2016 Fall Festivals Worth Traveling For

With the changing of the leaves comes a new season for new travel adventures. From delectable food festivals to energizing music and sporting events, experience dynamic destinations and diverse festivals worthy of a fall weekend visit. 

Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival

2016 Fall Festivals Worth Traveling For - Las Vegas Food and Wine Festival

Las Vegas, Nevada | September 15-18, 2016

Showcasing Sin City’s diverse culinary scene and some of the world’s best culinary talent, this year’s annual Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival will be held at SLS Las Vegas, a Tribute Portfolio Resort. Taste your way through a wide selection of dishes and spirits from locally-renowned and internationally-recognized chefs. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: SLS Las Vegas, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival


Jekyll Island, Georgia | September 16-18, 2016

A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival, presented by Southern Living, combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, more than 100 art and craft vendors, live music, a kids’ zone, food, a craft brew fest, wildlife demonstrations, and more. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: The Westin Jekyll Island

Longines Masters Grand Slam of Indoor Show Jumping

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Long Beach, California | September 29 – October 2, 2016

The Longines Masters Grand Slam of Indoor Show Jumping is renowned as one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. The American leg, being held for the first time in Long Beach, California, celebrates the glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle and welcomes everyone from young to old, equestrian expert to novice. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: The Westin Long Beach

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

San Francisco Weekend Getaways

San Francisco, California | September 30 - October 2, 2016

This free, popular outdoor festival brings together over 100 musical artists on 7 stages at Golden Gate Park. Past performers included some of the biggest names in music, such as T Bone Burnett, Michael Franti, Boz Scaggs, and more. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, The Westin St. Francis on Union Square, W San Francisco, The Park Central San Francisco, The St. Regis San Francisco, and Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Desert Trip


Indio, California | October 7-9, 2016

Located on the grounds of the popular Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio, California, Desert Trip is a once-in-a-lifetime, three-day concert featuring an impressive lineup of Classic Rock legends, including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young and Pink Floyd’s Roger Water. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: The Riviera Palm Springs, A Tribute Portfolio Resort and The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

Great American Beer Festival®

2016 Festivals Worth Traveling For - Great American Beer Festival

Denver, Colorado | October 6-8, 2016

The largest ticketed festival with the biggest selection of beers in the U.S., beer aficionados can sample the best of the best from over 750 breweries. The event continues with Denver Beer Fest, a citywide celebration that includes beer bike nights, midnight beer breakfasts, beer-paired dinners, brewery tours, brewer competitions, meet-the-brewer nights and more. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: Sheraton Denver Downtown, Westin Denver Downtown, Aloft Denver Downtown, Sheraton Denver West

Design Philadelphia


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 6-14, 2016

Celebrate what makes Philadelphia a design capital and destination. During the nine-day festival, approximately 200,000 people are estimated to explore the world of design during more than 120 events held throughout the city. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill, Sheraton University City Hotel, Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center

Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest

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Kitchener, Ontario | October 7-15, 2016

Held in the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario, the Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest is known as Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival. There are many beer-based celebrations, plus other cultural and entertainment attractions. Not to be missed are the Thanksgiving Day parade and Miss Oktoberfest event. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: Four Points Cambridge Kitchener

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana | October 14-16, 2016

Experience New Orleans’ culture of soulful music and food with three days of groovy tunes, delectable cuisine and spirited fun. Bands play on two stages, and vendors provide a delicious array of grilled, smoked and roasted fare and of course, tons of mouth-watering barbecue. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter, Aloft New Orleans Downtown, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, W New Orleans - French Quarter, and Le Méridien New Orleans

Formula One U.S. Grand Prix

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Austin, Texas | October 21-23, 2016

The United States Grand Prix race has run on and off since 1908, and eventually became part of the Formula One World Championship. To mark the five year anniversary of the race being held at Circuit of the Americas, located just south of downtown Austin, this year’s race features a special performance by Taylor Swift on Saturday, October 22. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: W Austin, The Westin Austin Downtown, The Westin Austin at the Domain, Aloft Austin at the Domain, Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center

Chicago Comedy Film Festival


Chicago, Illinois | November 10-12, 2016

Carrell, Colbert, Fey and Farley - many of your favorite comedians got their start in the Windy City. Laugh out loud in celebration of independent comedic films at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. Events take place at famed Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School and The New 400 Theater. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: W Chicago Lakeshore, Sheraton Grand Chicago, Aloft Chicago City Center

Whistler Cornucopia

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Photo credit: Darby Magill

Whistler, British Columbia | November 10-20, 2016

Cornucopia is the True North of food & drink festivals – a place of culinary reckonings, where the wild meets the refined and the epic and the epicurious come together. This November, Cornucopia celebrates 20 years as Whistler’s homage to this rugged land of plenty. Learn More >>

Nearby hotels: The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

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