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Get Ready for a Party: Cigar Festivals USA 2019

March 8–10 – UnderGround Cigars NFG19 (Fort Worth, Texas)

The UnderGround Cigar Shop and Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas is hosting the “largest boutique event in the world.” This three-day extravaganza will feature twenty different cigar manufacturers, a meet-and-greet with cigar makers, a food, live music, and a DJ. A Bloody Mary and Bacon bash will follow on Sunday morning. The event will take place from noon to 7pm at the UnderGround Cigar Shop, 3129 Erie St., Fort Worth. Tickets: USD 100. Lodging available. For tickets and more information, visit www.nfg19.com.

March 29–31 – StogieFest (North Florida) 

Hosted by Aromas Cigar & Lounge, the eighth annual StogieFest is dubbed “The largest annual cigar and Tobacannia gathering in North Florida.” It’s a three-day event with more than 20 cigar manufacturers, multiple high-end liquor distillers, and radio stations in attendance. Ticket holders will enjoy plenty of cigars, spirits, craft beers, live music, Latin dancing, a bikini contest, blackjack tournaments, roulette wheels, corn hole competitions, and much more. VIP ticket holders receive plenty of extra perks. The festival will take place at 4372 Southside Boulevard Jacksonville, Florida. VIP tickets: USD 125; General Admission USD 95. For tickets and more information, visit www.stogiefest.com.

May 2–5 CIGARfest (Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania)

CIGARfest is arguably the most popular and sought-after cigar festival in the United States. Hosted by Cigars International, this four-day affair sees 6,000 cigar smokers converge on a sleepy Pennsylvania town to celebrate what is dubbed “America’s Mega Herf.” CIGARfest includes pre-parties (by Drew Estate, Perdomo and CAO on Thursday), events, breakfasts, dinners and golf tournaments. It ends with a post-party mega-sale on Sunday. In between are two golf outings, dinners, and intimate events by major cigar manufacturers like Alec Bradley, Rocky Patel, Aging Room, and Oliva. The main festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. Tickets go on sale on February 2 at 2pm, but you must be preregistered to be eligible to purchase tickets. Prices range from USD 190 to 290, with upgrades and extra perks available. Lodging available. For tickets and more information, visit www.cigarfest.org.

May 23–26 C.A.T.S. Fest (Granbury, Texas)

This is a weekend-long festival taking place at the Granbury Convention Center, 621 E. Pearl St. Granbury, Texas. It is the largest celebration in the United States that focuses on supporting US troops through Operation: Cigars for Warriors. This event includes a “monstrous haul” of cigars, VIP dinner, artisan beer competition, cigar round up, beard and mustache competition, golf tournament, music, raffles, and a variety of other entertainment including a pre-party. Drew Estate is the major sponsor, with many other big names also contributing. Tickets go on sale on March 1. Lodging available. For tickets and more information, visit www.catsfestival.com 

June – Lone Star Cigar Bash (Helotes, Texas)

Finck Cigars is once again hosting Lone Star Cigar Bash – an event where all proceeds from profits go directly to The Fisher House, a charity organization that houses the families of military personnel while they are being treated at local hospitals. The exact day of this year’s festival has not yet been announced but it is usually in early June at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch in Helotes, Texas. For tickets and more information, visit www.finckcigar.com/lonestar-cigar-bash/

June – Smokin’ in the Carolinas (Burlington, North Carolina)

JR Cigar in Burlington, North Carolina will host its s annual Smokin’ in the Carolinas BBQ. This event features some fine southern BBQ fare, wine sampling, unlimited beer, and, of course, a goody bag stuffed with lots of cigars from some of the biggest names in the industry. There will also be live music, a meet-and-greet with brand owners, raffles, and contests. All proceeds from the raffles go to Cigars for Warriors. Exact date and ticket prices have not been announced yet, but General Admission and VIP tickets will be available. Lodging is available. For tickets and more information, visit www.jrcigars.com/list/smokin-in-the-carolinas.

June 5–8 – Napa Valley Jazz Getaway (Napa, California)

An exciting event in the heart of wine country, this year’s itinerary includes five days loaded with plenty of live jazz music, wine, food, and cigars. Most of the action will be taking place at the Westin Verasa Napa, California; however, a few jazz and comedy performances are held at the nearby Lincoln Theater and Oxbow Commons. Plenty of jazz performances and wine tastings. There will be a cigar party each night by the pool with more music and drinks. Tickets range from USD 399 to 2,499. Lodging available. For tickets and more information, visit www.jazzgetaway.com. 

June 6–9 – Bash and Burn (Naples, Florida)

Hosted by Rocky Patel Cigars, this is a cigar-inspired getaway at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples. The events kicks off with an exclusive beachside cocktail party at sunset, a Mediterranean-inspired dinner, top-shelf open bar and an after party at the BURN Lounge by Rocky Patel. The main event features a three-hour cigar cruise aboard a luxury yacht with dinner, top-shelf open bar and entertainment. Golf, spa treatments, water sports, and tennis also offered. Each guest will receive USD 1,000 worth of cigars and a swag. Tickets prices range from USD 150 to 1,195. Lodging at the resort is an extra cost. For tickets and more information, visit www.bashandburn.com 

June 8 – Wine, Spirits and Cigars Festivals (Washington, DC) 

DC Nightlife is hosting Wine, Spirits and Cigars, a nine-hour event at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Guests will be showered with live music, exclusive wines, premium cigars, food offerings, and plenty of spirits. It will take place from 2pm to 11pm. Ticket prices range from USD 30 to 50, depending on date of purchase. For tickets and more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-spirits-cigar-festival-tickets-41432641145

June 8 – New York Cigar Cruise (Manhattan, New York)

Join Captain Jon Davis aboard the Horn Blower Serenity for a cigar cruise around Manhattan, New York City. Guests will enjoy three premium cigars, open top-shelf bar, catered buffet, live cigar rolling, bourbon tasting, and raffles. Tickets are USD 150; boarding at Pier 40, 353 West St., New York. For tickets and more information, contact Captain Jon at daviscigarevents@gmail.com.

June 20 – Cigars and Baseball (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

This is a unique fundraising event that benefits The Miracle League. It includes fine food, drinks, premium cigars, live music, entertainment, and tickets to a Minnesota Twins baseball game. For more information, visit www.cigarsbaseball.com, or contact them on Instagram @cigarsnbaseball.

June 28 July 2 (IPCPR) International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Trade Show (Las Vegas)

The most important event of the year for tobacconists and manufacturers, this 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 June 28 and commences with the Cigar Bash at the end of the weekend. In between, guests meet brand owners, attend lectures and learn about the industry. Lodging available. For more information, visit www.ipcpr.org.

George Manzella

George Manzella is a passionate cigar smoker who credits his father for introducing him to the leaf in 1994 when he was just 18 years old. George has been a high school teacher of English in New Jersey, USA since 2003 where he has taught literature, writing and journalism. He is also the founder of the New Jersey Cigar Club. George wrote for two local community periodicals prior to joining Cigar Journal in 2015. His passion for premium tobacco and his zest for writing has taken George on a remarkable journey through an enchanted world of unforgettable memories and life-long friendships.


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