Our Favorite Fall Festivals

Munich from Munich tourist boardMunich’s Oktoberfest is in full swing. The famous festival has more than 14 tents serving everything from cold beer to warm potato salad, rides such as the Pirate Adventure and more. However, there are lots of other fall festivals that are worth visiting. Here’s a roundup of a few of our favorites.


Head Down Under for Australia’s largest food festival. At Good Food Month (October 1 to 31, 2013), top chefs will show off their skills in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.

Watch 750 hot air balloons fill the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (October 5-15, 2013).  If you want to get a different perspective, there’s also the option of taking a hot air balloon ride during the festival.

View and buy art by over 1,000 artists at London’s Frieze Art Fair (October 17 to 20, 2013). Designed by architects Carmody Groarke, the fair is housed in a bespoke structure in Regent’s Park.

Eat some of the best barbecue in the South while enjoying music by blues legends such as James Cotton at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 18 to 20, 2013). Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the event is free and open to the public.

Dia de los Muertos by Salvador AlcCelebrate the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico (October 31 to November 2, 2013). Participants honor the deceased family members through building special altars. Although festivities occur throughout Mexico and in Mexican communities throughout the United States, Oaxaca is an especially good place to witness the holiday.


Diwali in CoventryWitness Diwali, the Festival of Lights (Nov. 3 to 8, 2013), which is celebrated in India and other locations with large Hindu populations (such as the UK and Trinidad and Tobago).  The five-day festival includes fireworks, the lighting of clay lamps (called diyas), exchanging gifts and eating festive meals.

Pushkar Camels by Gloria DeLucaExperience Pushkar’s Camel Fair (Nov. 6 to 17, 2013), a five-day livestock fair held each year in Rajasthan. A favorite of multiple staff members here at Academic Arrangements Abroad, this extraordinary event attracts approximately 300,000 people and as many as 20,000 camels, cattle and horses.

Discover the Thai festival of lights, Loi Krathong, on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month during the Thai lunar calendar. This year, the festival falls on November 17. Loi Krathong is celebrated all over Thailand, but some of the most beautiful celebrations are in Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.

For other suggestions, read our fun fall festivals post from last year!

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