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Apple will be using its September 7 special event to launch the second generation of AirPods Pro alongside the iPhone 14, a report claims, just days ahead of the event itself.

Apple’s special events in September primarily focus on the annual iPhone update, but other products do get launched at around the same time. While AirPods are considered to be a good candidate for a launch during the same event, a report insists that Apple will be bringing out new AirPods Pro this time around.

During the event, AirPods Pro 2 will be unveiled, according to Mark Gurman’s “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg on Sunday. Though rumors were fairly strong about a launch sometime in the fall, Gurman insists it will happen during Wednesday’s presentation.

Over the months, rumors for the personal audio accessories have put forward claims of a stemless design, some debate over whether there will be some form of built-in fitness tracking, and case changes. There have been suggestions the charging case could include a form of hearing aid functionality, complete with a microphone and a speaker that could help with Find My recovery.

However, it is also entirely plausible that the new AirPods Pro could more closely resemble the first generation in form and function, with internal hardware improvements including changes to the H1 chip and Bluetooth connectivity a possibility.

What is certainly rumored to stay the same is connectivity for charging, with the case thought to continue with Lightning for the moment, but changing to USB-C in 2023.

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Special events coming soon

Special events coming soon

Start Westward today is under a protective canopy to protect the sandstone from the elements.
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Two descendants of the famed sculptor Gutzon Borglum will participate in Start Westward Memorial Society special events in September in Marietta.

The society will welcome the grandchildren of the artist as they visit Marietta and take part in events scheduled Sept. 15-17. Borglum, known for sculpting Mount Rushmore, also sculpted Start Westward at Muskingum Park.

Robin Borglum Kennedy and Jim Borglum will participate in a public ceremony on Sept. 16 and Kennedy will lead a lecture on Sept. 17 at Marietta College.

This will be the first time anyone from the Borglum family will visit Marietta since Gutzon’s last visit to finish the memorial in 1938. Start Westward was commissioned to commemorate the city of Marietta’s sesquicentennial.

Events include:

President Franklin Roosevelt was in Marietta in 1938 for a ceremony marking the town’s 150th anniversary and the Start Westward monument at Muskingum Park that was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, the artist who did Mount Rushmore.
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∫ Start Westward Memorial Society, meeting and dinner, Sept. 15, Lafayette Hotel.

∫ Presentation of Memorial Sketches to Marietta College Special Collections and Tour of Ohio Pioneers Exhibition, 11 a.m. Sept. 16, Marietta College Legacy Library.

∫ Gathering at Start Westward Memorial: Meet the Borglums, 5-6 p.m. Sept. 16, Muskingum Park. Welcome by Mayor Josh Schlicher and remarks by Jean Yost, Start Westward Memorial/East Muskingum Park Restoration Committee, and by Robin Borglum Kennedy and Jim Borglum.

∫ Lecture by Robin Borglum Kennedy, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 17, McDonough Center Auditorium, Marietta College. An introduction will be made by Doug Anderson and the event will include remarks from Blaine Kortemeyer of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. A question and answer session will follow.

A reception and book signing by Kennedy will be held immediately following the lecture in the McDonough Center Third Floor Gallery where there will be an exhibition of photos of Start Westward Memorial and construction with information.

Robin Borglum Kennedy, a granddaughter of Gutzon Borglum, will present a lecture on her grandfather on Sept. 17 at Marietta College. The event and others are sponsored by the Start Westward Memorial Society.
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Gutzon Borglum works on the Start Westward monument in his studio. The monument was commissioned for the city of Marietta’s sesquicentennial in 1938.
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This Magical Event Is Coming To Alberta & You Can Walk Through Thousands Of Glowing Pumpkins

This Magical Event Is Coming To Alberta & You Can Walk Through Thousands Of Glowing Pumpkins

The spirit of fall reawakens! A magical Halloween event is heading to two Alberta cities next month and you’ll be able to wander through trails of thousands of carved, glowing pumpkins.

Pumpkins After Dark is bringing brand-new displays of pumpkins to Winsport (Calgary) and Borden Park (Edmonton), from late September through to Halloween (full details below). These are jack-o-lanterns like you’ve never seen them before!

