October 6-7: Over the course of the weekend, some 60,000 spectators will descend on Paris’ Hippodrome de Longchamp for the 91st Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, one of Europe’s premier horse races. The stakes are high, with prize money totaling about €4 million.
October 6-13: The famed Biennale in Venice isn’t only about the visual arts. In October, composers, singers and instrumentalists take over for the Biennale Musica. This year’s theme is “+EXTREME-,” referring to the “musical minimalisms and maximalisms of our times.” The contemporary program provides a sure antidote to the costumed Vivaldi concerts all too common in Venice’s music scene.
October 7-12: Musicians from the United States, Brazil, Italy, China, Sweden, Serbia and numerous other countries perform an array of concerts during the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, one of the Asia’s most important music festivals.
October 12-14: Just an hour south of the renowned Barossa Valley wine region, Adelaide, Australia, adds to its foodie credentials by hosting the annual Good Food and Wine Show, which assembles top chefs, cheesemakers and winery representatives from around the continent. Attendees can sample top vintages at the Riedel Decanter Bar, attend master classes by celebrity chefs and, of course, taste an incredible variety of gourmet cuisine. The show moves on to Brisbane November 9-11.
October 17-November 16: Mozart’s hometown resounds with music during the annual Salzburger Kulturtage (Salzburg Fall Festival). The 40th iteration of this festival promises to be particularly enjoyable for music lovers, with anniversary performances by notable orchestras held in several historic venues around the city.
October 18-21: Major celebrity chefs may not ordinarily be associated immediately with Wisconsin, but The American Club has assembled an impressive array of stars for this year’s Kohler Food & Wine Experience. Lidia Bastianich, Anne Burrell and the cast of “America’s Test Kitchen,” among others, will teach master classes interspersed with gala dinners and tastings of wine, beer and spirits.
October 27-28: Surrounded by rolling hills swathed in picturesque vineyards, the Burgundian town of Chablis shows off its famous whites during the annual Chablis Wine Festival. Purchase a glass for a small fee, and wander from stall to stall sampling a wide variety of these wonderfully focused, minerally wines.
October 28-29: Downriver from Vientiane, Laos, fireballs ranging in size from sparks to basketballs rise mysteriously out of the Mekong. Celebrated by Buddhist locals as coming from Nagas (protective serpents), these otherwise unexplained fireballs coincide with the full moon in October following the end of the rains. Thailand organizes boat parades and races in honor of the event.
October 27-28: Many of the world’s most exquisite vintage and exotic automobiles motor around the Santa Barbara Polo Club during the annual Concours d’Elegance. The last two years, this event celebrating “art on wheels” has been joined by Vino d’Elegance, also held at the Polo Club, celebrating art in the glass.
November 1-4: Although not technically in October, it’s important to start planning now if you wish to attend this year’s Shanghai Art Fair. In past fairs, everything from canvases by Rembrandt and Renoir to sculptures by cutting-edge Chinese artists has been on display.