1. LAKESIDE GROOVES: Jazz Ascona
June 22-July 1 in Ascona, Switzerland
Set on the atmospheric Ascona waterfront with colourful houses spilling down to the shimmering Lake Maggiore, make the most of the Swiss summer weather at JazzAscona, a renowned open-air international jazz festival that takes place in the cobbled lanes and piazzas, and lakeside stages with the sounds of New Orleans jazz, swing and blues to gospel and Afro funk.
2. PONY UP: BMW Polo Cup 2017
June 30-July 2 at Poloclub Gut Basthorst, Germany
This prestigious event will be held for the 10th year at the northern German estate of Gut Basthorst, with six international teams taking to the fields before 3,000 glamorous polo-elite attendees, and a now-legendary players’ night dinner held in the former horse stable at club president Baron Enno von Ruffin’s estate.
3. ART ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA: Art Pampelonne
June 29-July 2 in Presqu-ile de Saint-Tropez, France
It’s the first contemporary art fair to launch on the French Riviera and better still, it’s set to take place on one of the world’s most exclusive beaches, Plage de Pampelonne. With dynamic artists from 60 international galleries, the fair will also feature plenty of social hobnobbing opportunities with a Perrier-Jouët pop-up champagne bar by Nikki Beach Saint Tropez. The legendary beach club will also extend its hours on the Saturday night for the VIP Art Pampelonne Official Party.
4. HIGH HORSE SOCIETY: Royal Ascot
June 20-24 in Ascot, England
With five days of world-class racing, pageantry and high-stakes fashion, Royal Ascot is the place to be and be seen for racing enthusiasts and high society alike, drawing some 300,000 spectators. Don’t miss the Royal Procession at 2pm when Her Majesty the Queen and her guests travel down the final straight in front of the Grandstand and into the Parade Ring in horse-drawn landaus.