At Travelzoo, we’re lucky enough to have a wealth of travel knowhow at our fingertips, from over 250 Deal Experts in 28 locations across the globe. Each week, we combine that knowledge to bring you our top weekend tips for some of our favourite cities -- and what’s more, most of the events are free (or, as you’d expect, represent terrific value).
Join the cockney masses and have a proper knees-up this Sunday as the Pearly King and Queen Harvest Festival returns to the City. From maypole dancing and Morris dancers to a marching band and a whole gaggle of "pearlies" (wearing black outfits elaborately decorated with pearls), this promises to be a true London event. The parade leaves Guildhall Yard at 1pm; the event is free, but all money collected on the day will be donated to the Whitechapel Mission. Finish your day with another very British tradition -- champagne afternoon tea for two for £35.
Following the annual craziness of the Singapore Grand Prix, the "Little Red Dot" (Singapore) returns to its roots this weekend with a final celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Timed for when the moon is at its fullest, the festival is a month-long celebration marked by colourful lanterns and delectable mooncakes, which are generally only available during this special month. Highlights include lantern-making sessions for children, a festive street bazaar and a brilliant nightly illumination. The festival will culminate on the evening of Saturday, 29 September, with a mass lantern walk through Chinatown’s streets.
Planning to rent a car on your upcoming visit to Los Angeles? This weekend, the 405 freeway will be entirely closed (let the chaos ensue), but fret not -- there’s still time to plan your holiday around "Carmageddon". Get out of the gridlock and escape to ritzy Beverly Hills with this £117 (US$189) per-night deal. The Courtyard Los Angeles Century City/Beverly Hills is near to boutique-lined Rodeo Drive and the iconic sights in Hollywood.
The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has started, and this year marks the 15th anniversary of the celebration of gastronomic mastery. The hub of the festival is in Albert Square, overlooked by the towering architectural grandeur of Manchester Town Hall. This year's event pays special attention to sustainable dining, with lots of locally-inspired events across the region. There will be a whole day dedicated to local foods on Sunday, 28 September, when farmers, bakers and chefs from around the region will showcase their finest produce, from freshly grown vegetables to locally made ice cream.
And after you’ve had your fill, catch the BBC Philharmonic's "An Evening of Wagner" at The Bridgewater Hall on Saturday night. Usually £29, these tickets are £14.50.
On Saturday, museums across the US will waive admission prices as part of National Museum Day, the annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. In Chicago, a whole host of local favourites will be taking part, from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago along Michigan Avenue to the quirky International Museum of Surgical Science.
While hanging out in The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas's newest hip resort, wander up from the casino and past the extravagant Chandelier Bar to find an artist in residence. As part of The Cosmopolitan's efforts to promote arts of all kinds, its P3 Studio will play host to resident artists for the rest of 2012. This weekend, visitors can observe Japan-born artist Sush Machida in action from 6-11pm as the space becomes his personal workshop. Completed paintings and murals will be displayed around the studio, and guests can sip tea and chat with Machida as he works on new projects.
From 29-30 September, head to the hamburgmuseum near the Planten un Blomen park in the centre of Hamburg. The history museum is hosting a one-off event dedicated to all things miniature, and will showcase a scale model of the city’s main station. Afterwards, wander under the glass roof of the inner courtyard. Entrance fee is £6 (8€).
Deal Experts Kate McFarlane (Singapore), Blaire Constantinou (LA), Luke Doyle (Manchester), Hilary Solan (Chicago), Veronica Crews (Las Vegas) and Gesa Rathke (Hamburg) contributed to this post.