The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 3

Our burlesque festival guide is back, with the next installment in our A-Z of festivals in the USA.

Iowa Burlesque Festival
Location: Iowa
Dates: 2015 dates TBC (previously in October)
Years running: 3
Organiser: Danielle Colby
About: Details about the 3rd Iowa burlesque festival have yet to be announced, but previous headline guests have included Michelle L’Amour, Perle Noir, LouLou D’Vil and Tempest Storm. The festival has previously included a competitive element as well as workshops.

Kansas City Burlesque Festival
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Dates: 2016 dates TBC
Years running: 5
Organiser: Scott Smith & Marisa Mackay
About: The 2015 Kansas City Burlesque Festival has just passed at the end of April / beginning of May, but having had a successful 5th year running, we’re hoping they’ll be back in 2016. This year’s festival was a whirlwind 5 day extravaganza of shows, workshops and competitions.


Las Vegas Burlesque Festival
Location: The Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Dates: 8-10 October 2015
Years running: 3
Organiser: Cory Royer (BlueHair Media / Vermont Burrrlesque Festival)
About: Launched in 2013, the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival is back this autumn, promising 3 days of shows, photoshoots, field trips and classes so there will be plenty to keep you busy. Previous performers include Kalani Kokonuts and Scarlett Letter, and this year’s lineup has yet to be announced.

Michigan Burlesque Festival
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Dates: 18-19 September 2015
Years running: 3
Organiser: Mabel Syrup & Valencia Starling
About: Returning for their 3rd year, the Michigan Burlesque Festival has 2 shows and a small series of classes scheduled. Confirmed headliners so far include Roxi D’Lite, Russell Bruner and Foxy Tann. Applications for the festival are open until 1st June with tickets going on sale mid-August.

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The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dates: 1-4 October 2015
Years running: 3
Organiser: Gina Louise & Elektra Cute
About: Back for the third year in a row, the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival has a jam-packed weekend lined up for fans and audience members. With 5 different shows being staged, featuring burlesque, aerial, vaudeville, drag and more there will also be a series of burlesque master-classes. Applications are open until the end of June and headliners will be announced soon.

That brings us to the end of this week’s festival guide. Join us again next week as we continue our tour of American burly festivals. In the meantime, if you’ve missed any of the series so far, catch up below.

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 2

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