Post by Amanda Jones - Published on 8/31/18 11:00 AM
Enjoy the cool early beginnings to fall: chart a course for somewhere new and make some end-of-summer memories to last you through winter.
Get out on the water before the temps start dropping! We've compiled a slew of reasons for you to put the sails up or the throttle down. Check out these harborside and marina-hosted events for concerts, parties, boat shows, games, regattas, and more.
September 22: Fall Foliage Sunset Wine Sail. Board the 74-foot Sailboat, Frances, and explore delicious wines from diverse wine regions of Italy.
September 22 - 23: 1st Annual Maine Small Craft Celebration. Share the joy of small boats! The Inaugural Maine Small Craft Celebration will be a 2-day event held on the shores of the Fore River in Portland.
Camden – September 9: Megunticook Mini-Marathon and Regatta. The Maine Rowing Association and Megunticook Rowing invite single and double scullers to participate int he Megunticook Regatta.
September 2: 1st Annual Rockland Ford Cornhole Tournament. All proceeds from the event will be contributed towards pairing midcoast children with a big brother or sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters.
September 1: The 4th Annual Over the Edge for Flynn. Rappel nine stories down the side of one of downtown Burlington's tallest buildings: The Courtyard Marriott Harbor Hotel.
September 8: Halyard Brewing Pirate Riot. Round up a team of 5 seaworthy mates to compete in the Pirate Riot competition while helping provide lake access to more Vermonters. You and your mates will fire cannonballs (tennis balls) from sailboats provided by and captained by the Community Sailing Center to take out other ships and win great prizes.
September 21: Oktoberfest Vermont. Held at Waterfront Park on the shores of Lake Champlain with more than 40 brewers in attendance.
Ludlow – September 10: September CPR Class. Learn CPR or refresh your current CPR skills during this monthly course hosted by Ludlow Ambulance Service.
September 15: 2018 Passport Craft Beer & Food Tour. Celebrate 10 years of great beer and fine food and enjoy an evening on the historic grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum.
September 16: 9th Annual Gosport Regatta. An open sailing race from Portsmouth Harbor to Gosport Harbor at the Isles of Shoals.
September 30: Seacoast Salutes. Taking place at Cisco Brewers Portsmouth this is an event for both military and civilians to honor our servicemen and women and their families with a carnival day filled with food, games, music, and prizes.
NEW Boston –
September 8: Boston Harbor Islands Regatta & After Party. This is the final points-earning race in the Mass Bay Pursuit Series and attracts close to 100 boats in 10 fleets, with classes from high performance boats to family day sailors.
September 9: 7th Annual Boston Sharkfest. An open-water swim series where contestants will compete in a 1500-meter competitive swim with downtown Boston as the backdrop.
September 9: Open Newbury Street is here! Newbury Street will go car-free, closing the street to cars from 10 - 6 PM, letting pedestrians can roam freely along the iconic stretch in Back Bay.
September 15: The 3rd Annual Boston Social Fitness Festival. This day-long celebration encourages Bostonians of all ages to move, cycle, play, and dance together.
September 22: Island Run 2018. Participants can choose between a 5K or 5-mile trail run. After the race, cruise home through scenic Boston Harbor abroad the Provincetown-II with a drink in hand for a celebration and award ceremony.
September 22: CollegeFest. This is a back-to-school event with live music, student entertainment, prizes, and giveaways at Fenway Park.
Cambridge– September 9: The Cambridge Carnival. There will be a parade of revelers, a stage for live music including local artists, a kids' fest, international foods, and craft vendors.
Danvers – September 8: Connors Farm Corn Maze. Enjoy the Crazy Train corn maze at Connors Farm. Check out their website for more activities throughout September & October during the week and weekends.
Quincy – September 28 - 29: Ghost Ship Harbor. A haunted house attraction located deep in the Quincy Shipyard. There is an activation area where you can find food, entertainment, a bar, tarot card readings, midway games, VR experiences and more. The main attractions take place on the deck of a 716 foot destroyer (battleship).
