Fewer than five years after its San Francisco debut, the Snowbomb Ski and Snowboard Festival has exploded into a multivenue event, affording NorCal-powder addicts ample opportunity to get in on a weekend of discounted winter gear and giving VIPs chances to sample locally produced beer and wine. Representatives from resorts command mountains of swag and offer tips about their slopes’ terrain and local yeti dialects. Dozens of exhibitors also show off their goods—not just winter-sports outfitters but also car companies, local restaurants, and national chains.
James Carver is something of a werewolf enthusiast. On the James Carver Moonlight Preserve, he collects, studies, and protects these endangered specimens of lycanthropy. Visitors get to see the creatures at all stages of their life cycle, from first full-moon transformations to settling in at a soul-crushing job at the bone factory. At Carver Castle, tour groups learn about werewolf biology and view the involuntary experiments that herald the next stage of lycanthropic evolution. But, should interlopers stray from the tour's path, they could find themselves as the facility's real endangered species.
Blossom Valley Tumbling's founder and head coach Donny Mozzetti first got his start in the competitive cheer world when he joined his high school's squad. Now, 18 years later, he continues to pass on his experience and love for tumbling and stunt feats. Mozzetti and the rest of his staff lead tiered classes that start from basic flexibility and balance before moving step by step to advanced techniques such as running handsprings and high-flying stunts and cradles. Open-gym time and team rentals give cheer practitioners the chance to practice in a state-of-the-art facility.
Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run is a unique and challenging event, pairing an obstacle-heavy running course and an attempt at breaking the record for the world?s longest mud pit with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes.
Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.
The IndiaNow event gives residents of America a hint of what they'll find if they venture across the Pacific to India. Organizers of the event showcase the country's tourism opportunities, history, and cuisines, and vendors sell handcrafted goods, textiles, art, and henna under 100 covered booths and across 10 state pavilions. The two-day extravaganza takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley and expects to draw a crowd of more than 20,000. Among them will be ICC Cricket World Cup champion Kapil Dev, who will meet fans at a black-tie event.