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Celebrate The Summer Solstice With Fairmont Hotels at These Landmark Events Across North America

Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or an unforgettable trip with friends, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts invites you to explore the vibrant cities of North America this summer. Nestled in the heart of the most exciting urban landscapes, Fairmont offers luxurious accommodations coupled with unparalleled access to some of the most exciting events of the season. Each stay promises not just prestige, but a treasure trove of memories, blending the comfort of world-class hospitality with the thrill of urban adventure.

Chicago | Chicago Blues Festival

Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9

The Chicago Blues Festival is a legendary celebration of blues music that takes center stage annually in the city’s Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The free event features electrifying performances by both renowned and emerging blues artists, paying homage to the genre’s rich history while also showcasing its contemporary evolution. This year’s lineup promises stellar performances from musical legends including Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Southern Avenue, and a special Tribute to Jimmy Rogers.

Where to stay: Fairmont Chicago is an ideal downtown location for festival goers and offers luxurious accommodations and stunning views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Make it an extra indulgent stay and book a room on the hotel’s newly refurbished Fairmont Gold Floor that includes a private lunch, complimentary breakfast, savory canapes and beverages from the honor bar.

Montreal | Montreal Grand Prix

Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9

Montreal is home to the Formula 1™ Canadian Grand Prix, the biggest sporting event in Canada! The event brings three days of competition and world-class events and parties to the city just in time to kick off the summer season.

Where to stay: Enjoy some R&R between the weekend’s buzzy events with a luxurious stay at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, conveniently located just steps from the city’s top attractions.

Los Angeles | Pride Festival

Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 9

LA’s Pride Festival is one of the largest LGBTQ+ celebrations in the world and brings together diverse communities for a weekend of empowerment and inclusion. The music festival, LA Pride in the Park, will feature world-class performers (line up to be announced soon), scores of exhibitors, vendor booths, dozens of food trucks and more spread across 20 acres of lush green space that overlooks the city’s skyline. On Sunday, June, 9 the festival continues with the Pride Parade in West Hollywood that highlights the ongoing fight for equality and acceptance while also serving as a joyful affirmation of love, diversity, and pride.

Where to Stay: Take a break from the weekend’s exciting events and kick up your feet at the iconic Fairmont Century Plaza, located in the heart of the city. Grab a table at the hotel’s Havana Nights Pop-Up experience where you’ll be transported to the sultry summer of Cuba while sipping on a curated menu of mojitos.

Seattle | Seafair Festival

Late June through early August

Seattle’s summer-long Seafair Festival has been an iconic summer tradition since 1950 and celebrates the city’s rich maritime heritage with a series of events over several weeks. Highlights include the Seafair Torchlight Parade featuring awe-inspiring floats, marching bands, and drill teams, and the hydroplane races on Lake Washington that attracts thousands of spectators. Other festivities include air shows, community parades, and cultural exhibits, making Seafair a vibrant celebration of Seattle’s culture and community spirit.

Where to Stay: Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the stunning Fairmont Olympic Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features breathtaking architecture, innovative culinary experiences and an ideal location near Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market.

Austin, Texas | Copa America Tournament Matches

Sunday, June 30; Sunday, July 2

One of the longest-running and most prestigious international soccer tournaments, Copa America, is coming to Austin this summer for two matches at Q2 Stadium. On June 30, Venezuela will take on Jamaica followed by Paraguay versus the winner of the Concacaf playoff on July 2.

Where to stay: Make it a weekend and stay at Fairmont Austin. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel boasts Austin’s largest rooftop pool and offers the best views of the city skyline. Enjoy the lively atmosphere that includes an array of shaded cabanas and daybeds, refreshing cocktails and island-inspired fare from the hotel’s rooftop pop-up tiki bar, The Broken Coconut.

Toronto | TD Toronto Jazz Festival

June 20 – June 31

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become a destination event, not just for music lovers but for some of the greatest jazz celebrities in the world. With entertainment from more than 1,500 musicians at a range of venues across the city’s downtown core, the 10-day festival attracts over 500,000 loyal patrons annually.

Where to stay: After attending toe-tapping concerts all day, put your feet up at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York, featuring lavish accommodations just steps away from Union Station in the city’s downtown core.

San Francisco | Fillmore Jazz Festival

Saturday, July 6 – Sunday, July 7

Held the first weekend of July, the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival is one of the largest free jazz festivals on the West Coast that spans several blocks along the city’s popular Fillmore Street. Celebrating the rich jazz heritage of the neighborhood, the musical event features live performances by local and national musicians, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and other activities from sunup to sundown.

Where to Stay: After grooving all day head to Fairmont San Francisco nestled atop the city’s Nob Hill to enjoy timeless elegance, sweeping city views and unparalleled luxury. Make sure to grab a nightcap and unwind at the hotel’s historic Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar that was affectionately once called “The greatest place in the history of the world,” by the late culinary icon Anthony Bourdain.

Vancouver | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Free Outdoor Concert

Sunday, July 7

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is returning to the exquisite Sunset Beach for the second annual free outdoor concert. This year, VSO is working with the Vancouver Park Board to ensure an exceptional experience for everyone who attends the concert this summer.

Where to stay: After the performance, journey through Vancouver’s downtown core and treat yourself to a stay at the magnificent Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which has been known as the ‘Castle in the City’ since 1939.

New York City | Central Park SummerStage Series

Multiple dates throughout June – August

This year’s popular SummerStage series promises a dynamic lineup of free outdoor performances that embrace diverse genres and cultures. From exhilarating concerts to captivating dance showcases and thought-provoking spoken word events, SummerStage invites audiences of all ages to experience the magic of live entertainment in New York City’s beautiful Central Park.

Where to stay: Treat yourself to some R&R at the iconic Plaza Hotel, located across the street from Central Park, that exudes luxury and elegance with its timeless charm, exquisite accommodations, and legendary history. In celebration of the new musical, The Great Gatsby, and its arrival to the Broadway stage is the hotel’s Great Gatsby-themed dining experience in Palm Court where guests can enjoy and taste the opulence of the Roaring Twenties.