What’s On November

We bring you unmissable events and dates for your diary from around the globe.



Tour de Singkarak 2019, West Sumatra, November 2–10

Held every year in scenic West Sumatra, this bike race attracts a field of top international cyclists. The race comprises nine stages, with a total track length of 1,324km, travelling through 16 districts in West Sumatra and two districts in Jambi. With a prize total of Rp 2.3 billion, the race begins in Pariaman City on November 2 and ends in Padang City on November 10.


Melbourne Cup, November 5

It’s called the race that stops a nation – and, in sports-mad Australia, that is really saying something. Australia’s most famous horse race is an incredibly entertaining day out which involves much of Melbourne donning their finest attire to get trackside at Flemington. flemington.com.au/melbournecupcarnival.


Culture Day, Japan, November 3 (observed November 4)

Japan’s national holiday for appreciation of culture, the arts, and academic discoveries is a boon to tourism: most of the museums in the country are free to visit. It’s also celebrated with art exhibitions, festivals, and parades.


Guy Fawkes Night, United Kingdom, November 5

Also known as Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night, the anniversary of the end of a plot to blow up the English Houses of Parliament in 1605 is marked with spectacular firework shows and celebrations. London highlights include shows the weekend before at Alexandra Palace (November 1–2) and Blackheath (November 2).