September 6: NewportFILM Outdoors. NewportFILM is a year-round, non-profit documentary film series that features established and emerging filmmakers and their current documentary films, curated from film festivals around the world. The movie for September is Finding 52 and is playing at King Park.
September 7 - 9: Secret Garden Tours - Fall. A self-guided walking tour of private gardens located in historic Newport. Each tour features about a dozen beautiful gardens. Tours are from 10 - 5 PM.
September 8: Sail Newport's 35th Anniversary Gala. Sail Newport is celebrating 35 years providing public access to sailing programs, regattas and sailing events for all ages. There will be cocktails, dinner, an auction and dancing from 6 - 11 PM.
September 8: Motors & Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County and the Audrain Automobile Museum are joining together for Cars & Coffee on Bellevue Ave.
September 13: Art After Dark at the Newport Art Museum. Join for an inflatable lawn party. The Newport Art Museum is kicking off DESIGNxRI's 5th annual Design Week RI in Newport with an extraordinary sunset lawn party and inflatable playscape.
September 13 - 16: Newport International Boat Show. The NIBS encompasses 13 acres of historic Newport Harbor allowing people to enjoy everything the City-by-the-Sea has to offer while experiencing a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international companies.
September 15: Ida Lewis Yacht Club 12 Metre North Americans
September 20 - 23: Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. Events will take place at The Elms, Rosecliff & Marble House. Some festival highlights include the Wine & Rosecliff Gala, two-day grand tasting with hundreds of wines under the big tents on the lawn of Marble House, and celebrity chef appearances.
September 5, 12, 19 and 26: Fireside Wednesdays Music Series is presented by Newport Vineyards alongside extended tasting room hours throughout the summer. Enjoy live music near the fire pits from 5 - 8 PM while overlooking the vines.
September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: The Saturday Farmer's Markets at Newport Vineyard. On Saturday morning from 8:30 - 12:30 PM check out the Aquidneck Growers' Market held outdoors on Newport Vineyards grounds.
September 29: The 7th Annual Harvest Craft Fair. Taking place at the Knights of Columbus, jump-start the season and enjoy the show specials and discounts offered by the crafters and vendors.
September 29 - 30: The 44th Annual Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair. Taking place from 10 - 5 PM on Saturday & Sunday, come to enjoy fun old-fashioned activities that include the "Mable Express" barrel train, pony rides, mud pit, midway games, children's arts and crafts, crafters tent, local food trucks and vendors, and a Newport Storm Beer Garden.
September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: As part of the 27th season of the Newport International Polo Series, every Saturday through September, you can find a match going on! Polo starts at 4 PM and tickets are $12 for general admission. Visit Newport Polo for more information.
September 7 - 9: Striper Kings Invitational Tournament. The waters around Block Island are home to some of the best striped bass fishing on the planet. The most productive fishing take place at night, but the action goes on strong all weekend long.
September 8: The 42nd Annual Run Around the Block. A 9.3 mile journey around Block Island where you will see most of its beauty - rolling meadows, stone walls, sparking ponds, towering cliffs and the ocean.
September 21 - 23: The 12th Annual Fall Taste of Block Island Weekend. Enjoy samplers of all Block Island has to offer. Sample delicious food, view charming cottages, visit pristine beaches, unique shopping, and enjoy fun-filled activities all weekend.
Bristol – September 30: The 3rd Annual Bristol Burger Bash. The Linden Place Mansion Bristol Burger Bash celebrates burgers, beer, and bluegrass. Sample East Bay's best burgers all under one roof while enjoying local beers and wines.
September 8: Swim Across America. A Rhode Island Open Water swim competition. Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in this annual event at Roger Wheeler Beach.
September 15: Guided Salt Marsh Walk. All ages are invited to join Narrow River Preservation Association for this hands-on exploration of fish, shellfish, crabs and other inhabitants of Narrow River.
September 21 - 22: Hylas Yachts Rendezvous 2018. The focus of this event is on friendship and community. There will be fun and games with superb prizes, a charitable component, Hylas swag for all yachts attending, and much more.
