The New York Burlesque Festival takes place in New York City every fall featuring over 100 burlesque performers from around the world. During the four nights, dozens of shows take place at numerous venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn like Brooklyn Bowl, The Bell House, Le Poisson Rouge, Sony Hall, B.B. King Blues Club, the Highline Ballroom, The Maritime Hotel, The Limelight, the Supper Club, and the Paramount Hotel. Live performances also feature interactive elements where viewers get burlesque makeovers. Patrons purchase paraphernalia such as pasties, corsets, and costumes.
Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions, as well as Angie Pontani, Tara Pontani and Helen Pontani of The World Famous Pontani Sisters, launched the New York Burlesque Festival in 2003. One of the most significant burlesque events in the world, the festival showcases live music, comedy, and variety shows. Previous performers at the festival included The World Famous *BOB*, Dirty Martini, Jo Weldon, Jett Adore, Jonny Porkpie, Julie Atlas Muz, Murray Hill, and Nasty Canasta.
Visitors can purchase tickets for specific events or get a VIP weekend pass and enjoy all four days of the festival with priority seating, complimentary cocktails, merchandise discounts, and expedited entry.