Culture without the crowds
Whether you’re looking to see a city from a fresh perspective, or just want to escape the crowds, travelling out of season has plenty of perks. Here’s what’s happening in some of our favorite destinations in September and October – after the tourists have headed home.
Late-summer London is all about festivals. London Design Festival and London Fashion Week Festival come first, followed by several food festivals – there’s everything from the refined (London Restaurant Festival, London Cocktail Week) to the more relaxed (Oktoberfest). What’s more, the city’s most famous parks – Regent’s Park, Hyde Park – are at their colorful best, and the weather’s still warm enough to enjoy them.
The city that never sleeps is buzzing all year round, and you’ll be able to see a show on Broadway and visit the sights whatever the season. In September you can also watch the US Open, while in October there’s the super-popular Open House New York, which sees some of the city’s most impressive buildings – usually off limits – opened to the public.
It’s arts and culture season in Paris – first up there’s the European Heritage Days event, when iconic places that are otherwise closed to the public (some of them seriously impressive, think the Élysée Palace) are opened up to visitors. Then there’s the renowned Nuit Blanche, which sees artists transform the city at night, and many other art festivals besides.
In ever-balmy LA, it’s still warm enough for a day at the beach – and it’ll be quieter than in the tourist season. Popular summer events, like the Rooftop Cinema Club, are still running, and there’s lots going on for Labor Day in September – at the LA County Fair and Fiesta Hermosa especially. Later in the year, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval isn’t to be missed.
Once summer’s over, it’s cool enough to wander this historic city’s streets. It’s also harvest season, so local markets are bursting with fresh produce, and traditional food festivals champion everything from locally made wine to truffles – there’s even a Gelato Festival. It’s the ideal time for foodies to pay the city a visit.
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