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Five Favorite Fall Festivals

Pack your sweaters and raise your steins! Auto Europe is giving adventurous travelers insight on our favorite fall festivals around the world. Stumble through beer gardens in Munich, or stay closer to home and discover the ‘other’ Portland. With car rental pickup locations  in over 130 countries, renting a car on your next vacation has never been easier.

Paris, France – Nuit Blanche (October 5th)
The evening of October 5th in Paris is a vibrant celebration of art and culture. Museums, art galleries, and performance spaces throughout the city stay open late, giving visitors the unique opportunity to experience special exhibits, musical showcases and other creative events.  Take your trip to the next level by choosing to get behind the wheel of a luxury rental vehicle in Paris  and arrive at each gala in style.

Madrid, Spain – Madrid Autumn Fair (Last Two Weeks in October)
While the peak of the bullfighting season happens in mid-June to commemorate the San Isidro Festival, mid-October is also an exciting time to visit Madrid. Celebrate the Feria de Otono during the last two weeks of the month. This celebration, otherwise known as the Madrid Autumn Fair, marks the end of the bullfighting season and is an incredible way to see some of the most distinguished matadors in Spain practicing their craft.

Oktoberfest Tent

Munich Oktoberfest Beer Tent

Munich, Germany – Oktoberfest (Sept 21-Oct 6)
Prost! How could we compile a list of the best fall festivals and not include Bavaria’s epic celebration of beer and bratwursts? Countless travelers venture to Munich  every year to confess their undying love for hops and barley, and to say that they survived the pinnacle of all parties.  Oktoberfest is celebrating its 180th year in 2013, so pull up your lederhosen and brush up on your German, because it’s going to be an exciting 17 days!

Various Cities in Italy – White Truffle Fairs (October-November)
Major cities throughout the Piedmont, Tuscany and Umbria regions host festivals highlighting the importance of the white truffle, and its significance in Italian culinary culture. If you only have time to stop at one truffle market on your next trip to Italy, consider driving to Alba. White truffle markets and fairs in Alba take place every weekend from early October through mid-November and offer an array of exhilarating entertainment options in addition to paying homage to the truffle–the royal family of gourmet foods.

Portland Harbor Lobster Boat

Portland Harbor, ME

Portland, Maine – Harvest on the Harbor (Oct 23-Oct 26)
The vibrant colors of autumn are truly alive in New England, and the harvest season is an important time along the coast of Maine. Although this celebration is quite young in comparison to its more verbose festival counterparts, Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor  showcases the tireless efforts of talented chefs, local farmers, fishermen, food artisans and spirit makers from across the state. Famished foodies will be able to revel in the beauty of their surroundings, as they sip locally crafted beer and mingle with internationally renowned chefs, all while sampling a myriad of delicious culinary creations.

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