The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 2

It’s festival guide time once again, join us this week as we give you the lowdown on the Cs-Hs of the American burly festival calendar.

Colorado Burlesque Festival
Location: Denver, Colorado
Dates: 9-12 July 2015
Years running: 6
Organisers: Lola Spitfire, Midnite Martini and more
About: Bringing performers from across the globe, the Colorado Burlesque Festival features 5 different shows, including a VIP showcase and Saturday Spectacular. Headliners include Midnite Martini, Kitten n’ Lou and legend Tiffany Carter.

Colorado BF

Discordia Days Burlesque Festival
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Dates: 31 July – 1 August 2015
Years running: 4
Organisers: Discordia Dames
About: Starting out as the Purrrlesque Follies in 2012, this festival aims to both showcase burly talent and benefit a local charity too. Past headliners have included Jo ‘Boobs’ Weldon, Nasty Canasta and Peekaboo Pointe. This year’s festival is raising money for Triad AIDS Care Services. Applications are available on their website.

Florida Burlesque Festival
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dates: 4-5 September 2015
Years running: 2
Organiser: Bambi La Fleur
About: Applications are currently open for the Florida Burlesque Festival, now in its second year. Headliners have yet to be announced, but the festival promises international stars ranked in the top 50 worldwide performers. Last year’s festival featured living legends of burlesque including Dusty Summers and Holly Carroll.

The Great Burlesque Exposition
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dates: 5-7 February 2016
Years running: 9
Organiser: Unknown
About: Unfortunately we’ve missed this year’s Great Burlesque Expo, as it’s one of the earlier ones in the festival calendar. However, they’ve confirmed dates for next year’s festival and applications open in August. With a competitive element, titles up for grabs include: Most Classic, Most Humorous and Best Hybrid.

Great Burlesque Expo

Hawaii Burlesque Festival & Revue
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Dates: 30 August – 5 September 2015
Years running: 4
Organiser: Violetta Beretta
About: Applications for the Hawaii BF closed at the end of April with performer notifications going out this month and lineup TBA. Last year’s festival included performances by Peekaboo Pointe, live bands and workshops all in a beautiful tropical setting.

Hollywood Burlesque Festival
Location: Los Angeles, California
Dates: 14-17 August 2015
Years running: 2
Organiser: Lili Von Schtupp
About: The Hollywood Burlesque Festival is steeped in the history of its setting, with Hollywood being home to some of the biggest burlesque clubs in the world back in its heyday. Aiming to keep the tradition going and increase appreciation of the ecdysiastical art form, the Hollywood BF is a 4 day event featuring showcases, competitions and classes. Past headliners have included Roxi D’Lite and Russell Bruner.

Hollywood BF

Join us again next week, for the next installment in our Festival Guide series. In the meantime, if you’ve missed any of the previous blogs, catch up below…

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 1

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: UK

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: Europe

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festival Applications