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Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Naghol Naghol is the land-diving harvest ritual of Vanuatu, believed to fertilize the ground, inspiring modern-day bungee jumping.
Apr. 1 - Jun. 30, 2017
Bridgetown, Barbados
Crop Over Barbados’ biggest party is Crop Over, a holdover from the island’s once-thriving sugar industry where workers would celebrate the end of the sugarcane harvest.
May. 29 - Jun. 30, 2017
Roswell, N.M.
Roswell UFO Festival More than a convention of conspiracy theorists, the Roswell UFO Festival has live music, art, fireworks and a planetarium.
Jun. 29 - Jul. 2, 2017
Edirne, Turkey
Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival The oldest annual sporting event in history is the Kirkpinar. Doused in olive oil for a battle royale, the last man standing is declared Chief Pehlivan.
Jun. 28 - Jul. 4, 2017
Montréal, Canada
Montréal International Jazz Festival Montréal hosts one of the best, most diverse jazz festivals in the world.
Jun. 28 - Jul. 8, 2017
Grahamstown, South Africa
National Arts Festival South Africa hosts more than 600 performances for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, ranging from techno DJs to ballet.
Jun. 29 - Jul. 9, 2017
Santa Fe, N.M.
International Folk Art Market Upwards of 21,000 people gather for the enormous International Folk Art Market with more than 180 vendors from 60 countries.
Jul. 7 - Jul. 9, 2017
New York, N.Y.
Northside Festival New York’s answer to SXSW features up-and-coming artists and forward-thinking speakers at a week-long festival in Brooklyn.
Jul. 5 - Jul. 11, 2017
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Naadam Naadam is a centuries-old festival pre-dating Ghengis Khan, showcasing throat singing, dancing and the annual Manly Games.
Jul. 11 - Jul. 13, 2017
Plaza de Toros, Pamplona, Spain
Fiesta de San Fermin Fiesta de San Fermin is dedicated to the city’s patron saint, but is well known for Running of the Bulls.
Jul. 7 - Jul. 14, 2017
Paris, France
Bastille Day France celebrates the Storming of Bastille and gaining its independence on Bastille Day with banquets and fireworks.
Jul. 14, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Inspired by the New Orleans JazzFest, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates New York’s musical legacy.
Jul. 10 - Jul. 15, 2017
Makunduchi, Tanzania
Mwaka Kogwa Mwaka Kogwa is a ritual battle using plant stalks, meant to start the New Year with a clean slate.
Jul. 13 - Jul. 21, 2017
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Reggae Sumfest Sumfest showcases Jamaica’s musical impact on the world, featuring the best in reggae, dancehall and reggaeton.
Jul. 16 - Jul. 22, 2017
San Diego, Calif.
Comic-Con International What began with a 100-person mini-con in the ‘70s is now known as Comic-Con International.
Jul. 20 - Jul. 23, 2017
Mindil Beach, Darwin, Australia
Darwin Beer Can Regatta Participants construct boats out of recycled cans for the annual Darwin Beer Can Regatta.
Jul. 14 - Jul. 23, 2017
Boryeong, South Korea
Boryeong Mud Festival The Boryeong Mud Festival highlights the mineral-rich mud of Boryeong, used to manufacture cosmetics.
Jul. 14 - Jul. 23, 2017
Toata Place, Tahiti
Heiva This festival of Polynesian culture was founded more than 100 years ago, in 1881.
Jul. 7 - Jul. 23, 2017
Key West, Fla.
Hemingway Days This festival is a celebration of the iconic writer Ernest Hemingway, who lived on the island for a time.
Jul. 18 - Jul. 23, 2017
Loiza, Puerto Rico
Fiestas del Apostol Santiago Fiestas del Apostol Santiago is a 400-year-old street party thrown in the sleepy town of Loiza, honoring the patron saint.
Jul. 25, 2017
Cusco, Puno and Lima, Peru
Fiestas Patrias Peru’s national holidays celebrate the nation’s independence with cockfights, rodeos and Paso horse exhibitions for Fiestas Patrias.
Jul. 28 - Jul. 29, 2017
Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal
Boom Festival Boom Festival, held every two years, is dedicated to sustainability and the transformative power of trance music.
Jul. 22 - Jul. 29, 2017
Portschach, Austria
World Bodypainting Festival Hosted in the south of Austria, the World Bodypainting Festival is considered to be the biggest and best of its kind.
Jul. 28 - Jul. 30, 2017
Heimaey, Iceland
People’s Feast Bonfires and vodka are shared in the shadow of a volcano for the People’s Feast, celebrating the ratification of Iceland’s constitution in 1874.
Jul. 28 - Jul. 30, 2017
St. Petersburg, Russia
Stars of the White Nights Russia packs a month of celebrations into their short summer for Stars of the White Nights, complete with parades, fireworks, ships and dancers.
May. 26 - Jul. 30, 2017
Mount Naeba, Japan
Fuji Rock Festival One of Japan’s biggest ski resorts hosts this 100,000-plus-attendee festival every year.
Jul. 28 - Jul. 30, 2017
São Luís, Brazil
Bumba Meu Boi Bumba Meu Boi is a folkloric festival lasting for more than a month in Brazil, combining African, Indian and Portuguese influences.
Jul. 1 - Jul. 31, 2017
Kyoto, Japan
Gion Matsuri The annual month of purification known as Gion Matsuri is meant to appease the gods and prevent natural disasters.
Jul. 1 - Jul. 31, 2017
Chicago, Ill.
Lollapalooza Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell created this summertime tradition as a farewell tour for his band.
Aug. 3 - Aug. 4, 2017
Wacken, Germany
Wacken Open Air Metalheads of the world unite! The Wacken Open Air Festival hosts more than 70,000 headbangers in the sleepy hamlet of Wacken.
Aug. 3 - Aug. 5, 2017
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fiesta de Merengue Merengue is an intrinsic part of Dominican culture, originating as a country dance from the Cibao valley and spawning Fiesta de Merengue.
Jul. 24 - Aug. 6, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gay Pride Amsterdam Several hundreds of thousands come to the Netherlands for Gay Pride Amsterdam, one of the biggest LGBTQ festivals in Europe.
Jul. 22 - Aug. 6, 2017
Bosveld, South Africa
Oppikoppi Festival Oppikoppi is one of South Africa’s biggest festivals, held in the beautiful but harsh landscape of Limpopo.
Aug. 4 - Aug. 6, 2017
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial This event marks the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with memorial events and art projects held all over Japan.
Aug. 6 - Aug. 9, 2017
Carthage, Tunisia
International Festival of Carthage The International Festival of Carthage features the music, theater, film and art of Tunisia, in addition to guests from around the world.
Aug. 6 - Aug. 12, 2017
North America Tour
Van’s Warped Tour The Van’s Warped Tour returns this summer with a range of acts from pop-punk darlings to metal-core bands.
Jun. 21 - Aug. 12, 2017
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne International Film Festival The Melbourne International Film Festival is Australia’s premier cinema gathering and is also known for stirring controversy with risqué films.
Jul. 27 - Aug. 13, 2017
Sturgis, S.D.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nestled in the Black Hills, Sturgis hosts its annual motorcycle rally, with most of the attendees driving Harley Davidsons.
Aug. 7 - Aug. 13, 2017
Trie Sur Baïse, France
La Pourcailhade If you love pork, you’ll love France’s La Pourcailhade, or Festival of the Pig, dedicated to the local pig farming industry.
Aug. 13, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
Sziget Sziget hosts more than 1,000 performances a week, ranging from Roma music to metal bands to polka to hip-hop.
Aug. 7 - Aug. 14, 2017
Tokushima, Japan
Obon On the 15th day of the seventh month, the gates of heaven open, allowing spirits to visit the living world during Obon.
Aug. 13 - Aug. 15, 2017
New York, N.Y.
Jazz Age Lawn Party The Jazz Age lives on nearly 100 years later at New York’s annual Lawn Party on Governors Island.
