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My name is Robert Melton and I founded Funtober in 2012. I started this website on nights and weekends while working as an Attorney. This is our third year and every year gets better. If you have comments, suggestions, or complaints about the site, direct them to me. Or just say hello because you are bored!

April showers bring May flowers. It’s the only comfort that I can offer on a rainy morning in the northeast. Hopefully the showers will come to an end before the weekend and allow you to enjoy one of these ten festivals around the country.

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA – April 24-26 & 30 – May 3, 2015
A seven day event to promote the music, arts, culture and food of New Orleans and Louisiana. Musical entertainment will include dozens of artists including Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, The Who, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, No Doubt, Keith Urban and Lenny Kravitz. Single day tickets for the event are $58 in advance and $70 at the gate. Children ages 2-10 are eligible for a child’s ticket purchased at the gate for $5. Photo Credit.

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Vegas Uncork’d – Las Vegas, NV – April 23-26, 2015
USA Today readers just voted this Las Vegas event the best general food festival in the country. There’s sixty chefs participating including Guy Savoy, Emeril Lagasse and Gordon Ramsey. Those who already scored tickets had their choice of 22 events ranging from a seafood extravaganza to a Hell’s Kitchen dinner. But there are still limited tickets available to about half the events, including the Grand Tasting, the chefs of Wolfgang Puck, and a celebrity chef brunch featuring French food. Tickets are priced at between $110 and $330 per person. Photo Credit.

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Stagecoach – Indio, CA – April 24-26, 2015
An outdoor country music festival in Indio featuring Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. More than 60 other musical acts will also take the stage. Other activities include the ferris wheel, honkytonk dance hall, half-pint hootenany for kids of all ages, and the Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance. General admission tickets are $269 and allow access to all three days. Photo Credit.

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Main Street Festival – Franklin, TN – April 25-26, 2015
More than 130,000 are expected to attend this free two day street festival on Saturday and Sunday. Guests will enjoy three stages of musical entertainment, two carnivals, an international food court and more than 200 arts & crafts vendors. A shuttle service for adults ($1) and seniors/kids (50 cents) with free parking will be run by the Franklin Transit Authority. The event is held in historic downtown Franklin three miles west of Public Square. Photo Credit.

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Welcome to Rockville Festival – Jacksonville, FL – April 25-26, 2015
This annual spring hard rock festival will be headlined by Korn, Slipknot, Godsmack and Slayer. More than 40 other musical acts will take the stage in Florida. Rock fans will also have access to Tequila World and the Jack Daniels Experience. Two day general admission tickets are $109.50. Single day tickets are $64.50. Photo Credit.

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Inman Park Festival – Atlanta, GA – April 24-26, 2015
Inman Park is Atlanta’s first planned suburban community, circa 1890, and there is an annual spring festival celebrating the history and charm of the area. The Atlanta Journal & Constitution called this parade with personality one of 10 must-do Atlanta experiences. Friday is the Tour of Homes, where you can enjoy a few of the more than 300 homes in various stages of restoration or renovation. There is a juried arts & crafts show with more than 150 artists and a Street Market with more than 250 vendors on Saturday and Sunday. Three stages of live music and a Kidzone in Springvale Park are just two of the other options for attendees besides the Saturday parade. Admission to all events, other than the home tour ($20), is free. Photo Credit.

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Norfolk NATO Festival – Norfolk, VA – April 24-25, 2015
The event will start on Friday evening with the presentation of the flags of the 28 NATO Member Nations. Saturday morning is the 62nd annual Parade of Nations with more than 100 bands, floats and community organizations participating. Following the parade, head to Town Point Park for NATOFest, a European Street fair with international cuisine, craft beers, art and cultural performances. Don’t forget to register onine to participate in the Strongman Stein Hoist or the Best Dressed Dachshund Contest. All events are free and open to the public. Photo Credit.

