What’s On November

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



Banda People’s Party, Banda Neira, Maluku, November 11–14

In addition to opening the eyes of the world to the beauty of the Banda Islands, known historically as the enticing Spice Islands, the Banda People’s Party also celebrates the heritage of Banda Neira in Maluku. Festivities include musical, dance, and theatre performances, as well as culinary bazaars, handicraft exhibitions, traditional boat races, workshops, and historical talks.


Borobudur Marathon 2019, Borobudur Temple, Central Java, November 17

The biggest running event in Central Java is expected to attract 8,000 people from 35 countries. Based around the awe-inspiring 9th century Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with a theme of ‘Synergy & Harmony’, the marathon features three categories: Full Marathon (42km), Half Marathon (21km), and 10K. Participants run a unique track, navigating through a combination of rice fields and residential areas.


Wakatobi WAVE, Southeast Sulawesi, November 11–13

This three-day event showcases Wakatobi culture through performances and shows, including a catwalk parade inspired by the sea and a colossal dance involving hundreds of performers from the four islands of Wanci, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. There are also underwater photography competitions, a triathlon, and fun diving, as well as off-coast rock climbing.


Lantern Festivals, Thailand, November 11–13, and Seoul, November 1–17

Thousands of lanterns filling the night sky create a magical sight in Chiang Mai during Yi Peng, which coincides with the Thai festival of light, Loy Krathong, involving the release of lotus-shaped baskets onto rivers amid joyous festivities. Seoul will also take on a special glow in November, with a two-week festival which sees more than 100,000 colourful lanterns placed along the Cheonggyecheon Stream.