If you’re looking for the top events in the USA to attend this year, look no further. If you’re just looking for the best events happening near you this week, click here. We’ve sifted through piles of extraordinary events and found the top 50 events happening around the United States (plus one in Canada) in 2017. So if you haven’t already added these killer events to your bucket list, now is the time to do so. In chronological order, here are the top 50 events happening in the United States in 2017.
Top Events in January 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
January 5-8, 2017
The holidays may be over, but if you’re a tech-guru, the good times keep on rolling at CES! At CES, you get the first look at the technologies that will change and shape the future, from wearable technologies to drones and virtual reality. Not only do you get to see new, innovative products, but you can attend seminars and listen to keynote speakers discuss their products and their visions of the future. CES is the ultimate techie paradise and it’s where tomorrow is on display. Learn more.
Run Disney Races
If you need a break from the cold this winter, or don’t want to give up your exercise routine while you’re on vacation this summer, then the Run Disney Races are a perfect match for you. These themed races are hands-down the best themed races your find in America all year, with themes that only Disney World could pull off. Some of the races for 2017 include a Star Wars Half Marathon, Super Hero Half Marathon, and the Disney Princess Half Marathon! Dress up like your favorite characters from your favorite movies with hundreds of other runners decked out in costume! When you run Disney, every mile of your race is magic! Learn more.
Sundance Film Festival
Park City, Utah
Started by Robert Redford in 1978, the Sundance Film Festival was created to attract more filmmakers to Utah. Nearly 40 years later, Sundance hasn’t just attracted more filmmakers to Utah, but it is the largest independent film festival in the U.S. and only the Cannes Film Festival in France can compare in scale. Thousands of actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, and celebrities make the trip to scenic Park City each January to watch the premier of their films and gather together as contemporaries. Downtown Mainstreet in Park City transforms from a quiet artsy getaway to a modern hang-out spot for 10 days of film screenings, concerts, parties, and seminars. If you need to take a break from all the movie viewing and need to stretch your legs for a bit, you are only minutes from hitting the world-class slopes that hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Learn more.
Jam Cruise 15
January 20-25, 2017
Jam Cruise is a one-of-a-kind music and vacation experience featuring 5 days of music aboard a luxurious cruise ship, the Norwegian Pearl. Now in it’s 15th sailing, Jam Cruise has grown into a coveted destination and a yearly retreat for both music lovers and artists alike. With multiple venues on the ship, around-the-clock onboard music, port stops in beautiful tropical locations, and some of the coolest fans on the planet, it’s easy to see what makes Jam Cruise so unique and special. Every year is a new adventure! 2017’s lineup includes The Original Meters, Moe, Griz, Galactic, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Jam Cruise is one of the most unique and fun filled ways to experience a music festival - so sign up today for your vacation festival! Learn more.
Key West Food & Wine Festival
Key West, Florida
January 25-29, 2017
Is there any better mix than eating some shrimp, sipping some wine, and relaxing on the warm beach next to clear blue water - all in the middle of winter? It’s time to take a break from the cold city offices and make your way down south to the Key West Food & Wine Festival where you’ll experience a series of wine a food themed events showcasing a diverse range of wines and inventive cuisine. During the four day festival, there are over 30 unique events including waterfront tasting, winemaker/chef collaborations, and local funky events that present an authentic taste of Key West. The festival attracts thousands of culinary explorers from around the country who escape the winter to delight their senses. Learn more.
Top Events in February 2017
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
February 23-25, 2017
Since the 1960s, the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of the largest and oldest educational jazz festivals in the world. With over 400 student performances, a dozen world-class jazz artists and nearly 100 workshops, clinics and special exhibits, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival honors the music, dance and history of jazz music and one of its most honored artists, Lionel Hampton. Learn more.
Wanderlust is a week-long transformational retreat that brings together world-class teachers, tastemakers, and experts in mindful living in a fun-filled, creative environment. At Wanderlust, the goal is to find your true north. True north is not a final destination: it’s a path, a journey, and a yearning to explore and connect to your life’s purpose. Choose your own adventure at this event with options ranging from multi-level yoga and meditation sessions, mouthwatering organic and whole foods, heart-pumping music, inspiring lectures and workshops, and boundary-pushing activities including bike tours, horseback riding, eco kayaking. Find your true north at Wanderlust 2017. Learn more.
