Betcha Festival, Hiroshima
1 to 3 November
Hiroshima’s unusual three-day Betcha Festival sees three masked demons attempting to poke onlookers (especially children) as they transport omikoshi (portable shrines) through the streets of Onomichi. Those prodded by the bamboo whisks and wooden rods are believed to be purified.
Kampot Readers and Writers Festival, Kampot
1 to 6 November
It’s not just pepper that’s spicing up Kampot. This year’s edition of the literary event will feature an eclectic lineup of writers, storytellers, artists, poets and musicians. Notable speakers include Wild Swans author Jung Chang, Man Booker Prize finalists Esi Edugyan and Madeleine Thien and local food writer Kek Soon.
Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore
3 to 12 November
The 20th edition of the 10-day multilingual festival will feature a prominent lineup of local and international writers, speakers and performers, including O Thiam Chin and Tony Parsons. The programme is themed around aram, a Tamil word meaning “goodness” and “doing good”.
Loy Krathong Festival, Thailand
3 to 4 November
Take part in Thailand’s own “festival of lights”, where locals float krathong (lanterns adorned with flowers and banana leaves) down rivers and lakes as a way of making merit. The ethereal result is a feast for the eyes.
AccorHotels Singapore Food & Wine Festival, Singapore
4 to 12 November
40 restaurants and bars under the Accor brand will participate in this nine-day festival, with masterclasses on subjects from baking to cocktail shaking, along with networking sessions. The festival will also feature big names like the award-winning young chef Kirk Westaway of Singapore’s Michelin-starred Jaan, Louis Tay of Swissôtel Merchant Court and more.
Quest Festival, Hanoi
10 to 12 November
Dance among the trees at Quest Festival, Vietnam’s multi-day music extravaganza. Located 45 minutes from Hanoi, the festival’s bucolic site is bordered by gorgeous lakes, lush jungle and majestic mountains. The musical lineup is no less impressive, with over 100 acts, including legendary UK ambient outfit The Orb.
Battle of the Masters, Singapore
Witness the showdown between the Singapore Masters, Arsenal Masters and Liverpool Masters as they battle it out in three, 40-minute, round-robin football matches at the Singapore National Stadium. Catch the likes of ex-players David James, Steve McManaman, Fandi Ahmad and more. Tickets start from S$20; family packages are available from S$88.
NH7 Weekender, Hyderabad
Dubbed as one of India’s most popular music festivals, NH7 Weekender is a multi-city event that spans two to three months across different parts of India, such as Bangalore, Kolkata and Pune. The Hyderabad edition will see folk-fusion band Indian Ocean, Divine, Mumbai rapper Skrat and others.
George Town Literary Festival, Penang
24 to 26 November
The seventh edition of Malaysia’s largest international literary event returns with the theme “Monsters & (Im)Mortals” and three packed days of panel discussions, book launches and workshops with journalists, poets and fiction writers from across the world. Among the highlights are Singapore’s Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Sonny Liew and Myanmar poet Maung Day.
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
23 November to 3 December
The Singapore International Film Festival is globally respected for its wide-ranging programme of films from across Asia and for its Singapore Showcase and Silverscreen Awards, which highlight ground-breaking Singaporean and Asian films. Expect special screenings, director’s talks and glitzy red-carpet events.
Penang Island Jazz Festival, Penang
30 November to 3 December
Enjoy tunes from top local and international jazz musicians, such as German saxophonists Timo Vollbrecht and Nicole Johänntgen, at the Bayview Beach Resort and other venues. You can also participate in a slew of workshops and forums helmed by the musicians themselves.