Green’s Dictionary of Slang

-fest sfx

[abbr. SE festival]

(orig. US) used in comb. with a relevant n. to indicate a gathering or get-together.

[[US]Harper’s Weekly 5 Aug. 490/2: Arrangements were made for the Saengerfest, which will be celebrated at Philadelphia in 1867 [DA]].
[[US]N.-Y. Trib. 15 June 5/5: Second Day of the Schuetzen Fest [DA]].
[[US]Daily Inter-Ocean (Chicago) 1 June 7/6: The bundesvost was located at St. Louis for the next two years, and the same city was chosen for the bundesfest next year [DA]].
[[US]Chicago Trib. 10 July 4/1: A volksfest was given yesterday for the benefit of the German Old People’s Home [DA]].
[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 17: Mr. James Britt will start his chirpfest at Boston next week.
[US]J. London Road 178: The mobs and the hoboes had a talkfest, fraternized, sang songs, and parted.
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 284: What of you two burleys breaking my husband’s arms, then seeing him home and holding a love-fest with him.
[US]C. Sandburg letter 9 Aug. in Mitgang (1968) 103: On various beer-fests Masters has told me of your aversions to throwing the bull.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe on the Job 105: Royce might be too tough for anything but a Coney Island spiel-fest.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 140: You will get 11% on your kale in this fun-fest.
[US]H.C. Witwer Fighting Blood 257: Christopher opens it up again during this slugfest in mid-ring.
[US]D. Hammett Red Harvest (1965) 34: We had a talk-fest.
[US]P. Stevenson Gospel According to St Luke’s 204: It made Ethelbert furious, sometimes, to watch them [...] using old Herakles as a sort of punching bag in their kid-fests.
[US]J. Archibald ‘Crash on Delivery’ in Flying Aces Nov. [Internet] It took the combined efforts of Captain Howell [...] and a few other pilots, to keep the two from a fist fest.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 118: I was always on the lookout for new records to pep up those wax-fests of ours.
[US]Kerouac letter May in Charters I (1995) 412: We have a songfest and a hundred and two school children gather around to listen.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore 84: Hopfest – 1. A ‘party’ of drug addicts for the purpose of indulging in narcotics. 2. A narcotic spree of a drug addict.
[US]E. De Roo Big Rumble 52: He and Mike had a music fest.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 135: Hollywood, notorious sin-fest capital of the world.
Birmingham (Ala) News 10 Mar. 27: The San Jose, Calif., streaking fest began Friday night and lasted into the early morning hours on Saturday.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 78: I just got back from the beach. What a skinfest!
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 129: The panicky pace of the last couple of weeks accelerated into one big tremblefest.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 9: sweatfest – an overcrowded dance or party.
[UK]Guardian 23 July 24: He’s soon off in search of the ‘suckfest par excellence’.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 21 Aug. 53: The rest are at raves, snogfests and go-karting tracks.
[UK]Indep. Information 4–10 Sept. 21: His act is more of a pleasant ramble than a rat-a-tat-tat gagfest.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 8 Oct. 12: You’d be forgiven for assuming that this is another gross-out gunk-fest.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 92: Sweeney’s whipped ’em into a frenzy, man, it’s a fucking passionfest out there.
[UK]Guardian G2 18 Jan. 12: A couple from Manchester have a weekend birthday shagfest.
[UK]Indep. Mag. 22 Jan. 14: The legendary drug fests.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 14 Mar. 4: Pubs around the country prepare themselves for the all-day licensing swigfest.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 17 May 11: A hilarious German splatter-fest with a body in a trunk.
[UK]M. Amis Experience 92: This would become the era of the late-night carbofests, the two-hour supersnacks.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 185: Having a freaknasty bronco-bucking-bonkfest in the backdoor of boy toy Lil Kim.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Jungletown Jihad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 324: She wants to eschew indie cheapies [and] sexploitation yukfests like Exit to Ecstasy.
[UK]Guardian G2 18 June 3: Will Glastonbury be a mudfest?
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 289: They were supposed to be ata party talkfest.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 160: It [i.e. a radio show] was schmaltz-fest.
[US]Slate 17 Dec. [Internet] Do you want gun control that works and isn’t just a symbolic wankfest or not?
[US]J. Stahl OG Dad 166: Overreacting to this perv-feast I bang my hand on the table.
[Aus]T. Spicer Good Girl Stripped Bare 231: ‘The op-ed pages are a bloke-fest’.