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Great Vacations for August, September and October 2012

Updated on September 3, 2012

Ready for some Fun!

Still trying to find a great location for some vacation FMF (food, music and FUN). Check out these vacation spots in scenic, diverse cities. Each city is known for wonderful attractions and ambiance and each has planned a great festival or celebration. Note, some of these events sell out months in advance so if you really want to go, get your tickets ASAP.  Enjoy!

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Peeble Beach

Concours d' Elegance

When: August 15 - 19, 2012

Where: Pebble Beach, California

If you know your way around (or maybe want to know your way around) a high-brow automobile, join fellow aficionados on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach golf course for the Concours d' Elegance -- a parade of high-end autos and motorbikes. This competition showcases vintage cars, hot rods, lakesters, Bonnevilles and Indycars. If you enjoy name-dropping, you can expect to mingle with Alfa Romeo, Jaguar and Pierce-Arrow at this event while enjoying classical music and excellent cuisine including some authentic Italian dishes.

And, if you enjoy a good auction, plan on attending the Peeble Beach Car Auction for a chance to raise a paddle or an eyebrow. The auction is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 18th and 19th. But bring a few gold bars for this rare car sales event; In a past auction, a 1935 Duesenberg sold for almost 4.5 million.

If you can tear yourself away from the cars and elegance, enjoy the beauty of Carmel-By-The-Sea and other attractions including the Montery Bay Aquarium and the Ventura Vineyards.


MusicFest Vancouver

When: August 10 - 19, 2012

Where: Vancouver, Canada

Classical . . . Jazz . . . World Music . . . Choral Music . . . Contemporary. You'll find it all at this musical festival in this beautiful city in the sheltered harbor. There are 50 events planned at the 2012 festival which features LA Bottine Souriante with a blend of Big Brass, Stepdancing, and Fiddles, New York Voices and the romantic songs of Pink Martini. There's a family day and jazz piano series -- music in the garden -- with five intimate performances from Argentinian, Canadian and Australian artists.

Vancouver Island has excellent whale-watching excursions. Also, plan to visit Stanley Park and Gastown.

Mackinac Island is a National History Landmark
Mackinac Island is a National History Landmark

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island Music Festival -- August 15 - 16, 2012

Mackinanc Island Fudge Festival -- August 24, 2012

Johnnie Bassett and Stacia Petrie headline this 3-day festival held on the beautiful island of Mackinac. If you'd rather entertain your sweet tooth, plan on attending the Island annual Fudge Festival.

Mackinanc Island is located in Lake Huron off the Straits of Mackinac; 80% of the island is park of Mackinac Island State Park. The island is reached via ferry or airplane. Since 1898, motorized vehicles have been banned from the island, so plan on getting around by foot, bike or horse-drawn carriage. Make sure you visit Fort Mackinac and the majestic victorian Grand Hotel.

New York

New York Chamber Music Festival - September 2012

Where: New York City, New York

If you haven't had the chance to visit the city that never sleeps, why not plan a Labor Day or October jaunt.

Celebrate classical music at the Chamber music festival, sponsored by the New York Orchestra. This festival features performances by soprano Alessandro Marc; pianists Octavio Brunetti and Pascal Roge. Christine Walevska, Liang Wang, Pascual Martinez Forteza, and Judith LeClair are slated to appear also. You can even take a violin master class with Professor Kurt Sassmanshaus.

CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival - October 19 - 21, 2012

Or, plan your visit to coincide with the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival. This 31-year-old festival highlights a diverse selection of professional, international and regional films and artists. Past films have included Pulp Fiction, Phone Booth and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

New York City offers a smorgasbord of activities and sightseeing opportunities including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Times Square, Chinatown, the United Nations, famous Museums, Radio City and Broadway.


Bumbershoot Music and Art Festival

When: September 1 - 3, 2012 (Tickets go on sale in March)

Where: Seattle, Washington

Seattle hosts one of the largest U.S. festivals during the Labor Day weekend at the 74-acre Seattle Center. Bumbershoot celebrates its 41st year showcasing the best in comedy, music, film and the performing arts. This year's line-up includes Tony Bennett, Jane's Addiction, Skrillex, MacMiller, Big Sean, Gotye and TheJayHawks.

While you are in town, visit the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and take an underground tour while in Seattle. Victoria, British Columbia is just a two-hour trip away.

Harveysburg and Cincinnati

Renaissance Festival

When: September 3 - October 16, 2012

Where: Harveysburg, Ohio

Return to the 16th century England when you attend the 21st annual Renaissance Festival staged on 30 acres just 45 minutes from Cincinnati, Ohio. Over 150 costumed characters will be roaming this English village during the six weeks of this food, games, rides and arts & crafts celebration. Hobnob with handsome knights, snooty nobility and feisty pirates as you witness or participate in 100 shows on 11 stages including a full-armored joust, games and rides, archery demonstrations, and strength contest. Food will be hearty and plentiful -- feast on giant roasted turkey legs, stews, soups and steak-on-a-stick as you enjoy the arts & crafts in the Medieval Marketplace. And, if you enjoy a good brew, there will be plenty of ales and wines to enjoy.

Before or after enjoying the festival, you can take a side trip to Cincinnati for a concert at Riverbend Music Center. Other Cinncinnati attractions include the Krohn Conservatory with over 3,000 plant species, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Sign Museum.

Picture courtesy of Flickr
Picture courtesy of Flickr


Aloha Festival

When: September 2 - 26, 2012 (Parade September 25, 2012)

Where: Hawaii

Aloha. Celebrate Hawaii's history, dance and music during this festival designed to help preserve island traditions. This year's theme is Mele Ailaa - Celebrate Island Music. There will be multiple venues and stages during this festival which is celebrated on each of the Hawaiian islands. Expect beauty, food and entertainment starting with the Royal Court Investiture and continuing with block parties and musical celebrations. Don't miss the Aloha Festival Floral Parade with its beautiful floats, fragrant flowers, enthusiastic marching bands and masterful procession of pau riders.

Of course, breathtaking beauty and sights are to be had on each of the islands. You will find the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, as well as Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.

Dawn Patrol
Dawn Patrol


Earth, Wind and Flyers Balloon Festival

When: October 2 - 8, 2012

Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico

This parade of hot air balloons is considered the most photographed event worldwide. Over 600 balloons join in for the mass ascension at this 365 acre park. Events include the Flight of Nations, and Dawn Patrol (pilots take off in the dark and land in daylight), and America's Challenge ( a long-distance race that typically lasts three days).

The festival includes a car show and fireworks display. Children and adults will enjoy the Balloon Discovery Center for education, demonstrations and simulations. Admission for this event is only $6 person/12 and under are free.

Albuquerque boasts the lovely Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande. History buffs will enjoy the National Atomic Museum.


Festa Major De Gracia

When: Weekends: (tba)

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia, celebrates with numerous festivals throughout the year. The Festa Major de Gracia is one of the better-known celebrations where the streets are decorated with elaborate paper mache and woodwork ornaments along with glowing lanterns. Expect music and partying on every square.

Also, expect to be wowed in this colorful city which sits on the Mediterranean coast, and still has buildings dating from medieval times. Visit the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Picasso Museum and the Barcelona Maritime Museum. Include Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia, and the Paula and Park Guell mansion and grounds.



66th Annual North Carolina Apple Festival

When: Labor Day Weekend - August 31 - September 3, 2012

Where: Hendersonville, North Carolina

Got a craving for a slice of delicious apple pie? If so, plan on attending this celebration of labor and apples. Planned events include daily breakfast ($6/7.00) (pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, bacon, eggs, grits, apples, juice, coffee and milk), sidewalk sales, street fairs and the 30th Annual Gem and Mineral Spectacular. There will be a parade, music from show bands, country, gospel and dance, arts & crafts, a car show, Kids Fun Zone, and an antique airplane show. Join in for the Mountain Music Jamboree, or swing to big band, Top 40, Motown, Beach or Oldies music. In addition, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will be featuring An Evening of Rogers and Hammerstein. And, oh, did I mention the Apple Recipe Contest.

