Fall is festival season, and these are some of the country’s finest.

SAN FRANCISCO: The renowned SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL turns 20 this year, and dozens of the world’s greatest musicians are helping celebrate October 23 through November 10. Soak up live perform-ances by saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso, and clarinet great Eddie Daniels, to name a few. (800) 850-7353,

SAN ANTONIO: November 1-3 are the dates to remember for this year’s NEW WORLD WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, an annual three-day smorgasbord featuring gourmet delights from top chefs in Texas, Mexico, and beyond. Try tantalizing tapas, elegant entrees, divine desserts — and learn how to pair them with the finest wines in North and South America. (800) 447-3372,

CHICAGO: Part seminar, part carnival, the heady CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL, taking place October 31 through November 10, features lectures and presentations by leading authors, scholars, and policymakers. They’ll focus their wits on such erudite subjects as the relationship between intellect and aesthetics and the link between thinking and idealizing in a rare blend of education and entertainment. (312) 494-9509,

DALLAS: The five-week-long DALLAS BLOOMS AUTUMN: A HARVEST OF CULTURES, which continues through November 10, offers flowers, family fun, and a combo of cultural experiences. Petting zoos, concerts, and more than 20,000 chrysanthemums fill the 66-acre garden, where a Japanese Moon Viewing Celebration takes place October 21. (214) 327-8263,