Fall Festivals

It is somehow already August, which means that fall is right around the corner. Fall is, by my estimation, the best time of year to travel, and one way to decide where to go this fall is to organize your trip around a festival. Harvest time is universal festival time, so anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere is fair game.

I’ve never ridden in a hot air balloon, but if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it up big at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (obviously even better than a festival) in New Mexico.

I like the completely odd-seeming celebrations in some small towns. Why is rubber-ducky racing big in Germany? I don’t know. I could do research, but I’d rather keep the mystery alive. Entenrennen, in Tübingen, Germany, is one possibility, but apparently there are many such races. Now taking bets.

India is huge and crowded and busy and ancient, which means it has the best parties. Diwali, the festival of lights, may not be the most fun (I’m guessing Holi, the spring festival, is tops), but it still seems like a fascinating way to peek into another culture.

And that’s really the best reason to travel around a festival. It’s not just an excuse to go somewhere; it’s an excuse to see that place at its biggest, loudest, most itself-ish. The way a place parties tell you a lot about it, like how American parties always involving buying things we don’t need because they’re on sale and then eating too much.

My fall trip is going to need to be domestic. What good local American fall festival should I make the voyage to?


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