Aug. 14 - Aug. 15, 2017
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
Mount Hagen Cultural Show Founded while still under Australian rule, the Mount Hagen Cultural Show was created for highland tribes to share their culture with each other.
Aug. 5 - Aug. 19, 2017
Memphis, Tenn.
Elvis Week Elvis Week is held on the anniversary of the King’s death, celebrating his legacy with music, memorabilia and plenty of impersonators.
Aug. 11 - Aug. 19, 2017
Alice Springs, Australia
Henley-On-Todd Regatta The Henley-On-Todd Regatta hosts a series of races to raise money for charity, ranging from a lollipop hunt to a boat-anchored tug of war.
Aug. 19, 2017
New York, N.Y.
Shakespeare in the Park Shakespeare in the Park has featured performances from celebrated actors like Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington.
May. 26 - Aug. 22, 2017
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Esala Perahera Tooth Festival Esala Perahera celebrates the story of a devotee smuggling a tooth from Buddha’s cremation back to Sri Lanka.
Aug. 16 - Aug. 26, 2017
Maralal, Kenya
Maralal Camel Derby The town is a little-known gem in Kenya, hosting the annual Maralal Camel Derby to raise awareness for the animal and its habitat.
Aug. 25 - Aug. 27, 2017
Daresbury, United Kingdom
Creamfields An offshoot of the legendary Cream nightclub, Creamfields has grown into the United Kingdom’s biggest dance festival.
Aug. 24 - Aug. 27, 2017
New York, N.Y.
Afropunk Fest – New York This annual music festival brings together black communities active in various punk subcultures.
Aug. 26 - Aug. 27, 2017
New York, N.Y.
FringeNYC FringeNYC is an offbeat multi-arts festival that serves as an incubator for alternative artists and off-Broadway productions.
Aug. 11 - Aug. 27, 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mundial de Tango The Argentine capital hosts Mundial de Tango, with performances and classes at multiple venues across the city.
Aug. 17 - Aug. 30, 2017
Buñol, Spain
La Tomatina Valencia trucks in 140 tons of tomatoes for the world’s biggest food fight, known as La Tomatina.
Aug. 30, 2017
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Hajj Two million people perform the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
Aug. 30, 2017
Birdsville, Australia
Birdsville Races Six thousand people descend on a former cattle toll station for their annual Birdsville Races in the remote Sturt Stony Desert.
Sep. 1 - Sep. 2, 2017
Braemar, Scotland, United Kingdom
Scottish Highland Games The Scottish Highland Games are a preservation of Scotland’s culture, and was the inspiration behind the modern Olympic Games.
Sep. 2, 2017
Guadalajara, Mexico
International Mariachi Festival Mexico’s historic style of music is celebrated at the International Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara.
Aug. 25 - Sep. 3, 2017
Pula, Croatia
Outlook Festival Outlook is held in an abandoned naval fort on the Bay of Petrcane.
Aug. 30 - Sep. 3, 2017
New York, N.Y.
Warm Up Held in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, Warm Up is the museum’s month-long concert series bringing together a wide spectrum of forward-thinking artists.
Jun. 25 - Sep. 3, 2017
Telluride, Colo.
Telluride Film Festival Described as one of the most fun in America, the Telluride Film Festival releases its lineup 24 hours before the launch each year.
Sep. 1 - Sep. 4, 2017
Black Rock Desert, Nev.
Burning Man Tens of thousands of people converge on Black Rock Desert for the annual music and arts festival known as Burning Man.
Aug. 27 - Sep. 4, 2017
China
Hungry Ghost Festival Held on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month, the Hungry Ghost Festival is the traditional holiday for ancestral veneration.
Sep. 5, 2017
In-Gall, Niger
Wodaabe Gerewol The Wodaabe people celebrate the annual courtship ritual of Gerewol with elaborate costumes, face painting and dance.
Sep. 7, 2017
Lima, Peru
Mistura The best Peruvian cuisine is showcased for the world at Mistura, considered one of the finest food festivals of South America.
Sep. 1 - Sep. 10, 2017
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Design Week Helsinki Design Week showcases programs in fashion, architecture and urban culture.
Aug. 30 - Sep. 10, 2017
New York, N.Y.
US Open Tennis Championships The US Open closes out a long season of tennis in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Aug. 25 - Sep. 10, 2017
New York, N.Y.
New York Fashion Week – Fall New York Fashion Week is one of the “Big 4” fashion weeks, the others held in Paris, London and Milan.
Sep. 7 - Sep. 15, 2017
San Carlos de Barioche, Argentina
Bariloche Gay Ski Week Every year, the small lakeside community hosts the Bariloche Gay Ski Week in the scenic mountains of Argentina.
Sep. 9 - Sep. 16, 2017
Egremont, England
Egremont Crab Fair The Egremont Crab Fair’s many interesting events include the World Gurning Championship, where contestants contort their faces into strange shapes.
Sep. 16, 2017
Bardstown, Ky.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival The tradition of distilling bourbon whiskey is as old as the country itself. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival aims to preserve this American pastime.
Sep. 12 - Sep. 17, 2017
Bath, England
Jane Austen Festival For 10 days, things get a bit more refined in Bath for the Jane Austen Festival.
Sep. 8 - Sep. 17, 2017
Torquay, England
International Agatha Christie Festival The International Agatha Christie Festival is one of England’s top literary conventions, with tours, fringe events and author exhibitions.
Sep. 8 - Sep. 17, 2017
North Adams, Mass.
FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival The FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival features both traditional and modern-day bluegrass, held in Mass MoCa.
Sep. 15 - Sep. 17, 2017
Maui, Hawaii
Maui Marathon With beautiful scenery and five races to choose from, the Maui Marathon is a popular event for runners from around the world.
Sep. 17, 2017
Tappan, N.Y.
Italian Feast & Carnival The Blauvelt Sons of Italy host their Italian Feast in Rockland County, featuring food, games and artisans.
Sep. 14 - Sep. 17, 2017
Toronto, Canada
Toronto International Film Festival Hollywood VIP flood Toronto for 11 days every year for this film festival.
Sep. 7 - Sep. 17, 2017
Marrakech, Morocco
Oasis Festival Billed as the first event of its kind in Morocco, Oasis is the country’s premier electronic music festival.
Sep. 15 - Sep. 17, 2017
United States of America
Constitution Day This date celebrates when the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.
Sep. 17, 2017
Imilchil, Morocco
Imilchil Wedding Moussem Held high in the Atlas Mountains, the Imilchil Wedding Moussem is the traditional courting ceremony of Moroccan herders.
Sep. 15 - Sep. 18, 2017
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Autumn Equinox at Chichen Itza Thousands gather at El Castillo on the spring and autumn equinox to watch the feathered-serpent god Kukulkan slither down the steps of the temple.
Sep. 20, 2017
Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Festival of the Virgin of Mercy More than 600 events will take place in Barcelona for its “festival of festivals,” celebrating the history and culture of the Catalan capital.
Sep. 15 - Sep. 21, 2017
Philadelphia, Pa.
Philadelphia Fringe Festival The Philadelphia Fringe Festival has dance, theater, visual and performance art showcased across the city from stages to street corners.
Sep. 8 - Sep. 23, 2017
Paris, France
Paris Techno Parade The second-largest free outdoor musical event in France was originally a protest against government repression against dance music.
Sep. 23, 2017
New York, N.Y.
Feast of San Gennaro This Little Italy street fair was originally a religious commemoration to San Gennaro by immigrants on Mulberry Street.
Sep. 14 - Sep. 24, 2017
Nashville, Tenn.
Americana Music Festival Nashville will host more than 100 performances downtown for the Americana Music Festival.
Sep. 19 - Sep. 24, 2017
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jamaica Bridal Expo The best vendors in the wedding industry meet at the Jamaica Bridal Expo.
Sep. 22 - Sep. 24, 2017
Galway City, Ireland
Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival A celebration of Galway’s annual oyster harvest, the festival also features a shucking competition, street parades and plenty of Irish stout.
