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Festival Calendar: The Best Cigar Festivals in the USA

To cigar enthusiasts a new year means more than toasting champagne glasses and making empty resolutions. Instead, it promises a brand new year of exciting cigar events that will bring plenty of merriment and cheer. If you are like me then you live for cigar events. The bigger the affair the more excited we become. By now you have probably cleared your schedule in anticipation for an action packed year of cigars, food and booze. Truth is, 2016 looks to be an incredible year for cigar smokers. There will be more events across the United States this year compared to past years, and some long time favorites have had to switch venues because of expanded itineraries and ballooning attendance. So, grab a pen, find your datebook and fire up a cigar because here are the details for America’s biggest events.

Dont Miss The Big Smoke in Miami

— by Cigar Aficionado magazine

Big Smoke Miami. Held around the United States every year, The Big Smokes offer a unique opportunity for cigar lovers to meet and celebrate the pleasures of smoking fine, handmade cigars alongside fellow aficionados and representatives from the cigar industry. Attendees smoke premium cigars, savor premium spirits and taste great food from local restaurants, and get a chance to meet some of the biggest names in the cigar industry and spend time with the faces behind their favorite brands.

Drew Estate Barn Smoker (CT, KY)

This Drew Estate event is held twice annually, once in Connecticut (Connecticut River Valley Barn Smoker) and once in Kentucky (Kentucky Fire Cured Barn Smoker). This event is unique to Drew Estate and is designed to educate smokers about growing and processing tobacco at the farm level. It will include tours of the barns, lectures, demonstrations and tobacco tastings. Dates and specific locations have not yet been disclosed. Lodging is available. For more information please visit:

The Great Smoke (FL)

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, The Great Smoke will take place at the American German Club in Lake Worth, Florida, a much larger facility than years past. This year promises more cigar attractions than ever before with 45 of the industry’s top brands and more than 35 cigar celebrities. Included with admission is a live concert and after-party hosted by Matt Booth of Room 101. General admission tickets are $150 and VIP tickets are $225. A pre-event VIP dinner with Bill Paley, owner of La Palina Cigars, will take place Feb. 19, at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Tickets sold separately – $135. Lodging is available. For tickets and more information please visit:

Texas Cigar Festival (TX)

The Texas Cigar Festival, hosted by Serious Cigars, is one of the premier cigar events in the US. This year the event will take place on April 23 from 6-10pm. The venue hasn’t been released yet but it will be in the Houston area. More than 35 cigar companies are expected. Ticket holders will receive an impressive gift bag full of cigars, meet industry celebrities, and eat and drink to contentment. Both VIP and General Admission tickets will be available. VIP entrance allows for early entry, private lounge with personal seat, late departure time and bonus swag. Ticket prices haven’t been announced yet but last year General Admission was $150 and VIP was $275. Lodging is available. For tickets and more information please visit:

Chicago Cigar Show (IL)

This is a free event held two days prior to The Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. Tickets or reservations are not needed. Complimentary appetizers will be served. Cigars, additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information visit:

Cigarfest (PA)

Cigarfest is the world renown cigar festival hosted by Cigars International. Dubbed “America’s Mega Herf,” it is a five-day affair that is chock full of excitement. It starts with pre-party events on Wednesday, April 27 and ends with a post-party breakfast on Sunday, May 1. In between is a golf outing, Drew Estate event, Perdomo event, La Palina event, Daniel Marshall event, Game Show Night, Alec Bradley event and Rocky Patel event. The main festival will be April 29 & 30 at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. Tickets go on sale February 6 at 2pm. Ticket prices range from $160 – $250 with upgrades available. Lodging is available. For tickets and more information please visit:

Rocky Patel Cigar Cruise (FL)

Sail through the Caribbean with Rocky, Nimish and Nish Patel and special guest Arielle Ditkowich of La Sirena Cigars on an eight-day cigar cruise. There will be a pre-cruise cigar party at the Ritz Carlton Miami held on May 13 at 7:30pm. The cruise itinerary includes a Bon Voyage Cocktail Party on May 14, cigar seminars and demonstrations and fun in the sun. Pricing starts at $820 per person up to $2,260 per person depending on room choice. For tickets and more information please visit:

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival (CO)

This event is held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado and 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 20 cigars, a cutter, a lighter, a festival glass, a t-shirt, and more. The festival runs from 1pm – 7pm with VIP attendees allowed to enter at 12pm. Tickets go on sale in April and range from $45 – $550 depending on ticket level. Lodging is available. For tickets and more information please visit:

Delaware Cigar Festival (DE)

Delaware’s premier cigar festival takes place at the Grove at Delaware Park race track in Wilmington, Delaware, typically the third Saturday of the month. It features more than 40 top manufacturers with attendees receiving a ‘goodie bag’ with more than 30 premium cigars, food, drink, music, raffles and an opportunity to purchase more cigars at discounted rates. The Grove overlooks live horse racing with the opportunity to bet on the races, plus a full service casino is also on premise. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The event runs from 12pm – 5pm and tickets cost $150. For tickets and more information please visit:

Kansas City Cigar Fest (KS)

This is a unique rooftop event atop Diebel’s Sportsmen Gallery in Overland Park, Kansas. This event features prominent cigar manufacturers, souvenir bags filled with more than 20 cigars, food, drink, raffles and more. The exact date and time have not yet been released. For more information please visit:

Beale Street Cigar Festival (TN)

Unlike any other cigar event on the planet, the Beale Street Cigar Festival does things Memphis style. It includes cigars, live rock, blues and R&B music, Memphis BBQ, cigar rolling demonstrations, beer, bourbon and cognac tasting, celebrity sports guests, raffles and giveaways. The Silver ticket package is $75 and includes all of the above. The Gold package is $125 and includes all of the aforementioned plus access to the VIP lounge, after party and VIP celebrity dinner. Event hours are 1pm – 5pm. Lodging is available. For tickets and more information please visit:

Brew City Cigar Festival (WI)

“Smoke, Eat, Drink & Play” is what this festival is all about. It takes place at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, WI. It features some of the biggest names in the cigar and spirits world, plus some of the finest restaurants and caterers in the Milwaukee area. An admission ticket guarantees you more than 20 cigars, swag, drinks and food. Many guests take advantage of the hotel package and turn the event into a weekend retreat. The exact day and ticket pricing have not yet been disclosed. For tickets and more information please visit: