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FAR WEST

Alyeska, AK Sept. 7-9. A berry fun time is guaranteed at the Alyeska Blueberry & Mountain Arts Festival. Live music, arts and crafts, beer and wine, berry picking, blueberry creation contest, the Drunken Blueberry Contest (homemade blueberry liquers, wines & beers) and paragliding exhibition are all part of the celebration. Contact www.alyeskaresort.com or 907-754-2209.

Alyeska, AK Oct. 27. Nothing says October like an Oompa band in Alaska. This 4th Annual Oktoberfest features German food, beer, dancing and music. Contact www.alyeskaresort.com or 907-754-2209.

WEST

Squaw Valley, CA Sept. 2. The 12th Annual Alpen Wine Fest is presented at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn from 2-5 p.m. and benefits the Jimmie Heuga Center. Come enjoy unlimited wine tasting in a souvenir wineglass, a silent auction and a raffle for $25. Contact: 530-583-6985 or visit www.squawvalley.com

Squaw Valley, CA Oct. 27-28. Learn how to taste wines during this two-day celebration. The 16th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival offers seminars and classes about wine and wine tasting and features 30 Lake Tahoe restaurants. Contact 530-583-6985 or visit www.squawvalley.com

Northstar, CA Sept. 27-30. The Tahoe Jazz Festival celebrates smooth jazz and the spirit of the hills. The three-day event will feature artists David Benoit, Steve Oliver, The Ryan Cohen Quintet and many more. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. Contact info@tahoejazz.org or visit www.tahoejazz.org

Big Bear Lake, CA Sept. 13-16. Filmmakers of all sorts make this second annual event one that is sure to please everyone. Intended as a student friendly festival, films are eligible for Audience Choice and Juried awards. Contact 909-866-3433 or visit www.bigbearlakefilmfestival.com.

Big Bear Lake, CA Sept. 22-Oct. 28. Oktoberfest in Big Bear means six weeks of music, food, games and contests. Logging, Steinholding and Oktoberfest Queen contests go on throughout the festival. Contact www.bigbearlakeoktoberfest.com or 909-585-3000.

Kirkwood, CA Sept. 29. The Alpine County Autumn Festival is true to the tradition of the Alps. Drive the loop on Highway 88 to view the fall colors before coming to Kirkwood resort where you'll enjoy music, food, arts and crafts, beer and more. Contact www.kirkwood.com or 209-258-7357.

Kirkwood, CA Oct. 8. Head back to the old west as gun fighters and saloon girls bring the Alpine County Fair to life in Markleeville. Live entertainment, games for the children, food and beer are all part of the fun. Contact, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, 530-694-2475.

Sun Valley, ID Sept. 1-3. Head back in time at the Wagon Days Celebration where a Big Hitch Parade and Antique fair draw folks into town from all over the area. Contact 726-3423 or visit www.visitsunvalley.com.

Sun Valley, ID Oct. 12-14. It's the 5th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, of course. Come out and watch the Sheep Folklift Fair, the Sheepherders' Ball and parade. Contact 1-800-634-4437 or visit www.visitsunvalley.com.

Sun Valley, ID Oct. 17-21. Jump and jive to the sounds of the 12th Annual Swing 'n' Dixie Jazz Jamboree. Music begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and plays until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Contact 208-344-3768 or visit www.visitsunvalley.com.

Angel Fire, NM Sept. 22. A Bavarian polka band accompanies the beer tasting at Angel Fire's Oktoberfest celebration. Bring your lederhosen and come ready to do the chicken dance. Contact www.angelfireresort.com or 505-377-4224.

Angel Fire, NM Aug. 17-Sept. 3. In its 18th year, Music from Angel Fire comes back to New Mexico with Classical, Romantic, Baroque and Contemporary pieces performed by internationally acclaimed artists. A world premier performance of Libby Larsen's new work will also be presented. Contact, www.musicfromangelfire.com or 505-377-4207.

Sandia Peak, NM Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The balloon race kicks things off, but the activities ctinue all week. A balloon glow and firework show are offered several evenings throughout the week and each day features a flying event or mass ascension. Contact www.sandiapeak.com or 505-856-6419

ROCKIES

Big Sky, MT Aug. 31-Sept 2. As winter creeps back into our view, warm up with the Big Sky Chili Cook-Off which marks the beginning of a weekend of activities like rock climbing, music and golf. The Fall Fun For Labor Day Weekend in Big Sky features a retro-wear four-person golf tournament at the Big Sky Golf Course and a performance by Tanya Tucker. Contact 1-800-548-4486 or visit www.bigskyresort.com

Big Mountain, MT Sept. 6. Taste Whitefish for just $30 at the Taste of Whitefish festival. Try appetizer, salad, entrée, desert and beverage samples from the best restaurants in the area. Then dance off the calories or take home some art from the art auction. Contact 406-862-3505 or www.bigmtn.com

Keystone, CO Sept. 1. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The finest restauranteurs from around Keystone will offer samples of their special recipes. Live music and activities for all ages will complete the afternoon. Contact 1-800-354-4FUN or visit www.keystone.snow.com

Keystone, CO Sept. 8-9. Watch the fall colors unfold around you while you shop for the latest fall fashions at the Fall Festival and Sidewalk Sale. Children's arts, live music and more activities will complete the weekend. Contact 1-800-354-4FUN or visit www.keystone.snow.com

Keystone, CO Sept. 21-23. A three-day bike race is accompanied by expo's, shopping, entertainment and good eats. Events include downhill, circuit and cross country races. Contact 1-800-354-4FUN or visit www.keystone.snow.com

Winter Park, CO Sept. 2-3. Hot, hot, hot! Feel the burn at the Famous Flamethrowers and Front Range Regional Chili Cook-off. Chefs compete for the honor of representing the Rocky Mountain region in the World Chili Cook-off. Live salsa music, shoot 'n' holler competition and Jalapeno Eating contest round out the festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Contact 1-800-979-0332 or visit www.winterparkresort.com

Winter Park, CO Sept. 12-16. Experience the way of the west during the five-day celebration, which includes livestock shows, rodeo events and a chili cook-off. Contact 970-724-3849 or visit www.winterparkresort.com.

Crested Butte, CO Sept. 9. It's Chile in September in Crested Butte so warm up at the Fall Festival of Beers and Chile Cook-off. Colorado brewers will bring samples of their finest and visitors can enjoy the food and games. Indoor/outdoor put put golf, frizby golf tournament and live music complete the festivities. Benefits from the event support the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. $15 for beer tasting and $5 for chile tasting. All activities are free. Contact www.crestedbutteresort.com or 970-349-6438.

MIDWEST

Buena Vista, MN Sept. 22. Enjoy the fall colors from inside a horse-drawn covered wagon. For many years, "The Top of the World" tour has taken riders on the path that follows Leech Lake-Red Lake Trail, once traveled by American Indians, early explorers and pioneers. Rides run from 11 a.m-4 p.m. at the Buena Vista Ski Area. 13 years and older $5, ages 6-12 $2.50 and under 6 free. Contact 218-243-2231 or www.bvskiarea.com.

NORTHEAST

Bethel, ME Sept. 22. The 3th Annual Bethel Harvest Fest featured canoe and kayaking tours on the Androscoggin River, chain saw art, early rise fishing trip, farmers market and more. Come see what will be offered at the 4th Annual Fest. Contact 207-824-2908. or visit www.bethelmaine.com

Wachusett, MA Sept. 8 & 9. Join the 4th Annual Taste of Wachusett Music Festivall featuring the "Rock-toberfest" on Saturday and Blues Showcase on Sunday. Saturday, the SkyRide ascends the colorful mountainside as the music of Clutch Grabwell, New Pond Fondle and Chris Fritz accompanies the mountainside barbecue. 1-7 p.m. Sunday brings local and national blues musicians to the area for an all-day sure-to-please concert. 12-6 p.m. Contact www.wachusett.com/events.shtml or 978-464-2300.

Wachusett, MA Sept. 29 & 30. This one's for the kids. For the 11th year, Wachusett presents a celebration for children and families. Test your strength on the 30-foot climbing wall and learn about Science on the Slopes with the Boston Museum of Science. The Trickstars Stunt Team performs the latest extreme moves and the hot pop music group "bon Voyager!" joins the festivities with a special concert. Contact www.wachusett.com/events or 978-464-2300.

Wachusett, MA Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21. An Applefest a day keeps the blues away. The tradition continues for the 18th year. Expanded to two weekends, more than 70 craft and food vendors will come out for the festivities. The SkyRide offers a peek at the changing foliage. Apple pie baking and pie eating contests, Robinson's Racing Pigs, Birds of Prey Show and Great American Lumberjack Show complete the festival. Contact www.wachusett.com/evets or 978-464-2300.

Butternut Basin, MA Aug. 21-26. The Berkshire Jazz Fest brings the sounds of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and many more jazz greats to the Butternut Ski Basin. Adults $25 one day or $40 two days, kids & seniors $15 one day or $25 two days. Contact 413-528-4284 or www.berkshires.org.

Jiminy Peaks, MA Crafts, ski swaps, food and fun are all part of the Fall Folliage Festival at Jiminy. "Mind the Addiction" Tour and the Teton Gravity Research Film Presentation will be shown in the Potter Brothers Ski Shop in Cran Lodge. Contact www.jiminypeak.com or 413-738-5500.

Attitash Bear Peak, NH Oct. 6 & 7. Another October, another Oktoberfest. For the 4th year, a little bit of Germany will come to Attitash Bear Peak in the form of authentic food, dancing and music from the Bavarian Brothers. For the more active, try your hand at the keg toss, stein holding contests and sauer kraut eating contests. Contact 907-754-2209.

Snow Ridge, NY Sept. 9. Enjoy Celtic and Irish folk music, dancing, art, bagpipe bands and more at the 5th Annual Scots-Irish Festival. Gates open at 11 a.m. and music starts at noon. Adults $8, seniors $4, children (6-12) $4, children 5 and under free. Contact www.snowridge.com or 315-348-8456 or 1-800-962-8419.

Old Forge, NY Sept. 7-9. The Edleweiss Schuplatters and Patti Evers serenade visitors at the 4th Annual Oktoberfest. Authentic German and Austrian food and beverages will be available. The event is being held at the Webb Recreation Center. Adults $6, children 12 & under free, seniors $5. Contact www.oldforgeny.com or 315-369-6983.

Old Forge, NY Sept. 7-9. Jump in your canoe and head down the original "Highway of the Adirondacks" at the 19th Annual Adirondack Canoe Classic. A 90 mile journey, this race starts at Old Forge and ends at Saranac Lake. Contact www.oldforgeny.com or call 518-891-2744 for entry forms.

Old Forge, NY Sept 15 & 16. Peruse the crafts, antiques, music and arts at the 8th Annual Fall Festival. For more information, contact the Inlet Chamber of Commerce 315 357-5501 or www.oldforgeny.com.

Old Forge, NY Oct. 13-14. Live music floats downstream along with the boats at the Moose River Festival. Guided river trips, river races, exhibits and demos are all part of the activities. Contact ckoll1234@aol.com, www.oldforgeny.com or 315-475-7499.

Belleayre, NY Sept. 22-23. Celebrate the Autumn Moon at the Mountain in the Sky Pow-Wow. This event features native American crafts, storytelling, drumming, ceremonial fire and traditional food sampling. Gates open at 10 a.m. at the Belleayre Ski Center. Adults $6, 2-day pass $10, children 6-12 $3, under 5 free. Rain or shine. Contact www.belleayre.com or 845-254-5782.

Hunter Mountain, NY Sept. 1 & 2. Explore the colors of the fall foliage and the history and culture of Greene County and the Catskill Forest Preserve at the Hunter Mountain Fair. Food and carnival rides are all part of the fun. Ficians to the area for an all-day sure-to-please concert. 12-6 p.m. Contact www.wachusett.com/events.shtml or 978-464-2300.

Wachusett, MA Sept. 29 & 30. This one's for the kids. For the 11th year, Wachusett presents a celebration for children and families. Test your strength on the 30-foot climbing wall and learn about Science on the Slopes with the Boston Museum of Science. The Trickstars Stunt Team performs the latest extreme moves and the hot pop music group "bon Voyager!" joins the festivities with a special concert. Contact www.wachusett.com/events or 978-464-2300.

Wachusett, MA Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21. An Applefest a day keeps the blues away. The tradition continues for the 18th year. Expanded to two weekends, more than 70 craft and food vendors will come out for the festivities. The SkyRide offers a peek at the changing foliage. Apple pie baking and pie eating contests, Robinson's Racing Pigs, Birds of Prey Show and Great American Lumberjack Show complete the festival. Contact www.wachusett.com/evets or 978-464-2300.

Butternut Basin, MA Aug. 21-26. The Berkshire Jazz Fest brings the sounds of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and many more jazz greats to the Butternut Ski Basin. Adults $25 one day or $40 two days, kids & seniors $15 one day or $25 two days. Contact 413-528-4284 or www.berkshires.org.

Jiminy Peaks, MA Crafts, ski swaps, food and fun are all part of the Fall Folliage Festival at Jiminy. "Mind the Addiction" Tour and the Teton Gravity Research Film Presentation will be shown in the Potter Brothers Ski Shop in Cran Lodge. Contact www.jiminypeak.com or 413-738-5500.

Attitash Bear Peak, NH Oct. 6 & 7. Another October, another Oktoberfest. For the 4th year, a little bit of Germany will come to Attitash Bear Peak in the form of authentic food, dancing and music from the Bavarian Brothers. For the more active, try your hand at the keg toss, stein holding contests and sauer kraut eating contests. Contact 907-754-2209.

Snow Ridge, NY Sept. 9. Enjoy Celtic and Irish folk music, dancing, art, bagpipe bands and more at the 5th Annual Scots-Irish Festival. Gates open at 11 a.m. and music starts at noon. Adults $8, seniors $4, children (6-12) $4, children 5 and under free. Contact www.snowridge.com or 315-348-8456 or 1-800-962-8419.

Old Forge, NY Sept. 7-9. The Edleweiss Schuplatters and Patti Evers serenade visitors at the 4th Annual Oktoberfest. Authentic German and Austrian food and beverages will be available. The event is being held at the Webb Recreation Center. Adults $6, children 12 & under free, seniors $5. Contact www.oldforgeny.com or 315-369-6983.

Old Forge, NY Sept. 7-9. Jump in your canoe and head down the original "Highway of the Adirondacks" at the 19th Annual Adirondack Canoe Classic. A 90 mile journey, this race starts at Old Forge and ends at Saranac Lake. Contact www.oldforgeny.com or call 518-891-2744 for entry forms.

Old Forge, NY Sept 15 & 16. Peruse the crafts, antiques, music and arts at the 8th Annual Fall Festival. For more information, contact the Inlet Chamber of Commerce 315 357-5501 or www.oldforgeny.com.

Old Forge, NY Oct. 13-14. Live music floats downstream along with the boats at the Moose River Festival. Guided river trips, river races, exhibits and demos are all part of the activities. Contact ckoll1234@aol.com, www.oldforgeny.com or 315-475-7499.

Belleayre, NY Sept. 22-23. Celebrate the Autumn Moon at the Mountain in the Sky Pow-Wow. This event features native American crafts, storytelling, drumming, ceremonial fire and traditional food sampling. Gates open at 10 a.m. at the Belleayre Ski Center. Adults $6, 2-day pass $10, children 6-12 $3, under 5 free. Rain or shine. Contact www.belleayre.com or 845-254-5782.

Hunter Mountain, NY Sept. 1 & 2. Explore the colors of the fall foliage and the history and culture of Greene County and the Catskill Forest Preserve at the Hunter Mountain Fair. Food and carnival rides are all part of the fun. Free. Contact www.huntermtn.com or 518-263-4223.

Hunter Mountain, NY Sept. 22 & 23. Some of the best breweries and wineries in the Hudson Valley will bring out their famous recipes for tasting at the Microbrew, Wine & Fine Food Festival. The event is free with a $10 tasting fee. Contact www.huntermtn.com or 518-263-4223.

