New Hotels, Long-Running Festivals and a Major Exhibit are On Our Radar This Fall

Here's what has us buzzing this season.

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA is coming to Toronto

Cirque du Soleil’s newest show arrives at Toronto’s Port Lands for a three-month run this fall (Sept. 7 to Nov. 27). VOLTA follows the story of WAZ, a popular game-show host who gives up the pursuit of fame to reconnect with his roots. The adrenaline-packed show features thrilling contemporary and hip-hop dance sequences, heart-stopping stunts on BMX bikes and incredible acrobatic feats.

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is open in Havana 

Though Cuba’s first five-star luxury hotel opened back in June, it’s still generating a lot of buzz. Located in the heart of UNESCO-designated Old Havana, this 246-room property took over the historic Manzana de Gómez building, which once housed a European-style shopping arcade. The luxe hotel features a full-service spa, an Instagram-worthy rooftop infinity pool that overlooks Old Havana and six restaurants and bars, each with its own vibe—guests can enjoy traditional afternoon tea at El Arsenal Lobby Lounge and Bar, kick back with rum and cigars in Evocación Tobacco Lounge, or feast on fresh, local seafood at San Cristobal Panoramic Restaurant.

Ireland’s Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is back

The world’s longest-running oyster festival is back for its 63rd year. From Sept. 22 to 24, the Irish coastal town of Galway welcomes visitors from far and wide to kick off its annual oyster harvest. Festival highlights include a gala, parade and an oyster-shucking competition that lures hardcore competitors from around the world.

The massive Parq Vancouver complex is opening 

Set to open later in the fall, this highly anticipated, multi-million-dollar project is big news for Vancouver. The sprawling complex is located between Gastown and Yaletown and is directly connected to BC Place. Parq features two luxury hotels (the JW Marriott parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS), a 30,000-square-foot rooftop park complete with pine trees and local flora, a casino, a spa, fitness facilities, and meeting and conference spaces. Most notably, there are eight restaurants and lounges, including a cocktail bar, farm-to-table restaurant and Asian market.

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire exhibit is coming to San Francisco

Founded around the first century A.D., 50 kilometres from modern-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan was one of Mesoamerica’s most important cultural, political and religious centres and is a fascinating example of early civilizations. Starting Sept. 30 through February, San Francisco’s de Young museum is running a major exhibit that explores the history of Teotihuacan with more than 200 artifacts and artworks from the archeological site, many of which have never been seen in the United States.

Devour! The Food Film Fest is back in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

This unique festival combines film and food for five days (Oct. 25 to 29) of culinary inspiration in Wolfville, the heart of Nova Scotia’s wine country. Participants can screen international food and wine films, take part in tasting tours or attend the opening gala evening, hosted by Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent. Famed Canadian and international chefs, including Michael Smith and Mark Greenaway, will also be on hand for the festivities.

Walt Disney World Resort is hosting Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 

Until November 1, Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom park will host a nighttime Halloween party. Kids of all ages can get in on the fun with events such as trick-or-treating throughout the park, a fireworks show and a parade with the characters of the Haunted Mansion.

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