Enjoy specialty and imported beer, live music by Cowboy Mouth, the “Waiters’ Race” and much more at the annual Taste of Charleston event!
1. Charleston, S.C.
Back for its 36th anniversary, Taste of Charleston is Sept. 23 to 25. Check out some of the city’s best local talents as they battle it out to see who can produce the best dish at the Iron Chef Competition. Taking place at the picturesque Boone Hall Plantation, the main event is sure to tempt the taste buds with low-country cuisine served up by 40-plus eateries and live music by Cowboy Mouth.
The Details: Individual event tickets from $18, VIP access $100, @chasrestaurants
Where to Stay: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, overnight rates from $310, @grandbochas
2. New Orleans
What better way to spend Halloween weekend then in NOLA? Join crowds of costumed concertgoers at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28 to 30. With more than 65 bands like The Weeknd, Arcade Fire and Tool, plus loads of Louisiana-style cuisine and cocktails, this will be a weekend to remember (or forget).
The Details: Three-day general admission tickets from $140, @voodoonola
Where to Stay: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, overnight rates from $301, @hiltonriverside
3. Jacksonville, Fla.
Get ready for college football rivalry at its finest! The University of Florida Gators first took on The University of Georgia Bulldogs back in 1915, and the showdown is still going strong. Playing host to both schools, Jacksonville’s Florida vs. Georgia Weekend, aka the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” is Oct. 28 to 29 at EverBank Field. The Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame induction is Friday and the Georgia-Florida Fan Experience happens Saturday before the big game.
The Details: Individual event tickets from $135, @flvsga
Where to Stay: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, overnight rates from $349, @hyattjaxx3
4. Austin, Texas
They don’t call Austin the live-music capital of the world for nothing. Stretching over two jam-packed weekends and featuring more than 130 bands, Austin City Limits Music Festival arrives Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and Oct. 7 to 9. Big names scheduled to take the stages at Zilker Park include Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Mumford & Sons, Radiohead and so many more.
The Details: One-day individual event tickets from $100, @aclfestival
Where to Stay: Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, overnight rates from $229, @hotelvanzandt
5. Nashville, Tenn.
It’s no secret that Nashville’s foodie scene is booming. Two events you don’t want to miss this fall include the Music City Food + Wine Festival Sept. 17 to 18 and the Nashville Whiskey Festival Oct. 1. What could be better than heaping piles of barbecue on one weekend and glasses of premium whiskey to wash it down, albeit a few weeks later? And, of course, a music scene that draws the crowds will keep you entertained late into the night.
The Details: One-day tickets from $150, @musiccityfw; individual event tickets from $100, VIP access $150, @nashvillewhiskeyfestival
Where to Stay: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, overnight rates from $359, @loewshotels