Wakefield – September 30:The 28th Annual Mist to Mews Canoe & Kayak Race. The race begins at 2 PM followed by an outdoor party with ice-cold brews, food, music and prizes at the Mews.
September 6: Thursday Evening Pedals & Paddles. Come down and check out the Providence waterways beneath the setting sun! There will be kayaks and pedal boats available for rent.
September 8, 22, and 29: WaterFire Providence. Enjoy a full lighting on these three dates in September. WaterFire is the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans which has been installed on three rivers in downtown Providence.
September 19: The 11th Annual International Food & Wine Festival. Enjoy delicious local cuisines and amazing wines at the Botanical Center and Casino at Roger Williams Park.
South Kingston – September 13: Food Truck Night at Sons of Liberty. Children and families are welcomed and encouraged to attend and enjoy the food trucks and outside activities.
September 2: Conanicut Yacht Club - Round the Island Race. Race around Conanicut Island in the middle of Narragansett Bay.
September 22: Jamestown Rhode Race. The half marathon is set on picturesque Conanicut Island and looks out over the Narragansett Bay and the Newport Pell Bridge.
NEW Warwick – September 8 - 9: On-Water Training at Freedom Boat Club. Whether you love boating and want to gain confidence at the helm, you're considering buying or renting a boat and want to learn new skills, or you're just curious about boating, join in on this Training Program! No experience necessary.
September 7: Mystic Eats Riverside Food Festival. Enjoy fantastic food, beer & wine in the Seaport Marine barn, live music under a large tent all weekend, a cornhole tournament, family entertainment and gorgeous Mystic River views.
September 15: Ocean Commotion Gala. Guests will enjoy cocktails and silent auction inside the Aquarium's Main Gallery, followed by dinner, entertainment, live auction, and dancing.
September 16: Coastweeks Rowing Regatta. Enjoy a day of competitive rowing on the Mystic River from your boat or on the shore at Mystic Seaport Museum.
September 23: Antique Vehicle Show. More than 100 pre-1930 cars and trucks will converge on the museum ground. Free rides all day plus a grand parade is scheduled for 4 PM.
Groton – September 5 - 9: The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival. A five-day annual celebration promoting the State of Connecticut's maritime heritage and spirit of innovation in conjunction with Connecticut Maritime Heritage Week. There will be many events taking place during these 5 days such as a maritime career opportunities expo, and a New London chowder challenge.
September 5 - 9: The 2018 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival. A five-day annual celebration promoting the State or Connecticut's maritime heritage and spirit of innovation in conjunction with Connecticut Maritime Heritage Week.
August 27- September 9: The U.S. Tennis Open 2018 is taking place at Flushing Meadows - Corona Park. While Wimbledon has its white, New Yorkers bring the party to the National Tennis Center with a celebrity-studded crowd, international food vendors and live musicians performing on the grounds!
August 31-September 2: Electric Zoo is taking place at Randall's Island Park. Check out the awesome line-up!
September 4: Stargazing on the High Line. Visit the High Line on Tuesdays at dusk for an evening of stargazing. You will have an opportunity to take a closer look at the stars through high-powered telescopes.
September 29: The 5th Annual NYC Bacon and Beer Classic. Taking over the USTA National Tennis Center, this one massive festival is devoted to *some* of the best things in life: bacon and beer!
September 29: The 2nd Annual New York Rum Festival - 2018. The USA is considered one of the most important countries for the entire rum industry. This event is divided into few sessions and experiences throughout the day.
September 29 - 30: New York Vegandale Food & Drink Festival. Vegandale is a vegan food festival. This year the event will be a two-day festival with so many different food and drink options along with fun activities for all.
Long Branch –
September 3: Beach Yoga Class. A one-hour all levels yoga class overlooking the beach.
September 8: Annual Kites at the Pier Festival. Kite flyers from all areas of the eastern seaboard are invited to fly their most incredible creations! Join in for some family-fun including running of the Bols competition, food, games, and more.
