Mad About March

We’re mad for March, absolutely, certifiably mad. Men’s basketball tops our list, plus spring break, a new cruise and, of course, St. Paddy’s Day. See what else we’re mad about this month!

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Walt Disney World Marathon
Walt Disney World Marathon

Walt Disney World Marathon

Kick off the New Year by earning your Disney medals! The annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend unfolds in mid-January, with 4 days of events that include a 5K, 10K and half marathon. Here, Adriano Bastos of Brazil crosses the finish line to win the 20th annual marathon. See more ideas for where to travel in January. 960 1280

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Tournament of Roses Parade

Tournament of Roses Parade

Head to the granddaddy of all college bowl games this January. The famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, has been played annually since 1916. Cap off festivities with an even older tradition -- the annual Tournament of the Roses Parade, “America’s New Year Celebration” since 1895. 960 1280

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New Year's Plunge (Coney Island)

New Year's Plunge (Coney Island)

Go ahead, take the New Year’s plunge! Every year, since 1903, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club has taken a dip in the chilly Atlantic come New Year’s. All you need is a bathing suit (or wacky costume), plus a little suspension of disbelief that you are actually immersing yourself in ice-cold water in the dead of winter. 960 1280

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South Padre Island

South Padre Island

Coney Island’s waters too cold for you? Take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico at South Padre Island. With average water temperatures in the 50s and 60s this time of year, you can brave the annual South Padre Island Polar Bear Dip and still feel all your toes and fingers afterward. January is also a great time to stroll the Laguna Madre Nature Trail or go on a dolphin cruise. 960 1280

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North American International Auto Show (Detroit)

North American International Auto Show (Detroit)

New Year, new car! See what the leading automakers have in store at the annual North American International Auto Show. As one of the largest auto shows in North America, the annual event reveals brand-new, shiny offerings like the 7th-generation Chevrolet Corvette, the C7, (pictured), at Detroit’s Cobo Center. 960 1280

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Off-Season Pick: Florence, Italy

Off-Season Pick: Florence, Italy

Looking for a great off-season destination? Skip the crowds, and head to Florence, Italy. Sure, it’s one of the Tuscan city’s coldest months, so just pack a scarf; with hardly any tourists, you’ll have ample room to explore Florence’s sites and attractions like the Duomo and Uffizi Gallery. 960 1280

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Mexico City in January

Mexico City in January

For an off-season pick closer to home, set your sights on Mexico City. January is one of the best months to visit, with thinner crowds and weather still warm enough for sightseeing. Explore any number of museums (the city is home to more than 170!), plus stroll the oldest park in North America and check out trendy neighborhoods like La Roma. 960 1280

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Year of the Snake (Chinatown, Boston)

Year of the Snake (Chinatown, Boston)

Ring in the Year of the Snake in Boston’s Chinatown. Right behind NYC and LA, Beantown’s Chinatown is the third-largest in the US, with roots stretching back to the 1880s. Pass through Boston Chinatown’s opening gate, flanked by 2 guardian lions on either side, and enjoy Cantonese cuisine served in small dishes at restaurants like Hei La Moon. 960 1280

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Learn-to-Ski-and-Snowboard Month

Learn-to-Ski-and-Snowboard Month

Did you know January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month? Hit the slopes in New York State, home to more than 50 ski resorts -- more than any other state in the country. Among the top draws is Whiteface Mountain; just a short drive from Lake Placid, the ski area offers diverse terrain for both beginner and expert skiers. 960 1280

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Grammys' Big Night in Los Angeles

Grammys' Big Night in Los Angeles

Didn’t get an invite to the Grammys this month? Don’t let that stop you from touring the City of Angels, especially anything to do with the Beatles this year. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles taking America by storm; while the Grammys will hold its own commemoration, tour sites like the Hollywood Bowl, where the Beatles performed 2 outdoor concerts. 960 1280

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Yosemite’s Chefs’ Holidays: The Ahwahnee

