Southwest USA Top Events

 

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Arizona State Fair

Phoenix, AZ  
Arizona,
Arizona 0;
     
http://www.azstatefair.com/
October - Arizona Exposition and State Fair With over 122 years of history, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair is a fascinating location and is run by an experienced staff of professionals. See how you can become a part of this dynamic team.
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Scottsdale International Film Festival

Scottsdale, AZ  
Arizona,
Arizona 1;
http://www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com/
October - Current foreign fare from around the entire globe is featured in this weeklong event with films from many countries. All films are previously unreleased in the market and may not otherwise be seen in the Phoenix area. ( www.festivals.com)
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International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival

Phoenix,   
Arizona,
Arizona 2;
http://www.horrorscifi.com/
October - Q. Do I have to buy a pass to see movies? Are there less expensive ways to attend? <br> A. We recommend that you purchase a pass to best experience the Festival. Some events, for example, can only be attended with a pass. There are, however, additional attendance opportunities open to pass-holder and non-pass-holder alike. Check out the Attending page for more information.
4
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

Hollywood, CA  
California,
California 3;
http://www.latinofilm.org
Film tickets will be available for sale over the Internet. Film tickets can also be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office, located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA.
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Nevada Day

Carson City, NV  
Nevada,
Nevada 4;
http://www.nevadaday.com/
October - Nevada became a state (admitted to the Union) October 31, 1864, so Nevada Day is October 31st.of each year. However, with the passage of AB396 by the 1997 Nevada State Legislature, Nevada voters, on November 3, 1998 advised the 1999 legislature they wanted to celebrate Nevada Day on the "last" Friday in October beginning in 2000. The legislature, after much heated debate, complied. <br> Nevada Day is presently a state holiday recognized on the last Friday in October with the parade on the Saturday following.
6
Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA  
California,
California 5;
http://www.lachildrensfilm.org/
October - The Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival is produced by The Children's Film Festival Company, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's NexGen program.<br> The Children's Film Festival Company is dedicated to showcasing quality films made for children from around the world, introducing children to different cultures, nationalities and creative filmmaking techniques.
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U.S. Open Championship
 - South
San Diego, CA  
California,
California 6;
http://www.pga.com/usopen/2008/index.html
For only second time in history the United States Golf Association will stage its national championship on a public golf course when the 2008 U.S. Open is conducted at Torrey Pines' South Course outside San Diego, Calif. In joining New York's Bethpage State Park's Black Course on the exclusive public course list, Torrey Pines also marks the first time the season's second major will be held in southern California since 1948.
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Arizona Balloon Festival

Chandler, AZ  
Arizona,
Arizona 7;
http://www.arizonaballoonfestival.net/
“The 2006 ARIZONA BALLOON FESTIVAL-CHANDLER (R)” and a "BOOO-Looning" Halloween event with more than 50 colorful hot-air balloons will participate in thrilling competition. The balloons will rise from the fields of Tumbleweed Park and compete in a Hare and Hound contest. Spectators are allowed to walk on the field and watch the balloons inflate and lift off. Photo taking is invited. DESERT GLOWS on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 27th & 28th, as a field full of illuminated, tethered, hot air balloons will glow in time to music.
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Telluride Film Festival

Telluride, CO  
Colorado,
Colorado 8;
http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/
September - “The most exclusive film festival of all is Telluride. Why? Because it is the most difficult to get to, it doesn’t announce its program in advance, it charges the press for a pass and it has as its guests some of the best filmmakers in the world. It’s one of the friendliest and most democratic, as if the least important attendees were just as consequential as the most distinguished.” Derek Malcolm, The Guardian (London)
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ESPY Awards

Los Angeles, CA  
Los Angeles County,
California 9;
     
http://espn.go.com/espys/
ESPY Award (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is presented by the American cable television network ESPN.
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Emmy Awards

Los Angeles, CA  
Los Angeles County,
California 10;
 
http://www.nbc.com/emmy
The Emmy Awards are United States television production awards, similar to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment. Three related but separate organizations present Emmy Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors national prime time entertainment (excluding sports); the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes daytime, sports, news and documentary programming; and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors programming originating outside the United States. <br> The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. The name "Emmy" was a feminization of "immy", a nickname used for the image orthicon tubes that were common in early television cameras. Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy in the first awards ceremony. The Emmy Awards trophies are currently made by a private company with a manufacturing site at the maximum security El Dorado Correctional Facility, in El Dorado, Kansas. The statuette of a winged woman holding an atom has since become the symbol of the TV Academy's goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art; the atom the electron of science. It was created by television engineer Louis McManus, using his wife as a model. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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San Diego Brazil Carnaval

