September Festivals: Top 5 Around the World

Have you gotten the travel bug this autumn? September is a great month to travel as it is the shoulder season for many destinations and it offers advantageous weather. Also, during September there are a number of great festivals around the world that you can join in with during your travels.

Here are some of the best September festivals, why not start planning your trip today?

Best September Festivals

The Southern Decadence Festival, New Orleans

Known as the “Gay Mardi Gras”, this is a flamboyant event that draws more than 100,000 participants from all over the world. The 6 day festival in New Orleans begins on August 28th and features 24 hour entertainment in the many gay bars and nightclubs of the city. Don’t miss the colourful Sunday Parade through the famous historic French Quarter. Let the good times roll!

September Festivals: Southern Decadence
Southern Decadence. Photo credit: DoctorWho via photopin cc

The Cure Salee (Salt Cure) Festival, Niger

In the first half of September this week long festival takes place in Africa, held by cattle herders in the vast and dry Sahara desert. The event is a social gathering where the locals woo the opposite sex. Bachelors compete to win the attention of the females and the main event is the Yaake, which is a performance where the men dance and display their skills and charm. They spend hours decorating themselves and preparing for one of the most unique September festivals in the world. As they dance, the women choose the best and most attractive performer.

The Cure Salee (Salt Cure) Festival, Niger
The Cure Salee (Salt Cure) Festival, Niger

The Hermanus Whale Festival, South Africa

On the Southern coast of South African in the resort town of Hermanus the September return of the Southern Right whale is celebrated by thousands of people gathered on the cliff top. Everyone joins together in a welcoming wave, a 5km long chain of people to welcome the beautiful enormous sea creatures back to the bay. This is one of the best places in the word for whale watching and the festival also includes dance performance, live music and much more.

Watching the whales in Hermanus, South Africa
Watching the whales in Hermanus, South Africa. Photo credit: rosshuggett via photopin cc

The Galway Oyster Festival, Ireland

If you like oysters, this is one of the best September festivals you need to experience. Book a trip to Galway, Ireland this September so that you can join in with this fun seafood festival. It celebrates the abundance of excellent oysters on the west coast of Ireland.

This festival dates back to 1954 and it will include cooking demonstrations, live music and guided walks. You can enjoy the Guinness Oyster Trail, in which approximately 30 pubs offer free trays of oysters when you buy a pint of the national drink.

Stuttgart Wine Village, Germany

For a slightly classier alternative to the beery Oktoberfest activities, over 1 million wine enthusiasts from all over the world will gather in Stuttgart to participate in this 8 day event from August 18th to September 8th. There are over 500 local varieties of wine on show here, don’t forget to bring home a bottle of your favourite!

These are just a few of the great September festivals that are celebrated around the world, so why not start planning your trip?

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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