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Rock ‘n Ribs BBQ Festival – Springfield, MO – April 24-25, 2015
Eighty teams will compete in this Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event and thousands will enjoy the BBQ tasting that runs from 1-4 PM on Saturday. There’s also two stages of live music, Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament, motorcycle show and kids zone. Visit the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds this Friday (ages 21+ only) or Saturday (open to all ages). Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. The event is free for kids 12 and under. Profits are split between seven charities. Photo Credit.

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Festival International de Louisiane – Lafayette, LA – April 22-26, 2015
A free 5-day music and arts festival held in downtown Lafayette that has been held annually since 1986. Dozens of international artists including Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo will take the stage. Photo Credit.

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Austin Food & Wine Festival – Austin, TX – April 24-26, 2015
Austin invites you to eat, drink and be merry this weekend at Auditorium Shores and Republic State Park while you taste the morsels prepared by the more than 50 chefs attending. The only ticket remaining is the Weekender Pass, which provides access to over 40 culinary demos, beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions, plus Fire Pit access on Saturday and Sunday. The Weekender Pass also allows you to enter the H-E-B Grand Tasting Pavilion with 100+ food, wine and beverage exhibitors. Photo Credit.

Stay dry this week – May is almost here!

Progress hit a virtual standstill last week as I was wiped out by a nasty little virus.  It’s hard to work when you don’t even have the energy to get up to get a glass of water.  But that’s just one of the many setbacks that I expect to have on this journey and I’ll persevere.

This weekend, I finished up the list of fall and harvest festivals that I was working on last week.  There’s nearly 300 fall festivals across the United States on the list.  I can’t make any claims that it is comprehensive, but I’m happy to be able to hit publish and fill in the gaps in the research later.

That leaves two tasks next on the to do list.  Finish up the list of festivals organized by state.  And plunge back into the corn maze directory.  About 20% of the nation’s corn crop has been planted so far.  And I’d like to have the corn maze directory out by the beginning of May.

There’s only 151 days until the start of Oktoberfest.  I’ve got to get to work!  Last week’s storm is over and it is time to look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. ;)

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When I posted the information about Oktoberfest, I had only researched the most popular German festivals in the United States.  For the past couple of days, I’ve been working to expand the list to include the other celebrations of Oktoberfest in America.  And I finished the list up last night.

From Maine to Hawaii, you’ll find festivals in September and October to celebrate your German heritage.  Or simply enjoy a good German beer with some bratwurst.  And if you are really looking for a party, try California or Ohio.  So if you can’t fly to Munich, I’ve just posted the next best way to celebrate.

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It’s perfectly OK if the answer is no.  You still have six months to get in the mood to party during October.  But when the end of September rolls around, you had better have that frown turned upside down!

If you said YES – then you should reserve space on your calendar for one of the fall festivals that I have been researching recently!  I expect that the October festivals that I added today will be some of the more popular ones with Funtober readers.  I added my lists of beer, wine and music festivals for you to check out.  You’ll just have to check them out yourself under the festivals section.

Treasure Island Music Festival

How did you get down here?  You were supposed to go see the fall festivals that I didn’t highlight.  Not intrigued enough to check out the others yet?  Well you are missing out on the opportunity to book a trip to a fun film festival, lift off land in a hot air balloon, or consume gourmet food at a packed street festival.  Don’t be lame – see what other fall festivals you might be missing.

Happy Easter!  Another major holiday passes in the countdown until the best holiday of the year.  There are 206 days left until Halloween.

I took a few minutes this morning from my Easter celebration to add a new logo to my Facebook page and twitter account.  I expect that I’ll spend the money to have a graphic designer create a more professional logo before September rolls around.  But until that time, this free logo that I created at Logo Snap will work just fine.  What do you think?  Is it appropriately amusing and cheesy enough for Funtober?  Could you do better?

This morning, I’ve updated the policies and governing legal documents for Funtober.  You should take a few minutes out of your day and check them out.  They govern your use of this website.  So they are kind of a big deal.  I know that most people don’t read them unless they have to hire an attorney for a legal dispute.  But you are bound by them even if you don’t read them.  Because I wouldn’t be able to provide Funtober to you free of charge without some protections in place.  And this legal nonsense is my protection against the people in the world who would take what is essentially free information and sue a guy for them.  Don’t be that person.

