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These 10 unforgettable fall festivals are worth traveling for – USA Today 10Best

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From a family-friendly fried chicken-themed weekend in the Big Easy to an adults-only beer-centric celebration in the Mile High City and a citywide Day of the Dead extravaganza in San Diego, here are 10 of the best fall festivals in the United States.
This homegrown event dedicated to Harry Potter (and pretty much anything in that genre) is back after a two-year hiatusPhoto courtesy of Kate Simon
Seemingly overnight, Staunton, Virginia welcomes more than 10,000 wizards, witches, dragons, elves and every other magical creature found in «Harry Potter,» «Lord of the Rings,» «Game of Thrones» and more. Even local shops and restaurants redo their establishments to fit the theme.
For example, an art gallery might turn into a wand boutique and a soap retailer might become a lotion and potion shop. In the past year, their version of Diagon Alley hosted events like wild beast taming, fire breathing and wizard duels.
Think Woodstock meets world's funkiest flea marketPhoto courtesy of Sara Alexander
Since 2012, this 135-acre horse farm outside Omaha, Nebraska has hosted this fun hybrid event that’s half music festival, half flea market. With more than 250 vendors from across the country, and tens of thousands of other shoppers to compete with, it’s quite the treasure hunt.
Not into hunting for antiques? There are also dozens of food trucks, plenty of adult beverages to partake in and no fewer than 10 bands performing. Kids, meanwhile, will love the hayrides, the bonfires and the giant house made of pumpkins. 
Norsk Høstfest is North America's largest Scandinavian festivalPhoto courtesy of North Dakota Tourism
Every year – rain, shine or snow – the town of Minot, North Dakota transforms into a mini-Scandinavia to honor its cultural heritage. Many of the city’s residents are descendants of immigrants from Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
During the four fun-filled days, attendees can watch the Miss Norsk Høstfest pageant, enjoy live entertainment (including headliners Big and Rich), feast on Norwegian delicacies and shop for handmade clogs, sweaters, silver jewelry and more.
Get your banana pudding fix for life at this two-day festival just 60 miles west of NashvillePhoto courtesy of National Banana Pudding Festival
Imagine two full days devoted to one of your favorite desserts and you have the National Banana Pudding Festival. Hosted in Centerville, Tennessee’s picturesque RiverPark, this family-friendly event includes multiple stages of live entertainment and the famous “Puddin’ Path” where, for just $5, you can sample an array of banana pudding recipes. There’s also a banana pudding cook-off, dozens of craft vendors to peruse and a kids’ play area.
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The chicken is fried and the music is livePhoto courtesy of New Orleans & Company
Now in its fifth year, the Big Easy’s beloved fried chicken festival is expected to attract a record number of visitors. Although the two-day event is sponsored by the fast food chain, Raising Cane’s, the goal is to highlight the best fried birds from local establishments including Black-owned restaurants and food trucks. Come for the finger-licking good chicken and stay for the lakefront views (or vice versa).
Don't forget your beer gogglesPhoto courtesy of Brewers Association
Featuring more than 500 breweries and 1,500 beers, Denver’s annual Great American Beer Festival is the largest of its kind in the country and one of 10Best’s best beer festivals. This year, it’s celebrating its 40th anniversary with special programming including competitions, food pairings, live music and more. If you’re 21+ and you appreciate a good brew (or two), there’s no better place to be. 
The first Bridge Day took place in November of 1980 when five people parachuted off of the New River Gorge BridgePhoto courtesy of West Virginia Department of Tourism
While the two-day West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off in September attracts thousands of visitors, Bridge Day is the state’s largest single-day festival. It’s dedicated to the extreme sport of BASE jumping and attracts adrenaline junkies from across the country.
In 2019, the last year the event was held, there were more than 300 BASE jumpers hailing from 41 states. In addition to watching BASE jumpers plummet more than 876 feet into the New River Gorge, attendees who don’t have acrophobia can ride the New River Gorge Bridge’s high line and zip line.
Raggedy Ann and Andy are two familiar faces you might just see at the Cambria Scarecrow FestivalPhoto courtesy of Highway 1 Discovery Route
October is scarecrow season in this oceanfront community along California’s scenic Highway 1 Discovery Route. At the rate this festival is growing, someday, scarecrows could outnumber residents. What started as a small festival with just 30 scarecrows has turned into a month-long celebration featuring 500 scarecrows made by local businesses, students and residents. Many of the scarecrows are made of recycled materials so they’re as sustainable as they are scary (or funny).
Admire the art of pumpkin carving at Big Sky's 6th annual Haunted Peaks Halloween FestivalPhoto courtesy of Lone Mountain Land Company
You don’t have to wait until ski season to have an unforgettable time in this idyllic mountain town that celebrates Halloween like it’s opening day. Big Sky’s annual three-day Haunted Peaks festival includes a town-wide window display competition voted on by the public, a horror film festival and a 5K costumed run to the pub.
There’s also a mini monster mash for the kids and even a «yappy hour» where pets are encouraged to dress up for tricks and treats. Finally, if you’re into jack-o’-lanterns, don’t miss the crowning of the winners of the Pumpkin King and Queen Carving Competition. 
The weekend begins with the San Diego Symphony hosting its Día de los Muertos Celebration at The Rady Shell at Jacobs ParkPhoto courtesy of San Diego Symphony
The festivities begin with the «Mercado de Arte» and an alfresco performance by the Grammy Award-winning band, Mariachi los Camperos, at the city’s new waterfront venue, The Rady Shell. Meanwhile, businesses in Old Town San Diego are decorated and offering specials in honor of the holiday.
Walk among more than a dozen «ofrendas» (altars) where local Mexican and Mexican American families gather to reunite with their deceased loved ones. On November 2, All Souls Day, there’s a huge procession to the cemetery where the spirits return to the afterlife (until next year at least). 

