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Vancouver International Comedy Festival, July 24-August 4, Vancouver, British Columbia
If you’re in need of a good laugh, then Vancouver’s beautiful Granville Island is the place to go. This annual comic fest features stand-up, musical, theatrical, improv, and sketch comedy, with free daytime performances on two outdoor stages, and adult evening shows in a cabaret-style theater. www.comedyfest.com

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Garlic Festival, July 25-27, Giroy, California
What strted as a crazy idea 24 years ago in the self prclaimed Garlic Capital of the World has sprouted into a major culinary event. Garlic-laced scents beakon food lovers to Gourmet Alley for mouthwatering delights, plus there's music, arts and crafts, and childern's activities. Don't miss Sunday Great Garlic Cook-Off. www.gilroygarlicfestival.com

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Hemmingway Days Festival, July 15-20, Key West, Florida

The party begins at Papa's favorit haunt, Sloppy Joe's Bar, and continues with events like a Caribbean street fair and daily twighlight parties. Grand-daughter Lorain dishes out thousands of dollars to the best in the Lorain Hemmingway Short Story Competition. www.keywestchamber.org