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Start with these local events this summer.

Virginia

For three memorable days, the historic waterfront festival offers a weekend packed with thrilling activities on land and sea to include tall ships and the Parade of Sail, artisan foods and beverages, work boat races, unique and unusual performances, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, family games and activities, national and regional entertainment, and much more.

Amtrak Route: Northeast Regional

Date(s), times and cost: June 7 - 9, 2019. Friday: Noon - 11 pm (Parade of Sail - Noon), Saturday: Noon - 11 pm (Fireworks 9:30 pm), Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm. FREE

Nearest Amtrak Station: Norfolk, VA (NFK)

From music to mud pits, bikes to beer, SUPs to pups, and climbing to kayaks – it’s uniquely RVA. Rock the day and night away, watch professional athletes thrill the crowd, and maybe even get a little dirty yourself. This isn’t your typical festival, but we’re not your typical town.

Amtrak Route: Northeast Regional

Date(s), times and cost: May 17 - 19, 2019. All Day. FREE

Nearest Amtrak Station: Richmond, VA - Main Street Station (RVM) 

The Best Beach Party in the Valley is in Elmwood Park every Thursday night from May 9 - September 26. Join us for all of your favorite bands and jams. Enjoy music, friends, food, and drinks in the region’s most vibrant and exciting destination: Downtown Roanoke. Bring your lawn chair and relax in Elmwood Park.

Amtrak Route: Northeast Regional

Date(s), times and cost: May 9 - Sept 26, 2019, every Thursday night. 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Admission is $5 per person at the gate. Kids under 12 are free.

Nearest Amtrak Station: Roanoke, VA (RNK)

Missouri

Michigan

An annual tradition since 1929, the city of Holland blossoms with over 5 million tulips, national entertainment acts, events and activities for all ages set against a backdrop of breathtaking sights just off the shores of Lake Michigan.

Dates/Cost: May 4 - 12, 2019. Admission fee for select events.

More Information: www.tuliptime.com

Nearest Amtrak Station: Holland, MI (HOM)

Held annually on the first weekend in June, Festival of the Arts is a free, three-day community event that celebrates every discipline of the arts – dance, music, literature, media, visual arts and design.

Dates/Cost: June 7 - 9, 2019.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/545005072642653/

Nearest Amtrak Station: Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)

The streets of Ann Arbor transform into an art lover’s paradise during the Art Fair where visitors can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales. From seasoned art enthusiasts to novice collectors, thousands will make the trip to discover something truly inspiring.

Dates: July 18 - 21, 2019

More Information: www.theannarborartfair.com

Nearest Amtrak Station: Ann Arbor, MI (ARB)

 

 

Pennsylvania

Philly’s The Roots perform Things Fall Apart on its 20th anniversary, and bring H.E.R., 21 Savage, Lil Baby, and, new this year, podcasts The Joe Budden and The Read and more for a daylong concert at Fairmount Park’s The Mann Center.

Date: June 1, 2019.

Cost: Various Admission Fees.

More Details: rootspicnic.com

Nearest Amtrak Station: Philadelphia, PA - 30th Street Station (PHL)

Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 27th year in a row, Wawa Welcome America is a multi-day party with free events for all ages throughout the city — including concerts, a parade and fireworks.

Dates: June 30 - July 4, 2019.

Cost: Free Admission.

Nearest Amtrak Station: Philadelphia, PA - 30th Street Station (PHL)

California

Celebrate all things Strawberry at the 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival. Delicious food and drinks, live bands, shows for kids, rides, attractions and contests are all part of the fun May 18 - 19, 2019. There is free shuttle transportation provided to/from the train station. Plus, kids can ride the Pacific Surfliner free to the event with a paid adult. when booking with promo code V817.

Amtrak Route: Pacific Surfliner

Dates: May 18 - 19, 2019

Times: 10 am - 6:30 pm

Cost: Admission fee

Nearest Amtrak Station: Oxnard, CA (OXN)

San Diego - Comic-Con International is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture. Arrive a short walk away from the fun when you take the train.

Amtrak Route: Pacific Surfliner

Dates: July 17 - 21, 2019

Times: Varies

Cost: Admission fee

Nearest Amtrak Station: San Diego, CA - Santa Fe Depot (SAN)

Opened in 1937 by entertainer, Bing Crosby, this seaside track is known for its sophistication, fashion and excitement of horse racing. The weekends feature family fun in the infield with rides, games, giveaways and free activities. Enjoy concerts on Fridays and select Saturdays to complement your day at Del Mar Racetrack. Ride the train along the coast to Solana Beach station and take the free shuttle to the track.

Amtrak Route: Pacific Surfliner

Dates: July 17 - September 2, 2019

Times: Varies by day

Cost: Admission fee

Nearest Amtrak Station: Solana Beach, CA (SOL)

Washington, DC

The Memorial Day Weekend not only marks the start of summer, but more importantly honors those veterans who served our country. Thousands of people will line the National Mall to experience the largest Memorial Day event in the United States with marching bands, performers and historic re-enactors.

Date: May 27, 2019

Admission: Free

Nearest Amtrak Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)

More Details: www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/parade/

Come explore well-known and emerging artists on the Jazz scene and beyond at The Wharf presented by Events DC. The event includes four main stages with events on the District and Transit Piers. Additional ticketed events at The Anthem are available.

Dates: June 7 - 16, 2019

Admission: Varies by event. Four main stage events are free, events at The Anthem are ticketed. 

Nearest Amtrak Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)

More Details: dcjazzfest.org

This remarkable event salutes many different international and American cultures every year on the National Mall. Stop by for crafts, exhibits, cooking demonstrations, live music and more treasures in the marketplace.

Dates: June 29 - 30, 2019

Admission: Free

Nearest Amtrak Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)

More Details: festival.si.edu

New York

13-day celebration of New York's outstanding food, heritage and agriculture, with live entertainment, parades, games and amusement rides for the whole family. 

Dates: August 21 - September 2, 2019

Nearest Amtrak Station: Syracuse - Regional Transportation Center, NY (SYR)

More Details: NYSFair.org