September 15: Long Branch Mud Run. A mud run for ages 5+. Obstacles will include a mud pit, tires, wall climb, tubes, hills, balance beams, tire carry, heavy jump rope, and a new mystery obstacle.
Red Bank –
September 6 & 13: Paddle & Pour. Take a scenic cruise around the beautiful Navesink River and then hop into Boondocks for some food, drinks and good company.
September 8: Yoga with Goats. Practice your yoga skills while goats climb all over you!
September 15: The 41st Annual Festival of the Sea. This is a seafood festival where local restaurants and vendors will provide the large crowds with delicacies such as crab cakes, shrimp skewers, paella, soups and bisque's, lobster and much more.
September 8 - 9: The 51st Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park. This is a tasty and entertaining tradition, with music, great food, exhibits, arts and crafts, and features the 28th annual Crab Soup Cook-off. This is a family-friendly and fun feasting event that draws 20,000+ visitors from all around.
September 15: The 1st Annual Annapolis Watersports Festival at Annapolis Sailing School. The Capital SUP Annapolis and the Annapolis Sailing School have come together to create the Annapolis Watersports Festival: a day filled with paddling & sailing, races & activities, outdoor wellness, live music, local vendor area, best of Annapolis food & beverages, a silent auction, beach games, and more.
September 29: Twist & Stout. A Fine Wine & Craft Beer event at Quiet Waters Park.
Ocean City –
September 13 - 16: The 8th Annual OC BikeFest. There will be bands, stunt teams, entertainment, a bike show, vendors, food and beverage options, etc.
September 20: Sunfest Kite Festival 2018. Everyone is welcome to fly on the spacious Ocean City beach and to set up ground displays.
September 28 -29: The 24th annual Wine on the Beach. Upon entry, all visitors receive a commemorative wine glass which they can use to sample pours from the dozens of featured producers.
National Harbor – September 22 - 23: The 1st Annual Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival taking place on the waterfront! Taste top-rated American and International wines paired with the Chesapeake's wild and farm-raised oysters.
Wye Mills – September 8: The 26th Annual Wye Island Regatta hosted by the Annapolis Rowing Club, Inc.
NEW Pasadena – September 23: The 2018 Crab Fest at the Maryland Yacht Club from 1-5 PM. Enjoy Pit Beef, Turkey, Pork BBQ, Crab Soup, Salads & more!
Cape Charles –
September 2: Jackspot Floatopia at Sunset Beach. Be sure to bring your favorite float or boat.
September 15 - 16: Neptune's 22nd Annual Fall Wine Festival. Taste from over 70 wines while you meet and greet the fascinating people at the event.
Norfolk – September 13: The Official Draken Experience. Climb on board the world's largest operating Viking ship, the Draken Harald Harfagre, and discover your Viking spirit with inspiring ship tours, and engaging crew demonstrations
September 4, 11 and 18: Yoga in the Park. Join at Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park for an all levels, 60-minute yoga class.
September 5: Lighthouse 5K Series. Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation by joining in on this run from 8 - 9:30 AM through the Historic Village of Corolla Light.
September 15: Beach Clean-Up. Come to show your support and help the local beaches out by cleaning them up.
Surf City –
September 1 and 7: Sounds of Summer. Free concert series in Soundside Park. Check out the events taking place in September:
September 1: Soul on the Beach from 6:30 - 8 PM.
September 7: Vaughen Penn from 6:30 - 8 PM.
September 8: Paddle 4 Troops. A nonprofit organization geared toward supporting local veterans through a fun and competitive paddle race.
September 15: Boating Safely Course. Want to improve on your boater skills? Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for an 8-hour class at the Surf City Community Center to brush up on your boating safety skills.
Wilmington – September 7 -9: The Wilmington Boat Show. The Port City is renowned as North Carolina's most accessible coastal destination, nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. The Wilmington Boat Show is the largest of its' kind between Annapolis and Tampa. The show will take place in several different venues including the Port City Marina, Pier 33, Wilmington Convention Center and across the Cape Fear River at Battleship NC.
