North America - Aug-Sep-Oct
31 Aug - 7 Sep (annual) / Black Rock Desert / Burning Man
Burning Man is an annual gathering of some 25,000 people in the Black Rock Desert. Named after the effigy burnt on the final night, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the brave, the avant-garde, the crazy and the curious.
Redwood City, California, USA
Sep (annual) / Redwood City / Redwood City Salsa Festival
Dancing shoes and an empty stomach are required for the Redwood City Salsa Festival. Celebrating the spicy Latin dance and the eponymous hot sauce, this festival in downtown Redwood City includes stages of music and various art and food stalls.
Denver, Colorado, USA
Sep (various dates) / Larimer Square Denver / Oktoberfest
Held over two weekends, Denver's Oktoberfest is a massive festival celebrating Germany and its most famous exports: beer, bratwurst and strudel. Grab your lederhosen and head down to Larimer Square for live oompah and accordion music and a children's Karneval.
Miami, Florida, USA
11 Oct (annual) / Bicentennial Park Miami / Miami Carnival
The Miami Carnival is one of the largest street festivals in the US. The highlight is the carnival parade and festival on the final day at Bicentennial Park, but the whole city buzzes for two weeks with numerous supporting events.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Oct - Nov (annual) / Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas / Professional Bull Riders World Finals
After a year of riding bulls in competitions across the United States, cowboys convene in Las Vegas each October for two weekends - the first at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and the second at the Thomas & Mack Center. /
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Oct - Nov (various dates) / Ruby Falls, Chattanooga / Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern
Ruby Falls' Haunted Cavern is an ambitiously terrifying Halloween experience, based around the story of the Grimsby family, owners of the local slaughterhouse. Visitors are left to explore and escape from the horrifying monsters that dwell deep in the dark...
Salem, Massachussets, USA
Oct - Nov (annual) / Salem / Festival of the Dead
The town of Salem in Massachusetts gained infamy after the notorious witch trials of 1692, which saw villager condemn villager, leading to the executions of 14 women and six men.