If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Thanks to innovative technology, creative thinking, and the human spirit, we have engineered ways to put on virtual events that can be enjoyed by anyone from around the world. Below are some of our favorite virtual events taking place in the month of September that you can enjoy from anywhere, including your living room.
Detroit Jazz Festival
Taking place online over Labor Day Weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival boasts some of the best local talent taking to the stage. The performance spaces will feature the same authentic setup that audiences have come to expect from this cherished musical celebration, inclusive of world-class lighting and sound engineering. The entire 4-day festival will be broadcast live from the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, with opening night and 8-10 hours of live music being broadcast each day. The best part about this – it’s free to check out. Visit the Detroit Jazz Festival website for the full details, including a lineup of performances and how to stream.
World Music Festival Chicago
September 6, 13, 20, & 28
Since 1999, this renowned festival has drawn over 650,000 concert goers to experience live performances from over 750 artists representing over 80 countries. This year the festival moves to an online streaming format as a part of Global Music Month, with performances taking place throughout the month of September. For more information, check out the City of Chicago’s website.
Sausalito Art Festival
September 7, 11-13
Known as “America’s Premier Waterfront Fine Art, Music, and Wine Festival,” the Sausalito Art Festival is coming to you live through streaming September 11-13 from the Bay Area. Creating an epic start to the weekend’s event will be a performance by Antenna Theater called “The Heart of San Francisco” which will turn the Bay Area into a giant amphitheater. This performance includes planes, drones, windsurfers, and boats, and will conclude with a heart being drawn around the Golden Gate Bridge a mile high. An online silent auction featuring pieces from artists who have been featured at the festival in previous years will take place, showcasing the unique creative works from these visionaries. For more information on the Sausalito Art Festival, check out the festival’s website.
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival
Listen to some of the top storytellers from Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. Rising from humble beginnings to become the largest storytelling festival in the western United States, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, or Timp Fest, presents a unique opportunity to listen to masters of the craft spin yarns touching on all types of emotions and topics. All of the stories have been pre-recorded and top 50 hours of streamable content. In addition, there will be live streamed events throughout the weekend, including a puppet show, bedtime stories, and more. Streaming options vary from $25 to $40 per household for access to the storyteller content. For the full schedule of live events, storytellers, and more, check out the festival’s website.
DC Shorts International Film Festival
Experience over 150 short films made by artists representing over 30 countries in 20 showcases at the DC Shorts International Film Festival. You may purchase access the various events taking place throughout the two-week festival, including the welcome reception, panel discussions, workshops, and more. For more information, including a schedule of events, and a lineup of films, check out the festival’s website.
Ocean Institute Maritime Festival
Surf the seas virtually at the Ocean Institute’s Maritime Festival, taking place September 11-13. Organizations from around the world are set to present on topics ranging from maritime history, ocean conservation, and more. Additional items on the manifest include virtual demonstrations, live interviews and lessons with experts, live music, a virtual “Move Your Booty!” race, and other fun.
In addition to this weekend of planned exhibitions and excitement, you can check out virtual learning opportunities any time on the Ocean Institute’s website. Resources include video modules, live streamed dissections, and tons of other interesting and engaging activities.
For more information on the virtual Maritime Festival, check out the Ocean Institute’s website.
iHeartRadio Music Festival
If you’re a big fan of big time musical acts, you have to tune in to the iHeart Radio Music Festival, live streaming on the CW website and CW app September 18 and 19 at 6pm PT each evening. Featuring performances from some of music’s hottest stars, including BTS, Coldplay, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Migos, Thomas Rhett, and more, this live streaming event delivers headlining acts directly into your living room.
For more information on the iHeart Radio Music Festival, visit the festival’s site.
The Photography Show
Whether you are a seasoned professional, a beginner, or somewhere in between, we could all use some advice and tips to take our photography and videography skills to the next level. Luckily The Photography Show has you covered with a live virtual showcase of all things photography and videography. Broadcasting live tutorials, exhibitions of new equipment, guest speakers, and more, you can learn about the latest and greatest products on the market and how to harness their features to elevate your abilities. Additionally, you may browse galleries, submit your own work to be evaluated, and more. The best part – registration for the event is free.
For the full snapshot, click to The Photography Show’s website.
Monterey Jazz Festival
Tune-in to the Monterey Jazz Festival’s YouTube channel September 25-27 each day from 5-7pm PT to catch new and archival footage of some of the biggest names to grace the festival’s stage. Catch performances by Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, a Quincy Jones Tribute, and many more. Online donations are being collected, with all proceeds going to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and to the jazz artists featured in the virtual festival.
For more information on the virtual Monterey Jazz Festival, swing over to the festival’s website.
Take a little time for selfcare on Saturday, September 26th from 10am-3pm ET with the PCOM Virtual Wellness Fest. Use your internet-connected device to access edu-tainment featuring fitness classes, health and wellness speakers, cooking demonstrations, and more. Registration for this online event is free.
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) offers degree and certificate programs to students interested in Osteopathic Medicine, which focuses on a collaborative, “whole person” approach to treating patients. Qualified PCOM faculty and alumni will present and lead the various events at the online Wellness Fest.
For the full scoop on the Wellness Fest, check out the PCOM website.