Cure your end of summer blues with some fantastic fall festivals.
Witness the Ultimate Rib Cook-off in Nevada
Serving up over 240,000 pounds of succulent barbecued ribs for hungry event-goers, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off is a week-long feast where grills go wild. The world's greatest rib chefs descend upon Sparks, Nevada to compete for top honors and prizes for the best St. Louis-style pork ribs.
With over 20 bands, crafts and, of course, a rib eating contest, it's the perfect end of summer affair.
More info: nuggetribcookoff.com
Party at Oktoberfest in Cincinnati
Billed as the largest Oktoberfest in the U.S. and second only to the original in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is a three-day celebration of German heritage, beer, and food.
Indulge in over 200 assorted German dishes and savor steins of beer while listening to live music.
Grab your lederhosen, practice your polka, and enjoy the festivities, but don't miss the Running of the Wieners, the Beer Stein Race, or the Beer Barrel Roll.
More info: oktoberfestzinzinnati.com
Sip Bourbon in Kentucky
Crafting bourbon since 1776, Bardstown, Kentucky attracts crowds of American whiskey lovers to its annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
The six-day event offers historical tours, bourbon making demonstrations, black tie galas, live music, and hot air balloon rides. Competitions, local food and craft vendors, and good old Kentucky hospitality make this a family favorite.
More info: kybourbonfestival.com
Read Your Heart Out in Washington, D.C.
The National Book Festival held in Washington, D.C. celebrates the joy of literature. Visit with over 175 award-winning authors, illustrators, and poets. Enjoy authors' talks and book signings, and interactive, family-friendly activities.
Founded by former first lady Barbara Bush and sponsored by the Library of Congress, the event promotes a culture of reading and literacy and encourages Americans of all ages and backgrounds to participate.
More info: loc.gov/bookfest
Admire Horses in New York City
The Rolex Central Park Horse Show is an outdoor, multi-day equestrian sporting event in New York City featuring world class show jumpers, dressage riders, and an elegant Arabian Horse Show against the backdrop of the city's famous skyline.
Central Park, a magnificent urban oasis, is conveniently surrounded by superb restaurants and countless street vendors.
More info: centralparkhorseshow.com
Celebrate Fall in Lake Tahoe
The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival at the scenic Northstar California Resort is presenting nine days of activities in various locations from the lake's West Shore to sandy King's Beach and beyond. Events include cooking competitions, wine tastings, live musical entertainment, and much more.
The centerpiece of the experience is the Grand Tasting, featuring food from over 30 of the finest regional restaurants, prepared by acclaimed local chefs and paired with distinguished wines, brews, and spirits.
More info: gotahoenorth.com
Feast on Seafood in New Orleans
New Orleans, renowned for its seafood, much of it sourced from the nearby Gulf of Mexico, celebrates the local bounty during a three-day fall seafood festival.
The fiesta features premier live musical entertainment and culinary delights from celebrity chefs, starring shrimp, crab, oysters, fish, and crawfish. At least 20 restaurants will be represented.
Jewelry, woodworks, textiles, and more crafts by talented local artists will be for sale.
More info: louisianaseafoodfestival.com
Taste-test Tacos in Chicago
The distinguished taco is the headliner at the Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Festival in Chicago's North Side neighborhood. Along with seasonal beers, it represents the beginning of the fall season.
Nearby eateries serve traditionally stuffed tacos as well as creative variations. Beer and taco pairings, live music, Mexican wrestlers, and of course entertainment for the kids complete the festivities.
More info: lakeviewtacofest.com
Go to the Ballet in Miami
Over 200 talented dancers representing Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America gather to perform and celebrate at the International Ballet Festival of Miami. Along with spectacular live performances, the festival presents ballet through film, visual art, and literature. Taking place in various venues across Miami-Dade County, the event brings top-shelf classical and contemporary dance forms to the city.
More info: internationalballetfestival.org
Say Goodbye to Summer in Hermosa Beach
Celebrate Labor Day in laid-back, family-friendly Hermosa Beach where every day seems like a festival. Fiesta Hermosa is a a three-day arts and crafts festival with 270 vendors at the Hermosa Beach Pier in sunny Southern California. Enjoy live music, food booths, and a kiddie carnival while taking in the spectacular coastline, white sandy beaches, and buzzing bars and restaurants.
More info: hbchamber.net