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Temple Bar Trad Fest, Ireland's big music bash (Photo: Love Temple Bar)

Temple Bar TradFest, Ireland’s big music bash (Photo: Love Temple Bar)

We at Travel Channel love the Irish. And just when we thought we’d exhausted our list of reasons why, here comes another big event: the annual Temple Bar TradFest. This 5-day event showcases the best in Irish song, music and dance, with the festivities underway this week in Dublin’s Temple Bar area.

Known as Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar is home to a lively mix of pubs, like the Porterhouse, as well as local cultural institutions, such as art house cinema and music venues. Added to the mix is the annual TradFest event. Since 2005 the festival has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest music and cultural festivals, showcasing more than 200 events, including dance shows, pipe bands and street performers.

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Fans gather at Graceland to celebrate Elvis’s birthday (photo: Reuters)

Seventy-nine years ago today, in the Mississippi town of Tupelo, the future King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was born. This morning, in celebration of the life of Elvis Aaron Presley — the singer, actor and legend who turned rockabilly into a sound all his own and forever changed how we view slicked-back hair, leather pants and Hawaii’s shores – Graceland kicks off a 3-day Elvis Birthday Celebration.

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Austin City Limits is here. The annual 3-day music fest kicked off Friday morning in Austin’s Zilker Park, and will draw an anticipated crowd of 6,500 music fans over the coming days.

Just in case you can’t make it to the Lone Star State capital this weekend, though, the event has something new in store for attendees this year: For the first time ever, Austin City Limits will unfold over 2 consecutive weekends. That means if Oct. 4-6 doesn’t work for you, you still have Oct. 11-13 to head on down to Austin. Between now and then, there’s a whole lot in store — here’s a roundup of highlights of Austin City Limits 2013.

The beer alone makes a trip to Austin worth it. This year, Austin City Limits has opened a beer lover’s dream — the brand new, 20,000-square-foot Barton Springs Beer Hall. This playground for beer lovers features 15 brews, from local drinks like Hill Country’s own Real Ale, to brews from around the country. Kick back, drink up and enjoy a game of football on big screen TVs in the hall.

And, of course, there’s food, lots and lots of food. Austin Eats Food Tours will be on-hand, featuring local restaurant delicacies, as well as plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Expect to find foodie favorites such as chef Tim Love’s Love Shack, Austin’s Pizza and Second Bar + Kitchen by chef David Bull, alongside new culinary favorites such as La Condesa, Frank and mmmpanadas.

The good part about the money you spend: A portion of funds raised will go toward supporting the Hill Country’s Conservancy’s Violet Crown Trail, a 30-mile hike and bike trail in Austin; additional support will go toward a carbon offset project spearheaded by the Texas Climate & Carbon Exchange.

For tips on staying in and getting around the city that keeps it weird, check out our Austin City Guide. Plus, if you love music as much as food, you’ll want to take an Austin Foodie Foray. And once you pack up and leave, send us a postcard from Austin — we’ll want to know how it goes!

Considered one of the biggest and best music festivals in the country, Bonnaroo has become a pilgrimage that any music fan must make. Featuring musicians from all genres, including indie rock, hip hop, jazz and more, Bonnaroo’s activities don’t stop at the music — which starts around noon and doesn’t end until … about 4 a.m. Here, you’ll find well-known comedians, film screenings, a silent disco and waterslides, just to name a few highlights.

Tonight at 9|8c on Fandemonium, Adam finds out first-hand that the fun never stops at Bonnaroo and gets a taste of the festival’s food truck goodness.

It’s not too early to start planning your trip to Bonnaroo — June will be here before you know it! Let us help with our Bonnaroo travel guide, full of tips on how to get to Manchester, TN, where to stay when you arrive and what to eat if food trucks aren’t your thing.

Tune in tonight for a glimpse inside this revolutionary music festival!

Every year, for 4 days in June, country music fans take over the Tuttle Creek Lake State Park in Manhattan, KS, for the Country Stampede music festival. In fact, it’s one of the largest parties in the Midwest with over 175,000 attendees eating good food, enjoying strong drinks and tailgating in the campgrounds with fellow country lovers — and a few of the performers themselves.

Tonight at 9|8c, Adam joins in the fun on an all-new episode of Fandemonium. In fact, when he comes across a country musician, he even writes a country song of his own … about Brooklyn.

Do you love country music? It’s not too early to start planning your own trip to Manhattan, KS, to join in the stampede. Let our travel guide help you get there!

Get in the Halloween spirit and download Zak Bagans’ new album “NecroFusion” — available for purchase today!

A mix of electronic music and spirit voices — or EVPs, as Ghost Adventures fans know them — the album is a haunting work of art that will be enjoyed by dance music and paranormal fans alike.

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Today marks the beginning of the 3-day Monterey Jazz Festival in arguably one of the most beautiful parts of California. Entering its 55th year, it’s the world’s longest-running jazz festival, with acts like Tony Bennett and Esperanza Spalding performing this weekend. You don’t have to be a jazz fan to appreciate that kind of star power.

Photo by Cole Thompson

 

Can’t make it to Monterey this weekend? Visit the gorgeous seaside town vicariously with this video from our go-to beach gal, Marianela, at Point Lobos State Reserve Park. Or plan a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. And next week, the Ghost Adventures crew investigates the Point Sur Lighthouse, right outside of Monterey.

Want to plan a music festival getaway? Let our Music Festival Guide help you decide where to go — just pick the month and pack a bag! Or if you’re looking to really get away, learn about the new music festival cruise trend!

Photo by Dave Vann

Once in a while, a music festival can inspire a road trip. Sure, it’s super-convenient when your favorite bands happen to stop somewhere close to home, but sometimes it’s fun to make the journey to partake in one of the biggest gatherings of music lovers around. So why not take that to a new level? Book a cruise.

Concert cruises aren’t a new idea — there have been the Rock Boat, Jam Cruise and even John Mayer’s Mayercraft — but if you follow travel news like we have, there’s reason to believe that this trend is going to take off.

In fact, the world’s largest passenger ship will set sail for a Beatles tribute cruise next year. Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will host the 7-night Cruise for Beatles Fans 2013.A Beatles tribute band will be onboard along with other musicians — all with a Beatles connection — such as Mark Hudson, a producer for the Beatles’ Ringo Starr; Billy J. Kramer, who has recorded songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; Joey Molland, a singer from Badfinger, a band signed by the Beatles’ label.

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It’s that time of year again! Summer music festival season is in full swing, and festivalgoers are flooding the streets of Chicago for one of the most highly-anticipated concerts of the year: Lollapalooza. Some of this year’s headliners include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine and Passion Pit … but that’s just the start. If you attend the show, make sure you don’t accidentally miss one of the bands you wanted to see — create a custom schedule online. READ MORE

On the July 19th episode of Trip Flip, 2 unsuspecting North Carolina moms will get the chance of a lifetime: an all-expenses-paid dream vacation to San Diego. But wait … there’s more! Their trip includes a private jet to San Francisco, where they’ll attend a Train concert at the Independent, followed by dinner with the band.

Want in on the action? Enter to win 2 tickets to the Train summer concert closest to you, plus a meet and greet with the band! Be sure to tune in July 19 at 9|8c to watch the ultimate Trip Flip.

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