Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco D’Alba
5 October – 24 November, 2019
Alba, Italy
For 8 weekends in autumn, the Italian truffle mecca will be overflowing with the prized white fungus, plus truffle events focusing on art, culture and gastronomy. Go truffle hunting, watch medieval parades, taste the best truffles at the World Market, participate in prestigious cooking shows, debates and wine tastings – and don’t miss the donkey race. fieradeltartufo.org
[Photo:Davide Carletti]

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Pirates Week Festival
1-17 November, 2019
Various Locations, Cayman Islands
This is Cayman Island’s favourite annual festival where bearded buccaneers in bandanas swagger through the streets and participate in floats, parades and an invasion featuring 3 life-size pirate ships. Of all the venues, the one at Georgetown is the grandest, pulling crowds from everywhere. There’ll be fireworks, dancing, pageantry, parties, competitions, F&B, kids’ events and sporting activities. piratesweekfestival.com
[Photo: Taneos Ramsay]

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Design Festa
Early-Mid November, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Tokyo, Japan
A biannual ticketed event for professionals and amateurs and also one of Asia’s largest art fairs, it attracts more than 15,000 artists from wood carvers to musicians showcasing 100% original and uncensored works. For those with a creative spark, this is the place for mental stimulation. Don’t miss the live dance and music performances and fashion shows. designfesta.com
[Photo: Steve Nagata/Flickr]

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Buenos Aires Jazz.19 Festival Internacional
November, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA) 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Discover the local jazz scene, jams, masterclasses, workshops, special productions, outdoor concerts, dance floors and special productions as the international jazz fest that encompasses everything from swing to jazz fusion and nuevo tango snakes its way through multiple venues across the city. Featuring new and established international artists as well as expat locals, the festival also includes many free events. festivales.buenosaires.gob.ar 

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Africa International Film Festival
10-16 November, 2019 
Lagos, Nigeria
Attracting 10,000+ international and domestic visitors, AFRIFF showcases short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films as well as student films from all over Africa. At this week-long cinema fest, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to network, watch screenings, attend movie premieres, workshops, master classes and more. afriff.com
[Photo: Onafuwa Photography]

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Düsseldorfer Karneval
11 November, 2019 – 26 February, 2020
Düsseldorf, Germany
Be there at the start of the carnival at 11:11 am on 11/11 when Hoppeditz awakes continuing all the way up to late February. Watch parades with floats of every conceivable form, highlighting politics, culture and satire and delighting and entertaining onlookers on the banks of the Rhine. comitee-duesseldorfer-carneval.de
[Photo: Cittanova Düsseldorf/Wikimedia Commons]

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Yi Peng and Loy Krathong Lantern Festival
13 November, 2019 (TBC)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
This is a festival that lets one release life’s negativities by letting lanterns into the skies and banana leaf floats into the water. Witness colourful parades, pageantry, music, lantern crafting contests, fireworks and lip-smacking Thai food before the lantern ceremonies begin.
[Photo: John Shedrick/Flickr]

It’s the Ship
13-15 November, 2019
A far cry from usual land festivals, this one requires you to board a cruise ship for three days and two nights from Marina Bay and sail away into international waters. On board, there’ll be DJs, electrifying music concerts, theme pop-up parties, interactive performances, gala nights plus all the trappings of a luxury cruise and lots of entertainment. itstheship.com

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Eastside Culture Crawl
14-17 November, 2019
Vancouver, Canada
The 23rd annual visual arts, design and crafts festival will welcome 40,000+ visitors to  experience more than 500 visual artists and crafters including weavers, potters, glassblowers, sculptors and photographers at work in their studios in 80 buildings throughout East Van. There’ll be workshops and demos, talks, installations, exhibitions and hands-on activities for kids. culturecrawl.ca
[Photo: Jodie Ponto]

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Edinburgh’s Christmas
17 November, 2019 – 5 January, 2020 (TBC) 
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Indulge in the highly anticipated and marvellous festivities and entertainment in and around the city centre. You’ll witness a Christmas wonderland chock full of stunning light illuminations, famous local choirs, ice skating, rides as well as Christmas markets retailing bespoke gifts, crafts and gastronomic goodies. edinburghschristmas.com
[Photo: Mark Harkin/Flickr]

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