In 2017: From a solar eclipse to sporting showdowns


By MARGARET BACKENHEIMER
Chicago Tribune |
December 30. 2016 6:43PM

In case you missed the fireworks in Boston last night, that's OK. They will be doing it again next Dec. 31. (Boston Herald file photo)








In July, Comic-Con International will hold 700 events in San Diego, Calif., concentrating on comics, costumes, anime and more. (Tribune File PHOTO)


The top event in 2017 is not human-made, but rather celestial _ a total solar eclipse. This truly heads-up spectacle has not been seen from coast to coast across America in 99 years. Check out this heavenly sight on our annual calendar, which also touts anniversaries, sports spectaculars and other festivities coming in the new year.

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January

6 to March 25: Lincoln, Neb. - "Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future." Traveling photo exhibit celebrates the Cornhusker State's sesquicentennial. www.ne150.org

11: Hamburg, Germany - Debut performance at Europe's much-anticipated new concert hall, Elbphilharmonie. www.elbphilharmonie.de/en

14 to Feb. 5: Gabon, four cities - Africa Cup of Nations 2017. Continentwide soccer showdown features top 16 teams. www.cafonline.com

20-21: Aarhus, Denmark - Cultural Capital of Europe 2017 Opening Weekend. Aarhus kicks off eventful year with angelic sounds and songs, its reign shared with Pafos, Cyprus. www.aarhus2017.dk/en

21 to Feb. 19: San Francisco - Chinese New Year Festival & Parade. Year of the Rooster rouses revelers in Chinatown. www.chineseparade.com

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February

1-12: Sapporo, Japan - Sapporo Snow Festival. Massive statues and sculptures are icing on the cake at legendary snow fest. www.snowfes.com/english

3-12: Saranac Lake, N.Y. - Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Arctic Golf and Ladies' Fry Pan Toss highlight 120th edition. www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com

5: Houston - Super Bowl LI. Gridiron gala, with Lady Gaga taking the snap at halftime. www.housuperbowl.com

11-25: Nice, France - Nice Carnival. A thousand dancers, singers and flower-tossers salute spring. www.nicecarnaval.com

24-28: Rio de Janeiro - Carnival 2017. Samba reigns supreme at South America's premier beach and street bash. www.rio-carnival.net

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March

10-19: Austin, Texas - South by Southwest (SXSW). Launching pad for new music and media, with Lee Daniels, Nile Rodgers and Jill Soloway among keynote speakers. www.sxsw.com

11-19: Philadelphia - Philadelphia Flower Show. America's big flower show focuses on Holland. www.theflowershow.com

14-25: Graz and Schladming, Austria - Special Olympics World Winter Games. Three thousand athletes from 110 nations compete in Styrian ice and snow. www.austria2017.org

18: Rena to Lillehammer, Norway - Birkebeinerrennet. The 54K cross-country ski marathon finishes at the Olympic site. www.birkebeiner.no/en

31 to April 2: Norman, Okla. - Medieval Fair. Roundtable hangout with Art, Lance and Merl. www.medievalfair.org

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April

13 to Aug. 31: Royal Greenwich, England, to Le Havre, France - Rendez-vous 2017. Forty tall ships race back and forth across the Atlantic. www.rdv2017.com/en

13 to Oct. 15: Berlin - IGA Berlin 2017 International Garden Festival. Worldwide green scene blooms all summer. www.iga-berlin-2017.de

16-22: Hilo, Hawaii - Merrie Monarch Festival. World's largest hula competition ends with Royal Parade. www.merriemonarch.com

26-29: Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Music and dance of Mexico, with mariachi and folklorico workshops. www.tucsonmariachi.org

28-30, May 4-7: New Orleans - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Two weekends with top-of-the-chart and over-the-top musicians. www.nojazzfest.com

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May

5-28: Sardinia to Milan, Italy - Giro d'Italia. 100th running of bicycle race, with pink jersey to the winner. www.giroditalia.it/eng

24: Washington, D.C. - John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration. JFK memorial brings Yo-Yo Ma to the Kennedy Center. www.kennedy-center.org

25-28: Montreal - 100 percent Montreal. 100 citizens portray city's diversity during Montreal's 375th anniversary. www.fta.ca/spectacles

25-28: Monte Carlo, Monaco - Grand Prix de Monaco. The 75th edition of the auto race squeezes through the city's narrow streets. www.monaco-grand-prix.com

26 to June 4: Miami - World OutGames Miami. LGBTQI athletes from 32 countries go all out. www.outgames.org

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June

2-4: Hong Kong - Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Victoria Harbour reverberates with the pounding of drums. www.discoverhongkong.com

12 to Oct. 1: New York - "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive." The Wright stuff, on display at the Museum of Modern Art. www.moma.org