Sep. 21 - Sep. 24, 2017
South Lyon, Mich.
Pumpkinfest Pumpkinfest celebrates with three days of music, food and crafts.
Sep. 22 - Sep. 24, 2017
Argyll, Scotland
World Stone Skimming Championships Skipping rocks is serious business at the World Stone Skimming Championships.
Sep. 24, 2017
Seattle, Wash.
Decibel Festival The Decibel Int. Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media is one of America’s premier dance music events.
Sep. 20 - Sep. 24, 2017
Valletta, Republic of Malta
Malta International Airshow Planes from around the world will be showcased at the Malta International Airshow, including performances by national display teams.
Sep. 23 - Sep. 24, 2017
New York, N.Y.
Atlantic Antic Celebrate Brooklyn’s melting pot of food, music and culture.
Sep. 24, 2017
London, England
London Design Festival For nine days, London becomes an exhibition in art, design and culture.
Sep. 16 - Sep. 24, 2017
Potosi, Uncia, Bolivia
Fiesta San Miguel Fiesta San Miguel is a cultural festival celebrating the Potosi region’s various traditions.
Sep. 29, 2017
Sydney, Australia
Sydney Fringe Sydney Fringe is Australia’s alternative arts and culture festival, founded in 2003 and inspired by its American counterparts.
Sep. 1 - Sep. 30, 2017
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake of Stars Lake of Stars is a diverse music and arts festivals set on the shore of Lake Malawi.
Sep. 24 - Oct. 1, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
Cinema Queer International Film Festival The Cinema Queer International Film Festival returns to Stockholm, aiming to expand the scope of the heteronormative film industry.
Sep. 27 - Oct. 1, 2017
Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest unites more than 6 million people for 16 days of music, dancing, rides and, of course, Munich’s finest beer.
Sep. 16 - Oct. 2, 2017
New Castle, Australia
This is Not Art This is Not Art celebrates the underground art scene with a program of features not typically showcased in the major Australian festivals.
Sep. 27 - Oct. 2, 2017
Hermanus, South Africa
Hermanus Whale Festival Many consider Hermanus the whale-watching capital of the world.
Sep. 30 - Oct. 2, 2017
China
Mid-Autumn Festival This yearly harvest festival is known for moon cakes, pastries filled with jelly, dates, nuts or bean paste.
Oct. 4, 2017
Tarragona, Spain
Concurs de Castells Catalonia’s Concurs de Castells reach up to nine stories high and have been an institution for more than 200 years.
Sep. 28 - Oct. 5, 2017
Helsinki, Finland
Baltic Herring Festival Celebrate Finland’s long history of maritime culture.
Oct. 1 - Oct. 6, 2017
Tübingen, Germany
Tübingen Round Table Duck Race Some 7,000 rubber ducks get dumped into Tübingen’s Neckar River for the annual 45 minutes of adrenaline.
Oct. 7, 2017
Lidoonvarna, Ireland
Matchmaking Festival Lidoonvarna’s Matchmaking Festival is an old tradition, where single pilgrims come into town to be set up by one of the town’s basadóiri.
Sep. 1 - Oct. 8, 2017
Albuquerque, N.M.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest event of its kind, with thousands of balloons filling the Albuquerque sky with color.
Sep. 30 - Oct. 8, 2017
New York City, N.Y.
New York Film Festival The New York Film Festival returns to the Big Apple, showcasing the finest cinema on the festival circuit.
Sep. 22 - Oct. 8, 2017
Joshua Tree National Park, Calif.
Joshua Tree Music Festival – Fall This independently produced festival has a family-oriented vibe, set in the beautiful California wild.
Oct. 5 - Oct. 8, 2017
Cowal, Scotland
CowalFest CowalFest is an outdoor festival featuring walks, art and workshops along the beautiful Scottish coast.
Sep. 29 - Oct. 8, 2017
Austin, Texas
Austin City Limits Music Festival Though it doesn’t have the brand recognition of Coachella or SXSW, Austin City Limits provides a high caliber lineup with 130 acts from around the world.
Sep. 29 - Oct. 8, 2017
Belém, Brazil
Círio de Nazaré Círio de Nazaré is centered around the statue of Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, believed to have performed miracles in Brazil.
Oct. 8, 2017
Busan, South Korea
Busan International Film Festival The Busan International Film Festival is one of most significant cinema events, focusing on young filmmakers in the commercial and art house scene.
Oct. 5 - Oct. 14, 2017
New River Gorge Bridge, W.V.
Bridge Day Bridge Day is the biggest base-jumping event in America. Up to 200,000 spectators will watch people hurl themselves from 265 meters.
Oct. 14, 2017
Anaheim, Calif.
Orange County International Auto Show With concepts, custom cars and restoration experts, there is something for everyone at the Orange County International Auto Show.
Oct. 12 - Oct. 15, 2017
Cheltenham, England
Times Cheltenham Literature Festival From poetry to travel to history, come celebrate the written word at the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Oct. 6 - Oct. 15, 2017
Ghadames, Libya
Ghadames Festival Ghadames is known throughout the world for dates, also region’s No. 1 export.
Oct. 13 - Oct. 15, 2017
Phuket, Thailand
Phuket Vegetarian Festival The Chinese community in Thailand participates in nine days of abstaining from meat for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.
Oct. 10 - Oct. 18, 2017
Mumbai, India
Diwali Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, marking Ramayana’s victory over Ravana and return from exile.
Oct. 19, 2017
Seville, Spain
International Guitar Festival of Seville The home of traditional flamenco style hosts 10 days of concerts, master classes and lectures during the International Guitar Festival of Seville.
Oct. 11 - Oct. 21, 2017
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Festival The Melbourne Festival is a celebration of dance, music, art and multimedia, with complimentary, outdoor events across the city.
Oct. 5 - Oct. 22, 2017
Dallas, Texas
State Fair of Texas The most highly attended fair in America has taken place every year since 1886, pausing only for the two World Wars.
Sep. 29 - Oct. 22, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Dance Event Amsterdam Dance Event is an annual electronic music festival and conference hosting leaders in the club industry.
Oct. 18 - Oct. 22, 2017
Las Vegas, Nev.
Life is Beautiful Life is Beautiful is more than a concert — it’s a cultural festival bringing together musicians, speakers, chefs, artists and inspiring people.
Sep. 22 - Oct. 24, 2017
Victoria, Seychelles
Kreol Festival The Kreol Festival celebrates the culture of the Seychellois Creole people, who trace their origins to East African, Malagasy, French and British descent.
Oct. 22 - Oct. 25, 2017
Lima, Peru
El Señor de los Milagros El Señor de los Milagros celebrates the 350 mural of Jesus Christ, created by a freed slave and still standing after an earthquake destroyed its church.
Oct. 18 - Oct. 28, 2017
Independence, Kan.
Neewollah Neewollah is Independence’s two-week Halloween festival, drawing 60,000 people to the small town for music, parades and games.
Oct. 20 - Oct. 28, 2017
Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival
Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival The annual Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival celebrates the island’s unique culinary history for 10 days with more than 80 internationally renowned chefs.
Oct. 13 - Oct. 29, 2017
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Fete Guédé This annual holiday is Haitian Voodoo’s version of Day of the Dead, named after the Loa which represent death and fertility.
Nov. 2, 2017
Pushkar, India
Pushkar Camel Fair Much more than a camel tradeshow, the Pushkar Camel Fair is a celebration of Rajasthani culture.
Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2017
Amritsar, India
Guru Nanak Jayanti Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Guru Nanak, a founder and guru of Sikhism, in a dizzying array of lights.
Nov. 4, 2017
Orlando, Fla.
Electric Daisy Carnival – Orlando Electric Daisy Carnival comes to Orlando for America’s largest dance music festival.
Nov. 3 - Nov. 4, 2017
Paris, France
Pitchfork Music Festival – Paris The French version of America’s Pitchfork Music Festival continues to bring a lineup of leftfield artists.
