Il Palio di Siena Horse Race – Tuscany
Jul 2 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Il Palio di Siena Horse Race - Tuscany
 The Palio di Siena (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːljo di ˈsjɛːna]; known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on 2 July is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, a Marian devotion particular to Siena which developed around an icon from the Terzo Camollia. The Palio held on 16 August is named Palio dell’Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary.

pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.

The race itself, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of dirt has been laid. The race is run for three laps of the piazza and usually lasts no more than 90 seconds. It is common for a few of the jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the treacherous turns in the piazza, and indeed, it is not unusual to see unmounted horses finishing the race without their jockeys.

Wimbledon – UK @ Ascot RaceThe All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Jul 2 @ 8:00 am – Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm
Wimbledon - UK @ Ascot RaceThe All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

The 2018 Wimbledon Championships is a Grand Slam tennis tournament which is due to take place at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The main draw will commence on Monday 2 July 2018 and is due to finish on Sunday 15 July 2018.

The 2018 tournament is the 132nd edition of the championships, the 125th staging of the Ladies’ Singles Championship event,[1] the 51st in the Open Era and the third Grand Slam tournament of the year. It is to be played on grass courts and is part of the ATP World Tour, the WTA Tour, the ITF Junior tour and the NEC Tour. The tournament is organised by All England Lawn Tennis Club and International Tennis Federation.

Roger Federer is the defending champion in the Gentlemen’s singles and has won the event eight times in his career. Garbiñe Muguruza is the defending champion in the Ladies’ singles.

Henley Royal Regatta – UK @ River Thames
Jul 4 @ 8:00 am – Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm
Henley Royal Regatta - UK @ River Thames

Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best-known regatta in the world. It is a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the social season.

The Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over a five-day period. Spectators are thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard, which can include Olympic rowers as well as crews new to the event.

In addition to watching the racing, visitors can take in the ambience of the enclosures, enjoying the array of restaurants, bars and shops available, as well as the charming views of Henley and the River Thames.

Tour de France
Jul 7 @ 8:00 am – Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm
Tour de France

The Tour de France is an annual male multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France,[1] while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Like the other Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España), it consists of 21 stages over a little more than 3 weeks.

The race was first organized in 1903 to increase sales for the newspaper L’Auto;[2] which is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation.[3] The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except when it was stopped for the two World Wars.[4] As the Tour gained prominence and popularity, the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around the globe. Participation expanded from a primarily French field, as male riders from all over the world began to participate in the race each year. The Tour is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI WorldTeams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers invite.[5][6]

British Grand Prix – England @ Silverstone Circuit
Jul 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
British Grand Prix - England @ Silverstone Circuit

The British Grand Prix is a race in the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It is currently held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire in England. The 2017 event was the sixty-eighth time that the race has been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the fifty-first time that a World Championship round had been held at Silverstone.

MLB All Star Game – USA @ Nationals Park
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
MLB All Star Game - USA @ Nationals Park

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the “Midsummer Classic“, is an annual professional baseball game sanctioned by Major League Baseball (MLB) contested between the All-Stars from the American League (AL) and National League (NL), currently selected by fans for starting fielders, by managers for pitchers, and by managers and players for reserves.

Antibes Jazz Festival – France
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm
Antibes Jazz Festival - France
Jazz à Juan is annual jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins, France. New Orleans is a sister city, a connection which for a number of years was shown in carnival festivities in the streets of Juan-les-Pins, in which both local and New Orleans jazz bands paraded.

Along the street behind the seaside stage where the annual jazz festival is held, one will find ceramic tiles laid into the pavement with handprints of more than 50 musicians who have played at this festival, including Al JarreauB.B. KingChick CoreaClark TerryDave BrubeckDee Dee BridgewaterEddy LouissElvin JonesFats WallerGrant GreenGeorge BensonHank JonesJack DeJohnetteGary PeacockJoshua RedmanKeith JarrettLittle RichardMilt JacksonOscar PetersonPat MethenyRavi ColtraneRay CharlesRichard GallianoRoy HaynesShirley HornSonny RollinsStéphane GrappelliStevie Wonder and Wynton Marsalis.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Gold Cup – UK
Jul 18 @ 8:00 am – Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm
Jaeger-Lecoultre Gold Cup - UK

The tournament was established in 1956 by 3rd Viscount Cowdray.[1] Players have included members of the British Royal Family like Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Kerry Packer and his son Jamie Packer.[1]

It was formerly sponsored by champagne house Veuve Clicquot and it is now sponsored by watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre.[1] According to polo player Mark Tomlinson, it is “the most important tournament in the UK”.[1]

Comic Con- USA
Jul 19 @ 8:00 am – Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm

Comic-Con International: San Diego began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans — including the late Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, and Richard Alf — banded together to put on the first comic book convention in southern California. Comic-Con started as a one-day “minicon,” called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, on March 21, 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The purpose of this singleday event—which included two special guests, Forrest J Ackerman and Mike Royer, and drew about 100 attendees—was to raise funds and generate interest for a larger convention. The success of the minicon led to the first full-fledged, three-day San Diego Comic-Con (called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con), held August 1–3, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, with guests Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, and A. E. van Vogt. Over 300 attendees packed into the hotel’s basement for that groundbreaking event, which featured a dealers’ room, programs and panels, film screenings, and more: essentially, the model for every comic book convention to follow.

Golden State Comic-Con Logo 1970

From the beginning, the founders of the show set out to include not only the comic books they loved, but also other aspects of the popular arts that they enjoyed and felt deserved wider recognition, including films and science fiction/fantasy literature. After one more name change (San Diego’s West Coast Comic Convention, in 1972), the show officially became the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) in 1973 with the fourth annual event. In 1995, the nonprofit event changed its name to Comic-Con International: San Diego (CCI).

The show’s main home in the 1970s was the fondly remembered El Cortez Hotel in downtown San Diego. In 1979, Comic-Con moved to the Convention and Performing Arts Center (CPAC), and stayed there until 1991, when the new San Diego Convention Center opened. Comic-Con has been at home in that facility for over two decades.

With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years—in a convention center facility that has maxed out in space—the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.

Comic-Con International: San Diego

Over the years, Comic-Con has become the focal point for the world of comics conventions. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (close to 700 separate events in 2014), featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference; anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival); games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.

Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. The event has seen an amazing array of comics and book publishers in its Exhibit Hall over the years. Over its fourand-a-half decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience. That love of the comics medium continues to be its guiding factor as the event moves toward its second half-century as the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world.

Festival Napa Valley
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm
Festival Napa Valley

Festival Napa Valley is committed to enriching the vitality of the community and making the arts accessible to all.

Blending the beauty and bounty of Napa Valley with the very finest performing arts, the festival pairs world-class performances with culinary and wine pursuits staged in iconic wine country settings. Through its year-round programming, the organization has transformed Napa Valley into a cultural destination. It is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association, a nonprofit public benefit corporation governed by a board of prominent vintners and local leaders. More than 200 artists, wineries, resorts, theaters, restaurants and vintners participate each year.