Coachella

  
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Since its foundation in 1999, the annual three day music and arts festival has had a knack for pulling in rock and electronic headliners. Set in Indio's desert, California, the annual three-day music and arts festival features surreal sideshows and a mountain-fringed setting that make this event the most eagerly awaited festival in the US.
Big-name international acts contrast with the friendly small town atmosphere of the event. The laid-back air of Coachella resembles that of a free hippy festival. Cafe tents stand alongside vegan food stalls. Coachella embodies the true spirit of festivals: camping, communion, music, arts and fun.

About 10,000 international music lovers head to Coachella Festival for the time of their lives. On the outskirts of the arena, Bikini-clad Californians catch the burlesque acts until vaudevillian performers splash them with gigantic water-guns.

When the sun shines, festival-goers take a time out in the shade of colourful mechanised sunflowers. Then at dusk they form circles around bonfires on the campsite and start barbecuing. That is when the alternative party begins.

If you want to be close to the performers and stay at a luxurious campsite, book early for an elegant Safari tent, which includes king beds, carpets, air-conditioning and VIP wristbands that give you access to special shuttles into the venue and backstage.
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

  

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The Wright Brothers became living legends in the USA for inventing the first aircraft and started the ball rolling on a huge revolution in aerospace, yet it is important to remember the contribution of the hot air balloon. Seen today as something of a recreational fancy, you must understand there is some serious science behind the pretty façade. It stands as the oldest of all flight technology (1783) and was the first method of carrying humans into the skies.

 

Every entertainment guide to the USA has to therefore contain the amazing Alberquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which pays homage to the greatness of the hot air balloon. Hot air ballooning is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences you can have in life (permitting you are not scared of heights!). Every October flight fans descend on New Mexico for to see this spectacle for themselves and all expectations are thrown of the window. In the USA they have a habit of doing things bigger and better than you ever thought possible.

 

Albuquerque has the perfect climate to go ballooning down to the clear blue skies, calm winds and a mixture of weather conditions that have come to be known as the "Albuquerque Box." The geography and landscape of the surrounding area, along with favourable weather patterns, allows the balloonist to navigate the skies with consummate ease, and even retrace their journey.

 

The Fiesta Park where the event takes place has over 200 acres of space to enjoy and during the festival is totally inundated with the beautiful canopies of the balloons. There are a variety of stalls and eateries for tourists and balloon enthusiasts to enjoy, including authentic food from the area and souvenirs. Balloons make the trip from all over the world, and it has a truly global feel. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta October 6 - October 14 2018. balloonfiesta.com

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

  

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Many people often describe movie stars or recording artists as heroes. But this is an erroneous description; the real heroes in the USA are the emergency response teams like the fire and ambulance service who save people's lives every day. Do these people get the recognition they deserve for their heroism? That is debatable.

One state has a special festival to honour these good Samaritans who dedicate their lives to keeping people safe in American waters is Michigan, with The Grand Haven Coast Guard festival. This event goes back a long way, as far back as 1924 when it started as modest picnic for Coast Guard personnel and their families. The local Coast Guard station was on the water and they started to hold boat races for all the service men in the local area for some light entertainment. The word obviously got out and it started to grow. Yet it was not until August 1971 as the festival expanded more did it become accredited as an official day of celebration and got its name.

To mark the fact that Grand Haven has such a high esteem for the Coast Guard service Congress give it the title of "Coast Guard City, USA" which was signed by President Clinton in 1998. The carnival comprises of two rousing parades and finishes with a magnificent firework show which explodes across the sky and is reputed to be one of the most impressive in the country.

Anyone who participates in the Coast Guard Festival gets some special privileges such as an exclusive tour of the Coast Guard cutter. There is also a brilliant midway carnival, as well as a range of boat tours, jet-ski demonstrations, carnival games and live music. And just when you think organisers cannot provide any more entertainment they saved their trump card in the Street Dance. Music comes from Soul'd Out and is extremely popular with both young and old people.

 

The festival unofficially began in 1924 as a Coast Guard personnel only picnic when the local Coast Guard station held rowing competitions for those service members stationed in Grand Haven. Today the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival has become a premier event with attendance of over 350,000 people including the nations highest ranking Coast Guard dignitaries from Washington, D.C. It's happening this year between July 27th - August 5th 2018.

 

Things that only happen in LA

  

Thanks to the influence of the Mexican community, Americans can be thankful for Mexican food such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and nachos. Well, L.A. is the only place where you'll get 23-hour taco delivery service. So write down the number, and keep it safe in case you find yourself hungry and craving some tacos in the middle of the night. If you already like this idea, wait until you find the burritos vending machine, offering up to five kinds of hot burritos.

in la(1)Perhaps in L.A. you have more chances of seeing a Ferrari being towed away than anywhere else in the world. There's a concentration of them in this city. But if that surprises, wait until you see a Mercedes Benz being used as a learner's vehicle. However, you can also find other types of transportation such as a bicycle and L.A. is the only place where you'll get free bike valet.

