Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Jul 1 – Jul 14 all-day
Wimbledon Tennis Championships @ North Carolina | United States

The 2019 Wimbledon Championships is a Grand Slam tennis tournament that is scheduled to take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The main tournament is due to begin on Monday 1 July 2019 and finish on Sunday 14 July 2019.[1] It will be the first version of the tournament to feature a tie breakat 12 all in the final set.[2]

The 2019 Championships are set to be the final tournament taken part in by former World No. 1 Andy Murray, who announced his intention to retire from tennis following a lengthy battle with hip problems. Making the announcement at a press conference prior to the 2019 Australian Open, Murray stated that it would be the likely “end point” of a professional career spanning 14 years.[3]

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Tour de France
Jul 6 – Jul 28 all-day
Tour de France @ North Carolina | United States

The 2019 Tour de France looks set to be one for the pure climbers, with five mountain top finishes over the total distance of 3,460km.

>>> Tour de France 2019 route revealed: Five summit finishes to celebrate 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey

The race runs from Saturday July 6 to Sunday July 28 and will feature it’s usual 21 stages with two rest days after stages 10 and 15.

The Tour de France 2019 kicks off in Belgium, a return to foreign starts for the race after a home start in Vendée in 2018.

The opening two stages both start and finish in the city of Brussels, with the opening stage a likely bunch finish that should see a sprinter claim the first yellow jersey of the race.

The second stage is a 28km team time trial in the city, which will be the first stage that could see splits between the GC contenders.

The Tour starts in Belgium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time winner Eddy Merckx’s first victory, while the entire race will celebrate the centenary of the maillot jaune, or yellow jersey.

From Brussels the race then heads southward into France with some sprint stages and into the Vosges Mountains. Here the riders will face their first test to the mountain-top finish of La Planche des Belles Filles.

Tough medium mountain stages await them on their way through the Massif Central, before they hit the Pyrenees for three high mountain stages and an individual time trial. On stage 14, the Tour de France will finish on the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, the most used climb in the history of the race.

Read more at https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/tour-de-france#6J1YVyckhIQovjTv.99

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Festival Napa Valley
Jul 12 – Jul 21 all-day
Festival Napa Valley @ North Carolina | United States

Blending the beauty and bounty of Napa Valley with the very finest performing arts, Festival Napa Valley offers programs that enrich the economic and cultural vitality of the region and make the arts accessible to all. The Festival presents world class performances staged in iconic Napa Valley venues and inspiring educational programs offered at Napa County public schools year-round. It is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association, a nonprofit organization governed by a board of prominent vintners and local leaders. More than 200 artists, wineries, resorts, theaters, restaurants, chefs and vintners participate each year.


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ESPY Awards
Jul 17 all-day
ESPY Awards @ North Carolina | United States

An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade currently presented by the American broadcast television network ABC, and previously ESPN (as of the 2017 ESPY Awards the latter still airs them in the form of replays), to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. The first ESPYs were awarded in 1993. Because of the ceremony’s rescheduling prior to the 2002 iteration thereof, awards presented in 2002 were for achievement and performances during the seventeen-plus previous months. As the similarly styled Grammy (for music), Emmy (for television), Academy Award (for film), and Tony (for theater), the ESPYs are hosted by a contemporary celebrity; the style, though, is more relaxed, light, and self-referential than that of many other awards shows, with comedic sketches usually included.


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Jul 18 – Jul 21 all-day
Comicon @ North Carolina | United States

Comic-Con International: San Diego began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans — including the late Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, and Richard Alf — banded together to put on the first comic book convention in southern California. Comic-Con started as a one-day “minicon,” called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, on March 21, 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The purpose of this singleday event—which included two special guests, Forrest J Ackerman and Mike Royer, and drew about 100 attendees—was to raise funds and generate interest for a larger convention. The success of the minicon led to the first full-fledged, three-day San Diego Comic-Con (called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con), held August 1–3, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, with guests Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, and A. E. van Vogt. Over 300 attendees packed into the hotel’s basement for that groundbreaking event, which featured a dealers’ room, programs and panels, film screenings, and more: essentially, the model for every comic book convention to follow.