If you have time, plan a visit to nearby Asheville, (30 minutes), home of the famous Biltmore Estate, Folk Art Center and several haunted tours.

Plymouth, Indiana

Marshall County Blueberry Festival

Labor Day Weekend 2012

Plymouth, Indiana

Looking for a small town festival that is big on flavor. The tiny town of Plymouth, near the northern Indiana border, celebrates a bountiful blueberry crop each year with over 100,000 visitors to its food and music festival. This is the 44th year for the blueberry festival which was started by the Jaycees with the goal of providing no or low-cost family entertainment.

This year's event will include entertainment on three stages, a gospel show, antique auto show, parade and 5k, 15k and family fun run races, an fireworks. Over 400 vendors are slated to return with jewelry, wine art, pottery, soaps, wood crafts and wreaths and other arts and crafts. And, of course, there will be plenty of the guest of honor to whet the appetite of hungry visitors -- blueberry pie, ice cream, cheesecake, and doughnuts.

San Diego

San Diego Festival of Beer

September 2012

San Diego, California

The San Diego Professionals Against Cancer sponsor this downtown festival which is celebrating its 16th year. Join thousands for a day of dancing and music, and, of course, plenty of beer. Over 70 breweries are lined up for this event. The $30 admission ticket includes ten beer tastings.Obviously, this is not a kids event; no one under 21 can attend.

Musical guests include Midnight Jogger, Len Rainey and the Midnight Players, Behind the Wagon and Midnight Rivals.

Visit the historic Gaslamp District, Coronada Island or San Diego Chargers game while in San Diego.


Austin City Limits Music Festival

When: October 12 - 14, 2012

Where: Austin, Texas

Join thousands of music lovers in 46-acre Zilker Park in Austin for some fine music and food. Musical acts include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Iggy and The Stoogies, Jack White and The Baylor Choir. Venues scheduled include the arts, crafts and merchandise display at the SoCo Art Market. Visitors even get the opportunity to meet their idols at an autograph session. .

And while you are partying, you will have the chance to help someone by signing up at the Love-Hope-Strength tent. There you can get added to the blood marrow transplant bank list of potential donors. Workers take a quick, painless swap from inside your cheek to see if you are a match for one of the 30,000 folks currently waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

While you are in Austin, make sure you try some Texas barbeque and plan to visit the Texas Memorial Museum, Hippie Hollow, and Mount Bonnell. And, if you are into bats, check out the Congress Avenue Bridge for a nightly mass bat parade.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island Trax Jazz Festival

When: Weekends -- October 4 - 21, 2012

Where: Catalina Island, California

Join 40,000 lovers of hot jazz and cool scenery on this small island 24 miles off the southern cost of California for three long weekends in the Fall. Julian Vaugh, Nick Colionne, Peter White, Najee and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and Eric Darius will join 35 other artists.

The island of Catalina was purchased by William Wrigley in 1919. Wrigley in conjunction with the State of California, worked to preserve much of the island in its original state as a Conservatory. There are daily tours and you can obtain a pass for hunting, fishing, or camping. You can reach Catalina by ferry from Los Angeles -- a fine place for some good sightseeing and star sightings.

Savannah is one of America's most beautiful cities!
Savannah is one of America's most beautiful cities!


Savannah Film Festival

When: October 27 - November 3, 2012

Where: Savannah, Georgia

This film fest is hosted by the Savannah College of Art & Design and includes features, shorts, documentaries, student films and animation. Workshops and panel discussions are planned.

Savannah is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the most scenic cities in the U.S. Plan to walk around this city and enjoy the 19th century dwellings, Forsyth Park and Johnson Square. Other notables not to be missed include The Second African Baptist Church, City Market and Tybee Island.

Get Ready to Have a Great Time!

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      J Yoder 

      7 years ago

      Sounds like some fabulous places and festivals to try out. Helpful information and tips, especially the clip on NYC. Thanks.

    • WesternHistory profile image


      7 years ago from California

      Excellent hub. Also, good information on the Albuquerque Balloon Fest.