L.A. is full of eccentric people and some of them have pets such as iguanas. Well, be ready to see some lizards getting the high class treatment and being pampered like celebrities as they chill on fashionable couches.

You can also buy maps to the celebrities' houses almost in every corner.

People in L.A. care about body image and that is why they work out - they work out in the park, on the sidewalk, along the beach, upside down... Yup, they practice yoga hanging from some ropes. At least it provides some entertainment to the passerby who is already feeling bad for being lazy.

In L.A. you'll also find a unique institution of higher learning - In N Out University, the only academic institution named after a burger franchise.

L.A. is where all the acting jobs are and there you'll find the most curious ads for acting jobs. For instance, it's not uncommon to come across an ad with a job for overweight pets.

Life is Beautiful Festival

  

What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas anymore ever since an extraordinary event has captured the attention of music lovers around the world. Life is Beautiful Festival may be a newbie, but it has gathered legendary musicians that would turn any other festival in the world green with envy.

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One of the best modern bands in the world The Killers headlined this exhilarating event LAST YEAR. Indeed, the festivals' organisers couldn't have chosen a more ideal group to rock Life is Beautiful Festival. As The Killers from originally from Las Vegas, the festival that takes place in downtown Las Vegas have started writing their History in golden letters.

The famous band Kings of Leon also headlined the event which has treated music lovers with cracking music, scrumptious gourmet and breath-taking art. The event also includes Californian singer Beck, Vampire Weekend - who topped the US chart with their new album ‘Modern Vampires of the City' earlier this year - and Imagine Dragons.

With such incredible musicians from all walks of life, the event marks a turning point in the history of music festivals. And yet it is not all about the music. Foodies, rejoice! Their food festival is an epic occurrence in itself. Watch chefs on stage, booze tasting sessions and not to mention the 3-hour Culinary Crawls.

Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum inspiring social change.

And there is more. The event includes an art festival which features incredible theatrics, acrobatics, dancing and a massive range of artwork, with various opportunities for both children and adults.
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum inspiring social change. - See more at: http://lifeisbeautiful.com/about-us/#sthash.TVmbkKPs.dpuf
It will be hard to top this year's line-up, but we are yet to see what Life is Beautiful Festival will surprise us with next year.

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

  

Music, food, wine, beer, art.. The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival turns San Francisco's historic Gold Gate Park into a cultural wonderland for two glorious summer days. The festival is held annually in August with dozens of bands and attractions.aug outside lands music and arts festival

From singer-songwriters to DJs, jazz acts and cutting edge rock bands, all major music performances take place alongside a host of local musicians, food vendors and visual artists standing for San Francisco's throbbing cultural community.

Epic musicians such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Nine Inch Nails have rocked the festival since its foundation in 2008. Only in a few years, Outside Lands festival has become one of the ultimate summer destinations for live music, food and wine fans.

Aside from incredible music, Outside Lands also features attractions that make emphasis on food, wine and art. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy delicious food and wine from the region, since there is an awesome organic farmer's market. People can purchase tickets and sample wine from many different vendors.

There are also areas that offer separate entertainment, including a sports lounge, an arcade/bar, and various food and art vendors.

The festival is also eco-friendly and uses different strategies to do so; for instance, there are solar power stages, a refillable water program, a waste diversion program, a recycling program, and bike valet parking program. As well, the festival aims to educate the public about eco-friendly movements. The event features workshops to educate about organic food and farming. This green-conscious festival also benefits the San Francisco Recreation & Park department with an annual donation.

NYC Things to do in the fall

  

NYC Things to do in the fall

It's been a long time since Sinatra wrote his famous tune to New York, but many decades down the line, the sprawling metropolis is still the city that never sleeps. Exciting nightlife, endless festivals, world-class arts and endless joy is some of the experiences the world's most vibrant city has to offer. Here's our list to some of the things you can do in NYC in autumn.

1) Summer might be over, but a million lights still shine at night. With The Fixed, Trouble & Bass, and Bespoke posses as residents and epic DJ's as partners, Williamsburg has become New York's new clubland odyssey.
2) New York is still home to some of the best theatre and musical productions in the world. Don't miss The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee William's 1944 masterpiece, which has returned to Broadway.
3) White-clad runners get pelted with vivid paint in a unique event - The Colour Run. Known as the happiest 5k on the planet, the Colour Run is not a conventional marathon as it lacks a competitive nature and runners can take their time to cross the finish line. With more than 170 events across the country and around the world tin 2013, the Colour Run is celebrated to benefit the Global Poverty Project, among other charities. Head there for a good cause, join the runners or watch them get splashed with paint.
4) From September 17th to December 12th, put your reading goggles on and head to the New York Public Library. This autumn and winter, the famous old library hosts the semiannual reading series which welcomes venerable readers and performers, including Margaret Arwood, John Ashbery, and Toni Morrison and Junot Diaz. Even Guandia editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger will make an appearance at the event.
5) Culture heats up during fall and winter in Fort Greene during the 30th celebration of the New Wave Festival. From September 17th to December 22, Brooklyn will host this wonderful event which includes maverick shows in different art forms: music, dance, theatre and pop-culture.

