September Festivals

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Festivals in September

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Adirondack Balloon Festival

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Take in the colour, the majesty and the spectacle of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, the oldest and largest balloon event on the American east coast. ...
North America United States New York Glens Falls, NY Ballooning Festivals Family Festivals September
Andong Mask Dance Festival

Andong Mask Dance Festival

For many locals, South Korea's, Andong City is believed to be the cradle of Korean civilisation, a window into 5,000 years of Korean culture. Each ...
Asia South Korea Andong Traditional Festivals Cultural Festivals September
Aspen Filmfest

Aspen Filmfest

Timed to coincide with the Rocky Mountains' spectacular fall season, the Aspen Filmfest presents a big-screen celebration for movie lovers of all ages and tastes. ...
North America United States Colorado Aspen, CO Film Festivals September
BeanTown Jazz Festival

BeanTown Jazz Festival

If ever you find yourself up Boston, MA way come late September, drop in on the BeanTown Jazz Festival — Boston's biggest block party. The ...
North America United States Massachusetts Boston, MA Jazz Festivals September
Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend

The Belgian Beer Weekend sets up camp in one of Europe's most iconic locations — Brussels' magnificent Grand Place — for three days each September ...
Europe Belgium Brussels Beer Festivals September
Belize Independence Day

Belize Independence Day

Belize — the only English speaking country in Central America, though you'll get by just famously with Spanish — celebrates its independence from the Spanish, ...
Central America Belize National Festivals September
Berlin Festival

Berlin Festival

This is Templehof Tower, you have clearance to party. Join Berlin's beautiful people at the runways and hangars of the iconic, Flughafen Tempelhof for the ...
Europe Germany Berlin Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals September
Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth

Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth

Tattoo enthusiasts by the truckload descend upon Las Vegas for three days each September for the world's largest skin and body modification convention. The Las ...
North America United States Nevada Las Vegas, NV Tattoo Conventions September
Birdsville Races

Birdsville Races

On the first Saturday of September, the two-horse town of Birdsville gears up for one of Australia's most iconic race meets, the Birdsville Races. Located ...
Pacific Australia Birdsville Horse Racing Events Sporting Events September
Brasov International Film Festival and Market

Brasov International Film Festival and Market

The Brasov International Film Festival and Market is a fest with a conscience and a cause; to promote the rights of women and children ...
Europe Romania Brasov Film Festivals September
Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival

Pervading all corners of Brisbane's city centre for three weeks each September, the Brisbane Festival is synonymous with Spring in the Queensland capital. More than ...
Pacific Australia Brisbane Performing Arts Festivals Family Festivals September
Bugfest

Bugfest

Love 'em or hate 'em they outnumber us humans by...well, a lot! I'm talking bugs, and each year come September the North Carolina Museum of ...
North America United States North Carolina Raleigh, NC Science and Technology Festivals Family Festivals September
Cannstatter Volksfest

Cannstatter Volksfest

You gotta hand it to our German cousins, they sure know how to host a beer festival! Though if you ask a local, the Cannstatter ...
Europe Germany Stuttgart Beer Festivals Fairs September
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival

If munching mollusks tempts your palate and you don't mind tipping back a pint of the black, then the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival may be just ...
Europe Ireland Clarinbridge Food Festivals Community Festivals September
Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival

Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival

A collection of hand-chosen, world-class buskers descend upon sunny Coffs Harbour for a week each September to entertain, enthrall and occasionally even hypnotise. The Coffs ...
Pacific Australia Coffs Harbour Busking Festivals Performing Arts Festivals September
Copenhagen Blues Festival

Copenhagen Blues Festival

For five down and dirty days each September, the Danish capital discovers its deep south side, during the annual Copenhagen Blues Festival. Now well into ...
Europe Denmark Copenhagen Blues Festivals September
Coupe Icare

Coupe Icare

This is your captain speaking: strap yourself in for the thrills, colour and excitement of St. Hilaire du Touvet's, Coupe Icare — a four day ...
Europe France Saint Hilaire Du Touvet Ballooning Festivals Air Shows September
Cows' Ball

Cows' Ball

The humble dairy cow takes centre stage in the Slovenian city of Bohinj on the third Sunday of September each year, in one of Europe's ...
Europe Slovenia Ljubljana Folk and Folk Music Festivals Cultural Festivals September
Dancefestopia

Dancefestopia

Pack your tent, summon your friends and make the trek to Kansas City come September for Dancefestopia, a two day electronica extravaganza on the banks ...
North America United States Missouri Kansas City, MO Electronic Dance Music Festivals September
Dublin Fringe Festival