Yosemite’s Chefs’ Holidays: The Ahwahnee

Take a tour of the Ahwahnee, the grand Yosemite National Park hotel that has hosted its share of famous guests through the years, from Walt Disney to Queen Elizabeth II. Visit this January for the annual Yosemite’s Chefs’ Holidays, and embark on a Northern California cooking adventure. 960 1280

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Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

This January marks the 31st anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival. The American film fest, held annually in Park City, UT, showcases dozens of films. There’s still time to book with the festival’s official carrier, Southwest Airlines; meanwhile, no registration is required for individual tickets to the festival in 2015. 960 1280

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National Cheese Lover’s Day (Vermont)

National Cheese Lover’s Day (Vermont)

Don’t let New Year’s be the one day you celebrate this month; pencil in time for National Cheese Lover’s Day, too. Jan. 20 marks a very special day for cheese gourmands everywhere. Celebrate with a trip to Vermont, home to cheesemakers since the 1800s, and let this Vermont cheese trail map be your guide. 960 1280

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MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

Celebrate the life of the civil rights leader during the MLK Day of Service. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., hundreds of nonprofits and volunteer centers nationwide observe the federal holiday, named in King’s honor back in 1983, as a day of giving back to local communities and shelters. Grab a hammer and lend a hand. 960 1280

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Elvis Presley's Birthday

Elvis Presley's Birthday

Celebrate the life of another King: On Jan. 8, 1935, Elvis Presley was born in a 2-room house in Tupelo, MI. This month, Elvis’s Graceland estate hosts a 3-day-long birthday celebration. Rise bright and early for the Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on Graceland’s North Lawn, and stay for the birthday-cake cutting. 960 1280

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Aspen's Winterskol Fest

Aspen's Winterskol Fest

Raise a toast to winter in Aspen’s annual Winterskol fest. The winter tradition is more than 60 years strong, and was started by a lodge owner who wanted to enliven the Aspen winter season following Christmas. Today, the 4-day winter fest includes a snow sculpture competition, a soup cook-off and a downhill race, with apple strudel at the finish line. 960 1280

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Vancouver Polar Bear Swim
Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

January kicks off with an icy plunge into Vancouver’s English Bay. The tradition started in 1920, and now attracts thousands of people every year. Couldn’t make it this New Year’s? You’re not off the hook just yet! Plenty of icy plunges await elsewhere later this month. 960 1280

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MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

Celebrate the life of the civil rights leader during the MLK Day of Service. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., hundreds of nonprofits and volunteer centers nationwide observe the federal holiday, named in King’s honor back in 1983, as a day of giving back to local communities and shelters. Grab a hammer and lend a hand. 960 1280

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Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day

America’s biggest political event heats up the nation’s capital this January. After being sworn in on the Capitol’s west side last time, President Obama and the First Lady walked a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue. Now’s your chance to see it again! Book a DC trip, and see the Prez walk along “America’s Main Street.” 960 1280

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Ati Atihan Carnival

Ati Atihan Carnival

See the Philippines put on its wildest fiesta this January. A grand festival in honor of Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) takes center stage in the town of Kalibo, on the island of Panay. Local dance and music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, mark the celebrations, with a vibe a lot like Rio’s Carnival. 960 1280

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North American International Auto Show

North American International Auto Show

Rev up for the hottest auto show of the year: nearly 1 million square feet of floor space devoted to cars, cars and more cars! 2013’s show features more than 50 hot wheels, including Toyota’s new concept car, the Furia, which is being touted as an "exciting sedan concept." Judge for yourself at downtown Detroit’s Cobo Center this January! 960 1280

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World Buskers Festival

World Buskers Festival

Wow! See amazing acrobatic feats, and have your funny bone tickled, in this annual street performers’ festival in Christchurch, New Zealand. January 2013 marks the festival’s 20th year, with a lineup of acts from countries such as Japan, Australia and, of course, New Zealand, all putting on a show in the largest city on the country’s South Island. 960 1280

