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jun 18

Renaissance Hotels Offer Free Events During Global Day of Discovery

A Renaissance Hotel in New York City
(Courtesy Renaissance Hotels)

On Wednesday, June 19th, you can attend culinary workshops and see live musical performances from your favorite local and international artists thanks to Renaissance Hotels' second annual Global Day of Discovery, a one-day-only event that spans five continents and 35 countries. All events are hosted at one of Renaissance Hotels' 155 properties around the world and are open to the public, not just to hotel guests—visit their website to find an event near you and follow along on Twitter with #RDiscovery.

Highlights include performances by country music sensation Montgomery Gentry at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel and Juliet Simms, the season two runner-up from The Voice at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, culinary specialties by Executive Chef Capili and Food Writer Nevin Martell at the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington D.C., and special front-of-the-line access for guests at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Several hotels will feature musical performances by local musicians—like the Delta Pines Blues Band at the Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel and Rhyme N Rhythm at the Renaissance Las Vegas—and showcases by some of Cee-Lo Green's protegés including That Girl V at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. The Renaissance New York Hotel 57 will feature a night of stargazing with the Amateur Astonomers Association of New York, special starry night themed cocktails, and music by DJ Danny Estrella, while the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel will be running a pet adoption station and offering pet-themed food and drinks (Scooby Snacks anyone?) in their event co-sponsored by the North Shore Animal League, the world's largest no-kill animal rescue center.

The Global Day of Discovery aims to inspire travelers to explore the destinations around them when they visit a new place. Go for a walk in a new neighborhood, stop to admire a beautiful piece of artwork, have a chat wtih the local resident serving your dinner. In this video, celebrities like Tracy Morgan, Patricia Arquette, Leslie David Barker from The Office, Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother, and Kevin McHale from Glee, among others, advocate doing just that. Discovering the little quirks and local flavors about the place you're visiting will make for a much more authentic travel experience and an unforgettable trip. What are some of the hidden gems you've discovered by just wandering around town? Tell us about it below!

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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