fall colors on a dirt path

With summer’s heat behind us, fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and discover the fall festivals.

There are sure to be festivals in your own city but if you are looking for an international destination, there are plenty to be found.

NUIT BLANCHE – Paris, France

October 1 and 2

The City of Light transforms itself into an all-night exploration of art galleries and cultural institutions.  The free celebration of art includes galleries, museums, cinemas, parks and educational institutions.  If you happen to last throughout the night and into the morning you are invited to attend a breakfast provided by the city hall within each arrondissement.  With a growing popularity, more cities are hosting their own version, making this an international festival.

INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA – Albuquerque, New Mexico

This world-renowned destination has been attracting visitors from around the globe for over 30 years. A 76-acre launch field is home to the balloons that light up the sky for a week-long event during the first week of October each year.  The pinnacle of the week is The Balloon Fiesta which sees 600 hot air balloons released into the fall sky.  This event is not only recognized as the world’s largest balloon event but also the most photographed event in the world.

OKANAGAN WINE FESTIVAL – Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

With Canada’s only desert-like conditions, warm temperatures throughout the day and mild fall evenings, the Okanagan Valley is the perfect fall destination.  This ten-day festival takes places every October and offers 165 events to take in throughout the valley.  Food and wine pairing sessions, winery tours and wine tasting events are what makes this festival a popular fall hotspot.  Lunch in a vineyard or dine on an outdoor patio on the fabulous waterfront to round out your days.

by Carol Smyth

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