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Eurovision 2023: The running order of the semifinals has been revealed!

Greece’s song for Eurovision 2023, by Victor Vernicos, was released a few days ago with the title “What They Say”!

The Eurovisionfun team once again watched and reacted to the official video clip of the country’s entry for the upcoming Eurovision contest! Enjoy Apostolos, Paschalis, Stella and Apostolis in a Reaction video with detailed commentary on Greece‘s participation, for 2023!.

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The analyzes of the fans and not only for a few minutes have been on fire, since the theories based on the prehistory of the countries in the contest, are a first picture of how passable is the qualification to the final or not. In other words, it’s time to make our predictions about who will advance to the final and who are the favorites to say goodbye to Liverpool early…

Turin will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest from May 9th to 13th at the Liverpool Arena. The motto of this year’s event, as chosen by the organizers is “The Sound of Beauty”.

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Beyonce UK Renaissance Tour 2023: Dates & How To Get Tickets

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Calling all members of the Bey Hive! The time has finally come. Beyoncé has announced that she will be touring her latest album, ‘Renaissance’, released in July last year. Much to our delight, the superstar confirmed the live dates were happening at the Wearable Art Gala in California on October 22, when two tickets and a full backstage pass were put on auction.

Although the rumours of the 2023 tour have been confirmed, there still remains a lot of speculation around the dates of the UK leg, as well as whether Beyonce will be joining Elton John as a headliner at Glastonbury 2023. There is a lot of hype around Bey returning to British shores and a lot of fans will be trying to secure their seats to see her perform. We expect that when the tickets drop for ‘Renaissance’ in the UK they will sell out mega fast, so make sure to keep an eye out.

If you want to find out how to cuff your tickets to the ‘Renaissance’ tour then keep reading. Here is everything you need to know about Beyoncé’s 2023 UK shows.

The singer has been very secretive with any news of her tour and is yet to release any dates of pre-sale or general sale tickets. In true Bey fashion, she is keeping the Bey Hive very much on its toes.

No tickets have been released yet, so we don’t know exactly how much the ‘Renaissance’ tickets will cost. However, it is likely that the price will depend on where you sit.

For her ‘Formation’ tour shows in the UK, Beyonce’s tickets ranged from £77.50 to £385. It can only be assumed that tickets for this much-awaited tour won’t come cheap and may be much higher than that.

The ‘Break My Soul’ singer is yet to release any dates or venues for her ‘Renaissance’ tour and could announce them at any moment.

During her previous tours of the UK, Beyonce has made recurring visits to venues in London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester. We can only hope that she will be making a return to these areas in her upcoming tour.

Now that the tour has been announced, there has been a lot of speculation around who Bey will be choosing to follow her around the world to open the show for her.

There have been rumours that Beyoncé has been considering British girl group Flo, who will receive the Rising Star Award at the 2023 Brit Awards. Other potential openers who will join Bey on stage are the Nigerian singer Tems, as well as English singer and rapper Bree Runway.
Beyonce’s last tour in the UK was back in 2018 with her husband Jay-Z for her show ‘On The Run II’. The couple performed a total of six acts that included a mix of both of the stars’ songs such as ‘Crazy in Love’, ‘99 Problems’ and ‘Run the World (Girls)’.

They started the tour in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London before moving onto the rest of Europe and finishing the tour back in the USA.

Before that, Bey toured the UK in 2016 with The Formation World Tour in support of her album ‘Lemonade’.

