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AUGUST 7-17 State Fair, Iowa The tagline is ‘Nothing Compares’ and they might be on to something. This state fair features butter sculpting, specialty foods on sticks and grape stomping, and that’s all between grandstand entertainments. There’s a crafts area for kids, plus local arts and photography. iowastatefair.org


AUGUST 8-10 Outside Lands, San Francisco Modern music meets gourmet cuisine, making this festival as cool as it is chic. Artists include Ben Howard and Kanye West; there’s barbecued shrimp and organic sake to sip on. With no camping on site, guests can head to the city or party on in lavish VIP cabanas. sfoutsidelands.com


AUGUST 22-23 Cincinatti Brew Ha-Ha This festival blends beer and belly-laughs, with 50-plus comedians and 100 American-brewed beers. Tickets to the comedy gigs are free, and beers come in taster sizes so guests can sup away until they find their favorite. There’s also live music and plenty to eat. cincybrewhaha.com


World events


AUGUST 29-31 Central Florida Film Festival From feature films and comedy pieces to student projects and international screenings, the festival shines a Labor Day spotlight on emerging creative talent. Audiences can appraise the new kids on the cinematic block or simply indulge in movie snacks. centralfloridafilmfestival.com


SEPTEMBER 13-14 Virginia Wine Festival This annual event celebrates the diverse fruits of Virginia’s wine region, with wineries from across the state showing off their finest produce. Seminars offer tasting tuition and guidance, while the food and wine pairing tent brings gourmet cuisine to the table. virginiawinefest.com


JULY 2 & AUGUST 16 Il Palio, Siena, Italy In usually tranquil Tuscany, Il Palio sees 10 horse riders careering bareback around Siena’s Piazza del Campo. Each represents a district of the ancient city and carries an animal emblem, with thousands of spectators watching from the middle of the racetrack. ilpalio.org


JULY 24-27 Calgary Folk Music Festival Celebrating its 35th birthday in 2014, this music festival celebrates Canadian summertime by the Bow River. Events include musical master classes and a song-writing competition, and it isn’t folk- only, with roots, country, funk, world and indie genres well represented. calgaryfolkfest.com


AUGUST 25-26 Notting Hill Carnival, London Steel drums, calypso music and skimpy outfits are the essence of London’s larger-than-life street party. Dance troupes and revelers descend on Notting Hill with elaborate costumes and dance moves, and the air is thick with the aromas of Caribbean cooking. thenottinghillcarnival.com


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