The skyline of Cincinnati becomes a giant canvas for the nation’s largest light and art festival. From October 12-15, the side of almost every large building in the city will host an art installation built around intriguing lights and movement.
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day… in Mexico!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Believe it or not, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day. That would be September 16, and in Puerto Vallarta they’ll be throwing a weekend-long celebration featuring tons of music, dancing, parades, and cultural events, including a taco fair and National Charro Day honoring Mexican cowboys.
NEOCycle, the largest urban cycling festival in the country, takes over Cleveland’s Edgewater Park from September 8-10. Competitions include a triathlon, XC mountain bike race, velodrome races, and a cyclocross spectacular the festival recommends for “mud enthusiasts, thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies of all ages and paces.”
Some of the best photo ops of the year are at the Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors festival September 21-24. Owners of classic cars from all over America bring their vintage autos to this tiny mountain town awash in the majestic Rocky Mountain autumn foliage.
The small town of Utopia in Texas Hill Country is closing out summer with the last big camping music festival of the year. UTOPiAFest runs from September 22-24, and will be headlined by Dr. John and the Night Trippers.
Jersey City, New Jersey
The top 24 golfers in the world will square off for the bi-annual Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Course September 26 to October 1. Steve Stricker will lead the Americans while Nick Price captains the international squad.
Highland Perthshire, Scotland
The world’s coolest showcase of sound and light emerges in the Faskally Wood from September 28 to October 29. The forest is illuminated by art installations that play the lights and sounds off the trees, a dazzling spectacle recognized as one of the UK’s best cultural events.
Lovers of Luke and Lorelai the world over will converge on Kent, Connecticut from October 21-23 for the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, getting as close to a real-life Stars Hollow as one possibly can. Highlights will include appearances by former cast members Sally Struthers, Liz Torres, and Keiko Agena.
Start growing that beard now...
Just a heads up, the National Beard and Moustache Championships are November 7-11 in LA. So if you’ve got any aspirations of competing, time to get on it.