The Nerdlesque Festival

The World’s First ALL Nerdy Burlesque Festival!

For Nerds... By Nerds... Get Naked! 


The Nerdlesque Festival is first and foremost a burlesque festival. The festival is curated by burlesque performers who embrace pop culture in all of its wonderful and varied forms. Our mission is not to produce one festival to rule them all, but to acknowledge, celebrate, and encourage burlesque performance that is inspired by pop culture, geek culture and the experiences of the modern day nerd.

In recent years, nerd-friendly burlesque has been growing in popularity, popping up in neo-burlesque shows all over the country and showing droves of fans just how sexy pop culture can be. For one weekend in Spring, performers from all over the country, nay—THE WORLD—combine to turn New York City into the epicenter of glittery naked nerdery! 


The Nerdlesque Festival’s goal is to create a safe place where all the dweebs, dorks, geeks and freaks can get together, without fear or shame, in celebration of our dedication to the art of burlesque. As much as this is an event to entertain and amuse, it is a community-building weekend. Featuring shows, classes, and networking events, the Nerdlesque Festival strives to contribute to strengthening the Nerdlesque Community while increasing opportunities for nerdy performers as well as their exposure in the world at large!