 

Weird Events in the USA

  

Barkus Mardi Gras Parade

Everyone parties their own way, but these events take it to another level. They are plain weird. You might think that these strange celebrations take place in cities like Los Angeles and New York, but it is small towns the ones that sometimes approach festivities in a peculiar way.

 

Barkus Mardi Gras Parade

 

Just like there is a Mardi Gras parade for humans, there is one for dogs in the town of Lousiana. That is where the name “barkus” comes from, the barks of the dogs. This is not a conventional dog parade, if there is such a thing, but an actual Mardi Gras: each year a Queen is crowned in the event. Then you see dogs running around with colouful clowns. You might even spot these pets dressed up as jesters, also part of the royal paraphernalia. The event takes place annually on Sunday around Mardi Gras in Armstrong Park from 2 to 5pm. This is a great parade to watch, take pictures and have a laugh.

 

Langley Mystery Weekend

 

The entire town of Langley on the island of Whidbey take part in this event. Participants pick up a special newspaper which outlines a murder with photos of suspects plus a map showing the crime scene. Then they turn into Sherlock Holmes and set out to solve the murder mystery. The clues are all in this island of the state of Washington and participants must conduct an investigation and solve the mystery before the denouement on Sunday evening. The event takes place during a weekend in late February.

 

Roswell UFO Festival

 

UFO nuts from around the world meet in Roswell for five days in July to expand their knowledge on aliens and extra-terrestrials. Festival-goers have the geeky time of their lives by joining the alien parade or grooving to the sounds of the world's only alien drummer in the famous and remote Area 51.

 

 

Top US Summer Music Festivals

  

The sun shines, and the music takes over. During the summertime, music festivals of all shapes and sizes take place all over the United States. Indie music, grindcore, folk or hard techno fill the hearts of festival-goers with bliss and excitement. Apart from music, these events also offer other attractions like comedy and food festivals. Check out our list of top summer music festivals in the USA:

 

1) Bonnarco (Tennessee)

 

One of the largest summer festivals in the United States, Nonnarco is a four-day event that will sweep you off your feet. The main attractions of the festival are the multiple stages of live music. The festival is also very diverse and features a large diversity of music styles ranging from indie rock to world music, hip hop, jazz, americana, bluegrass, country music, folk, gospel, reggae, electronica and other alternative music. The name of this party translates as “real good time”. Apart from the music, you can don your don your tie-die and try carousels, slippery wet slides and silent discos. Past headliners include Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, The Police, Radiohead, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

 

Grassroots Festival2) Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance (New York)

 

Four days of music, art and evolution, the GrassRoots Festival is a laid-back event that attracts enthusiastic music lovers to rural New York to have the hippy time of their lives. Here you will find hundreds of aficionados of bluegrass, rockabilly, Irish music, rock ‘n‘ roll, country and Native American music, plus a load of other hippy stuff from stripy clown pants stalls to an art barn and healing tent (with herbal highs and remedies). A percentage of the money obtained from the event goes to good causes such as Doctors Without Borders and Musicians for World Harmony.

 

3) Pitchfork (Chicago)

 

Named after the hipster publication “Pitchfork”, this small festival is a three-day event with exciting headliners that have included Björk, Belle & Sebastian and R. Kelly. Even though Pitchfork festival mainly focuses on artists and bands from alternative rock, rap, hip hop, electronica and dance music, it has also included acts from hardcore punk, experimental/avant-garde rock and jazz in its lineups.

 

 

Summerfest Music Festival

  


Stretching alongside 75-acre lake, Summerfest is the world's largest music festival according to Guinness World Records. Also known as “The Big Gig”, this 45-year-old festival takes place in the American state of Wisconsin and attracts over 900,000 people every year. Summerfest

 

During 11 glorious days of summer, over 800 acts and more than 1,000 performances take place on 11 different stages in Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee. The music industry's hottest stars, emerging talent and local favourites come together in this world-class festival setting to create unforgettable live music experiences.

 

Summerfest's nature is eclectic and features music in different genres, from alternative to Zydeco. Since its foundation in 1968, legendary musicians such as Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan, plus popular stars such as Britney Spears, Tina Turner and Maroon 5 have graced the Summerfest stages.

 

Festival-goers around the world are eagerly looking forward to the next Summerfest.

 

Although the music performances are the main attraction of the event, festival-goers can take some time out with activities like paddleboating. The event also provides the opportunity to sample a wide variety of food from many Milwaukee-area restaurants. Other attractions include shopping vendors, fireworks - especially “The Big Bang” on opening night - family events and comedy acts. All shows are free with an admission ticket, except for some special acts that take place at the Marcus Amphitheater.

 

Even before a regular ‘Comedy Showcase' was established in 1975, live comedy acts have also been part of Summerfest's history. Comedians such as Jay Leno and Jon Stewart have made their appearances in their event and filled with the air of Milwaukee with laughs.

 

Admission is between US$8 and US$17, depending on the time of the day.

 

 

  
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