Nov. 2 - Nov. 4, 2017
Louisville, Ky.
Breeders’ Cup This Grade 1 Thoroughbred race changes locations every year.
Nov. 3 - Nov. 4, 2017
Lewes, United Kingdom
Guy Fawkes Night The foiling of the Gunpowder Plot became the national holiday Guy Fawkes Night back in 1606. V for Vendetta masks not included.
Nov. 5, 2017
Easton, Pa.
PA Baconfest The oldest, continuously open market of the United States hosts its fourth Baconfest, celebrating everything bacon and supporting sustainable farming.
Nov. 4 - Nov. 5, 2017
Puno, Peru
La Diablada La Diablada is an annual parade of demons through the streets of Puno. Its origins are unknown, and a mixture of Christian and indigenous beliefs.
Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, 2017
Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland Airwaves Reykjavik’s nightlife and natural beauty make it one of the hippest cities to host the Iceland Airwaves music festival.
Nov. 1 - Nov. 5, 2017
New York, N.Y.
New York City Marathon The New York City Marathon is the largest in the world with more than 50,000 finishers.
Nov. 5, 2017
Santiago, Chile
Festival Cine//B The young Festival Cine//B has gotten recognition for showcasing the burgeoning independent film scene in Latin America.
Nov. 2 - Nov. 9, 2017
Richterswil, Switzerland
Räbechilbi Turnip Festival The trendy town of Zurich hosts its annual Turnip Festival, where 26 tons of turnips are carved for a parade through town.
Nov. 11, 2017
Bali, Indonesia
Galungan Galungan is the most significant holiday for Hindus in Bali, celebrating the victory of good over evil.
Nov. 1 - Nov. 11, 2017
Istanbul, Turkey
Contemporary Istanbul Contemporary Istanbul is the country’s flagship event for modern art.
Nov. 6 - Nov. 13, 2017
Cairo, Egypt
Cairo International Film Festival The Cairo International Film Festival is one of the first cinema gatherings organized in the Middle East.
Nov. 5 - Nov. 14, 2017
Vientiane, Laos
That Luang Festival Buddhism’s most important festival is held on November’s full moon.
Nov. 7 - Nov. 14, 2017
Negril, Jamaica
Cannabis Cup Cannabis Cup is now in five U.S. cities, but Negril, Jamaica’s, is still one of the most popular
Nov. 11 - Nov. 14, 2017
Los Angeles, Calif.
AFI Fest AFI Fest is Los Angeles’ longest running international film festival.
Nov. 10 - Nov. 17, 2017
Lingsar, Indonesia
Perang Topat For Perang Topat, Hindu and Muslim worshippers meet at the Pura Lingsar Temple for a food fight with rice cakes.
Nov. 17, 2017
Grand Cayman
Pirates Week Pirates descend upon the Cayman Islands. The festival features a surprise mock pirate invasion with two ships landing in George Town Harbour.
Nov. 9 - Nov. 19, 2017
Haines, Alaska
Alaska Bald Eagle Festival More than 3,000 bald eagles will gather for the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival.
Nov. 14 - Nov. 19, 2017
Tocumwal, Australia
Strawberry Fields Strawberry Fields has broadened beyond its roots as a techno festival, but the feel is still intimate and community-oriented.
Nov. 16 - Nov. 19, 2017
New York City, N.Y.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Many Macy’s employees were first-generation immigrants wanting to celebrate their new American heritage, beginning this tradition in 1924.
Nov. 23, 2017
Portland, Ore.
Portland Wine Country Thanksgiving More than 100 wineries are open during the holiday weekend for the Portland Wine Country Thanksgiving.
Nov. 24 - Nov. 26, 2017
Lopburi, Thailand
Lopburi Monkey Banquet Citizens prepare the Lopburi Monkey Banquet with the local population of macaques, hoping it will bring good luck.
Nov. 26, 2017
Alba, Italy
Alba International White Truffle Fair The White Truffle Fair is the world’s premier truffle festival, where a few ounces of the stuff can cost several hundred dollars.
Oct. 7 - Nov. 26, 2017
Todd Mission, Texas
Texas Renaissance Festival One doesn’t imagine knights in Texas, but the state’s Renaissance Festival is one of the biggest in America.
Oct. 7 - Nov. 26, 2017
Volta Region, Ghana
Hogbetsotso Festival The Hogbetsotso Festival is the Anlo tribe’s month-long celebration of their escape from Notsie and settling on the east coast of Ghana.
Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ventana Sur Film Festival Created with the help of Cannes' Marché Du Film, Ventana Sur showcases more than 60 features from all over Latin America.
Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2017
Thailand
King’s Birthday Thailand celebrates the birthday of its King and ceremonial father.
Dec. 5, 2017
Les 2 Alps, France
Rise Festival Rise is a beautiful ski and music festival in the French Alps.
Dec. 9 - Dec. 16, 2017
Goa, India
Sunburn Festival The birthplace of psytrance plays host to India’s biggest EDM festival, bringing the best DJs from around the world to Goa.
Dec. 26 - Dec. 29, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
Hogmanay Celebration Hogmanay traces its roots to the Viking celebration of the shortest day of the year. Today, it includes fireworks, parades and performances.
Dec. 30 - Jan. 1, 2018
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town Minstrel Carnival The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival is a colorful month of celebration, artistically influenced by 19th-century minstrels visiting from America.
Dec. 31 - Jan. 2, 2018
Budapest, Hungary
Budapest Christmas Fair Each year, the Budapest Christmas Fair highlights one region of Hungary in its month-long Christmas celebration.
Nov. 15 - Jan. 5, 2018
New York City, N.Y.
The New York Times Travel Show The New York Times Travel Show is an exhibition of the top brands and experts in domestic and international travel.
Jan. 5 - Jan. 7, 2018
Toronto, Canada
Cavalcade of Lights Toronto’s holiday tradition is held in Nathan Phillips Square with lights, fireworks and ice skating.
Nov. 25 - Jan. 7, 2018
Ouidah, Benin
Voodoo Festival Voodoo is an everyday part of life in Benin, which culminates in this yearly festival complete with drums, dancing and plenty of gin.
Jan. 9, 2018
Manila, Philippines
Black Nazarene Procession Carved out of mesquite, the Black Nazarene is believed to grant miracles to people in the Philippines.
Jan. 9, 2018
Selcuck, Turkey
Camel Wrestling Championship The Camel Wrestling Championship draws thousands as bovines fight for the affection of a mate.
Jan. 13 - Jan. 14, 2018
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
BPM Festival Thousands flock to BPM Festival, one of the best in Central America, set against the beautiful Caribbean waters and ancient Mayan ruins.
Jan. 5 - Jan. 14, 2018
Björkliden, Sweden
Aurora Festival The magnificent Northern Lights are celebrated at the Aurora Festival, held in Björkliden, the Arctic part of Sweden.
Jan. 12 - Jan. 14, 2018
Gonder, Ethiopia
Timkat Timkat is a celebration of Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan. Celebrated all over the country, Gonder’s is the liveliest.
Jan. 17 - Jan. 19, 2018
San Sebastian, Spain
La Tamborrada Up to 100 drum regiments beat their instruments to commemorate their patron saint for La Tamborrada.
Jan. 18 - Jan. 19, 2018
Detroit, Mich.
North American International Auto Show The North American International Auto Show is one of the biggest car shows in the world, held in Motor City, U.S.A.
Jan. 8 - Jan. 21, 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand
World Buskers Festival New Zealand’s World Buskers Festival is a celebration of street performers with dancers, vaudeville acts, acrobats and more stunning the crowds.
Jan. 11 - Jan. 21, 2018
Lexton, Australia
Rainbow Serpent Festival Rainbow Serpent is Australia’s premier music festival, drawing its name from the mythological creation figure in aboriginal thought.
Jan. 19 - Jan. 22, 2018
Park City, Utah
Slamdance Held in parallel with Sundance, Slamdance prides itself on working with underdog independent filmmakers.
