Events

  • Event Type

  • Country

  • State

  • City

  • Time Frame

Puccini Festival

24 Jul 2015 - 30 Aug 2015

Torre del Lago, Italy

website

As was composer Giacomo Puccini’s dying wish, this summer opera festival is held in a 3,400-seat open-air theater on Lago di Massaciuccoli, reducing the level of stuffiness. Operas like Tosca, Turandot and Madama Butterfly take on a more dramatic quality in this outdoor space. The near-perfect weather doesn’t hurt, either. Through August 30. Contact: ticketoffice@puccinifestival.it, 39.0584.359322, puccinifestival.it

Gamescom

05 Aug 2015 - 09 Aug 2015

Cologne

website

The global video game industry is expected to be worth as much as $111 billion this year, and some of the biggest players—such as  Swedish company Mojang, the maker of Minecraft, and King Digital Entertainment, the British-Swedish developer of Candy Crush Saga—are coming out of Europe. The top event for the European games industry, Gamescom features a special business section for investors, developers and entrepreneurs. Through August 9. Contact: gamescom@visitor.koelnmesse.de, 49.1806.016.015, gamescom-cologne.com

Jefferies 2015 Industrials Conference

10 Aug 2015 - 13 Aug 2015

New York

website

Investors, venture capitalists and industry experts will gather for this four-day event to look at the opportunities and factors affecting sectors such as biotech, defense, mining and metals, engineering and aerospace. Through August 13. Contact: industrialsconference@jefferies.com, jefferies.com

PGA Championship

10 Aug 2015 - 16 Aug 2015

Kohler

website

It’s the third time this major event will be hosted at the golf resort Whistling Straits. Last year’s champion, top-ranked Rory McIlroy, is still on fire. Will he take the trophy again? Enjoy the action comfortably with access to the Wanamaker Club, the climate-controlled pavilion to the right of the ninth hole that offers food, beverages and HD televisions. Through August 16. Contact: Jason Mengel, jmengel@pgahq.com, 920.547.4977, pga.com/pgachampionship

Grow

19 Aug 2015 - 21 Aug 2015

Whistler

website

Grow is swiftly becoming one of the best places for the technorati to rub shoulders. Speakers have included Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and Uber cofounder Garrett Camp; this year’s edition will focus on the so-called internet of things—wearables, fintech and mobile commerce (to name a few key areas). Panels run from the expected (“What will a billion-dollar company look like in a connected world?”) to the contrarian (“Is disruptive innovation crossing the chasm or jumping the shark?”). Through August 21. Contact: Larissa Giargiari, larissa@dealmakermedia.com, 415.864.2885, growconf.com

Burning Man

30 Aug 2015 - 07 Sep 2015

website

The desert bacchanal known for over-the-top performance art and installations appears to be about everything but business, but inevitably it’s become a thing for Silicon Valley-ites. So who knows—you might meet a future business partner while dancing naked and tripping on peyote. Through September 7. Contact: ticketsupport@burningman.org, burningman.org

U.S. Open

31 Aug 2015 - 13 Sep 2015

website

Rising stars like Sloane Stephens and legends such as Roger Federer will take to the court for the year’s last Grand Slam event—and perhaps Federer’s last time in Queens. More than 700,000 people attended in 2014, and the growing crowds mean that luxury suites and packages with courtside seats are by far the best way to watch. Purists take note: This is the last U.S. Open to be played without Arthur Ashe Stadium’s new retractable roof. Through September 13. Contact: Raleigh Leahy, leahy@usta.com, 914.696.7275, usopen.org

Venice International Film Festival

02 Sep 2015 - 12 Sep 2015

Venice

website

This festival (part of this year’s Venice Biennale) has always extended critical prestige to those movies lucky enough to be showcased at the event; many would otherwise be too obscure or cerebral to appeal to distributors. A good reception can be a bellwether for awards season: Black Swan, The Hurt Locker and Birdman all premiered at Venice—and all were nominated for Best Picture Oscars (two won). Through September 12. Contact: cinema@labiennale.org, 39.041.5218711, labiennale.org/en/cinema

Baird Healthcare Conference

09 Sep 2015 - 10 Sep 2015

New York

website

Healthcare is big business and—thanks, baby boomers—getting bigger: Biotech alone is estimated to be worth more than $414.5 billion by 2017. Investors and analysts interested in the space will want to head to the New York Palace for this annual conference, which brings together execs from more than 70 public and private companies for panel discussions, networking sessions and presentations. Through September 10. Contact: Nikki Mitchell, nmitchell@rwbaird.com, 800.792.2473, bairdconferences.com


Goodwood Revival

11 Sep 2015 - 13 Sep 2015

Chichester

website

Fans of classic race cars from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s come in period garb to this three-day racing fest at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, as do famous drivers and celebrities. Highlights this year: a demonstration run with Shelby Daytona Coupes, an all-Ferrari race and a tribute to legendary racer Bruce McLaren. To complete the vintage experience, get there via the historic Belmond British Pullman train from London. Through September 13. Contact: ticket.office@goodwood.com, 01.24.375.5055, grrc.goodwood.com/section/goodwood-revival; Heather Ernst, heather.ernst@belmond.com, 888.524.2420, belmond.com

Social Enterprise Alliance Summit15

16 Sep 2015 - 18 Sep 2015

Denver

website

This year, crunchy Denver plays host to the SEA’s event for the top 500 to 700 entrepreneurs and executives focused on doing business for the greater good. Through September 18. Contact: info@se-alliance.org, 202.758.0194, se-alliance.org/summit-15

Rugby World Cup Final Match

17 Sep 2015 - 31 Oct 2015

website

Billed as the third-most-watched sporting event in the world (behind the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics), this quadrennial men’s rugby union tournament starts September 17. Twenty international teams—including the U.S. team, which isn’t half bad—will battle it out for a shot at the final match outside of London. With so much global wealth concentrated in the Commonwealth countries where rugby is most popular, many of the world’s elite will be cheering at the Webb Ellis Suites in Twickenham Stadium. Contact: hospitality@rth2015.rugbyworldcup.com, 44.0.208.734.3800, rugbyworldcup.com

Monaco Yacht Show

23 Sep 2015 - 26 Sep 2015

Monaco

website

More than 34,000 visitors go to Port Hercules during this trade show to check out the latest megayachts—about 115 custom vessels measuring from 80 to 330 feet will be displayed. Luxury brands such as Breguet and Baccarat showcase new pieces as well, and there are events and parties throughout Monaco. Through September 26. Contact: Emilie Lombardi, emilie@monacoyachtshow.mc, 37.79.310.4170, monacoyachtshow.com

Singapore Grand Prix

23 Sep 2015 - 26 Sep 2015

website

More dreaded by F1 drivers than its better-known Monegasque counterpart, this nighttime street race through the sleek glass-and-steel capital forces participants through a corner-heavy counterclockwise circuit in hot, humid weather. Watch it from the air-conditioned Formula One Paddock Club, located right above the pit, which offers a complimentary premium bar, meals, access to the pit lane and more. Through September 26. Contact: hospitality@singaporegp.sg, 65.6731.5900, singapore.sg

Social Innovations: Theoretical and Practical Insights

24 Sep 2015 - 25 Sep 2015

website

Hosted by Mykolas Romeris University, the Social Innovations conference aims to connect social theory with real-world public policy, economics and business innovations to create social progress. The conference will focus on research in areas such as human rights, social technology, sustainable development and how value systems change on a global scale. Through September 25. Contact: Agota Giedrė Raišienė, agotar@mruni.eu, socin2015.mruni.eu