New Orleans, Louisiana
February 28, 2017
Mardi Gras surely takes the king cake for what has to be one of the most unique and constant party events in the United States. If you’re into partying, revelling, and just having a care-free good time, Mardi Gras is the event for you. Yes, Carnival is celebrated in many countries and cities throughout the world, but Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the only festival of it’s kind in the US. Celebrate Fat Tuesday by throwing on some beads, dressing up (or down) in costume, and watching the Parade roll on through the famous French Quarter of New Orleans. This is one event that everyone should have on their bucket list. Learn more.
Top Events in March 2017
The Lantern Fest
March 4th, 2017
By now, you are sure to have heard about Lantern Festivals happening throughout Southeast Asia, some of the largest happening in Thailand, Taiwan, and China. While you may not be able to afford the trip to Thailand to visit the Lantern Festival, you can wait for it to come to you with the Lantern Festival! Each year, the Lantern Fest travels through the United States to cities near you to bring to you a truly unique experience. At each event, hundreds and thousands of lanterns get lit and slowly take off into the air. You won’t experience any festival quite like the Lantern Festival. Learn more.
March 4-19, 2017
Dubbed as “The Last Great Race”, Iditarod is a dog sled race that takes place every March in Alaska. The race covers 1,049 miles since Alaska was the 49th state in the US. Mushers along with their dogs travel the trail from Anchorage to Nome in the cold Alaskan snow, bracing fierce winds and heavy snow. But if you don’t think standing around in the snow waiting for a dog sled to pass you by sounds like your cup of tea, you can take part in the celebrations happening around Anchorage and Nome including the Awards’ Banquet and the IditaRider Meet & Greet and Pizza Lunch. If you are looking for an event that will truly be one-of-a-kind, don’t miss out on Iditarod, because there is truly nothing else like it. Learn more.
New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago
March 10 - December 30, 2017
Hamilton: An American Musical is the Broadway play that has taken the stage by storm. Tickets have been selling for nearly a thousand dollars on reselling sites, but now, Hamilton is going on tour. So if you haven’t had the chance to make it out to New York to see it live, Hamilton will be coming to a city near you starting in 2017. The musical itself is about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind. Learn more.
Holi Festival of Colors
Spanish Fork, Utah
March 25 & 26, 2017
The Holi Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork, Utah is the largest Holi celebration in the United States - with tens of thousands of attendees showing up to douse each other in color! In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment and every nook and corner presents a colorful sight! Every half-hour, the crowd gathers together to toss their colors up in the air to create a giant cloud of color you can see from miles away. If you haven’t left the festival covered in color, you haven’t celebrated right. Learn more.
Top Events in April 2017
Masters Golf Tournament
April 4-10, 2017
You may never earn yourself an infamous green jacket, but you can experience the tradition of this deep rooted tournament during its 83rd year at the Augusta National Golf Club. Sports-lovers put this tournament at the top of their bucket list, and you should too. Between the traditional par-3 contest, the (generally) beautiful weather and gorgeous golf course there’s no reason to not want this event on your 2017 calendar. Learn more.
Coachella Valley, California
April 14-16 & 21-23, 2017
When you think about Coachella, you imagine the warm California nights, a crazy weekend party, and listening to the most famous artists and bands the world has to offer. But one thing you may not think about as much is how Coachella isn’t just a music festival, but is also an arts festival. You no doubt have seen the iconic images of a giant caterpillar or butterfly that make Coachella artistic and creative in a way no other event can compare. There are two different weekends for Coachella this year, so if you can’t make it one weekend, you can make the other. Learn more.
The Boston Marathon
April 17, 2017
The Boston Marathon is the marathon of all marathons in the United States. Each year, thousands of avid, world-class runners race multiple marathons hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but only so many make the cut. Olympic runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon, completing the race in jaw-dropping times on one of the world’s fastest courses. If you aren’t a runner competing in the race, you can stand on the sides cheering on the runners as they pass by, or run in the 5k, Invitational Mile, or Relay Challenge! Learn more.
