The September Travel Guide

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Summer may be almost over, but September always feels to us like a month of fresh starts. If you feel like leaving your comfort zone and trying something new, then why not celebrate one of the many unusual festivals that are happening all around the world?

International Events

Oktoberfest, Munich

Munich‘s famous Oktoberfest, rather confusingly, actually runs from the 16th September until the 3rd October. While its name might be slightly misleading, it offers everything else that we have come to expect of Oktoberfest. There are vast jugs of beer, live music and a convivial atmosphere rarely found outside of the Christmas period. When you’ve had your fill of drinks at the beer tent (if that’s possible), why not explore the fairground rides or pick up some local German food at one of the many stalls on offer?

16th September – 3rd October

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, Ireland

Galway might have reached new levels of fame following that Ed Sheeran song, but there’s always been plenty to draw in tourists in this seaside city. Each year, the city plays host to the Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival, the world’s oldest oyster festival. During the event, there is the chance to watch the Oyster Opening Championships, listen to foodie talks and, of course, eat lots and lots of oysters!

22-24 September

La Mercè, Barcelona

Celebrated in honour of Saint la Mercè (Virgin of Mercy), the Fiesta De La Mercè is Barcelona‘s largest event and the most anticipated occasion in the festival calendar. Each year up to 500 events take place around the city during this five-day spectacular. Human towers – known as castells – are formed in the Gothic quarter, which has many people clambering on top of one another to form a human monument which could rival the tallness of some of Barcelona’s buildings. Make sure not to miss Correfoc in the evening. Here, fire-breathing dragons bring fireworks and big bangs to the streets of Via Laietana, in one of the most beloved processions at this festival.

22-25 September

Mid-Autumn Festival, China

Also known as the moon festival, this autumnal celebration involves munching on intricately decorated mooncakes, spending time with family, praying and giving thanks, and of course, gazing at the guest of honour – the moon. In Hong Kong, a special performance known as the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance takes place, which features a parading dragon and fiery displays!

29th September

Regatta Storica, Venice

September is a busy month in the canal capital of Italy! While Venice Film Festival draws superstar visitors, one of the city’s ancient traditions is the Regatta Storica, during which a historical parade of boats takes to the Grand Canal, and a number of rowing races take place. It’s certainly a spectacle to behold!

3rd September

Festes del Rei en Jaume, Majorca

This Majorcan festival celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of King Jaume I each September. The area of Santa Ponsa is taken over by traditional dancing, parades, markets and fiestas – plus, there’s a re-enactment of the landings and battle on Santa Ponsa beach!

30th August – 10th September

UK Events

Open House Festival, London

Some of the capital’s most intriguing structures open their doors to the public during this architectural extravaganza.

6-21 September

Goodwood Revival, Sussex


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This historic motor racing meeting features beautiful cars and vintage fashions.

9-10 September

Jane Austen Festival, Bath

The dreamy city of Bath goes all Bridgerton during the Jane Austen Festival, which sees costumed balls, guided tours, and the well-loved Regency Costumed Promenade take over the city.

8-17 September

York Food Festival


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The city of York shows off its culinary assets with ten days of classes, demonstrations, tastings and live entertainment.

22nd September – 1st October

RHS Festival of Flavours


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This new festival will take place in all fives of the RHS’s gardens at the end of the month and will showcase recipes made from ingredients grown in the grounds as well as autumnal crafts and identification sessions!

From 8th September