From the Pacific Northwest to Northern Europe, there are plenty of art and design events worth adding to your calendar
If you haven’t taken a trip by the time August rolls around, it’s your last chance to savor the dog days of summer before things get busy again. The Seattle Art Fair will pop up at the beginning of the month, giving this Pacific Northwest city a jolt of energy. Meanwhile on the East Coast, the Massachusetts island of Nantucket is the place to go for antiques and Americana in a classic coastal setting, thanks to Nantucket by Design. In the California wine country, the Art in the Redwoods Festival has been a Sonoma standby since 1961. Also this year, Germany is celebrating the centenary of the Bauhaus, and Berlin will host its own homage at the end of the month. Plus, Denmark has not one, but two major festivals—in Copenhagen and Aarhus—and you could easily attend both.
The Seattle Art Fair returns August 1–4 for its fifth edition, and it promises to be even better than last year. “The programming at the Seattle Art Fair is eclectically topical,” Nato Thompson, the fair’s artistic director, said in a statement. “We were inspired by the Wunderkammers, cabinets of curiosity from the 16th century that displayed objects garnered and pilfered from across the seven seas. This program ideally takes the spirit of interdisciplinary, intersectionality, and the post-human as touchstones for a 21st-century version.” Stay at the sleek Thompson Seattle, designed by Olson Kundig, and check out architectural gems like the newly renovated Space Needle and the Frank Gehry–designed Museum of Pop Culture.
East Coasters looking for a beach escape with a dash of culture should consider booking a trip to Nantucket for Nantucket by Design, which will take place August 1–3. The annual fund-raiser focuses on American design, with an antiques show, panel discussions, dinner parties, and a night at the Whaling Museum. New this summer, the Anchorage House by Serena & Lily is the most exclusive accommodation at the Wauwinet, a historic Relais & Châteaux inn that revealed a renovation in April. Guests who book the three-bedroom cottage will get access to a BMW SUV as well as bicycles, kayaks, tennis courts, and guided tours of the Great Point Lighthouse.
Summer is a great time to explore the California wine country, and art lovers can attend the 58th annual Art in the Redwoods Festival from August 15–18 to boot. Organized by Gualala Arts, the festival has been promoting the arts in Northern California since 1961. It overlaps with Sonoma County Cider Week (August 17–25), so you could also learn about the other alcoholic beverage produced in the county. Check into the rustic-chic Farmhouse Inn, which has a Michelin-star restaurant and a pampering spa.
This year, Germany is celebrating the centenary of the short-lived but influential Bauhaus school. Berlin will host Bauhaus Week, a festival that starts on August 31 and celebrates all things Bauhaus, with exhibitions, lectures, guided tours, films, and more. Though you won’t be able to visit the Bauhaus-Archiv (it’s currently undergoing a $60 million renovation), you should stay through the beginning of September to see the Original Bauhaus exhibition it’s organizing at the Berlinische Galerie. If you go, stay at Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Rome, which features modern design inside a 19th-century bank building with a pool inside the old vault, and book a table at Pauly Saal, a Michelin-star restaurant with an eye-catching design inside a former Jewish girls’ school in Mitte.
Aside from the lovely weather, there are several reasons aesthetes should plan a trip to Denmark in August. The Chart art fair returns to Copenhagen August 30–September 1, promising the latest and greatest in Scandinavian art and design. If you go, book a room at the chic Hotel Sanders, the Nobis Hotel, or one of these other luxurious suites at the city’s most gorgeous hotels. Then head to Aarhus—Denmark’s second largest city and a design destination in its own right—for the Aarhus Festival, which runs from August 31 until September 8. Every year, it features temporary exhibits in public spaces, a street art festival, concerts, and much more.