September Festivals

Written by  larapiegeler

Sometimes it seems that September is neither one thing nor the other. One week the golden heat of Summer appears to roll forward into that gentler, russet warmth perfect for outdoor festivities and the next it seems the blustery, freezing rain of a British Winter has set in for the rest of the year and all we can do is engage in department store shopping and other sheltered pastimes.

The answer seems to be across the sea in Europe, where the tail end of the Summer hasn’t quite vanished beneath the equator. The Festes de la Merce take place on the 24th in Barcelona, where it’s still hot enough for gallons of crisp, chilled Cava to be consumed by all amid the religious fervour of the city’s firework-sprinkled, harlequin-hued Saint’s Day party.

Quite possibly Europe’s most famous festival is the Oktoberfest in Munich, adored by lovers of tradition, regional food fanatics and passionate beer-drinkers. It starts at the end of this month so get a head start and pack your nicest lederhosen now in preparation for hazy, good humoured fun in sunny market squares and Hofbrauhauses across the city.

You’ll very likely have more luck in New England than old when it comes to the weather, too, so it’s the perfect time to see the surreal rosy-red fields at the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Festival, attend a few old-fashioned state fairs or maybe enjoy Autumn in New York and take advantage of the Metropolitan Opera Season while you’re there.

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