vtravelled Weekly Round-up w/c 8th August

So, what wonders have we spotted on our web wanderings this week? The answer is some rather fantastic events taking place this weekend…

New York: The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Billed as the largest multi-cultural festival in New York, the 21st Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival takes place in Flushing Meadow Park this weekend.

In celebration of the Year of the Rabbit, it’s a two-day extravaganza of exciting boat races with more than 2000 participants from around the world, a huge ethnic food court, and plenty of traditional Chinese arts, including warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple performing martial arts, and Rob Lok the contemporary Chinese-American clown…scary.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NYC © hkdbf-ny.org

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NYC © hkdbf-ny.org

The Official Star Trek Convention Las V

Trekkies get ready – the annual Star Trek convention is being held at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas this weekend and will witness a bumper lineup of stars. Patrick Stewart, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew and George Takei will all be in attendance, along with the opportunity to attend some once-in-a-lifetime novelty events, including a Klingon make-over character workshop. If you can’t make it, don’t cry. Here’s details of how to tune in to a live stream.

Star Party in Santa Barbara

If you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, head north to Santa Barbara for a star party at the Museum of Natural History’s Palmer Observatory.

Held on the second Saturday of every month, these parties are hosted by members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, who provide all the telescopes and help explain the wonder of the night sky.

And if the full moon doesn’t shine too brightly and hamper the view, this weekend looks set to be an extra special one, as the Perseid Meteor Shower will be reaching its peak mid-month

UK Backward Running Championships

And finally… back on home turf there’s something truly special taking place. In Manchester’s Heaton Park this weekend, you can enter the annual UK Backward Run– or ‘Reverse Running’ as serious competitors like to call it. It’s only a mile so there’s no excuse for not giving it a go, and athletes of all abilities take part. The key is to start slowly, make small, delicate strides and learn to look behind without straining your neck – once you’ve mastered all that you’ll be fine. You’ll still look very silly though, as this brief video shows…

Thanks to Flickr photographer stahdust3.

About Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the co-editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.
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