In the northern hemisphere, November means the nights start earlier and the sweaters come out of the closet. Those who must travel for Thanksgiving dinner miss out on making the most of an extended weekend in a country that doesn’t celebrate turkey day. Still, even if the holiday weekend will be spent enduring rants from your MAGA hat-wearing brother on welfare, the month is filled with several global events, from a music festival in Iceland to a camel fair in India, all of which are worthy of an autumn adventure.
Each year on the first Friday night of November, horse-drawn carriages depart from the Tuborg Brewery to deliver its extra-strong “Julebryg” Christmas beer, which is only available for the holidays. Started in 1980, the annual tradition now inspires street parties, free samples and themes that previously included elves, Christmas trees and Michael Jackson. (The latter theme, of course, only makes sense as a reminder that alcohol consumption is for adults of legal age only.) Interestingly, J-Dag’s popularity started with an animated commercial in which Santa Claus and Rudolph bail on their gift-giving duties to get lit on Christmas brews. Fittingly, the start of J-Dag had to be moved from its original day, Wednesday, because hungover parents weren’t taking their kids to school the next day.
Prague, Czech Republic
November 1 to 3
If Barcelona is the new Amsterdam, Prague is the new Barcelona, as if you really needed another reason to visit the historic capital of Bohemia. Now in its 10th year, Cannafest Prague starts with the European-American Cannabis B2B Conference and then turns into a trade show at the PVA Expo Prague Letnany. Self-described as “the largest cannabis trade show in the world,” Cannafest features about 300 exhibitors from around the world showcasing the latest in cultivation technology, fertilizers, seeds, smoking accessories and vaporizers. Festival events also include afterparties, cinema, art exhibitions, a vape lounge, a reading room and retail outlets selling hemp-based snacks, clothing and cosmetics.
Long Beach, California
November 2 to 3
Taste-making media giant Complex connects the public with its favorite brands through ComplexCon, a large-scale exhibition that showcases the best brands in pop culture, music, art, food, sports, innovation, activism and education. Following a July event in Chicago, ComplexCon arrives in Long Beach over the first weekend in November with musical performances by the likes of Kid Cudi, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Anderson .Paak and Rico Nasty. On the educational side, ComplexCon will feature speakers like Joe la Puma, Pierce Simpson and panels like “How Gen Z Is Taking Control” and “What Comes After Streetwear?” The fashion brands are one of the biggest draws with several exclusive drops taking place over the weekend. Participating brands include Von Dutch, Deerdana, Puma, Reebok and Nudie Jeans Co., among others.
San Francisco Coffee Festival
San Francisco, California
November 2 to 3
Past events only held 1,500 guests and always sold out, so this year’s San Francisco Coffee Festival will make its debut in a larger venue: the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC). Festival organizers handpicked more than 80 exhibitors for the 2019 event, including the likes of Proyecto Diaz Coffee, Tico Coffee Roasters, Allegro Coffee Roasters, Santa Martha Coffee, Grand Parade Modern Coffee Collection, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Verve Coffee Roasters, Sextant Coffee Roasters, 3-19 Coffee, Higherland Specialty Coffee, Buddha Beans Coffee Co., Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters and Black Oak Coffee Roasters, among others. The festival also features Coffee Convo panels and California-based artist Jarold Cadion creating works out of coffee grounds.
New York Comedy Festival
New York, New York
November 4 to 10
Iconic club Carolines on Broadway produces one of the world’s best comedy festivals with more than 200 comics putting on more than 100 shows in all five NYC boroughs. Comedians taking part in this year’s festivities include the likes of Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Trevor Noah, Sarah Squirm, Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes (a.k.a. Jay and Silent Bob), Nick Kroll, Rosebud Baker, Asian AF, Vir Das and the Gone Girls. Buy tickets right away for the main headliners.
