Boston, MA, April 28-30
New England’s cocktail scene doesn’t always get much attention, but this festival is looking to change that. Catering to home bartenders and hospitality professionals alike, the festival includes a Boston bar crawl, a black tie gala and a party dedicated to icy blended drinks.
New York, NY, May 12-18
After a three-year hiatus, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is returning to the big city. Originally formed in 2009, the event has new investors and organizers committed to making the festival bigger and better than ever. While little is known about the details of the event so far, the organizers said there will be a larger emphasis on trade, trendsetting and connecting spirits brands with industry professionals.
Santa Fe, NM, June 2-4
In addition to seminars and tastings, attendees can vote for their favorite food and cocktail pairings at the Chef & Shaker Challenge, or explore the city’s new Margarita Trail on their own. Bars and restaurants throughout Santa Fe will also be featuring signature cocktails throughout the four-day event.
Fort Lauderdale, FL, June 7-11
Self-dubbed as “the world’s most authentic tiki event,” the Hukilau honors everything tiki, from the food
, to the music to the over-the-top cocktails
. Sample both classic and modern tiki-tails
, hit the pool party, and of course don your most absurd Hawaiian shirt—the fashion competition will be stiff.