Event-o-Rama: 5 Must-Dos in September

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in September:

  • Mark the changing of the seasons and the phases of the moon at the Mid-Autumn Festival (September 8) on Hong Kong Island. The annual harvest celebration boasts a fire dragon dance, a “lantern wonderland,” and mooncakes galore. What more could you ask for? 
  • Speaking of harvest festivals, Kerala, India, is home to one of the most spectacular: Onam (August 29-September 7). This ten-day observance commemorates the yearly homecoming of the mythical Hindu king Kahabali with snake boat races, a grand feast, and beautifully decorated houses.
  • Move over, Munich, because the Rocky Mountains are serving up their 20th annual Oktoberfest (September 12-14) in Breckenridge, Colorado. This family-friendly event features beer tastings (including loads of local artisanal brews), authentic German cuisine, and a street party complete with Bavarian dancers.
  • Beer and brats a little too tame for you? Head to Lima, Peru, to indulge your taste buds at the largest food festival in South America—Mistura. With a dozen or more culinary “worlds” ranging from chocolate delicacies to savory sandwiches, you’re sure to leave with a full belly and a smile on your face.
  • Say farewell to summer with a trip to Barcelona for the annual Les Festes de la Mercè (September 19-24). A parade of mythical creatures, traditional Catalan castellers (towers made of carefully balanced humans, each topped with a child), and a world-class fireworks display are just a few of the highlights of this dynamic and dramatic event. 

What would you add to the list? Let us know what we’re missing by leaving a comment.


  1. Mara Dubini
    Cermenate, Como, Italy
    September 2, 2014, 8:22 pm

    ‘la Sagra della Polenta’!
    Sort of a 3 day polenta festival :P
    (You all know what polenta is, right? ;-P )

  2. Paul Court
    Ontario CA
    August 26, 2014, 6:38 am

    Toronto International Film Festival.

  3. Francisca Vergara
    Santiago, Chile
    August 24, 2014, 1:31 am

    “Fiestas Patrias” in all the country! One of the best times to visit Chile is in this month, particularly between the 17th and the 21st. Fiestas Patrias, better known as “El 18”, is the independence festivity and all the country is in a constant party: wine, empanadas, tons of barbecues, the “fondas” (parties in local places) are the tonic of this major event. Besides, iis the end of the winter, spring is coming and everybody is happy, trees and flowers are growing and all Chile is beautiful.
    All foreigners that are planing to visit Chile should do it in september also because is time for harvest in vineyards, and chilean wine is very good!
    So, Fiestas Patrias are one of those events someone should live at least once in their lives.