Whether encouraging the kids to appreciate classical sounds and underground art or already a creative bunch, this list of fall festivals centered on the arts should help. Any reason to travel, inspire and enjoy each other’s company in a new and interesting way is reason enough for a family vacation abroad.
For Cold-Weather Families …
Eastside Culture Crawl in Vancouver, Canada: Nov. 15–18
Check out more than 500 visual artists and artisans showcase their work all over Columbia Street on Victoria Drive in Vancouver. The culture-driven event creates an artistic community Nov. 15–18, where potential patrons and artists explore handcrafted works by master weavers, potters, glassblowers, sculptors, photographers and jewelers during the pop-up art exhibit along the waterfront. Sit in on workshops, talks and demonstrations with hands-on crafting for the kids.
While in Canada, stick around for something classical and timeless like Montreal’s Bach Festival. The two-week long festivals litters Montreal’s opera houses and theaters with live concerts, including impressive orchestral ensembles and solo performances — all showcasing the work and life of Johann Sebastian Bach. Enjoy unforgettable music from professional choirs and instrumentalists to educational programs. While the beloved annual event is more on the sophisticated side, bringing the kids along for some early appreciation is a great way to spend a few days before getting back into the city, enjoying local shops and restaurants.
And Warm-Weather Families …
Head south for warmer weather, a rugged landscape and local festivities during the International Jazz Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Whether new to the genre or crazy about the blues, this celebration is a must for music lovers. Listen as local musicians set the scene for incredible dancing, workshops and outdoor concerts. Kids enjoy dancing and playing while celebrating the city’s local jazz scene. Attend live concerts together or sit in on impromptu jam sessions and master classes in music production. Everything from classic swing and dance to jazz fusion take over the city Nov. 14–19, featuring international and local artists.
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