Dublin Fringe Festival

For 16 days each September, the Dublin Fringe Festival transforms the capital into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe, featuring an ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Fringe Festivals September
Dublin Oktoberfest

Dublin Oktoberfest

Dust off the lederhosen and put your drinking shoes on as downtown Dublin gets set to sample a slice of Bavaria for 18 days each ...
Europe Ireland Dublin Beer Festivals Multicultural Festivals September
Dusseldorf Festival

Dusseldorf Festival

The Dusseldorf Festival will once again be serving up its exciting blend of dance, theatre, classical and world music, circus and performance art this September. ...
Europe Germany Dusseldorf Performing Arts Festivals September
Farm Aid

Farm Aid

If you like your rock with an American accent, a country twang or a bluesy rhythm, Farm Aid may just be the gig for you. ...
North America United States Rock Festivals September
Festa al Cel

Festa al Cel

Take up your vantage on Badalona's beaches (about 30 north of Barcelona) and prepare for Festa al Cel, the oldest and largest airshow in Spain. ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Air Shows Family Festivals September
Festes de la Merce

Festes de la Merce

During Festes de la Merce, the Catalan capital says goodbye to summer with a bang; literally. For four days nearing the shank of September, Barcelona ...
Europe Spain Barcelona Street Parties Traditional Festivals September
Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes

Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes

Every three years since 1961 the town of Charleville-Mezieres in the Ardennes Region of France has played host to the Festival Mondial des Theatres de ...
Europe France Charleville-Mezieres Puppet Festivals Performing Arts Festivals September
Floriade

Floriade

Join 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors as they descend upon Canberra, for Floriade, Australia's biggest celebration of Spring. For 30 days, Canberra's Commonwealth Park ...
Pacific Australia Canberra Flower Shows Family Festivals September
FotoGrafia

FotoGrafia

Fotografia, Rome's annual photography festival is back again this September with a wide range of exhibitions being staged at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma ...
Europe Italy Rome Photography Festivals September
Frankfurt Autumn Dippemess

Frankfurt Autumn Dippemess

Frankfurt's autumn Dippemess (there's also a Spring Dippemess in April) is the largest folk festival in the Rhine-Main region, with roots dating back to the ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Fairs Family Festivals September
Galway International Oyster Festival

Galway International Oyster Festival

Join in excess of 20,000 oyster aficionados at Galway's International Oyster and Seafood Festival. Local oysters are on high alert as festival-goers down tons of ...
Europe Ireland Galway Food Festivals Family Festivals September
George Enescu Festival

George Enescu Festival

The George Enescu Festival, held in honor of the acclaimed Romanian composer of the same name, is the largest classical music festival held in Romania ...
Europe Romania Bucharest Classical Music and Opera Festivals September
Globalquerque

Globalquerque

Fans of world music are spoilt for choice at Globalquerque, New Mexico's acclaimed annual celebration of world music and culture. Over a weekend each September, ...
North America United States New Mexico Albuquerque, NM World Music Festivals Family Festivals September
Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

Beer buffs from far and wide descend upon Denver Colorado each September to get their fill at the Great American Beer Festival. Featuring the amber ...
North America United States Colorado Denver, CO Beer Festivals September
Great Cornish Food Festival

Great Cornish Food Festival

Now firmly established as one of the UK's favourite gastronomic events, the Great Cornish Food Festival is a celebration of the region's buzzing food and ...
Europe England Truro Food Festivals Community Festivals September
Great Gorilla Run

Great Gorilla Run

London's gone ape! Join a bunch of banana-munching, furry fun-runners as they lope their way through Ol' London Town in the annual Great Gorilla Run. ...
Europe England London Charity Events Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs September
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

Join over 150,000 seafood connoisseurs this September as they descend upon Hampton Beach for the annual Seafood Festival. Over 50 of the Seacoast's top restaurants ...
North America United States New Hampshire Hampton Beach, NH Food Festivals Community Festivals September
Helsinki Design Week

Helsinki Design Week

Even prior to receiving its World Design Capital status in 2012, Helsinki has long enjoyed a reputation as an international centre for design. And for ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Design Festivals September
Helsinki International Film Festival

Helsinki International Film Festival

The aim of Finland's biggest film festival is to promote the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films. The festival also ...
Europe Finland Helsinki Film Festivals Short Film Festivals September
Ibiza Closing Parties

Ibiza Closing Parties

Ibiza's legendary closing parties are the last chance for lovers of all things dance to catch their favorite DJs performing on the White Isle before ...
Europe Spain Ibiza Electronic Dance Music Festivals September
Istanbul Coffee Festival

Istanbul Coffee Festival

With Istanbul's cultural chops and exotic setting it's fitting they pull off a monster coffee festival. Each September, tens of thousands of coffee lovers and ...
Europe Turkey Istanbul Coffee Festivals September
Jerez Grape Harvest Festival

