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November 2014

Fun Fun Fun

November 7 - 8 | Austin, TX

Three times the fun as a normal festival, so of course the title contains the word in triplicate. This independent music expo attracts musicians and fans, who come to see bands in addition to comedy, action sports and poster art to quench their cultural thirst. A varied range of performing acts includes popular rapper Wiz Khalifa, metal mainstay Judas Priest, and alternative giants like Dinosaur Jr. and Modest Mouse. It’s a lotta fun with a lotta fest.

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October 2014

Circuit of the Americas Fan Fest

October 31 - November 2 | Austin, TX

Music and motorsports fans alike race to Austin for a three-day celebration that’s turbo-charged (and free). A cultural smorgasbord spans eight blocks of downtown Austin, as three stages of entertainment, three beer gardens and plenty of food vendors bolster a party that caters to the fun-seeking. It coincides with Grand Prix Formula One weekend, but if you’re not into going 80, you can go back to the ’80s with a headliner performance from Duran Duran.

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Knotfest

October 25 - 26 | Lytle Creek, CA

A chaotic frenzy of aggression would be an apt description for Slipknot’s music. The heavy metal group is the inspiration for this no-holds-barred festival that features five stages full of attractions from burlesque shows to fire-breathers and stilt-walkers. It’s an intense take on your average carnival experience that’s not for the faint of heart. There are over 50 bands from all over the world, including Danzig, Anthrax, Fear Factory and more in a showcase of some of the best heavy…

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Halloween Biker Bash

October 23 - 26 | Sparks, OK

At the Halloween Biker Bash, motorcycles complement Halloween as much as binge-eating chocolate and scandalous costumes. It’s a three-day festival with games, hayrides and live music at Sparks America Campgrounds. This throwdown carries a scenic central Oklahoma setting, with bonfires every night to complete an old-fashioned get-together. Hang around for the crowning of Miss Sparks America for some eye candy to go along with your goodie bag full of stuff.

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Florida State HOG Rally

October 22 - 25 | Fort Walton Beach, FL

A postcard-worthy resort hosts bikers from all over in a summit of Harley-Davidson fans that remain true to a classic American company. The picturesque coastal setting hosts a plethora of activities from cookouts to ride-in movie nights and corn hole championships. There’s also a free bikini bike-wash, so don’t worry if you get sand on your cycle.

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Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

October 17 - 19 | New Orleans , LA

The three-day blues extravaganza represents New Orleans like no other. Held in Lafayette Square, the festival is free and hosts a variety of performers. Bountiful food offerings and plenty of art and furnishing vendors provide a cultural experience that won’t leave you singing the blues.

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Soulard Oktoberfest

October 10 - 12 | St. Louis, MO

It feels like Germany, but it’s actually Missouri. The event promises to be the biggest and best version of the event in its 10-year history. A new location hosts the shindig, which has multiple stages for musical acts and tons of food vendors ranging from German classics to St. Louis favorites. As expected, a bevy of beer options will be available, and attendees can test their eating skills in a brat-eating contest.

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Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing

October 10 - 12 | Lake Havasu City , AZ

If you’ve got the need for speed away from the interstate, let these professionals wow you with V8 engines and raw horsepower that’s the good kind of hydroplaning. There’s smoke on the water during these races, as high-tech vessels make waves at speeds of over 250mph in an exhilarating brand of racing. Bracket, sportsman and pro classes encompass a range of drivers and talents. But don’t blink; you’ll miss it.

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Louder Than Life Music Festival

October 4 - 5 | Louisville , KY

Plug in your amp and turn it to 11, as music, whiskey and “gourmet man food” crank up the fun at Champions Park. If you’re not rocking out, you’re expanding your horizons at this festival of culinary delights. Popular ’90s rock acts Limp Bizkit, Korn and Kid Rock—as well as metal stronghold Judas Priest—carry the torch for a decibel-shredding good time.  The weekend’s also bolstered by displays like Germantown and Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, where you can mingle with some…

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