This month is sure to start out with a bang. Communities across the country will celebrate Independence Day with local events such as parades, street festivals and fireworks displays. Visit your community’s event to celebrate not just the country, but also your very own neighborhood. Then, fill the rest of the month with delicious and savory events like the ones below.
July 13, 2019
Brewfest is Downtown Laramie’s premier annual event, bringing some 2,000 locals together to sample craft beer, enjoy live music and mingle with friends. Dozens of craft breweries will offer their most creative and most popular brews in downtown Laramie’s Depot Park. Profits raised by the event will help fund downtown improvement projects. In the past, these funds have allowed Laramie Main Street to install downtown bike racks and celebratory banners. More information about Brewfest is available at www.laramiemainstreet.org.
Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off & Fest
July 13, 2019
The biggest event of the year in this historic Maryland town, Taste of Cambridge will feature food and drinks from local food vendors and restaurants. In particular, the event is known for its Crab Cook-Off, which pits local chefs against each other in categories like she crab soup, crab dip and crab specialty dishes. The festival is free and will take place rain or shine, but the Crab Cook-Off requires tickets and often sells out. Buy your tickets in advance so you can enjoy the local dishes and vote for your favorite. Details are available at www.downtowncambridge.org and www.visitdorchester.org.
Three Rivers Festival
July 13-20, 2019
Fort Wayne, Indiana
This annual festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer with more than 80 events scheduled in downtown Fort Wayne. Originally created to revitalize the city’s downtown district and draw attention to local businesses in the area, the Three Rivers Festival highlights the diverse cultures that make up the Fort Wayne community. The event will feature local craft and food vendors, live music, a parade, the annual Bed Race and much more. Find more information at www.visitfortwayne.com and www.threeriversfestival.org.
July 20, 2019
Support local agriculture at this seasoned and seasonal event. Reno Garlic Fest will feature all things garlic — even garlic ice cream — grown and created by Nevada farmers. Visitors can sample the tasty treats, plus learn how to grow and braid garlic. Learn more about this unique event at www.nevadagrown.com.
World’s Largest Coffee Break
July 23, 2019
Stop by downtown Milwaukee’s Catalano Square on your way to the office or errands for a large – and local – coffee break. Local coffee shops from the city’s Historic Third Ward will serve up free coffee, free donuts and other sweet treats. The event is part of a weeklong celebration of downtown employees and the businesses they sustain. For more information, visit www.historicthirdward.org.