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Texas Chainsaw in 3-D

Texas Chainsaw in 3-D

It seemed like a good idea at the time: opening a restaurant in the Victorian home where the original 1974 horror flick was filmed. Sadly, the restaurant is now closed, but diehard fans can still stop by the property in Kingsland, TX. For more Chainsaw thrills, brace yourself for Texas Chainsaw 3D opening this January. Might want to leave the kids at home for this one. 960 1280

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Sundance Movie Festival

Sundance Movie Festival

The festival that made Utah cool attracts nearly 50,000 people a year, along with actors and directors representing the latest, most cutting-edge independent cinema. This January sees the world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated films of 2013, including the festival’s closing event -- Ashton Kutcher’s biopic on Steve Jobs. 960 1280

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Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

C’est super! The gods at French Fashion Federation have spoken, and so it shall be: This annual showcase of high fashion kicks off in mid-January, featuring designs by fashion icons like Giorgio Armani, as well as younger, edgier fashion houses like Giambattista Valli. Many of the higher profile events are closed to the general public, but c’est la vie! Get your fashion buzz in the Galeries Lafayette. 960 1280

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Key West Food and Wine Festival

Key West Food and Wine Festival

Ditch the winter boots, and grab your summer flip-flops! Escape the winter cold at this fourth annual foodie festival. Savor fresh Florida Keys seafood, fine wines from around the world, and the laid-back tropical vibe of the island that bears the festival’s name -- all over 4 days in late January. 960 1280

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Tournament of Roses Parade

Tournament of Roses Parade

Marching bands, equestrians and flower-covered floats lure thousands to “America’s New Year celebration.” The annual parade, which began in Pasadena, CA, nearly 125 years ago, has come a long way from its early days of flower-decorated horse carriages. Today’s current crop of ornate floats, including this winner from 2011, can take nearly a year to build. Get cracking! 960 1280

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Disney Marathon Weekend

Disney Marathon Weekend

High-five! Kick off the New Year with a healthy start and plenty of Disney fun. For the super-fit, take on a 26.2-mile course that runs through all 4 Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Or take on a half-marathon or 5K course, both finishing at Epcot. 960 1280

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Pride and Prejudice, Haddon Hall

Pride and Prejudice, Haddon Hall

Dreaming of dreamy Darcy? Two centuries after it was first published, in January 1813, Jane Austen’s novel remains as popular as ever. Revisit the story of love overcoming pride and prejudice with a tour of Haddon Hall, the English country house that served as one of the settings for the 2005 film adaption with Keira Knightley. 960 1280

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Oktoberfest, Munich
Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Raise a stein to Oktobertfest. This annual, 16-day celebration of all things beer kicks off in late September in Munich. Can’t make it to Germany? Bring your taste for brewski to these US Oktoberfest events. 960 1280

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Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Mark your calendars: The fall foliage season kicks off in the northern regions this month. Our top picks for New England fall foliage splendor include Vermont, Connecticut and Maine, where colors typically start to change around mid-September.  960 1280

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Call it an excuse to party: Come Sept. 27, the 3-day Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival begins. In mainland China, the annual festival is the second biggest holiday of the year (right behind the country’s spring festival). Experience Mid-Autumn fun yourself at Chicago’s Moon Festival 960 1280

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Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance (Hong Kong)

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance (Hong Kong)

Top off Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations with the Tai Hang fire dragon dance. This 3-day-long event, held during the Mid-Autumn Festival, carries on a tradition that’s more than 100 years old. In the Hong Kong community of Tai Hang, some 300 performers take to the streets, dancing, waving incense sticks and animating a 220-foot-long dragon. 960 1280

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Braemar Gathering (Braemar, Scotland)

Braemar Gathering (Braemar, Scotland)

Pull! A tug-of-war team competes during the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland. A tradition that dates back 200 years, the Braemar Gathering is the most famous of the Highland Games, attracting thousands of visitors to the small Scottish village of Braemar the first Saturday in September.  960 1280

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New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

See what’s current at New York Fashion Week. The semi-annual event, officially known as Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek. Top fashion designers showing their Spring/Summer couture include Carolina Herrera alongside relative newcomers, like the designers of the Tome fashion label.  960 1280