Jerez Grape Harvest Festival

Sip sherry at old tavernas and experience the passion of flamenco during this 500 year old celebration of Jerez's world-famous tipple. The Jerez Grape Harvest ...
Europe Spain Jerez de la Frontera Wine Festivals Traditional Festivals September
Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Since 1776, the good folk of Bardstown, Kentucky have been making Bourbon and for six full days each September they celebrate the history, art and ...
North America United States Kentucky Bardstown, KY Whiskey Festivals September
La Grande Braderie de Lille

La Grande Braderie de Lille

Join the French throng and bag a bargain at the annual La Grande Braderie de Lille, one of Europe's most grandiose flea markets. In an ...
Europe France Lille Fairs Street Parties September
Lahore International Children's Film Festival

Lahore International Children's Film Festival

The Lahore International Children's Film Festival is a six day annual event held to showcase the best of local Pakistani and international films made by, ...
Middle East Pakistan Lahore Film Festivals Childrens Festivals September
Le Van Duyet Tomb Festival

Le Van Duyet Tomb Festival

Vietnam's path to becoming the prosperous emerging nation we know it as today has been a long an arduos one. Centuries before the Vietnam War, ...
Asia Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Traditional Festivals Historical Festivals September
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Toss Tinder to the curb, get your lonely heart to Lisdoonvarna this September and prepare to come ...
Europe Ireland Lisdoonvarna Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals September
Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running

Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running

Pack your trainers and head for the Highlands. The Loch Ness Marathon winds its way through some wonderful scenery, taking participants along the south-eastern shores ...
Europe Scotland Inverness Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs Sporting Events September
London Design Festival

London Design Festival

Designophiles from the UK and beyond descend upon the capital for eight days in September for the annual London Design Festival. Conceived by Sir John ...
Europe England London Design Festivals Art Festivals September
Louisiana Mudfest (Trucks Gone Wild)

Louisiana Mudfest (Trucks Gone Wild)

Your idea of a fab weekend gittin' down and dirty to the smell of exhaust fumes and the twang of a country and western guitar? ...
North America United States Louisiana Colfax, LA Bizarre Festivals September
Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

For more than 50 years, music lovers in general and jazz junkies in particular have been descending upon Monterey on the third full weekend of ...
North America United States California Monterey, CA Jazz Festivals September
National Championship Air Races

National Championship Air Races

The National Championship Air Races, held each September just north of Reno, is a spectacular demonstration of the art of flying that simply needs to ...
North America United States Nevada Reno, NV Air Shows Family Festivals September
Noosa Jazz Festival

Noosa Jazz Festival

Noosa on Queensland's glorious Sunshine Coast gets its jazztastic groove on for four days each September, during the annual Noosa Jazz Festival. Noosa Lions Park ...
Pacific Australia Sunshine Coast Jazz Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals September
Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, the world's largest and most celebrated beer festival. Never been? Close your eyes and picture part Disneyland, part Bud Brewery. Oktoberfest is to the ...
Europe Germany Munich Beer Festivals Traditional Festivals September
Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ottawa International Animation Festival

For five days each September, Canada's capital becomes the centre of the animation universe. The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest event of its ...
North America Canada Ottawa Animation Film Festivals Film Festivals September
Outlook Festival

Outlook Festival

Outlook Festival is a celebration of soundsystem culture, an exploration of the musical genealogy that connects Jamaican roots music to its modern day counterparts through ...
Europe Croatia Pula Electronic Dance Music Festivals September
Paris Autumn Festival

Paris Autumn Festival

The Festival d' Automne à Paris — Paris Autumn Festival — has been doing its part adding to the cultural landscape of the city of ...
Europe France Paris Performing Arts Festivals Dance Festivals September
Paris Techno Parade

Paris Techno Parade

If being part of an immense sweaty throng moving to a single electronic beat is your thing, head to the City of Lights this September ...
Europe France Paris Electronic Dance Music Festivals Street Parades September
Pizzafest

Pizzafest

Pizza lovers congregate in Naples for ten days each September to dine en-masse on Naples' signature dish. The most famous pizzeries from Italy and abroad ...
Europe Italy Naples Food Festivals September
Plai Festival

Plai Festival

The Plai Festival is a unique celebration of multiculturalism set in the historic Banat Village Museum (Muzeul Satului Bănăţean) — an outdoors ethnographic museum not ...
Europe Romania Timisoara World Music Festivals Multicultural Festivals September
Porvoo Jazz Festival

Porvoo Jazz Festival

If you find yourself at a loose end in Helsinki come mid-September, make your way east young man and take in some sublime sounds at ...
Europe Finland Porvoo Jazz Festivals September
Red Bull Rampage