If you care, check out the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Disclosures, Comment Policy and Guest Post Policy.  If you don’t, you are still bound by them but you can now look at this pretty picture of the Supreme Court.  Enjoy!

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You may have noticed some of the most recent changes here at Funtober.  On Wednesday, I added the Funtober facebook page and twitter account to the sidebar.  Be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW us!  I’ll be haphazardly tweeting and posting updates about the website for the next few months until September rolls around.  At that point, the volume of updates should pick up as I switch to announcing awesome upcoming events that you shouldn’t miss.

In other news, I’ve just added 20 different types of food festivals to the list of things to do in October.  These October festivals are a great way to try fabulous food and enjoy a beautiful fall weekend.  Round up your friends to check them out!  I’ll be adding more fall festivals to the section in the next few months.  As well as publishing a list of festivals by state to help you pick and choose from the festivals closest to your location.  So stay tuned!

Update – April 10 – I’ve now published more festivals!

One of the events that I am looking forward to this October is my visit to a local farm to get lost in their corn maze.  The Funtober corn maze directory was the first section of Funtober that I worked on, but there are a lot of corn mazes in the United States and I had to move on to other areas before I was overwhelmed.  Don’t worry, though.  Now that the ground is warming up, and leaves are beginning to return to the trees here in Philadelphia, I’ll turn my attention back to corn mazes soon.

Most of us may think of April 1 as a day for practical jokes.  But for American farmers, it is the traditional start of corn planting season.  While this year’s warm weather has allowed for farmers to begin to plant their corn crop earlier than usual, the majority of corn is going to be planted in the next few weeks.  And U.S. farmers are expected to plant more corn this year than has been planted in 75 years.

With thoughts of corn going in the ground, my attention has turned back to corn mazes for the moment.  And you can rest assured that I’ll have the directory and other corn maze content up soon.

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I was asked by one of my friends this weekend what this website was about.  Rattling off the domain name has been easy.  Everybody loves it.  But the next two sentences are much harder.  So I thought I would write a quick post about it so that I could just point people to it.

Funtober provides information about all of the fun things to do between Oktoberfest and Halloween.  But there isn’t really a need for more information about these events on the internet, is there?  It’s just a matter of finding all of the information yourself.  So perhaps Funtober is just a better organization of the available information?  But that sells the idea short though.  Whether you have fun at an event is determined by the friends who attend with you.  Perhaps your willingness to attend an event also depends on whether you can find someone that also wants to go.  That is often the case with me.  Shouldn’t there be an easier way to meet new people to attend these events?  Perhaps Funtober will get there.   Or perhaps you’ll find that I am designing and manufacturing Halloween costumes that don’t suck.  Or throwing big parties during October.  The world is filled with possibilities.  Shouldn’t there be a person/website/company that is doing all of the things that I’ve described above?  Maybe one day you’ll find all that here.

Wherever the road takes Funtober, I know where it begins.  By adding information about the events that make October so much fun.  And listening to what else you, my visitors, would find valuable.

The two sections that I added yesterday were travel and haunted houses.  Today’s addition relates to Oktoberfest.  Since it could go in either festivals or travel, I decided to put it in its own section.  It’s big enough to warrant it.  Six million people attended in Munich last year.  And millions more celebrated outside Munich.

I’ve been wondering recently how many people attended the first Oktoberfest in 1810.  Was it similar to the hype surrounding the Prince William and Catherine Middleton marriage in 2011?  Or the Barack Obama Presidential Oath of Office ceremony in Washington D.C.?  Or was it a tiny event that has grown in size and popularity over the years?

The launch of Funtober will only be celebrated by me, my family, and a few of my closest friends.  But that’s just fine.  I’m positive that we’ll have more fun in October because I took the time to put this together.  And that’s all I really care about anyway.  If other people find it valuable too, that’s just icing on the cake.