Summer is officially ending, but the local fun doesn’t have to stop yet. Take advantage of events in your community to hold on to summer as long as possible and carry the local fun into fall. We’ve listed some ideas for you here, but the possibilities for downtown entertainment this September are nearly endless.
Rocktown Fall Beer Festival
September 20, 2014
Hosted in the fall and spring, the Rocktown Beer and Music Festivals showcase local breweries from across Virginia and independently owned brewing companies from across the country. Past participants have included Blue Mountain Brewery from Afton, Virginia, and Schlafly Beer from St. Louis, Missouri, as well as many, many more. The event is organized by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance in an effort to promote the craft brewing industry.
Burlington Carousel Festival
September 20-21, 2014
Burlington, North Carolina
The Carousel Festival in downtown Burlington celebrates the Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, a historic landmark in the heart of the city. The weekend celebration features live music, local food, art exhibits and, of course, carousel rides. The event also has an FYI Area, where members of the community can learn more about local non-profits and how they serve the community.
September 20-21, 2014
New Harmony, Indiana
Kunstfest celebrates the rich German heritage upon which the city of New Harmony, Indiana was founded. This family-friendly event offers horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown New Harmony, samples of traditional German food and live, German-themed entertainment. Patrons won’t want to miss the “Big Whopper Liars’ Contest” that features the wildest of tall tales. It’s an annual celebration of New Harmony’s history that’s perfect for locals and visitors of all ages.
Darlington Fall Festival
September 21, 2014
Held every year right on Main Street, the Darlington Fall Festival kicks off the new season with an afternoon of local fun. The festival features hay rides, bonfires, live music, food and more. There are even pumpkin races on the Pecatonica River, which winds through the city. For more information, visit www.darlingtonwi.org.
Johnny Appleseed Festival
September 27, 2014
Crystal Lake, Illinois
The Johnny Appleseed Festival celebrates none other than the famed apple-growing pioneer himself. The event brings together all things apple with a pie-baking contest, a pie-eating contest, live demonstrations of a cider press and more. Even better, admission to the festival costs just $1 per ticket, making this event one of the most budget-friendly sources of entertainment around.
Whether it’s a parade down Main Street or a back-to-school picnic in the park, your community is sure to have its own fun events planned for this September. These events bring people together as families, friends and neighbors, making our communities happier and more vibrant places to live. To find local events in your area, go to your local government’s or your local Main Street association’s website and look for a community calendar.