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By Sasha Smith

(FORTUNE Small Business) – Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Dias de los Muertos The Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, celebrating All Souls' Day, is anything but macabre--filled with flowers, singing, and graveyard celebrations. The festival in Oaxaca is the most famous. mexico-travel.com.

Nov. 1-11: Chicago Humanities Festival XII The eclectic roster of events includes a musical tribute to Irving Berlin, a lecture on the Kama Sutra, and Star Trek alum Leonard Nimoy presenting his work as a photographer. (Who knew?) Various locations; 312-661-1028; chfestival.org.

Nov. 3-11: Celebrate America's finest contribution to the coffee world (no, not the Frappuccino) with the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in Hawaii. Events include a tasting contest, plantation tours, a golf tournament, and the crowning of this year's Miss Kona Coffee. (Please, no gambling on the pageant.) Kailua Kona, Hawaii; konacoffeefest.com.

Nov. 15-18: Fourth Annual New York City Chocolate Show Expect tastings and demos, sculptures, and even clothing fashioned from chocolate. 125 West 18th St., Manhattan; 212-865-6100; chocolateshow.com.

Nov. 17, 8 p.m.: Are you ready for some football? The Florida Gators face off against the FSU Seminoles at the University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (a.k.a. "The Swamp"). Both teams are national championship contenders. Gainesville, Fla.; 877-428-6742; gatorzone.com.

--Sasha Smith