Mark Your Calendars: Events to Ensure the Best Fall Ever
From Telluride to Tokyo, our global guide to the upcoming events worth traveling for.
Jump to: September 2015 | October 2015 | November 2015
Telluride Film Festival (pictured above)
When: September 4–7
Over Labor Day weekend, the sleepy mountain town comes to life. The lineup remains under wraps, but the prestigious festival has premiered such masterworks as Mulholland Drive and The Crying Game.
Oasis Music Festival
When: September 11–13
Morocco explores the world of electronic dance music with this festival at the Fellah Hotel. Big-name DJs on the lineup include Nicole Moudaber, Adriatique, and Guy Gerber.
World Indigenous Games
When: September 18–25
The first ever World Indigenous Games, held in Palmas, is open to athletes throughout the world. More than 2,000 participants from indigenous cultures in more than 30 countries will compete in activities ranging from competitive football and archery to demonstrations “that showcase living heritage,” like xikunahity, a soccer-like game where the ball is only controlled with one’s head.
London Design Festival
When: September 19–27
More than 350 eye-catching events across the city, including a piece at the V&A titled Ogham Wall—shifting metal panels visitors walk through, done in partnership with Irish Design 2015.
- When: September 25–27
- Where: Atlanta
- The sister festival of Belgium’s legendary EDM fest launches Tomorrow’s Table, which encompasses a sit-down restaurant, takeaway picnic basket service, and one-night-only dinner overlooking the Main Stage, where a lucky few will watch as Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie whips up Southern dishes to the live soundtrack of today’s hottest DJs.
When: September 26–December 15
Philanthropist Gary Wasserman’s arts space in a historic firehouse opens with visual and sound installations.
Centro’s New Digs
When: September 29
Where: Mexico City
The city’s leading school for film and design unveils its new campus, by Ten Arquitectos’ Enrique Norten. The standout feature for any architecture pilgrim: an exterior wraparound staircase by Mexico-based artist Jan Hendrix.
Cape Town Fringe Festival
When: September 24–October 4
Where: South Africa This festival, now in its second iteration, showcases South African theater, dance, and music at venues (like the V&A Waterfront) throughout the city.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
When: October 3–11
Where: New Mexico
Some 750,000 people flock to Albuquerque for the chance to witness hundreds of colorful hot air balloons float over the Sandia Mountains during the world’s largest festival of its kind.
When: October 9
Museums and libraries stay open late, while special tours offer entrance to typically hidden medieval dungeons and defunct churches.
When: October 9
Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA (also behind Manhattan’s New Museum) was tapped for a follow-up to Philip Johnson’s famous Glass House, in New Canaan. Grace Farms is a 83,000-square-foot glass-enclosed cultural and community center in the woods. Works have been commissioned from leading artists like Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Demand, and Susan Philipsz.
Tsukiji Autumn Festival
When: October 11-12
Locals rarely miss this lively annual showcase, when fish markets from around Japan—Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokuriku, Cugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, and more—gather at Tokyo’s storied Tsukiji to set up food stalls and sell fresh produce and draught beer. This is likely the last time it will be held at Tsukiji’s original location, before the famed market moves.
When: October 11–13
This nation-wide Buddhist ritual honors the 13th-century teacher Nichiren. In Tokyo, some 3,000 devotees carry lanterns to the Ikegami Honmonji Temple—where Nichiren died—while monks drum and dance.
Frieze Art Fair
When: October 14–17
The contemporary art world’s most buzzed-about event returns to London. Highlights include the opening of Galerie Patrick Seguin’s Brit outpost in Mayfair (right next to Claridge’s Hotel) and a thought-provoking talk on whether artists are being forced out of the city due to rising living costs.
Craft Beer Week
When: October 17–25
It takes a full seven days to properly celebrate the city’s weird, wild, and wonderful brews.
When: October 18
Where: South Carolina
Charleston’s former municipal auditorium has been reborn as a performance space for music, dance, and theater. To kick it off, Yo-Yo Ma shares the stage with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra; future guests include the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the New York City Ballet, and the Broadway Tenors.
When: October 30–31
The Breeders’ Cup is right up there with the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, those thoroughbred horseracing heavy-hitters. Multiple races are held throughout the two-day event—held this year at Keeneland, in Lexington—including the high-stakes Breeders’ Cup Classic. All eyes are Triple Crown winner American Pharoah as he runs for the cup in an attempt to become the first horse in history to complete a Grand Slam.
Frank Stella at the Whitney
When: October 30–February 7, 2016
Where: New York City
A retrospective of the prolific artist is the must-see exhibition of the new Whitney Museum’s inaugural fall season.
When: November 4–8
The island’s biggest music festival showcases an eclectic lineup of local and international artists, including the UK's Hot Chip.
Caribbean Food & Wine Festival
When: November 5–8
Where: Turks and CaicosFood Network star Alex Guarnaschelli and celebrated Singaporean chef Justin Quek headline a celebration of island street food and international winemakers.
When: November 8
Where: New York City
Broadway’s most anticipated fall debut stars George Takei and Lea Salonga in a true-to-life musical about a family during the Japanese-American internment of World War II.
Napa Valley Film Festival
When: November 11–15
The winning combination of movies and wine attracts A-listers like Kevin Costner and Miles Teller.
Louise Bourgeois: No Exit
When: November 15–May 15, 2016
Where: Washington, D.C.
This fall, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art explores the conflict between French-American artist Bourgeois’s existentialist and surrealist styles through 30 of her best works.
M for Montréal
When: November 18–21
Proof that Canadian music has more to offer than Justin Bieber.
Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style
When: November 19–February 21, 2016
Where: New York
Countess Jacqueline de Ribes was a Parisian style icon of the 20th century, and muse to haute couture designers like Yves Saint Laurent. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute presents a peek at 60 pieces pulled from her wardrobe, including a Hermès crocodile purse and shoes once owned by Marie Antoinette.