Festivals Around the World

April 20, 2018

Festivals are an amazing combination of art, music, food, and drinks that bring an invaluable sense of community and exude joy. They encourage us to engage with different cultures, lifestyles, and patrons from all over the world. Whether electronic or blue grass is your scene, prefer snow over sand, or deciding between relaxing or getting dirty, there’s a festival for you out there. Lasting either weekends or weeks and taking place all over the world, festivals are something everyone should take a chance on.

 

 

Our favorites:

 

EDC Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada

Starts at dusk and goes to dawn; this electronic festival is filled with lights and music.

 

Tomorrowworld - Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

Insane electronic music festival filled with art installations on beautiful camping grounds.

 

Coachella - Indio, California, USA

Home to beautiful California, weather, art, and music of all types.

 

Our wish lists:  

 

Tomorrowland - Boom, Belgium  

The mecca of all electronic festivals.

 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Balloons of all designs and colors fill the sky at this festival.


Burning Man - Black Rock Desert, Nevada

A celebration of individuality, creativity, art and sustainability in the desert.

 

Snowglobe – Lake Tahoe, California

NYE festival in beautiful Tahoe.

 

 

January

 

Sundance Film Festival - Park City, Utah, USA

A nonprofit showcase of independent film makers.

 

Snow and Ice Festival - Harbin, China

Largest winter ice and snow sculpture festival in the world.

 

HOLY SHIP! – Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

An electronic music festival cruise; known for its huge wait list.

 

Battle of the Oranges – Ivrea, Italy

Literally battle with oranges to celebrate freedom during Carnival.

 

Kumbh Mela – Allahabad, India

A pilgrimage to bathe in the Ganges.

 

Luminate – Canaan Downs, New Zealand

An art music, and culture festival where you’re meant to connect with nature.

 

Rock in Rio - Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Massive music festival with eclectic ranges of music types.

 

 

 

February

 

Carnivale Di Venezia - Venice, Italy

A celebration that ends with lent; famous for sporting elaborate masks.

 

Chinese New Year – Hong Kong, China

A two-week celebration for the Chinese New Year.

 

Mardi Gras - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Wild parties in the streets of New Orleans to celebrate Carnival.

 

Carnaval - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The ‘Mardi Gras’ of the southern hemisphere.

 

Lantern Festival - Pingxi, Taiwan

A rising of lanterns sent to ancestors for prayer and hope for the next year.

 

Winter Wondergrass – Steamboat, Colorado, USA

Blue grass and craft beer in a ski town.

 

 

March

 

Holi Festival - India, Nepal, Sri Lanka

A colorful event that celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

 

St Patrick's Day - Dublin, Ireland March 17

A mecca for beer lovers and those of Irish heritage to celebrate St. Patrick.

 

SXSW - Austin, Texas-USA

A conference, music festival combination; attracts foodies, film lovers, and musicians alike.

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April

 

Songkran Water Festival - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Water everywhere that sprays, soaks, and splashes you.

 

BaliSpirit – Bali Purnati, Indonesia

A health and wellness-focused festival that won’t leave you worn out.

 

AfrikaBurn – Tankwa Karoo National Park, South Africa

Smaller than Nevada’s Burning Man, but still attracts visitors from over 50 countries.

 

Kings Day - Amsterdam, Netherlands April 27

A time to wear orange and celebrate a succession.

 

The Stagecoach Festival - Indio, California, USA

Country music festival; little sister to Coachella.

 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, Lousiana, USA

Old timey jazz fest in colorful NoLa.

 

Snowbombing – Mayrhofen, Austria

Scattered locations in igloos, on the slopes, or in the back country

 

 

May

 

Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France

A preview of new films from all genres.

 

Electric Daisy Carnival - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Party all night underneath the electric sky.

 

Shaky Beats Music Festival - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Music festival in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

 

Buku Music + Art Project - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Two-day music and arts festival.

 

 

June

 

Tomorrowland - Boom, Belgium (2 Weekends)

One of the world’s largest and most insane electronic music festivals.

 

Gay Pride Parade - San Francisco, California, USA

A celebration of all types of people, especially LGBTQ.

 

Glastonbury - Glastonbury, England

Winner of International Music Festival of the Year; on ancient sites in England.

 

Wanderlust – Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia, USA

A holistically themed health festival.

 

 

July

 

Running Of The Bulls - Pamplona, Spain

Test your endurance in this ludicrous running with bulls.

 

Comic Con International- San Diego, California, USA

Dress up as your favorite characters, get autographs, and meet other die-hard fanatics.

 

Balaton Sound – Lake Balaton, Hungary

Electronic music going 24 hours a day; beautifully on the shore of Lake Balaton.

 

Boryeong Mud Festival – Boryeong, South Korea

Your chance to get dirty, wrestle, and slide!

 

 

August

 

La Tomatina - Buñol, Spain

A wild tomato-throwing festival in the streets.  

 

Burning Man - Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

A temporary, sustainable city in the desert built upon the principle of leave no trace.

 

Lollapalooza - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Diverse lineup with beautiful Chi Town as a back drop.

 

Telluride Jazz Festival – Telluride, Colorado, USA

Astounding outdoor venue with awesome jazz music.

 

Sziget – Budapest, Hungary

One of Europe’s largest music and cultural festivals.

 

 

 

September

 

Bumbershoot - Seattle, Washington, USA

Annual music and arts festival.

 

Oktoberfest - Munich, Germany (into October)

Lederhosen, pretzels, and an abundance of beer!

 

Life is Beautiful – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Celebration music, art, and culinary creations in downtown Las Vegas.

 

Galway Oyster Festival – Galway, Ireland

An indulgent festival to try oysters and other sea food.

 

Electric Picnic – Stradbally, Ireland

Music and carnival rides in-between stages.

 

Dimensions Festival – Pula, Croatia

A lively music festival in an abandoned fort.

 

 

October

Dia De Los Muertos - Mexico City, Mexico

A colorful, Hispanic celebration to remember the dead.

 

Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, Florida, USA

Electronic camping festival hosted by the String Cheese Incident.

 

Austin City Limits - Austin, Texas, USA

A festival featuring music from every genre.

 

Epcot Food & Wine Festival - Orlando, Florida, USA

75 days of delicious food and booze.

 

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

A multiple day music and arts festival in the heart of New Orleans.

 

Berlin Festival of Lights – Berlin, Germany

A ten-day illumination of well-known buildings and sites.

 

Hardly Strictly – San Francisco, California, USA

A free blue grass festival!

 

 

November

Pushkar Camel Fair - Rajasthan, India

A livestock and cultural fair.

 

Melbourne Cup - Melbourne, Australia

A thoroughbred horse race.

 

Strawberry Fields – NSW bush, Austrailia

Techno-focused, intimate festival.

 

 

 

December

Art Basel Miami - Miami, Florida, USA

Massive one-week art festival.

 

Paris International Fantastic Film Festival - Paris, France

Celebration of independent film makers.

 

Universo Paralello - Praia De Pratigi, Brazil

A ten-day trance, utopian, psychedelic music festival.

 

Snowglobe Music Festival - South Lake Tahoe, California, USA

NYE electronic festival.

 

 

 

Year-Round Events and Festivals

 

Full Moon Party - Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

One of the crazier parties you can attend.

 

SOFAR Sounds – A city near you

Sounds from a living room – always a random, secret location, where you must apply for a waitlist to be on!

 

 











 

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