As part of the event, over 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins will be used to create stunning sculptures, with music and special effects to bring them to life.

Not only will there be some of the spookiest Halloween characters, but impressive displays of carvings like dinosaurs and dragons and pop culture icons will also stand tall.

If you want to learn more about the incredible process of carving, there will also be live demonstrations happening throughout the event. So you’ll be able to take home some tips to give your own jack-o-lanterns a spooky twist.

There will be a ton of pumpkin photo ops as well as a popular fall treats and sweets up for grabs.

Tickets need to be bought online as none will be available on-site.

Pumpkins After Dark

Price: Tickets for those ages 17 are $21.95

When: September 22 – October 31, 2022 (Calgary) and September 29 – October 31, 2022 (Edmonton)

Address: 88 Canada Olympic Rd S.W., Calgary, AB and 11020 75a St. N.W. #102, Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can wander through thousands of hand-carved pumpkin sculptures and displays to get in the Halloween spirit

Accessibility: Some areas may be difficult to navigate and will require assistance


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Inaugural Bike the Night event coming to Barrie next month

Inaugural Bike the Night event coming to Barrie next month

Guided cycling tour Sept. 17 will follow festival featuring food, music, bike tune-ups




Barrie residents and visitors are invited to the active transportation and sustainability committee’s first-ever Bike the Night event, modelled after other similar events worldwide, on Sept. 17.

This event is a free, community-guided bicycle ride.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17

Time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: Meridian Place, 30 Simcoe St., Barrie

A 30-minute bike ride is scheduled to begin at dusk (around 7 p.m.). Participants are invited to dress up in costume, decorate their bikes with lights, and cycle leisurely through the streets of downtown Barrie and along the lakeshore path as part of a guided ride.

The event will include a pre-ride festival with music, food trucks, free bike tune-ups, games, giveaways, prizes, and Barrie Transit bike rack demonstrations.

This event is being planned and led by the active transportation and sustainability committee and Living Green Barrie, with support from the City of Barrie, Downtown Barrie BIA, Cycle Barrie, Barrie Transit, Barrie Public Library, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Tourism Barrie, and Firebird Community Cycle.

To learn more about active transportation in Barrie, visit

For more information about the Bike the Night event, visit the Facebook event page. To participate in this free event, please register on Eventbrite. Registering in advance is strongly encouraged so that the committee can track the number of attendees.


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National Play the Parks event series coming to New Westminster

National Play the Parks event series coming to New Westminster

Music may be the centrepiece of a nationwide event that’s coming to New West – but there are plenty of other offerings at the upcoming Play the Parks event series.

New Westminster is one of 13 Canadian cities selected to host four Play the Parks events in September. Play the Parks is a free, musically and culturally diverse concert series that will spotlight more than 100 diverse artists from Black, Indigenous, Chinese, South Asian and 2SLGBTQ+ communities. 

“There’s been so many great events this summer,” said Lisa Kemp, the city’s program coordinator of special events. “It’s nice to have something to do in September when the weather’s still, hopefully, really nice.”

In addition to a musical performance, a variety of family-friendly activities will be taking place at each event, including Jedi training, dancing with Elsa and superhero training with Spiderman. A food truck has also been invited to attend the events, which are taking place on four Fridays in September.

Play the Parks is presented in partnership by the City of New Westminster, the TD Music Connected Series, and is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. (Canada’s Music Incubator is a not-for-profit organization that helps emerging artists and bands of all genres develop their businesses, push their craft and expand their networks.)

“At TD, we believe music plays an important role in fostering a sense of belonging and helping to unite diverse communities,” said Michael Armstrong, vice president of brand and corporate sponsorships at the TD Bank Group. “Play the Parks is an opportunity to help bring Canadians together to experience art, culture and nature, while helping to celebrate the summer and sustain a sense of pride and connection.”

In addition to New Westminster, concerts are taking place in dozens of parks between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 in Victoria and Surrey, B.C.; Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Toronto, London, Brantford, Barrie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Sydney, Nova Scotia; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Play in the Parks was launched in Toronto in 2012. This is the first year that artists and fans will be gathering in person to experience Play the Parks in other Canadian cities. 

