When you are a Delhiite, October is already a fun-filled month because it’s dominated by so many music and food festivals. A flock of people go and attend these events for the food and the leisurely activities they allow them to enjoy all at one place. As a cherry on top this time, October is also Diwali Month and that just implies 5 more fests added on account of diwali melas. We bring you a list of Diwali Melas and Food/Music fests not worth missing this month.
1. Blind School Diwali Mela
Of all the Diwali melas, Blind School Diwali Mela is one of the most sought after festival shopping events. Blind School Diwali Mela is run by Blind Relief Association at the school grounds near Lodhi Road. It is a must for those who would love to buy beautifully made diyas, candles, jewellery and a lot of home décor options. For those who love food, the mela has varieties of options on offer that you wouldn’t be able to resist.
DATE: 10th to 16th October
VENUE: Blind School Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Near Oberoi Hotel
2. Sundar Nagar Diwali Mela
Organised for more than 50 years now, Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela is one of the most favourite melas for Delhiites. The mela is filled with loads of activities for kids and elders, has magic shows, fun-filled competitions, never ending shopping zones and amazing food to devour!
DATES: 14th-15th October
VENUE: Colony Park, Sunder Nagar, New Delhi
3. Defence Colony Diwali Bazaar
Held in a plush locality of Defence Colony, this mela is known for its lively atmosphere from the day it begins. The innumerable shopping kiosks setup inside colourful canopies add charm to the mela along with amazing games, dance performances and a lot of entertainment for people of all ages. To add to the fun, there’s great food that will leave you asking for more.
DATES: 14th to 15th October
VENUE: Gumbad Roundabout, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi
4. Select Citywalk Diwali Bazaar
From apparels to accessories and an array of home décor options to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice as you explore the various stalls in Select City Diwali Bazaar. Held in the Select City Courtyard, this mela will give you extensive choices of gifts for your friends and family to choose from. The added bonus is to extend your shopping extravaganza and head to the mall afterwards.
DATES: 4th to 8th October, 2017
VENUE: Select City Mall, District Centre Saket, New Delhi
FOOD, DRINKS AND MUSIC
1. Lager N Barrel Festival
Lager n Barrel festival is the love child of Speed Records and EYP Creations. A rock n roll beer festival to celebrate beer, music, art and the love of a good time. The festival stretching from late afternoon through the night, offers a diversity of beers available for tasting and purchase, intends to ensure that the festival goers experience the full flavor of life through enriching music acts, lovable activities, delicious food and endless beer.
Day 1: Nissi Band, B Praak, Akhil Sachdeva, Millind Gaba, Parmish Verma, DJ Sumit Sethi.
Day 2: Runway Project, Stanley Live, Gurnazar Live, Akhil, Divya Kumar, Mohammed Irfan, Shefali Alvares
DATES: 6th-7th October, 2017
VENUE: Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon
2. Asian Hawkers
This festival runs for three days and covers all Asian cuisine from Korean, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Malaysian, to Singaporean. The upcoming fourth edition of Veeba presents Asian Hawkers Market promises to be bigger and better. An multi-sensory experience that combines stalls of 5-star restaurants and casual restaurants as well, this market is worth going to.
DATES: 13th-15th October
VENUE: Select Citywalk, New Delhi
3. The Grub Fest
India’s biggest and most-awaited food festival comes to town this October to curb your appetite. Three days of indulgence as you get to sample on an array of select Indian and International cuisines. Curated menus and dishes by some of the top restaurants in the city and savoury dishes from some new ones. If you need a break from all the eating? Enjoy live music performances!
DATES: 27th to 29th October
VENUE: JLN Stadium, New Delhi
4. Free Flow Fest
250 restaurants across 5 cities are running a great offer on Bira 91. This fest gives you a 2+1 deal on the beers. Yep, that’s right. This is a great time for you to sample three of Bira 91’s beers: White (wheat beer), Blonde (hoppy lager) and the newly-launched IPA (Indian Pale Ale).
DATES: 12th to 31st October
VENUE: Delhi & Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore