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September Holidays

The summer months are drawing to a close and for many people their summer holidays are just a distant memory. However, if you are one of many people who haven’t managed to get their annual getaway in just yet, then do not panic. Each year, September holidays are becoming more popular with holidaymakers, and this year is proving no different as the calendar of September events taking place worldwide is huge. Holidays in September this year can take you on a cheap holiday at a countryside festival or take in some arts, culture and theatre in a popular city. Many travellers like to plan their September holidays around an event or festival, so we have taken the hard work out of finding out what September events are coming up and compiled a top ten of where you can spend your September holidays this year.



Dublin Fringe Festival Ireland - September 10th - 25th


September Holidays If arts and culture are your thing then the Dublin Fringe Festival is the place for your September holidays this year. The Dublin Fringe Festival is one of Europe’s top fringe festivals and runs for sixteen days. The Dublin Fringe Festival showcases acts from both Ireland and abroad and this year’s line-up is an exciting one. This September event offers live entertainment as well as performances in dance, theatre, live art, visual art, and music. The Dublin Fringe Festival takes place across the city with the big acts in the main venues. So why not take in some of the best that arts, culture and theatre has to offer on your September holidays this year with the Dublin Fringe Festival.



Bestival, Isle of Wight - September 11th – 13th


September Holidays The three day Isle of Wight festival, Bestival, is a popular choice for a September holiday with many travellers and music lovers due to its great line-up, and more so for its stunning location. The event all takes place at Robin Hill Country Park on the beautiful Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England. This year is Bestival’s fifth year in operation and boasts a great line-up including Kraftwerk, Massive Attack and Elbow to name but a few. For most people music festivals go hand-in-hand with camping, however many people prefer to get a comfortable night’s sleep to enjoy the events of the next day. So why not check out some of the great hostels in the Isle of Wight that we have available.



Brisbane Festival, Australia - September 3rd - 24th


September Holidays This three-week long September event is Australia’s most popular international arts festival. This September festival offers the people of Brisbane and its many visitors the best of arts, culture and entertainment nightly. This year’s Brisbane Festival is even more historic as it will coincide with celebrations to mark the 150th year anniversary of Brisbane and Queensland’s foundation. This year’s Brisbane festival will showcase outstanding international and Australian artists and productions, free world-class events, emerging fringe theatre, spectacular fireworks, inspiring conversation and debate in the theatres, parks and suburban streets. The Brisbane Festival also combines with the former annual Brisbane River-festival, so this year’s event is going to be one of the largest, most inclusive and diverse arts festivals in Australia. If you want to visit Brisbane for your September holidays to sample some of the arts on offer, then have a look at some great hostels available in Brisbane for your stay.



Belgian Beer Weekend, Brussels, Belgium - September 2nd - 4th


September Holidays On the first weekend of September the Market Place of Brussels is transformed into a mini brewery as the annual Belgian Beer Weekend takes place. The Beer Festival is organised by the Belgian Brewers' association and the “Mashstaff of the Knights”, in collaboration with the City of Brussels. Up to 40 breweries, ranging from small to medium sized to large, big-name Belgian breweries, participate in this Belgian festival and present to you their best selections of beers. Belgium has a unique range of beers that have some of the most contrasting tastes and flavours. Its large choice of regional, authentic and colourful beers provide Brussels with the perfect setting for this world famous Beer Festival. The beer tasting festivities start on Friday September 4th at 6pm and run right through until Sunday evening at 8pm. The Belgian Beer Weekend is perhaps one of the biggest events in Belgium of the year. Check out some of the great hostels we have available in Brussels for your stay.



