I always look forward to September. The post-vacation return and that ‘back to school’ feeling give us all the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and usher in some fresh changes (without the looming weight you have with New Year resolutions). This feeling of newness pervades globally, kicking off with the prêt-â-porter shows in New York on 4 September, when fashionistas sharpen their stilettos and dash between shows to get a first glimpse of the exciting new trends. Elsewhere in the States, music takes centre stage: Midtown Music in Atlanta offers a chance to see Eminem, Jack White and Iggy Azalea, among other bands, rocking Piedmont Park on 19 and 20 September. On the same weekend, Las Vegas hosts the iHeartRadio festival with glamorous geeks Coldplay as well as stars Lorde and Ed Sheeran due to perform. Last year it was the scene of one of the greatest sporting comebacks – let’s hope this year’s America’s Cup finals are as thrilling. Head to San Francisco Bay from 7 to 22 September to soak up the action.

Culture vultures should jet off to Europe this month. Catch London’s round of fashion shows from 12 to 16 September, and if you are in Paris, don’t miss the most important exhibition in the world’s jewellery calendar: the Biennale des Antiquaires (11 to 21 September) where the globe’s greatest jewellery houses showcase their most spectacular wares. Over in Germany, the Oktoberfest takes place in Munich on 20 September. For our ultimate guide to the festivities, find out what Mandarin Oriental, Munich’s top concierge Dario Cortellessa recommends in MO People.

Hong Kong and the rest of China will be enjoying the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival, from 6 to 8 September. Cities from Guangzhou to Shanghai will be a riot of colour as they celebrate with dancing dragons, fiery lantern shows and modern light displays. Also known as the Moon Festival, this annual holiday is about families getting together to celebrate the moon at its fullest and share the traditional and delicious moon cakes – the rounded shape representing both the moon and the union of family – while reminiscing about family moments and remembering distant relatives.

The big bang occurs in Macau from 8 September, when the island’s 26th anniversary of its annual International Fireworks Display Contest takes place. Competing nations – including teams from Australia, Italy and South Korea – will put their pyrotechnic skills to the test, resulting in breathtaking displays for a delighted audience citywide.

If you are in Tokyo, make your way to Ryogoku Kokugikan, the national sumo stadium, for autumn’s Grand Sumo Tournament, which runs from 14 to 28 September. Go from 7am to 11am to catch sight of the wrestlers during their training sessions, or to see them off-duty and surprisingly elegant in their kimonos and clogs. As for petrolheads, they will be burning rubber to get in pole position for the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it F1 Singapore Grand Prix, from 19 to 21 September. Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams and John Legend are just some of the performers who will be entertaining spectators. For the latest in hot wheels, Jakarta will be hosting the Indonesia International Motor Show, from 18 to 28 September.

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

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