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Clearwater Jazz Holiday - October 2015
  Clearwater, Florida

For over 30 years this once parking lot party of the senses has turned into an international festival for music lovers.  This is truly EVENT TRAVEL - the Gulf of Mexicos finest beaches and some of the best music ever heard - Clearwater Jazz Holiday!  Legends have played here and so the dolphin swims ... cool ocean breeze with music riding it like a wave.

*** ask about the after party...


Nantucket Arts Festival - October 2nd to October 12
  Nantucket, Massachusetts

This annual festival of the arts brought to you by the islands art council and displays Nantucket's many arts and cultural groups to interpreted art and put together an exhibition with visual, musical, theatrical, literary, and other displays. You match this with the fall season and this wonderful island and the island’s historical, architectural and natural assets. Events already on tap include an experimental art exhibit, a video shorts mini-festival, an opera excerpts program and a children's movie mini-festival.


Donner Party Hike - October 3rd to October 04
  Tahoe Donner, California

Hikers can experience the early emigrants' journey across the Sierra Nevada mountains by participating in the Annual Donner Party Hike. The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is hosting this popular event that unites two passions – love for the Sierra Nevada wilderness and fascinating emigrant history.

Participants can choose from seven different hikes on Saturday, and on Sunday a walking tour. All events offer insight into emigrant history from area guides, along with invigorating recreation and beautiful scenery.

Saturday's hikes begin and end at the Mt. Judah Lodge at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort located on Highway 40 on Donner Summit. Guides will lead groups of approximately 15-20 people to interpretive spots giving detailed historical information focused on emigrant and area history.

Hike options include a 3.5 mile trek in Summit Canyon, recently acquired by Truckee Donner Land Trust, previously private property. That hike explores the Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Road that has significant historical value in emigration, the transcontinental railroad, and development of America's highway system. Other hikes include a 4 mile trek with views of petroglyphs, old roadside "billboards" and the China Wall; a 4-5 mile hike heading up Roller Pass; a 6 mile hike past pristine High Sierra Lakes; a strenuous 6 mile hike over Coldstream Pass, one of the most heavily traveled emigrant routes; or a 5 mile hike through old railroad tunnels and snowsheds.

After the hike, participants will enjoy a lunch and a Chautauqua performance.  Chautauqua is an art, a performance, where someone portrays a character through the character's own words and brings the character alive, plus adds commentary of today's issues.

Sunday offers a more relaxed walking tour departing from the Donner Camp Picnic Area, located on Highway 89 North. Activities include a walking tour where guides will detail the Donner Party saga and their encampment, a visit to the Murphy's Cabin Site and entrance to the Donner Memorial State Park Museum offering a historical movie about the Donner Party.

Also, There are Saturday hikes that begin and end at Donner Ski Ranch located on Highway 40 on Donner Summit. Choose one of the six hikes listed below. Guides lead groups of approximately 15–20 people to interpretive spots giving detailed historical information focused on emigrant and area history. Visit: www.donnerpartyhike.com/2015-hikes 

Unique Travel Accommodations: Click on the link for a list of Lake Tahoe, California accommodations.

 


Annual Mad Dog Mandich Florida Keys Classic - October 4th to October 03
  Islamorada, Florida

Anglers compete in an offshore division targeting dolphin, kingfish, tuna, wahoo, snapper and grouper; and new this year is an inshore division in which anglers compete for mangrove snapper, spotted sea trout, redfish, snook and tarpon. A portion of the proceeds of this boat/team tournament are to benefit Mariners Hospital Oncology Services.


Autumn Glory Festival - October 7th to October 11
  Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Autumn Glory Festival includes parades, music, craft shows, kick-off reception, musical competitions, farmers market, scenic driving tour and more.

The annual Autumn Glory Festival is a 5 day celebration of autumn and of the beauty of Garrett County. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors. The Festival includes two large parades including the Grand Feature Parade. Concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique shows and much more! The Autumn Glory Festival is listed as one the top fall festivals in the world and Oakland, MD as one of America's Best Towns for Fall Colors. There are Driving Tours, an Autumn Glory Dinner, Royalty Maryland State Fiddle, Banjo and Mandolin Championships Festival, and a Photo Contest just to name a few events that take place during these wonderful 5 days.


