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Makunduchi, TanzaniaMwaka Kogwa Mwaka Kogwa is a ritual battle using plant stalks, meant to start the New Year with a clean slate.
Montego Bay, JamaicaReggae Sumfest Sumfest showcases Jamaica’s musical impact on the world, featuring the best in reggae, dancehall and reggaeton.
Ostrava, Czech RepublicColours of Ostrava This festival features 20 stages (both open-air and covered) showcasing multi-genre concerts, theater, films, workshops, discussions and art/design installations. Th
San Diego, Calif.Comic-Con International What began with a 100-person mini-con in the ‘70s is now known as Comic-Con International.
Boryeong, South KoreaBoryeong Mud Festival The Boryeong Mud Festival highlights the mineral-rich mud of Boryeong, used to manufacture cosmetics.
Toata Place, TahitiHeiva This festival of Polynesian culture was founded more than 100 years ago, in 1881.
Key West, Fla.Hemingway Days This festival is a celebration of the iconic writer Ernest Hemingway, who lived on the island for a time.
Munich, GermanyTollwood Sommerfestival The Tollwood festivals take place during summer and winter each year, and the increasing focus on green issues attracts thousands of visitors. For the 30th summer ed
Loiza, Puerto RicoFiestas 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.
Cusco, Puno and Lima, PeruFiestas Patrias Peru’s national holidays celebrate the nation’s independence with cockfights, rodeos and Paso horse exhibitions for Fiestas Patrias.
Idanha-a-Nova, PortugalBoom Festival Boom Festival, held every two years, is dedicated to sustainability and the transformative power of trance music.
St. Petersburg, RussiaStars 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.
Portschach, AustriaWorld Bodypainting Festival Hosted in the south of Austria, the World Bodypainting Festival is considered to be the biggest and best of its kind.
Heimaey, IcelandPeople’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.
Mount Naeba, JapanFuji Rock Festival One of Japan’s biggest ski resorts hosts this 100,000-plus-attendee festival every year.
SingaporeSingapore Food Festival Organized by the Singapore Tourism Board and held across multiple locations in Singapore, this delightful food fest brings favorite foods, both traditional and moder
Gilroy, CaliforniaGilroy Garlic Festival Tickle your taste buds at this foodie fair. From calamari to pasta, there’s a wide variety of delectable garlicky treats on offer, including the famous garlic ice cr
São Luís, BrazilBumba Meu Boi Bumba Meu Boi is a folkloric festival lasting for more than a month in Brazil, combining African, Indian and Portuguese influences.
Kyoto, JapanGion Matsuri The annual month of purification known as Gion Matsuri is meant to appease the gods and prevent natural disasters.
Chicago, Ill.Lollapalooza Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell created this summertime tradition as a farewell tour for his band.
Wacken, GermanyWacken Open Air Metalheads of the world unite! The Wacken Open Air Festival hosts more than 70,000 headbangers in the sleepy hamlet of Wacken.
Amsterdam, NetherlandsGay Pride Amsterdam Several hundreds of thousands come to the Netherlands for Gay Pride Amsterdam, one of the biggest LGBTQ festivals in Europe.
Bosveld, South AfricaOppikoppi Festival Oppikoppi is one of South Africa’s biggest festivals, held in the beautiful but harsh landscape of Limpopo.
Rockland, MaineMaine Lobster Festival This flavor-packed festival returns with the freshest, yummiest seafood, including lobster, scallops and shrimp, as well as arts and crafts, live music and more.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, JapanHiroshima 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.
Carthage, TunisiaInternational 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.
Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne International Film Festival The Melbourne International Film Festival is Australia’s premier cinema gathering and is also known for stirring controversy with risqué films.
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.
Trie Sur Baïse, FranceLa Pourcailhade If you love pork, you’ll love France’s La Pourcailhade, or Festival of the Pig, dedicated to the local pig farming industry.
Budapest, HungarySziget Sziget hosts more than 1,000 performances a week, ranging from Roma music to metal bands to polka to hip-hop.
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.
Tokushima, JapanObon On the 15th day of the seventh month, the gates of heaven open, allowing spirits to visit the living world during Obon.
Across JapanO-Bon Lantern Festival O-Bon is a much-revered religious festival honoring the dead. Witness Awa Odori dances as well as candle-lighting and fire ceremonies marking the departure of spirit
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.
Mount Hagen, Papua New GuineaMount 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.
Alice Springs, AustraliaHenley-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.