Red Bull Rampage

Take a moonscape in Utah, a bunch of blokes who don't know the meaning of the words fear or moderation and let 'em loose in ...
North America United States Utah Virgin, UT Extreme Sports Events Sporting Events September
Redhead Days Festival

Redhead Days Festival

Redheads rejoice! For a weekend each September the Dutch city of Breda celebrates the world of the crimson-topped at the annual Redhead Days Festival. More ...
Europe Netherlands Breda Bizarre Festivals Family Festivals September
Reeperbahn Festival

Reeperbahn Festival

Hamburg's most infamous strip, The Reeperbahn, plays host to Germany's largest club festival each September. The Reeperbahn Festival attracts more than 30,000 revellers to the ...
Europe Germany Hamburg Electronic Dance Music Festivals Indie Rock Festivals September
Regata Storica

Regata Storica

Venice's history is inextricably linked to rowing. Her gondolas and gondoliers are as iconic as Pisa's tower or Rome's colosseum. Come the first Sunday of ...
Europe Italy Venice Sporting Events Traditional Festivals September
Reykjavik International Film Festival

Reykjavik International Film Festival

For eleven days over late September the Reykjavik International Film Festival takes cultural centre stage in the Icelandic capital. Categories for the 100 films from ...
Europe Iceland Reykjavik Film Festivals September
Skye Book Festival

Skye Book Festival

The annual Skye Book Fest brings together a variety of writers, including leading novelists, poets, historians and children's authors to the magical Isle of Skye ...
Europe Scotland Isle of Skye Book Fairs Community Festivals September
Split Film Festival

Split Film Festival

Fancy your film deviating from the mainstream? Split's annual film festival concentrates on cinematic offerings that are innovative, personal, experimental, radical and subversive. Anything but ...
Europe Croatia Split Film Festivals September
Storymoja Festival

Storymoja Festival

Each September, Nairobi's Storymoja Festival attracts a diverse range of talented local and international writers to the Kenyan capital for a celebration of writing and ...
Africa Kenya Nairobi Literature Festivals Book Fairs September
Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival

Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival

Dedicated to broadly-defined fantastic cinema — fantasy, horror, sci-fi, thrillers, animation and the like — the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival has been drawing fantasy ...
Europe France Strasbourg Film Festivals September
Sueca Paella Festival

Sueca Paella Festival

Got a passion for paella? Join lovers of Valencia's most feted fare, at the Sueca Paella Festival held annually over ten days in September in ...
Europe Spain Valencia Food Festivals Cultural Festivals September
Totally Thames

Totally Thames

The annual Mayor's Thames Festival is London's only river-focused multi-arts festival and the largest of its kind in the world. Spanning the month of September, ...
Europe England London Nautical Events Family Festivals September
Unseen Photo Fair

Unseen Photo Fair

Amsterdam's Unseen is a four day international photography fair that provides new photographers a platform and an audience that is often difficult to find. It ...
Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Photography Festivals Art Festivals September
Ventureland

Ventureland

Not far from Utrecht, which means not far from Amsterdam, idyllic Henschotermeer, with its glistening lake, birch forest and sandy beaches, has been a favourite ...
Europe Netherlands Henschotermeer Electronic Dance Music Festivals September
Waterford Harvest Festival

Waterford Harvest Festival

For a week each September, the fine folk of Waterford pull out all the stops at the annual Waterford Harvest Festival. There's open-air markets, restaurants, ...
Europe Ireland Waterford Harvest Festivals Food Festivals September
West Virginia Road Kill Cook Off and Autumn Harvest Festival

West Virginia Road Kill Cook Off and Autumn Harvest Festival

If you like your meat fresh and free-range but huntin' ain't your thing, why not check out the West Virginia Road Kill Cook Off and ...
North America United States West Virginia Marlinton, WV Bizarre Festivals Harvest Festivals September
World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

Black Pudding throwing has been around for...well, I'm not entirely sure to be honest. What I do know: Contestants assemble at at the Royal Oak ...
Europe England Ramsbottom Bizarre Festivals September
World Festival of Animated Film Varna

World Festival of Animated Film Varna

From 1979 to 1989, the Bulgarian Black Sea resort city of Varna welcomed many of the biggest names in animation from behind the Iron Curtain ...
Europe Bulgaria Varna Animation Film Festivals Film Festivals September
Zigante Truffle Days

Zigante Truffle Days

For true foodies, there's nothing quite like the delicate taste of truffles. Coming to Croatia's Northern Cape is like entering paradise. While three black varieties ...
Europe Croatia Pula Food Festivals Cultural Festivals September

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