Welcome back to the ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015 – the American Edition. Over the last 6 weeks we’ve taken you on a whirlwind journey, seeking out burlesque festivals across the USA. We have finally reached the end of our virtual burlesque tour of the States, so please join us in taking a peek at the last of the festivals in our American ecdysiastical adventure…
Vermont Burlesque Festival
Location: Vermont, New Hampshire
Dates: 21-23 Jan 2016
Years running: 1
Organiser: Cory Royer
About: Launched earlier this year, the Vermont Burlesque Festival sent temperatures soaring despite the wintery weather, with 3 days of events featuring over 50 performers. Headliners came from across the States and included the infamous Miss Astrid, BHoF Reigning King of Boylesque Ray Gunn, Canadian star Scarlett James and Los Angeles’ Lili Von Schtupp. With a fantastic turnout of over 800 people, the VBF has already announced dates for their second festival, in January 2016.
Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Dates: 2016 dates TBC
Years running: 3
Organiser: Madame Onca
About: A sister event of the Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, the Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival celebrated a successful 3rd year at the end of May 2015. Dates have yet to be announced for next year but the event promises to return. This year’s festival featured a number of shows including a Teaser event, an Improv show, the grand Celebrity Spectacular Gala and a super-secret canal boat ride for performers at the festival. Performers this year included The Maine Attraction and Kay Sera.
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Dates: 14-17 April 2016
Years running: 18
About: Tickets for the 19th annual VLV in 2016 have just gone on sale and it’s one of the biggest and most popular international festivals in the burlesque, pin-up and alternative world calendar so if you want to attend next year you’d best start planning early! A huge event featuring burlesque shows, car shows, tattooing, a pin-up contest, pool party, workshops and classes and much more, VLV attracts performers, artistes. Models and rockabilly fans from around the world.
Windy City Burlesque Festival
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Dates: 10-13 June 2015
Years running: 5
Organiser: Red Hot Annie
About: The Windy City Burlesque Festival kicks off this week with their sixth annual event, featuring headline guests Lola Frost, Tigger! and Lola Van Ella. Bazooka Joe, Coco Lectric and legend Tiffany Carter are also set to grace the stages this year. With 6 stellar shows, including ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Classic Burlesque’ as well as workshops, there’s plenty to see and do at the Windy City BF.
And there we have it: the end of our complete round-up of burlesque festivals in the USA in 2015 / early 2016. We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as we have and that you’ll join us again next week as we head up to Canada to check out their burlesque festival circuit. In the meantime, catch up on previous blogs in the series via the links below.