Attention jazz lovers! This weekend, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is hosting the Central Jersey Jazz 2015 Festival in Flemington, New Brunswick and Somerville. 

The festival itself starts today Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.and goes until 6 p.m. Sept. 20 (rain or shine).

Today, local artists will present affordable art for sale, as well as CDs. Downtown Flemington restaurants will hold a food court on the same bloxck as the stage, which is at the Historic Court House on Main Street.  

Saturday's festival will take place in New Brunwick at the Monument Square. Food and beverage will be available.

Sunday's is in Somerville at the County Court House Green. Artists will also showcase their work here and food will be available for purchase. 

You are encouraged to bring your own blankets and chairs to enjoy the event. 

Performers include Sarah Partridge, Sean Jones Quartet and Jazz House Kids.

For more information, visit the event's website

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

Hotel News

Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.