“We are very excited to have been selected amongst so many larger cities from across Canada,” Kemp said.

Kemp said she’s been in conversations with Canada’s Music Incubator for some time, but plans for Play the Parks kept getting derailed by COVID-19. She said the city’s role is to enhance the musical offerings by providing other activities at the events.

“They select the performers, they have a stage manager that’s there, and they are coordinating the larger program. So they’re all about the music and we’re all about the space, city services, like access to the park and power and all that, and then enhancing the experience.”

Everything at Play the Parks is free, except the food. In keeping with the Canadian Music Incubator them, the city has aimed for diversity with the food choices being offered at the events.

Play the Parks is envisioned as an event where folks may bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a picnic dinner or food truck fare, and take in some fun activities before enjoying the performances that will begin at 7 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages to three of the neighbourhood events. (Alcohol isn’t permitted at the event in Moody Park, as that one is being offered in partnership with the New West Youth Centre.)

“We thought that was kind of unique too,” Kemp said. “There’s been so many community events, but they’re usually like more beer gardens, whereas this would be like a bring your own. There won’t be alcohol sales.”

Kemp said the event is a great way of supporting local musicians and local parks.

“There’s something for everyone. We’re really trying to have activities that are for the little ones, like Elsa, but then also like the caricature artists that like age would be interested in. So there’s something for everyone,” Kemp said. “You can bring a picnic, or you can support the food truck. It’s very open; you can choose what you like.

What’s happening at Play the Parks?

Friday Sept. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Pier Park.

Activities will include a chance to sing and dance with Elsa, face painting, balloon twisting and lawn games. A caricature artist will also attend tonight’s event. Vietnamese Banh Mi will be available at the Camion Café food truck. At 7 p.m., the Will Clements Jazz Trio will perform.

Friday, Sept. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. in Upper Hume Park

Activities include Superhero training with Spiderman, and police car and fire truck tours. Mexican food will be available from the Dos Amigos food truck. A concert featuring Parlour Panther begins at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Pier Park

Activities include Jedi training with Rey Skywalker, face painting, balloon twisting and lawn games. A caricature artist will also attend tonight’s event. Mexican and Greek food fare will be available from the Meet2Eat food truck. Hyaenas will perform at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 23, 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Park

Activities include a professional yo-yo champion and photo booth. Jamaican food will be available at the Jerk Shack food truck. At 7 p.m. Incendiary Sweet will perform.

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Updated Weekly Calendar: See Gospel Events coming to Our Area from Bill Roberts

Updated Weekly Calendar: See Gospel Events coming to Our Area from Bill Roberts



SUN – Aug 21 – 6 PM – Revival services begin at Union Baptist Church, 18857 Highway 22, Rockford, AL. Services continue Monday thru Wednesday evening at 7 PM. Brother Jay Penton will be preaching. There will be special music each night. Call Mary Magyar at 334-201-3272 for information.

SUN – Aug 28 – 10:30 AM – Homecoming celebration at Antioch Baptist Church, 1115 Antioch Road, Titus.  Jake Walker will be preaching and After Grace will be providing the music.  Call Pastor Donnie Barber at 334-531-2120 for more information.

SUN – Aug 28 – 10:30 AM –  Homecoming services start at Cedar Grove Church,  Corner of county 29 and 37, Thorsby.  Revival starts Monday at 7 PM , Randy & Mary Perry will be preaching and singing.  Call 205-294-1834.

SUN – Aug 28 – 5 PM – The Perrys will be singing at Hunting Ridge Church of God, 305 Selma Highway, Prattville. No admission will be charged and a love offering will be received. Call Brian Hooks at 334-799-3769 for information.

FRI – Sep 9 – 7 PM – Greater Vision will be appearing at First Baptist Church, 210 6th Street North, Clanton.  No admission will be charged and a love offering will be received.  Call 205-755-3840 for information.

SUN – Sep 11 – 10 AM – The Nelons are going to be at Restoration Church, 950 Shelton Mill Road, Auburn.  Call 334-501-2400 for more information.

