Fall Festival Guide: Where to Party and Play this Season

October 17, 2014
Written by: Yasha Wallin
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Even though the days get shorter and temperatures get cooler, fall is still our favorite time of year because of the epic food, music, and art festivals that kick off around the world. We’ve rounded up a few we’re looking forward to the most, in our own backyard and far a pond.

LA Beer Fest
October 18
We never need an excuse to drink beer, but this weekend we’ll have a great one at the LA Beer Fest with over 150 beers, food trucks, DJs and live music to indulge in. Taking over the LA Center Studios’ streets, the festival’s tag line is Drink, Eat, Play, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.

Life Is Beautiful, Las Vegas
October 24 – 26
This annual happening brings together tens of thousands of like-minded creatives to downtown Vegas to experience world class music, food, art and speaking panels. This year’s line up includes everyone from Kanye West to A-Track, food from José Andrés, and talks from Pussy Riot and more.

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Electric Daisy Carnival, Orlando
November 7 & 8
Stage production up the wazoo, pyrotechnics, rides and top notch Electronic Dance Music acts, there’s never a better time to visit sunny Florida in November than during the Electric Daisy Carnival.


Art Basel Miami
December 4-11
Another great excuse to head south is every art lovers’ favorite event of the year: Art Basel Miami. Not technically a festival, but just as colossal, galleries from around the world head to Miami to show the best from emerging and established artists. And did we mention the parties? Every night is like New Year’s Eve during Art Basel, with countless brunches, lunches, and all night pool-side fetes.


Pitchfork Paris
October 30 & 31
If the Eiffel tower isn’t reason enough to get you to Paris, the definitive music mag Pitchfork will be hosting their annual music festival. Some of our favorite artists like Chvrches, Future Islands and James Blake will be taking over the Grande halle de la Villette, with after parties and film screenings to boot.


Brussels Light Festival
October 31 – November 03
This free festival, which takes over Brussels’ popular canal, is now in it’s second year. Visitors will be wowed by laser shows, fireworks, art installations, and a public bbq during the four days of celebrations. Highlights include a Leaning Tower of Pisa replica made from thousands of LEDs, a virtual light “slingshot” that lets you project messages on a wall, and a massive elephant hologram.


Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand
If you find yourself in Thailand this fall, not to be missed is the Yi Ping festival in Chiang Mai. Taking place all over the city, and revolving around the full moon, the event includes boat races along the river, contests, parades and the grand finale, the release of thousands of light lanterns into the sky to bring good luck and fulfill wishes.