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown, KY)

Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown, KY)

Spirits lovers will want to head to Bardstown, KY -- the bourbon capital of the world since 1776. Every September, the small city hosts the weeklong Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which showcases more than 30 bourbon-related happenings, including the chance to sample the many different flavors of bourbon and whiskey, each sure to give you a nice kick in the gut. 960 1280

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Texas State Fair (Dallas)

Texas State Fair (Dallas)

“Our state fair is a great state fair.” How can it not be when it’s in Texas? Beginning the last Friday in September, the annual Texas State Fair unfolds over 24 days in Dallas, TX, with plenty of fun for the whole family, including the chance to ride this Ferris wheel – the largest in North America.  960 1280

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Budapest Wine Festival

Budapest Wine Festival

Sure, Napa Valley is great, but why not try something different this year? Held since 1991, the annual Budapest Wine Festival is the largest event of its kind in Hungary, attracting more than 50,000 people a year. Sip red and white vintages, while strolling the grounds of the historic Buda Castle, which dates back to the 14th century.  960 1280

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Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend

The drinking fun doesn’t end in Budapest! Head to Belgium for Belgian Beer Weekend. Held at Brussel’s Grand Place square, this annual celebration in early September showcases Belgian brews from more than 30 small and big breweries.   960 1280

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Monterey Jazz Fest (Monterey, CA)

Monterey Jazz Fest (Monterey, CA)

Give it up for great music at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival. As the world’s longest-running jazz festival, Monterey attracts more than 500 artists, on 3 stages, for 3 nights and 2 days. This year’s lineup includes jazz legend Herbie Hancock. 960 1280

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Ryder Cup (Perthshire, Scotland)

Ryder Cup (Perthshire, Scotland)

The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland, will host the 40th Ryder Cup, where the US team will make an attempt to win back the trophy from the European team. Designed by professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, the golf course is located in the heart of Scotland, and boasts beautiful landscape views of the Perthshire countryside. 960 1280

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Malta International Airshow

Malta International Airshow

See jet-propelled acrobatic feats at the Malta International Airshow. One of the largest outdoor events on the Mediterranean island, this nearly 20-year-old airshow, held outside the capital of Valletta, offers a first-hand view of precision acrobatic demonstrations, like the Patrouille de France, the aerobatic team of the French Air Force, pictured here.  960 1280

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Waikiki Roughwater Swim (Honolulu)

Waikiki Roughwater Swim (Honolulu)

Take to the water in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. Held in early September, this annual event, now in its 44th year, attracts about 1,000 swimmers competing in the waters off Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach. In between competition times, enjoy some Waikiki family fun 960 1280

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York Food and Drink Festival (Yorkshire, England)

York Food and Drink Festival (Yorkshire, England)

Got the UK on your travel radar this September? Then head to Northern England for the annual York Food and Drink Festival. Held in the historic county of Yorkshire, the festival offers visitors a sampling of local flavors like mackerel pate, chunky fries and gin liqueur along a taste trail.  960 1280

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College Football Kickoff

College Football Kickoff

Are you ready for some college football? It’s kick-off time! Grab your buds and head to America’s best college football stadiums, from Michigan Stadium (the largest football stadium in the US) to University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium (the third largest stadium in the US). 960 1280

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Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Celebrate Constitution Day and the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution with a trip to Washington, DC, on September 17. The National Archives has the original Constitution on display in the Rotunda, along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Make the most out of your trip to DC and pay a visit to the Smithsonian museums and monuments along the National Mall.  960 1280

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California Wine Month

California Wine Month

Calling all wine enthusiasts! September is California Wine Month and wineries in regions throughout the state -- from Napa Valley to Temecula Valley -- will be marking the harvest and celebrating the month with special wine tours, tastings, concerts and more.   960 1280

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Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

January kicks off with an icy plunge into Vancouver’s English Bay. The tradition started in 1920, and now attracts thousands of people every year. Couldn’t make it this New Year’s? You’re not off the hook just yet! Plenty of icy plunges await elsewhere later this month. 960 1280

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MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

