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Check out some of the West’s best events on our fall calendar!

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival: October 3 – 11

Over the course of nine crisp, autumn days in the agrarian oasis of New Mexico, the azure skies above the verdant Rio Grande Valley become a surreal canvas of color, during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. balloonfiesta.com

Austin City Limits: October 2 – 4 and 9 – 11

The Austin City Limits Festival in Zilker Park proves that everything in Texas is, indeed, bigger. Alseep At The Wheel, Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, Billy Idol, Dwight Yoakam, Florence and the Machine, and Alabama Shakes are among dozens of acts performing. aclfestival.com

La Calaca: October 31 – November 2

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with music and cultural activities in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Events immerse participants in cultural activities, such as live art installations, creative workshops, and tours of cemeteries and traditional altars. The evenings are dominated by costumed processions, musical performances, and parties that last until sunrise. lacalacafestival.org

PBR World Finals: October 21 – 25

This fall, the world’s toughest athletes will converge in Las Vegas to compete in the most dangerous sport on the planet. The Professional Bull Riders 2015 Built Ford Tough World Finals will make its 22nd stop in Sin City, at the Thomas & Mack Center, to showcase not only the best bull riders, but also the best bulls. pbr.com