Pushkar Camel Fair
November 4 to 12
Imagine an Indian-style country fair centered on camels but also featuring fortune tellers, magicians, shamans, puppet masters, gypsy dangers and snake charmers. Normally a small temple town with about 22,000 locals, Pushkar swells to nearly half a million people in this old-school festival that coincides with fall’s Kartik Purnima full moon. We’re guessing you’re not looking to unload a few camels at the livestock trading post, but you can swim in Pushkar Lake, absorb some colorful entertainment and even take in a Camel Beauty Contest. While most people stay in “tent cities” surrounding the main festival grounds, the better heeled among us typically head to Camp Bliss in a nearby gooseberry orchard where spacious Swiss tents can be rented with hot/cold water bathrooms. Unfortunately, Pushkar is reportedly a holy town where meat and alcohol are not served. Some accounts dispute this notion, and many travelers report drinking bhang lassi beverages that contain cannabis. So if your bucket list includes getting high and kicking it with a camel….
Guy Fawkes Night
On this date in 1605, the authorities arrested Guy Fawkes of the Gunpowder Plot for attempting to blow up the House of Lords, and people started bonfires around London to celebrate the foiled assassination attempt. More than four centuries later, Brits continue to celebrate Guy Fawkes (or Bonfire) Night. Sure, that’s kind of weird, but the modern celebration includes fireworks over Tower Bridge and the annual burning of a Fawkes effigy. Oddly enough, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is a descendant of Gunpowder ringleader Robert Catesby and played him in the three-episode mini-series Gunpowder. Equally strange, an uninhabited Galapagos island is named Isla Guy Fawkes, which suggests the Spanish colonists weren’t big fans of the British crown. Photo credit: William Warby/Flickr.
November 6 to 9
In 1999, the inaugural Iceland Airwaves festival took place with new music acts performing in a Reykjavík Airport hangar. Twenty years later, the music fest is a major showcase for dozens of Icelandic and international acts, and this year’s lineup includes Bagdad Brothers, Anna of the North, Pink Milk, Nina Las Vegas, Warmland, the Howl & the Hum, Snapped Ankles and dozens more.
The Woodlands Music and Arts Festival
Charleston, South Carolina
November 7 to 9
Festival curators Umphrey’s McGee will play four sets at this jam band-friendly festival on a 6,000-acre nature reserve. The first night is technically a pre-party with sets by Turkuaz and the Omega Moos, while the next two nights feature the main acts like CBDB, Empire Strikes Brass, Heather Gillis, Manic Focus, Runaway Gin, The New Deal, Voodoo Visionary and others, including a 75-person dance performance. A portion of the ticket proceeds go to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts.
November 7 to 10
Most people don’t need a reason to visit Texas’ beloved capital, but this four-day downtown music fest adds to the appeal with a wide mix of indie artists. Founded by members of the Black Angels in 2008, the 12th annual event will feature more than 120 music acts including the Flaming Lips, John Cale, Angel Olsen, Heart Bones (Har Mar Superstar + Sabrina Ellis), Dinosaur Jr. and High on Fire. When in Austin, make sure to visit the female-led Holy Roller restaurant.
Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
Los Angeles, California
November 9 to 10
Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Festival (formerly called Odd Future) takes over Dodger Stadium with lots of music acts, carnival rides and a giant Ferris wheel. Now in its eighth year, the festival lineup includes music acts like IDK, Solange, Blood Orange, Brockhampton, the Internet, FKA Twigs and the festival founder, among others.
Our Future Fest
Los Angeles, California
This free event (with pre-reserved tickets) in La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a call to action for young people to effect change in their communities. Kendrick Sampson (The Flash, Vampire Diaries) and 97.1 radio’s Yesi Ortiz will host the all-day event that includes music performances by Kid Ink and Joyner Lucas and guest speakers like Edna Chavez (March For Our Lives) and Thomas Lopez (International Indigenous Youth Council). This is a place where young people can learn more about the causes they care about and find outlets for getting involved.
