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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
Calgiari-Sadegna, Italy
World Amateur Chess Championship Can competitors match the drama brought on by their professional counterparts?
Apr. 21 - Apr. 30, 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
Negril, Jamaica
Tmrw.Tday CultureFest Enhance your wellbeing and happiness at this beach festival through health, meditation, yoga, arts and more.
May. 1 - May. 6, 2018
Istanbul, Turkey
FloralFest FloralFest flower festival brings delicious fragrances, colors and creativity together, featuring various local and international brands from the city, as well as a
May. 4 - 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
Various Cities, Worldwide
World Whisky Day World Whisky Day celebrates all things whisky. With the goal of making whisky accessible and enjoyable to all, numerous locations around the world put on events incl
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
Taipei, Taiwan
Art Revolution Taipei A.R.T features high-quality curated paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and drawings from established international artists as well as up-and-coming Taiwanese
May. 18 - May. 21, 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
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis in May Festival The Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long series of events that kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival, followed by the International Salute
May. 4 - May. 26, 2018
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis in May International Festival The Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long series of events that kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival followed by the International Salute t
May. 4 - May. 26, 2018
London, England
RHS Chelsea Flower Show Discover the latest botanical trends, new gardening ideas and technologies, marvel at innovative landscaping designs, shop for the latest gardening supplies and mayb
May. 22 - 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
Napa Valley, Calif.
Bottlerock Napa Valley Bottlerock hosts more than 70 music bands across four stages every year on Memorial Day weekend. What makes this Napa Valley event even more appealing, however, is t
May. 25 - 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
Montréal, Canada
Go Bike Montréal Festival This sporty festival pays homage to the benefits of cycling via a number of different events and many side activities to enjoy, such as musical performances, mobile
May. 27 - Jun. 3, 2018
Porto, Portugal
Nos Primavera Sound This three-day music festival, featuring international as well as local names in music ,finds a home at the city park, Parque da Cidade.
Jun. 7 - Jun. 9, 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
Cheltenham, England
The Times Cheltenham Science Festival This festival is sure to attract curious adults and kids. Questions cover everything from the state of the planet to the science of everyday living.
Jun. 5 - Jun. 10, 2018
Smolian, Bulgaria
Meadows in the Mountains This festival is set amid the beautiful Rhodopes Mountains, with an intimate crowd and two stages featuring emerging talent from a variety of musical genres.
Jun. 7 - 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
Pisa, Italy
Luminara di San Ranieri Summer, Tuscany and food are enough to convince many to take a trip to Italy — but Pisa’s candlelight festival is a thing of particular beauty, as the town’s cathedr
Jun. 16, 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
Dover, Delaware
Firefly Music Festival This music festival experience features headliners from Chance the Rapper to Bob Dylan.
Jun. 14 - Jun. 17, 2018
Tokyo, Japan
Sanno Matsuri Witness various Japanese traditions during the festival week, including tea ceremonies, ikebana and spiritual cleansing.
Jun. 7 - 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
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown Winter Festival This festival marks the start of the winter season with live music, fireworks, parties, winter sports and more.
Jun. 21 - Jun. 24, 2018
Terchelling, the Netherlands
Oerol Oerol is located on the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands. Music might be central, but there’s also theater, dance, art and
Jun. 15 - 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
New York City
Labapalooza Rekindle the joy of watching a puppet show by attending this annual mini festival of new puppet theater.
Jun. 26 - 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
Huesca, Spain
Nowhere The Nowhere Festival is an extension of Burning Man in rural Spain. Experience what it means to live in the present, build a sense of community, find personal growth
Jul. 3 - Jul. 8, 2018
Uusikaupunki, Finland
Natural High Healing Festival Get a high of a different kind by participating in soul-nourishing activities such as yoga, dance, music, theater, healing and treatment workshops.
Jul. 5 - Jul. 8, 2018
Knysna, South Africa
Knysna Oyster Festival This is an annual 10-day mélange of top-notch lifestyle and sport activities, including cycle tours, marathons, chess and golf tournaments. Vibrant foodie events all
Jun. 29 - 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
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
Pamplona, Spain
Running of the Bulls The annual Spanish tradition involves setting loose a number of bulls while brave young men run and dodge them through the streets.
Jul. 6 - 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
Chicago, Ill.
Taste of Chicago This event in Grant Park packs in the best of the Windy City’s food scene. Savor authentic street treats as well as fine fare; catch local celebrity-led cooking show
Jul. 11 - Jul. 15, 2018
Calgary, Canada
Calgary Stampede Put on your best cowboy gear and head to Calgary as it kicks off its largest Wild West-themed outdoor show in summer.
Jul. 6 - Jul. 15, 2018
Bali, Indonesia
Bali Arts Festival This celebration, lasting 1.5 months, features local bamboo creations, colorful costumes, numeral plays and performances showcasing the Bali culture.
Jun. 12 - Jul. 17, 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
Ostrava, Czech Republic
Colours 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
Jul. 18 - 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
Munich, Germany
Tollwood 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
Jun. 27 - 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
Singapore 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
Jul. 13 - Jul. 29, 2018
Gilroy, California
Gilroy 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
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
Rockland, Maine
Maine 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.
Aug. 1 - 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
Across Japan
O-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
Aug. 12 - 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
Budapest, Hungary
Festival 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
Aug. 17 - Aug. 20, 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
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
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
Aug. 24 - 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
Lewes, England
Glyndebourne Festival Legions of opera fans flock to Glyndebourne every summer, eager to take in old classics and new favorites.
May. 19 - Aug. 26, 2018
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.
Aug. 24 - Aug. 26, 2018
Singapore Night Festival For two weekends, interactive light installations transform the façades of the city’s landmarks in the Bras Basah/Bugis area.
Aug. 18 - Aug. 26, 2018
São Luís, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Anim!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
Aug. 24 - 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
Bali, Indonesia
Bali 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.
Jul. 1 - Aug. 31, 2018
Piscadera Bay, Curaçao
Curaçao 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.
Aug. 30 - Sep. 1, 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
Queenstown & Wanaka, New Zealand
Audi 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
Aug. 25 - Sep. 8, 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
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
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