As the summer heat cranks up, so do the opportunities for some virtual fun. There are lots of cool things to do remotely this month, from art shows to a beer festival and plenty of live music. Below are some of our favorite things taking place throughout the month. Tune in, participate, and enjoy from the comfort of your home!
The Carnegie Art Festival: A Virtual Experience
July 1-August 1, 2020
If you are jonesing to go to an art festival, a popular summer tradition, look no further than the Carnegie Art Festival. Browse works from over 100 artists virtually through the Carnegie Art Center’s website. If you find something you like and want to appreciate it forever in your home, you may purchase directly and support the artist. A portion of the proceeds from the online festival will also go to the Carnegie Art Center in New York. Head over to the Carnegie Art Center website and start your virtual art festival experience.
Aspen Music Festival and School
July 4-August 23
Live music is just a click away thanks to the Aspen Music Festival and School’s 2020 Virtual Festival. The Aspen Music Festival and School attracts some of the brightest up-and-coming musicians from around the world, converging on Aspen, Colorado to learn from and perform alongside the best current international musicians. Tons of events are planned, from concerts to panel discussions and classes, all for free. The weekly schedule of events is available to view on the Aspen Music Festival and School’s website.
Best Coast Beer Fest
The Best Coast Beer Fest has quickly become one of the best events of the year in the capital of microbreweries, San Diego. Although this year’s event will not be held on the bay, you can still enjoy a good brew and lively conversation by participating in the virtual beer festival. Head over to the festival’s website and sign up for the summer edition beer tasting kit, which features 12 seasonal summer beers from some of the best breweries on the west coast. In addition to a dozen delicious brews, you will also get access to an exclusive Zoom beer fest, featuring each brewer from the featured 12-pack. There will also be beer trivia with cool prizes. For more information and to purchase your virtual festival pack, head over to the Best Coast Beer Festival website.
Woody Guthrie’s Folk Festival
Hear some fine folk music from incredible artists through the Virtual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, live from Oklahoma. This annual music festival celebrates the life and legacy of iconic folk musician Woody Guthrie. Starting Tuesday, July 14th, which is Woody’s birthday, and running through Sunday, July 19th, check out a live feed through a variety of channels each day as big talents take the stage. For a list of artists, and to see where you can catch the tunes, visit the festival’s website.
Beaches Jazz Festival
For another flavor of streaming live music, check out the Beaches Jazz Festival for free, live from the Beaches community of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This celebrated international jazz festival offers streaming options on its website and social media platforms, with performances taking place throughout the day along with workshops, interviews, and more. Each day has a jam-packed lineup sure to get your foot tapping and head bobbing. Check out the festival’s website for a lineup of performances and more information.
Live Nature Cams
If you’re in the mood to experience exotic locales from all over the world, check out Explore.org live cams, a feature of the Explore.org website bringing amazing locations to your screen. From wild animal sanctuaries, underwater worlds, relaxing destinations, and more, check out streams of natural sights and sounds to appreciate beautiful creatures and scenery. The website also offers categories in case you are in the mood for something specific or feel like browsing your options. If you want to engage in a different way, the website also has picture, articles, and films covering a variety of topics about nature, social issues, and more. Check out the Explore.org website and see the world.