Octoberfest is upon us, but you’d rather skip Munich this year? Don’t worry, there are lots of other fall fairs and festivals to attend. Our expert introduces three.
This Swiss “state of emergency” lasts 16 days: Unlike those at traditional fairs like the Oktoberfest in Munich, visitors to the Herbschtmäss are not confined to a fairground. Rides, food stalls and booths are dotted around the center of town. October 29 to November 13.
Human pyramids, fire-breathing dragons, giants attended by flutists … Mercè celebrates Catalan customs but also offers visitors a chance to enjoy modern cultural performances and live bands from all over the world playing on open-air stages. September 18-24.
State fair of Texas, Dallas
The 24 days of “Big Tex” are entertainment-filled, with football games, parades, auto and BMX shows. The food is nothing if not calorific – what do you expect of deep-fried cheesecake? September 30 to October 23.