A Global Affair of Imagery and Entertainment LesLie e. RoyaL and sheRyL nance-nash Whether it’s tried and true and what we like to do or trying something brand new, upscale magazine has assembled the perfect festivals—both here and abroad. Have an interest in the unique, the beauty of nature, techie events, foodie tours, spectacular lights, outdoors, music, westerns, pageantry and more? These festivals are sure to delight you, your family and your friends.
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Atlanta Wing Fest Atlanta, GA August 20, 2017 www.atlantawingfest.net Greet some of the nation’s leading chefs from the tristate area as they concoct delectable, flavorful wings of all varieties. Scrumptious southern sides, beer, cool cocktails and live entertainment from Davin McCoy and Francisco Vidal complement the wing tastings. Hotel Hint: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Vivid Sydney Festival Sydney, Australia May 26–June 17, 2017 www.vividsydney.com Visitors from around the world go “down under” for this fabulous festival of light, music and ideas. The outdoor lighting festival features performances by international musicians, idea-exchange forums, transformed buildings, light sculptures and multimedia interactive work.
Hotel Hint: Primus Hotel
St. John Festival and Carnival St. John, USVI June 3–July 4, 2017 www.visitusvi.com This year, spend Emancipation Day and Independence Day in a wholly different and exquisite locale. Bask in their glorious parades, beauty pageants, music concerts, food fairs and fireworks. With the spotlight on the very best of rich Caribbean culture, guests will celebrate history and heritage. Hotel Hint: Caneel Bay Valdez Rock Climbing Fest Valdez, Alaska June 16–18, 2017 www.levitation49.org/rock-fest/ Celebrate the wonders of mountain sports as you climb under Alaska’s midnight sun. At the festival, enjoy the beautiful backcountry as you explore open climbing, yoga, climbing clinics, slacklining and live music. Bring old friends or meet new ones. All ages and skills are welcome.
Hotel Hint: Valdez Harbor Inn National
Crafts & Cowboy Festival Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO September 13–October 28, 2017 www.silverdollarcity.com At the nation’s largest festival of demonstrating craftsmen, your family is sure to enjoy this salute to the 54 Upscale Magazine / upscalemagazine.com great American cowboy. Delight in seeing the Silver Dollar City Wild West Show, live bands, pioneer culinary heritage, western actors and Chef Kent Rollins of Food Network fame.
Hotel Hint: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing
Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by Procter & Gamble Cincinnati, Ohio July 27–29, 2017 www.cincymusicfestival.com Having presented top-notch R&B artists for more than 50 years, the Cincinnati Music Festival is one of the premier music festivals of its type in the country. This year’s lineup includes three days packed full of bigger names than the festival has ever hosted on its stage before. Throwback Thursday features Rob Bass, Kid Capri and Doug E. Fresh. Friday night’s stars include En Vogue, SWV, Kem, BBD and Mary J. Blige. Saturday night, look for Ro James, Confunkshun, Anthony Hamilton and Usher to turn up the heat and close out the weekend festivities. Hotel Hint: The Westin Cincinnati Essence Festival New Orleans, Louisiana June 29–July 2, 2017 www.essence.com/festival-2017 Celebrating the best in R&B, hip-hop, jazz, blues and more, the nation’s premier showcase for contemporary African American music and culture this year includes John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Chance the Rapper, Jill Scott, Master P, Mystikal, Solange, Diana Ross and many others.
Hotel Hint: The Bourbon Orleans
Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, Colorado August 4–6, 2017 www.telluridejazz.org Telluride Jazz Festival combines a rich tradition of preserving the artistry of the American art form of jazz with a reputation of being America’s destination jazz event nestled in the majestic San Juan mountain range. The lineup for this year’s festival taking place includes Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Bootsy Collins and more. Hotel Hint: New Sheridan Hotel upscalemagazine.com / Upscale Magazine 55 Reggae Geel Antwerp, Belgium August 4-5, 2017 www.reggaegeel.com/en The festival was founded in 1978 and has welcomed reggae, dub and ska stars such as Alpha & Omega, Bunny Wailer, Capleton, Alborosie, Mr. Vegas and Gentleman. This year spotlights Jah Cure, Chronixx, Steel Pulse, Soul Supreme, Earth Kry and many others.
Hotel Hint: Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel
Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest Squaw Valley, California August 12–13, 2017 www.squawalpine.com/events-things-do/brewsjazz-and-funk-fest Festival goers not only hear great jazz and funk but can taste beers from 35 different breweries. All proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.
Hotel Hint: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Montreal International Reggae Festival Montreal, Quebec August 18–20, 2017 www.montrealinternationalreggaefestival.com/ Get ready for Cocoa Tea, Mel Dube, Ammoye, Elephant Man, Josey Wales and others.
Hotel Hint: The William Gray Hotel St.
Kitts Music Festival Basseterre, St. Kitts June 22–24, 2017 www.stkittsmusicfestival.net/index.as
The island of St. Kitts is the setting for one of the most diverse musical festivals in the Caribbean. This year’s artists include the Goo Goo Dolls, Shabba, Third World, Square One, Statics and other crowd pleasers.
Hotel Hint: St. Kitts Marriott Resort
Newport Jazz Festival Newport, Rhode Island August 4–6, 2017 www.newportjazzfestival.org The festival features three full days of jazz on four unique stages on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park, situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The festival features world-class musicians, food, and crafts and a number of exhibits.
Top acts include the Branford Marsalis Quartet, the Roots, Snarky Puppy, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and Andra Day.
Hotel Hint: The Attwater
Afropunk Fest Brooklyn, New York August 26–27, 2007 www.afropunkfest.com/brooklyn
Feel the music, free your mind, and enjoy talented artists like Thundercat, Macy Gray, Shabaka & the Ancestors, the Skins and Willow Smith. Hotel Hint: The William Vale Hampton Jazz Festival Hampton, Virginia June 23–25, 2017 www.hamptonjazzfestival.com The annual Hampton Jazz Festival has become more of a reunion—a celebration a friends, family, culture, music and life. This year, the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with artists such as Jill Scott, Kem, Brian Culbertson, Anthony Hamilton, the O’Jays, Fantasia and more.
Hotel Hint: Embassy Suites Hampton Roads – Hotel, Spa and Convention Center.