Tribeca Film Festival
New York, New York
April 19-30, 2017
Need an excuse to experience the rich culture New York City has to offer? The Tribeca Film Festival is a platform for creators and community members to consider how film, culture, and art affect the world and city in which we live. This event will host 500+ film screenings, 222 filmmakers, and over 30 virtual reality projects to take part in. Learn more.
Vancouver, British Columbia
April 24-28, 2017
If you’ve ever found yourself in an endless loop of watching TED Talks like us, you should consider going to their conference this year. When you go to a TED conference you spend a week amongst life-changing speakers where you hear new ideas, technologies, music, comedy acts and more. These conferences also include art exhibits, dinners, parties and wellness activities like running and yoga. Take a week for yourself and sign up for this year’s TED 2017 conference. Learn more.
Eeyore's Birthday Party
April 29, 2017
Every year during the last weekend of April, the people of Austin come together for one of the most unique events of the entire year to celebrate Eeyore’s birthday. This family-friendly festival takes place annually in Pease District Park and features live acoustic music, all-day drumming circles, games and colorful maypoles. Costumes are strongly encouraged at the lovable Winnie-the-Pooh character’s party! Learn more.
The Great American Foodie Fest
Las Vegas, Nevada
This is the only event in western America where you can find the best food trucks, vendors, and specialty foods all in one location. With over 50 food trucks that drive in from all over America, Foodie Fest is 2017’s most delicious event. Join the 50,000+ attendees in Las Vegas to eat your weight in delicious foods this April. Learn more.
Top Events in May 2017
May 6-14, 2017
As surely as the sun rises each morning, each spring you know the city of Holland, Michigan will be an incredible sight as 4.5 million tulips burst forth and bloom! The city, named after the Tulip Capital of the world, celebrates its Dutch heritage and culture with food, music, 1,500 wooden clogs, and millions of tulips! You’ll really feel like you’ve travelled across the pond to old time Holland as you celebrate this event in Holland, Michigan. Learn more.
Tour of California
May 11-20, 2017
The Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The best cycling teams from around the world come together to compete in the Tour of California including Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. If you’re a cycler, a cycling enthusiast, or just an experience collector, the Tour of California is as close as it gets to watching the Tour de France. Learn more.
The Preakness Stakes
May 20, 2017
Held on the third Saturday in May each year, the Preakness Stakes is the second jewel of the Triple Crown. While the Kentucky Derby kicks off the horse racing excitement - the Preakness Stakes is where the dreams of a Triple Crown champion are made. This deciding race is held just two short weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes. But this event isn’t just about the horses - it’s about getting dressed up, putting on your hat, drinking a couple drinks, and fraternizing at the club. You want to make sure to show up plenty early so you can get the full experience out of The Preakness Stakes. Learn more.
Sasquatch! Music Festival
The Gorge, Washington
The music festival season kicks off each year over Memorial Day Weekend with Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge Ampitheater. All-star lineups play the stages as Sasquatch! For three days, and each night attendees return to their tents to camp out with their friends. But if camping isn’t really your thing, but you still want to attend Sasquatch! To see your favorite artists play, you can sign up for the luxurious glamping options. You’ll still be in a tent, but you’ll have your own bed, electricity, heat, and pillows so you can jam to music in the ultimate comfort. Keep your eye out for this years lineup, as it may just be the best yet. Learn more.
Spoleto Festival USA
Charleston, South Carolina
May 26 - June 11, 2017
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Now approaching its 41st season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. If you’re interested in the performing arts, this is the festival for you. Learn more.
Top Events in June 2017
North American Sand Soccer Tournament
Virginia Beach, Virginia
June 9-11, 2017
If you love the beach, and love playing soccer, don’t forget to register to take part in the North American Sand Soccer Tournament. When there is no World Cup or Euro Cup to keep you glued to your television screen, go outside and hit the beaches as teams gather to play to win the cup! The NASSC is the world’s largest amateur beach soccer festival - stretching over 20 blocks and more than 9,500 participants competing for the cash prize! Enjoy the June sun and watch some world-class beach soccer! Learn more.
EDC Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
June 16-18, 2017
The biggest dance music festival in the US - the Electric Daisy Carnival - brings in the world’s best DJs, more than 300,000 spectators, and more glow stick and art fixtures than you can count - all held in the world’s biggest party city of Las Vegas. Every year, people show up to look at the giant metal art, 3D superstructures, dance in the glow in the dark environment, and listen to the world’s most famous DJs. Experience the heat of the 21st EDC Las Vegas in full force this year! Learn more.
