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  1. Whether it's spring or autumn, what adventures will you have this November?

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    Whether it's spring or autumn, what adventures will you have this November?


    Looking for something interesting to do this November? Do you want to experience something totally unique to its location? Well, look no further! From big-city music festivals to small-town feasts, we’ve found the most exciting, tasty and totally unmissable events around the world—read on and be inspired.

    Food Festivals

    The 42nd National White Truffle Fair, San Miniato, Italy

    Set 40 minutes’ drive in either direction from Florence and Pisa, the medieval town of San Miniato perches atop three hills. Its location in the centre of Tuscany means it’s in a prized ‘white truffle zone’.

    White truffles are the most valuable variety on the market so it’s no surprise that on the weekends of 10/11, 17/18 and 24/25 November, the town’s squares play host to a delicious annual Truffle Fair. Open-air markets will spread around Piazza del Duomo, serving up regional dishes and delicacies as well as open-air plays and marching bands. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Palazzo dei Vicari and the tower fortress.

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    Quirky and Unusual Events

    Thanksgiving Weekend, New York City, USA

    Set on 22nd November this year, Thanksgiving Day is the absolute height of American tradition, dating back to the celebration of a bountiful harvest in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. For those who’ve never experienced it, traditional Thanksgiving dinner is like a preview of Christmas, with mountains of turkey, autumn vegetables and, of course, pumpkin pie.

    It’s not all about gorging on food, however. Thanksgiving weekend also features a number of important events, such as American football tournaments. Famously, since 1924 New York City has hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This extravaganza is broadcast nationally but to really get a feel for the season you can’t beat seeing it in person on the streets of Manhattan.

    Best of all, New York City’s amazing shops get even better the day after Thanksgiving—the legendary Black Friday. This is when major retailers offer enormous discounts, creating a hectic atmosphere but also providing a prime opportunity to pick up some Christmas gifts cheap. It has to be seen to be believed. Best of all, you'll be supporting the local economy of this magnificent city as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy.

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    Music Festivals

    Stereosonic, major Australian cities

    Australia’s fastest-growing music festival has a great line-up this year, including Tiësto, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Example, Carl Cox, Major Lazer, Diplo, Mr Oizo, Bassnectar, Zedd and more. Not only is all the fun crammed into one day but the festivals are in or very near Australia’s biggest cities so there’s no need to hassle with camping.

    No matter where you are around the country there’s a big chance a Stereosonic will be relatively nearby—it comes to Sydney on Saturday 24th November, Perth on Sunday 25th November, Melbourne and Adelaide on Saturday 1st December and Brisbane on Sunday 2nd December. Perth ticket prices even include free trains to and from the festival grounds.

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    Have these events given you some great ideas? Have we forgotten anything? We’d love to hear what your favourite events are—leave us a comment below and let us know!

    Images courtesy Anne Jacko, Ryan Polei and martha_chapa95. Thanks!
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