Hunter Mountain, NY Sept. 29 & 30 and Oct. 6-8. Traditional entertainment all the way from Bavaria will make this festival one to remember. Children can enjoy rides, arts and crafts and free pumpkins. Admission is free for everyone. Take the Skyride and enjoy the changing colors. Contact www.huntermtn.com or 518-263-4223.

Hunter Mountain, NY Oct. 13 & 14. Food, fun and art make this a traditional harvest festival for everyone to enjoy. Entertainment and activities for the kids complete the weekend. The Skyride will also be operating. Contact www.huntermtn.com or 518-263-4223.

Gore Mountain, NY Oct. 6 & 7. The 4th Annual Fall Folliage Festival and Sports Sale will get you ready for the next few seasons. Stock up on needed equipment while enjoying the view, food and music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Contact www.goremountain.com or 518-251-2411.

Greek Peak, NY Oct. 13. From noon to 6 p.m., skiers and riders are invited to the skiers picnic at the base of the mountain. Music, wagon rides, food and drinks will all be provided. Contact www.greekpeak.com or 607-835-6111.

Belleayre, NY Oct. 6 & 7. If the Sky Ride doesn't satisfy your needs to peep the leafs, grab a helicopter ride around the area and get a better look. Music will play from noon-5 p.m. each day featuring a variety of styles for all to enjoy. Free food, crafts for the kids and rock climbing wall are among the activities. Contact www.belleayre.com or 914-254-5600.

Windham, NY Oct. 6 & 7. This year's Harvest Festival at Windham will include a Farmer's Market, games, activities for the kids, hay rides, equipment demos and swap and more. Free. Contact 518-734-4300 or visit www.skiwindham.com.

Waterville Valley, NH Sept. 29. Come out to Town Square for the Harvest Moon Festival. See the colors changing in the White Mountains and dance to the music of Colada from 2¿5 p.m. (free). Food and contests are part of the festivities. Contact www.waterville.com or 1-800-468-2553

Waterville Valley, NH Oct. 6th-7th. Return to Town Square for the Fall Foliage Festival. Guided and self-led bike and hike tours are available. Free music will be offered each day. Contact www.waterville.com or 1-800-468-2553.

Shawnee Mountain, PA Sept. 15 & 16. Bagpipes on parade, working sheep dogs, Irish and Scottish dancing and authentic food are all part of the Scottish and Irish Festival. Sat.11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. -6 p.m. Contact www.shawneemt.com or 570-421-7231.

Shawnee Mountain, PA Sept. 22 & 23. For the fifth year, real life cowboys will compete in five different events including bronc riding, bull riding, and calf roping. A country music band will accompany line dancing. The rodeo begins at 2:30 p.m. both days. Doors open at noon. Contact www.shawneemt.com or 570-421-7231. Shawnee Mountain, PA Oct. 6 & 7. You've seen them on ESPN, now come watch in person as the region's best lumberjacks compete in the Ironjack Eastern Championships. Events include the log role, pole climb, ax and chainsaw and buck sawing competitions. Music and chairlift rides will help bring the spirit of autumn to life. Events begin both days at 11 a.m. Contact www.shawneemt.com or 570-421-7231. Snowshoe, WV Sept. 1-3. Celebrate Labor Day at Snowshoe with live entertainment and activities. Contact 877-841-4FUN or www.snowshoemtn.com

Snowshoe, WV Sept. 15. October can wait! Enjoy Septemberfest's polka dancing, oompah bands and beer will be a great warm-up for more festivals and a season of skiing. Contact 877-841-4FUN or www.snowshoemtn.com. Sugar Mountain, NC Oct. 13. You guessed it. One more Oktoberfest to kick off the fall season. Arts and crafts, live music, authentic German food and beer and lift rides up the hill are all offered. Contact 828-8998-4521 or visit www.skisugar.com. Contact www.huntermtn.com or 518-263-4223.

Hunter Mountain, NY Sept. 22 & 23. Some of the best breweries and wineries in the Hudson Valley will bring out their famous recipes for tasting at the Microbrew, Wine & Fine Food Festival. The event is free with a $10 tasting fee. Contact www.huntermtn.com or 518-263-4223.

