Brace yourself for one of the planet's most enchanting festivals. Days and nights of events that are intellectually as well as ineluctably stimulating. The city in the month of June opens its gates to the best of music and dance, intriguing theater, and eminent thinkers from around the world. The speakers who have graced the occasion in the past, includes Salman Rushdie and the theater historian Robert Kimball; there have also been concerts by The Spanish Harlem, Michael Feinstein and children's folk queen Ella Jenkins. Over 974,089 people attend this festival. It's a stairway to heaven for those interested in anything to do with the arts. Check website for venue details.