From the beginning, the founders of the show set out to include not only the comic books they loved, but also other aspects of the popular arts that they enjoyed and felt deserved wider recognition, including films and science fiction/fantasy literature. After one more name change (San Diego’s West Coast Comic Convention, in 1972), the show officially became the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) in 1973 with the fourth annual event. In 1995, the nonprofit event changed its name to Comic-Con International: San Diego (CCI).

The show’s main home in the 1970s was the fondly remembered El Cortez Hotel in downtown San Diego. In 1979, Comic-Con moved to the Convention and Performing Arts Center (CPAC), and stayed there until 1991, when the new San Diego Convention Center opened. Comic-Con has been at home in that facility for over two decades.

With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years—in a convention center facility that has maxed out in space—the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.

Over the years, Comic-Con has become the focal point for the world of comics conventions. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (close to 700 separate events in 2014), featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference; anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival); games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.

Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. The event has seen an amazing array of comics and book publishers in its Exhibit Hall over the years. Over its fourand-a-half decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience. That love of the comics medium continues to be its guiding factor as the event moves toward its second half-century as the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world.

Source: https://www.comic-con.org/about

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Monaco Red Cross Ball
Jul 26 all-day
Monaco Red Cross Ball @ North Carolina | United States
 The Red Cross Ball in Monaco is one of the largest charity galas in the world, bringing together the most famous and prominent people, many of them from the ruling houses of Europe. The Ball is held every year and is the culmination of the summer season in Monaco. This year, the year of the anniversary of the Monegasque Red Cross, the 70th Red Cross Ball was held on 27rd July.
Source: https://www.hellomonaco.com/mc-lifestyle/charity/the-red-cross-ball-its-past-and-present-2/

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Il Palio di Siena Horse Race
Aug 16 all-day
Il Palio di Siena Horse Race @ North Carolina | United States
“The Palio is a pretty complex event that has gained additional rules through the centuries, as well as traditions and customs, many which only members of the contrada are aware of. Below is a highlight of some of the main rules and traditions of the Palio, which should be useful in better understanding the event.

SPECIAL NOTE: There is no official box office for the tickets to the palio. Tickets are purchased directly from those who organize the stands, the private terraces or travel agencies that organize packages. Entrance to the center of the Piazza del Campi is free but it gets packed!!

The Palio horse race takes place twice a year, one the 2nd of July (Palio of Provenzano, in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano) and on August 16th (Palio of the Assumption, in honor of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption).

During this special occasion, the main square in Siena, the Piazza del Campo, is prepared for the race as the ring around the square is covered with tuff clay.

Ten out of the seventeen contrade take part in each race: seven are those that did not participate in the previous race on that day, while the other three are drawn by lots.

The Palio actually takes place over 4 days, the race taking place on the fourth day. The first day is for the “Tratta“, or the drawing of the lots and assignment of the horses to each of the Contrade. Therefore, each of the Contrade picks their jockey but not the horse; the horses are drawn and only known at this time, just 4 days before the race!”

Source: https://www.discovertuscany.com/siena/palio-siena.html


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MTV Video Music Awards
Aug 19 all-day
MTV Video Music Awards @ North Carolina | United States

“Get ready for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, airing Monday, August 26, at 9/8c, live from the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Since its inception in 1984, the VMAs honor the year’s most-celebrated music videos. Featuring unparalleled performances and countless celebrity guests, the event serves as a who’s who of the biggest names in entertainment.”

Source: http://www.mtv.com/vma


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US Open Tennis Tournament
Aug 26 – Sep 8 all-day
US Open Tennis Tournament @ North Carolina | United States

“he United States Open Tennis Championships is a hard court tennis tournament. The tournament is the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the U.S. National Championship, for which men’s singles was first played in 1881.

The tournament consists of five primary championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. The tournament also includes events for senior, junior, and wheelchair players. Since 1978, the tournament has been played on acrylic hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona ParkQueensNew York City. The US Open is owned and organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), a non-profit organization, and the chairperson of the US Open is Katrina Adams.[citation needed]Revenue from ticket sales, sponsorships, and television contracts are used to develop tennis in the United States.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Open_(tennis)


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Venice Film Festival
Aug 28 – Sep 7 all-day
Venice Film Festival @ North Carolina | United States

“The 76th Venice International Film Festival is organised by La Biennale di Venezia, and will take place at Venice Lido from August 28th to September 7th, 2019. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association).

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema. “

Source: https://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2019


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