World Festivals

January

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin, Heilongjiang, China: January 5, 2017- February 5 2017
People build incredible things out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers. Come experience the world's largest ice festival in beautiful Harbin city. where sculptures and ice works of chilly art—all made from ice—are scattered throughout Harbin during this colorful two-month ice and snow sculpture festival each January and February. Find out more.

Chinese New Year 

Beijing, China: January 28 2017, February 16 2018 The biggest Chinese holiday, with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns, and celebration, everywhere in China. Although Beijing isn’t the only place to celebrate the Chinese New Year it can be celebrated all over Asia. Find out more.

Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah, USA: January 19-29 2017
The largest independent film festival in the US and a must for any film fan to Watch both feature length films and shorts. Find out more.

Up Helly Aa Fire Festival

Lerwick, Scotland: January 31 2017
Torches, tar barreling, parties, flamboyant costumes, and the burning of a replica viking ship make this an exciting festival. Find out more.

February

The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: February 26 2017, February 11 2018. A week festival that is held before lent every year with two million people per day, with extravagant parade, dancing, colours and alcohol that makes this one of the most exciting and well-known festivals in the world. Find out more.

Mardi Gras

New Orleans, USA: February 28, 2017. February 13, 2018.
Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," The most popular time to visit New Orleans, is the last day of the Carnival season and never disappoints with beads, parades, music and dance. Find out more.

Pingxi Lantern Festival

Pingxi, Taiwan: February 10 2017, March 2 2018. People write their wishes on fire lanterns and release them into the sky together, creating a beautiful spectacle of floating lights. Find out more.

Carnival of Venice

Italy: February 28 2017, February 13 2018 One of the most beautiful festivals in the world, people wear masks and elaborate costumes to hide differences among classes, and there are contests for the best costumes. Find out more.

The Battle of the Oranges

Ivrea, Italy: February 25-27 2017 An enormous food fight where people form organised teams and throw oranges at each other. Find out more.

Desert Festival of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, India: February 8-10 2017 A cultured festival of events such as camel racing, turban tying, and the longest mustache competition, this quirky Indian festival showcases the cultural wonders of Rajasthan. Find out more.

March

Holi Festival

India: March 13 2017, March 02 2018
A Hindus and Sikh Festival, in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka that celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The main day of this incredibly fun 16-day religious festival is honoured by throwing coloured powder and water at each other. Find out more.


Ultra Music Festival

Miami, Florida: March 24-26 2017 The world's premier electronic music festival, boasting elite DJs and unparalleled production located in the beautiful city of Miami. Find out more.

Calle Ocho

Miami, Florida, USA: March 12 2017 Let the Latin beat take you away at the Calle Ocho street festival in Miami's Little Havana. An exciting Cuban street festival in Little Havana, with food and live music. Find out more.

Las Fallas

Valencia: March 15-19 2017
Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique festivals in Spain - a Spanish fiesta where the whole town is literally set alight. The focus of the festival is the creation and burning of giant carton floats. Find out more.

Saint Patrick’s Day Festival

Dublin, Ireland: March 17 2017 Irelands national holiday of parades, costumes, music, comedy, films, and drinking. It is a festival like no other that needs to be added to your bucketlist. Find out more.

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Nederland, Colorado: March 10-12, 2017 Known as one of the most unique and quirky festivals in the USA, Frozen Dead Guy Days takes place in the Colorado mountain town of Nederland, with three days of frosty hilarity featuring 30 live bands in heated tents and outrageous events like coffin races, costumed polar plunging, frozen t-shirt contests and much more. Find out more.

April
Songkran Water Festival

Thailand: April 13-15 2017 The Thai New Year festival falls on some of the hottest days in Thailand, and people celebrate by throwing water on each other, using water guns, buckets, hoses and even elephants. Find out more.

Koningsdag (King’s Day)

Netherlands: April 27 2017 King's Day festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam's open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year.
Find out more.

Sandfest, Port Aransas

Texas: April 21-23 2017 An amazing sand sculpture contest with live entertainment. wander through the incredibly unique artistic displays of the largest sand sculpting fest and competition in the nation, that brings over 100,000 guests to the beaches of Port Aransas. Find out More.

June
Glastonbury Music Festival

Somerset, England: June 21-25 2017 A five-day music and contemporary arts festival with some of the worlds biggest named performers come to together for the ultimate music festival in Somerset, England. Find out more.

Festival of the Sun (inti raymi)

Peru: June 24 2017 An ancient festival celebrating the sun god with Expositions, street fairs, and live music. Find out more.

White Nights Festival/Scarlet Sails

St.Petersburg, Russia: end of June -june 25 2016 Scarlet Sails is just one part of the white nights festival, including spectacular fireworks, concerts, and a mock battle among pirates in boats on the Neva River. Find out more.