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
June 16-18, 2017
Each year, the world's most accomplished winemakers, celebrity chefs, and culinary experts come together in one breathtaking setting, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of good taste, mingle with stars, and enjoy a pleasure-packed weekend at the base of spectacular Aspen Mountain. Learn more.
Top Events in July 2017
June - July 2017
Welcome to America’s largest music festival: 11 days, 11 stages, over 800 acts, 1,000 performances, and nearly 900,000 of your closest friends. Set on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, Summerfest provides the backdrop for the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent, and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting. You don’t want to miss out on Summerfest 2017 as it will be the biggest year yet as Summerfest celebrates it’s 50th year! Learn more.
Fair St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
July 2-4, 2017
In America, there is no greater reason to throw a party than to celebrate the freedom and independence of the country we live in, and nobody throws a better 4th of July party than the city of St. Louis. Hundreds of thousands of attendees go to listen to fantastic music, play in the Family Festive Zone, ride on the zip line and human slingshot, and of course, watch the spectacular firework display. Fair St. Louis is America’s Biggest Birthday Party, and you don’t want to miss it. Learn more.
Taste of Chicago
July 5-9, 2017
Labeled as the nation’s largest premier outdoor food festival, the Taste of Chicago showcases the diversity of the Windy City’s dining community. The event features a smorgasbord from the city’s favorite dining locations and hip, new up-and coming restaurants. No matter what type of food you are craving, you are sure to find it at the Taste of Chicago, as well as foods you’ve never heard of before. You can order a traditional deep-dish pizza, a polish dog, order some new modern american cuisine, or taste samples of foods from every continent. You don’t want to miss out on this annual event, which brings in more than a million people each year. So come hungry and leave happy at the Taste of Chicago. Learn more.
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 14 - 16, 2017
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market was voted the Best Art Festival in the United States by USA Today. Each year, the market hosts artists from around the world and over 20,000 visitors come to experience the art and enjoy international food and music. Not only that, but this event impacts more than the lives of the spectators who come to visit. The artists who attend take home 90% of their earnings, giving them the opportunity to serve as catalysts for positive social change in their communities by improving employment, healthcare, education, and well-being. Learn more.
Northern Nights Music Festival
July 14-16, 2017
If you enjoy camping, swimming, hanging out in the wilderness, and listening to some sweet tunes, Northern Nights Music Festival is the perfect music festival for you. Imagine listening to your favorite band play live on stage while you chill on your tube in the river or camping with all of your friends in some of America’s most scenic countryside. Northern Nights Music Festival is America’s boutique camping festival. Get ready for a weekend of camping, floating the river, and partying with your friends all night long! Learn more.
July 21-31, 2017
Take a step back into the wild wild west at Cheyenne’s Frontier Days. Since 1897, Cheyenne has celebrated its Old West roots with this eye-popping festival. The centerpiece is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. Complementing the daily rodeo action are behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding and a wild-horse race. A Native American Village, an old frontier town, a saloon, dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts and an art show carry through the frontier theme. Rounding out the program are a carnival midway, an air show, top-name entertainment, professional bull riding shows and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles. Learn more.
Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships
July 30, 2017
Grab your boards, hit the beach, and get your wet suits on for the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships! Each year, the top paddleboarders in the world gather to race 32 miles from Kalua Koi on Molokai to the beach at the Maunalua Bay Beach Park bath house on Oahu. The race provides the most challenging course for participants and extreme fun for everybody participating, and is a hit with both contestants and spectators alike. Learn more.
Top Events in August 2017
Maine Lobster Festival
August 2-6, 2017
When you think of Maine, the first things to pop into your mind are beautiful coastlines, lighthouses, and delicious, red lobsters - and you wouldn’t be wrong. Maine is nationally and internationally known for being the state that brings in some of, if not the best lobster in the world. Dating back to 1947, the Maine Lobster Festival has been an annual tradition in Rockland bringing in thousands of visitors each year to try and taste the freshest lobster around. So when you get planning your Maine vacation for this summer, make sure to plan it around the Maine Lobster Festival. Learn more.