San Diego, CA  
San Diego County,
California 11;
 
http://www.brazilcarnival.com/
San Diego Brazil Carnaval is one of the largest most authentic Carnaval Event in California. It brings together San Diego’s Brazilian community and the rest of San Diego to celebrate the most important party of the year. Through out the years, San Diego Carnaval Mardi Gras has served as a vehicle to bring people together and build a cultural bridge between Brazil and the United States.
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Oktoberfest by the Bay

San Francisco, CA  
San Francisco County,
California 12;
   
http://www.oktoberfestbythebay.com/
Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich's famed Oktoberfest, the festival will include nonstop music, dancing, singing, and the very best in German food and drink. The world renowned Chico Bavarian Band will headline our stage!<br/> FAQ - Why two completely separate sessions on Saturday? Happily, demand has outstripped supply and, for the time being, this is the best way to provide access and an all-around better experience (shorter lines, more seating, etc.). So, we'll clear the building at 5pm and start over at 6pm with a whole new group of festival goers. Pick the session that works best for you! We anticipate selling out both Saturday sessions.
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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, NM   87113
New Mexico,
New Mexico 13;
http://www.balloonfiesta.com
October - Today, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is known worldwide as an event that emphasizes fun flying and camaraderie over serious competition. It’s ironic that the Fiesta got its start, in large measure, as an arena for that most serious of competitions, the World Championships. Albuquerque got the nod as the host city for the world championships when Don Kersten, at the time the President of the Balloon Federation of America (BFA), asked the organizers of the 1972 “first Fiesta” if the city might be willing to bid for the World Championships. Sid Cutter and Tom Rutherford came up with a proposal, which they duly submitted to Kersten. Today, Cutter notes with a chuckle that Kersten carefully didn’t tell him that Albuquerque was the only city he’d approached!
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Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival

Lake Taho & Reno, NV  
Nevada,
Nevada 14;
http://www.t-riff.org
August - We are headquartered in a $6.7 million facility funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and operated by The Parasol Community Foundation. T-RIFF is one of eleven non-profit organizations chosen to be housed in this model collaborative project, the first of its kind in the nation. Operating since 1999, T-RIFF has produced approximately 150 educational events in the literary and multimedia arts. T-RIFF holds ongoing film screenings, short film productions, TV production workshops, screenwriting courses, script/film competitions, and owns and operates Lake Tahoe Public Television.
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Gem Faire

Scottsdale, AZ  
Arizona,
Arizona 15;
http://www.gemfaire.com/
Gem Faire, established in 1989, has become a world renowned marketplace for the finest in gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment, metaphysical items and much more at the lowest prices in today’s market. Over the years, Gem Faire has produced over 40 shows a year, making it the largest Gem and Jewelry show circuit on the West Coast.
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Big Island Chocolate Festival

Kailua-Kona,   
Hawaii,
Hawaii 16;
 
http://www.konachocolatefestival.com/
March - The mission of the annual Kona Chocolate Festival is to entertain both visitors to and residents of the Big Island; showcase the creative talents of fine Big Island chefs, chocolatiers, ice cream and candy makers; provide a means to highlight cacao farming and support the chocolate industry in Hawai'i; and raise funds to support the unique education each child receives at Kona Pacific Waldorf School in Kealakekua.
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Tahiti F&ecirc;te of Hilo - Tahiti F&ecirc;te.com

Hilo,   
Hawaii,
Hawaii 17;
http://www.tahitifete.com/
October - Tahitian Dance companies from Hawaii, Japan, and Mainland USA, will compete in this one-day event showcasing the finest in Tahitian Dance and Music. Hawaiian and Samoan Dance and Music exhibitions will also be featured.
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Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs, CA   92262
California,
California 18;
   
http://www.psfilmfest.org/
Founded by Sonny Bono, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the country, screening over 200 films from more than 60 countries to an audience of over 70,000. From ages 5 to 85, the festival brings together communities as diverse as the retired citizens of the desert, the young, hip industry crowd of Los Angeles and film aficionados from around the world. The Palm Springs Film Festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black-tie gala award presentation. The festival screens a majority of the official international submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film.
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Moab Folk Music Festival
PO Box 1082
Moab, UT   84532
Utah,
Utah 19;
 
http://moabfolkfestival.com/
Folk music festival in spectacular Moab, Utah.
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Arizona Classic Jazz Festival

