Mid-Autumn Festival, Worldwide
10 September to 9 October
Chinese families all over the SilkAir network will get together to celebrate this traditional festival, which was originally held to celebrate the harvest full moon (15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar). While traditions vary across the region, you can expect spectacular lantern displays in China, Vietnam and in Singapore. There are dragon and lion dance performances; the gifting of mooncakes, a pastry made with egg yolk and lotus seed paste, is also commonplace.
Sajio Sake Matsuri, Hiroshima
7 to 8 October
Taste the finest Japanese rice wine in Hiroshima at the annual Saijo Sake Matsuri. Held in one of the country’s leading sake brewing towns, the festival sees visitors descend on Saijo’s numerous breweries to sample different types of sake. There’ll be food stalls, music and street performances, too.
The Grass is Greener 2017, Cairns
Soak up the sounds at North Queensland’s annual springtime music fest. The Grass is Greener 2017 will kick off in Cairns with headline acts such as electronic duo Peking Duk, rapper Allday, and indie rockers British India. It will then head south to Mackay the following week.
Festival of Tihar, Nepal
17 to 21 October
Hindus in Nepal will be observing Tihar, the second-biggest annual festival in the country. Also known as Deepavali, it is celebrated over five days, with each day honouring a specific deity, animal or person. During Tihar, garlands threaded with fresh marigolds are presented to humans and animals alike as a show of respect.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Phuket
20 to 28 October
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival sees the island’s Chinese community observe a strict meat-free diet to make merit. Various clans will hold processions during the week with intrepid adherents participating in (sometimes gruesome) acts such as fire-walking and body piercing.
Farm to Table Dinner @ Rustic and Blue, Chiang Mai
21 to 22 October
Taking the concept of farm-to-table to the extreme, diners get to enjoy a meal featuring local produce – all served in the field of the farm in which they were grown. Cooked up by Chiang Mai café Rustic and Blue, the dinner will also showcase local craft beers and indie acts like Little Fox, Fender and Natee.
WTA Finals Singapore 2017, Singapore
22 to 29 October
Don’t miss the WTA Finals Singapore 2017, the crowning event of the international women’s tennis circuit. Watch the world’s very best players as they battle it out for the US$7million prize.
Singapore Fashion Week 2017, Singapore
26 to 28 October
Catch the latest sartorial trends at one of the region’s leading fashion events, which will feature more than 50 designers from 11 Asian countries over three days. The event will see celebrated fashion designer Jason Wu, best known for designing Michelle Obama’s dresses, speaking at ZIPCODE, a new two-day Fashion Tech summit. The summit will provide a platform for business networking, potential funding and learning opportunities for aspiring fashion designers.
That Luang Festival, Vientiane
26 October to 3 November
The people of Vientiane will come together to celebrate The Golden Stupa with a full day of festivities. The festival starts with a colourful wax candlelight procession the evening before. The next day, locals don their best clothes to give alms to monks who come from all around the country. Families come together for a traditional picnic of boiled chicken and rice, and the festival ends off under a full moon after one last candlelight procession.