Yi Peng Festival
Chiang Mai, Thailand
November 11 to 12
This annual full-moon fest in northern Thailand is a true beauty as thousands of people gather to release floating lanterns into the night sky. This is a spiritual event, not a party, but it’s culturally meaningful and stunning to watch. The event corresponds with the Loi Krathong festival in Thailand and other nearby countries with participants floating lanterns and other items down the river. The Festival of the Lights (as it’s commonly called in English) lasts for three days and overlaps with Yi Peng in Chiang Mai.
It’s the Ship
Departs from Singapore
November 13 to 15
Sure, you’ve probably been to your fair share of raves, but you probably haven’t been on an Asian cruise liner-turned-floating music festival with dozens of international music acts like NERVO, Ben Nicky, Darren Styles and Ookay. The next itinerary departs from Singapore on a ship featuring a waterslide park, bowling alley, rock climbing wall, rope course, movie theater, mini-golf course, basketball court, casino, submersibles, a massive spa and nearly 40 different food and alcohol spots. In addition to music sets, pool parties and affordable bottle-service tables, the cruise also hosts theme parties for those who like to dance and drink in outrageous costumes. If past cruises are any indication, there might be a onesie party.
Adult Swim Festival
Los Angeles, California
November 15 to 16
The Adult Swim Festival upgrades to the brand new Banc Of California Stadium in DTLA for its latest two-day gathering of comedians, musicians, artists and interactive fan experiences. This year’s music lineup features Lil Nas X, Jamie xx, Dethklok, Captain Murphy, Clipping., Vince Staples, Leikeli47, Cooly G, Speedy Ortiz and the Ladies of LCD Soundsystem. On-site activations include the Rickflector for Rick and Morty fans and the returning Mechanical Hot Dog Ride, while the 360-degree Meatwad Dome will host Adult Swim premieres and popular hit episodes.
Lopburi Monkey Party
November 23 to 24
Imagine a real-life Planet of the Apes in an ancient Thai city filled with spectacular temples and ruins. Full Moon Parties might be a blast, but for a more unique Thai experience, party with about 3,000 long-tailed macaques at the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple where cooks create a sticky rice and fruit feast to draw them out. Yes, the monkeys often start food fights and take part in the dance festivities, and they might try to steal your purse and cell phone as their buddies jump on your back or shoulders. So actually it is a bit like a Full Moon Party, just with monkeys instead of drunk westerners.
Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
November 28 to December 1
This new one-day festival will hit four major cities in two countries to mark the start of summer in the southern hemisphere. Three major event producers—Live Nation, Hardware and Onelove—joined forces for the dance- and rap-dominant event featuring the likes of Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buuren, Lil Pump, Alison Wonderland, Steve Aoki and Trippie Redd across multiple stages. Festival X opens in Auckland, New Zealand on November 28 and then heads to Australia for consecutive-night stops in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Photo credit: Instagram.
Expo Weed Santiago
November 29 to December 1
North America might make all the headlines for its legalization efforts, but the cannabis movement continues to rise in South America. Colombia arguably has the stronger cannabis scene, but Chile continues to make moves, including this cannabis expo in its capital city. Expo Weed features cannabis-friendly music acts like Pablo Chill-E and Santa Feria, and exhibitors like Top Crop, Buddha Seeds, Outlet Weed, Sensi Seeds, Barney’s Farm and others. The event space does have a food garden, but opt instead for gastro-forward nights out at 99, BORAGó and Carolina Bazán’s Ambrosia.
November 29 to December 1
With a likely assist from Russia, the far-right Law and Justice Party took power in 2015, and social issues like abortion and gay rights have taken a hit ever since. Yet even with a Polish Pence in the Presidential Palace, the country legalized medical cannabis in 2017, and the first supplies hit pharmacy shelves earlier this year. This epitomizes the strength of the country’s cannabis movement, which comes together in Warsaw at this major conference. Yes, the weather will be chilly, but a jacket will help you hide your medicinal smokes.