Need (or rather, want) a reason to travel? Then try one of these fall festivals. By Becca Hensley

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Lucerne Festival Piano
Lucerne, Switzerland
November 20 to 26
Dedicated to keyboard music and set on the banks of
gorgeous Lake Lucerne, this festival presents today’s top
interpreters of piano. A secondary fest called Piano Off-Stage! takes place in select bars. www.lucernefestival.ch

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
November 3 to 12
Taste coffee beans, coffee jellies, and coffee itself — and take part in a cupping and picking contest — at Hawaii’s oldest food festival, which celebrates 178 years of coffee on Hawaii’s engaging Big Island. www.konacoffeefest.com

Starz Denver International Film Festival
Denver
November 9 to 19
Eschewing premieres and commercial productions, this festival is for film buffs who celebrate the esoteric and intellectual. See approximately 175 films and more than 100 film artists in 10 days. www.denverfilm.org/festival.cfm

San Diego Arts Festival
San Diego
November 24 to 26
The premier arts-and-crafts show in California, this festival (part of a series of California arts festivals) offers 15,000-plus original works and features more than 200 contemporary artists and craftspeople. www.americanartfestivals.com

Autumn Tides Festivals
South Walton, Florida
September 1 to December 31
From the Back to Nature Festival (Oct. 20 to 22) to the Autumn Playwright Festival (Oct. 18 to 28), there’s something for everyone at this fall extravaganza, put on by the town’s 13 beach communities. www.beachesofsouthwalton.com

New York Comedy Festival
New York City
November 7 to 12
Need a laugh? Get thee to New York to chuckle at a stellar lineup of comedians, including Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, Howie Mandel, and Brian Regan, performing at legendary venues throughout the city. www.nycomedyfestival.com

New Crowned Hope Festival
Vienna, Austria
November 14 to December 11
Director Peter Sellars asks, “How would Mozart compose today?” and answers with a program of varied first performances across Vienna, including dance, films, exhibitions, concerts, musical theater, and social projects. www.newcrownedhope.org