SUN – Sep 11 – 11 AM – Mark Lanier will be singing at Chestnut Creek Baptist Church, 12050 Chilton County Road 24, Verbena. 

SUN – Sep 11 – 10:30 AM – The Pullens will be singing at Yarbrough Street Baptist Church, 1701 Yarbrough Street, Montgomery.

Sun – Sep 25 – 9:45 AM – 110th Anniversary and Homecoming services begin at White Pond Baptist Church, 1155 Autauga County Road 49, Marbury.  Guest preacher will be former pastor Rev. Warren Culver.  Spoken For will be providing the music for the services.  Lunch will be served after the service.  Call 334-361-8345 for information.

SUN – Sep 25 – 5 PM – The Williamsons will be at Hunting Ridge Church of God, 305 Selma Highway, Prattville. No admission will be charged and a love offering will be received. Call Brian Hooks at 335-799-3769 for information.

SUN – Oct 2 – 10 AM – Homecoming at West End Baptist Church, 2050 Old Dark Road, Alexander City. The Pullens will be singing.

Sun – Oct 2 – 6:30- PM – Camp meeting time at Fannin Road Baptist Church featuring the music and songs of The Pullens.

FRI – Oct 21 – 7 PM – The Hunting Ridge Church of God welcomes The Browders to the area. There will not be any admission charged and a love offering will be received. Call Brian Hooks at 334-799-3769 for information

SUN – Nov 20 – 10 AM – The Pullens will be at the Thanksgiving service at Aldrich Assembly of God, 985 County Road 10, Montevallo. They will be there for the morning service, lunch and afternoon singing.

SUN – Feb 26, 2023- 10:30 AM – Children of the Promise will be at Hunting Ridge Church of God, 310 Selma Highway, Prattville. Call Brian Hooks at 334-799-3769 for information.

SUN – March 26, 2023 – 5 PM – Jonathan Bond will be singing at Hunting Ridge Church of God, 310 Selma Highway, Prattville. No admission will be charged and a love offering will be received. Call Brian Hooks at 334-799-3769 for more information.

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Sit down and shut up: Massive three-day board game event coming to Vancouver

Sit down and shut up: Massive three-day board game event coming to Vancouver

Organizers have set it up so solo attendees can find groups to play with and try out new games.

Fans of dice, group activities and little coloured plastic things you move over a piece of cardboard, there’s an event coming up just for you.

Shux 2022 arrives at the end of September; the three-day event is put on by Shut Up and Sit Down, a website dedicated to board games.

“We’re the foremost board game reviewers pretty much in the world,” says Lisa Pope, the show manager, adding that board games are now a multi-billion dollar industry with fans and players around the world.

And they’re bringing their games and friends to Vancouver starting Sept. 30 for three days of fun with anyone who wants to join in.

“Stage shows, massive social games, special events, over 50 publishers, 1,000+ Title Game Library, and more open gaming than any other show in Canada make these three days you’ll never forget!” promises the show’s website.

The open games floor is particularly friendly, Pope says.

“You can’t stand in the open gaming area without someone asking you to join a game,” she says, explaining that many people come alone to the convention and just play with strangers, getting to know new people and new games at the same time. There’s also a matchmaking system, so people can find games and people at the same time.

There are also large social games with up to 20 people working together in one game.

It’s the fourth time the convention has happened in person; they started in Vancouver in 2017. The last live convention was in October 2019; since then there have been a couple of digital conferences, but Pope is excited to see people playing in person again.

While the convention is based in Vancouver, she notes there are people coming from around the world to play here; for one, the Shut Up and Sit Down team has people coming from the UK. It helps that the city and convention centre are set up in a beautiful and practical place, Pope explains.

“A lot of our attendees are from outside of Vancouver or even outside of Canada;” Pope says. “We want to share how great Vancouver is to everyone.”

When: Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2022

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre

Cost: $199 for 3-day ticket.

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How sporting events are driving tourism: ‘Think big Richmond. We’ve got big things coming.’

