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International Festival of Arts and Ideas

12 Jun 2015 - 27 Jun 2015

New Haven


This 15-day, family-friendly showcase encourages critical thought through concerts, theater, film, conversations and panel discussions. Examples: The show Cry You One explores water and environmental issues, and the one-man play Rodney King looks at race relations. Though many events are free, there are private experiences such as the Design & Dance gala on June 19, as well as a VIP lounge and personal concierge services to help you navigate the festival. Sponsors include Yale University. Through June 27. Contact: Patrick J. Dunn,, 203.498.3704,

London Technology Week

15 Jun 2015 - 21 Jun 2015



Drawing tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, technologists and business leaders, this is one of the world’s largest tech conferences. To accomodate more social events, this year’s schedule includes the weekend. Through June 21. Contact:

Royal Ascot

16 Jun 2015 - 20 Jun 2015



If there’s one equestrian event to attend during the year, this is it. Pomp, pageantry and guaranteed attendance by the British royal family draw more than 300,000 people annually. The invitation-only high-security Royal Enclosure—where just-above-the-knee or longer hemlines and top hats are strictly enforced—is the ideal spot to be during the races; one way to gain access to it is by booking a table at one of the Enclosure’s restaurants. (Windsor Forest has the best views of the winning post.) Through June 20. Contact:, 44.0.1344.878.474,

Wharton Leadership Conference

17 Jun 2015 - 17 Jun 2015



This annual Wharton event examines the challenges of preparing organizational teams as innovation and globalization transform industries at an increasingly rapid pace. Speakers this year include Estée Lauder’s William Lauder and ADP’s Carlos Rodriguez. Contact:, 215.898.5605,

The Low Carbon Investing Summit

22 Jun 2015 - 23 Jun 2015

New York


This conference focuses on the role of carbon in portfolios and how to account for climate change in your long-term strategy, whether by divesting or by investing in companies and sectors best positioned to respond to climate change. Topics will include evaluating risk, fossil-free indexes and clean-energy reinvestment. Through June 23. Contact:,

Global Space Innovation Conference

23 Jun 2015 - 25 Jun 2015



Hosted by the International Astronautical Federation, this meeting brings together entrepreneurs, regulators and investors in the emerging commercial space industry to explore new avenues for commercial space exploration. Through June 25. Contact: Silvia Antolino,, 33.145.675.818,

Montreux Jazz Festival

03 Jul 2015 - 18 Jul 2015



Immortalized by Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” Montreux draws more than a jazz crowd, though that genre remains the backbone of the festival, now in its 49th year. Rock, blues and pretty much all styles of music are celebrated. The First Circle package includes unlimited access to all venues and VIP lounges and first-row seats in the main auditorium. Through July 18. Contact:, 41.21.966.45.50,


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,