The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 5

It’s crazy to imagine that we are now on Part 5 of our US Burlesque Festivals series, but there really are that many fabulous festivals sprinkled glitter-like across the States from coast to coast. Burlesque has gone from an underground phenomenon in the late 20th century to a branch of the entertainment industry that is celebrated around the world by an increasingly wide field of performers and fans alike.
This week we’re taking a peek at some more upcoming dates in the 2015 calendar, as well as some of the 2016 burlesque festivals that have already been announced.

PA BF 2015Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival
Location: Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Dates: 7-9 August 2015
Years running: 6
Organisers: Madame Corsetiere & Jim Thorpe Burlesque Ltd
About: welcoming performers both new and established, the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival aims to create a friendly atmosphere where performers of all calibres can take to the stage. Their 6th annual festival features a number of shows and classes, as well as a headline appearance by legend Penny Starr. Set in an original vaudeville venue from the 1920s and 30s, they also work to help preserve this historical locale; The Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Show me Burlesque Festival
Location: St Louis, Missouri
Dates: 21-23 May 2015
Years running: 1
Organisers: Lola van Ella & Sammy Tramp
About: unfortunately we’ve just missed the inaugural Show Me Burlesque festival just a couple of weeks ago, but hopefully they’ll be back in 2016. The first year of the festival featured 4 shows and a number of classes, as well as headline acts such as Jo ‘Boobs’ Weldon, Kitten n Lou and Jeez Loueez.

Southern Fried Burlesque Fest
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: 2016 dates TBC
Years running: 5
Organiser: Katherine Lashe
About: Another early one in the annual burlesque calendar, the Southern Fried Burlesque Fest 2015 took place in March, but they promise to return next year. Previous headliners have included Reigning Queens of Burlesque Midnite Martini and Roxi D’Lite. The festival runs a host of workshops as well as shows.

SFBF 2015

Southwest Burlesque Showcase
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dates: 2016 dates TBC
Years running: 9
Organisers: Devine D O’Leary, Kitty Irreverent, Holly Rebelle & Mr Rebelle
About: The 9th Annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase took New Mexico by storm earlier this year, as they returned for another sizzling festival, headlined by Sydni Devereaux and Midnite Martini. No news yet of 2016 dates but keep an eye on their website for updates.

Texas BF 2015Texas Burlesque Festival
Location: Austin, Texas
Dates: 14-16 April 2016
Years running: 9
Organisers: Terri Lynn Raridon, Coco Lectric, Kitty Irreverent
About: dates for next year’s Texas Burlesque Festival have already been announced following the success of this year’s 3 day hoedown. Star acts from this year’s festival included Ruby Joule, Coco Lectric and the Stage Door Johnnies. Applications don’t appear to be open yet, but keep your eyes peeled; there are both competitive and showcase events being held.

Join us again next week for the final installment in our guide to burlesque festivals in the USA. If you haven’t already, you can catch up below on the previous blogs in the series.

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 4

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 3

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