From fireworks displays to annual festivals via illuminated gardens, find out the not-to-be-missed events taking place worldwide this November

Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications

Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications

It feels strange to start with a goodbye but it’s more of an au revoir than a final farewell. I am off to graduate school for a year and will be leaving MO in the more than capable hands of the talented Emma Love, a contributing editor of Condé Nast Traveller and travel writer of great experience and note. I am handing over to her here, to let you know of all the great global goings-on this month. 

There’s much to look forward to in November, when the winter season officially kicks off. Across America, giving thanks comes in a different form on 24 November when the annual Thanksgiving celebrations are marked by the gathering of friends and family to eat turkey and watch sport. In New York, there’s also the traditional spectacle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade through the streets, complete with floats, cheerleaders, marching bands and clowns. In Boston, the competition heats up with a weekend ice hockey game on 5 November at the TD Garden stadium between rivals the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers.

As the days get darker, it’s fitting that the night skies are lit up. In Tokyo, the beautiful Edo period Rikugien Garden (a designated national scenic beauty spot – and for good reason) is one of the best places to soak up the stunning fall foliage; 19 November is the start of the annual illuminations (pictured above), which sees the garden’s trees spectacularly flooded with coloured lights (until 7 December). Over in the UK, the annual fireworks display takes place in London’s Battersea Park on the 5 November to remember Guy Fawkes. 

This month, the EFG London Jazz Festival is a 10-day extravaganza of more than 300 concerts played in over 50 venues (from 11 to 20 November). Highlights include rising star French duo Emile Parisien and Vincent Peirani performing at Kings Place and saxophonist Evan Parker at the Royal Academy of Arts. 

From music to film, the Cannes Film Festival of Asia, the prestigious Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, takes place from 4 to 24 November, with screenings of Chinese-language films topping the bill. Elsewhere in Asia, the West Bund Art & Design fair is on in Shanghai from 9 to 13 November with nearly 30 contemporary galleries – including Sadie Coles, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hauser & Wirth and White Cube – taking part. A cultural feast, and the perfect place for a spot of early pre-Christmas shopping.

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