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Fall Festivals

Buzz Poole
08/28/2012 - 06:12
Historic Oktoberfest, via Ofest.com

It's too late to make it to Burning Man this year, but fear not! The world is full of festivals where objects are burned, lessons learned, food consumed, and drinks quaffed. And since Labor Day is on the horizon, meaning summer vacations are winding down and brief glimpses of fall are starting to let themselves be seen and felt, it's as good a time as any to start thinking about plans for the coming months and the cooler, crisper days ahead. What follows is a short list of some intriguing festivals happening over the course of September and October. Feel free to let us know about your favorite local and international festivals in the comments.  

Livestock and marriage: Head to the Atlas Mountains village of Imilchil, Morocco, during the third week of September when herders return home after a summer of grazing; their animals are fatted and the men are ready to settle down. According to Lonely Planet, the event is nicknamed "September romance," and during particularly ripe years of matchmaking, mass weddings ensue. (More Lonely Planet listings for September festivals can be found here.)   

Stein lifting: If you're in Germany, head to Munich for Oktoberfest, which begins September 22 and runs through October 7. This annual rite of fall dates back to 1810 thanks to a royal wedding to which all the citizenry was invited. Today, it ranks as the world's largest festival, attracting over five-million visitors, and they've got the oversized beer steins to prove it! 

People still care about books: If you keep up with literary trends then you know Brooklyn is a hotbed of literary trendsetters. Sure, the borough has been turned into a brand, but when it comes to publishers, authors, and rabid readers, you cannot deny that Brooklyn is an epicenter. Should you be in doubt, take a stroll through the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 23. And if you're still in town the following weekend, head up to MoMA's PS1 in Queens for the New York Art Book Fair, another first-rate New York book event that attracts vendors from all over the world.   

History floats: When you're in Kyoto, Japan, it's hard not to take notice of the city's rich history, but in case you want a serious history lesson in the form of a parade, be sure to take in Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages). Every October 22, this procession marks the change of Japan's capital from Kyoto to Tokyo, and is meant to remind the nation of Kyoto's importance. The paraders dress to represent every era of Kyoto's history. 

It's good for you: In Ireland, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival swings, bops, scats, and jams October 26-29. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove and indie duo Beach House round out the impressive and varied lineup, promising sets of music that will appeal to everyone.

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