How sporting events are driving tourism: 'Think big Richmond. We've got big things coming.'

RICHMOND, Va. — Summer sporting events are bringing people from near and far to the Richmond area, helping the tourism industry recover and exceed the amount of lodging revenue brought in before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Richmond Region Tourism reports that during fiscal year of 2022 (FY22), $30.8 million came from lodging tax revenue, about $800,000 higher than it was in 2019.

Richmond Region Tourism President and CEO Jack Berry


Richmond Region Tourism President and CEO Jack Berry

“June of 2020, the governor allowed sports tourism to continue and that saved us,” said Richmond Region Tourism President and CEO Jack Berry. “Now 80% of group travel is associated with sports tourism.”

Berry said this summer has been especially fruitful in terms of creating revenue through sports tourism.

“This summer, we’ll have hosted 33 sporting events, and it’s almost 100,000 visitors coming just this summer alone,” Berry said.

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This first weekend in August, SwimRVA hosted the U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship, bringing in thousands of competitors and spectators from across the United States and beyond.

“This is the first national championship in the sport of swimming to come to the commonwealth and the fact that it’s hear in the capital region is a really big deal,” said Adam Kennedy, SwimRVA’s Executive Director.

SwimRVA's Executive Director Adam Kennedy


SwimRVA’s Executive Director Adam Kennedy

Kennedy said swimmers of all ages and backgrounds, coming all the way from places like Australia and Costa Rica, came to compete for several days.

“We see almost 900 athletes a day, and then we multiply that by the people they’re bringing with them and the coaches and the staff, there’s probably 1,200-1,300 a day coming through,” Kennedy said.

In Henrico County, a new sports and convocation center set to open in late 2023, recently had the first parts of its foundation laid. Another 17,000-seat arena off of I-95 is set to open in 2026. 

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GreenCity development includes 17,000-seat arena off of I-95 is set to open in 2026 in Henrico County. 

“Think big Richmond,” Berry said. “It doesn’t have to stop here. We’ve got big things coming, between the new arena that’s being built. We are constantly raising the bar. Richmond is a small town that thinks big and we do big things, and we only need to think bigger.”

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According to Carats & Cake’s First B2B Survey, 87 Percent of Event Venues and Vendors are Optimistic About the State of their Industry Coming Out of the Pandemic

According to Carats & Cake’s First B2B Survey, 87 Percent of Event Venues and Vendors are Optimistic About the State of their Industry Coming Out of the Pandemic

NEW YORK–()–Carats & Cake, the financial operating system for the events industry, today announced findings from its first quantitative B2B survey of event venues and vendors. The results revealed that 2022 restored optimism for the events industry and the wedding market is not slowing down heading into 2023. The Carats & Cake B2B Study gathered intelligence from wedding and events industry venues and vendors to better understand the landscape and priorities coming out of the pandemic.

While the pandemic affected the wedding and events industry greatly, the survey results revealed that 87% of respondents are optimistic about the current state of the events industry. In fact, 67% of respondents are fully booked for 2022 and 78.6% are already booking up for 2023, further showing that this year’s wedding boom is not slowing down. 89.9% of respondents did note that they feel helping their customers manage their budgets is somewhat to very important, making flexible payment solutions of great value given rising inflation.

Coming out of the pandemic, consumers are more cautious as they plan for big events with 57.3% of survey respondents revealing that new contract terms around cancellations are becoming common. 79.1% of vendor and venue respondents have not canceled or rescheduled any 2022 weddings pointing to a renewed sense of stability and confidence in moving forward with large scale events.

The results also revealed that:

  • 87.4% of respondents are primarily booking events with over 75 guests
  • 67.3% of respondents are working on weddings with a combination of indoor and outdoor settings
  • 59.9% of respondents feel the wedding market is “very hot” right now
  • 41.2% of respondents added new service offerings in light of the pandemic

“It’s clear that large scale events are back and bigger than ever. In this market, however, consumers are being even more conscientious about how they spend their budgets and venues and vendors are stepping up to ensure they’re part of the solution,” said Jess Conroy, Founder and CEO, Carats & Cake. “Our venue partners and industry vendors are getting heavily booked and are busy years in advance. Our survey results show that couples, while more aware of potential risks and ways to mitigate them, are feeling confident with booking and making their events come to life.”

To access the full results of the Carats & Cake survey, please visit:

About Carats & Cake

Carats & Cake is the financial operating system for the events industry. Built by industry leaders, Carats & Cake has cultivated nearly a decade of trust with best-in-class businesses. Founded in 2013 and backed by 1Sharpe Ventures, Acrew Capital, Founders Fund, Moore Specialty Credit, Correlation Ventures, GMO VenturePartners, and others, Carats & Cake delivers purpose-built sales tools and financial solutions to transform the $100B events industry.

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24 concerts and events coming to Dubai, from Lewis Capaldi to Coke Studio

24 concerts and events coming to Dubai, from Lewis Capaldi to Coke Studio

Music, dance and opera will feature on the Dubai events calendar over the coming months.

In addition to performances by Justin Bieber and Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi, hip-hop star 50 Cent, DJs Hardwell and Alan Walker and Pinoy-pop singers Bamboo and Barbie Amalbis will return.

Popular music and cultural festivals Sole DXB and Global Village are also back, in addition to new electronic music festival 2nd Arc — watch this space for more information as it is released.

Here, The National rounds up 24 of the best events to look forward to:

1. Bamboo and Barbie Almalbis: August 13 at Dubai World Trade Centre

A heavyweight in the Philippines rock scene, Bamboo returns to Dubai after wowing crowds at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Originally the vocalist and frontman of the alternative rock band Rivermaya, Bamboo established himself as a solo act in 2011 with the release of his debut album No Water, No Moon.

Joining him is Barbie Almalbis, former lead singer of Hung Young Poets and Barbie’s Cradle.

She released her debut solo album Parade in 2006.

Doors 6pm; tickets from D100;

2. 2nd Arc: August 20 at Sound Stage 3, Dubai Studio City

More than a dozen DJs will perform as part of the new 10-hour festival.

Leading the line-up are international electronic music acts Hosh, Ivan Masa, Stan Kolev and Teenage Mutants.

Local artists on the decks include Cattaree, Kade B, Susanna and KMZ.

Running 5pm to 3am; tickets from D175;

3. Alan Walker and Kshmr: August 26 at Coca-Cola Arena

Enigmatic Walker is known for wearing a mask and hoodie while on stage, and the English-Norwegian’s most famous track is Faded (2015), which has more than 3.3 billion YouTube views and 1.5 billion Spotify streams.

Expect to also hear Sweet Dreams, a popular festival hit, the music video for which was shot in Dubai.

Walker will be joined by Kshmr, the American DJ and producer who was ranked No 11 in DJ Mag’s annual top 100 DJ poll in 2021.

Doors open 8pm; tickets from D199;

4. Sharmoofers: August 27 at Dubai World Trade Centre

This Cairo-based project of Ahmed Bahaa and Moe El Arkan, who have been performing together with nearly a dozen instrumentalists across the Mena region for a decade, is coming to Dubai World Trade Centre.

Fusing jazz, hip-hop, reggae, funk and comedy, music is used to create memorable melodies and narratives connecting with Arabic-speaking audiences and more.

Ticketing details will be announced soon.

5. Pinoy Piyesta: September 2 at Coca-Cola Arena

Fans of Pinoy-pop should savour this epic event featuring six separate performances by some of the genre’s leading names.

Known as the Prince of Pop, Erik Santos made a splash after winning the TV television talent show Search for the Star in a Million season one in 2003.

Since then, he has released more than a dozen albums as well as currently starring in television dramas including Maalaala Mo Kaya.

Also performing on the night are KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, K Brosas, Morissette and Ethel Boba.

Showtime 9pm; tickets from D150;

6. Jo Koy — Funny is Funny: September 3 at Coca-Cola Arena

The American-Filipino comedian returns to the UAE after his Dubai show was cancelled after the death of Sheikh Khalifa. He was also forced to cancel a show in December last year.

Performing as part of his Funny is Funny tour, Koy is known for his impersonations and stand-up, as well as references to Filipino culture, thanks to his mum.

