Music festivals bring summer to a close and lead into fall. The Labor Day holiday weekend is marked by Seattle's annual arts fest, Burning Man in the desert and the largest free jazz festival in Detroit.
6th BlogHer Conference
San Diego, California
This three-day conference for women who blog attracts 3,000 attendees from around the world to the San Diego Marriott and Convention Center, to share information and opportunities, meet with brands and network with the blog community in person. Launched in 2005, BlogHer's directory includes 25,000 influential blogs covering family, feminism, food and fashion, and more, reaching 20 million visitors monthly. The Expo floor opens August 4, and panels cover topics from Twitterholics to Mobile Multimedia. http://www.blogher.com/blogher-11
31st Edmonton Folk Festival
Located in "Festival City," this annual four-day festival in Gallagher Park features an array of folk music from bluegrass and blues to Celtic, roots and worldbeat acts from Europe, Latin America, the US and Africa. Attracting more than 100,000 attendees, six stages include one dedicated to children's entertainment. Headliners this year feature the Gipsy Kings, KT Tunstall, Angelique Kidjo, John Mayall, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal and actor Tim Robbins and his band among many Canadian acts such as kd lang.
57th Newport Jazz Festival
The first-ever jazz festival in the US has featured renowned artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Jazz impresario and pianist George Wein keeps the tradition alive with Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spaulding, Al DiMeola's World Sinfonia, Trombone Shorty, Eddie Palmieri, and singer-saxophonist Grace Kelly. It is preceded by the Newport Folk Festival with Elvis Costello and The Decemberists also located at Fort Adams State Park.
20th Lollapalooza Festival
First launched in 1991 by Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane's Addiction, Lollapalooza is an iconic American festival with its roots in the alternative music scene. This year the eight stages in Grant Park will feature headliners including Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Cee Lo Green and Muse, Arctic Monkeys, among many others.
71st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis, North Dakota
The annual Black Hills Motor Classic, aka Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where bikers meet to race and party, has grown from 19 participants in 1938 to approximately 750,000 attendees. Based a the site of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, the event includs races on tracks and hillclimbs, motocross and stunts, crashes and jumps. Concerts feature rock acts from the 1970s and ‘80s with this year's lineup including Alice Cooper, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Leon Russell, Greg Allman and actor Jeff Bridges' band. http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/
27th IDEA World Fitness Convention
Los Angeles Convention Center, LA, California
The 27th annual IDEA World Fitness Convention is the largest and oldest trade event for fitness professionals. More than 5,000 influential fitness and wellness professionals from 65 nations will participate in 350 sessions devoted to new fitness trends (Bollywood Step, Alphabics, Kranking). 2010 highlight events included celebrity Mario Lopez, tennis star Andre Agassi and the US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD. After this event, fitness centers globally will be introducing new classes, techniques and products.
D23 Disney Expo
This fan event, a Disney-centric version of Comic-Con, provides an exclusive look at the studio's productions from film to television, as well as what's new at the theme parks. Behind-the-scenes panels of upcoming 2011-12 releases, such as a preview of
The Muppets, with excerpted footage, filmmaker discussions and star appearances will include panels with the head of production at Disney, John Lasseter of Pixar Animation and the president of Marvel Studios. Events for kids include a trivia tournament, a sneak peek at new toys, video games and collectors items.
28th MTV Video Music Awards
Los Angeles, California
The nominees for the 28th MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) this year lead with American artist Katy Perry, British singer Adele and hip hop's Kanye West, the top contenders with the most nominations. The event will be telecast August 28 live from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles with performances by acts to be announced.
August 29-September 5
Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada, to create a city filled with art - which is set on fire. One week after setting up camp for this unique party, there is nothing left. This experiment in temporary community is dedicated to self-expression and participation. The art installations follow a theme each year - a term or concept: and 2011's theme is Rites of Passage.
32nd Detroit International Jazz Festival
This Labor Day holiday tradition is the only major free jazz fest in the US, attracting 750,000 fans to the riverfront. 2011 performers include jazz favorites Dave Holland Octet and a tribute to vocalists from Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. International talent features the Netherlands' Amina Figarova, Brazil's Ivan Lins, Belgium's Toots Thielemans, Cuba's Paquito D'Rivera, Japan's Vertical Engine, and Sun Ra Arkestra from somewhere in the solar system. JazzPlanet.tv will stream performances live.
41st Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival
North America's largest urban arts festival features an array of visual and performing arts, dance, theater, film, comedy and kids events. But the diverse musical line-up is perhaps the biggest draw. This year it includes Toro y Moi, Wiz Khalifa, Ray LaMontagne, Broken Social Scene and Hall & Oates among many more. Located in the middle of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center with more than 100,000 visitors paying $35 for single tickets and $90 for a 3-day pass. Comparable to the New Yorker's Festival and Philadelphia Arts and Fringe Festival
36th Toronto International Film Festival
A premiere North American cinema event, timed prior to awards season, the Toronto Festival has launched the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema. The event is located at its new home in the Entertainment District, drawing a half-million attendees to screen 336 films from 64 countries, along with panel discussions and workshops. It joins Berlin, Cannes, the Viennale and Shanghai as one of the top accredited film festivals.
54th Monterey Jazz Festival
With 500 artists performing on eight stages over the weekend, the jazz talents include featured arena performances including Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Hiromi and Joshua Redman. Stages feature Bobby Hutcherson, John Pizzerelli, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, India.Arie and Idan Raichel, and the venerable Dave Brubeck. Plus there is an exhibit on "Impulse Records: A 50-Year Retrospective."