Loi Krathong, Thailand & Laos: Loi Krathong means “to float a basket” and in Thailand, along with parts of Laos, this festival involves sending decorated baskets (known as krathongs) down river and decorating the home with candles.
Mid-Autumn Festival, China and Vietnam: When the full moon arrives between September and October, Chinese and Vietnamese partake in the Mid-Autumn Festival (also appropriately known as the Moon Festival).
Guy Fawkes Night, United Kingdom: You’ve heard it before: "Remember remember the fifth of November." Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, this British festival recalls the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when King James I escaped a planned assassination attempt by Guy Fawkes (and other English Catholics).
New Orleans: There’s less humidity and fewer crowds in the Crescent City during fall, when the ever-festive vibe is channeled into such parties as September’s New Orleans Burlesque Festival, the Voodoo Music Experience in October, and the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in November.
Nashville: Music City lives up to its nickname particularly well in fall, when it hosts the Independent Music Festival and the Americana Festival. Indeed, the biggest parties in Nashville increasingly reflect the city’s love affair with southern, farm-to-table cuisine.