This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Inviting Fall Festivals

October, 16, 2014

Just because summer has slipped away doesn’t mean the festivals have ceased. Fall beckons these events.

Inviting Fall Festivals A

And what isn’t there to love about them? I recently went to one in a country town. There were friendly faces, stands of merchandise to stroll through…

Inviting Fall Festivals B

…and the mandatory festival food—aka something sweet!

Inviting Fall Festivals C

So wherever you are, you should be able to find a fest to enjoy the golden days of fall. Here are three unique ones in three different countries, and three different parts of the world.

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. Music on three stages, over 50 artisans demonstrating old-time hand skills like blacksmithing, and families serving country foods prepared from treasured family recipes…all of this will converge on the Crooked Road Music trail Saturday, October 25th. It’s a 40-year tradition in the state with the motto, “Virginia is for lovers.” Need I say more?!

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens. On the flip side, for anyone seeking high-brow entertainment, this is the place to be.Opening today, October 16th and running through November 1st, Ireland’s leading contemporary arts festival lives up to its moniker as a “Passport to the Arts.” The festival draws quality acts from music, film, theater, visual arts, and dance. One of this year’s highlights is “From Bolshoi to Belfast,” a UK and Ireland premiere.

Pushkar Camel Fair. If you’re looking for adventure, this is the festival for you. For five days, starting October 26th, more than 300,000 people will flock under a full moon to see 50,000 animals and enjoy attractions only India can provide. I’ve heard that the rides may not be up to the level of safety some of you are used to. So thrill seekers, proceed at your own risk!

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