Who can believe it’s October already? 2014 is speeding along, especially for the participants of the annual Tour de Hainan International Road Cycling Race, held from 20 to 28 October on Hainan Island. If business is more your thing, then Guangzhou is the place to be this month; the Canton Fair, which kicks off on 15 October, will give you the lowdown on establishing business relationships in China. Over in Hong Kong, the China Sourcing Fair runs from 11 to 30 October at AsiaWorld-Expo and provides a broad range of topics, products and sourcing strategies for electronics and components, among other markets.

Gourmands, get ready! Prime yourselves to experience some of Asia’s most taste-tingling delicacies cooked up by a selection of 30 of Malaysia’s most fabulous dining establishments during Kuala Lumpur’s Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, which runs for the whole of October. Further sensory pleasure can be found in Macau at its annual International Music Festival, where all genres of music from all corners of the world take their turn on centre stage; I’m particularly looking forward to performances from the Taipei Chinese Orchestra and the UK’s Bronowski production of the musical Hairspray. Something for everyone it would seem.

It’s also all about art in Europe. Munich holds its Long Night of the Museums on 18 October, in which cultural centres throughout the city open from 7pm to 2am. Over in Paris, the FIAC (the International Contemporary Art Fair) takes place from 23 to 26 October, while in London the Victoria and Albert Museum has the showstopping Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition, featuring Horst P Horst’s greatest hits alongside previously unpublished work and sketches.

In the USA, Atlanta is where it’s at this October. Head to the Georgia Aquarium on 10 October for the launch party of Atlanta’s Pride Festival, which is on at the weekend. Last but not least, foodies will be in gourmet heaven at the Taste of Atlanta show, from 24 to 26 October, where they will be able to sample goodies from some of the city’s top chefs.

Don’t forget to stake your claim by the banks of the Charles River in Boston, at the world’s largest two-day rowing event, the Head of the Charles Regatta, from 18 to 19 October. Those of you on the West Coast can celebrate San Francisco Bay’s long naval tradition during Fleet Week, from 9 to 13 October, which honours those serving in the armed forces. There will be a series of free events, including weapons displays, a parade of ships, US navy band concerts and an air show guaranteed to wow.

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

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