Celebrate the life of the civil rights leader during the MLK Day of Service. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., hundreds of nonprofits and volunteer centers nationwide observe the federal holiday, named in King’s honor back in 1983, as a day of giving back to local communities and shelters. Grab a hammer and lend a hand. 960 1280

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Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day

America’s biggest political event heats up the nation’s capital this January. After being sworn in on the Capitol’s west side last time, President Obama and the First Lady walked a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue. Now’s your chance to see it again! Book a DC trip, and see the Prez walk along “America’s Main Street.” 960 1280

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Ati Atihan Carnival

Ati Atihan Carnival

See the Philippines put on its wildest fiesta this January. A grand festival in honor of Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) takes center stage in the town of Kalibo, on the island of Panay. Local dance and music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, mark the celebrations, with a vibe a lot like Rio’s Carnival. 960 1280

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North American International Auto Show

North American International Auto Show

Rev up for the hottest auto show of the year: nearly 1 million square feet of floor space devoted to cars, cars and more cars! 2013’s show features more than 50 hot wheels, including Toyota’s new concept car, the Furia, which is being touted as an "exciting sedan concept." Judge for yourself at downtown Detroit’s Cobo Center this January! 960 1280

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World Buskers Festival

World Buskers Festival

Wow! See amazing acrobatic feats, and have your funny bone tickled, in this annual street performers’ festival in Christchurch, New Zealand. January 2013 marks the festival’s 20th year, with a lineup of acts from countries such as Japan, Australia and, of course, New Zealand, all putting on a show in the largest city on the country’s South Island. 960 1280

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Texas Chainsaw in 3-D

Texas Chainsaw in 3-D

It seemed like a good idea at the time: opening a restaurant in the Victorian home where the original 1974 horror flick was filmed. Sadly, the restaurant is now closed, but diehard fans can still stop by the property in Kingsland, TX. For more Chainsaw thrills, brace yourself for Texas Chainsaw 3D opening this January. Might want to leave the kids at home for this one. 960 1280

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Sundance Movie Festival

Sundance Movie Festival

The festival that made Utah cool attracts nearly 50,000 people a year, along with actors and directors representing the latest, most cutting-edge independent cinema. This January sees the world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated films of 2013, including the festival’s closing event -- Ashton Kutcher’s biopic on Steve Jobs. 960 1280

Jill Orschel  

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

C’est super! The gods at French Fashion Federation have spoken, and so it shall be: This annual showcase of high fashion kicks off in mid-January, featuring designs by fashion icons like Giorgio Armani, as well as younger, edgier fashion houses like Giambattista Valli. Many of the higher profile events are closed to the general public, but c’est la vie! Get your fashion buzz in the Galeries Lafayette. 960 1280

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Key West Food and Wine Festival

Key West Food and Wine Festival

Ditch the winter boots, and grab your summer flip-flops! Escape the winter cold at this fourth annual foodie festival. Savor fresh Florida Keys seafood, fine wines from around the world, and the laid-back tropical vibe of the island that bears the festival’s name -- all over 4 days in late January. 960 1280

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Tournament of Roses Parade

Tournament of Roses Parade

Marching bands, equestrians and flower-covered floats lure thousands to “America’s New Year celebration.” The annual parade, which began in Pasadena, CA, nearly 125 years ago, has come a long way from its early days of flower-decorated horse carriages. Today’s current crop of ornate floats, including this winner from 2011, can take nearly a year to build. Get cracking! 960 1280

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Disney Marathon Weekend

Disney Marathon Weekend

High-five! Kick off the New Year with a healthy start and plenty of Disney fun. For the super-fit, take on a 26.2-mile course that runs through all 4 Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Or take on a half-marathon or 5K course, both finishing at Epcot. 960 1280

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Pride and Prejudice, Haddon Hall

Pride and Prejudice, Haddon Hall

Dreaming of dreamy Darcy? Two centuries after it was first published, in January 1813, Jane Austen’s novel remains as popular as ever. Revisit the story of love overcoming pride and prejudice with a tour of Haddon Hall, the English country house that served as one of the settings for the 2005 film adaption with Keira Knightley. 960 1280

