Early August: Sturgis, Black Hills, South Dakota Sturgis Rally, also known as Sturgis Bike Week – Hog Heaven as tens of thousands of big bikers make a terrible, colourfully obese noise.
Early August : Newport, Rhode Island, Newport Folk Festival and Jazz Festival (the world’s longest-running jazz festival)
End of August: Nevada, Burning Man Festival – one week of raving mad, liberal, artistic utopia in the desert.
Early September: Seattle, Washington State, Bumbershoot at Seattle Center – over 2, 000 artists, many world famous, perform art of every kind from top flight rock to comedy, drama and poetry to bizarre sculptures.
most of September: California, Los Angeles, L. A. County Fair. The largest fair in the USA features everything from pig racing to rodeos and big name bands.
Early September: Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Jazz Festival – a free event on the picturesque shore of Lake Michigan.
Mid September: Monterey Jazz Festival in California. This, the oldest and longest running jazz festival in the world, always hosts some big names but also has workshops, exhibitions and other appropriate entertainment.
Late September: Hawaii, Aloha Festival Floral Parade – a hugely colourful and scented occasion in Oahu starts a series of events all over the islands.
Alburqurque balloon festival photo by a4gpa
October: Albuquerque, New Mexico, International Balloon Fiesta – a lot of hot air about.
October: Florida, Miami Carnival, a city-wide rave, with much Latin influence, especially dancing. The last Sunday in Calle Ocho culminating in a parade to the Orange Bowl is the highlight of the week.
October or November: Las Vegas Professional Bull Riders Finals – the 45 toughest hombres in the west ride the baddest bulls in one of the world’s most colourful cities.
31 October: New York City, New York’s Village Halloween Parade – a colourful and spooky occasion with over 20, 000 scary monsters on the prowl among the bands, puppets and assorted weirdos. From 7pm.
Late November: New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – specialising in monster helium balloon figures. 9am-noon.