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19 Jul 2015 - 22 Jul 2015


V2V, the latest addition to the SXSW conference series, is a departure in several ways—it’s entirely focused on startups and innovation, and it’s in Vegas’ Bellagio rather than SXSW’s native Austin, Texas. Through July 22. Contact:

Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum

20 Jul 2015 - 22 Jul 2015



As baby boomers reach retirement and what some are calling the largest wealth transfer in history approaches, this conference addresses generational wealth and the need to include philanthropy and impact investments in a family’s portfolio. The three-day event starts off with a regatta that pits attendees against one another (with the help of charter crews), followed by two days of panel discussions. Through July 22. Contact:, 212.532.9898,

Puccini Festival

24 Jul 2015 - 30 Aug 2015

Torre del Lago, Italy


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:, 39.0584.359322,

G20 Africa Infrastructure Investment Conference

27 Jul 2015 - 29 Jul 2015



Africa is increasingly the target for infrastructure investment, and the G20 conference brings together top investors, policymakers and government officials to discuss the trend. Sample subjects: a railway connecting Namibia and Botswana and the massive Accra drainage project in Ghana. Through July 29. Contact: Aisha Aingal, 44.2037.589.170,,

Podcast Movement

31 Jul 2015 - 02 Aug 2015

Fort Worth


Podcasting is taking off: Listeners’ appetites are growing, and the digital space is still relatively empty, leaving ample opportunities for expansion. This conference brings together the top innovators in the new medium, including Sarah Koenig, the creator of Serial, and Roman Mars of 99% Invisible, to discuss techniques and trends in the industry. Through August 2. Contact: Dan Franks,, 972.755.9763,


05 Aug 2015 - 09 Aug 2015



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:, 49.1806.016.015,

Jefferies 2015 Industrials Conference

10 Aug 2015 - 13 Aug 2015

New York


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:,

PGA Championship

10 Aug 2015 - 16 Aug 2015



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,, 920.547.4977,


19 Aug 2015 - 21 Aug 2015



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,, 415.864.2885,

Burning Man

30 Aug 2015 - 07 Sep 2015


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:,

U.S. Open

31 Aug 2015 - 13 Sep 2015


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,, 914.696.7275,

Venice International Film Festival

02 Sep 2015 - 12 Sep 2015



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:, 39.041.5218711,

Baird Healthcare Conference

09 Sep 2015 - 10 Sep 2015

New York


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,, 800.792.2473,

Goodwood Revival

11 Sep 2015 - 13 Sep 2015



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:, 01.24.375.5055,; Heather Ernst,, 888.524.2420,

Social Enterprise Alliance Summit15

16 Sep 2015 - 18 Sep 2015



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:, 202.758.0194,