Mecca, Saudi ArabiaHajj Two million people perform the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
Budapest, HungaryFestival of Folk Arts This festival, held annually in Buda Castle, gathers artisans from all over Hungary — as well as from seven guest countries including Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Alge
New York, N.Y.Shakespeare in the Park Shakespeare in the Park has featured performances from celebrated actors like Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington.
Kandy, Sri LankaEsala Perahera Tooth Festival Esala Perahera celebrates the story of a devotee smuggling a tooth from Buddha’s cremation back to Sri Lanka.
ChinaHungry Ghost Festival Held on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month, the Hungry Ghost Festival is the traditional holiday for ancestral veneration.
Lake Lure, N.C.Dirty Dancing Festival Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Head to beautiful Lake Lure, catch a screening of Dirty Dancing, take movie-inspired dance lessons on location, watch performances and
Maralal, KenyaMaralal 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.
Daresbury, United KingdomCreamfields An offshoot of the legendary Cream nightclub, Creamfields has grown into the United Kingdom’s biggest dance festival.
New York, N.Y.Afropunk Fest – New York This annual music festival brings together black communities active in various punk subcultures.
New York, N.Y.FringeNYC FringeNYC is an offbeat multi-arts festival that serves as an incubator for alternative artists and off-Broadway productions.
Lewes, EnglandGlyndebourne Festival Legions of opera fans flock to Glyndebourne every summer, eager to take in old classics and new favorites.
Kingham, U.K.The Big Feastival This festival is three days of delicious feasts and banquets, finger-lickin’ good meals, street food, concerts and more.
SingaporeSingapore Night Festival For two weekends, interactive light installations transform the façades of the city’s landmarks in the Bras Basah/Bugis area.
São Luís, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilAnim!Arte Festival Showcasing a variety of international short animated films by students from all over the world, the festival is an attempt to encourage innovation in animation among
Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMundial de Tango The Argentine capital hosts Mundial de Tango, with performances and classes at multiple venues across the city.
Buñol, SpainLa Tomatina Valencia trucks in 140 tons of tomatoes for the world’s biggest food fight, known as La Tomatina.
Bali, IndonesiaBali Kites Festival Every year, the start of the windy season transforms the skies of Bali into a colorful wonderland filled with painstakingly crafted kites of all shapes and sizes.
Piscadera Bay, CuraçaoCuraçao North Sea Jazz Festival Enjoy jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop and Latin sounds with Caribbean flavor, as the North Sea Jazz Festival opens for the eighth time at the World Trade Centre.
Guadalajara, MexicoInternational Mariachi Festival Mexico’s historic style of music is celebrated at the International Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara.
Pula, CroatiaOutlook Festival Outlook is held in an abandoned naval fort on the Bay of Petrcane.
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.
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.
Queenstown & Wanaka, New ZealandAudi Quattro Wintergames Looking for an adrenalin rush? Check out New Zealand’s largest sporting event featuring alpine, cross-country and free-style skiing, curling and snowboarding by Wint
Helsinki, FinlandHelsinki Design Week Helsinki Design Week showcases programs in fashion, architecture and urban culture.
New York, N.Y.US Open Tennis Championships The US Open closes out a long season of tennis in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
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.
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.
Torquay, EnglandInternational Agatha Christie Festival The International Agatha Christie Festival is one of England’s top literary conventions, with tours, fringe events and author exhibitions.
Marrakech, MoroccoOasis Festival Billed as the first event of its kind in Morocco, Oasis is the country’s premier electronic music festival.
United States of AmericaConstitution Day This date celebrates when the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.
ChinaMid-Autumn Festival This yearly harvest festival is known for moon cakes, pastries filled with jelly, dates, nuts or bean paste.
Helsinki, FinlandBaltic Herring Festival Celebrate Finland’s long history of maritime culture.
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.
Ghadames, LibyaGhadames Festival Ghadames is known throughout the world for dates, also region’s No. 1 export.
Dallas, TexasState Fair of Texas The most highly attended fair in America has taken place every year since 1886, pausing only for the two World Wars.
Amsterdam, NetherlandsAmsterdam Dance Event Amsterdam Dance Event is an annual electronic music festival and conference hosting leaders in the club industry.
Pushkar, IndiaPushkar Camel Fair Much more than a camel tradeshow, the Pushkar Camel Fair is a celebration of Rajasthani culture.
Paris, FrancePitchfork Music Festival – Paris The French version of America’s Pitchfork Music Festival continues to bring a lineup of leftfield artists.
Louisville, Ky.Breeders’ Cup This Grade 1 Thoroughbred race changes locations every year.
Puno, PeruLa 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.
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.
IndiaDiwali Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, marking Ramayana’s victory over Ravana and return from exile.
Alba, ItalyAlba 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.
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.