PinkNic is the Festival You've Been Waiting for

Rosé and music, what's not to love?

There are few things that signify the start of summer like day drinking on picnic blankets. This is exactly what's promised at Pinknic, New York City's definitive rosé festival. The rosé-themed picnic is back for the third time this summer, and promises to cover Governor's Island in pink and white-clad wine and music lovers. This year's Pinknic takes place over two days (June 30th and July 1st) and promises to be the best party of the summer. In fact, the beverages aren't even limited to just rosé this year. There is, of course, frosé, which is basically a wine slushy, but this year's Pinknic will also feature a number of bars, all of which will be creating different pink-themed cocktails.

Obviously, alcohol is best paired with a good meal, and in this regard, Pinknic really delivers. Featuring a bevy of foodstuffs from various (unannounced) New York eateries, the creators of Pinknic are clearly committed to bringing the best food imaginable. If last year's event is any indicator of what to expect in 2018, there will be both prefix meals, and food stands readily available. There should be enough food around the festival to stuff everyone to the gills. Last year featured food baskets created by Chopped winner and New York-based chef, Chris Santos, and considering their commitment to raising the bar each year, one can assume that Pinknic's food in 2018 will be just as good, if not better, than it's been in years prior.

Gift baskets!

Still, neither the amazing food nor the plentiful drinks are the star of the show. Pinknic also features an amazing musical lineup, including acts such as Hayden James, Great Good Fine OK, and C.M.A, and headlined by EDM artists Autograf and Klingande. On top of this, every musician plays both days, so there's no worries if you can't see everyone on your first trek out to Governor's Island. According to Pinknic's creator Pierrick Bouquet, the event is more of a celebration of rosé than a serious wine tasting. "It's more like a mini-Coachella plus rosé than, say, la Cité du Vin plus music." With fun in mind, Pinknic includes a pool with a lounging and tanning area, a ferris wheel with great views of New York's skyline, and an incredible fireworks display at the end of each night.

With so many great perks though, Pinknic can actually get pretty expensive. Regular admission tickets are $115 and only really include access to lawn and music. The ferris wheel is pay to ride, and none of the food or drinks are included in the ticket price. These regular admission tickets also only get you access to one day of the festival. The next tier of tickets is the Garden VIP, which costs $215. This gets you priority seating, early access to the ferry to and from Governor's Island, and access to some of the more posh food stands unavailable to those with general admission tickets. You also get to ride the ferris wheel for free! If you want to drop an extra $100 you can get all of the perks associated with the Garden VIP tickets, as well as access to the pool. It's also worth mentioning that both VIP passes get private bathrooms, but this hardly seems like a perk considering how many VIP tickets are available.

Hanging out poolside

Now, if you're really trying ball out, you can split the Les Cabana and Pool combo with ten friends. It costs $5,000, but it comes with two 3 liter bottles of rosé and gives you access to a very private VIP lounge, with full view of the stage. That said, at five times the price of general admission, this combo deal is more of luxury than a necessity. Whatever your price point though, you should probably grab tickets sooner rather than later; they're going pretty fast.

Before you go though, make sure you stop at Banana Republic or Tommy Bahama, as Pinknic's dress code (pink and white clothes only) is mandatory for everyone in attendance.


Matt Clibanoff is a writer and editor based in New York City who covers music, politics, sports and pop culture. His editorial work can be found in Inked Magazine, PopDust, The Liberty Project, and All Things Go. His fiction has been published in Forth Magazine. -- Find Matt at his website and on Twitter: @mattclibanoff

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There are plenty of things to consider when planning your vacation. Make sure you have all your bases covered by the time you buy your plane ticket!

Going on vacation is wonderful after months of stress and work. There's just one last hurdle before hopping on that plane: planning.

There can be an overwhelming number of things to consider when planning your vacation (COVID-19 not least), but putting them in an itemized list helps. Here's a quick cheat-sheet for you to get a jump-start on that.

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Remember Your Budget

If you make a budget, which you definitely should, stick to it. Don't spend more than what you can afford when you start vacationing. Vacations are meant to be relaxing, so saddling yourself with debt will only dampen the fun of your trip. How much are you spending on living accommodations, food, activities, travel? How much are you setting aside in emergency funds in case something happens?

Plan for the Length of the Trip

Are you going out of town for a few months, or do you only have a week off? How much time you have can affect where you can go and how much you can enjoy it. If you only have a week and a half for a trip, then it's best not to go somewhere that's a 16-hour flight away. Half the trip is going to be spent on planes, and the other half will be spent being jet-lagged.

Trip length can also affect how you have to deal with your home while you're away. If you're away for long periods of time, do you need to hire people to cut your grass? Do you need to hire house sitters or babysitters? There are even things to know if you need to board your dog. Keep all these in mind for extended vacations.

Consider the Weather

You never want to ruin your vacation by heading somewhere beautiful in its offseason. Depending on the time of year, most activities could be canceled due to weather restrictions. Some places are ideal for winter trips, and other destinations are made to be enjoyed during the summer heat. Plan accordingly, and don't show up in a swimsuit when it's 50 degrees outside.

That rounds up the basics, but there are plenty more things to consider when planning your vacation. Give yourself wiggle room if any unique considerations pop up in your planning process.

There has never been a better time to learn a language than right now. While we can't really travel, we can still get ready to explore the world and other cultures through film, music, and food. But the key to all of this is language. It can be hard getting started on your own and so we found the perfect solution: Rosetta Stone.

We've been loving hunkering down and digging into Rosetta Stone, a language learning app with many different languages, the best lessons, and an affordable subscription. It's flexible and made to work for you, no matter what level you're starting at. Jump back into French without dusting off your highschool books or pick up Mandarin with a clean slate.

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What are the features?

What makes Rosetta Stone's lessons really work are the incredible learning features.

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Rosetta Stone's lessons are bite-sized, so all you need is 5 -10 minutes a day to sneak in some practice and work towards your language goals. Of course, you can do more if you want but there's no regimented schedule or pressure to speed ahead.

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With the Rosetta Stone app, your learning is within your control and designed to move at your pace. The app will tailor to your particular interests, strengths, and weaknesses! Plus, with the recent explosion of online classes, most people have fallen away from in-person instruction anyway.

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I was looking for another way I could travel without leaving home so I did the rounds of take-out food: Chinese, German, Italian, and Mexican. This was fun and tasty but a pricey way to explore the world.

A friend of mine suggested taking a prepping approach to travel and try Rosetta Stone: a language learning program that offers an annual plan with access to 24+ languages.

I've always wanted to learn a new language but have had trouble committing. I was a bit wary about starting Rosetta Stone but ultimately decided to give it a shot.

The Unlimited Languages plan works out to be $7.99 a month for 12 months (what a deal). While I was determined to learn Spanish in anticipation of my dream trip to Spain, this plan allows me to switch to any of the other 24+ languages.

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Watching so many telenovelas I knew how important the accent is (in any language) but difficult without an in-person instructor. Rosetta Stone realizes that too and uses TruAccentⓇ. The speech engine within the program gave me instant feedback so I knew that my pronunciation was on the right track and it made me more comfortable speaking aloud.

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