Fall Festival | Taste of Drummond Island - October 9th to October 11
  Drummond Island, Michigan

Fall Festival - Taste of Drummond Lily's Seafood, Grill Brewery Micro-Brews, live music, kids games, artisan fair, 5K walk/run, pub-crawl, and flea market - dont miss experiencing the local culture with the changing of the seasons. Drummond Island is an outdoor playground in Michigan!


Indian Rock Beach Oktoberfest - October 10th
  Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

With a focus on local, eco-friendly products and services, festival-goers enjoy a range of activities including shopping for local, organic and environmentally friendly products at the green marketplace. Live music by Toni Wylie and the Islands sets the mood while Greenfest guests enjoy food from local restaurants, draft beer and wine. There is plenty for kids of all ages to do including a bounce house, a playground, arts and crafts, and dancing. Take the opportunity to chat with some local nonprofit groups that are on-hand such as the Sea Bird Sanctuary, Surfrider Foundation, and the Pinellas County Extension. They love sharing information on their community involvement and are always welcoming to those interested in getting involved. 


Seafood Festival at Avalon - October 10th to October 11
  Avalon, New Jersey

Coupled with Avalon’s reputation for fashion, elegance and refined taste; you won’t want to miss the taste of another kind—the unforgettable delicacies from the sea at the Avalon’s Annual Seafood Festival. Featuring fresh seafood vendors, a chowder contest, live music, and art vendors; you may also peruse exhibits and original and local artwork by painters, photographers, and plain-air artists.


Duck Jazz Festival - October 11th
  Nags Head, North Carolina

Enjoy the free, non-ticketed, day-long festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages.  Gates open at 10:00 a.m. with live music starting at 11:00 a.m. This premier jazz event is designed to provide a unique entertainment opportunity for residents and visitors on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and to encourage people to stay in the area and support local businesses. Businesses throughout Duck participate by offering jazz events in conjunction with the festival.  The festival will take place rain or shine.  Attendees are invited to bring food, coolers, chairs, blankets and pets


Outer Banks Seafood Festival - October 17th
  Nags Head, North Carolina

Collectively, Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Tyrrell Counties – the Outer Banks – have a rich history of 2nd, 3rd, even 8th generation families who crab, shrimp, oyster, clam and fish as a demanding and specialized trade.

While settled in the 1600s, it took post-Civil War era technological developments and more efficient transportation and distribution systems to get the Outer Banks seafood product to market. Prior to the industrial revolution, our people mostly clammed, oystered and crabbed for sustenance. But by the 19th century, commercial fishing had become an important contributor to the economy of Wanchese and Hatteras Island.

Today many of our local fishermen have fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who earned their living farming the ocean, oftentimes under adverse conditions. Several fish alone or in small groups. Some fleets run out of Wanchese.  In addition, fleets of charter boats run out of marinas on Ocracoke Island, in Hatteras, Oregon Inlet, Pirate’s Cove, and several other locations all bringing fishing enthusiast out for the thrill of fishing in the clean waters that surround the Outer Banks.

Now in the 21st century, many of our Outer Banks commercial fishing families are in danger of disappearing.

The U.S. fishing industry is being hit hard by such factors as increased and ever-changing regulations, rising fuel costs and importation of foreign seafood. According to the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, the influx of cheap imported fish and shellfish has driven down prices to those earned in the 1960s. As a result, many fishermen are being forced to find other professions, and the long, hard hours in exchange for low pay are deterring future generations from carrying on the family business.

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is a 2012 extension of so many other events that have been held to honor our fishing heritage.  For years, the Outer Banks held ‘The Wanchese Seafood Festival’ which was a celebration of the industry and the village that was built on bringing in fresh seafood to market.   In Hatteras each September, there’s ‘Day at the Docks.  on the waterfront in Hatteras village. The event celebrates the working traditions of the waterfront with seafood cooking demonstrations, fishing boat and gear displays, fishing industry skills contests and competitions, local seafood cooking competitions, music, author readings, a chowder cook-off contest, activities for children and concludes with a Blessing of the Fleet.   (For more info on this year’s event go to www.dayatthedocks.org.)

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is the result of a renewed desire to bring that history and heritage back to life for visitors and locals alike.

The idea for a seafood festival has been percolating for the last few years with several organization, but it wasn’t till last fall when all four organizations, The Outer Banks Chamber, The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Outer Banks Catch and The Outer Banks Restaurant Association sat down and really forged  a partnership of their resources, talents and time that allowed the event to take shape.  Now an advisory group some 20 strong meet regularly to bring this inaugural event to life.   The response has been overwhelming.  People with various areas of expertise and event experience have all generously offered to help.  The Town of Nags Head has provided their help with the site and navigating all the requirements that must be met to have a major outdoor event.