NEW New Bern –
September 1 - 2: The 31st Annual NYRA Labor Day Regatta. The race will consists of the Oriental to New Bern "Fun" race on Friday, 'Round the buoys in New Bern on Saturday, and New Bern to Minnesott on Sunday. Contact New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club to find out more information!
September 15: Lanterns on the Lawn. Bring your family and your camping gear for a night under the start at Tryon Palace South Lawn to benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.
September 22: The 3rd Annual Venice Beach Party. A fun-filled day at the beach with friends, music, and food.
Cape Canaveral –
September 3, 10, 17 and 24: Monday Night Run Club. Run off the weekend with local beer drinking runners every Monday at Florida Beer Company.
September 15: Bioluminescence Paddle Tour. A night paddle on the Space Coast, with a beautiful trail of light that is created by tiny natural organisms called dinoflagellates that thrive during the warmest summer months.
September 15: Beach & Kite Fest. Join in for a day at the beach along with a kite festival. There will be kite demonstrations, a kids sand sculpture contest, food, and other fun activities.
September 1 - 2: The 6th Annual Summer of Rum Festival. Enjoy over 40 rum drinks, live bands all day, a curated Caribbean Food Market, Rum Tasting, and a fireworks display.
September 7 - 9: The 2018 Tampa Boat Show. The Tampa Boat Show is a must-attend event for all Tampa Bay boaters. Whether you're an avid fisherman, wake board or ski enthusiast, sailor, or Bay cruiser the Tampa Boat Show has something for everyone.
September 29: The 4th Annual Putts and Pints. A mini-golf tournament where Brew Bus Brewing company converts their brewery into a 9-hole mini-golf course to raise money for charity.
September 24: Full Moon Sailing Cruise. Join in for a 1 1/4 hour Full Moon Sail and enjoy the sound of the wind, waves, and live music encompassing you while the playful light of the moon enhances the historic cityscape.
September 1: Pong for PAWS at The Boathouse. Teams of 3 will compete for a championship playing corn hole, beer pong, and flip cup with beer in hand. All proceeds will benefit Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.
September 21: AJ's Big Mac Classic 2018. This fishing tournament will be held on the docks of AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar with cash awards for winners.
September 22: The 1st Annual HarborFest. Discover the luckiest fishing village in the world and enjoy gulf-to-table fare from your favorite local restaurants as well as a tasting of local and regional craft brews.
September 30: Charity Cornhole Tournament 2018. Registration for this event includes World of Beer Beer Garden access with bottomless craft beer, mimosas, Bloody Mary's and snacks.
September 20 - 23: REEF Fest 2018. This is a four-day festival celebrating the impact and success of marine conservation in the Florida Keys! Events include privately chartered diving and snorkeling programs, ocean-themed seminars, and social gatherings.
Dauphin Island –September 15 - 16: The 3rd Annual Massacre Island. In 1711 the Pirates stormed Mobile Bay and attacked the Island that was once called Massacre Island, because of a huge pile of human skeletons that was discovered by Pierre Le Moyne. Come and see the Pirates as they pilfer and pillage Isle Dauphin and fight against Spanish and British Galleons.
September 8: Kids' Fish. Kids in kindergarten through 5th grade gather at the beautiful Pine Gully Park every September to compete in this fishing tournament for tons of great prizes donated by local businesses.
September 15: The 2018 Cruzan Rum Race 8. The Race series will consist of 9 races, with the best of eight races counted for the overall series.
Long Beach – September 7 - 9: The Long Beach Original Lobster Festival. The festival returns for the 22nd year of providing Fresh Live Maine Lobster prepared to mouth-watering perfection in the World's Largest Cooker.
Santa Monica – September 5 - October 7: Twilight on the Pier. The outdoor music festival is back for the 34th year.
San Leandro – September 21 - 23: Oktoberfest by the Bay. Enjoy beer, bratwurst, live music and people dancing in costume at Pier 48.
San Francisco –
September 8 - 9: The 23rd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. The family-friendly festival includes chocolate tasting, chef demonstrations, live music, and vendors at Ghirardelli Square.
