Big events for June

Big events for June
Future leaders of the herd celebrate the family farm

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; Future leaders of the herd celebrate the family farm.

June 3-5:

Blackbeard Pirate Festival

, Hampton, Va.; Ahoy, mates! Street skirmishes and sea battles hamper Hampton.

June 4:

Surf Dog Competition, Coronado, Calif.; 619-424-4416; Canines "hang 20" for charity at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

June 8-12:

Mondial de la biere, Montreal; Beer enthusiasts soak up the suds.

June 9-12:

CMA Music Festival, Nashville; 615-244-2840; 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; A peek inside the walls.

June 10-12:

75th anniversary of the Beartooth Highway, Red Lodge and Cooke City, Mont., Pan for gold along the "most beautiful drive in America."

June 10-13:

Carnival of Cultures, Berlin; 212-661-7200; 80 nations congregate in the Kreuzberg district.

June 10-18:

Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, Tenn.; 423-756-2211; Tennessee River jamboree with

Kellie Pickler

, the

Beach Boys

and more.

June 10-19:

OK Mozart Festival, Bartlesville, Okla.; 918-336-9800; Classic to cutting-edge features

Joshua Bell

, the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

June 15-19:

Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankyla, Finland; 212-885-9700;

. This sauna of cinema runs round the clock.

June 17-19:

Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival, Grand Marais, Minn.; 888-387-9762; Knot-to-be-missed workshops and maritime games.

June 18:

Mermaid Parade, New York; 718-372-5159;

. Coney Island's own "

Mardi Gras

" with outlandish costumes and parade.

June 18-19:

Fremont Fair, Seattle; Fortieth edition flavors

Father's Day

with Art Car Blowout and Puppy Parade.

June 19:

Doudou Festival, Mons, Belgium; 212-758-8130;

. Street celebration of town's dragon-slayer, St. George.

June 20-25:

National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest & Festival, Weiser, Idaho; 208-414-0255; String fling, capped by Battle of the Bluegrass Bands.

June 23-26:

Watermelon Thump, Luling, Texas; 830-875-3214; Home to the World Champion Seed-Spitting Contest.

June 24-25:

Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest, Fort Smith, Ark.; 800-637-1477; Riverbank rendezvous with W.C. Clark,

Marcia Ball


June 25-26:

HoopFest, Spokane, Wash.; 888-SPOKANE; Block party for dribblers is world's largest three-on-three basketball tournament.

June 25-July 4:

Montreal International Jazz Festival; 888-515-0515; Stars galore, from

k.d. lang

and Regina Carter to Milton Nascimento.

June 26:

Corpus Christi Sunday, Sierra


and El Gastor, Spain; 312-642-1992; 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; Teams from 16 nations compete for soccer's highest prize.

Dates may change; always check in advance to confirm.