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Fall Into Fun

By Kara Franker | September 1, 2016 | Articles

Orlando, Fla.
Neon lights, pyrotechnics, art and EDM collide at Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando Nov. 4 to 5. Your imagination will run wild in a weekend of fantastical shows filled with crazy costumes, carnival rides and pulse-stopping musical sets featuring future house, deep house, electro, trance and more.
The Details: Two-day general-admission tickets from $159, VIP access $289, @edc_orlando
Where to Stay: Grand Bohemian Orlando, overnight rates from $298, @kesslerhotels

Miami Beach
The glitterati flock to Miami Beach to see and be seen during Art Basel, Dec. 1 to 4. The art fair and 20-plus satellite events attract everyone from the sophisticated art collector to the celebrity who’s just there to party. And where art is found, the fashionable crowd is never too far behind—especially when it’s December in Miami.
The Details: One-day tickets from $50, @artbasel
Where to Stay: Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, overnight rates from $360, @shelbornesobe

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

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

Seaside, Fla.
Sip, swirl and stroll along Seaside’s charming downtown central square at the 26th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival Nov. 3 to 6. All for a good cause, the festival benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which helps children in need. Don’t miss the vintner’s dinner at much-loved Bud & Alley’s Restaurant, a waterfront mainstay on scenic 30A.
The Details: General admission grand tasting tickets from $160, VIP access $300, @dcwaf
Where to Stay: WaterColor Inn & Resort, overnight rates from $281, @watercolorresort

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, @hyattjaxx

Savannah, Ga.
Savannah’s cobblestone streets lined with colorful trees is the place to be this autumn. Throw back a cold German beer or three; nosh on bratwurst; and watch wiener dogs race on the riverfront at Oktoberfest Oct. 7 to 9. Then participate in the world’s largest low-country boil at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival Nov. 7 to 13.
The Details: Oktoberfest admission free, @riverstreetsav; individual event tickets from $39, @savfoodwinefest
Where to Stay: Mansion on Forsyth Park, overnight rates from $224

Palmetto Bluff, S.C.
Escape to the coast of South Carolina for a marathon of mouthwatering events any foodie would drool over—especially if you like Southern-style cooking. Wash it all down with craft cocktails, good wine and loads of live music. Located in idyllic Palmetto Bluff, the 10th Annual Music to Your Mouth festival is Nov. 16 to 20.
The Details: Individual event tickets from $100, @musictoyourmouth
Where to Stay: Montage Palmetto Bluff, overnight rates from $366, @palmettobluff

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

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



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