September 9: Sunday Streets. Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for people in the street which are held about once a month till October.
August 31- September 3: LA Fleet Week 2018. Fleet Week is an annual patriotic tradition where active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a major U.S. city for one week. LA Fleet Week is a free, public event on the LA Waterfront!
September 29: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. This event returns for the biggest year yet to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Get lost in 4 scare zones as you explore SoCal's ONLY true dark maze, go door-to-door in the most terrifying neighborhood, ride the Scary-Go-Round, see a psychic, catch a show at Theatre Macabre and tons more!
September 29: Movies at Griffith Park. Street Food Cinema features cool outdoor movies, picnic-ready food trucks, live music from emerging artists, interactive games and more.
Coos Bay –September 15: The 2018 Bay Area Fun Festival. Come to view the sights, sounds, and tastes of beautiful downtown Coos Bay and surrounding areas for this popular festival. Highlights include live entertainment, the famous Cruz the Coos featuring 500 vintage automobiles, the Prefontaine Memorial Run, K-DOCK Rock Fest and so much more.
North Bend – September 8 - 9: The 15th Annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration. Join for a celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal Culture. Enjoy a traditional salmon bake, native drumming, dancers, canoe races, cultural booths and displays, hands-on family activities, native arts & crafts vendors and more.
September 21 - 23: The 2018 Clean Water Classic. This is a surf contest that will continue throughout the entire weekend. There will be live bands, food, drinks, a silent auction, and a raffle.
September 8: Pink Boat Regatta. The Pink Boat Regatta began with a sailor, daughter, and a scientist wanting to do more. Almost 6 years later, The Pink Boat Regatta has raised over $464,000 for breast cancer research. Each year, sailors and supporters alike participate in this great event.
September 9: BMW Car Show. The 2nd Annual Bimmers Northwest Car Show presented by BMW Car Club of America. All types of BMWs will fill the lot for marina tenants and guests to come see. Cars will begin to arrive around 10 AM.
September 29: The Lantern Fest. Thousands of revelers empowered with lanterns join together for one unforgettable night time spectacle. Friends and Families can enjoy food, live music, a stage show, princesses, face painting, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
September 1 - 3: The 20th Annual Boulder Creek Hometown Festival. Featuring arts & crafts exhibitors in Central Park, live performances at the Bandshell, a food court & beer garden, the Great Zucchini Race, and the Great Boulder Duck Race.
September 14: Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest. A three-day autumn festival that includes live music, local micro-brews, wine and margaritas, a children's carnival and an art show.
September 23: Doggie Dash 2018. A 2-mile stroll and fun run at the Boulder Reservoir to celebrate community and the pets in everyone's lives!
August 31 - September 3: Cleveland Oktoberfest. Enjoy an International Beer Garden, Celebrity keg tapping, a Microbrew competition, wiener dog races, music, and so much more.
September 7: Fall Wine Festival. There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of the fall season than by sipping on a few of your favorite wine selections. Head to Heinen's in downtown Cleveland to sample over 30 wines.
September 2: Rubber Duck Regatta. Thousands of rubber ducks take flight from the Purple People Bridge before the fireworks display!
September 6 - 9: Harvest Home Fair. This is known as "The Biggest Little Fair in Ohio," and dates back to the 1860s.
Portsmouth – September 1 - 2: Portsmouth River Days. An annual family-oriented event on the riverfront that features a parade, arts and crafts, free entertainment, midway rides, an antique car show, great food and more. There will also be a fireworks display.
Obetz – September 1 - 3: Obetz Zucchini Festival. A family festival celebrating the zucchini in Ohio. The event includes hay rides, games, pageants, a cruise-in, parade, food, and lots of zucchini.
Marion – September 6 - 8: Marion Popcorn Festival. The largest popcorn festival in the world that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually. There will be bands, a parade, a bike tour, a 5K run, fine arts and crafts, a kiddie corner, and an over-50 softball tournament.
