The month’s biggest event might be the deadliest. Alien Stock, a music festival that evolved from the Storm Area 51 movement, has some local townspeople threatening to shoot attendees who trespass on their property. Of course, others see the event (Sept. 19 to 21 in Rachel, Nevada) as an opportunity to sell camping spots and old X-Files DVDs, so this event could be as tragic as Fyre Fest or as iconic as Woodstock ’69. Either way, you have several more reliable options taking place around the globe.
Wolfgang Puck’s End of Summer BBQ Series
Wolfgang Puck’s 5th annual BBQ boasts the best lineup yet headlined by returning champs Francis Mallmann (the iconic chef behind such Argentine restaurants as Siete Fuegos, 1884 and Patagonia Sur) and Eric Turner of Hartwood in Tulum, Mexico. Nancy Silverton is unfortunately absent from this year’s BBQ, but the impressive local talent includes Burt Bakman (Trudy’s Underground Barbecue), Tim Hollingworth (Otium) and first-timers like Ivan Funke (Felix), Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal), Pawan Mahendro (Badmaash), famed mixologist Tato Giovanoi (Buenos Aires’ Floreria Atlantico) and others. The all-inclusive event takes place on the lawn at the historic 12-acre Hotel Bel-Air estate, and a portion of the $295 ticket benefits the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Photo credit: Audrey Ma.
September 6 to 9
Cascamorras is a weird-ass fiesta in the Granada province, but the event obviously has appeal since it’s been taking place for more than 500 years. In a nutshell, the neighboring towns of Guadix and Baza became enemies over a statue of the Virgen de la Piedad. According to legend, it was decided that Guadix could claim ownership of the statue if a runner could make it to the church while dodging paint splatter from the Bazan townspeople. (You see where this is headed.) Centuries later, the town recreates the challenge in a giant messy race involving thousands of people. Videos here and here pretty much say it all.
September 7 and 8
The 10th annual urban music fest boasts one of the year’s best hip-hop lineups with the Wu-Tang Clan, DMX, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Rae Sremmurd, Tory Lanez, Busta Rhymes and the return of Oscar-winning Memphis greats the Three 6 Mafia. The two-day event also features a handful of all-star groups like KP the Great & his Superfriends (with Pharrell Williams and Usher) and the Florida All Stars (T-Pain, Trina, Trick Daddy and the legendary Uncle Luke). Expect approximately 50,000 music fans to descend upon the 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park for the festival.
Moon River Music Festival
September 7 and 8
This annual festival sold out in less than 24 hours, so you might have to get creative or overspend on scalped tickets to see the likes of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Brandi Carlile, Moon Taxi and others. Drew Holcomb and his band the Neighbors—who recently collaborated with Lori Mckenna on “You Want What You Can’t Have“—started the festival and will perform in collaboration with other artists under the name Goodbye Road. The two-day event, which is produced by the same company behind Bonnaroo, takes place at Coolidge Park on Chattanooga’s North Shore overlooking the Tennessee River. Photo credit: Stewart Christian.
Ontario Cannabis Festival
All you need to know is that festival organizers hope to set a new world record by rolling the longest joint the planet has ever seen. The record is currently 106 feet set two years ago by the Beantown Greentown in Boston. The Canadians hope to beat that record with a joint that’s at least 110 feet long. Guess what? You can help. The law only allows individuals to carry 3.5 grams on them at a time, so the organizers have asked the public to help pitch in, which hopefully means you can make history again by helping smoke the world’s longest joint. This event is not taking place in Turkmenistan, though, so the Guinness Book people will not officiate the new record.
September 13 to 15
Described as “the future of music festivals” by Forbes and “a portal to the vibrant culture of North Africa” by the Los Angeles Times, the Oasis Festival enters its fifth year in the ancient city of Marrakech. The female-founded fest allows dance music fans to enjoy artists like Chromeo, Four Tet, Horse Meat Disco, Malik, Bassam, Mind Against, Massimo, local legend Amine K and others in an intimate setting under the starry African night sky. There are also pool parties, yoga sessions, an onsite spa and make-up station, champagne and cocktail bars, local Moroccan food vendors and pre-festival surf lessons and retreats. Marrakech is famous for hookah lounges and culinary delights, and this festival will have plenty of both. All hail the return of the hippie trail!
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade
No event brings together top local talent like L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, inspired by a young cancer patient named Alex who started a lemonade stand to raise money for research. She sadly passed away in 2004 at age eight, but her spirit lives on in this annual fundraiser that has already raised millions for pediatric cancer research. Taking place on the UCLA campus, the 2019 event will feature such culinary stars as Michael Cimarusti (Providence), Jeremy Fox (Rustic Canyon), Adam Perry Lang (APL), David Lentz (M.B. Post), Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza), Ori Menashe (Bavel, Bestia) and PRØHBTD fave Jon Yao of Kato. Tickets cost $225 ($125 tax deductible) for general admission and $1,250 ($1,000 tax deductible) for all-access VIP.
Welcome to the West Festival: Nipsey Hussle Tribute
Last year, Nipsey Hussle headlined the inaugural Welcome to the West Festival, and this year the music event will celebrate the late rapper’s life as a musician and community activist. The west-centric hip-hop concert will feature performances by Ice Cube, Roddy Rich, DJ Quik, Dom Kennedy and others. Expect this festival to be lit in more ways than one!
Bourbon & Beyond
September 20 to 22
Kentucky is now one of the top hemp-growing states thanks to brands like Cornbread Hemp, but it will always be a bourbon state first and foremost, and several of the top rock acts in the world are heading to Louisville to celebrate the spirit. The B&B lineup includes such heavyweights as Robert Plant, the Foo Fighters, John Fogerty, the Flaming Lips, Trey Anastasio Band, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Zac Brown Band, Jenny Lewis and others. Of course, the festival also features several top bourbon distillers, from major brands like Jim Bean to newer artisan brands like Coopers’ Craft and the revived Stitzel-Weller Distillery that famously sold “medicinal whiskey” during prohibition. Photo credit: Tyler Church.
