end of summer celebrations

We know it seems like summer just started but in many parts of the world summer is coming to an end. But, fear not! There's still time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. We thought we would share a few late summer events that you may want to check out as you start to think about how you're going to wrap up this summer.

Here's just a few -

 

33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL - Thursday September 1st through Monday September 5th.

The festival is held at multiple locations - Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Grant Park. Many top jazz performers will be on hand such as Cassandra Wilson, Roy Hargrove and many, many more. While visiting, be sure to create your own jazz pub crawl and check out even more great sounding jazz artists.

 

kentucky bourbon festival

 

Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown, Kentucky - September 13th - September 18th

Over 200 years of Bourbon-making can't be wrong. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is a celebration of that fine art. 6 days of eating, drinking and entertainment - what's not to like? Everything from formal black-tie events to historical tours make this a festival for just about everyone.

 

 

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, Hampton Beach, New Jersey - September 9th through September 11th

You may not run into Snookie and the Jersey Shore crowd but you will find 55 of the coast's top restaurants serving delectable New England seafood and over 80 local arts and crafts vendors hawking their wares. There are live music and culinary demonstrations as well as many other festivities to keep you busy.

 

The Mayor's Thames Festival, September 10th and September 11th

London's largest outdoor arts festival is an annual free event that brings together all of London to celebrate the city, the River Thames and their diversity. The free weekend of arts, entertainment and spectacle is certainly not one to miss. The celebrating  takes place from the Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond including a night carnival, fireworks, dancing, music and much more. 

 

 

 

 

Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas September 16 through September 18th

This year they celebrate their 10th anniversary with an all-star line-up that includes Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Kayne West, Randy Newman, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mavis Staples and over 130 artists from across the globe. Of cours, there's plenty of local food and culture to absorb while you're visiting.
 

 

 

Rock in Rio - September 23rd through October 2nd

While it may not be summer in Rio de Janeiro - the rock and roll will be hotter than ever when Rock in Rio returns to its original home.  The incredible list of headliners include Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Joss Stone, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Rihanna, Snow Patrol and many more. Not a bad place to visit and see a terrific concert. This is guaranteed to be one of the hottest concerts this year.

 

Do you have any other events that you regularly plan or attend at the end of summer? Please let us know.

 

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