8 Great October Destinations

You can visit anywhere in the world at any time.

However, some destinations have more activities going on during specific months of the year.

These are some of the top places to explore every year during the month of October.

1. France – Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre, Paris

The neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris features a grape harvest every October known as Fete des Vendanges. This is when the country’s top wine producers come together and celebrate the ending of the year’s grape harvest. You’ll find lots of local foods and wine here as well as firework displays. You’ll be able to enjoy the festival every October during the second week of the month.

2. USA – Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg is more or less a living museum. You’ll find characters dressed in period costume to make things realistic as they tell the story of the revolutionary and colonial days of the past in the Virginia City of Williamsburg. There are plenty of activities all year long with Halloween featuring a ghost hunt and several Halloween events for the family. In addition, if you’re a wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit a nearby Virginia Winery and enjoy wine tastings, scenic views and other special events.

3. Brazil – Belem

Belem

Every October there is a two-week long festival known as Cirio de Nazare. This huge event is to honor and celebrate the Virgin Mary. Approximately two million people converge on the city to take part in the festivities. These include dancing, music, street parades and religious traditions. The main parade is the procession of the Virgin Mary’s statue, known as Our Lady of Nazareth. In this procession, the statue is carried by a flower-decorated chariot and it is taken from Belem Cathedral over to the Nazare Basilica.

4. Hungary – Budapest

Budapest

Hungary features an ideal mixture of the old and new worlds. There are festivals in just about every month. In the autumn you’ll find the CafŽ Budapest Contemporary Art Festival. During this event you’ll find a wide variety of contemporary art on display. The festival often features dance, music, photography, film, video, computer arts, stage productions, and theater. The artists come from numerous nations and the event takes place in dozens of locations in the magnificent city of Budapest.

5. Romania, Bran

Romania, Bran

One of the most famous locations here is the historic and haunted Bran Castle. It lies on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania and is commonly known across the globe as Dracula’s Castle. It was constructed back in the 14th century for the second time. It sits in the scenic mountains and is a popular site for visitors, especially the secret passageways.

6. Canada, Churchill, Manitoba

Canada, Churchill, Manitoba

When October comes in northern Canada it means that winter isn’t too far behind. In the community of Churchill in northern Manitoba, you’ll find it means that polar bear season has arrived. Many tourists visit the town in October to get a close up look at hundreds of polar bears who gather here and wander around the frozen tundra next to Hudson Bay. The bears are anxiously waiting for the water to freeze over.

7. Argentina – La Quica, Jujuy

La Quiaca, Jujuy

The town community of La Quica, Argentina features a celebration known as the Manca Festival over the last couple of weekends each October. The festival originated when people from the vast northern highlands came here to trade supplies and fruit which would help get them through the cold, long winters. These days, many people sell traditional crafts and cooking pots. At the same time, local groups perform traditional music and dances.

8. Peru – Lima

Peru, Lima

If you visit the wonderful Peruvian city of Lima in October, you’ll find the Mes Morado, which is basically several festivals. These include street parades and festivals as well as huge feasts. One of the most popular is the El Senor de los Milagros. In this event, everybody dresses up in purple clothing and celebrates a Jesus Christ mural which can be found at the Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas church. The mural miraculously survived a huge 17th-century earthquake.

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