July
San Fermin Festival

Pamplona, Spain: July 6-14 2017
Made Famous because of the running of the bulls, where the bulls are lead through the streets of the old quarter every morning of the festival lead to the bull ring by many celebrators wearing white. But La fiesta de San Fermin has many other folkloric events to check out. Find out more. More Info.

Pflasterspektakel

Linz, Austria: July 21-23 2016, July 20-22 2017 A huge street art festival celebrated for three days each summer, the festival (whose name means “pavement spectacle” in German) brings together dancers, musicians, mimes, clowns, high-wire walkers, acrobats, fire twirlers, plus performers so unique that they defy classification—and sometimes gravity. Find out more.

Music City

Nashville, Tenessee, USA: July 4 2016/2017 One of the biggest 4th of July festivals in the USA, with an amazing fireworks display and some of the best country music the south can offer. Find out more.

August
La Tomatina

Buñol, Spain: August 31 2016, August 30 2017. During La Tomatina the streets of Buñol, turn into a free-for-all food fight with Trucks full of over 130,000 kilos of juicy tomatoes.Find out more.

Spice Mas Carnival

Saint George's, Grenada: August 8 2016, may 30 2017 An annual celebration of soca and calypso music that attracts thousands of revelers each year. The carnival consists of many exhilarating festivities such as a J’ouvert celebration, pan drumming ensembles, carnival queen beauty pageant and of course, soca and calypso concerts. Find out more.

Lollapalooza

Chicago, USA: July 28-31 2016, 2017 TBA. A four day Sell out metal, rock, punk, and hiphop festival with some craft and comedy mixed in. Headlined by some of the biggest names in music such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ellie Goulding and Radiohead. Find out more.

Obon Festival

Tokyo, Japan: August 13-16 2016/2017 An traditional eye-catching festival where Japanese Families release floating lanterns into the water to represent their ancestors’ spirits being sent off. Find out more.

Gay Pride Parade

Amsterdam, Netherlands August 5-7 2016, August 4-6 2017
A colourful festival that takes over Amsterdam’s canals for an unforgettable festival of rainbows. Amsterdam also hosts EuroPride this year (2016) so it will be extra special. Find out more.

September
Burning Man

Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA: august 29- sept 5 2016, august 28- sept 4 2017. For one week 70,000 free spirits create a self-reliant community festival of radical art, self expression, and awesomeness in the middle of the Black Rock Desert. Find out more.

Oktoberfest

Munich, Germany: September 17 - October 3 2016/2017 One word: beer. This festival is now held all around the world. It is an important part of Bavarian culture. Find out more.

Grape Throwing Festival

Mallorca, Spain: last weekend in September The Grape Throwing Festival is held annually during the last weekend in September and celebrates the grape harvest in the wine-growing village of Binissalem, Mallorca.

October
Fantasy Fest

Key West, Florida: October 21-30 2016, October 20-29 2016 A colorful parade and 10 day long party in the notoriously liberal town of Key West bringing together visitors and locals to express there creativity and imaginations for a fun packed week of madness.
Find out more.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

New Mexico: early October 1-9 2016, October 7-15 2017. A picture perfect festival with over 750 hot air balloons taking to the skies in all funny shapes and sizes. Find out more.

Halloween Festival of the Dead

Salem, Massachusetts, USA: October- November 2016/2017. Salem the home of witches, psychics and anything dark or spooky opens its doors for the world to come and dip in for a halloween celebration like no other with costume ball, ghost hunting and
masquerades. Find out more.

Pumpkin Festival

Laconia, New Hampshire, USA: October 22 2016, 2017 tba. Celebrating all things pumpkin, this yearly festival gets its residents and citizens to amass the largest number of lit Jack-o’Lanterns in one place trying to meet or beat there world record. Find out more.

November

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Mexico: Halloween -November 2 2016/2017 A celebration celebrated across Mexico and Mexican influenced city in the USA. where friends and family gather to celebrate loved ones who have passed on, through elaborate traditions of food, art, colours, and culture. Find out more.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

New York, USA: November 24 2016, November 23 2017. One of the most popular annual attractions in NYC, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a New York City tradition since 1924. Attracting more than 3.5 million people to the streets of Manhattan every year, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade combines a huge collection of performers, participants, and of course, the famous big balloons that are the signature of this event in NYC. Find out more.

Monkey Buffet Festival

Lopburi, Thailand: November 27 2016, November 26 2017.
In central Thailand’s capital of Lopburi, about 150 kilometers north of Bangkok, the last Sunday in November is reserved for the Lopburi Monkey Banquet. The world’s wildest dinner party is held in honor of these long-tailed macaques, who have become integrated into local society despite their pick-pocketing tendencies and mercurial attitudes.

December
Junkanoo

Nassau, Bahamas: December 26 & January 1 2016 A street festival with art, music, culture, elaborate costumes, and a parade, to bring in the new year. Find out more.

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