Marietta – September 7 - 9: Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. Enjoy a weekend of family fun with entertainment, fireworks, and more than 30 Sternwheelers docked along the levee in historic downtown Marietta. There will be national entertainers, a Sternwheel pageant, great food, children's activities and even Sternwheeler races.
Chattanooga – September 8: The Tennessee River Gorge Row. An Informal marathon row from downtown Chattanooga into the heart of the Tennessee River Gorge. The route is approximately 23 miles through some of the most beautiful territory in the South.
September 7 - 16: The Tennessee State Fair. This year's Fair continues the longstanding traditions of family entertainment, educational experiences and state pride with the theme being "The Heart of Tennessee." The Fair features arts and crafts, explores agriculture and allows attendants to have new and exciting experiences. There will be a best homemade apple pie contest, a funnel cake 5K, live music, thrilling rides and so much more.
September 14 - 16: Music City Food + Wine Festival. This festival takes place in the historic venues and outdoor spaces of downtown Nashville. It is an authentic, fresh and inspiring experience.
The Great Lakes:
Winthrop Harbor – September 1: The 2nd Annual Red, White & Blue Dock Party & Boat Show. There will be a Red, White & Blue dock decorating contest, patriotic dinghy poker run around the marina, and Skipper Bud's Boat Show.
Marshall – September 21: Marshall Autumn Fest. There will be food booths, craft booths, live music, children's activities, and a car show.
September 8: Cause for Paws 2018. A benefit for the animals at The Harbor's Edge. Enjoy live bands, food, drinks, raffles, vendors, and much more.
September 14 - 16: Fiestas on The Harbor. Join in for fun on the harbor. Enjoy free admission and live music.
The Navy Pier in Chicago is hosting multiple great events this September:
September 1, 2: Enjoy a dazzling fireworks display over Lake Michigan hosted by The Navy Pier.
September 1 - 3: Music on the Lake. Hear live music at Live on the Lake in the beer garden at Navy Pier. Free for all ages.
September 8: Leinenkugel's End of Summer Bash. End the summer on a high note with free, live music from a John Mayer cover band, gravity, and a special fireworks show.
September 1: AquaX Chicago Grand Prix. It is fast, furious, free to watch and returning to Chicago this September for the third annual P1 Great Lakes Series. This will be a two-day event of jet ski racing action.
September 28 - 30: Chicago Gourmet. The annual three-day fest kicks off with a Hamburger Hop throw-down on Friday night.
September 1 - 3: Detroit Jazz Festival. Free to music fans looking to revel in the artistry and improvisation of jazz legends, rising stars, legacy and homecoming artists.
September 11: The 12th Annual Garden Party at Belle Isle. This is an annual event to raise funds for various projects benefiting the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.
September 13: The Tall Ship Tour on the Detroit River. Before Detroit was a glimmer in the imagination of European explorers minds, the river flowed along banks that were rich in history. Learn more about this great history on the boat tour.
September 14: Stargazing Sail aboard the Tallship the Appledore IV. Slip away with The Detroit History Club and the crew of the Appledore IV for a late night stargazing voyage down the Detroit River and out into Lake Saint Claire.
September 15: The 2nd Annual Detroit Free Press Wine & Food Experience. This culinary event will feature celebrity guests, cooking demonstrations and a Grand Tasting Experience celebrating Detroit's culinary scene.
September 9:Luau on the Deck. A family-friendly event at Matey's that will include a welcome drink, full buffet, beer tasting table, live music, limbo contests, a raffle with all sorts of cool prizes and much more.
September 30: Mac and Cheese Fest. There will be over 10 mac and cheese vendors for you to sample!
Port Washington –
September 1: Port Washington Beer Garden. A weekly beer garden will be taking place every Sunday from 11 - 8 PM at Lion's Centennial Pavilion in Upper Lake Park.
September 8: Sheboygan Shipwreck. In conjunction with Port Deco Divers, dive down and check out some Great Sheboygan Shipwrecks.
September 8: Family Fun Picnic at Upper Lake Park Beach. There will be live music, games, food, beverages and more.