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What to Look Forward to in 2019

By Rachel King

 

It’s a new year, and you know what that means: a chance for a fresh start. Venture into uncharted territory this new year by taking part in events you normally wouldn’t. Watch some cricket, go stargazing, or jam out to live music. Whatever you choose, make sure your 2019 is full of fun new memories.

Feb. 3: Super Bowl LIII

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Whip up (or just buy) some potato skins, buffalo wings, and your other favorite gameday snacks and kick back on the couch for a couple hours to watch the best of the best NFL teams of 2018 face off. Go to the bathroom beforehand, though, because you’ll want to see all the commercials.

Feb. 10: 61st Grammy Awards

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The Grammys for young people is like the Oscars for older people: the awards show anticipated all year. Watch your favorite artists take the stage as they perform and win for the best music of the year.

Feb. 26: Grand Canyon Centennial Celebration

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Credit: Explore the Canyon

The Grand Canyon celebrates its 100th birthday this year, after officially becoming a national park in 1919. There will be a concert, a history booth, and – as with any birthday party – cake!

March 5: Mardi Gras

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Take a week trip over to New Orleans and experience the chaotic, fun festivities the city is bringing to Bourbon Street. If it’s a little out of your price range, have yourself a Cajun feast instead. Some jambalaya, crawfish and beignets will practically make you feel like you’re in Louisiana.

April 12-21: Coachella

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Credit: Variety

Grab your most bohemian, flowery outfits and head to Indio, California for Coachella. Among the renowned singers performing this year will be Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, Wiz Khalifa, and Khalid as well as many more. Just make sure to stay hydrated!

May 18: Blue Moon

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Three full moons are typical each season, but about every two to three years, there is a blue moon or a fourth full moon in a season. Enjoy this additional full moon with a nighttime picnic or a long walk.

May 30-July 14: ICC Cricket World Cup

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Cricket doesn’t hold a candle to football in the United States, but in other countries like England and India, it is a widely watched and played sport. Hosted in England and Wales this year, the Cricket World Cup only takes place once every four years. If you have run out of Netflix shows to watch, give this program a try!

June 7-July 7: FIFA Women’s World Cup

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Credit: The Nation

The men had their chance to play last year, but this summer, watch female soccer athletes duke it out in France for the 2019 FIFA World Cup championship title. Unlike last year’s cup, the United States will actually have a team representing it — all the more reason to watch!

Aug. 1-4: Lollapalooza

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Credit: Wikipedia

If Coachella wasn’t enough for you or you couldn’t make it, get your music festival fill at Lollapalooza and see artists such as Travis Scott, Tyler, the Creator and Arctic Monkeys.

Sept. 20-Nov. 2: Rugby World Cup

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Credit: The Boston Globe

Growing in popularity in America in recent years, rugby will have its world cup this year as well as cricket and women’s soccer, all of which occur every four years. The U.S. will have a team, so brush up on your knowledge of rugby in time to watch the games.

Nov. 11: Mercury Passes Between the Earth and Sun

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Credit: SYFY

Occurring only once every couple of years, Mercury’s journey past Earth can be viewed best in the eastern United States, but also in other areas with a telescope and solar filters. Catch this sight, because the next one won’t be for another 20 years!

 


 

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