 


Rainbows Festival and Street Fair - October 17th to October 18
  Phoenix, Arizona

Rainbows Festival and Street Fair, Heritage Square Park Festival Hours 10:00am – 6:00pm FREE ADMISSION Each year, Arizona celebrates the diversity of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (and/or questioning) individuals/identities) community through Rainbows Festival and Street Fair in the historic Heritage Square Park in Downtown Phoenix. It’s a two-day free event, open to the public where everyone will enjoy fun filled entertainment with 150 exhibitors and sponsors.


Carmel International Film Festival - October 21st to October 25
  Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

The Carmel Art and Film Festival screens the best in independent film in four categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary, Short, and Student. Viewing hundreds of films and narrowing down to approximately a hundred to enter the festival. CAFF presents awards in all four categories with the addition of the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award given to a filmmaker who exemplifies Clint’s commitment to the craft of filmmaking. Five days of independent film complemented by contemporary art, music, conversations, and lecture series, and workshops. There are also diner celebrations throughout the festival including a Filmmaker's Beach Dinner on beautiful Carmel Beach.


Key West Brewfest - September 2nd to September 07
  Key West, Florida

Hmmm ... Key West and Beer, they seem to go together rather nicely. More than 100 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this event. Beer tastings, brunches, dinners, music, pool parties, and the renowned night life and late late parties of Key West. Tropical sounds and the the Signature Tasting Festival Event await you. Come see yet another reason why Key West is one of the best places in the world.


Telluride Film Festival - September 4th to September 07
  Telluride, Colorado

What might be another reason to visit Telluride Might just be THE reason to visit Telluride.  Every year the Telluride Film Festival selects Guest Directors whom assist the festival organizers and i'm certain provide a unique insight and personal touch...art to each new annual festival.  Be sure to check out this years touch.  The ability to introduce favorite films and turn on the audience is a pleasure.  Correction - Telluride is the reason to visit Telluride - its the ski town born out of a dream.


Four Corners Folk Festival - September 4th to September 06
  Pagosa Springs, Colorado

There will be food vendors providing great festival fare on site all weekend, everything from bratwursts and roasted corn to Italian. Our vendors are great! Beer will be available to individuals 21 and over in the beautiful Beer Garden. Beer and wine is served in the VIP area to VIP ticket holders.  The Four Corners Folk Festival will celebrate 18 years of wonderful music over Labor Day Weekend with a HUGE lineup. 


Pocono Garlic Festival - September 5th to September 06
  Shawnee On Delaware, Pennsylvania

Dozens of vendors providing a range of foods from simple to sophisticated for the foodie with discerning taste buds! The festival is a platform to showcase the regions most pungent garlic, finest eateries & talented artists. A legendary local  favorite! Celebrating over 20 years, this event will once again fill the Poconos with the aroma of garlicee goodness over Labor Day weekend. Over 50  food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic themed pottery and paintings. Local musical talents performing on stage, educational demonstrations, garlic eating contest, and plenty of children’s activities make this a great family event!


Breckenridge Oktoberfest - September 11th to September 13
  Breckenridge, Colorado

Each September, Colorado’s high country meets Munich in Breckenridge, Colorado’s Oktoberfest. To get the all the info on the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains, keep reading!

Breckenridge’s annual Oktoberfest features Bavarian cuisine, rich German brews and plenty of toe-tapping, thigh-slapping oompah music.

The weekend-long party kicks off with the prestigious Paulaner Brewmaster’s Dinner, followed by a lively party on Main Street, with traditional costumes, German food and music, Bavarian dancers, children’s activities, a keg-tapping ceremony, 5k run and, of course, Paulaner bier.

The Paulaner Brewmaster’s Dinner, a gourmet multi-course dinner, is held on Friday evening. Enjoy a multi-course meal elegantly paired with European biers and alternate wines.

There is limited seating and the dinner has been a sold out event the last four years. It is a great evening of food, new friends and the perfect kick off to an amazing Oktoberfest celebration dinner.

On Main Street, the party gets under way on Friday. Then the fun starts again on Saturday with the fun continuing right through evening. The Main Street Party features more than two dozen food vendors. 

The party gets going again on Sunday morning with the Street Party. Sunday’s party is a bit more laid back, family oriented, but still a whole lot of fun.

