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Dirty Dancing Festival

Ready for the time of your life? Then head to western North Carolina’s Lake Lure Aug. 17–19 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the coming-of-age flick Dirty Dancing. The annual Dirty Dancing Festival at lake lure began in 2010 after the passing of star Patrick Swayze — who played bad-boy hunk Johnny Castle — brought renewed interest in the movie, which was largely filmed in the area. Visit various film sites around town, re-enact Jennifer Grey’s watermelon-carrying scene for photo ops and try your balance in the lake-lift competition. There’s even a daytime dance festival where you can showcase your hottest moves. www.dirtydancingfestival.com

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You’ve seen these cult classics on the screen. Now it’s time to live out the dream:

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Lebowski Fest
Lebowski Fest
Louisville, Ky.
July 20–21

Started in 2002, this granddaddy of Dude-inspired events includes a night of unlimited bowling and plenty of White Russians. www.lebowskifest.com


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Twin Peaks Fest
Twin Peaks Fest
North Bend, Wash.
Aug. 3–5

This event celebrates all things David Lynch, with emphasis on his early-’90s TV series. A bus tour visits favorite Twin Peaks sites such as Snoqualmie Falls and the sheriff’s station. www.twinpeaksfest.com


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Star Wars Celebration VI
Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 23–26

Along with a costume pageant and the sale of original Star Wars artwork, single Jedis can try their skills at speed-dating. www.starwarscelebration.com