Iowa State Fair
Des Moines, Iowa
August 10-20, 2017
The Iowa State Fair is one of the largest state fair’s in the United States attracting more than a million people from all over the world annually, it’s a proud salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequaled and unduplicated and an event that should be experienced by all. Learn more.
San Francisco, California
August 11-13, 2017
Come along and live outside with Ranger Dave at Outside Lands 2017! Every August, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park transforms into an otherworldly celebration of music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy. The lineup for 2017 has yet to be announced, but major headliners from 2016 included Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, Lana Del Rey, J.Cole, Sufjan Stevens, Chance the Rapper, Beach House, and more! If you are a music junkie, Outside Lands needs to be on your bucket list of music festivals to attend in 2017. Learn more.
Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
August 30 - September 4, 2017
The Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is America’s biggest and best free-entry barbecue festival! You’ll take part in country’s best grilling competition, located at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. Two dozen of the world’s top bbq competitors serve up more than 240,000 pounds of ribs for hundreds of thousands of hungry event-goers on Victorian Square. And as a bonus, admission, parking, shuttles, and entertainment are always free! So if you’re looking for some good barbecue this summer, book a trip to the Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Learn more.
Top Events in September 2017
New York Fashion Week
New York, New York
September 7-14, 2017
Twice a year, the fashion world turns it’s attention to New York to see the new collections from the world’s best designers. Runway after runway is filled with models donning the styles that the world will be wearing during for the next six months. However, the runways aren’t the only place where you can participate in New York Fashion Week. All week long pop-up shops, runway studios, soirees, parties, and exhibitions fill the city - many of them free to attend. So if you can’t score a ticket to the show, don’t fret - there is still plenty of ways for you to participate. You may even spot Anna Wintour walking into a show! Learn more.
September 15-17, 2017
Every September, downtown Cincinnati turns into the nation’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, drawing in a crowd of 500,000. The celebration kicks off with the annual running of the Wieners, 100 dachshunds donned in hot dog bun costumes race down the street to be crowned the champion. There is plenty of food and drink to keep the foodie satisfied and entertained the entire weekend from Beer Stein Races and Beer Barrel Rolls to dancing in the world’s largest chicken dance. Learn more.
New York City Pizza Run
New York, New York
There are some pretty creative 5ks that happen each year around the US, but where else could you possible host the pizza run other than New York City? Famous for it’s large assortment of pizza parlors, New York City hosts the Pizza Run every September. The NYC Pizza Run is a challenge in which participants aim to complete a 2 mile run while stopping to eat three slices of pizza at checkpoints throughout the course. In a food obsessed metropolis where people are always on the run, putting together an event which pays tribute to some of the city’s most defining characteristics seemed like a no-brainer. Grab your appetite and running shoes and don’t miss the NYC Pizza Run this fall! Learn more.
Top Events in October 2017
Great American Beer Festival
October 5-7, 2017
Watchout Oktoberfest, there’s a new beer festival in town. The Great American Beer Festival is the premier US beer festival and competition. Each year, the Great American Beer Festival represents the largest collection of US beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a private competition. In other words, it means that you have access to a lot of really good beer from all across the country. Not only that, but you can meet and chat to the actual brewers of your new favorite craft beer while you snack on cheeses that have been paired perfectly with the beers. Oh, and did we mention that you also get to dress up in crazy costumes? So come out, try a new domestic beer, and see why America has the best craft brewing industry in the world. Learn more.
Austin City Limits
October 6-8 & 13-15, 2017
Austin City Limits has grown to be one of America’s biggest music festivals. 2017’s festival will feature two weekends of lineups, 8 stages, over 110 bands, art markets, phone charging stations, and they’ve brought in some delicious festival food. In the heart of Austin, TX, this festival takes over Zilker Park for a convenient choice of camping, or snagging a hotel in the city. If you’re looking for the ultimate music fest experience in 2017, this is the place for you. Learn more.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 7-15, 2017
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There's something for everyone to enjoy: whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. No matter who you are, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more. Learn more.
October 20-21, 2017
Get ready for the nation’s most elaborate Halloween costume party at Highball Halloween! This is no ordinary costume party, it is the only Halloween event where couture meets costumes. This yearly event bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District in Columbus, Ohio. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear. What once started out as a one night event in 2008, has turned into a wild weekend of Halloween fun featuring a street party, live art, electrifying stage performances, a public costume contest, and of course, the feature event, the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show. Learn more.
