Andrew Harper's Notable November Events
Now until January 17: The excellent Seattle Art Museum (SAM) presents Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, with 150 works from almost every period of Picasso’s career. TASTE, the museum’s stylish restaurant, makes a fine spot for lunch.
November 4-7: On one of California’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival offers wine tastings, winemaker dinners, cooking classes, beer tastings and even “gentle hiking with wine glass in hand.”
November 7-December 5: Lima, Peru, draws some of the world’s best bullfighting talent for the Señor de los Milagros Bullfight Festival, held each Sunday in November. Dating to 1766, Lima’s historic Plaza de Toros de Acho bullring is one of the oldest in the world.
November 8-27: Once every three years, Córdoba, Spain, hosts the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco (National Flamenco Contest). Top flamenco dancers, singers and musicians compete over three weeks in one of Spain’s most atmospheric cities.
November 13: Aficionados of Southwestern art gather in scenic Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the Santa Fe Art Auction. Lots include 19th-century oil paintings, ornate ceramics, intricate baskets and striking kachina dolls.
November 13-14: It’s spring in Australia, and the Macedon Ranges wine region (an hour north of Melbourne) celebrates with the Budburst Festival. The purchase of a tasting glass allows festival-goers to taste wines at all participating wineries. Local restaurants host winemaker dinners and special degustation menus.
November 12-21: Tourists and locals flock to the edge of the Thar Desert (2.5 hours outside Jaipur) for the annual Pushkar Camel Fair. The lively camel races tend to be the most popular events, but visitors can also take hot air balloon rides and camel treks into the desert.
November 14: Venice’s storied Fenice theater presents a piano recital by Daniel Barenboim as part of its FeniceDay fundraising efforts. Donors can enjoy a gala dinner in the ornate Sale Apollinee followed by a concert in the main theater, gorgeously restored after a disastrous 1996 fire.
November 17: The release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau is celebrated with much fanfare in Beaujeu, 45 minutes from the Château de Bagnols. After a day of festivities and a torchlight parade, giant barrels of the wine are tapped at midnight, accompanied by fireworks.
November 20-22: The annual Water Festival lights up Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with fireworks and illuminated boat parades. After watching colorful boat races and processions, visitors enjoy concerts, traditional dance performances and craft markets.
November 21: Loi Krathong brightens Bangkok, Thailand, when people float lotus-shaped krathong (floating candles) down the river, accompanied by countless colorfully lit boats. Major attractions along the river are also beautifully illuminated to mark the occasion.
November 26-December 5: Peg legs and parrots invade Key West during the Pirates in Paradise festival, commemorating the resort island’s history as a haven for these marauders of the sea. Swarthy types can take excursions on traditional vessels (some of which encourage the shooting of traditional guns) and wander through the “Pirate Village & Thieves’ Market.” Expect much costumed revelry.