Opelousas, La.: The Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, Sept. 2.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: The Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Races, Sept. 2-3.

St. Louis: Big Muddy Blues Festival on the Mississippi, Sept. 3-4.

Kerala, India: The Onam Harvest Festival, Sept. 5, is Kerala state's biggest and most colorful annual event.

San Francisco: San Francisco Fringe Festival, Sept. 6-17.

Vancouver, Canada: Vancouver Fringe Festival, Sept. 7-17.

San Francisco: Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, Sept. 9-10.

Washington, D.C.: Black Family Reunion Celebration on the National Mall, Sept. 9-10.

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: The Fiestas de Otoño, Sept. 9-25, celebrates the grape harvest with equestrian events, flamenco performances and more.

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.

Prague, Czech Republic: The Prague Autumn Festival of classical music, Sept. 12-Oct. 1.

Lyon, France: Lyon Dance Biennale, Sept. 12-Oct. 3, hosts hundreds of dancers from many countries.

San Antonio: Pachanga del Rio, Sept. 14, a taste of the River Walk, in which 20 restaurants offer samplings of their cuisine.

Branson, Mo.: The Festival of American Music & Craftsmanship, Sept. 14.-Oct. 28.

Lanzarote, Spain: The Fiesta of the Virgen de los Dolores, Sept. 15, a folkloric festival that draws people from around the Canary Islands.

Austin, Texas: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Sept. 15-17.

Bath, England: Jane Austen Festival, Sept. 16-24, includes costumed walks, talks, readings, film, theater and more.

Munich, Germany: Oktoberfest, Sept. 16-Oct. 3.

Liverpool, England: Liverpool Biennial/International Festival of Contemporary Art, Sept. 16-Nov. 6.

Vancouver, Canada: Vancouver Comedy Festival, Sept. 18-24, is one of North America's largest.