10 Unbelievable Events You Don’t Want to Miss This September

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September isn’t just about the back-to-school blues anymore, and these exciting festivities around the world are out to prove it. One visit to the Historic Regatta in Venice, the Cows’ Ball in Slovenia or the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in the U.S., and September might just become your favourite month to travel.

#1. Belgian Beer Weekend — Brussels, Belgium

Get in touch with your inner beer snob at the 16th Annual Belgian Beer Weekend. This frothy festival will fill Brussels’ Grand Place with beer tastings, parades, historic brewery carts and beer wagons.

Dates: Sept. 5-7, 2014

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Photo credit: AdamJackson1984

#2. The Historic Regatta — Venice, Italy

The Grand Canal is flooded with decorated boats and costumed crews,¬†representing Venice’s 16th-century style. It’s the most famous of all of Venice’s 120 regattas, so find your viewing spot along the canal and be prepared to cheer.

Date: Sept. 7, 2014

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Photo credit: Johanna Loock

#3. Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance — Hong Kong, China

The people of Tai Hang started the Fire Dragon Dance festival in the 19th century to ward off a spell of bad luck. It must have worked, because this festival is still in full two hundred of years later. Firecrackers, drums, dancing and a massive man-made dragon characterize this historic event.

Dates: Sept. 7-9, 2014

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Photo credit: Photo_Hei

#4. Budapest International Wine Festival — Budapest, Hungary

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to fall in love with the Budapest International Wine Festival. The 2014 event marks the 23rd year of the festival, and it’s guaranteed to be filled with incredible live musical performances, delicious eats, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of world-class wines.

Dates: Sept. 10-14, 2014

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Photo credit: Cha gia Jose

#5. Kentucky Bourbon Festival — Kentucky, United States

The bourbon capital of the world, Bardstown, Ky., comes to life with bourbon-based events like barrel-making demonstrations, bootlegger train rides, bourbon tastings, mixology classes and tons of Kentucky bluegrass and country music performances. Don’t miss the anticipated “Balloon Glow” event from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Dates: Sept. 16-21, 2014

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Photo credit: sniggie

#6. Monterey Jazz Festival — Monterey, United States

The 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival is shaping up to be one of the best ever with over 500 musical performances (including Herbie Hancock, Booker T. Jones and The Roots) on eight stages over the course of three days. An international shopping bazaar, exhibitions and food and drink vendors are just a few of the festival’s other features for visitors to enjoy.

Dates: Sept. 19-21, 2014

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Photo credit: Penn State

#7. York Food and Drink Festival — York, England

Foodies from around the world gather in York for the world-renowned flavors of the York Food and Drink Festival. Hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations, wine and drink tastings, and of course, plenty of five-star dining experiences make for a week and a half of stomach-stuffing activities. Visit the York Beer and Cider Festival Sept. 17-20, to get an even more fulfilling festival experience.

Dates: Sept 19-28

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Photo credit: alh1

#8. Oktoberfest — Munich, Germany

You’re not mistaken — Oktoberfest actually begins at the tail end of September. The festival kicks off on Sept. 20 and continues for over two weeks with beers, bratwursts, parades, carnival rides and so many events, you won’t want to miss a day. Mark your calendar and join the well over 6 million people who attend Oktoberfest in Munich each year.

Dates: Sept. 20 – Oct. 5, 2014

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Photo credit: David

#9. Cows’ Ball — Bohinj, Slovenia

Cows are the center of attention at the Cows’ Ball in Bohinj as they return to the valley after a summer spent grazing in green pastures. Cows are decorated with wreaths and admired in a parade with cheese-makers, herders and dairy farmers. Folk dancing, horseshoe throwing and log sawing are just a few of the many rural activities you can engage in at the annual Cows’ Ball.

Date: Sept. 21, 2014

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Photo credit: Delaina Haslam

#10. Galway International Oyster Festival — Galway, Ireland

Ireland may be more well known for its beers than its oysters, but the two will pair together perfectly at the 60th Annual Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival. It’s the second-most famous Irish festival after St. Patrick’s Day, so you won’t want to miss the anticipated oyster shucking competition, late-night masquerade, live musical performances and bounty of mouth-watering seafood dishes.

Dates: September 25-28, 2014

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Photo credit: nznomad

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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