The first day of Autumn 2016 (Autumnal Equinox) is literally right around the corner. And let’s be honest, there’s much anticipation for the arrival of Autumn. Bring on the crisp air, pretty leaves, sweaters and boots, football, pumpkin (everything) and FALL FESTIVALS!
When it comes to Fall Festivals there are so many wonderful ones to attend in our conference center cities – Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Enjoy our team’s shortlist of ‘must attend’ festival events that will get you in the spirit of the season!
ELEVATE Art Festival :: October 13-21, 2016
Hosted four times a year in downtown Atlanta by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, ELEVATE is a temporary public art program that seeks to activate the downtown Atlanta area through visual art, performances, and cultural events. The focus of ELEVATE is to enhance cultural offerings in downtown Atlanta, and highlight what makes the city unique. This year’s fall festival will feature local, national and/or international art and artists strategically presented to capture the interest and imagination of viewers, while providing an entirely new and accessible experience for downtown Atlanta. For more info and to attend click onto Elevate Art Festival.
Taste of Atlanta :: October 21-23, 2016
Atlanta’s must-do food, wine, beer and cocktail festival, Taste of Atlanta showcases the diversity of Atlanta restaurants and attracts food lovers from Atlanta, the Southeast and beyond. Over three days, more than 90 neighborhood favorites will show off their most delicious dishes, the hottest local chefs will strut their stuff on four live demo stages, and VIP patrons will hit boozy nirvana sampling craft beers, wine and creative cocktails. For more info and to attend click onto Taste of Atlanta.
NEW YORK CITY
New York Film Festival :: October 1-16, 2016
A major film festival since it began in 1963 in New York – each year’s films are selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. A non-competitive festival, films are selected exclusively on their merits, however a few prominent directors regularly have their films screened. This festival is also known for its side film programs that run concurrently with the main screenings. If you’re a ‘film buff’ then this festival is right in your lane! For more info and to attend click onto NYFF.
New York Wine & Food Festival :: October 13-16, 2016
The NYCWFF is a national, star-studded, four-day event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, culinary personalities and America’s most beloved television chefs. Considered the largest food and wine festival in New York City with more than 100 events, it’s widely recognized for its tastings in celebration of America’s favorite foods, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more. For more info and to attend click onto NYCWFF.
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ArtSpan / SF Open Studios Festival :: October 1-November 6, 2016
The oldest and largest open studios art program in the country, Artspan / SF Open Studios is an annual, month-long art event that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. For more info and to attend click onto ArtSpan.
San Francisco Dance Film Festival :: October 20-23, 2016
An international festival, the San Francisco Dance Film Festival celebrates the best dance films from around the world as well as encourages (and assists) Bay Area choreographers and filmmakers in the creation of new dance works created for the screen. The festival’s programming covers a broad spectrum by highlighting sub-genres such as “screendance”, short experimental dance pieces created specifically for the camera, as well as filmic interpretations of dance performances originally created for the stage. It also features documentaries that focus on the process of creating dance—from historical profiles to behind-the-scenes views of today’s most innovative choreographers. For more info and to attend click onto SFDFF.
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Oyster Festival :: September 115-October 12, 2016
The 6th annual Oyster Festival is a celebration of all things oyster. This festival shines the culinary spotlight on some of the most popular Oyster dishes such as: Oyster Stew, Oysters Legal, Fried Oysters, Bacon Wrapped Oysters Oysters Jambalaya, Bacon Crusted Oyster Lettuce Cups, Oyster Po’ Boy, and of course raw oysters. If you share the belief that, “the world is your oyster” then this is the festival for you! For more info and to attend click onto the Oyster Festival.
Taste of DC :: October 8-9, 2016
This is a must attend multi-day culinary and cultural event in the heart of the nation’s capital. Taste of DC fills four blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue with area restaurants, great drinks, lively entertainment, engaging corporate partners, and fellow Washingtonians and visitors. For more info and to attend click onto Taste of DC.