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Cigar Festivals USA 2018

Get Ready for a Party: Cigar Festivals USA 2018

Clear your calendar and unleash your inner party animal because here are the details for America’s biggest festivals until August 2018.

March 9-11 – UnderGround Cigars NFG18 (Fort Worth, Texas)
The UnderGround Cigar Shop and Lounge is hosting the “largest boutique show in Texas.” A three-day extravaganza, it features 16 different cigar manufacturers, cigar-maker meet-and-greet, a fish fry, live music and DJ, and a Bloody Mary Brunch on Sunday morning. 6pm to 12am at the UnderGround Cigar Shop, 3129 Erie St. Tickets USD 100. Lodging available. www.nfg18.com

March 23-25 – StogieFest (Jacksonville, Florida)
Hosted by Aromas Cigar & Lounge, the seventh annual StogieFest is dubbed “the largest annual cigar and Tobacannia gathering in North Florida.” A three-day event with more than 20 cigar manufacturers, multiple high-end liquor distillers, and radio stations. Ticket holders enjoy plenty of cigars, spirits, craft beers, live music, Latin dancing, bikini contest, Blackjack tournaments, roulette wheels, cornhole competitions. Extra perks for VIP ticket holders. 4372 Southside Boulevard. Prices: General Admission USD 65, and VIP USD 95. www.stogiefest.com

April 4-9 Smokeout 2018 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
This is the 19th year for this five-day, not-for-profit event for “cigar and pipe studs, bikers and leathermen.” The itinerary includes a show, pool and cocktail parties, dinners, cigar crawl, Scotch-and-cigar social, motorcycle run, and poker party. Hosted by the Alexis Park Resort and Villas. Registration USD 55/person. Pay as you go, based on events you wish to attend. Register before April 2. www.lasvegassmokeout.com

April 14 – Texas Cigar Festival (Houston, Texas)
The Texas Cigar Festival is hosted by Serious Cigars and is a premier cigar event in the US. Held at Casa de Montecristo Houston 1960, ticket holders receive an impressive gift bag with cigars; meet industry celebrities; and eat and drink to contentment. Both VIP and General Admission tickets are available. VIP entrance includes early entry, private lounge with personal seat, late departure time, and bonus swag. Tickets go on sale in early March at all four Texas locations and online. Prices yet to be announced; in previous years, General Admission was USD 150, and VIP USD 275. Lodging available. www.seriouscigars.com

May 3-6 CIGARfest (Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania)
Arguably the most popular cigar festival in the United States, CIGARfest is hosted by Cigars International. It’s a four-day affair where 6,000 cigar smokers converge on a sleepy Pennsylvania town to celebrate “America’s Mega-Herf.” Pre-party events by Drew Estate, Perdomo, and CAO, breakfasts, dinners and golf tournaments; it ends with a post-party mega-sale. Includes two golf outings, a Cuban pig roast, and intimate events by major cigar manufacturers like Alec Bradley, Davidoff, CLE and Oliva. The main festival takes place on May 4 and 5 at the Split Rock Resort. Tickets from February 3, 2pm; preregistration is necessary to purchase tickets. Prices range from USD 180 to USD 275, with upgrades and extra perks. Lodging available. www.cigarfest.org

May 19 – Smokin’ on the Hudson (Hoboken, New Jersey)
Smokin’ on the Hudson is a cigar cruise around Manhattan hosted by Casa de Montecristo in conjunction with JR Cigar of Whippany. The ship departs from pier 14, Hoboken, at 7pm with a pre-party at 5pm. Guests should be prepared for three hours on the water with food, open bar, live music, cigars, and plenty of other goodies. Ticket prices yet to be announced, but last year they were USD 269.00. www.smokinonthehudson.com

June 2 – Lone Star Cigar Bash (Helotes, Texas)
Finck Cigars is again hosting the Lone Star Cigar Bash. All proceeds go directly to The Fisher House Foundation, a charity organization that houses the families of military personnel while they’re being treated at local hospitals. Saturday, June 2, at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch. www.finckcigar.com/lonestar-cigar-bash

