If you're a fall season traveler and heading out in October, you may want to drop in on one of these festivals in the West and beyond.
Minot, North Dakota
September 30-October 4
North America's biggest Scandinavian festival, in its 30th year, will feature the Beach Boys and Kenny Rogers, plus Nordic crafts, costumes, entertainment, art and food. www.hostfest.com
Nong Khai, Thailand
The Naga fireballs
An annual natural phenomenon during which hundreds of small, colorful fireballs rise out of the Mekong River and disappear into the air. Also: light-and-sound shows and a long-boat race.
Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara International Kite Festival
Kites from around the world fly over the Canadian and American sides of Niagara Falls while 30,000 spectators watch in awe. www.niagarakite.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The International Balloon Fiesta
Myriad colorful balloons in a renowned mass ascension. www.balloonfiesta.com
October festivals in the West and beyond
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