September: Be Here Now!

  • Myrtle Beach at sunrise

    Beach, Boogie & BBQ Fest

    August 31-September 2
    Myrtle Beach's annual Memorial Day weekend Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival celebrates two iconic summer experiences, water sports and cookouts. More than 40 teams compete in the cook-off competition in BBQ, wings and anything goes categories, with plenty of free samples for festival goers. Free boat rides, daily wake boarding demos and free children's health screenings are also on the menu.

    Photo courtesy of Mark Walz/Flickr

  • Sonoma Valley, California

    Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

    August 31-September 2
    September means grape harvesting season in Sonoma Valley, California. To celebrate, area wineries have joined forces to host the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. The two highlights of the weekend are the Taste of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Wine Harvest Auction. Dozens of Sonoma wineries will host winemaker lunches, dinners and Sunday barbecues throughout the festival, providing visitors with ample opportunities for tasting.

    Photo courtesy of Hollywata/Flickr

  • Cala Gran Beach, Mallorca

    Las Fiestas del Rei en Jaume

    August 31-September 9
    The annual Fiestas del Rei en Jaume commemorates the successful landing of King Jaime I and the defeat of the Moors on the Spanish island of Mallorca in 1229. A majority of the 60 cultural events take place in Santa Ponsa, including a family-friendly parade of giants and medieval market and a more adult night of fire and foam party. The festival culminates in a reenactment of the historic battles on three of the island's beaches.

    Photo courtesy of PRINSOTEL HOTELS/Flickr

  • Silver Dollar City during the National Harvest Festival

    Branson National Harvest Festival

    September 13-Ocotober 27
    Branson's star attraction, Silver Dollar City amusement park, hosts more than 125 visiting craftsmen, two dozen Western musical acts, a band of Cowboy poets and a team of professional rodeo stuntmen at the park's annual Branson National Harvest Festival. In true Branson style, the entire celebration is family friendly. Get some early holiday shopping done at the Made in Missouri Art Faire or learn to make your own with demonstrations in dozens of different crafts.

    Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City

  • Aerial view of the festival grounds

    Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

    September 14-16
    This year the B-52s, Gov't Mule and Phil Lesh & Friends will be headlining at the nineteenth annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in the historic mining town of Telluride, Colorado. A Grand Tasting on Saturday, the second day of the three-day outdoor music festival, lets festival attendees sample more than 150 craft beers from over 50 microbreweries, and with camping available in grounds adjacent to the festival park, you won't have to drive home after.

    Photo courtesy of Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

  • Balloonist at the Adirondack Balloon Festival

    Adirondack Balloon Festival

    September 20-23
    There's something magical about wandering through a forest of inflating hot air balloons and watching them take to the sky, and visitors to the Glen Falls, New York Adirondack Balloon Festival can experience it for free. More than 100 balloons, including at least 10 special shapes, will launch each morning with many returning to participate in balloon glows in the evening. Craft fairs, concerts, a block party and Sunday worship services round out the schedule of events.

    Photo courtesy of Jessica Forgette/Adirondack Balloon Festival

  • Grand Prix track

    Singapore Grand Prix

    September 21-23
    In 2008, the Formula One World Championship added the first night race to its schedule, the Singapore Grand Prix. Now in its sixth year, the event is much more than just a car race. Besides 10 hours worth of racing on the streets of Singapore, the festival will host headliners Katy Perry and Maroon 5 as well as half a dozen other musical acts.

    Photo courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

  • Beer hall during Munich's Oktoberfest


    September 22-October 7
    Munich's Oktoberfest actually kicks off in September with a ceremonial tapping of the first Oktoberfest barrel by the mayor of Munich in the Schottenhamel Tent followed by a costume parade. The festival grounds house 35 different beer tents and an outdoor carnival right in the middle of Munich. Pick your tent and make your reservation early, since many fill up well before the first beer is poured.

    Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest

  • Melbourne Hosier Lane street art

    Melbourne Fringe Festival

    September 26-October 14
    Melbourne's annual independent art festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, celebrates a wide range of both visual and performing arts. Bars, clubs, theaters and landmarks throughout the city play host to more than 300 events, including circus, stand up comedy, opera, film and walking tours of Melbourne's thriving public art scene. Nearly a third of the events in the lineup are free, with a few events geared toward children.

    Photo courtesy of avlxyz/Flickr

  • 2012 featured winery Concha y Toro

    Port of Wines Festival

    September 26-29
    The Port of Wines Festival is one of Nova Scotia's biggest wine and culinary events. This year's festivities in Halifax celebrate Chilean wines with an anticipated 4,000 guests coming to enjoy the Winemakers' Dinner, Grand Tasting and online auction supporting the Symphony of Nova Scotia.

    Photo courtesy of bradleypjohnson/Flickr

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