Travel calendar


Athens — Classic City BBQ Festival, Aug. 20, features barbecue contests, food vendors, a car show, tradeshow and an outdoor music stage. www.

Dahlonega — Wine Trail Weekend, Aug. 20-21, features six wineries, wine tastings, food and music.

Jekyll Island — Shrimp & Grits Festival, Sept. 16-18, features food, arts and crafts, cooking competitions and live music.

Greensboro — Garden and Gun Weekend at Lake Oconee, Sept. 23-25, features food, culinary demonstrations, a boat cruise, live music and a bourbon master class.


West Palm Beach — GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 8-13, features a traditional water-skiing competition.

Key West — The Key West Lobsterfest, Aug. 11-14, includes live music, cold drinks, fresh lobster, a stroll down Duval Street, a street fair and more. 305-294-2000,

Panama City Beach — Schooners Lobster Festival & Tournament, Sept. 12-18, features large, freshly caught lobsters, a sand-sculpting contest, diving and a feast.

Port St. Joe — Scallop Festival and Music Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, features scallops, other food, arts and crafts, children's activities and live music.


Florence — W.C. Handy Music Festival, through July 31, features educational programs, concerts and children's events.

Albertville — Main Street Music Festival, Aug. 5-6, features local and national musicians, food trucks, a 5K run and children's activities.

Athens — Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days, Aug. 5-6, features antique farm equipment, a tractor ride, bluegrass, country and gospel music, skillet throw, arts and crafts, parade, food and children's activities.

Russellville — Franklin County Watermelon Festival, Aug. 19-20, features tractor, car and truck shows, a barbecue cook-off, food, vendors and live music.


HendersonSandy Lee Songwriters Festival, July 27-30, features acoustic performances by more than 30 of Nashville's award-winning singer/songwriters, a workshop and golf scramble.

Shelbyville — Horse Show, Aug. 3-6, features novice and accomplished rider shows, a horse fair and food.

Louisville — Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 8-28, features a horse show, concerts, food, bourbon, livestock and rides.

Henderson — Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, Aug. 12-13, features concerts, a bicycle tour, a 5K run, disc golf, workshops, animal feeding, crafts and games.

Russell Springs — Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 21-22, features local, regional and national bluegrass musicians, food and dancing.


Lake Charles — Marshland Festival, July 29-30, features live music, exhibits, games, food, arts and crafts.

Baton Rouge — Fete Rouge: Food and Wine Fete, Aug. 25-26, food sampling, wine tastings, live music and more.

Lake Charles — Arts & Crabs Fest, Aug. 20, features crab and beer tastings, an art walk, live music, interactive and educational activities.


Jackson — Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights, Aug. 13, features visual arts, artist booths, dancers and children's activities.


Boone — Appalachian Summer Festival, through Sept. 8, features opera, dance, theatre, independent film, symphonic music, an outdoor sculpture competition, juried visual arts competition, public lectures and tours.

Burnsville — Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, Aug. 5-6, features juried a juried arts and crafts show, music and dance.

Asheville — Wine and Food Festival, Aug. 19-20, features food, wine and craft beer tastings, street performers, shopping and more.

Cullowhee — Mountain Heritage Day, Sept. 24, features bluegrass music, art dance and more.


Hilton Head Island — Harbour Fest, Tuesdays through Aug. 16, features sing-alongs, children's crafts, interactive fun, live music, kayak tours, shopping, dining and fireworks every week.

Myrtle Beach — Craftsmen's Classic Art and Craft Festival, July 29-31, features exhibits, demonstrations and sales.


Gatlinburg — Smokey Mountain Tunes and Tales, through July 30, features street performers, musicians, storytellers and visual artists and interactive and educational events.

Lebanon — Wilson County Fair, Aug. 19-27, features concerts, rides, tractor and mule pulls, demolition derbies, livestock shows, food vendors, arts and crafts.


Roseland — Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, through Aug. 7, features orchestra and chamber music and solo concerts, student performances, food and spirits. www.

Staunton — Music Festival, Aug. 12-21, features chamber music performances and a black-tie ball.

Norfolk — Latino Music Festival, Aug. 13, features music, dancing, outdoor games, food, arts and crafts.