Chandler, AZ  
Arizona,
Arizona 20;
http://www.azclassicjazz.org/
The Mission of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society is to perpetuate, promote and present the American art form known as jazz during the period in which the music was created and celebrated through such styles as Dixieland (Trad Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Classic Jazz, New Orleans Jazz) and Swing. Through the presentation of live performances, we support the artists and seek to inform, educate, entertain both listeners and dancers and involve persons of all ages, with a special emphasis on youth.
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TARFEST Festival of Film, Music & Art

Los Angeles, CA  
California,
California 21;
http://www.tarfest.com
October - TarFest is a festival of emerging film, music and art held at the La Brea Tar Pits and the surrounding Museum Row in the historic Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles.
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Toofy Film Fest

Boulder, CO  
Colorado,
Colorado 22;
http://www.toofy.com/
Toofy was born the only son of a Hippie artist and small woodland creature after a drunken tryst near Eldorado Springs. Ashamed of his pretentious Hippie heritage he fled. On his exodus from pretentious art, he discovered the beauty of the undiscovered artisans. Years later he emerged with the ambition to start a film festival that would liberate his newfound friends, exposing their raw talent to a wide audience and lend a contribution to the independent world of cinema, fashion, fine art and music... so there's your Toofy.
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Coachella Music Festival
Empire Polo Field  - 81-800 Avenue 51
Indio, CA  
California,
California 23;
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Route 66 Fun Run
120 W. Route 66
Kingman, AZ   86401
Arizona,
Arizona 24;
http://www.azrt66.com
As in the past, we will start the festivities in Seligman on Friday with registration, music, entertainment, and checking out the sights of Seligman. Saturday morning the vehicles will start to line up in preparation for the start of the FUN RUN to Kingman. Since this is not a timed event please feel free to stop along the way to enjoy refreshments, western dance, sample the Hualapai Tribe BBQ and check out the other vehicles as they cruise by.
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Oscar - The Academy Awards
Kodak Theatre  - Intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA  
California,
California 25;
http://www.oscar.com
March - The Awards remained at the Music Center until 1987, when they returned to the Shrine Auditorium for the 60th and 61st Awards. Subsequently the Awards moved back and forth between the Shrine and the Music Center. The Shrine Auditorium, with seating for 6,000, was used mainly to accommodate as many Academy members as possible; the Music Center seats only about 2,500. The Awards returned to Hollywood for the 2001 (74th) Awards Presentation at the state-of-the-art 3,300-seat Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.
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Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival

Carefree, AZ  
Arizona,
Arizona 26;
http://www.thunderbirdartists.com/
November - Travel the world over and you would be hard-pressed to find a more spectacular gathering of artists than at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. These nationally acclaimed, juried fine art festivals attract artists and art collectors from throughout the United States and abroad, all sharing in their love and appreciation for magnificent fine art.
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GRAMMY Awards
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA  
California,
California 27;
http://www.grammy.com
The 49th Annual Grammy Awards honored the best in music of the recording year of 2006. The 2006 recording year started on October 1, 2005 and ended on September 30, 2006. The awards were handed out on Sunday February 11, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. As in most years since 2003, the ceremony did not have a host. <br> The only people who are allowed to vote for the Grammy Awards are those who are members of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Members must have worked on six albums (in terms of production, engineering, mixing, or being the recording artist). NARAS members are peers of all who submit their work to the recording Academy. NARAS members are to vote based upon the quality of the work that has been submitted. It is highly stressed to voting NARAS members not to look at sales or charts when voting. Artists, producers, engineers/mixers or record companies are allowed to make submissions to the Recording Academy. The deadline for all submissions for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards is September 1, 2006. Nominating ballots are sent to NARAS members by October 1, 2006 which is after the 2006 recording year ends. On the ballot they are allowed to nominate any of the work submitted. They can only vote in eight fields other than the general field, and can vote to nominate up to five works for an award. <a href="http://www.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Taos Mountain Film Festival

