September’s Fun, Odd, Fabulous Festivals

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Hot Air Balloons

I’m counting down the days to September. Sure, I enjoy summer’s barbeques and lazy days by the pool, but I’m ready for the fun – and slight craziness – that autumn brings. Because September kicks off the fall season, festivals are everywhere. Whether you want goofy, awe-inspiring, artistic, food-filled, or just plain fun – your festival is out there.

Many here in Atlanta are anxiously awaiting Dragon*Con. This unique event – sort of festival meets convention – involves dressing up in outlandish costumes, attending live events, and taking part in contests. Dragon*Con is a celebration of all things science fiction, and it is being held in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend.

Other events in Georgia include the Savannah Craft Brew Fest, a three-day festival that focuses on beer, and the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, an event that celebrates the arts and traditions of various ethnic groups in the area.

The events in Georgia are a snapshot of the events happening across the country in September. Find a festival near you and enjoy!

If you like music festivals, the BeanTown Jazz Festival is perfect. Every September, tens of thousands swarm Boston’s city blocks for three days of live performances, plenty of vendors, and activities for kids. If you are on the West Coast, be sure to check out the American River Music Festival, held in Coloma, California, a city just outside of Sacramento. What’s fun about this festival are the three campgrounds, a guided hike along the American River, a whitewater rafting excursion, and plenty of live music.

Hot-air balloon festivals are popular in September. Prepare to be awed by dazzling, colorful balloons decorating the sky. There’s the Reno Balloon Race in Reno, Nevada or the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glen Falls, New York. Texans can head over to Plano for the Plano Balloon Festival.

Seafood festivals are also September favorites. The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival is the seafood festival of all seafood festivals. It even holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the most seafood served at an outdoor event. If you live in the South, the Riverdale Seafood and Beer Festival is held in Riverdale, Georgia. This one combines it all – live music, food, and beer.

Perhaps you prefer unusual festivals. If you do, then don’t miss out on the International Camel Races in Virginia City, Nevada. What started as a joke in a local paper in 1959 has turned into an annual event. In addition to camels, you can also watch the ostrich races – those were added in 1962.

With a wide variety of festivals to choose from, September is a great month to get out and explore. Find a festival in your area and enjoy the cooler weather, some great music, and amazing food.