St. Ives September Festival, Cornwall, England - September 10th - 24th


September Holidays The coastal area of Cornwall has always been a popular choice with travellers from all over the world for its scenic surrounds and great surfing. The town of St. Ives is one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside towns with its golden beaches and beautiful surrounds making it the perfect location for your September holidays. Adding to this is that for two weeks in September, St. Ives will be even more popular as it becomes a hub of arts and culture for its annual St. Ives September Festival. There will be music of all types in the Guildhall, around the town and in the pubs, as well as film, exhibitions, talks, poetry, classes, guided walks and much more. So if you want to take your September holidays in Cornwall this year then don’t miss out on St. Ives. Take a look at some of the great hostels we have available in Cornwall.



Galway Oyster Festival, Ireland - September 22nd – 25th


September Holidays What started as a hotel owners’ novel idea of drawing tourists to his hotel for September holidays, has now become a world famous September festival. The Galway Oyster Festival is one of many big highlights on the Galway calendar every year and since its debut in 1954, the September event keeps on growing. The Galway Oyster Festival attracts crowds from all corners of the world and it is packed full of events and entertainment. The main event is the Guinness World Oyster Opening Championship which features contestants from every continent competing for the world title and valuable prizes. There is also oyster tasting, parties, a gala ball and lots more happening around the city. The Galway Oyster Festival is a great festival weekend and the offers a great atmosphere for a September holiday. Take a look at some great Galway hostels that we have available for the Galway Oyster Festival.



New York Film Festival, USA – September 30th – October 16th


September Holidays Since its debut in 1963, The New York Film Festival has become one of the most important film festivals in the world. The annual festival is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and runs for 17 days. Every year The New York Film Festival showcases the best new works by both rising talents and internationally recognised artists. The New York Film Festival's main program encompasses an average of 28 feature films and 12 short films each year from all over the world. There are no categories and no prizes are awarded. The New York Film Festival is also renowned for the many sidebars it showcases. This is the festivals 47th year running and promises to be as stimulating and interesting as ever. So if film and the arts are your thing then fit the The New York Film Festival into your September holidays this year. Take a look at some of the great hostels we have available in New York during this Film Festival.



Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany - September 17th – October 3rd


September Holidays This Munich festival is every beer lovers dream – 16 days of beer, beer and more beer! Oktoberfest is one of Germany’s most famous and popular events and every year it attracts up to six million people. Germany is renowned for its beer brewing, particularly in Bavaria, and this September festival embraces all aspects of Bavarian culture. Oktoberfest all takes place in 14 main tents that are specially set up for the September event. All of the tents have different beers and wines on offer and provide various forms of entertainment and atmospheres. Food is also a huge factor of the Oktoberfest with a variety of traditional Bavarian dishes on offer such as Würstel (sausage), Sauerkraut (cabbage) and Haxn (pork knuckles). The Oktoberfest is a must see whether you are a beer enthusiast or not so why not visit Munich for Oktoberfest on your September holidays this year. Take a look at some of the great Munich hostels we have available for Oktoberfest.



Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA - September 24th


September Holidays This is the ninth year for the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival and this year is going to be its biggest and best yet. The Beantown Jazz Festival is Boston’s largest and most popular outdoor festival. This September event will feature performances by more than 20 bands and 130 musicians at the Berklee Performance Centre, Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar, Wally's Cafe, Berklee's Cafe 939 and David Friend Recital Hall, and outdoor stages along Columbus Avenue. Many events are free so this jazz festival can be entertaining while going easy on your wallet. If you want some jazz on your September holidays this year then the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is a must see. And we have some great Boston hostels available for your stay.



Mayor Thames Festival, London, UK - September 10th – 11th


September Holidays The Mayor’s Thames Festival is an annual free September event for the people of London and its visitors. All the activities take place over two days on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. The Mayor’s Thames Festival is all about celebrating London and its river through arts and culture, and more importantly bringing the people of London together. A lot of the events for the Mayor’s Thames Festival are based on public participation and proves an enjoyable experience for those involved and observing. This London Festival is a well worth a visit if you are spending your September holiday in the UK. Check out some the great hostels we have available for this weekend in London.


So with all this taking place over the month of September along with some of the cheapest hostels around, there’s no excuse for not having a September holiday this year!

By: Tracy Lynch


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