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It's that time of year again, when it begins to feel, with new socks and sharpened pencils at the ready, all we can do now is get back to school, back to work and resign ourselves to another winter ahead. Well, if we start thinking this way, we'd be wrong! There are still loads of wonderful, life-enhancing, fun-packed festivals on the horizon. Here's a quick guide to extending that summer feel good factor right into the autumn and beyond:

In late August, for example, you could turn up for the International Bagpipe Festival, which sounds like a hoot. You could be mistaken for thinking that this takes place in some misty Scottish glen -not exactly! It is actually a UNESCO recognized cultural highlight, the Mezinararodni Dudacky Festivalu in the fairy-tale town of Strakonice in Southern Bohemia. "Amazing Grace" is not likely to be on the playlist; the pipers favour their own local dudy (bagpipes) for which the place is famous.

La Tomatino, the famed tomato-throwing contest, takes place every last Wednesday in August in Valencia. If joining in with a human melee of passatta splattered revellers doesn't give you a Vitamin C boost, nothing can.

Burning Man, in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, takes place ever Labor Day weekend, usually the first Monday in September. This is serious radical hippy territory, with more than 45,000 inhibition-free survivalists turning the parched landscape into a mind-blowing utopia. The Critical Tits topless bike parade and the complementary Critical Dicks parade give clues as to the state of undress which is favoured in the 40 degree heat. On the final night the giant effigy going up in flames is an astounding sight. All visitors are expected to participate and all drinks are free.

Back in Blighty, there is still loads of good music to come with Bestival on the Isle of Wight from 5 – 8 September, which, after Glastonbury, is guaranteed to draw all the biggest name acts. It has scooped every Best Festival award going and this year headliners are Elton John, Snoop Dogg and Fatboy Slim with a host of other fantastic bands like Franz Ferdinand, the Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental and many, many (many) more.

Oktoberfest, as the name implies, is the Munich beer festival which runs from September 21st to October 6th. With tankards at the ready, beer sampling will only be outdone by the amount of sausage and sauerkraut scoffing going on.

Seafood lovers might prefer to visit the International Oyster Festival in Galway. For the weekend of September 27th to 29th you can shuck and suck your fill as well as enjoying a Mardi Gras style Gala event and lots of live music and giving a new meaning to the Irish reputation for good craic.

Foodies prepared to go further afield might consider the Sydney Crave festival running all through October. Top chefs, (of which Australia is not exactly short these days), will showcase their skills; with the star guest attraction for 2013 being Rene Redzepi, of number two restaurant in the world, Copenhagen's Noma.

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