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Travel back to the 16th century at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. This annual fest in Waxahachie, TX, kicks off the first weekend in April, drawing crowds upwards of 200,000 to view some 200 performances, like this round of jousting and horsemanship. See more ideas for where to travel in April. 960 1280

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The Final Four Championship

The Final Four Championship

See the best in college basketball face-off on the court at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Hundreds of spectators will converge on the stadium to watch the Final Four Championship. Who will be crowned 2015’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Champs? 960 1280

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Earth Day at Yosemite

Earth Day at Yosemite

Celebrate Earth Day in one of America’s most treasured national parks. Timed in conjunction with National Park Week, Yosemite celebrates the planet’s big day with bike rides, junior ranger day walks, and even an Earth Day cake and lemonade, yum! 960 1280

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King’s Day in Amsterdam

King’s Day in Amsterdam

Enjoy a ride along Amsterdam’s canals, and don your brightest orange, for the Netherlands’ annual King’s Day. The national holiday celebrates the Dutch royal house (and current King Willem-Alexander) with plenty of “orange madness,” in keeping with the Dutch national colors. 960 1280

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Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

Show your Boston pride, and find something for everyone to enjoy. The annual Boston Marathon kicks off with a fitness expo featuring more than 200 exhibitors, followed by a 5K set to draw an estimated 10,000 participants as well as a relay challenge -- all topped by the grand celebration of city spirit on Patriot’s Day. 960 1280

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Masters Golf Tournament

Masters Golf Tournament

Tee up for the granddaddy of all golf tournaments. The 78th Masters Tournament kicks off the first of 4 major championships, with plenty of betting odds. Will Tiger Woods beat out Rory McIlroy for the green jacket? Head to Augusta, GA the first week in April to find out! 960 1280

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Coachella

Coachella

Get your music fill at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The annual 2-weekend, 3-day fest kicks off in Indio, CA, with more than 150 performances set for 2014. OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire headline this year’s show. 960 1280

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Alaska's Arctic Man

Alaska's Arctic Man

Go fast, or go home! Prepare for the ultimate adrenaline rush at Alaska’s Arctic Man -- one of the world's toughest downhill ski races, and an exciting snowmobile race, all in one. Skiers begin at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and drop 1,700 feet to the bottom of a narrow canyon where they’re met by their snowmobiling partner. 960 1280

  

Annular Solar Eclipse

Annular Solar Eclipse

Get out some cool solar shades, and head to the Land Down Under for an unforgettable show: In late April, the Moon passes between the Earth and the sun, creating a sight you don’t see every day. View the solar eclipse across Australia, in between checking out these equally exceptional Australia world heritage sites. 960 1280

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Love jazz? Join fellow music lovers at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Held every year since 1970, the annual Jazz Fest, as it’s called, showcases nearly every music genre, from blues to R&B, and everything else in between. It’s all performed across 12 stages during the last weekend in April. 960 1280

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Redneck Yacht Club

Redneck Yacht Club

Wanna channel your inner redneck? Head to Daytona, FL, for the Redneck Yacht Club’s downhome, rowdy roundup of fun: The Daytona Tune-Up Jeep and ATV Weekend features obstacle courses, mud holes and winding trails and hills, and, for the kids, an ATV challenge track, across hundreds of acres of trails. 960 1280

  

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Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

On your mark, get set … it’s off to Louisville for the granddaddy of all horse races. In time-honored tradition, the 140th annual Kentucky Derby -- the first leg of the Triple Crown -- kicks off the first Saturday in May. Settle into your seat at Churchill Downs racetrack on Central Avenue, sip a mint julep and enjoy the "Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports." 960 1280

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Mother’s Day Tea at The Plaza

Mother’s Day Tea at The Plaza

Mom is always fussing over you, now’s your chance to turn the tables -- in style. Treat Mom to afternoon tea at The Plaza’s Tea Room. A tradition since the hotel opened in 1907, tea at this NYC landmark has inspired scenes in popular films and novels, including Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Mom can enjoy a selection of sandwiches and savories from the Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages and The New Yorker menus. 960 1280

