While it’s always sad to see another summer come to an end, Bermuda’s fall can sometimes be even more enjoyable. Cooler temperatures and lingering Indian summer sunshine mean you can still do all of your favourite summertime activities but can skip the unbearable heat that makes you want to retreat to the shade. Get your final fix of outdoor activity before the inevitable rainy weather comes!
WORLD ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT SUMMIT (WAIS) BERMUDA
Canada’s Radius Financial Education presents WAIS Bermuda, a large high-level conference for those in the asset management and private client sectors. The big-name financial conference will bring together members of the global alternative investment industry at the Southampton Princess for three days of networking, speakers and social events. For complete information and registration, visit www.waisc.com
SEPTEMBER 29–OCTOBER 2
OKTOBERFEST IN BERMUDA
Featuring amazing Oktoberfest brews from Dockyard Brewing Company and Burrows & Lightbourne, Oktoberfest is Bermuda’s best and only authentic German-style beer festival. Taking place at the victualing yard in Dockyard, the Oktoberfest tent will be set up in the classic style of long trestle tables where you can enjoy traditional Oktoberfest dishes provided by the Frog & Onion Pub. So don your lederhosen or dirndl and grab a stein (or two, or three) of great beer at Oktoberfest this fall! (We highly recommend taking the ferry home from Dockyard.)
ROUND THE SOUND SWIM
Since its inception the Round the Sound Swim has raised over $300,000 for local Bermuda charities, as well as providing a great reason to swim in Bermuda. With a number of different age groups and distances, along with a couple of fun races, the events begin at 10 a.m. and welcome local and international participants. For complete information, visit www.roundthesound.
BERMUDA KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW
The Bermuda Kennel Club announces the annual Bermuda Dog Shows on Saturday and Sunday, October 22–23. Featuring four international all-breed championship dog shows, this event welcomes dogs, handlers and owners from Canada and the US to compete with their Bermuda counterparts. For further information, visit the show website at www.bermudakennelclub.com.
NIKE GOLF PGA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP OF CANADA
After a memorable inaugural year, the Nike Golf PGA Championship of Canada returns to Bermuda this October. Held at the Mid Ocean Golf Club, the championship consists of professional Canadian golfing pairs who play in different team formats every day. Head down to Mid Ocean and watch some great professional golf this weekend!
This Halloween, take part in Bermuda’s spookiest tour at the UNESCO World Heritage site St. George’s! Join Haunted History in Ye Olde Ghost Towne for a night of ghost-filled, spooktacular fun starting at 8:30 p.m. Haunted History will be hosting a special tour on October 31st, as well as adding a few extra tours in the week leading up to Halloween.
CRUISE SHIP SEASON ENDS
Cruise ship season officially comes to a close late in the fall with only six ships visiting the island the entire month of November and none docking in Hamilton. Not only do you get your view of Hamilton Harbour back, but late fall is the perfect time to explore Dockyard and St. George’s while they aren’t crowded with visitors!
Participate in Movember (or No-Shave November) this year and help raise awareness of men’s cancers. Change the “face” of men’s health by growing a moustache or beard yourself or simply support the men in your life by bringing attention to Movember and educating yourself to help create a positive change for men’s health! Find out more about the Movember Foundation, which funds over 1,000 projects focusing on men’s health, by visiting www.movember.com.
WORLD RUGBY CLASSIC
Long regarded as one of the best sporting and social events in the fall, the 29th annual World Rugby Classic will take place this November, featuring teams from Argentina, UK, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and the US. Not only a great week for rugby fans, the social sporting event showcases Bermuda and international business with Corporate Hospitality already sold out for the week. There is still plenty of Member’s Tent and general admission tickets left; don’t miss out on the fun—get yours at www.ptix.bm!
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS
Fall back! Ever wonder why you get an extra hour of sleep sometime in the fall and lose an hour in the spring? Daylight saving was first implemented by the Germans during the First World War in an attempt to save fuel by minimising the use of artificial lighting. While many people believe it’s ridiculous that we still observe daylight saving, you can say danke schoen to Germany for your extra hour of sleep today.
ILS BERMUDA CONVERGENCE 2016
This year’s Insurance-Linked Securities Convergence takes place at the Hamilton Princess. The insurance industry networking event features industry and keynote speakers as well as a number of social opportunities all within an exclusive business setting. The event allows guests an “unmatched opportunity to access the alternative reinsurance, convergence and insurance-linked securities marketplace.” For complete information and registration, visit www.ilsbermuda.com.
Every year at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Remembrance Day pays tribute to the Bermudians who fought and fell during the First World War and marks the signing of the armistice after four years of fighting on the European battlefields. The solemn public holiday is marked with a moment of silence and the laying of poppy wreaths at the National War Memorial and Cenotaph.
While Bermuda is definitely British at heart, there’s no doub
t that our closest neighbours to the west have influenced life on our island immensely. You don’t even have to go all out and cook a huge Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate; the day is all about giving thanks. Spend the evening with your family and list the things for which you’re truly grateful. Of course, you can still indulge in the traditional feast if you’re really feeling left out of the festivities!
NOVEMBER 27–DECEMBER 3
GOSLING’S INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The annual week-long Gosling’s Invitational Golf Tournament takes place at the Belmont Hills golf course in Warwick this November. Professional and amateur players alike compete for large cash prizes in an event that’s described as being “mostly about great golf, but also some great fun at other venues.” With a welcome cocktail party, a hole-in-one reward and a Dark n’ Stormy social halfway through the week’s events, the Gosling’s Invitational Golf Tournament is sure to be exactly what its name suggests: a week filled with rum and golf.
HURRICANE SEASON ENDS
While hurricane activity peaks in late summer and early fall, the season officially comes to a close at the end of November. Although it isn’t impossible to have a tropical storm or depression outside of what’s designated as hurricane season, the difference in the air and sea surface temperatures is much less than in the months between June and November, meaning storms are much less likely to form over the North Atlantic during this time.