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'Fall' into our upcoming festivals

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Summer may unofficially be over, but some could argue the most fun of the year is yet to be had here in the fall.

It starts with the Intercultural Festival this Saturday from Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy an international pavilion, food tasting, vendors, children’s activities, storytelling and multinational performances. Details are at www.bcifestival.org.

Next Saturday, Sept. 14, is Leland’s Founder’s Day. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest Commercial area off U.S. 17 with live entertainment, children’s activities, carnival games, food and vendors, and ends with fireworks at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Then, plan to return to Leland on Sept. 20 for the inaugural Brunswick WaterFest celebrating the outdoors. It will feature guided river tours, a kayak fishing tournament, and educational programs among its many activities from Brunswick River Park. Go to www.visitlelandnc.com details about both events.

October’s events start with the seventh annual Sunset at Sunset block party in Sunset Beach on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with family activities, arts and crafts, music and food vendors. Check out www.sunsetatsunset.com.

Our neighbors in South Carolina are gearing up for the Little River ShrimpFest, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It features live entertainment, vendors, and activities including a shrimp and grits cook-off. Go to www.littleriverchamber.org/pages/ShrimpFest2013/.

By now, all these events — including the N.C. Oyster Festival Surf-Off from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7-8 — should whet everyone’s appetite for the 33rd annual N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach, Oct. 19-20. This event offers local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music and the Oyster Shucking Contest, as well as the 5K, 10K Road Race and 1-Mile Fun Run. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 on the island of Ocean Isle Beach between Second and Third streets. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 5 and younger. More information is at www.ncoysterfestival.com.

The next weekend, Oct. 26-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the N.C. Festival by the Sea, which begins with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. Food, arts and crafts, live music, children’s activities, a horseshoe tournament and sandcastle contest are among the highlights. Go to www.greaterholdenbeachmerchants.com.