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Five Intriguing Autumn Festivals to Visit

Five Intriguing Autumn Festivals to Visit

Though the summer’s calendar of celebrations may be drawing to a close, there’s no need for the festivities to stop. The fall is filled to the brim with charming events to inspire wanderlust, from the bright lights of Diwali to the colorful balloons of Albuquerque’s Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Here’s a roundup of five autumn festivals to visit in style this year!

1.  Diwali 

Also widely known as the ‘festival of lights’, Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness which makes it a fitting fiesta to kick off your autumn travels. Across India, cities celebrate the holiday with fireworks, paper lanterns, and twinkly lights. This ancient Hindu event is also celebrated in other global locations, from Australia to Fiji. Dogs are festooned with brightly hued marigold necklaces and families light candles and enjoy delicious treats, making it a feast for all senses.

2.  Day of the Dead

Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos has grown in profile worldwide in recent years, celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd as a way to honor or pay tribute to the dead. You’ve probably seen the iconic sugar skulls, but during this time, families decorate graves of loved ones with personal tributes including the skulls as well as flowers and food. Revelers celebrate life and death with street markets, costumes, and dancing throughout the country. If you’ve got your sights set on an alternative to Halloween, dress up in a skeleton or spooky clown costumes and join the festivities.

3.  Alba Truffle Festival

Are you in search of a gourmet getaway this fall? Head to the hills of Alba, a village in the Italian Piedmont region, between October 7th and November 26th this year. You’ll be able to take part in the 87th Annual Alba White Truffle Fair, which showcases the exquisite white truffles found in this region. The hub of the festival is the market, laden with the glorious truffles as well as locally grown hazelnuts, chocolate creations, cured meat, liquors, wine, pasta and more. You may rub shoulders with a celebrity chef or two.

4.  Moon Festival

China’s Mid-Autumn festival is also known as the Moon Festival because it takes place during the full moon’s arrival between September and October. During this time period, cities across the country are decorated with lively lantern displays, with lit-up dragons or floral arrangements floating down river. It’s a serene, beautiful sight particularly in idyllic rural areas of China, or you can book a penthouse suite in Hong Kong for the best views of the fireworks. You’ll also be able to enjoy the famous mooncakes which are chewy pastries filled with tempting bean paste.

5.  Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival

New Mexico’s clear blue skies are dressed up with hundreds of hot air balloons each year during the month of October. The Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an international event, drawing balloon lovers from all over the world. Soak in the southwestern culture as you sample local cuisine and admire the craftsmanship of these unique aircrafts soaring above you.

As you’re planning your next luxury getaway this fall, keep these festive events in mind for an unforgettable experience!


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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. I’m really interested in #2, the Day of the Dead. My fantasy would be to celebrate in Mexico City a la the recent bond movie “Spectre.” Last I was in CDMX though, a friend their told me the city tried to recreate that opening scene but it didn’t come off all that well…hopefully they try again!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Oh wow! That sounds so interesting, Trevor. Very cool.

  2. ah, the hot air balloon! That will be my no.1 list. This is a great list! I love the deepavali celebration. it’s always colourful and so festive.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Colorful indeed!!

  3. #5 for me!! I’ve always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, and the colors of these are gorgeous! Plus living in the US, this one might be the easiest for me to get to first 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you get to go, Miranda!

  4. I usually shy away from festivals as there are too many people there for my liking, but you’ve noted some festivals I’d want to experience like the Day of the Dead, Balloon Festival, and Moon Festival.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I think you will still have an amazing time, Lara!

  5. Carmen, I’ve only done one of these festivals, but now I’m adding the rest to my list. They all seem fun. I really would love to experience the Day of the Dead!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’m so glad to hear that, Corinne!

  6. I’d love to visit the truffle festival in Alba. I visited Umbria a few years ago during truffle season and had them on almost every dish I ate – I’d never tried them before but my god are they delicious!

    • Carmen Edelson

      They are SO delicious!

  7. I’ve only heard of a few of these do the other couple are great to know about. That hot air balloon festival looks like such a magical thing to see. Although I have to say I’ve always wanted to do to the Day of the Dead.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, the Day of the Dead is just so unique!

  8. I know about all festivals of autumn except day of the dead. Fortunately, I will spend mt autumn vacation in Mexico. So I will try to celebrate the festival thanks for sharing the article.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you get to go, Edward! Enjoy Mexico.

  9. These all seem like great festivals. I would love to experience Diwali one day and the hot air balloon festival. I haven’t been to a Day of the Dead festival per se, but growing up in Tucson, Arizona the first day in November you see many things that reflect the celebration around the city.

    • Carmen Edelson

      What a nice place to grow up, Edith!

  10. Aaahhhh, that balloon festival! I think everybody dreams of that one. For me, the Day of the Dead celebration is way high on my bucket list.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Mine too, Melody!

  11. These all look amazing but especially the Day of the Dead festival. It’s on the top of my bucket list. Although the hot air ballon festival looks amazing also.

    • Carmen Edelson

      They are both great, you’d have an amazing time!

  12. Great list! When I first read about The Day of the Dead and how it is celebrated, the idea of one day celebrating my birthday on this festival in Mexico fizzled out in my mind. My birthday is Oct 31 and wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate both life and death in one day? 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      That would be so fun, Jing!

  13. Wow! All of these festivals seem like lots of fun and definitely worth visiting, Carmen. I especially loved the hot air balloon festival. Is it an annual event?

    • Carmen Edelson

      It is, Agness! I hope you get to attend one year.

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