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Are you looking for a unique experience this fall? Our correspondent Kathleen Saron has traveled far and wide, always glad to share tips for memorable experiences. We present 5 top-rated festivals or events taking place within September and November this year.

Austin City Limits Music Festival

This festival has been running since 2002 and is designed to accommodate nearly 100,000 visitors in two consecutive long weekends. This year the music festival will be held between September 30th and October 2nd, and the second part is held between the 7th and 9th of October. The Texan capital is renowned for hosting some of highest-rated bands and often is called the music capital of the world. The biggest names in rock, indie, folk, R&B, country and hip hop music are playing every year at this festival. It is not only about music; food lovers get to taste signature dishes from hand-picked restaurants and venues from the city of Austin. Families are welcome to enjoy fun activities for children (karaoke, fake tattoos, rock star hairdos) and art markets during the day.


This is probably Germany’s most famous festivity with its origin over 100 years ago. It offers endless liters of beer and a wide variety of local cuisine to its visitors. It is held in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Local customs, such as men’s lederhosen and women’s dirndls, are proudly worn by natives and tourists alike that flock this festival by the millions. This year it will be held in the second half of September. If you can’t afford a trip to Germany, replicas are held worldwide. Notable Oktoberfest celebrations include Columbus Oktoberfest in Ohio, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati held in Cincinnati, and Oktoberfest Brisbane, in Australia.

Harvest festivals

It is an age-old tradition to celebrate the time of harvesting. Many towns and cities hold fun festivities during the fall season when their produce is ripe for harvest. Here are my top picks for 2016:

For wine lovers:

Sonoma County Harvest Fair (Santa Rosa, California)

Date: September 30th - October 2nd

Pumpkin harvest:

Circleville Pumpkin Show (Circleville, Ohio)

Date: October 19th - 22nd

Autumn at the Arboretum (Dallas, Texas)

Date: Mid-September to mid-November

Cranberry harvest:

Cranberry Harvest Fest (Wareham, Massachusetts)

Date: October 8th - 9th

Fruits and Vegetables:

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest (Hood River, Oregon)

Date: October 14th - 16th

Tivoli Gardens

Set in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark, Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest amusement park in the world. It receives over 4.5 million visitors every year. During the fall, the park is charmingly decorated for Halloween and Christmas. The gardens do not only have roller coasters rides for all ages, but also quality restaurants, theaters, concert venues and a casino. Every Saturday night, visitors can experience an impressive display of fireworks accompanied by music

The Adirondack Balloon Festival

Experience the magical sight of 100 hot air balloons lift into the air in Glens Falls, NY. Running from September 22th through 25th, this non-profit festival is celebrating in 2016 its 40th anniversary. Entrance to the grounds is free of cost. Adventurous people can make arrangements with local pilots for rides on the balloons. There are food stands and a craft fair in support of charity. The overall experience is very rewarding, especially since the balloons have very intricate and imaginative designs.

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