Brussels: Once every two years the city's Grand Place is covered for several days with a huge flower carpet. Aug. 11-15, 600,000 begonias do the job.
Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea: At the Mt. Hagen Cultural Show, Aug. 19-20, 50 local tribes meet for a colorful ritual of dance and music that attracts thousands of spectators.
Eilat, Israel: The Red Sea Jazz Festival, Aug. 28-31, a major Middle Eastern jazz event.
Buñol, Spain: The Tomatina, Aug. 30, probably the world's largest food fight, painting the town red with a couple of hundred tons of hurled tomatoes.
Chicago: Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
Black Rock Desert, Nev.: Burning Man Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 4.
Seattle: Bumbershoot arts festival, Sept. 1-4.
Aarhus, Denmark: The Aarhus Festival, Sept. 1-10, Scandinavia's biggest cultural fest.
Washington, D.C.: Black Family Reunion Celebration on the National Mall, Sept. 9-10.
New York: New York Musical Theatre Festival, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, stages more than 30 new musicals and launches emerging writers, composers, lyricists and performers.
Lyon, France: Lyon Dance Biennale, Sept. 12-Oct. 3, hosts hundreds of international dancers.
Austin, Texas: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Sept. 15-17.
Munich, Germany: Oktoberfest, Sept. 16-Oct. 3.
London: The Chelsea Crafts Fair, Oct. 3-15, is one of Europe's best for jewelry, ceramics, glass, furniture and more.