When it comes to American cities, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles tend to dominate the event market and the conversation. Yet, these three cities continue to grow more crowded (and more expensive) and that has proven advantageous to other cities across the country. Conde Nast’s Travel Insider just released their event cities to watch list. These cities meet their criteria which attract people, space to create, and local cultural and culinary movements.
Head east and discover Fell's Point, a quaint, stone neighborhood dating back to the 1760s. Its 20th-century Recreation Pier building has been converted into the 128-room Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, the newest project of Under Armour founder (and Maryland native!) Kevin Plank. Baltimore's bike share program launched last fall, making it all too easy to navigate the city's Little Italy neighborhoods.
- Looking for a day group activity? Try a tour and tasting at the Guinness Brewery, which will open in October 2017.
Milwaukee has many of the same qualities that make its Midwest sister cities buzz. In the summertime there are more than 40 festivals. Its diverse location on Lake Michigan makes it a hotbed of local cuisine with award-winning restaurants. New hotels are arriving: a Kimpton hotel in the historic Third Ward and a traditional 220-room Westin Hotel is opening in downtown.
- Need an intriguing event location? Try the Milwaukee Art Museum, one of the biggest in the country with 25,000 works of art; or the Pabst Mansion and Theatre, named after the famed beer family.
When it comes to food, St. Louis is top of mind as a barbecue city. Yet the city is more than just ribs. In recent years, it has become a foodie paradise with a booming downtown area on the tech upswing thanks to new start-ups. Walk around the enormous Forest Park (nearly 50% bigger than Central Park!) and pick just one of the following destinations to round out your day: the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, or even the Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest of its kind in continuous operation.
- Want a special cultural meet and greet? St. Louis has the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S.
Fort Worth has plenty of reasons to consider its place in the top Texas cities. The city is home to top-notch museums that rival Dallas (see: the Modern Art Museum and Kimbell are local favorites), a music scene on the verge of competing with Austin (hear: The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge), and a traditional, long-running rodeo like nowhere else in Texas.
- Looking for local color unique to your event destination? Fort Worth’s rodeo roots are worth exploring: you can still watch the city's longhorns make their way to the stockyards twice a day at 11:30am and 4:00pm.