Greet July with jams, jumps and joy. Summer sizzles so be sure to take in a few wacky festivals, an underwater adventure, daredevils, international mystery and more.
Lift the curtain on the intrigue of the international man of mystery at the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibit, held at the Barbican Arts Centre in London. Get the inside scoop of how design and style combined to create the world's most influential and iconic movie brand. Exhibits cover the 50 years -- from 1962's Dr. No to this year's Skyfall -- in a multi-sensory experience that explores the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes, automobiles, gadgets and special effects, exotic locations, stunts and props. Take in gadgets and weapons made for Bond and his notorious adversaries, as well as artwork for sets and storyboards. Open July 6-Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; Admission £12 (about $19) adults, £8 ($13) for kids. See barbican.org.uk/bond.
Stare in awe as adrenaline junkies defy gravity at the Red Bull X-Fighters tour stop in Madrid, Spain, on July 20. This spectacle has exploded in the past 10 years to become the biggest freestyle motocross tour on the planet. Watch as man and motorbike fly through the air in a series of heart-stopping flips, jumps and tricks. Taking place at Las Ventas, one of the most famous bullfighting arenas in the world, the event will mix the extreme sport of freestyle motocross with the region's local bullfighting tradition. Tickets start at 42 euros ($54). See redbullxfighters.com.
Celebrate some of Canada's Northern talent under the midnight sun at the Dawson City Music Festival in the Yukon. Small but mighty, the festival has a reputation for intimacy, uniqueness and amazing hospitality that attracts attendees from across North America. Showcasing rock, blues, country, world-beat, old-time, jazz and children's music, no one will be disappointed. The festival runs July 20-22 and a three-day weekend pass is $126. After the festival, Dawson City is your gateway to the Klondike region. Hike in the Tombstone mountains, pan for gold or embark on the road trip of a lifetime up the Dempster Highway and across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories. See dcmf.com.
A rose by any other name
Show some love for the stinking rose at California's Gilroy Garlic Festival. Centred in the self-proclaimed garlic capital of the world, the 34th-annual ultimate summer food fair features three days of extraordinary food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment, including country music star Dustin Lynch. Be sure to try the garlic ice cream, garlic chocolate and garlic jelly or, for the faint hearted, there's plenty of regular festival fare. Don't miss the Great Garlic Cook-off, Miss Gilroy Garlic competition and the fiery pyro chefs. The festival runs all day from July 27-29 and is located 48 km south of San Jose. General admission for adults is $17; children get in for $8. See gilroygarlicfestival.com.
Visit the world's most unique museum located at the bottom of the sea. Sculptures of people, scenes and animals combine with the local aquatic life to make a truly magnificent and surreal experience. The Cancun Underwater Museum is scheduled to receive approximately 60 new sculptures in July by the artist and director of the museum, Jason deCaires Taylor, making summer a great time to visit. Striving to represent the human condition and life cycle, the more than 400 sculptures make it the world's largest underwater museum. The only way to visit is by getting wet; strap on your snorkel and fins or your dive suit and take the plunge. Tours are offered by several operators. Snorkel tours start at $45. See cancun.travel.