You don’t have to be German to enjoy Oktoberfest, just come ready to enjoy some great beer, food, dancing and people.  Close to 50,000 people come to Breckenridge, Colorado for this annual celebration.


Traverse City Germanfest - September 11th
  Traverse City, Michigan

12,000-square foot “Big Top” tent. Traditional foods which will include Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and Knackwurst, German Potato Salad, Cucumber Salad,
Spatzle, Sauerbraten, and don’t forget to leave room for the desserts! The beer, of course it’s imported! It’s from the famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich, and the wine is from the Rhein and Mosel valleys. There will be dancing and singing to traditional music from Da Frankenmuda Fratz’n from Frankenmuth, MI. It will all take place on a spacious wooden dance floor under the “Big Top”!
Tickets to Germanfest are limited (21 and older). They are expected to sell out quickly. The admission price includes the buffet style dinner and the evening of live entertainment. Reserved group seating is available for 8 or more guests.


Mountain Song Festival - September 12th to September 13
  Brevard, North Carolina

The Brevard Music Center,Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium(don't worry if it rains)
This beautiful 1800 seat "covered", open-air auditorium is the main stage for Mountain Song Festival.
Nestled into a beautiful cove with Pisgah National Forest as a backdrop, Whittington-Pfohl has hosted great artists like Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury and Emmy Lou Harris.

 

Mountain Song Festival was inspired by our youth. It will help fund the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County and also facilitate educational opportunities for children and adults.


For information about the Boys and Girls Club of TransylvaniaCounty please call 828-885-7800

 

Plenty of Food * Local Artists * Childrens Activities * Nature Interests * Area Interests


Adirondack Balloon Festival - September 17th to September 20
  Adirondacks, New York

Adirondack Balloon Festival always offers large number of hot air balloons including special shapes. Family activities and entertainment; food. "Big Balloon Breakfast". PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR DOGS TO THE FESTIVAL. Lift-off of balloons is weather permitting. New York's Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival. The four-day event is the oldest and largest balloon event on the East Coast set against the backdrop of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. All balloon flights are scheduled weather permitting. The Festival is open to the public - FREE of charge, Donations will be accepted for parkiing, Premiere VIP parking is available for a fee. Please do not bring your dogs to the Festival. Thank you!


Telluride Blues and Brews Festival - September 18th to September 20
  Telluride, Colorado

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival takes place in a renowned outdoor music venue with breathtaking mountain peaks for a backdrop. You should visit Telluride for the views alone but Telluride will not stop there. Yes, Telluride is an acclaimed ski town located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains but what may not be known is that Telluride is a festival hot spot. The main street which is steps away from the festival grounds is also filled with restaurants, shops, and bars so when the music ends at the festival grounds the scene continues throughout the town. A town with a great ambience and on this 3 day festival amazing live music will accompany it all. Blues, Rock and Roll, funk, indie, and gospel performances will invigorate the soul. The "brews' aspect of the festival introduces Telluride's microbreweries. Along with the foods, crafts, vendors, shows, and much more make this festival one to celebrate. At the heart of the venue is the Fred Shellman Memorial Stage, a small, humble wooden stage that has held the weight of legends over the years. When B.B. King performed here in 2004, he sat on this same stage, looked out at the mountains before him, and told the crowd, ""Out of the 90 different countries I've been to, I've never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here."" It's not the altitude that'll take your breath away. It's the views.


Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon - September 19th to September 20
  Mount Vernon, Virginia

The home of the first American hero celebrates Colonial Craft Fair at Mount Vernon in Virginia. Dozens of America’s finest craftspeople in Colonial-attire demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leatherworkings, weavings, paper-cuttings, furniture, and much more.

 

The event also features lively 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, rat-catchers and gypsies, plus hearty specialty food for sale onsite. This weekend only, the Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, are free-of-charge.


Aloha Festivals - September 19th
  Waikiki, Hawaii

Aloha Festivals is Hawaii’s premier cultural showcase, preserving the unique traditions of the Islands. It’s a free, month-long celebration of Hawaiian music, dance and history. It is the only statewide cultural festival in the nation. But recently it is concentrated on the Island of Oahu, the great city of Honolulu and the beautiful beach of Waikiki. The Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea is Hawaii's largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. Hawaiian Festival or Celebration consisting of authentic hula dancing and music, games, and food.  This annual festival is Hawaii's Largest Block party streetching across Kalakaua Avenue.  There will be hula schools and authentic hawaiian music throughout the day.  Crafts, leis, and many authentic Hawaiian cuisne to sample throughout the celebration.  No better time to visit Hawaii, the amazing island of Oahu, and the most diverse and majestic city of Waikiki !