Jan. 19 - Jan. 25, 2018
Elko, Nev.
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering The artsiest cowboys in the world gather to recite their favorite and original lines at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Jan. 22 - Jan. 27, 2018
Harbin, China
Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival China hosts the biggest ice and snow sculpture festival in the world, where sub-zero temperatures freeze Harbin into a winter wonderland.
Jan. 1 - Jan. 28, 2018
Park City, Utah
Sundance Film Festival North America’s most famous film festival is a winter-time mecca for Hollywood, generating buzz for future independent classics.
Jan. 18 - Jan. 28, 2018
Aspen, Colo.
Winter X Games The Winter X Games, ESPN’s annual extreme sports competition, returns to Aspen, Colo.
Jan. 25 - Jan. 28, 2018
Mt. Wakakusa-yama, Nara, Japan
Wakakusa Yamayaki Wakakausa Yamayaki is a ceremonial torching of the mountainside, commemorating rival Buddhist temples of Nara.
Jan. 28 - Jan. 29, 2018
Iloilo City, Philippines
Dinagyang Dinagyang is the younger sibling of Ati-Atihan, held in honor of Santo Niño and the arrival of Malay settlers on Panay.
Jan. 28 - Jan. 29, 2018
Lerwick, United Kingdom
Up Helly Aa Up Helly Aa, Europe’s biggest fire festival is a celebration of Nordic heritage and ritual.
Jan. 30, 2018
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thaipusam The Hindu festival Thaipusam is a site to see, with devotees venerating Lord Shiva’s son Murugan with elaborate body piercings.
Jan. 30, 2018
Chicago, Ill.
Chicago Restaurant Week Chicago Restaurant Week celebrates the city’s culinary diversity with delicious deals all around town.
Jan. 19 - Feb. 1, 2018
Clearwater, Fla.
Clearwater Beach Uncorked Clearwater Beach Uncorked is the finest beachfront culinary event on Florida’s west coast.
Feb. 3 - Feb. 4, 2018
Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile
Tapati Rapa Nui Tapati Rapa Nui is a festival for locals by locals celebrating the culture of Easter Island’s Rapa Nui people.
Jan. 31 - Feb. 4, 2018
Banff National Park, Canada
Banff SnowDays Banff SnowDays are a celebration of all things winter and fun for kids and adults alike with sports, food, entertainment and breathtaking landscapes.
Jan. 6 - Feb. 4, 2018
Rotterdam, Netherlands
International Film Festival Rotterdam This large film festival is important to the independent scene, catering to art-house and experimental works.
Jan. 24 - Feb. 4, 2018
Australia and New Zealand
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Laneway is one of the best festivals for indie music in Australia, let alone the world. Over the past 10 years, it expanded to New Zealand, Singapore and the United
Jan. 20 - Feb. 4, 2018
Venice, Italy
Venice Carnival The Venice Carnival culminates in the Doge’s Ball, an extravagant costume party with dancing.
Jan. 20 - Feb. 6, 2018
Oruro, Bolivia
Carnaval de Oruro Bolivia’s largest festival features a demonic parade and a water bomb for Ash Wednesday.
Feb. 10 - Feb. 11, 2018
Binche, Belgium
Carnaval de Binch This Fat Tuesday parade begins at the town hall and ends with an orange fight.
Feb. 13, 2018
Kathmandu, Nepal
Maha Shivaratri Thousands of Hindus gather at the famous Pashupitnath Temple for Maha Shivaratri, the celebration of Shiva’s marriage to Parvati.
Feb. 14, 2018
Sapporo, Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival The Sapporo Snow Festival has more than 400 snow sculptures and plenty of the town’s namesake beer.
Feb. 2 - Feb. 15, 2018
Vietnam
Tết Nguyên Đán – Vietnamese New Year Tết Nguyên Đán marks the coming of spring, symbolically wiping the slate clean for the New Year.
Feb. 16, 2018
New York, N.Y.
New York Fashion Week –Spring New York Fashion Week is one of the “Big 4” fashion weeks, the others held in Paris, London and Milan.
Feb. 8 - Feb. 16, 2018
Nara, Japan
Hadaka Matsuri Hadaka Matsuri is a ritual purification in the frozen waters of a Shinto temple.
Feb. 17, 2018
Viareggio, Italy
Carnevale di Viareggio For the four Sundays around Lent, Viareggio transforms into an elaborate carnival with masked balls, fireworks and shows.
Jan. 28 - Feb. 18, 2018
Tapapakanga Park, New Zealand
Splore Splore is New Zealand’s premier camping festival, located just south of Auckland on protected indigenous lands.
Feb. 16 - Feb. 18, 2018
Jaisalmer, India
Jaisalmer Desert Festival The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a three-day celebration of Rajasthani culture.
Feb. 17 - Feb. 19, 2018
Old Town, Quebec, Canada
Quebec Winter Carnival The world’s largest winter carnival features parades, canoe races and ice sculptures in this historic town.
Jan. 26 - Feb. 21, 2018
San Francisco, Calif.
Noise Pop Noise Pop is one of the best festivals dedicated to indie music, with performances held around the Bay Area.
Feb. 16 - Feb. 24, 2018
Ivrea, Italy
Battle of the Oranges The Battle of the Oranges is the town’s historic reenactment of rebelling against an Ivrea lord.
Feb. 25, 2018
Rancho la Merced, Uvita, Costa Rica
Envision Festival Envision combines art and music with yoga and spiritual renewal in beautiful Costa Rica.
Feb. 22 - Feb. 25, 2018
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Daytona 500 The most important race in NASCAR is held in America’s first motorsports stadium, the Daytona Speedway.
Feb. 25, 2018
Mendoza, Argentina
National Grape Harvest Festival Responsible for 70 percent of the country’s wine production, Mendoza now celebrates its Grape Harvest as an annual cultural event.
Feb. 25 - Mar. 2, 2018
NuanQuan, China
DaShuHua Tree Flower Festival Three hundred years ago the blacksmiths of NuanQuan couldn’t afford fireworks for their New Year, starting the tradition of throwing molten iron against walls.
Mar. 2, 2018
New Taiwan City, Taiwan
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival More than 100,000 balloons are released into the sky for Pingxi, a tradition originating from village watchmen using the lanterns as safety signals.
Mar. 2, 2018
Dedougou, Burkina Faso
FESTIMA FESTIMA is a festival dedicated to the centuries-old ritual of masked dance in West Africa.
Feb. 4 - Mar. 2, 2018
Sydney, Australia
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Born from the 1978 Civil Rights March, Sydney’s Mardi Gras is a celebration of diversity 500,000 strong.
Feb. 16 - Mar. 4, 2018
Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Wine + Food Festival Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a non-profit aiming to celebrate the city’s diverse food culture.
Feb. 28 - Mar. 4, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic
One World Studios looking for the next hard-hitting documentary closely follow the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
Mar. 5 - Mar. 14, 2018
Al Janadriyah, Saudi Arabia
Janadriyah National Festival Saudi Arabia’s premier cultural festival in Al Janadriyah opens with an epic camel race with more than 2,000 competitors.
Mar. 2 - Mar. 18, 2018
Argungu, Nigeria
Argungu Fishing Festival Marking the peace between the Sokoto Caliphate and Kebbi Kingdom, 35,000 fishermen descend on Malan Fada for Argungu’s intense fishing competition.
Feb. 17 - Mar. 18, 2018
Dublin, Ireland
St. Patrick’s Day Festival Thousands gather for this festival to honor the saint who drove the snakes out of Ireland. There will also be green beer.
Mar. 17 - Mar. 20, 2018
New Delhi, India
Holi Holi venerates Lord Vishnu’s triumph over evil. Celebrated all over India, Delhi’s is one of the biggest, showering the capital in color.
Mar. 21, 2018
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town International Jazz Festival The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” boasting five stages and more than 40 artists playing for two nights.