Hunter Mountain, NY Sept. 29 & 30 and Oct. 6-8. Traditional entertainment all the way from Bavaria will make this festival one to remember. Children can enjoy rides, arts and crafts and free pumpkins. Admission is free for everyone. Take the Skyride and enjoy the changing colors. Contact www.huntermtn.com or 518-263-4223.

Hunter Mountain, NY Oct. 13 & 14. Food, fun and art make this a traditional harvest festival for everyone to enjoy. Entertainment and activities for the kids complete the weekend. The Skyride will also be operating. Contact www.huntermtn.com or 518-263-4223.

Gore Mountain, NY Oct. 6 & 7. The 4th Annual Fall Folliage Festival and Sports Sale will get you ready for the next few seasons. Stock up on needed equipment while enjoying the view, food and music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Contact www.goremountain.com or 518-251-2411.

Greek Peak, NY Oct. 13. From noon to 6 p.m., skiers and riders are invited to the skiers picnic at the base of the mountain. Music, wagon rides, food and drinks will all be provided. Contact www.greekpeak.com or 607-835-6111.

Belleayre, NY Oct. 6 & 7. If the Sky Ride doesn't satisfy your needs to peep the leafs, grab a helicopter ride around the area and get a better look. Music will play from noon-5 p.m. each day featuring a variety of styles for all to enjoy. Free food, crafts for the kids and rock climbing wall are among the activities. Contact www.belleayre.com or 914-254-5600.

Windham, NY Oct. 6 & 7. This year's Harvest Festival at Windham will include a Farmer's Market, games, activities for the kids, hay rides, equipment demos and swap and more. Free. Contact 518-734-4300 or visit www.skiwindham.com.

Waterville Valley, NH Sept. 29. Come out to Town Square for the Harvest Moon Festival. See the colors changing in the White Mountains and dance to the music of Colada from 2¿5 p.m. (free). Food and contests are part of the festivities. Contact www.waterville.com or 1-800-468-2553

Waterville Valley, NH Oct. 6th-7th. Return to Town Square for the Fall Foliage Festival. Guided and self-led bike and hike tours are available. Free music will be offered each day. Contact www.waterville.com or 1-800-468-2553.

Shawnee Mountain, PA Sept. 15 & 16. Bagpipes on parade, working sheep dogs, Irish and Scottish dancing and authentic food are all part of the Scottish and Irish Festival. Sat.11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. -6 p.m. Contact www.shawneemt.com or 570-421-7231.

Shawnee Mountain, PA Sept. 22 & 23. For the fifth year, real life cowboys will compete in five different events including bronc riding, bull riding, and calf roping. A country music band will accompany line dancing. The rodeo begins at 2:30 p.m. both days. Doors open at noon. Contact www.shawneemt.com or 570-421-7231. Shawnee Mountain, PA Oct. 6 & 7. You've seen them on ESPN, now come watch in person as the region's best lumberjacks compete in the Ironjack Eastern Championships. Events include the log role, pole climb, ax and chainsaw and buck sawing competitions. Music and chairlift rides will help bring the spirit of autumn to life. Events begin both days at 11 a.m. Contact www.shawneemt.com or 570-421-7231. Snowshoe, WV Sept. 1-3. Celebrate Labor Day at Snowshoe with live entertainment and activities. Contact 877-841-4FUN or www.snowshoemtn.com

Snowshoe, WV Sept. 15. October can wait! Enjoy Septemberfest's polka dancing, oompah bands and beer will be a great warm-up for more festivals and a season of skiing. Contact 877-841-4FUN or www.snowshoemtn.com. Sugar Mountain, NC Oct. 13. You guessed it. One more Oktoberfest to kick off the fall season. Arts and crafts, live music, authentic German food and beer and lift rides up the hill are all offered. Contact 828-898-4521 or visit www.skisugar.com Arts and crafts, live music, authentic German food and beer and lift rides up the hill are all offered. Contact 828-898-4521 or visit www.skisugar.com

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