Neptune Festival - September 25th to September 27
  Virginia Beach, Virginia

Heralded as one of the top 100 events in the country, the Neptune Festival is comprised of over 30 events taking place all summer long. The wine festival, Triathlon, 8k run, surfing competition, art, and the 100's exhibits AND not to leave out the beach bash.  But this event is hightlighted and finalized by the Boardwalk Weekend. The Boardwalk Weekend features The North American Sand Sculpting Championship, youth day, the grand parade, sporting events, music (3 stages of entertainment), fireworks and, of course, food!  - along the backdrop of Virginia Beach !


The Southern Living Taste Of Charleston - September 27th
  Charleston, South Carolina

Annual affair of the Lowcountry’s culinary, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc. will host a 3-day event that will display Charleston restaurant’s taste tempting cuisines, 50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite causal and fine dining restaurants will be serving sample size portions plus beer and wine at the historic Boone Hall Plantation. And highlights of the event includes specialty and imported beer tasting, live music, the legendary “Waiter’s Race” and the “Kid’s Kitchen Sideshow.


Motorcycle Rides in Breckenridge, Colorado - August 1st to August 31
  Breckenridge, Colorado

Motorcycling has long been part of Breckenridge, Colorado, starting from the earliest years when riders explored back mountain roads. Today, many of those roads remain unpaved. To find out where to ride and rent motorcycles, keep reading!

If you’re looking for adventure while you’re visiting Colorado, make sure you take a ride an a modern, fuel injected Honda All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). These motorcycles are designed to climb anything, and take you anywhere. South Park ATV Tours and Rental is located in Fairplay, Colorado, about 20 miles from Breckenridge.

Every ride includes a modern ATV, available in several colors. South Park ATV also provides helmets, and goggles. When you travel to the mountains of Colorado make sure you bring extra clothes, in case in gets cooler. It is highly recommended to bring your camera, as the South Park area has plenty of photography of mountains, wild life, and beautiful forests.

Any level of rider is welcome, even if you’ve never ridden an ATV, their fully trained and friendly staff will teach you everything there’s is to know about these extremely fun vehicles.  Riders 15 and up can control their own ATV, some rides can accommodate double riders.

Children and adults of all ages and abilities are welcome.  If you have plenty of experience or own your own ATVs, you will have a great time as well.  Rides from mild to wild will be custom tailored to the particular group.

All rides are small and private, so you have time to soak in the beautiful mountain scenery.


Manchester Festival By The Sea - August 2015
  Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts

An annual event coordinated with the Cape Ann chamber of commerce. Celebrating everything local and good in Manchester by the Sea - Art, Music, and Food in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea! This all day extravaganza taps into the area's wealth of musical & artistic talents, The family-friendly Festival will feature Live music on two stages throughout the day, culminating in an evening waterfront concert in Masconons Park. Local restaurants will showcase some of their most tempting creations, while visitors will be able to peruse the art and handcrafted items created by some of the area's finest artists and craftsmen.


Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 2015
  Sturgis, South Dakota

South Dakota hosts the biggest motorcycle rally in the United States. Your first trip to Sturgis will make your head spin, eyes throb, and ears roar. You'll enjoy every minute of it and once you have attended, you will understand what is impossible to put into words.

Vacation Rentals Condos and Sturgis Accommodations for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 71st AnniversaryEvery year since 1938 (except during WWII due to gas shortages) Sturgis, South Dakota has been the host of the Sturgis Motorcyle Rally.

Originally, the main focus of the Sturgis rally the motorcycle races and stunts but it has expanded to include Motocross races, Hillclimb contests, and more. Each year is an epic journey, the Black Hills are mesmerizing and the roads offer one of kind riding.  It becomes very clear and easy to recall the mantra - ITS THE JOURNEY NOT JUST THE DESTINATION THAT MATTERS!

If you plan on taking the epic journey and head to the Black Hills of South Dakota, be sure to get your travel accommodations with the help of FindRentals.com! With over 100 vacation rental cabins and vacation homes in the Black Hills, FindRentals has a place for you to stay in the Black Hills area. 


