Laboracay is the inescapable buzzword that picks up steam whenever the summer midsummer months roll in. 

A mash-up of both “Labor Day” and “Boracay”, it’s become the premier summer shindig in the country with a mix of parties, music, and pop-up events set over the course of the holiday weekend. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful beach, what’s not to like?

While all of that can sound ideal, the crowds have also increased in recent years. Yes, you may be at the beach, but so is the rest of the metro—which doesn’t really make for a perfect getaway.

If you’re looking for alternative ways to enjoy the sunny weather, then check out these 6 upcoming events. You won’t just save on the plane ticket fare, you’ll also get fresh ideas on the other ways to hold events during the summer.

World Street Food Congress

The Event: World Street Food Conference 2016
When and Where: April 20-24, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
For More Info: Visit wsfcongress.com

Here’s a party your taste buds can get into. The Jamboree part of the event will have 24 street food masters from over 10 countries showcase the world’s best street food! Plus, the first two days of the event will have panel events that gather some of the world’s top food gurus.

Travel Writing Workshop

The Event: Travel Writing Workshop by April Yap
When and Where: April 20 and 22, Ayala Museum, Makati
For More Info: log on to ayalamuseum.org

Facilitated by April Yap an avid traveler and author of Stressed in the City and Ohmygosh! The Unbearable Lightness of Being Burgis, this course will help you better weave your adventures into well-crafted stories for your blog.

Write with White Calligraphy

The Event: Write with White Calligraphy by Life After Breakfast
When and Where: April 24, Pipino Restaurant, Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
For More Info: Visit lifeafterbreakfast.ph

Break out your pens for the hot new hobby everyone is getting into. This workshop will teach you how to develop your own style of scripts and serifs, and even mix your inks. Whether you’re a first timer or looking to improve your calligraphy skills, you’ll get a lot from this one day seminar. The P3,500 fee includes all the materials you’ll need.

Summer Sun Music Festival

The Event: Summer Sun Music Festival
When and Where: April 30, Globe Circuit Event Grounds, Makati
For More Info: Check out Facebook.com/summersunmusicfestival

Spending the Labor Day weekend in Manila? This music festival should make your weekend an awesome one. Musical acts include American singer-producer Robin Thicke, DJs Freddie Le Grand and Shogun, and R&B singer John Hart.

Film Directing Workshop

The Event: Film Directing Workshop with Milo Paz
When and Where: May 6, 7, and 13 and 14, UP Film Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
For More Info: Log on to filminstitute.upd.edu.ph

Veteran cinematographer and director Milo Paz will be your teacher as you learn how to direct films. You might not be in the movie-making business, but you’ll certainly get a better idea of how to be a better storyteller after acing this course.

 Close Up Forever Summer

The Event:  Close Up Forever Summer
When and Where: May 21, SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds
For More Info: Visit Facebook.com/closeupphilippines

The event marks the last installment of the Close up’s annual summer music festival. This year, they bring in top international DJs Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike to spin their beats in Manila for the first time. Plus, plenty of local celebrities and musical acts are expected to be there.

Got any more summer events to hype up? Tell us about it!