this annual music festival will livestream 6 hours of entertainment straight to you. Expect music, live performances, entertainment, panels, and the festival’s 2021 Dream Big Awards.
For more information on the Juneteenth Music Festival check out the festival’s website.
Chatham Virtual Retrofest
If you are looking to take your weekend festivities into a higher gear, check out the Chatham Virtual RetroFest, livestreaming from historic Downtown Chatham. This awesome celebration of retro cars, music, and more, covers two days of awesome sights and sounds. Friday, June 25th, features a mini-cruise of hand-picked and featured classic cars as well as a concert and more content to enjoy. On Saturday, June 26th, tune-in for the awards ceremony, the crowning of Ms. RetroFest, and live streamed music.
For more information on Chatham Virtual RetroFest, check out the event’s page on the Chatham website.
National Women’s Music Festival
June 30 – July 4
Tune in to the National Women’s Music Festival, live streaming on the Mandolin app across 5 days, ending on the 4th of July. Put on by Women in the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, this celebration of music and the arts boasts a jam-packed schedule that incorporates all facets of women’s lives. From live musical performances to comedy acts, a marketplace, films, workshops, and more, there is a ton of content to dive into and enjoy. Attendees come from a broad band of backgrounds, with the content of the festival reflecting that diversity by celebrating and recognizing it through its programming. General admission tickets are $50 with multiple ticket options and ranges available.
For more information on the National Women’s Music Festival, including to purchase tickets or see the lineup of artists, visit the festival’s website.
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