Showtime is 9pm; tickets from D180;

7. ‘Romeo & Juliet’: September 9 to 11 at Dubai Opera

Shakespeare and dance enthusiasts across the UAE will be pleased to hear the ballet Romeo & Juliet will be performed in Dubai by the State Ballet of Georgia.

During the performance, which was created by the late Russian choreographer Sergei Prokofiev, fans can expect sumptuous sets and the kind of techniques the Georgian company is renowned for in classical dance circles.

Showtime is 8pm, with an additional 2pm matinee show on September 10 and 11; tickets from D325;

8. Sonu Nigam: September 10 at Coca-Cola Arena

It’ll be an exciting show featuring the sights, sounds and choreography for which Bollywood is known. Expect Nigam to play the hits including Saathiya, Deewana Tera and Tumse Milke Dil Ka.

Doors open at 7pm; tickets from D95;

French-Canadian singer-songwriter Margaux Sauve, who goes by Ghostly Kisses, brings her sensitive and elegiac sounds to the city.

Suave comes to the UAE to perform songs from debut album Heaven, Wait, released in January.

Her song Empty Note has been featured in the apocalyptic Netflix drama series The Rain.

Showtime is 8pm, tickets from D175;

10. 50 Cent: September 30 at Coca-Cola Arena

After selling out arenas across Europe, the US rapper brings his greatest hits tour to Dubai.

As part of his Green Light Gang World Tour, 50 Cent is expected to perform hits including In Da Club, Candy Shop and 21 Questions.

Supporting him onstage throughout the show will be long-time collaborator and G-Unit member Tony Yayo and rapper Uncle Murda.

Showtime 8pm; tickets from D225;

11. Terra Solis by Tomorrowland: launching September

Poolside vibes await at Terra Solis in Dubai. Photo: Tomorrowland

One of the world’s biggest dance festivals is opening a new desert destination in Dubai.

Belgian electronic dance festival Tomorrowland is launching Terra Solis, a festival-inspired escape opening in September. It will bring poolside beats, day-to-night parties and special events to the emirate.

Open to adults only, the new getaway will be held on a site spanning 37 hectares at Dubai Heritage Vision on Lehbab road, less than half an hour’s drive from Burj Khalifa.

DJs to perform at the opening weekend will be announced soon.

More information is available at

12. ‘Footloose: The Musical’: October 5 to 8 at Dubai Opera

Based on the 1984 hit film starring Kevin Bacon, the musical adaptation of Footloose comes to Dubai after a successful run in the West End, London.

The story of a former urban dweller’s attempt to change the cultural narrow-mindedness of his new small town, the musical features hits from the 1980s including the title track, Hero and Let’s Hear It for the Boy.

Showtime is 8pm, with an additional 2pm matinee show on October; tickets from D275;

13. Justin Bieber: October 8 and 9 at Coca-Cola Arena

The Canadian pop star will return for two shows as part of his blockbuster 20-month Justice World Tour.

Named after his sixth album, which was released in the past year, the concert will feature hits performed in what promoter Thomas Ovesen describes as Bieber’s “most elaborate” stage production yet.

Doors open at 7.30pm; remaining tickets start from Dh1,299;

14. Coke Studio Live: October 14 at Coca-Cola Arena

Expect interesting collaborations when Coke Studio Live hosts a one-off concert in Dubai.

The popular online music series, launched in 2008, has been a springboard for both up-and-coming singers and established artists for more than 14 seasons.

To date, the Coke Studio sessions have had more than four billion views online, with more than 12.7 million subscribers on YouTube.

Showtime 10pm; tickets from D175;

15. George Ezra: October 21 at Coca-Cola Arena

The Brit Award-winning English singer-songwriter will take to the stage with a catalogue of hits, including Blame It on Me, Budapest and Cassy O’.

Ezra will also showcase tracks from new album, Gold Rush Kid, including singles Anything For You and Green Green Grass.

Showtime 8.30pm; tickets from D225;

16. Global Village: October to April at Global Village

A violinist performs at the entrance of Global Village. Photo: Chris Whiteoak / The National

The beloved annual Dubai event will reopen with arts, culture and music from around the world.

