We love summer for countless reasons — beach vacations, sundresses, lemonade and family BBQs, just to mention a few. But sometimes we forget to include sports on this list. Yes, fall gets custody of the NFL, and March will forever be sacred in the hearts of college basketball fans, but many great sporting events are on the horizon from June-September. With summer solstice just ahead, we’re bringing you the best sporting events the warmest season has to offer. So grab your sunscreen and get ready — it’s summertime!
Stanley Cup Finals
Every June we are treated to the mecca of ice hockey, the Stanley Cup Finals. The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning are giving us an exciting, back-and-forth Finals so far, with the series currently at TB-2, Chi-1.
After this past weekend’s incredible and historic feat by American Pharaoh and the first Triple Crown win in 37 years, it would be hard to argue that the Belmont Stakes doesn’t belong on the list of summer’s top events.
Tour De France
The annual 3-week bicycle race throughout France and neighboring countries is the largest sporting event in the entire world, with a TV reach of 3.5 billion.
MLB All-Star Weekend
Called the “Midsummer Classic,” the All-Star game serves as a symbolic halfway point in the season. It’s a fan-favorite face off, as the fans get to pick the participating players, but the real fun lies in the weekend activities. Home Run Derby, anyone?
The best-of-seven championship is always a must-see for sports fans, but the storylines of this year’s stellar matchup between LeBron and the Cavs vs. the Golden State Warriors make the 2015 Finals even more exhilarating. And with only two games in the books, there’s plenty of great ball still to come.
The US Open
Kicking off on June 18, the US Open is the second largest PGA tournament and notorious for being played on the most challenging courses. This year, the US open will bring the best golfers in the world to battle on Chambers Bay Golf Course in Washington.
Spanning the first two weeks of July, Wimbledon is the oldest (born in 1877) and most prestigious tennis championship in the world.
College Football Kickoff
Auburn and Louisville will kick off college football mania this year, and since the game is on September 5 (and still technically summer), NCAA football opening weekend absolutely belongs on this list. The college football countdown is on!