Life Is Beautiful
Las Vegas, Nevada
September 20 to 22
Downtown is where it’s at in Las Vegas right now, and the seventh annual Life Is Beautiful festival will take over nearly 20 blocks with performances by Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Chance the Rapper, Tyla Yaweh, the Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Portugal. The Man, the Regrettes, Hot Chip, Walk the Moon, NERVO and, oddly enough, TOTO. The event’s seventh iteration will also include a Life Is Beautiful Pride Parade, a Pod Save America taping, first-rate culinary options and art installations that previously included works by D*Face and Okuda San Miguel. Photo credit: Kyle Huender.
September 20 to 22
The largest beer fest in the U.S. draws nearly half a million people to Cincinnati for its version of Oktoberfest. Sure, a joint will probably enhance the annual Running of the Wieners (insert Republican candidate joke here) and the world record-breaking Chicken Dance (insert Democratic candidate joke here), but the rest of the weekend will be all about the other type of buds.
September 21 to October 6
The centuries-old Bavarian Purity Requirements dictate that the region’s famed lager contains only water, hops and barley, so this beer party might produce the purest hangovers on the planet (so don’t forget your Ceeby Dee’s). Entry to Oktoberfest itself is free, but reserve your spot in the beer tents when possible. Weekdays are obviously less crowded than weekends. Attendees consumed more than 7.5 million liters of beer last year so, yes, you’ll have to queue for the bathroom. Men should expect to wait up to 10 minutes and women up to 20 minutes, so plan accordingly.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
September 21 and 22
The second annual Sea.Hear.Now is a music, surf and art event that helps raise awareness for environmental issues involving the ocean. This year’s lineup includes such diverse music acts as Dave Matthews Band, the Lumineers, the Struts, Bad Religion, Joan Jett, Steel Pulse, the B-52s, Dropkick Murphys, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and the brilliantly named Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Several pro surfers are also taking part, including Rob Kelly, Quincy Davis, Maddie Ryan and Sam Hammer. Photo credit: Katrina Barber.
The Bhakti Fest
September 25 to 30
Fifty years ago, Sridhar Silberfein was asked by the promoters to bring a spiritual element to Woodstock, and the eponymous documentary on the festival shows him introducing Swami Satchidananda to the spiritually hungry crowd in attendance. A decade ago, Silberfein introduced his own festival in the SoCal desert with a focus on yoga, spirituality, wellness and conscious music. After several years in Joshua Tree, Bhakti Fest moves to Twentynine Palms with a lineup that includes Deepak Chopra, MC yogi, Krishna Das, Mike Love and others as well as workshops, fire ceremonies, an eco-friendly marketplace, vegetarian food options and various interactions with nature. This is a peaceful event but wear a MAGA hat at your own risk. Photo credit: Sandra Godin.
Dana Point, California
September 27 to 29
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder curates (and co-headlines) this annual concert at Doheny State Beach that features major music acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Strokes, Incubus and Tash Sultana, among others. There will also be art installations by Wyland, Jeffro, Sonny and Steve Sherman and various talks on issues like deforestation, conservation and recycling. Now in its fourth year, OHANA fest donates a portion of the proceeds to the non-profit San Onofre Parks Foundation. Make sure to bring your own empty refillable water bottle to reduce plastic waste.
Global Citizen Festival
New York, New York
Central Park will host the 8th annual concert that rewards social activism with free tickets. The Hugh Jackman- and Deborra-Lee Furness-hosted concert will feature a Chris Martin-curated musical lineup that includes Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Queen + Adam Lambert, French Montana, OneRepublic and others. Download the app to see how you can earn free tickets and add to the 22+ million actions already generated by Global Citizen attendees.
West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off
Marlinton, West Virginia
As part of its fall harvest, Pocahontas County hosts an annual roadkill cook-off. Previous dishes have included teriyaki-marinated bear, possum burgers, squirrel gravy over biscuits and award winners like Thumper Bumper, Catch Yer-Self a Huzband Burger and You Hit ’em…We Spit ’em Iguana Nachos. Worried about all those caribou calories? Work up a sweat at the Rockin’ Redneck Square Dance or the Possum Trot 5K. Based on past years, there might even be a grandma beauty pageant. This is not a peaceful event so wearing a Hillary 2016 shirt is definitely at your own risk.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
Saugerties, New York
September 28 to 29
The Hudson Valley claims to have the oldest U.S. winemaking region, and while numerous wine festivals take place here, try something different with a pre-Halloween garlic binge. The local produce is highly regarded, and the two-day event includes lots of garlic bulbs, vendors and farmers, though we’re guessing you’ll need to bring your own Garlic Bud or Lemon Garlic OG. Saugerties is two hours from Manhattan.
Great Wines of the Andes
San Francisco, Chicago, NYC and Miami
September 29 to October 4
Wine Spectator vet James Suckling is one of the world’s foremost wine critics, and his wine-tasting events sell out all over the world. The U.S. dates for his annual Great Wines of the Andes tour start in San Francisco this month (September 29) with additional stops in Chicago (October 1), New York City (October 3) and Miami (October 4). The tasting features about 100 South American wines from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, and every wine has a 90+ point rating, including a few 100 pointers. The tour visited Beijing and Hong Kong last May with vineyards like Bodega Garzón, El Esteco, Finca las Moras, Los Vascos, Tabalí, Ventisquero and Viña Maipo among the participants.
David Jenison (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Editor-in-Chief at PRØHBTD.