Top 10 Events In Review: January - March 2017

Ventureboyz | April 12, 2017

It probably comes as no surprise to you that we spend most of our time roaming around looking for the biggest and best activities. Well, the first quarter of 2017 was no exception. Our event calendar has been booked all year as we searched far and wide looking for the hottest spots and coolest places to attend. At the end of the day, it wasn’t easy, but we boiled this first quarter down to the following list of our top ten premier events! Keep reading if you want to find out where all the fun and excitement was in the early going of 2017.
10. Wizard Fest 2017 New York, New York | 3/18/17
The pure love out there for all things Harry Potter never ceases to amaze us! A Harry Potter event has now made our top 10 list for the second straight quarter, which likely means you’ve been missing out if you haven’t attended one of these shindigs yet. This time around Wizard Fest 2017 came in at #10, a costume party that took place at Webster Hall in New York City on March 18th. For one night, the club was transformed into Hogwarts and the party centered around sorcery-themed drinks, costume contests, Harry Potter designs and music and plenty of photography. Lucky for you, we’re betting you’ll have a few more opportunities to cash in on some of the Potter-style excitement in the future in case you missed this highly-attended event. So just remember who told you to keep an eye out for it next time.
9. LA Art Show 2017 Los Angeles, California | 1/11/17
Influenced by so many creative innovations throughout the world, the LA Art Show produces a truly unique experience of art galleries, designs and exhibits to its attendees. In 2017, the show offered a record-breaking number of new galleries and art programming, ranging from contemporary, historic and print genre. Although the show is typically intended for the more serious art collector, over its four-day run time this year, it attracted approximately 70,000 attendees into its 200,000 square foot exhibition center. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Convention Center is also conveniently located in the epicenter of downtown Los Angeles, leaving attendees with plenty of additional activity options after the show.
8. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Houston, Texas | 3/7/17
We all know rodeos are a pretty popular thing in Texas, but the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, certainly takes the cake. It is, by far, one of the largest live exhibitions you’ll ever find. The 20-day show has long been deemed the “signature event” for the city, as attendance levels this year reached a record high of 2.6 million people! Loaded with fun activities throughout, the show features activities such as rodeos, parades, eating contests, livestock competitions and auctions, a carnival, shopping, music concerts and pig racing. If you’re drawn to rodeos or just want to get an all-around incredible experience, be sure to check this one out!
7. NBA All-Star Weekend 2017 New Orleans, Louisiana | 2/17/17
We all know about the popularity of the NBA All-Star game itself, but the real fun and entertainment lies in all the activities leading up to the main event. The 66th edition of the All-Star game, which is typically held by a different host city each year, took place in New Orleans, Louisiana on the weekend of February 17th. The West All-Stars defeated the East All-Stars 192-182 in the culmination of the event on Sunday night, but there were plenty of other festivities in the days leading up to the game. The weekend kicked off on Friday night with the NBA All-Star Celebrity game followed by a Rising Stars Challenge. Then on Saturday, the D-League played it’s All-Star game early in the afternoon. Afterwards, there were plenty of fireworks as the stars of the NBA all came out to dazzle fans with a skills challenge, a three-point shooting contest and the “always entertaining” slam dunk competition. Keep it up NBA -- your events never cease to draw large crowds and tons of excitement.
6. Philadelphia Flower Show Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 3/12/17
This annual event held is hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and dates all the way back to 1829. It’s held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia and is, by far, the premier gardening and design show and largest indoor flower show in the world, attracting over 250,000 people annually. The exhibition features large displays of landscapes and gardens, as well as individual horticultural displays, typically inspired by an annual theme for the show. Among all of its beautiful colors and gardens, the event also features many other attractions and experiences, including an interactive educational butterfly exhibit, a deep relaxation garden spa, show exhibit tours, photography sessions, dancing and wine after hours, and a garden tea room.
5. 2017 Gasparilla Pirate Fest Tampa, Florida | 1/28/17
The 2017 Gasparilla Pirate Fest occurred on the last Saturday of January in Tamp, Florida, and featured the 101st Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of Pirates. Each year, this popular festival consists of a large parade full of pirates celebrating the legend of Gasparilla, a mythical Spanish pirate who operated in Southwest Florida in the early 1800s, by reenacting his crews historic pirate invasion. The 4.5 mile Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates traveled from Bayshore Boulevard into downtown Tampa and featured 103 floats, 3 marching bands and over 50 other social organizations. The parade is typically one of the largest in the United States and has a tremendous impact on the local economy of Tampa. The city also hosts many other Gasparilla-related activities and festivals in addition to the main event.
4. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2017 Okeechobee, Florida | 3/2/17
The second annual Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival took place on Sunshine Grove’s 600-acre property in Okeechobee, Florida last month over a four-day period from March 2nd to March 5th. This outdoor camping festival strives to bring together the community to celebrate nature, music and art. It certainly does just that, having boosted attendance figures of over 32,000 people in 2016. The lineup this year included a diverse array of bands and DJs from all around the world with performances from artists such as the Kings of Leon, Wiz Kahalifa and The Lumineers. There are also a variety of camping options, a beach bar, art, craft beers, food trucks, as well as yoga, meditation and holistic workshops available to the festival-goers. As a general proposition, the festival hoists itself as a place where people can come to re-connect with each other and with the traditions of their ancestors.
3. NYC Food Truck Fest New York, New York | 3/12/17
New York City was host to some prime-time events early on this season. This year’s inaugural Food Truck Fest took place on Sunday, March 12th, at Grand Bazaar NYC and officially marked the start of spring in the city. People from all over stopped by to experience the delicious cuisine of the 12 gourmet food trucks available and to partake in the city’s largest curated weekly shopping market. Over 100 vendors are on display at the Grand Bazaar, including artists, designers and dealers, selling jewelry, clothing, furniture, art and collectibles. The Grand Bazaar gives back 100% of the net profits to public school children on the local Upper West Side by providing them with necessary supplies and supporting various enrichment programs.
2. Ice Festival New York, New York | 2/11/17
Some of the most beautiful ice sculptures are on display at New York’s Central Park Conservatory during the lead up to Valentine’s Day weekend. The sixth annual Ice Festival was free to all and was a great opportunity to witness some of the best-in-class ice carving artists from Okamoto Studio chisel over 6,000 pounds of ice into near-perfect replicas of New York’s most beautiful statues. Afterwards, festival-goers enjoyed a “silent disco dance party” where live DJs played popular hits of the user’s choice into headsets that other music event-goers were listening to as well. The festivities also included trivia, food trucks, a sculpting station and a host of romantic Central Park settings.
1. Women’s March on Washington Washington, D.C. | 1/21/17
Hands down, the largest event to date was the much-anticipated Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Not only did this turn out be the biggest single-day protest in U.S. history, but it quickly garnered attention throughout the world. Many countries participated in the protest as well, which took place on January 21, 2017. The primary objective of the march was to bring about a greater sense of awareness to a multitude of human rights issues, including women and workers’ rights, immigration, equality and healthcare. It was estimated that the protest drew at least 500,000 people from all over the country, and worldwide participation has been said to have been close to 5,000,000 people, with marches taking place in various states and throughout the world.

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