The fall may send the kids back to school and a slew of extracurricular activities, but spending time with the family shouldn’t stop when everything else picks back up. Make an exception for one of these fine food and fun festivals in November and keep up with the family at home or abroad.
For All Ages
Vegans, vegetarians and health-centric eaters can have fun too with a foodie festival just for them, Seed Food and Wine Week in Miami Beach, Florida. This plant-based and all sustainable food festival brings craft brews and food pairings, cooking demonstrations and sustainable spirits tastings, Nov. 7–11. Guests engage in urban gardening events and health seminars or dine over celebrity chef dinners and cheer on their favorite in the veggie burger battle. Enjoy yoga practice with fellow festivalgoers, join the 5K race or watch the kids play in their own activity center — a jam-packed five days filled with active foodies and plant-based chefs.
Each year the Melbourne Cup Carnival brings high fashion, fine dining, exciting entertainment and family fun. Guests venture to the city Nov. 3–10 for a full week of exceptional food and wine pairings, high-stakes horse races and a fashion contest. Guests begin with Derby Day Nov. 3, Lexus Melbourne Cup horseracing Nov. 6, Kennedy Oaks Day Nov. 8 and Stakes Day Nov. 10 — all with high-end parties and races throughout.
For Little Ones, Tweens and Teens
One unique festival you won’t want to miss, Räbechilbe Turnip Festival in Richterswil, Switzerland, celebrated just one day of the year, Nov. 10. Guests celebrate the beloved root vegetable räben, or turnip, with intricate carving designs. Watch as the beautiful shapes formed from the vegetable hang over buildings and light up the town by nightfall. Expect gorgeous lanterns along epic floats proceeding through city streets.
For College Grads
Tickets are on sale now for Denver’s premiere food and wine event, Denver International Wine Festival. Sommeliers and wine lovers flock to Colorado’s capital city Nov. 1–3 for a wide variety of wine tastings, food pairings and events. Tickets range with something for everyone, from the novice drinkers to all-access festivalgoers seeking a VIP experience, $95–370. Guests enjoy plenty of sampling of their own as well as food and wine pairing competitions, winery tours and educational seminars.
Downton Abbey swept into family rooms and show-binging homes back in 2010 and is now resurfacing with a new story — this time on film! For Downton Abbey enthusiasts, this is a highly-anticipated event; for newcomers, this is a great chance to binge the show ahead of the film’s release; and for families looking for any excuse to get away, this is the time to take advantage of CIE Tours lineup of Downton Abbey-themed stops.
Dressing up for Halloween and collecting candy is what dreams are made of for kids — and, sometimes, those in their teens. Add in the special attention to detail kids and parents come to expect from LEGOLAND, and the spooky season gets a lot more fun.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
One of the most thrilling and satisfying ways to experience the power and beauty of a river is while racing along with its current. Early fall is the perfect time to try whitewater rafting for beginners and families, with cooler weather, trees beginning to change color, and water that’s flowing at a less heart-pounding rate than it does following snowmelt in the spring.