June 6-10 – Napa Valley Jazz Getaway (Napa, California)
An exciting event in the heart of wine country, this year’s itinerary includes five days of live jazz, wine, food, and cigars. Most of the action takes place at the Westin Verasa Napa; a few jazz and comedy performances will be held at the nearby Lincoln Theater and Oxbow Commons, and also wine tastings. Cigar parties each night by the pool, with more music and drinks. Tickets between USD 99 and USD 1,199. Lodging available. www.jazzgetaway.com

June 8 – Smokin’ in the Carolinas (Burlington, North Carolina)
JR Cigar will host this event for the sixth time. It features fine southern BBQ fare, wine sampling, unlimited beer, and, of course, goody bags stuffed with lots of big-name cigars. Features live music, meet-and-greet with brand owners, raffles, and contests. All raffle proceeds go to Cigars for Warriors. Tickets: USD 149/199. Lodging available. www.jrcigars.com/list/smokin-in-the-carolinas

June 11-16- Rocky Patel Cigar Cruise  
“Shipwrecked 2018” is a one-of-a-kind event. The “home base” for this unique event is Casa de Campo off the Caribbean coast of La Romana, Dominican Republic. Get up close with Rocky Patel and many other cigar stars while learning about the country’s storied cigar trade. There’s a wealth of cigars, parties, and “cigarology” education. The itinerary is packed with events, including private cigar parties under the stars to beaches, golf, water sports, and exclusive dinners. Ticket prices from USD 3,599 to USD 9,499, depending on room choice and number of occupants. www.thecigarcruise.com

June 19 – Wine, Spirits and Cigar Festival (Washington, DC)
Hosted by DC Nightlife this eight-hour event is sponsored by Olney Winery. Guests will be showered with live music, exclusive wines, premium cigars, food, premium whiskey, Scotch, bourbon, vodka and other spirits. East Gateway Pavilion, Washington, DC, from 1pm to 9pm. Ticket prices range from USD 20 to USD 60, depending on date of purchase. www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-spirits-cigar-festival-tickets-41432641145

July 1317 – International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Trade Show, IPCPR (Las Vegas)
The most important event of the year for tobacconists and manufacturers, the IPCPR is an annual members-only trade show where tobacconists are exposed to new cigars, pipes, and related products. Hundreds of cigar and pipe manufacturers convene under one roof to showcase their newest products and mingle with new and existing clients from around the globe. Admission is free for IPCPR members, but pre-registration is required. The trade show kicks off with a cocktail party on July 13 and commences with the Cigar Bash on the weekend. Guests meet brand owners, attend lectures, and learn about the industry. Lodging available. www.ipcpr.org

August 18 – Brew City Cigar Festival (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
The sixth annual Brew City Cigar Festival will be held at the Old Heidelberg Park Pavilion. Dubbed the “ultimate night out for guys and gals who love cigars, spirits, and great food,” it’s an all-inclusive event that includes more than USD 175 worth of premium cigars, plenty of swag, free-flowing drinks, tasty food, and endless entertainment. Ticket prices range from USD 95 to USD 400; VIP tables available. 6pm to 9:30 pm; VIP ticket holders can enter at 4pm. Lodging and hotel packages are available. www.brewcitycigarfestival.com

August 25 – Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival (Broomfield, Colorado)
According to festival promoters, this event attracts “those who are geared toward premium, high-end products.” Held at the world-renowned Omni Interlocken Resort, it offers cigar enthusiasts plenty of premium, high-end products including cigars, hand-crafted beer, wine, spirits, food, live music, and more. Attendees will meet prominent cigar makers, receive an official festival bag with more than 30 cigars, a cutter, lighter, festival glass, T-shirt, and more. From 12pm to 6pm, with VIP attendees allowed entry at 11am. Tickets on sale in April, but prices are yet to be announced. Lodging available. www.rmcigarfestival.com

August 25 – Cigar, Bourbon and Beer Festival (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
A festival for those who have a deep passion for cigars, bourbon, and craft beer, it’s known as Fredericksburg’s premier cigar event. It features a wide range of brands, including Drew Estate, Miami Cigars, and Esteban Carrera. Most of the alcohol showcased is produced in Virginia, including homegrown bourbons, craft beers and wine – all from wineries, breweries, and distilleries housed in Virginia. There’s plenty of food and live music to round out the day. The event will be held at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, from 4pm to 9pm. www.cigarbourbonbeer.com


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