Taos, NM  
New Mexico,
New Mexico 28;
http://www.mountainfilm.net
Taos Mountain Film Festival features films of adventure, culture and wildlife of the world's remote regions. Mountain Film also examines threats to the environment and human rights. <br> The Festival presents mountaineering films and personalities, as well as symposia, photography exhibits, and readings from mountaineering literature. <br> Through still and moving images, Taos Mountain Film Festival is committed to conveying the inspiration to be found in wild places.
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LA Shorts Fest

Los Angeles, CA  
California,
California 29;
http://www.lashortsfest.com/
September - LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world. The Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Festival winners in the primary categories are eligible for Academy nomination. The festival boasts an outstanding past record of 23 Academy Award-nominated films, including the last 7 Oscar winners.<br> The Festival annually attracts more than 10,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment executives looking for the hottest new talent as well as brand name sponsors looking to connect with the trendsetters in Hollywood.
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SEMA Show

Las Vegas, NV  
Nevada,
Nevada 30;
http://www.semashow.com
2007 Show dates: Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2007.<br> The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, marine and RV markets. SEMA Show 2005 drew over 50,000 domestic and international buyers through two million square feet of exhibits.
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North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival

Tahoe City, CA  
California,
California 31;
http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com/
Come celebrate and partake in the annual North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival. The 26th Annual Snow Festival is scheduled for March 2-11, 2007. Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with ten fun-filled days and nights, jam packed with events and activities for all ages. This year, annual favorites will be back, along with expanded music events, and a host of great new ones! On and off the mountain, there's something for everyone.
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Chinese New Year Golden Dragon Parade

Los Angeles, CA  
Los Angeles County,
California 32;
   
http://www.lagoldendragonparade.com/
In celebrating over one hundred years of tradition, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles presents the 2008 Golden Dragon Parade. With over 110,000 individuals lining the parade route and thousands viewing the telecast each year, this colorful celebration along North Broadway in Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.
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Westwood International Film Festival

Westwood, CA  
California,
California 33;
http://www.westwoodfilmfestival.com/
October - With its close proximity to UCLA, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Holmby Hills and Brentwood, The Majestic Crest theatre is the perfect location to showcase and launch independent product. Westwood remains the capital of the single-screen palace theatre and no theatre in the area represents the spirit of independent cinema like the Majestic Crest. Please join us in bridging the gap between independent film and independent cinema in the beautiful community of Westwood.
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FAIF International Film Festival

Hollywood, CA  
California,
California 34;
http://www.magicalfilmfest.com/
The FAIF Film Festival is an annual event of the non-profit FAIF (Foundation for the Advancement of Independent Films) dedicated to promoting and supporting the art of the motion picture through the presentation of an annual, multi-day festival in which independent films submitted by filmmakers throughout the world are publicly exhibited at the Mann Chinese 6 Theaters, in Hollywood, California. Other festival events will take place including the spectacular newly designed Awards Show at the festivals "Official Hotel" The upscale and classy Renaissance Hollywood Hotel!
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Sundance Film Festival

Park City, UT  
Utah,
Utah 35;
http://www.sundance.org
The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival that takes place annually in the state of Utah, in the United States.<br> It is the largest independent cinema festival in the U.S. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah, as well as the Sundance Resort, the festival is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, and a group of non-competitive showcase sections, including the Sundance Online Film Festival. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Mill Valley Film Festival

Mill Valley, CA  
California,
California 36;
http://mvff.com
October - Known as a filmmakers’ festival, the annual Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high-profile, prestigious and non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. <br> Founded in 1978 by MVFF Director Mark Fishkin, the Festival has established an impressive track record for launching new films and the careers of new filmmakers and is well known for the quality of its programming. <br> As the only prominent fall film festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mill Valley Film Festival is also an important industry resource —both for its emphasis on films that have not yet secured US distribution and for fall launches and northern California Academy Awards campaigns.
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Maui Film Festival

Maui, HW  
Hawaii,
Hawaii 37;
http://www.mauifilmfestival.com/
June 11-15, 2008<br> "The Maui Film Festival Serves Up Feasts, Stars and Enlightenment. It's is where the seaside rules and studio execs retreat and where there's enough A-list presence on and off screen to make it an island celebration deserving of its industry recognition. Maui may be an island in the middle of the Pacific, but it's a festival full of relevance-and lots of class." - Harriette Yahr, IndieWire