It’s October already, can you believe it?! Once we hit autumn, it’s full speed ahead to the end of the year. And 2013 is whizzing by in more ways than one. For starters, pedal pushers should head to Hainan Island, southern China, host of the annual Tour de Hainan international road cycling race.

Meanwhile, musicophiles, take note: your eardrums will take delight at the 27th Macau International Music Festival, from 2 October to 3 November, featuring world-class performances from the Dresden Philharmonic and the Latvian National Opera, among others, as well as the Broadway spectacular, Miss Saigon.

If you’re a gourmand, there’s only one place to be this October: Kuala Lumpur’s month-long Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, from 1 to 31 October, where you can experience any number of tingling taste sensations from one of the 30-plus dining establishments. For design lovers, Manila Fame takes place in the Philippine capital, from 17 to 20 October, showcasing contemporary furniture and furnishings with an artisanal edge from across the country’s islands.

It’s all about art in Europe. Munich holds its Long Night of the Museums on 19 October, in which cultural centres throughout the city open from 7pm to 2am. Over in Paris, the FIAC, the city’s international contemporary art fair, takes place from 24 to 27 October, while the Centre Pompidou presents French video and performance artist Pierre Huyghe’s first retrospective. Personally, I will be hot-footing it to the Musée de l’Orangerie to see the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera Art in Fusion exhibition.

Golf widows should leave their partners to enjoy the PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda, from 14 to 16 October, and nip over to Boston to watch the world’s largest two-day rowing event, the Head of the Charles Regatta, on the banks of the river on 19 and 20 October.

And finally, we are pleased to introduce writers Ana Figueroa and Susie Gordon, who give the inside track on exciting events in Shanghai and Las Vegas this month.

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

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