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Luxury Culture Events: Top 25 on the Calendar in October 2022

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Our Luxury Calendar provides a comprehensive overview of the top events unfolding around the world every month. Some are micro-luxuries (like a really good book) and others are on a grand, epic scale. Personally, if schedules and money were no object, and we could do anything we’d like, here are our top picks for the best luxury calendar events and experiences in the world in October 2022. Consider it your luxury calendar of the can’t-miss events in fashion, art, music, sports, travel and culinary arts in this month of October.

luxury calendar: how to have a brilliant october

Doors will be decorated, the leaves will be ablaze with color, the jack-o-lanterns will literally be ablaze and the luxury ecosystem will be on fire, as well, with moonlight and midnight adventures galore. Trick or treat? Your call. There’s plenty of both in October.

There’s the return of BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Art exhibitions on both grand and small scales, including the blockbuster Van Gogh in America at DIA. The star filled Amsterdam from David O. Russell is exclusively in movie theaters. Austin City Limits Music Festival will take over Zilker Park. Major League Baseball playoffs. A sweet RM Sotheby’s Hershey Sale and the savory California Avocado Festival too. October is looking scary good if you ask us.

the best events in the world of luxury in October

It’s hard to narrow the list down to just the top 25 picks in the world of luxury in October 2022, but here goes.

we want to see

1. bam next wave festival

Returning in person for the first time since 2019, BAM’s Next Wave Festival will include two US premiers. First up is Constanza Macras’s Open for Everything (Oct 5 – 8), a view on Europe’s often-mistreated Roma communities followed by the stage adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life (Oct 20 – 29) a coming-of-age tale about four young men – through Dec 22

2. van gogh in america

Van Gogh in America at Detroit Institute of Arts is a titanic assembly of more than 70 paintings and drawings examines van Gogh’s reception in the United States — beginning with the DIA’s own acquisition of his 1887 “Self-Portrait,” the first by a public museum in the United States – Oct 2 – Jan 22

3. frieze london

Frieze London and Frieze Masters return to Regent’s Park in London, featuring six millennia of art history from across the world – Oct 12 – 16

4. california biennial

As part of its suite of opening exhibitions, the newly built Orange County Museum of Art is reviving the California Biennial with a show of work by over 20 artists across the state. Titled Pacific Gold, the event will revisit  mythical stories and reimagine California as changing land and look to the future – Oct 8 – Feb 26

world of luxury events October 2022
The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for October 2022. Courtesy Photo.

5. vermeer’s secrets

About 35 paintings by Johannes Vermeer are believed to survive, but their exact number fluctuates. Vermeer’s Secret’s at The National Gallery compares six canvases –  four from the collection considered to be the real deal and two ingenious forgeries. Sounds cool – Oct 8 – Jan 8

6. straight line crazy

Ralph Fiennes stars as the powerful and controversial New York urban planner Robert Moses in David Hare’s new play Straight Line Crazy at the Shed’s Griffin Theater – Oct 18 – Dec 18

we want to read

6. more is more is more

Loving dopamine dressing? Than you’ll enjoy exploring the jewelike colors and glorious patterns of More is More is More: Today’s Maximalist Interiors ($55) for inside your home – Oct 11

7. new york art book fair

After a three year hiatus, the New York Book Fair returns with magazine, monographs and artists’ books in Chelsea – Oct 13 – 16

we want to watch

8. amsterdam

Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington and more star in David O. Russell’s Amsterdam. Set in the ’30s, they play three friends who witness a murder and become suspects themselves – Oct 7

world of luxury events October 2022
The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for October 2022. Courtesy Photo.

9. triangle of sadness

The winner of this year’s Palme d’Or – the most prestigious award at the Cannes Film Festival – Triangle of Sadness centers around a wealthy and vain group that includes two models and a Russian oligarch – all passengers on a cruise liner with a Marxist captain played Woody Harrelson – Oct 7

10. guillermo del toro’s cabinet of curiosities

Just in time for Halloween is Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on Netflix. Each eight-episode scarefest has a separate cast and director.  Del Toro is host as well as curator, and wrote two of the offerings – Oct 25

11. the good nurse

In the Good Nurse on Netflix, Jessica Chastain plays a nurse who helps investigate whether a string of patient deaths might have been murder by a fellow colleague. Eddie Redmayne also stars – Oct 26

we want to hear

12. austin city limits music festival

Austin City Limits Music Festival will return to Austin for six days of music spanning two weekends at Zilker Park. Some of the headlining acts this year include Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk and The Chicks – Oct 7 – 9, 14 – 16