Mar. 30 - Mar. 31, 2018
Underberg, South Africa
Splashy Fen Music Festival Splashy Fen is South Africa’s longest running outdoor music festival, created as an answer to Glastonbury and attracting more than 10,000 people
Apr. 12 - Apr. 15, 2018
Indio, Calif.
Coachella For two weekends, the Coachella Valley hosts a multi-genre line-up of musicians along with art installations and more than 500,000 guests.
Apr. 13 - Apr. 22, 2018
Mexico City, Mexico
Vive Latino Vive Latino is a huge festival dedicated to music from the Spanish-speaking world.
Apr. 21 - Apr. 22, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Koningsdag Koningsdag, or King’s Day, celebrates the reigning King’s birthday and the end of winter with everyone dressed in orange and partying in the streets.
Apr. 27, 2018
New Orleans, La.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Originally a Creole tradition, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a soulful mix of African beats, church hymns and, of course, jazz.
Apr. 20 - Apr. 29, 2018
Harare, Zimbabwe
Harare International Festival of the Arts Dance, music, poetry and more are showcased at Harare’s annual arts festival which attracts performers from all over the globe.
Apr. 24 - Apr. 29, 2018
Tankwa, South Africa
AfrikaBurn AfrikaBurn is South Africa’s regional Burning Man festival held during the week of May Day.
Apr. 24 - Apr. 29, 2018
Memphis, Tenn.
Beale Street Music Festival As the home of “Memphis Blues,” Beale Street is steeped in music history.
Apr. 27 - Apr. 29, 2018
Indio, Calif.
Stagecoach Music Festival Stagecoach is Coachella’s sibling festival, dedicated solely to the world of country.
Apr. 27 - Apr. 29, 2018
Edinburgh, Scotland
Beltane Fire Festival Beltane is an ancient Celtic bonfire festival signifying the arrival of spring.
Apr. 29, 2018
Mount Broken, Germany
Walpurgisnacht This spring festival translates to “Witch’s Night,” celebrating the new season with ancient Pagan traditions.
Apr. 29, 2018
Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
Cheung Chau Bun Festival Hong Kong residents celebrate Buddha’s birthday with the Bun Festival, the most famous of the Da Jiu festivals.
Apr. 29 - May. 3, 2018
Thrissur, India
Thrissur Pooram Festival This 200-year-old festival culminates with an elaborate elephant parade to Vadakkunnath Temple.
May. 4, 2018
Puebla, Mexico
Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo sees its biggest celebration in Puebla, where the town defeated the occupying French Army in 1862.
May. 5, 2018
Martigny, Switzerland
Combat des Reines Combat des Reines is the tradition of battling cows between the alpine districts of Switzerland, attracting more than 50,000 spectators a year.
May. 5 - May. 6, 2018
Seville, Spain
Feria de Abril Two weeks after Semana Santa, Seville’s Feria de Abril is a week of partying in the tent city of Real de la Feria.
May. 1 - May. 6, 2018
Yasothon, Laos
Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival Residents of Laos set off handmade rockets to wish for a bountiful rainy season.
May. 4 - May. 8, 2018
Joshua Tree National Park, Calif.
Joshua Tree Music Festival – Spring This independently produced festival has a family-oriented vibe, set in the beautiful California wild.
May. 10 - May. 13, 2018
Essaoira, Morocco
Gnaoua World Music Festival Half a million people come to Gnaoua and get lost in its rhythmic trance.
May. 10 - May. 13, 2018
Saint Louis, Senegal
Saint Louis Jazz Festival The colorful Senegal town hosts the annual Saint Louis Jazz Festival, boasting alumni including Herbie Hancock and Randy Weston.
May. 9 - May. 14, 2018
Ginosaur, Israel
Jacob’s Ladder — Spring Festival Jacob’s Ladder is a community festival with art, music and workshops.
May. 17 - May. 19, 2018
Rabat, Morocco,
Mawazine For eight days, Morocco’s capital of Rabat hosts Mawazine, with crowds of 2 million enjoying more than 100 concerts all over town.
May. 11 - May. 19, 2018
Durham, N.C.
Moogfest Moogfest is an electronic music festival celebrating the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog.
May. 17 - May. 20, 2018
Gulf Shores, Ala.
Hangout Music Fest Hangout Music Fest is a quintessential spring festival set on the beautiful beach of Gulf Shores, Ala.
May. 18 - May. 20, 2018
Fes, Morocco
Fes Festival of World Sacred Music Creative types, scholars and religious enthusiasts from around the world descend on Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music.
May. 18 - May. 26, 2018
Boston, Mass.
Boston Calling – Spring Boston Calling is a raucous affair. The first big festival in Beantown has major acts from the world of rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic.
May. 25 - May. 26, 2018
Cannes, France
Cannes Film Festival The Cannes Film Festival returns the French Riviera with plenty of Champagne, tuxedos and cinema stars.
May. 16 - May. 27, 2018
Speedway, Ind.
Indianapolis 500 The Indianapolis 500 is the premier event in American motor sports, with a fresh bottle of milk waiting at the end of the 200 laps.
May. 27, 2018
Quincy, Wash.
Sasquatch! This outdoor festival is an awesome way to spend Memorial Day Weekend in the Pacific Northwest.
May. 25 - May. 28, 2018
Detroit, Mich.
Movement Electronic Music Festival The birthplace of techno music holds its highly acclaimed festival in Detroit’s Hart Plaza
May. 26 - May. 28, 2018
Brockworth, England
Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling Several thousands of people attend this quirky, ritual which has roots dating to Roman times.
May. 28, 2018
Borobudur, Indonesia
Waisak Waisak is a celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death, practiced all over the world with the most spectacular in Java’s Borobudur.
May. 29, 2018
El-Kelaâ M’Gouna, Morocco
Rose Festival Deep in the Valley of Roses is an ocean of pink Persian roses used to make rosewater, the lifeblood of El-Kelaâ M’Gouna and its Rose Festival.
May. 1 - May. 31, 2018
San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela
Los Diablos Danzantes Corpus Christi in Venezuela is celebrated with the dancing devils of Los Diablos Danzantes.
May. 31, 2018
Hay-On-Wye, Wales, United Kingdom
Hay Festival Lovers of the written word unite for the Hay Festival, a gathering which speaker Bill Clinton called, “Woodstock for the mind.”
May. 24 - Jun. 3, 2018
New York City, N.Y.
Governors Ball Governors Ball, a three-day event with top musical acts and the best local food Brooklyn has to offer, is New York’s answer to Coachella and Bonnaroo.
Jun. 1 - Jun. 3, 2018
Burgos, Spain
El Colacho The obscure ritual known as El Colacho involves adults, dressed in devil costumes, leaping over babies, cleaning their souls of evil for Corpus Christi.
Jun. 3, 2018
Austin, Texas
Summer X Games ESPN’s Summer X Games feature more than 200 action-sport athletes.
May. 31 - Jun. 3, 2018
Paris, France
Afropunk Fest – Paris This annual music festival brings together black communities active in various punk subcultures.
Jun. 1 - Jun. 3, 2018
Los Angeles, Calif.
Dances with Films The fiercely independent festival Dances with Films celebrates underground cinema with a mix of feature lengths, documentaries and animations.
May. 31 - Jun. 10, 2018
New York, N.Y.
Jazz Age Lawn Party The Jazz Age lives on nearly 100 years later at New York’s annual Lawn Party on Governors Island.
Jun. 11 - Jun. 12, 2018
Mahuayani, Peru
Qoyllur Rit’I Ten-thousand pilgrims ascend Mount Ausangate for the spiritual celebration of Qoyllur Rit’I with music, dance and costumes.
Jun. 11 - Jun. 15, 2018
Tokushima, Japan
Obon On the 15th day of the seventh month, the gates of heaven open, allowing spirits to visit the living world during Obon.
Jun. 13 - Jun. 15, 2018
Barcelona, Spain
Sonar Festival Sonar is an immersive electronic music event, combining elements of a festival with a musical tradeshow.