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11 Best Music Festivals of 2022 – Esquire

You may have missed Coachella but there are plenty of open air raves left to be had this year.
Back in 2020, many didn’t believe that we’d be rubbing shoulders with fellow-music lovers and screaming lyrics to our favorite songs at music venues together. With .css-umdwtv{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;text-decoration-thickness:.0625rem;text-decoration-color:#FF3A30;text-underline-offset:0.25rem;color:inherit;-webkit-transition:background 0.4s;transition:background 0.4s;background:linear-gradient(#ffffff, #ffffff 50%, #d5dbe3 50%, #d5dbe3);-webkit-background-size:100% 200%;background-size:100% 200%;}.css-umdwtv:hover{color:#000000;text-decoration-color:border-link-body-hover;-webkit-background-position:100% 100%;background-position:100% 100%;}Coachella back this year, one thing is clear for 2022: music festivals have been normalized again. Maybe you went and are desperate for more, wondering what to do with that leftover festival fever. Maybe you didn’t and the jealousy is too much to bear. Either way, don’t fret, Esquire complied a list of music festivals taking place the rest of the year.
Miami, FL – May 20-22
Minneapolis, MN – June 18-19
Afropunk is back again this year and is bringing with it the usual: groundbreaking arts, fashion and music from the Black community. Ari Lennox, Noname and Mereba are all set to perform at the festival, which will take place in Miami in May, and in Minneapolis over Juneteenth weekend, marking the first ever Afropunk event in the Midwest.
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Boston, MA
May 27-29

Boston Calling Music Festival is looking to make Memorial Day weekend one to remember. Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes and Metallica are all set to headline the three-day festival. The former are joined by impressive acts such as Haim, Weezer, Avril Lavigne, Black Pumas and more.
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New York, NY
June 10-12

Governors Ball, as always, will deliver another year incredible music, and some of the best NYC eats. This year festival-goers will be heading to Citi Field Lots, Queens to see the likes of Kid Cudi, Halsey and J-Cole, Roddy Ricch, Glass Animals, among others.
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Manchester, TN
June 16-19

Described as «the most positive place on this planet,» Bonnaroo is the place to be this summer. This year’s acts include Ludacris, 100 Gecs, and Marc Rebillet. There’s also a ton of electronic and pop punk acts set to perform at Bonnaroo. If you’ve never experienced Bonnaroo, it may be time for you to put on your camping shoes and head to Tennessee.
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Chicago, IL
July 15-16

If you’re wondering where all of the cool alternative artists will be this summer, you can find them at Pitchfork. For years, Pitchfork has been tagging themselves as «the most trusted voice in music.» Based on this year’s line-up, Pitchfork definitely has a taste for great music. Artists such as The National, Mitski and The Roots will be headlining the three-day weekend, where they’ll be followed by a slew of talented acts like Japanese Breakfast, Earl Sweatshirt, Tierra Whack, Amber Mark and more.
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Newport, RI
July 22-24

Being one of the first modern music festivals in the US with a 60-year-run, you can expect Newport Festival to be nothing short of extraordinary. For decades the festival has boasted renowned performances and an astounding cultural atmosphere. This year is no different, with artists all the way from Clairo to Beebadoobee, Buffalo Nichols, Maren Morris and more set to take the stage in Rhode Island.
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Chicago, IL
July 28-31

LollaPalooza, the Chicago-based festival, is back this year with Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Green Day, Lil Baby, Kygo and many others. Alongside a myriad of colorful outfits, you can expect to find incredible restaurants in the Windy City.
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Las Vegas, NV
September 16-18

Life is Beautiful festival coming to the Las Vegas area this September. Alongside music, the festival also offers culinary, art, and learning experiences in Downtown Vegas. This seems like a wonderful bonus to an incredible lineup. Artists like Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Jack Harlow and more are set to perform.
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Los Angeles, CA
September 16-18

After being canceled for the past two years, due to COVID-19, Primavera Sound is ready to shake American audiences. Artists such as James Blake, Nine Inch Nails, Cigarettes After Sex, Lorde, King Krule and many others are booked for the festival’s 2022 debut.
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Franklin, TN
September 24-25

The multi-genre weekend festival is set to make its eight year return this September. Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlisle, who both received Grammy nominations this year, are set to headline the festival. Another Grammy winner on the bill is Jon Batiste, who actually earned the highest number of nominations by the Recording Academy this year. The complete line-up also features a number of other impressive musicians like The Avett Brothers, Elle King, Lennon Stella, Lake Street Drive and more.
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Las Vegas, NV
October 22-29

Emo and Pop-Punk fans can rejoice because all of your favorite artists are set to take the stage in Las Vegas this Fall with the When We Were Young Festival. The new festival boast an impeccable set list, which is already sold out. Artists such as Bring Me To the Horizon, Pierce the Veil, Avril Lavigne, Sleeping With Sirens are set to perform. Paramore and My Chemical Romance will be the festival’s headliners.
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Ammal Hassan is a writer and Esquire’s Snapchat Editor. She covers all things culture with a focus on music and pop culture. She is from Nairobi, Kenya and lives in New York City. 
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