What do movie buffs, car lovers, and golf fans all have in common? They all love attending their favorite industry’s top events. The most dedicated fans know that traveling is the best way to truly experience the most sought-after festivals, tournaments, and gatherings. In 2019, the events calendar will take you from Utah to Lake Como to Antigua, but before you finalize your travel plans, consult our list.
Sundance Film Festival — Utah
When: January 24-February 3
Where: Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance Mountain Resort
Who: For movie buffs looking to get a head start on the newest pictures.
When it comes to independent film festivals, Sundance is America’s cream of the crop. As the largest collection of independent film in the United States, Utah’s Sundance Film Festival showcases new features from both American and international filmmakers. This year’s edition will feature 45 first-timers and 112 feature films from 33 countries, according to the Sundance Institute. Big names bringing their work to the party this year include Tobey Maguire, Shia LaBeouf, Emma Roberts, and Naomi Watts. To get in the spirit, festival-goers should check out Sundance’s new podcast, That’s My Story, profiling festival alumni like Richard Linklater and their journeys. The 2019 program will be released in December.
Lake Como Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este — Italy
When: May 24-26
Where: Cernobbio, Italy
Who: For car lovers with high-class tastes.
The Concorso is held in the small comune of Cernobbio on the shores of Lake Como. The elegant event has a long and storied history: The event was first held in 1929 and continues to be a throwback; its exclusive group of attendees dress up in classy attire from a bygone era. And then there’s the cars. Elite auto owners, by invite-only, wheel in their retro vehicles to the awe of spectators. There are about 50 cars built between the 1920s and 1980s in the fleet each year, and for only the ninth time, May’s festival will showcase classic motorcycles too. The theme for the 2019 event is “The Symphony Engines” (2018’s was “Hollywood on the Lake”), and the contest will celebrate 90 years with a special class of cars built in its inaugural year, 1929.
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen — Colorado
When: June 14-16
Where: Base of Aspen Mountain
Who: For foodies and wine lovers.
Anyone who claims that Aspen is just a ski town has clearly never been in mid-June during the annual Food & Wine Classic. Each year during the event, 5,000 foodies and wine lovers descend upon the Colorado mountain town known, yes, for skiing, but also quickly rising the ranks as a trend-setter in the culinary world thanks to this annual celebration. Food & Wine brings together some of the industry’s most influential figures, including celebrity chef Rick Bayless (PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time) who attended the 2018 Classic. According to USA Today, last year’s festival also drew from outside the food and beverage industry, welcoming actors Matthew McConaughey and Gwyneth Paltrow. But the prospect of star-spotting is just one reason to mark your calendars for this one. The 2018 event included a pasta-making session with a famous chef, a seminar titled “How to Drink Like a Gazillionaire” wherein attendees drank from an 18-liter bottle, and a sustainable aquaculture dinner hosted at Lance Armstrong’s home, plus unusual but enticing dishes like snail caviar and hummus cones topped with black truffles. When F&W drops their event schedule in January 2019, we expect more of the same.
Paris Air Show — France
When: June 13-23
Where: Le Bourget
Who: For aerospace industry hobbyists.
Every two years, the Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (SIAE) holds the Paris Air Show, welcoming industry leaders in a trade show setting. The biennial event is a gathering place for aerospace leaders to showcase the most important developments in the global market — but it’s also open to the general public. For aerospace enthusiasts, Paris on the odd years is the best place to discover the industry’s latest trends before everyone else, since companies use this event to present their latest innovations. The most recent Air Show, in 2017, saw more than 2,300 exhibitors from 48 countries, and 140 aircraft on display, 45 of which performed the flying displays that are always sure to have visitors on the edge of your seats. The SIAE will announce its 2019 exhibitors in May, but one of the most enticing developments is this: rumor has it that Boeing will be releasing its much-hyped Boeing 797 at the show.
Safeway Open — California
When: September 23-29
Where: Silverado Resort and Spa, North Course
Who: For golf fanatics and their families.
As if you needed another reason to visit the Napa Valley in the fall, the Safeway Open attracts golf lovers to the Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course — and this event is perfect for families as its itinerary of events is built to appeal to non-fans as well. Safeway, heading into its fourth year of existence, literally leads the charge on the PGA Tour as the new season’s first tournament each fall. Tournament week begins with a Monday pro-am (where professionals pair up with amateurs for a fun round) hosted by golf legend, World Golf Hall of Famer and one of the game’s top TV analysts, Johnny Miller. Then, guests can be sure competition is heated all weekend long as players battle for their share of a purse topping $6 million, and a coveted exemption to the following year’s Masters. It also sets itself apart from other events on the PGA calendar by offering all the frills wanted to satisfy the whole family. The “Safeway Open Experience” includes food, beverage, and music. The event’s Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each culminate with a musical performance — 2018’s lineup included Sammy Hagar, Young the Giant, and Billy Idol. And the North Course’s various hospitality suites serve up a winning combination of dining and spectatorship: enjoy a specialty cocktail at the 17th-hole greenside Spirits Lounge, or climb up to the elevated Flight Deck by the 18th tee to watch the final tee shots of the day from club seats.
Antigua Charter Yacht Show — Antigua
When: December (Yet to be announced)
Where: English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour
Who: For aspiring captains and yacht owners.
Sure, the 2018 Antigua Charter Yacht Show has just wrapped up — but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to next year. Rounding out the 2019 yacht festival calendar, Antigua holds its sought-after six-day event in the far south of the island, in the Saint Paul parish, across three venues: Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, and Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, both located in Falmouth Harbour. The global yacht festival season runs from September to June, and just a few months in, Caribbean boat enthusiasts gather on Antigua to witness the public debut of many of the vessels they may have already read about and dreamed of hopping aboard. Modern-day yachts are like luxury apartments built for the water, rivalling some of the most high-end condos available. Those in the market to make a purchase would be wise to scour Antigua to find the best in show. This yacht show is also a great opportunity to mingle with fellow boatsetters and take in an array of enticing experiences. During the week, visitors can go yacht viewing, attend cocktail parties, and learn from information sessions. Don’t miss Marina Nights, where drinks and bites are served on the yachts, and the Chef’s Competition culinary contest, where chefs create a dinner party for their charter guests on board.