ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark will be held virtually because of the ongoing conditions created by the pandemic. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival. “The Coronavirus pandemic has […]

The 26th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Stories & Ideas released its lineup Tuesday for the literary celebration’s second pandemic edition. The virtual event, running April 17-23, will feature more authors (about 150) and more online events (more than 30) than October’s monthlong virtual event. Authors, moderators and guests […]

The 109th National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off Saturday, but for the second consecutive year officials in the nation’s capital are urging people to avoid visiting Washington’s famed cherry trees due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re encouraging the public to experience the cherry blossoms virtually this year to help avoid […]

After a year’s hiatus because of the statewide stay-at-home order, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival returns in April to offer acres of bright flowers — a pretty sign of spring and, this year, hope for the beginning of the end of the pandemic. But COVID-19 remains, along with health and […]

Megan Scheerhorn, Saugatuck Center  |  The Arts When has winter ever deterred Michiganders? We always find a way to make the best of it, like diving (or jumping, running, climbing, or swimming) into the third annual Mountainfilm on Tour — Saugatuck Film Festival throughout the month of March, brought to […]

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival has wrapped a most unconventional edition, as audiences tuned into the virtual program from around the world, but one aspect of the experience felt somewhat normal: The 74 features delivered a wide range of exciting and memorable movies, many of which will continue to make […]

Online streaming of the Virtual Banff Film Festival World Tour is now available, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.Image from Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival and Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center are partnering to make a series of action, environmental and […]

Apple TV+ picked up the opening night film CODA for an impressive $25 million. Photo: Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images This year’s COVID-19-edition Sundance Film Festival ran four days shorter than usual, screened nearly 40 fewer features than in 2020, and unfolded entirely online. Ahead of opening night, attendants and competitors wondered […]

The coronavirus pandemic may have forced the Sundance Film Festival to go virtual for the first time in its history, but movie buffs came out in force anyway. The week-long event proved a buzz-generating machine on social media and other places where film lovers congregate, as indie movies like CODA, […]

If the Sundance Film Festival loves a success story, the fest is likely to fall head over heels for director Kate Tsang. Her coming-of-age adventure “Marvelous and the Black Hole,” which premieres Jan. 31 at this year’s festival, is not only her first feature as a director, it’s a rarity: […]

The Week I was wrong about Mitt Romney The Donald Trump phenomenon is purported to have divided friendships, families, and even marriages. I can attest to this fact in my own suburban Washington household, for this perhaps peculiar professional reason: It has occasioned my wife, the longtime sufferer of all […]

Lisa Carter Waring  |  Correspondent As the Christmas season begins, the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring many festive, fun and safe activities for our community families. The annual Festival of Lights will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hope Mills Municipal Park. The town tree will be lit for […]

Organizers of the 2nd Annual Midcoast Tree Festival have announced that the event is being postponed until 2021 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The event had been scheduled to open on Nov. 20 with nearly three dozen decorated trees and wreaths for patrons to be raffled off. The […]

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese consumers are expected to spend tens of billions on everything from fresh food to luxury goods during this year’s Singles’ Day online shopping festival, as the country recovers from the pandemic. The shopping festival, which is the world’s largest and falls on Nov. 11 every […]

The monsters and goblins from Six Flags Great Adventure’s Hallowfest have hardly had time to wipe their scary makeup off, and the park is already announcing new holiday plans. New Jersey’s largest theme park announced Monday that 2020′s Holiday in the Park festivities will include Holiday Wine Fest, featuring eight […]

Mexican festivals, as in most of the world, were hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, with many forced to cancel, reschedule or go online. Led by the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), six of the country’s most important festivals have banded together to create Un Festival Mexicano, an in person […]