Jun. 14 - Jun. 17, 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland
Secret Solstice Seventy-two hours of daylight make Secret Solstice one of the few places you can dance under the midnight sun.
Jun. 15 - Jun. 17, 2018
Mi Lo River, Hunan Province, China
Duanwu – Dragon Boat Festival Colorful dragon boats fill the Mi Lo River, celebrating the unification of China more than two millennia ago.
Jun. 18, 2018
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge Thousands converge on Stonehenge to connect with Europe’s ancient past and celebrate England’s summer solstice.
Jun. 21, 2018
Porto, Portugal
Festa de São João This annual love festival is one of the best street parties of Europe, though few know about it outside of Portugal.
Jun. 22, 2018
Florence, Italy
Calcio Storico Fiorentino Every year, the 2,000-year-old game of calcio storico is played in front of the marble facade of the Church of Santa Croce.
Jun. 11 - Jun. 23, 2018
Cusco, Peru
Inti Raymi Inti Raymi is an Incan ceremony worshiping the ancient god Inti. It is still practiced by people throughout the Andes.
Jun. 24, 2018
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown Winter Festival One of the leading ski resorts in the world hosts more than 45,000 visitors for the nine-day Queenstown Winter Festival.
Jun. 15 - Jun. 24, 2018
San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco Pride The birthplace of the gay pride movement hosts its annual LGBTQ pride festival, San Francisco Pride.
Jun. 23 - Jun. 24, 2018
Rothbury, Mich.
Electric Forest Festival Electric Forest is a fantasy-inspired festival held in the idyllic woods of Rothbury, Mich.
Jun. 21 - Jun. 24, 2018
Glastonbury, England
Glastonbury Festival Glastonbury is a raucous festival in the mud, inspired by the free festival movement and staffed mostly by volunteers.
Jun. 20 - Jun. 24, 2018
Bridgetown, Barbados
Crop Over Barbados’ biggest party is Crop Over, a holdover from the island’s once-thriving sugar industry where workers would celebrate the end of the sugarcane harvest.
May. 28 - Jun. 29, 2018
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Naghol Naghol is the land-diving harvest ritual of Vanuatu, believed to fertilize the ground, inspiring modern-day bungee jumping.
Apr. 1 - Jun. 30, 2018
Roswell, N.M.
Roswell UFO Festival More than a convention of conspiracy theorists, the Roswell UFO Festival has live music, art, fireworks and a planetarium.
Jun. 28 - Jul. 1, 2018
Edirne, Turkey
Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival The oldest annual sporting event in history is the Kirkpinar. Doused in olive oil for a battle royale, the last man standing is declared Chief Pehlivan.
Jun. 27 - Jul. 3, 2018
Montréal, Canada
Montréal International Jazz Festival Montréal hosts one of the best and most diverse jazz festivals in the world.
Jun. 27 - Jul. 7, 2018
Santa Fe, N.M.
International Folk Art Market Upwards of 21,000 people gather for the enormous International Folk Art Market with more than 180 vendors from 60 countries.
Jul. 6 - Jul. 8, 2018
Grahamstown, South Africa
National Arts Festival South Africa hosts more than 600 performances for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, ranging from techno DJs to ballet.
Jun. 28 - Jul. 8, 2018
New York, N.Y.
Northside Festival New York’s answer to SXSW features up-and-coming artists and forward-thinking speakers at a week-long festival in Brooklyn.
Jul. 4 - Jul. 10, 2018
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Naadam Naadam is a centuries-old festival pre-dating Ghengis Khan, showcasing throat singing, dancing and the annual Manly Games.
Jul. 11 - Jul. 13, 2018
Paris, France
Bastille Day France celebrates the Storming of Bastille and gaining its independence on Bastille Day with banquets and fireworks.
Jul. 14, 2018
Plaza de Toros, Pamplona, Spain
Fiesta de San Fermin Fiesta de San Fermin is dedicated to the city’s patron saint, but is well known for Running of the Bulls.
Jul. 7 - Jul. 14, 2018
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Inspired by the New Orleans JazzFest, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates New York’s musical legacy.
Jul. 9 - Jul. 14, 2018
India
Ratha-Yatra Ratha-Yatra is a Hindu chariot festival, depicting various gods on awe-inspiring wooden structures built and moved by hand.
Jul. 14, 2018
Mindil Beach, Darwin, Australia
Darwin Beer Can Regatta Participants construct boats out of recycled cans for the annual Darwin Beer Can Regatta.
Jul. 15, 2018
Makunduchi, Tanzania
Mwaka Kogwa Mwaka Kogwa is a ritual battle using plant stalks, meant to start the New Year with a clean slate.
Jul. 12 - Jul. 20, 2018
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Reggae Sumfest Sumfest showcases Jamaica’s musical impact on the world, featuring the best in reggae, dancehall and reggaeton.
Jul. 15 - Jul. 21, 2018
San Diego, Calif.
Comic-Con International What began with a 100-person mini-con in the ‘70s is now known as Comic-Con International.
Jul. 19 - Jul. 22, 2018
Boryeong, South Korea
Boryeong Mud Festival The Boryeong Mud Festival highlights the mineral-rich mud of Boryeong, used to manufacture cosmetics.
Jul. 13 - Jul. 22, 2018
Toata Place, Tahiti
Heiva This festival of Polynesian culture was founded more than 100 years ago, in 1881.
Jul. 6 - Jul. 22, 2018
Key West, Fla.
Hemingway Days This festival is a celebration of the iconic writer Ernest Hemingway, who lived on the island for a time.
Jul. 17 - Jul. 22, 2018
Loiza, Puerto Rico
Fiestas del Apostol Santiago Fiestas del Apostol Santiago is a 400-year-old street party thrown in the sleepy town of Loiza, honoring the patron saint.
Jul. 25, 2018
Cusco, Puno and Lima, Peru
Fiestas Patrias Peru’s national holidays celebrate the nation’s independence with cockfights, rodeos and Paso horse exhibitions for Fiestas Patrias.
Jul. 27 - Jul. 28, 2018
Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal
Boom Festival Boom Festival, held every two years, is dedicated to sustainability and the transformative power of trance music.
Jul. 21 - Jul. 28, 2018
St. Petersburg, Russia
Stars of the White Nights Russia packs a month of celebrations into their short summer for Stars of the White Nights, complete with parades, fireworks, ships and dancers.
May. 25 - Jul. 29, 2018
Portschach, Austria
World Bodypainting Festival Hosted in the south of Austria, the World Bodypainting Festival is considered to be the biggest and best of its kind.
Jul. 27 - Jul. 29, 2018
Heimaey, Iceland
People’s Feast Bonfires and vodka are shared in the shadow of a volcano for the People’s Feast, celebrating the ratification of Iceland’s constitution in 1874.
Jul. 27 - Jul. 29, 2018
Mount Naeba, Japan
Fuji Rock Festival One of Japan’s biggest ski resorts hosts this 100,000-plus-attendee festival every year.
Jul. 27 - Jul. 29, 2018
São Luís, Brazil
Bumba Meu Boi Bumba Meu Boi is a folkloric festival lasting for more than a month in Brazil, combining African, Indian and Portuguese influences.
Jul. 1 - Jul. 31, 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Gion Matsuri The annual month of purification known as Gion Matsuri is meant to appease the gods and prevent natural disasters.
Jul. 1 - Jul. 31, 2018
Chicago, Ill.
Lollapalooza Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell created this summertime tradition as a farewell tour for his band.
Aug. 2 - Aug. 3, 2018
Wacken, Germany
Wacken Open Air Metalheads of the world unite! The Wacken Open Air Festival hosts more than 70,000 headbangers in the sleepy hamlet of Wacken.
Aug. 2 - Aug. 4, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gay Pride Amsterdam Several hundreds of thousands come to the Netherlands for Gay Pride Amsterdam, one of the biggest LGBTQ festivals in Europe.
Jul. 21 - Aug. 5, 2018
Bosveld, South Africa
Oppikoppi Festival Oppikoppi is one of South Africa’s biggest festivals, held in the beautiful but harsh landscape of Limpopo.