13. ny phil returns home

To inaugurate its renovated hall, the NY Philharmonic will feature the World Premiere of Marcos Balter’s Oyá followed by Tania León’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Stride,” from 2020. Anchoring NY Pil Returns Home are two colorful showcases: John Adams’s “My Father Knew Charles Ives” (2003) and Respighi’s evergreen “Pines of Rome” – Oct 12 – 18

14. bric jazzfest

Brooklyn’s BRIC Jazzfest returns with some of New York’s brightest rising talent. This year’s three-day marathon will include sets from the vibraphonist Joel Ross and his nine-piece band, Parables; the vocalist Lizz Wright; the pianist Julius Rodriguez; and the trombonist Kalia Vandever, among dozens more – Oct 20 – 22

15. midnights by taylor swift

The pop superstar Taylor Swift will release her fifth album in just over two years this fall: Midnights, which she described on social media as “the story of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life” – Oct 21

world of luxury events October 2022
The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for October 2022. Courtesy Photo.

we want to check out

16. mlb playoffs

Among the best events in pro sports every October are the Major League Baseball playoffs; they culminate in the World Series toward the end of the month – Oct 7 – 26

17. rm sotheby’s hershey sale

Whether the lure is the scent of chocolate from Hershey’s Chocolate World or the sound of classic motor cars making their way toward the auction block, RM Sotheby’s Hershey Sale is one not to be missed – Oct 5 – 6

world of luxury events October 2022
The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for October 2022. Courtesy Photo.

18. nhl regular season

The puck drops on the NHL Regular Season as the Nashville Predators face the San Jose Sharks in Prague as part of the NHL Global Series – Oct 7

19. mondial de l’auto

After a four year hiatus, the Mondial de l’Auto aka the Paris Motor Show is back. The biennial event is a hub for several big European car reveals and debuts  – Oct 17 – 23

20. new york city jewelry & watch show

The New York City Jewelry & Watch Show returns to Manhattan at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Over 90 dealers will exhibit an array of antique and estate jewelry, vintage timepieces and modern collections – Oct 27 – 30

we want to check into

21. emerald faarufushi resort & spa

Another member of The Leading Hotels of the World joins the collection as Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa opens in the Maldives. The all inclusive property will feature a spa, kids club and seven dining options – Oct 1

The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for October 2022. Courtesy Photo.

22. four seasons nashville

The Four Seasons Nashville is opening in the SoBro neighborhood with easy access to music, entertainment and sports venues. From the rooftop pool, guests can enjoy beautiful views of the Cumberland River. The building includes a mix of hotel accommodations as well as 144 residential units

we want a taste of

23. california avocado festival

Get your toast ready because the 36th California Avocado Festival takes place this month – Oct 1 – 2

24. hawai’i food & wine festival

The Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival takes place over three weekends on multiple islands. The annual event features a roster of over 150 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers – Oct 21 – Nov 6

25. new york city food & wine festival

The New York City Food & Wine Festival returns with more than 80 events in celebration of America’s favorite foods. The festival features intimate dinners with world renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, wine tastings and more – Oct 13 – 16

The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for October 2022. Courtesy Photo.

what else is going on in October 2022?

arts and adventure

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the International Balloon Fiesta runs for nine days (October 1 – 9); after dark, Balloon Glows create a shimmering, magical nighttime landscape in the desert.

Elsewhere under the cover of darkness is Paris’s Nuit Blanche on October 1st.  All of Paris will be a-light as museums, monuments, cinemas, parks and swimming pools stay open from dusk to dawn for one night only.

religious and cultural holidays

In China, National Day is October 1st, and Golden Week is Oct 1-7. Also in China, October 4th is the Chongyang Festival (or Double Ninth Festival); people will eat cake, drink chrysanthemum wine, climb mountains, and pay homage to chrysanthemums. The festival has also been designated as Senior’s Day, a day to respect the elderly.

Yom Kippur begins at sunset on October 4th and ends at nightfall on October 5th.

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, begins on October 24th. Spiritually signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops and around temples and other buildings; the main festival night coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu calendar.

other special days to note this month

October 10th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Sunday, October 16th is National Boss’s Day in the US, which means it’s one deadline you won’t miss.  While a gift isn’t completely necessary, a kind word is always a good idea.

In addition to all of that, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And of course there’s Halloween, and the start of Día de los Muertos on Tuesday, October 31. The theme for this year’s Greenwich Village annual Halloween Parade in New York is Freedom.

Basically, it’s going to feel like a midnight party in the pumpkin patch all month long. It’s good to know that all over the world, people will be moonstruck.

what to do to have true luxury experiences in october 2022

That’s it. Our luxury calendar of the best luxury events and true luxury experiences in October 2022. What are you most excited about?

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