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September is upon us! School is in full swing, the leaves will soon begin to change and temperatures are finally cooling down. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities going on this month from festivals, Labor Day weekend activities, food events and musical performances. There’s something for everyone located near AMLI’s luxury apartments. Grab your sweater and let’s get into what’s going on this September.

Atlanta

September 8: Harley party

Harley-Davidson of Atlanta is hosting an all-day event with a free concert food trucks, a beer garden, local vendors and family fun at their 54th-anniversary party.

September 8-9: Chocolate in the garden

Chocolate-Covered Weekend offers cooking demonstrations, chocolate samples, family activities and information about the chocolate making process at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The event runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.

September 30: Car-free downtown

Walk, run or bike downtown during Atlanta’s Streets Alive. There will be entertainment and activities for all ages on a 3.1-mile stretch of Peachtree Street from downtown to Midtown. The street will be closed to motorized vehicles. Event runs from 2pm to 6pm. Admission is free.

Austin

September 7-8: Waterloo Music Festival

Waterloo is an independent festival that celebrates the roots of Austin music and features three full days of nationally recognized jam bands performing alongside the city’s local talent for a three-day weekend of camping at Carson Creek Ranch.

September 22-23: Fall Pecan Street Festival

The bi-annual Pecan Street Festival is full of music and arts and crafts on historic Sixth Street. The festival features over 300 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade arts and crafts. Admission is free.

September 29: Texas Craft Brewers Festival

This is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. The Texas Craft Brewers Festival features the best of Texas craft beer and brings together the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State. General admission starts at $35 and includes a tasting cup and eight sample tickets redeemable for a 3-ounce pour.

September 29: Austin Oktoberfest

The Austin Saengerrunde will celebrate the sixth annual Austin Oktoberfest at Scholz Garten. This tavern is one of the oldest in operation. The festival celebrates German heritage in Texas with beer, sausage, live music and bowling! General admission is $50 and includes specialty glassware, pin and beer and sausage samples.

Chicago

September 7: Opera in the park

Spectacular singing and orchestra music await you at Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park. Pack a picnic and bring your friends to enjoy music under the stars. Music starts at 7:30pm. Admission is free.

September 13-15: Turkish fest

Experience art, music, dance and cuisine of Turkey at the 15th annual Chicago Turkish Festival in Daley Plaza. Enjoy various regions of Turkey through products, souvenirs, art, travel information, food and performances. The event runs 10am-6pm each day from Thursday to Saturday. Admission is free.

September 25: Fall dinner crawl

Sample from restaurants during the seventh annual fall dinner crawl in Wicker Park and Bucktown. Foodies are invited to taste small bites and appetizers from participating restaurants. The crawl is divided into three different routes to choose from.

Dallas

September 7: Dallas chocolate festival

Learn, taste and experience the art and craftsmanship of quality chocolate at the Dallas Chocolate Festival, celebrating the “future of chocolate.” See more than 70 local and world famous chocolate makers offering demos, classes and chocolate tasting. General admission starts at $35.

September 13: Art and wine walk

This sip and shop event features live music and art. Sample wines and get exclusive discounts at your favorite shops in downtown Plano’s art district. The event begins at 5pm. General admission is $12.

September 22: Monarch Butterfly Festival

Visit the Bob Jones Nature Center to see the release of over 500 butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Festival. Learn about the importance of the monarch butterfly migration, make butterfly crafts, shop local vendors and enjoy activities for the whole family. The event runs from 9am to 11am, with the butterfly release at 10am.

Denver

September 3-9: CRUSH

Crush will be taking over the streets of Denver for its seventh annual graffiti and street art event. Experience this outdoor gallery made by local and international artists. Admission is free.

September 8: Westwood Chile Fest

This one-day event celebrates the Hispanic-centric culture in Denver’s Westwood neighboorhood. This festival offers authentic food, music and dance. Admission is free.

September 20-22: Great American Beer Festival 

Attend one of the largest beer celebrations in the nation at the Great American Beer Festival. This event brings together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation for attendees to try. Sample over 800 US breweries during this 3-day event. General admission for a single day starts at $85.

Houston

September 17: Game of Thrones concert

Listen to a full orchestra and choir perform music from the seven seasons of the iconic HBO series Game of Thrones. The show uses a custom stage design and visuals to go along with the music. The show starts at 8pm.

September 29: Oktoberfest Houston

Celebrate German and Texas culture during a fun day at Buffalo Bayou Park for Houston’s only beer festival. Enjoy a variety of German beer, polka music, live music, games, contests and more. General admission starts at $25.

September 30: Southern Smoke barbecue party

The fourth annual Southern Smoke BBQ Party brings together a dream team of chefs and pitmasters from around the country to cook great BBQ. This event will offer music, a silent auction, and some seriously great southern-style barbecue. The event supports the Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund, which provides funding to restaurants who face unforeseen disaster expenses not covered by insurance.

Seattle

September 14-16: Greek festival

Enjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki and wine at St. Demetrios Greek Festival. Surround yourself with traditional Greek cuisine, music, shopping and dancing at this three-day event.

September 29-30: Tea festival

Sample fine teas, attend presentations by tea industry experts and shop for tea supplies at the 11th annual Northwest Tea Festival at the Seattle Center. Sample some of the finest teas from all over the world at this two-day event.

Southern California

September 7-9: Tall ship festival

This festival features an array of family activities including live music, art shows and a variety of food. Explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share stories of adventure and life at sea. The event will be held at Dana Point Harbor’s Ocean Institute.

September 15: OC Brew Haha

Join over 100 breweries serving 250 craft and imported beers in Lake View Park. Along with beer drinking, there will be great food, live entertainment and beer seminars. This event also will be raising funds for Big Brother Big Sister of Orange County and Inland Empire.

September 15-16: Fiestas Patrias festival and parade

This annual tradition celebrates Santa Ana’s vibrate Mexican culture with a parade, beer garden, performers, food, art vendors and interactive kid’s activities. This two-day event will be held in downtown Santa Ana at the Civic Stadium.

September 22: Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair

Visit the Craft and Vintage Fair to shop for one-of-a-kind items from local artists. Browse unique and handmade items while supporting the local community. Eastern European food staples and favorites will be available, as well as baked goods.

South Florida

September 22: Riverwalk Fall Festival

Celebrate the beginning of fall with the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk Fall Festival at Esplanade Park. There will be carnival games, face painting, music and plenty of activities for the whole family. Everyone is welcome—you can even bring your dog. Admission is free.

September 29-30: Artwalk

The streets of MASS District come alive with a collaboration of art, music, food and local vendors. Shop local art galleries for unique pieces while listening to some of South Florida’s best DJ’s. The event kicks off at 6pm. Admission is free.

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