Aug. 3 - Aug. 5, 2018
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial This event marks the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with memorial events and art projects held all over Japan.
Aug. 6 - Aug. 9, 2018
Carthage, Tunisia
International Festival of Carthage The International Festival of Carthage features the music, theater, film and art of Tunisia, in addition to guests from around the world.
Aug. 5 - Aug. 11, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne International Film Festival The Melbourne International Film Festival is Australia’s premier cinema gathering and is also known for stirring controversy with risqué films.
Jul. 27 - Aug. 12, 2018
Sturgis, S.D.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nestled in the Black Hills, Sturgis hosts its annual motorcycle rally, with most of the attendees driving Harley Davidsons.
Aug. 6 - Aug. 12, 2018
Trie Sur Baïse, France
La Pourcailhade If you love pork, you’ll love France’s La Pourcailhade, or Festival of the Pig, dedicated to the local pig farming industry.
Aug. 12, 2018
Budapest, Hungary
Sziget Sziget hosts more than 1,000 performances a week, ranging from Roma music to metal bands to polka to hip-hop.
Aug. 6 - Aug. 13, 2018
New York, N.Y.
Jazz Age Lawn Party The Jazz Age lives on nearly 100 years later at New York’s annual Lawn Party on Governors Island.
Aug. 13 - Aug. 14, 2018
Tokushima, Japan
Obon On the 15th day of the seventh month, the gates of heaven open, allowing spirits to visit the living world during Obon.
Aug. 13 - Aug. 15, 2018
Memphis, Tenn.
Elvis Week Elvis Week is held on the anniversary of the King’s death, celebrating his legacy with music, memorabilia and plenty of impersonators.
Aug. 10 - Aug. 17, 2018
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
Mount Hagen Cultural Show Founded while still under Australian rule, the Mount Hagen Cultural Show was created for highland tribes to share their culture with each other.
Aug. 4 - Aug. 18, 2018
Alice Springs, Australia
Henley-On-Todd Regatta The Henley-On-Todd Regatta hosts a series of races to raise money for charity, ranging from a lollipop hunt to a boat-anchored tug of war.
Aug. 18, 2018
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Hajj Two million people perform the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
Aug. 19, 2018
New York, N.Y.
Shakespeare in the Park Shakespeare in the Park has featured performances from celebrated actors like Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington.
May. 25 - Aug. 21, 2018
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Esala Perahera Tooth Festival Esala Perahera celebrates the story of a devotee smuggling a tooth from Buddha’s cremation back to Sri Lanka.
Aug. 15 - Aug. 25, 2018
China
Hungry Ghost Festival Held on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month, the Hungry Ghost Festival is the traditional holiday for ancestral veneration.
Aug. 25, 2018
Maralal, Kenya
Maralal Camel Derby The town is a little-known gem in Kenya, hosting the annual Maralal Camel Derby to raise awareness for the animal and its habitat.
Aug. 24 - Aug. 26, 2018
Daresbury, United Kingdom
Creamfields An offshoot of the legendary Cream nightclub, Creamfields has grown into the United Kingdom’s biggest dance festival.
Aug. 23 - Aug. 26, 2018
New York, N.Y.
Afropunk Fest – New York This annual music festival brings together black communities active in various punk subcultures.
Aug. 25 - Aug. 26, 2018
New York, N.Y.
FringeNYC FringeNYC is an offbeat multi-arts festival that serves as an incubator for alternative artists and off-Broadway productions.
Aug. 10 - Aug. 26, 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mundial de Tango The Argentine capital hosts Mundial de Tango, with performances and classes at multiple venues across the city.
Aug. 16 - Aug. 29, 2018
Buñol, Spain
La Tomatina Valencia trucks in 140 tons of tomatoes for the world’s biggest food fight, known as La Tomatina.
Aug. 29, 2018
Guadalajara, Mexico
International Mariachi Festival Mexico’s historic style of music is celebrated at the International Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara.
Aug. 24 - Sep. 2, 2018
Pula, Croatia
Outlook Festival Outlook is held in an abandoned naval fort on the Bay of Petrcane.
Aug. 29 - Sep. 2, 2018
New York, N.Y.
Warm Up Held in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, Warm Up is the museum’s month-long concert series bringing together a wide spectrum of forward-thinking artists.
Jun. 24 - Sep. 2, 2018
Black Rock City, Nev.
Burning Man Tens of thousands of people converge on Black Rock Desert for the annual music and arts festival known as Burning Man.
Aug. 26 - Sep. 3, 2018
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Design Week Helsinki Design Week showcases programs in fashion, architecture and urban culture.
Aug. 29 - Sep. 9, 2018
New York, N.Y.
US Open Tennis Championships The US Open closes out a long season of tennis in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Aug. 24 - Sep. 9, 2018
New York, N.Y.
New York Fashion Week – Fall New York Fashion Week is one of the “Big 4” fashion weeks, the others held in Paris, London and Milan.
Sep. 6 - Sep. 14, 2018
Philadelphia, Pa.
Philadelphia Fringe Festival The Philadelphia Fringe Festival has dance, theater, visual and performance art showcased across the city from stages to street corners.
Aug. 29 - Sep. 15, 2018
Torquay, England
International Agatha Christie Festival The International Agatha Christie Festival is one of England’s top literary conventions, with tours, fringe events and author exhibitions.
Sep. 6 - Sep. 15, 2018
Marrakech, Morocco
Oasis Festival Billed as the first event of its kind in Morocco, Oasis is the country’s premier electronic music festival.
Sep. 14 - Sep. 16, 2018
United States of America
Constitution Day This date celebrates when the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.
Sep. 17, 2018
China
Mid-Autumn Festival This yearly harvest festival is known for moon cakes, pastries filled with jelly, dates, nuts or bean paste.
Sep. 24, 2018
Helsinki, Finland
Baltic Herring Festival Celebrate Finland’s long history of maritime culture.
Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2018
Joshua Tree National Park, Calif.
Joshua Tree Music Festival – Fall This independently produced festival has a family-oriented vibe, set in the beautiful California wild.
Oct. 4 - Oct. 7, 2018
Ghadames, Libya
Ghadames Festival Ghadames is known throughout the world for dates, also region’s No. 1 export.
Oct. 12 - Oct. 14, 2018
Dallas, Texas
State Fair of Texas The most highly attended fair in America has taken place every year since 1886, pausing only for the two World Wars.
Sep. 28 - Oct. 21, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Dance Event Amsterdam Dance Event is an annual electronic music festival and conference hosting leaders in the club industry.
Oct. 17 - Oct. 21, 2018
Pushkar, India
Pushkar Camel Fair Much more than a camel tradeshow, the Pushkar Camel Fair is a celebration of Rajasthani culture.
Oct. 27 - Nov. 3, 2018
Paris, France
Pitchfork Music Festival – Paris The French version of America’s Pitchfork Music Festival continues to bring a lineup of leftfield artists.
Nov. 1 - Nov. 3, 2018
Louisville, Ky.
Breeders’ Cup This Grade 1 Thoroughbred race changes locations every year.
Nov. 2 - Nov. 3, 2018
Puno, Peru
La Diablada La Diablada is an annual parade of demons through the streets of Puno. Its origins are unknown, and a mixture of Christian and indigenous beliefs.
Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2018
New York, N.Y.
New York City Marathon The New York City Marathon is the largest in the world with more than 50,000 finishers.
Nov. 4, 2018
India
Diwali Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, marking Ramayana’s victory over Ravana and return from exile.
Nov. 7, 2018
Alba, Italy
Alba International White Truffle Fair The White Truffle Fair is the world’s premier truffle festival, where a few ounces of the stuff can cost several hundred dollars.
Oct. 6 - Nov. 25, 2018
New York, N.Y.
New York Fashion Week – Spring New York Fashion Week is one of the “Big 4” fashion weeks, the others held in Paris, London and Milan.
Feb. 7 - Feb. 15, 2019