Popular festivals around the world in October

Upcoming month brings a lot of festivity with many colorful and music festivals for a traveller. There are many festivals happening around the world like Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (in US) and Diwali (in India). Here are some of the popular festivals / carnivals which a traveller must witness!

(October 7-15, 2017) – Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. It is a nine-day event, and feature 500 balloons each year. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. The Balloon Fiesta began in 1972 as the highlight of a 50th birthday celebration for 770 KOB Radio. For nine days during the first full week of October, hundreds of colorful balloons float above the city each morning as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains. It’s no wonder this visual feast is said to be the world’s most photographed event. Nearly 750,000 visitors attend the Albuquerque, New Mexico hot air balloon festival each year.


(October 12-15, 2017) – Location: New York City, New York, United States
New York City Wine & Food Festival
NYCWFF was born back in 2007 as a one-night event called SWEET. The following year, the festival’s founder and director, Lee Brian Schrager, decided to take the event to the next level, launching what is now the ‘New York City Wine and Food Festival’. NYCWFF is considered the largest food and wine festival in NYC! With more than 100 events, we are widely recognized for tastings in celebration of America’s favorite foods, intimate dinners with wo rld-renowned chefs, la te ni ght parties, hand s-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more. We take great pride in offering 50,000 passionate gourmands and aficionados something for every palate and budg et. Enjoy four day s each fall at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, celebrity chefs, culinary giants, mixologists, vintners and foodies unite to eat, drink and end world hunger.


(October 18 – 22, 2017) – Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Dance Event
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the leading electronic music platform and the biggest clu b fest ival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres. Amste rdam Dance event is a five-day industry and entertainment extravaganza scattered across 115 reputable venues throughout the iconic Netherlands’ capital city. The festival boasts some of the biggest names in the international electronic club scene as well as its fair share of up-and-comers and underground artists. ADE takes place in October, meaning it bookends the tourist travel season and shares September’s usually favorable weather, providing attendees with exciting sights and sounds to feast their senses upon. In its entirety, ADE involves an astronomical 450 confer ence and mus ic events – including over 2,200 DJs. Worl dwide club music happenings fuse with indus try conferences in Amsterdam’s ultimate festival.


(October 17-21, 2017) – Location: India
An ancient celebration with deeply spiritual roots, this Festival of Lights (Diwali) is technically a tradition with a religious foundation, but that entire are willing to share in the season of abun dance ar e welcome. Thousands of oil lamps, fireworks, lavish feasts, fragrant flowers and colored sand in the form of lotus blossoms adorn India in this annual homecoming that is Diwali. Rama needs to return home, and Hindus everywhere pitch in to help, lighting his path with thousands of oil lamps during the five-day Festival of Lights, or Diwali, to honor the Hindu god. To Westerners this feels like India’s version of Christmas, a time of celebration and unbridled joy. Like Christmas, it’s te chnically a religious festival, but it’s open to anyone willing to share in the season of abundance .


(October 20 – 28, 2017) – Location: Phuket, Thailand
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a colourful event celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chi nese cale ndar will help th em o btain good health and peace of mind. They decided to adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor Gods to ensure purification of the mind and body. To everyone’s amazement the o pera group made a complete recovery. Subsequently, the festival has grown and developed into a spectacular yearly event that is attend ed by thousands with participant s flying in f ro m China and other Asian destinations. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a nine day commitment to abstinence and purity, where participants display devotion in truly gruesome fashion.


(September 30 – November 26, 2017) – Location: Todd Mission, Texas, United States
Texas Renaissance Festival
The nation’s largest, most acclaim ed Renais sance the med park. Each year, over 500,000 guests pass through the Festival’s gates and enter the magic of New Market Village, an authentically recreated 55 acre 16th century English township located 50 miles northwest of Houston, Texas. Each year, for 9 fun-filled weekends (this year-September 30 to November 26), The Texas Renaissance Festival presents an enchanted world full of Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies, Knights, Nobles, Fairies, Elves, Pirates, Barbarians and other fanciful interactive characters. Guests will be entertained by a marvel ous assortment of unique perform ers: mus icians, magicia ns, acrobats, jugglers, dancers with ov er 200 daily performance s on over 20 stages throughout the village. Finally, there are foods a nd dri nks from all ov er the world to please every palate and quench every thirst.


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