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      CondoLux Rentals 

      7 years ago from North Myrtle Beach,South Carolina

      Hey you missed Myrtle Beach, SC! :) One of the hottest tourist destinations in the U.S. Nice beaches, luxury condos, and tons of attractions.

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Yep, I'm always game for a good joust or two :). Thanks for stopping in.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful references!

      Renaissance Festival,sounds fun for me, i think i would love to see some knights jousting.

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Yeah, I understand. I would spend most of my waking and sleeping hours on vacation if the funds permitted. Unfortunately, I don't seem to be the "one" in a "million: who hits the Lottery :). Thanks for commenting.

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      8 years ago

      You've mentioned some of my favorite spots! Now, if I only had the money for vacas!

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks, stephicks, lender and Princesse K.

    • Princesse K profile image

      Princesse K 

      8 years ago from India

      Great suggestions! It's going to take a long time to check ALL of these off my list! New York...Hawaii..woo hoo!


    • lender3212000 profile image


      8 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Very cool idea for a hub! Some great suggestions in there.

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Bumbershoot in Seattle is a fun one. But the word literally means umbrella, so be sure to bring one. :)

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks for visiting everyone!

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Welcome, Alisha. Glad you got some more tips. Please let me know how NY turns out and please send some pics. Bring some comfortable shoes and have FUN!

    • TeamSTM profile image


      8 years ago

      Hey thanks for some Late Summer, Early Fall Vacation Ideas!! I probably would not have even considered these possibilies if I weren't taken a Summer Cruise 2011!

      Thanks for this HubPage!!

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      location villas  

      8 years ago

      Wow!!! Thanks for beautiful suggestions, I am looking for it...Spain may be a good choice...

    • SurferGirl1 profile image


      8 years ago from California

      I am definitely a fan of the Pebble Beach area.

    • Alisha2010 profile image


      8 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Thank you so much, ExpandYourMind. That was very helpful. I got some tips from other Hubbers too. I'm new to Hubpages and am loving all the friendly members and helpful advice. I'll let you know how NYC goes in October! Even send you some pictures, if you want to add them to this Hub.

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Alisha . . . thanks for visiting my hub and commenting. I will try to help; however, I'm not a native New Yorker, I just play one :). Are you going to be based in Manhattan? I tend to do touristy things when I'm there. Broadway, (you can get 1/2 price tickets), Central Park, Times Square, shopping, etc. I did like a Dozen Apples Tour I took once; its a 6 hour walking tour; the guide was great and provided lots of tips and history. Visit Garnegie Deli if you can. Also, Chinatown, SoHo, Little Italy. I'll see if I can find a hub or some additional tips for you.

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      8 years ago

      Great Content... You really spanned the spectrum.

      I am always looking around to see what cool events are happening. Thanks.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I really enjoy this hub. You gave useful information about vocation list. I think all these place were beautiful. You also give us the best time to visit. Good work, my friend. I'll bookmark this one. Vote this up.


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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      NYC sounds like a great vacation for October. I may have to make some plans for that one.

    • Alisha2010 profile image


      8 years ago from Irvine, CA

      I am heading to NYC in October, and glad to see it made the list! Born and raised California girl that cannot wait to see the leaves change colors. Question, do you have any insider tips for me? Like places a native New Yorker would recommend?

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, GL.

    • G L Strout profile image

      G L Strout 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Great Article with lots of great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Yep. Plenty to do and enjoy.

      Careful, TVTopTen, you may not want to come back :)

      Thanks for commenting everyone!

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      8 years ago

      Great tips about New York City, especially the two festivals mentioned! Most people don't know how easy it is to save so much money here. There are so many amazing bargains, coupons and discounts in NYC, which I try and share on

    • TVTopTen profile image


      8 years ago

      Oh yea, Hawaii here I come!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Lots of good vacations here - there are so many choices aren't there.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This presents a wide variety of great vacations spots with entertainment as well. good hub.

    • ExpandYourMind profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      :) Thanks for stopping in.

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      E M Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Itching to travel right now


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