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
October 20-22, 2017
Without a doubt, Formula 1 racing is the world’s most exciting, glamorous, demanding and prestigious motor racing series, and it is the most popular annual sporting series worldwide. From Monaco to Austin, these top-tier drivers bring their cars and their talents to drive towards the drivers’ Championship. Now, with a new track built in 2012 near Austin, Formula 1 makes an annual visit to the capital city as the eighteenth race of season, a race which could decided the hotly-contested drivers’ Championship. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to be a part of history and witness the best drivers in the world race it out on the 3.4 mile track! Learn more.
Key West, Florida
October 21-30, 2017
Fantasy Fest is an annual 10-day party in paradise for grown-ups. Started in 1979 by a small group of Key West locals, the party was created to bring visitors to the island in what was a typically quite, beautiful season. It worked. Fantasy Fest has grown every year since its inception and is now the wildest extravaganza around! Fun-loving revelers from around the globe bring their creativity and imaginations as they descend upon Key West each year in October for 10 days filled with costuming, parades, libations, and excitement! Fantasy Fest is like a mix of Burning Man, Mardi Gras, and Cosplay all brought together in one perfect location. Learn more.
Village Halloween Parade
New York, New York
October 31, 2017
New York City knows how to celebrate Halloween. Each year, the city shuts down 6th Ave so the costumed participants can show off their costumes to the residents of the city that never sleeps. The Village Halloween Parade is the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event, with thousands of New Yorkers marching down 6th Ave in their costumes. In order to be a part of the parade participants must be wearing costumes. The theme for 2017 is yet to be announced, so stayed tuned! But this year, you won’t want to miss the chance to be apart of this Halloween celebration! Dress up, and get ready to march along side hundreds of puppets, bands, dancers, and artists! Learn more.
Top Events in November 2017
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York, New York
November 23, 2017
Before America begins its yearly feast and settles in to watch some football, all eyes turn to New York City and the classic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. You’ll see giant balloons, marching bands, floats, celebrities, dancers, and more at this yearly tradition. But as fun as it is to watch the parade from your own home, nothing can match watching the parade in person. So before you go and get your yearly fill of turkey, enjoy one of America’s most beloved traditions, and take in all the sights and sounds that come with it! Learn more.
Festival of Lights
November 25th - January 7th, 2017
For 24 years The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa have presented the thousands of lights along with multiple events like the Switch-On Ceremony, Santa Claus, Horse Carriages and Entertaining. If you want to experience the most dazzling holiday spectacle south of the North Pole, this is the place to be. And, if you can’t make it out to Riverside, California don’t worry, they have live webcams set up just for you. You can view live stream of the lights and activity from their website linked above! Learn more.
Top Events in December 2017
December 7-10, 2017
When you think of top-quality art shows in the U.S. worth flying to, Art Basel is the first show that comes to mind. Art Basel bring together the leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa to showcase the work of masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars. Art Basel is like the Superbowl of art exhibits. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are be on display at this world-class event. Art Basel is held in only two other cities around the world, Basel, and Hong Kong. You’ll be inspired by the art that you see here, and will leave with seeing some of the most spectacular pieces artists are creating in our modern age. Learn more.
When December comes around, and the smell of fresh pine and cinnamon fills your home, you know it is time to get your tickets to The Nutcracker ballet. Luckily, this isn’t an event you have to travel long distances to attend. Instead, nearly every major city holds their own production of The Nutcracker, so tickets are easy to come by. The dancing, choreography, and score are all classics learned to perfection. Seeing a production of The Nutcracker will get anybody in the mood for the holiday season. Learn more.
With over 300,000 events happening in the United States each month, adding up to a total of 3.6 million events happening each year, we wanted to leave you with a list of the top 50 events happening in the US this year. It can be hard to decide which events you absolutely cannot miss just based on the sheer amount of events happening, it would be impossible to know about each one. We are sure to have missed a few awesome events from our list - though they are no less important than any of the 50 events listed above. We hope you can make it to at least one of these top events this year, but if you can't don't fear: there are plenty of events happening in your own backyard every day of the week!