10 Best September Festivals

Just when you think summer fun is over, the festival-packed month of September comes next. No matter what your hobbies are - from music to food to outdoor adventure - there is a festival for you. Some of the best festivals in September are seasonally driven, including options for harvest events. Keep reading for a list of some of the top 10 festivals to plan your travels around for the month of September.

hudson valley wine and food fest1. Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest

One of the greatest events for celebrating the harvest season is the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest. This annual event gives visitors the chance to sample both New York wines and the produce that makes the Hudson Valley so popular with high-end restaurants.

2. San Francisco Blues Festival

One of the best festivals in September for music fans is the San Francisco Blues Festival. Not only will you have the chance to hear some of the country's most talented blues musicians during one event, but you can also explore the incredible dining, art, and shopping scene of San Francisco.

3. Telluride Film Festival

The mountain town of Telluride, Colorado might be mostly known for skiing in the winter, but it is also the location of many excellent festivals. The Telluride Film Festival is one of them and takes place every year in sunny September. Book your mountain vacation rental in advance for the greatest selection and amenities.

4. Great American Beer Festival

Every year, Denver, Colorado hosts a popular event that has nothing to do with the great outdoors: the Great American Beer Festival. During this event sample a variety of microbrews from across the country, highlighting how delicious American beers can be.

5. Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Many of the best festivals in September are focused on food. This month is known not only for its excellent produce, but also for seafood. As water temperatures drop slightly after summer, seafood arguably becomes even tastier. Check out the Lobster Festival in Los Angeles to decide for yourself.

miami carnival6. Miami Carnival

Most Carnival celebrations are held during the lead up to the season of Lent in February, but Miami decides to celebrate it in September. This festival is exactly what you would expect from a Carnival celebration, including costumes, music, parades, and great nightlife. Check out our full Miami Carnval event guide while you're here.

7. Taste of Newport

September is full of food festivals, and the best ones showcase not only local products, but also how the most talented local chefs whip those ingredients into inventive cuisine. This is exactly what you'll find at Taste of Newport in Newport Beach, California.

8. Biloxi Seafood Festival

If you love seafood, head south to Mississippi for the Biloxi Seafood Festival. This event will introduce you not only to the local seafood in Mississippi, but also the way local chefs prepare it in a distinctly Southern style.

9. Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival

Vermont is known as a destination for cheese lovers. While it is possible to travel here at any time of year and taste the state's signature cheddar, why not plan ahead to attend the Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival? September is a beautiful time to enjoy Plymouth, Vermont's scenery and in one place you will be able to taste a variety of cheese as well as produce from the harvest.

10. Maine Fare

One more food focused festival in September is called Maine Fare. Taking place in Camden and Rockport, Maine this festival showcases ingredients that are unique to Maine. If you didn't get enough of those Maine lobsters during the summer, plan a trip to this delicious September festival.


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