At long last, summer is about to arrive — at least in name — and with it a bumper crop of outdoor festivities, from a pirate fest in Virginia to a watermelon-seed-spitting soiree in Texas. For more fun in the sun there's Coney Island's wacky Mermaid Parade, where you can dress up as a lighthouse or a creature from the deep.
June 3-5: Strolling of the Heifers, Brattleboro, Vt.; 802-254-5546; strollingoftheheifers.com. Future leaders of the herd celebrate the family farm.
June 3-5: Blackbeard Pirate Festival, Hampton, Va.; blackbeardpiratefestival.com. Ahoy, mates! Street skirmishes and sea battles hamper Hampton.
June 4: Surf Dog Competition, Coronado, Calif.; 619-424-4416; loewssurfdog.blogspot.com. Canines "hang 20" for charity at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
June 8-12: Mondial de la biere, Montreal; festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca. Beer enthusiasts soak up the suds.
June 9-12: CMA Music Festival, Nashville; 615-244-2840; cmafest.com. Autograph op at the 40th annual country music fest.
June 10-12: 175th Anniversary of the Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City, Mo.; 866-998-6998; missouripentours.com. A peek inside the walls.
June 10-12: 75th anniversary of the Beartooth Highway, Red Lodge and Cooke City, Mont., beartoothhighway.net. Pan for gold along the "most beautiful drive in America."
June 10-13: Carnival of Cultures, Berlin; 212-661-7200; karneval-berlin.de. 80 nations congregate in the Kreuzberg district.
June 10-18: Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, Tenn.; 423-756-2211; riverbendfestival.com. Tennessee River jamboree with Kellie Pickler, the Beach Boys and more.
June 10-19: OK Mozart Festival, Bartlesville, Okla.; 918-336-9800; okmozart.com. Classic to cutting-edge features Joshua Bell, the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
June 15-19: Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankyla, Finland; 212-885-9700; http://www.msfilmfestival.fi. This sauna of cinema runs round the clock.
June 17-19: Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival, Grand Marais, Minn.; 888-387-9762; northhouse.org. Knot-to-be-missed workshops and maritime games.
June 18: Mermaid Parade, New York; 718-372-5159; http://www.coneyisland.com. Coney Island's own "Mardi Gras" with outlandish costumes and parade.
June 18-19: Fremont Fair, Seattle; fremontfair.org. Fortieth edition flavors Father's Day with Art Car Blowout and Puppy Parade.
June 19: Doudou Festival, Mons, Belgium; 212-758-8130; http://www.doudou.mons.be. Street celebration of town's dragon-slayer, St. George.
June 20-25: National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest & Festival, Weiser, Idaho; 208-414-0255; fiddlecontest.com. String fling, capped by Battle of the Bluegrass Bands.
June 23-26: Watermelon Thump, Luling, Texas; 830-875-3214; watermelonthump.com. Home to the World Champion Seed-Spitting Contest.
June 24-25: Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest, Fort Smith, Ark.; 800-637-1477; riverfrontbluesfest.org. Riverbank rendezvous with W.C. Clark, Marcia Ball.
June 25-26: HoopFest, Spokane, Wash.; 888-SPOKANE; spokanehoopfest.net. Block party for dribblers is world's largest three-on-three basketball tournament.
June 25-July 4: Montreal International Jazz Festival; 888-515-0515; montrealjazzfest.com. Stars galore, from k.d. lang and Regina Carter to Milton Nascimento.
June 26: Corpus Christi Sunday, Sierra Cadiz and El Gastor, Spain; 312-642-1992; cadiz.es/category/fiestas/actividades/corpus-christi/180. Holy processions wend their way through streets carpeted with flowers.
June 26-July 17: FIFA Women's World Cup, nine cities in Germany; 212-661-7200; fifa.com/womensworldcup. Teams from 16 nations compete for soccer's highest prize.
Dates may change; always check in advance to confirm.
Big events for June
Future leaders of the herd celebrate the family farm