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Mention Oktoberfest to most Germans and expect a few groans. It’s touristy, overpriced, and a poor parody of Bavarian traditions. Still, that doesn’t make it any less fun.
Now that the world’s most popular beer festival is over for another year, we can put away our lederhosen and let our livers enter a year-long rehab. Waitain’t nobody got time for that.
Here are just a few relatively unknown German beer festivals that more authentic and way cheaper than Munich’s premier beer fest:
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During the summer Chicago is a paradise of outdoor festivals, concerts, and events, but that doesn't mean the fun must be restricted to warm days. Chicago works with its weather to promote a range of activities throughout the year, well into turtleneck and mitten weather.
Here's our round-up of the best Chicago events during the fall and winter:
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Had enough of Pumpkin Spice Lattes? It's only just officially turned autumn, and there's still many weeks ahead for enjoying homemade pies, the coziness of your favorite hoodie, the colors of foliage, and harvest festivals. Speaking of...here are three of our favorite autumn harvest festivals in October:
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Oktoberfest in Munich begins September 20 and ends October 5. Looking at the calendar, that's a scant 10 days until the tapping of the first keg! Despite what you may be thinking, it's still not too late to make the decision to finally "do" Oktoberfest this year.
During the festival, the city's Theresienwiese event grounds (or simply "Wiesn" for short) will be teeming with tens of thousands of revelers daily, traveling from beer tent to champagne tent, to schnapps booth. Champagne tent?! Schnapps booth?! Yes, there are special zones and kiosks for all traditional German alcohols, but beer is the chief interest and, as such, the big-name beer tents fill up early in the day.
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Hollywood North's biggest cinematic event of the year - the Vancouver International Film Festival - kicks off later this month with the Wild by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee.
The new movie starring Reese Witherspoon will be the festival's Opening Night Gala while the Sundance grand jury winner Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, will close things out.
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Summer's over but Music Festival season is still going strong. Check out three of the best music fests taking place in September and October.
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It's not too late to get tickets to Labor Day festivities. Here's a look at three events that offer something for everyonewhether you're a music lover, geek, or foodiethat still have tickets available.
For foodies there is The Taste Food Festival taking place in Los Angeles. Weekend passes for the L.A. Times event are sold out but there are still plenty of individual tickets for most events including Saturday's Field to Fork tasting and the popular Sunday Brunch. Tickets are available at latimes.com.
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If you're the sort of person who looks up to the sky at the sound of an aircraft engine, prepare to be nearly catatonic for hours every day at OSH.
"OSH" is the airport code for Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport and the common term for the event formally titled EAA AirVenture, a massive aviation celebration of 10,000 airplanes and half a million people who swamp the tiny town for one week every summer. That week happens to be this week, july 28 - August 3, and we cannot stress hard enough the awesomeness of it all. You should go, if you aren't there already. Make it a long weekend, a day trip, whateverjust make it happen.
Should you heed our advice to give AirVenture 2014 a go, these are the quick and dirty tips to getting to the most of OSH:
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Last month, when we previewed our attendance at the Rainforest World Music Festival, we anticipated that it would be one of the best events of the summer given its location on the island of Borneo and its lineup that brought in bands from all over the world. We’re happy to report that despite the “on-paper” promise and high hopes we had set for RMF - typically a travel no-no - the festival weekend exceeded absolutely every expectation.
Why? The first and foremost reason is because it is exactly as advertised in terms of its exotic setting and multi-cultural lineup. They call it the Rainforest World Music Festival for a reason. Located at the Sarawak Cultural Village about 45 minutes from Kuching, the festival takes place in the shadows of Mount Santubong, where the rainforest spills down to the coast. The rainforest serves as a backdrop for the two stages, and across the street is the beach and the calm waters of the South China Sea.
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Hello Kitty is turning 40 this year and Sanrio is inviting all of her fans to help her celebrate this fall.
Hello Kitty Con 2014 will celebrate all things Hello Kitty with exclusive merchandise, pop-up shops, panels and discussions, art installations, photo opps, costumes, workshops, tattoos, and other activities for fans of every age.
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For one week this summerJuly 28 - August 3the busiest control tower in the world will be the one at a small regional airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
What's so cool about Oshkosh, exactly? Well, all that week runs the "world's greatest aviation celebration," called EAA AirVenture (colloquially just "Oshkosh"), and tens of thousands of participating aircraft take to the skies and ground at OSH. The impressive numbers of flying machines and visitors (nearly half a million!) bestows upon Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport that superlative title and, for a brief summer week, all eyes are on the Midwest.
Although we flew in 2 years ago, last year we road-tripped up from Chicago to see if doing Oshkosh in a day would be possible. And it totally is. Three hours driving each way, $35 in gas, a pit stop to buy cheese curds, $10 in parking at Oshkosh and lots of listening to Sirius radio was all it took to spend the day amongst fields of aircraft (from brand new Honda private jets to vintage warplanes) and under loop-de-loops of the nearly constant aerobatic action.
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If your holiday weekend isn’t already filled with summer cookouts, fireworks, and trips to the beach then may we suggest a food festival? The National Cherry Festival kicks off in Traverse City, Michigan on July 5 and runs through July 12.
Parades, family goodies, and activities especially for the kids are just the beginning, as the festival does its thing along Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. There are races from a 5K to a half marathon, and there are even two airshows scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday—featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels among other performers and planes.