17-18 and 24-27: Hamilton, Bermuda -America's Cup Finals. Oracle Team USA sailors defend "oldest trophy in international sport." www.americascup.com

24 to Sept. 3: Bad Segeberg, Germany - Karl May Festival. America's Wild West re-created to celebrate popular German author. www.karl-may-spiele.de

28 to July 2, July 4-9: Milwaukee - Summerfest. The 50th edition of "world's largest music festival" features 800 bands on 11 stages. www.summerfest.com

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July

1: Ottawa - Canada Day. Music, theater and fireworks signal 150 years of Canada's Confederation. www.ottawa2017.ca

13-16: Benicassim, Spain - Festival Internacional de Benicassim. The Red Hot Chili Peppers spice up annual pop and rock camping fest. www.fiberfib.com/en

16-23: Southport, England - The Open. Royal Birkdale hosts golf's best at the 146th British Open. www.theopen.com

20-23: San Diego - Comic-Con International. 700 events concentrate on comics, costumes, anime and more. www.comic-con.org/cci

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August

3-6: Addison, Mich., to Gadsden, Ala. - World's Longest Yard Sale. "The 127 Corridor Sale" offers back-road bargains across six states. www.127sale.com

4-13: Bethlehem, Pa. - Musikfest. Five hundred performers on 14 stages provide a soundtrack for food and fireworks. www.musikfest.org

4-28: Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh International Festival. The 70th edition of opera, theater and dance runs concurrently with Festival Fringe. www.eif.co.uk

21: Oregon to South Carolina - Total solar eclipse. Heavenly headliner sweeps across the nation for the first time since 1918. www.eclipse2017.org

31 to Sept. 4: Morgan City, La. - Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. Salute to top two regional resources. www.shrimpandpetroleum.org

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September

4: St. Ignace to Mackinaw City, Mich. - Mackinac Bridge Walk. The 60th annual chance to connect the Upper and Lower peninsulas on foot. www.mackinacbridge.org

15-17: Monterey, Calif. - Monterey Jazz Festival. The 60th annual gathering features eight stages' worth of legends and headliners. www.montereyjazzfestival.org

16 to Oct. 3: Munich, Germany - Oktoberfest. Tapping well over a million gallons, this is the biggest beer blast on Earth. www.oktoberfest.de/en

23-30: Toronto - Invictus Games. Recovering service men and women from numerous nations compete in 12 sports. www.invictusgames2017.com

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October

1-8: Fryeburg, Maine - Fryeburg Fair. Agricultural show features Woodsmen's Field Day, with the requisite log-rolling and ax-throwing. www.fryeburgfair.org

4-8: Nottingham, England - Nottingham Goose Fair. Long-standing country fair combines old-fashioned carousel rides with today's white-knuckle versions. www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/goosefair

7-15: Albuquerque, N.M. - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of hot-air and gas balloons rise to the occasion. www.balloonfiesta.com

11-15: Oakland, Md. - Autumn Glory Festival. Leaf-peepers flock to western Maryland as fall fest celebrates its golden anniversary. www.autumnglory.com

18-21: Circleville, Ohio - Circleville Pumpkin Show. Bigger is better here, after last year's winner weighed in at over 1,500 pounds. www.pumpkinshow.com

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November

5: New York - New York City Marathon. Two million onlookers cheer on 50,000 runners borough by borough. www.tcsnycmarathon.org

10 to Jan. 6: Williams, Ariz. - The Polar Express. Magical ride on Grand Canyon Railway recalls Chris Van Allsburg's children's classic. www.thetrain.com

19: El Cajon, Calif. - Mother Goose Parade. Fairy-tale floats, balloons and clowns cast their spell. www.mothergooseparade.org

25 to Dec. 3: Guadalajara, Mexico - Guadalajara International Book Fair. Writers and publishers open their books to Spanish-speaking readers. www.fil.com.mx/ingles

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December

1-3: Galveston, Texas - Dickens on the Strand. A Victorian Christmas comes alive in the Strand National Historic Landmark District. www.galveston.com/dickensonthestrand

2-3: Chichibu, Japan -Chichibu Night Festival. Major traditional float festival ends in fireworks. www.japan-guide.com/e/e6552.html

6: Halifax, Nova Scotia - Halifax Explosion 100. Ceremonies mark centenary of devastating harbor explosion. 100years100stories.ca

7-9: Ithaca, N.Y. - Ithaca Ice Festival. Cold-water sculptors shape up with chain saws, chisels and blowtorches. www.visitithaca.com

31: Boston - First Night Boston. A thousand performers see out the old year and usher in the new. www.firstnightboston.org

Dates are subject to change. Always check in advance to confirm details.
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