If you're a fall season traveler and heading out in October, you may want to drop in on one of these festivals in the West and beyond.

Minot, North Dakota

September 30-October 4

Norsk Høstfest

North America's biggest Scandinavian festival, in its 30th year, will feature the Beach Boys and Kenny Rogers, plus Nordic crafts, costumes, entertainment, art and food. www.hostfest.com

Nong Khai, Thailand


The Naga fireballs

An annual natural phenomenon during which hundreds of small, colorful fireballs rise out of the Mekong River and disappear into the air. Also: light-and-sound shows and a long-boat race.

Niagara Falls, New York

October 2-5

Niagara International Kite Festival

Kites from around the world fly over the Canadian and American sides of Niagara Falls while 30,000 spectators watch in awe. www.niagarakite.com

Albuquerque, New Mexico

October 4-12

The International Balloon Fiesta

Myriad colorful balloons in a renowned mass ascension. www.balloonfiesta.com

Denver, Colorado

October 9-11