Port Aransas Texas Billfish Tournament - August
  Port Aransas, Texas

Bring your fishing gear and come join the next annual Port Aranas Texas Billfish Tournament!


National Blueberry Festival - August
  South Haven, Michigan

Every year from Thursday through Sunday, you and your family can enjoy lots and lots of blueberries: blueberry pancake breakfasts, a parade, a fish boil dinner, an art & craft show, the pageant, a 5k run, blueberry bake off competition, and free concerts to enjoy!


Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival - August 2015
  Asheville, North Carolina

Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival returns to downtown Asheville as one of the largest stand-up comedy events in the southeast. This annual event presents some of the top stand-ups. Comedy's next crop of rising talent. Hundreds of comedians submit clips to seize the opportunity to be a part of this festival.  More than 50 comedians will be selected making this event one of the largest and most entertaining comedy events in the world. Discover the next top talent in comedy, Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival!


Art in the Redwoods Festival - August 2015
  Sea Ranch, California

The Art in the Redwoods Festival is held in Gualala, California, north of the Sea Ranch at the Gualala Arts Center. The Gualala Arts Center is an amazing venue servicing the Northern Sonoma & Southern Mendocino Counties. However, on this weekend thousands will make their way to the center for a truly artistic annual event that begun in 1961, and growing and evolving ever since. The weekend event features art from all over the world in a space that is near and dear. Nature, entertainment, and nature...lined with artists booths. The exhibition of fine art is featured throughout the building, which includes everything from oil paintings to watercolors, drawings to photographs, and sculptures to woodworking. This is one of the largest north coast art show in California and whats even more amazing is that most of the art is for sale. Artists are invited to display and sell their works and to compete for awards, which include cash prizes and ribbons. The opening days are for those who purchase tickets for the diner and/or the champagne preview. The preview days allow you to do just that, preview and purchase art prior to the general public festival. The Top Hat opening dinner allows diners a preview of the Fine Art Exhibit and diners will have the first opportunity to purchase art before it is judged. The Champagne Preview allows the outdoor artist booths to be previewed and The Fine Art Exhibit as well. Award presentations and judges reviews will take place in the outdoor amphitheater. The Festival is then open to the public on Saturday and Sunday for the indoor fine art exhibition and the outdoor activities. The outdoor activities include live music and dance performances on the auditorium stage, you will also have strolling musicians throughout the festival weekend. The festival area will be filled with booths offering some of the best artwork and crafts you'll ever see at a festival. This festival has a tremendous selection of food, the Gualala Arts Culinary Group offers grill foods, brick oven pizza, salads, and soups. At the festival you can also enjoy a glass of wine or pint of beer. Finally, remember to save room for dessert with plenty of options such as ice cream, pie, cookies, and cake. I can think of a better mix of location, nature, art, food, and wine.


Telluride Mushroom Festival - August 2015
  Telluride, Colorado

"The" Mushroom Festival - Discover all the value of mother natures gift to us - from foundational to gourmet meals - to medicinal and agricultural benefits - you couldnt find a more natural and majectic location to take on this journey - Telluride, Colorado

Guest speakers, special guests, workshops, and film ... all forming a connection between mushrooms and how they can benefit ourselves and the world we live in.


Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival - August 2015
  Tucson, Arizona

Annual Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival – Riverpark Inn, exciting monsoon birding, field trips & workshops with renowned leaders; socials and dinner programs featuring keynoters J. Drew Lanham and Christopher Cokinos (fees vary), free Nature Expo, kids’ activities,


Douglaston Salmon Run - August
  Orwell, New York

Fishing at the DSR offers guests an unforgettable, private water experience. Whether wading or fishing from a driftboat, anglers in every season find fishing high quality, low pressure, and easily accessible. With helpful river keepers available year round, the Salmon River is one of the most desirable fishing destinations in the Northeast. Located at the first 2.5 miles of the Salmon River, the DSR is where steelhead, King and Coho salmon, and hearty brown trout first enter the estuary on their annual spawning trip upriver. Fresh from the estuary, the fish in the SR are unpressured and ready for all the action you can give them. Twelve designated fishing holes, give you the best chance to meet up with all the fight you can handle.


Gloucester Waterfront Festival - August 2015
  Gloucester, Massachusetts

Art goes everywhere but it fits in even more nicely by the Gloucester Waterfront.  A gathering of over hundreds of Artists and Craftsmen from all around the U.S. will exhibit their creations and express their art over this summer weekend. Also, you must enjoy the people watching and live music throughout. Plus don’t miss the display of more than 75 Antique Autos on Sunday, by the North Shore Old Car Club. This event will run from 9:00 am to 6:00 am pm each day and there will live “family type” entertainment with servings of delicious ethnic foods including a pancake breakfast.


USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado - August 2015
  Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The Largest spectator event in the history of Colorado continues to set records in professional cycling by taking the world's best riders to unprecedented elevations, providing heart pounding excitement and drama for all seven days. From the time trials to each stage of the race this is one of the best in cycling. Great for packing a picnic and bringing the family to each town to enjoy the race festivals, concerts, bike tours, food, drinks, and more that each town has to offer.  2015 USA Pro Challenge route Stage 1: Monday, August 17 – Steamboat Springs circuit race Stage 2: Tuesday, August 18 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin Stage 3: Wednesday, August 19 – Copper Mountain Resort to Aspen Stage 4: Thursday, August 20 – Aspen to Breckenridge Stage 5: Friday, August 21 – Breckenridge individual time trial Stage 6: Saturday, August 22 – To be determined by fan vote Stage 7: Sunday, August 23 – Golden to Denver


TC Waterman Stand Up Paddle Challenge & Expo - August
  Traverse City, Michigan

The main events, staged on the shores of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, include a recreational, all-ages, all-skill levels, 3.5
Mile Course Race located close offshore for spectators and on-lookers to view. The TC Waterman also boasts the longest true "open water" distance race- The 11
Mile "Down-Winder" which is open to the public and elite racers alike.  New for 2013 is the 100M "Dash-For-Cash" Sprints. Walk through the over 50 booths representing local and national SUP
organizations and companies and take advantage of local surf and paddle board shops, which will be providing free clinics, seminars, and demonstrations during
the day’s events.


Asheville Wine and Food Festival - August 2015
  Asheville, North Carolina

The finest regional, national, and international wines, exceptional local restaurants . Craft beer and spirits,handcrafted artisans foods for three days of palate-pleasing indulgence.


Pocono IndyCar 500 - ABC SUPPLY 500 at Pocono Raceway - August 2015
  Poconos, Pennsylvania

This "tricky triangle" was said to be designed with Indy Car Racing in mind. IndyCar Series Qualifying and Practice and then the following day the IndyCar Series "ABC Supply 500" Race.


Great New York State Fair - August
  New York

   
   

 


Big Love Festival - August 2015
  Asheville, North Carolina

An annual celebration of unchained & independent Asheville in Pack Square Park downtown with music, food, local beer, independent crafters & vendors.


Burning Man
  Black Rock City, Nevada

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the brave and the fearless, the avant-garde and the curious. It's about making friends, generating creative space and communicating with those around you. Expect the unexpected. Participation only and no spectators provides the only ethos to this week-long party and celebration of art and creativity. Unlike some festivals there are no droves of hippies or big-name stars. People get creative, making their own themed camps, wacky vehicles and crazy outfits. With the desert as background, the whole spectacle looks like a cross between a carnival and Mad Max.


National Buffalo Wing Festival - August 29th to August 30
  Buffalo, New York

Annual Festival held in Downtown Buffalo, New York - the origin of the "Buffalo" Chicken Wing - Music, Cook offs, "sauce off" , live music, and plenty of wings to consume !!!


Brighton Jubilee Festival - August 30th
  Brighton, New Jersey

The Brighton Jubilee festival was established 38 years ago and since then it is yearly celebrated. This festival is a fundraiser and a Brooklyn tradition that celebrates diversity, it is dedicated in connecting the communication gap through the language of international music. This festival yearly features multiple entertainment for everyone, residents and tourists will enjoy a mass of products and informational booths and multiple entertainment.


Maine Lobster Festival - August
  Rockland, Maine

Small Town - Big Fun!  CNN has reported this festival as one of the four best festivals in the country. People gather from around the world for this original lobster festival celebrating five days of fun and feasting on the beautiful coast of Maine. The festival features big name entertainment, plus thousands of lbs. of fresh Maine Lobster and other seafood for your consumption. Parade, Arts and Crafts, Races, and Cooking Contests.  Enjoy!  


PENNSYLVANIA 400 at The Pocono Raceway - August 2015
  Poconos, Pennsylvania

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 Qualifying, Practice, and Race at one of the legendary racetracks "the Tricky Triangle". Enjoy the races, as well as, the beauty of the Poconos.