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While most people are flocking to harvest fairs and Oktoberfests, set your sights on something different this festival season. These 10 unique fall festivals, both stateside and farther afield, are spectacles worth traveling for. Head to Mexico for a graveyard party, to Korea for an extravagant display of floating lanterns, or to England for the biggest bonfire you've ever seen.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico
When: October 5–13, 2013
While the Rio Grande is lined with the golden autumn foliage of the Bosque Trail, the colors of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta take to the skies. It's the world's largest hot air balloon festival, with more than 500 balloons flying during the nine-day run. See the mass ascension of all the balloons at once, or watch the Special Shape Rodeo, complete with a Darth Vader balloon and bumblebee balloons known as the Bee Family. There are also night glows followed by fireworks and concerts. The best spot for viewing is in Balloon Fiesta Park next to the International Balloon Museum.
Don't Miss: Outdoor adventure in comfortable fall weather. Go balloon chasing on a bike or float in a kayak or canoe down the Rio Grande, where it's not uncommon to see balloons descend and dip their baskets into the water right next to you.
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