Exact opening dates will be announced soon, as well as some of the artists and new venue additions as part of the new season.

Music acts performing at Global Village over the years have included Liam Payne, Atif Aslam and Anne-Marie.

More information is available at

17. ‘Riverdance — 25th Anniversary Show’: October 27 to 30 at Dubai Opera

Riverdance are renowned for their enthusiastic interpretation of Irish traditional and folk dances. Photo: Expo 2020 Dubai

After entertaining thousands each night during their month-long residency at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Irish troupe will return to the emirate with shows at Dubai Opera.

The group are renowned for their enthusiastic interpretation of Irish traditional and folk dances, and will incorporate Middle Eastern influences into the Dubai show.

Showtime is 8pm, with an additional 2pm matinee show on October 29 and 30; tickets from Dh325;

18. Hardwell: November 4 at Coca-Cola Arena

The Dutch DJ will present tracks from his new album, Rebels Never Die, to UAE fans. Backed by large productions and innovative light design, Hardwell aims to create a concert experience as immersive as the album.

Showtime is 8pm; tickets from D175;

19. Enrico Macias: November 12 at Dubai Opera

After back-to-back sold-out shows last year, French crooner Enrico Macias returns to Dubai to perform his multilingual songs spanning six decades.

Dubbed “the singer of peace” by former UN secretary general Kurt Waldheim, Macias is known for hits Adieu Mon Pays, Les Filles de Mon Pays and Entre l’Orient et l’Occident.

His catalogue spans crowd favourites in English, Italian, Turkish, Greek and Armenian.

Showtime at 8pm; tickets from Dh295;

20. Dresden Opera Ballet: November 15 at Dubai Opera

The lavish gala event returns to Dubai Opera with another distinguished line-up of opera stars.

Spain’s Placido Domingo leads an impressive bill, which includes Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka and The European Peace Chamber Orchestra Dresden. Dress to impress as the event will feature a red carpet, VIP reception, main performances and a gala dinner.

Doors open at 6pm; tickets from Dh975;

21. Calum Scott: November 19 at Hard Rock Cafe

UK singer-songwriter Calum Scott, of Britain’s Got Talent fame, will be returning to Dubai this November with his new album Bridges.

Only guests aged 21 and above can attend.

Tickets are on sale from Dh299 and doors will open at 7pm for the event to start at 8pm.

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22. Lewis Capaldi: November 24 at Coca-Cola Arena

Scottish crooner Lewis Capaldi is making his UAE return with a concert at the Coca-Cola Arena on November 24. After performances in Sharjah in January 2020 and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix‘s Yasalam After-Race Concert in December 2021, this marks his first Dubai gig.

Known for his big ballads, including Someone You Loved and Before You Go, expect the big-personality singer to break-up the touching songs with his trademark comedy anecdotes.

Tickets are on sale now; admission is open to all ages, except for the golden circle, which is reserved for ages 21 and over.

From 8.30pm; tickets from Dh199;

23. Sole DXB: December 9 to 11 at Dubai Design District

The much-loved street culture and music festival will return after a two-year hiatus.

First held in 2011, the annual event has since grown to be one of the UAE’s top festivals.

It now features a multi-format programme ranging from talks and workshops to footwear exchanges, film screenings and musical concerts.

Previous artists to headline Sole DXB include Wu-Tang Clan and Black Star.

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24. Dubai Shopping Festival: December 15 to January 29, across various venues

Dubai Shopping Festival features plenty of concerts by regional pop stars. Photo: Ruel Pableo / The National

Expect plenty of concerts, shopping deals and family entertainment as part of the six-week festival.

With more details to be announced later in the year, you need only to look back at last year’s event to know what’s in store.

Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi and Egyptian artist Mohamed Hamaki performed at Burj Park, nightly drone shows were held at Bluewaters Island and Ain Dubai, while pop-up markets took place across locations including Al Seef, Rigga, Al Khawaneej and Global Village.

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Updated: August 02, 2022, 1:06 PM