Top Five Autumn Festivals Across The US:
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: October 6-14, 2012, NMHeld every year in Balloon Fiesta Park, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta covers over 350 acres and is the most photographed event in the world. Guests from all over the world travel to New Mexico to watch hundreds of balloons take flight. Crowds of hundreds of thousands of smiling faces watch the colorful balloons, each unique, sail off in the crystal blue sky.
Time Warner BBQ & Blues, Charlotte, NC, October 12-13
Taking place in Uptown Charlotte, this is the largest BBQ competition and festival in the Southeast. The Governor has even proclaimed the event as the “State of North Carolina’s Official Memphis BBQ Network Championship Cook-Off.” More than 90 teams elaborately decorate their areas for a chance to a piece of the $25,000 prize money and the coveted trophy. The festival is the official kickoff to fall in North Carolina.
State Fair of Texas, Dallas, TX, September 28-October 21
Texas goes all out for their fair–the first of which was held back in 1886! Today it’s a 24-day celebration of fried food, football and Texas history with over 70 amusement rides. The fair features the Texas Star (the tallest Ferris wheel in North America) and Big Tex: the world’s best-known, 52-foot-tall cowboy.
Touted as the East Coast’s largest waterfront festival, the Oyster Festival offers live entertainment, pirate shows, rides and the ever-popular oyster eating and shucking contest. A major fundraising event for local charities, it has offered the freshest seafood for more than 25 years!
Boasting cuisines and beverages from more than 25 countries, this culinary celebration will surely satisfy every taste. Attend a culinary demonstration or wine seminar and dine with celebrated chefs and try food from around the world.
Circleville Pumpkin Show, Circleville, OH, October 17-20th: http://www.pumpkinshow.com/
National Harvest Vest, Silver Dollar City, MO, September 13-October 27: http://festivals.bransonsilverdollarcity.com/mini-section/default.aspx?id=11
Monerey Jazz Festival, Monterey Fairgrounds, September 21-23: http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2012/