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Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

La lumière, la caméra, l'action! Slip on some shades, and head to the French Riviera for the largest annual showcase of cinema in the world. Don’t have a ticket to events inside the Palais des Festivals et des Congres building where the festival is held? Pas de probleme! Enjoy open-air shows at the Cinema de la Plage, and for celebrity sightings show up extra-early outside the Palais. You may just spot Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman or Steven Spielberg on this year’s red carpet. 960 1280

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Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Rev up for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Part of the Triple Crown of Motorsports (with the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans right behind) this annual race is quite possibly the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world, attracting roughly 400,000 spectators. Head to Indianapolis the last weekend in May, and prepare for a high-speed show around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval circuit. 960 1280

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Brighton Festival, England

Brighton Festival, England

Enjoy a 3-week celebration of music, theater, dance, art and film at the 47th annual Brighton Festival. Held each May in the southeastern English city of Brighton and Hove, the gathering is the largest multi-art form festival in all of England: More than 370 performances from artists such as Sinead O’Connor and 3-time Grammy winner Lucinda Williams, are slated for 2013. 960 1280

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Take in the small-town charm of Winchester, VA, in this 6-day celebration of spring. First held in 1924, the annual festival packs a wallop of more than 30 events into its lineup: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, a 10K race, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah and so much more, attracting crowds in excess of 250,000. 960 1280

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Whale Watching, Stellwagen Bank

Whale Watching, Stellwagen Bank

Did winter come and go without you getting a chance to see whales? There’s still time: Between May and September, more than 400 orcas swim in the waters around Canada’s Vancouver Island. Or head to the Azores, the Portuguese archipelago about 1,000 miles from Lisbon, where sperm whales gather from May to October. Closer to home, Stellwagen Bank, a submerged sandbank between Cape Cod and Cape Ann in Massachusetts, attracts the endangered North Atlantic right whale to its waters. 960 1280

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

When chef Mark Abernathy of Arkansas restaurants Red Door and Loca Luna kicks the bucket, he wants to skip heaven and head straight for this food extravaganza. Such is the praise heaped on this annual fest by critically acclaimed chefs. Now in its third year, the gathering celebrates the best of Southern cuisine’s past and future, with cooking and cocktail demos, tasting tents and seminars on everything from the history of the Southern cocktail to Southern beer culture. 960 1280

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National Bike Month

National Bike Month

Dust off that old bike, or buy a new one: It’s National Bike Month. Cities nationwide, including Austin, Boston, Santa Barbara, and Portland (pictured), are among the cities actively participating in the event. In San Francisco, you’ll find “energizer stations” this month, with food, drinks, red blinky lights and reflective leg bands available for bikers participating in the month-long public awareness campaign. Sounds like a great way to get free stuff -- and get in shape! 960 1280

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (meaning "fifth of May" in Spanish) right here in the United States. Nationwide, there are more than 120 official US celebrations, spanning 21 states, in cities such as Cleveland, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta. The holiday stretches back to the first few years of the American Civil War, when Mexican-American communities sought to commemorate the causes of freedom and democracy. Head to downtown Denver for one such celebration: Here, members of a Mexican folkloric dance academy perform at the city’s Civic Center Park. 
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Vesak (Buddha Day)

Vesak (Buddha Day)

Seeking enlightenment? Celebrate Buddha’s birthday this May. Or take in the festivities as Buddhist devotees mark the occasion in Southeast Asian countries from Nepal to the Indonesian island of Java (pictured). Here, Buddhist monks pray at Borobudur, a 9th-century temple (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) that is Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction. 960 1280

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Head to this amphitheater at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for a grand show: Each May Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from a large, rocky passage within Carlsbad Cavern in search of a tasty mix of insects for dinner. In case you’ve happened on this wondrous sight in southeastern New Mexico with your family (and your kids have questions), a park ranger gives an informative talk as visitors wait for the bats to come out. 960 1280

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