Charleston Wine + Food Festival
This three-James-Beard-Award-winning-chef-town knows how to cook up a festival. This one has wine tastings and gourmet feasts, star chefs doing demo’, and down-home booziness, too—count on plenty of barbecue and bourbon. But make sure to get tickets early, somehow I slipped in(!), but even hometown movie star Bill Murray couldn’t get into one of the festival parties a few years ago when he wasn’t on the guest list.