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Les 2 Alps, FranceRise Festival Rise is a beautiful ski and music festival in the French Alps.
Zurich, SwitzerlandChristkindlmarkt One of Europe’s largest indoor festive markets, it has more than 100 beautifully decorated stalls, a towering, Swarovski crystal-laden Christmas tree, caroling choir
Goa, IndiaSunburn Festival The birthplace of psytrance plays host to India’s biggest EDM festival, bringing the best DJs from around the world to Goa.
Edinburgh, ScotlandHogmanay Celebration Hogmanay traces its roots to the Viking celebration of the shortest day of the year. Today, it includes fireworks, parades and performances.
Cape Town, South AfricaCape Town Minstrel Carnival The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival is a colorful month of celebration, artistically influenced by 19th-century minstrels visiting from America.
Praia de Pratigi, BrazilUniverso Paralello Like to party? Head to this beachside psytrance event during the peak of the Brazilian summer and kick off the New Year.
Budapest, HungaryBudapest Christmas Fair Each year, the Budapest Christmas Fair highlights one region of Hungary in its month-long Christmas celebration.
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.
Toronto, CanadaCavalcade of Lights Toronto’s holiday tradition is held in Nathan Phillips Square with lights, fireworks and ice skating.
Ouidah, BeninVoodoo Festival Voodoo is an everyday part of life in Benin, which culminates in this yearly festival complete with drums, dancing and plenty of gin.
Manila, PhilippinesBlack Nazarene Procession Carved out of mesquite, the Black Nazarene is believed to grant miracles to people in the Philippines.
Selcuck, TurkeyCamel Wrestling Championship The Camel Wrestling Championship draws thousands as bovines fight for the affection of a mate.
Playa del Carmen, MexicoBPM Festival Thousands flock to BPM Festival, one of the best in Central America, set against the beautiful Caribbean waters and ancient Mayan ruins.
Björkliden, SwedenAurora Festival The magnificent Northern Lights are celebrated at the Aurora Festival, held in Björkliden, the Arctic part of Sweden.
Gonder, EthiopiaTimkat Timkat is a celebration of Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan. Celebrated all over the country, Gonder’s is the liveliest.
San Sebastian, SpainLa Tamborrada Up to 100 drum regiments beat their instruments to commemorate their patron saint for La Tamborrada.
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.
Christchurch, New ZealandWorld Buskers Festival New Zealand’s World Buskers Festival is a celebration of street performers with dancers, vaudeville acts, acrobats and more stunning the crowds.
Lexton, AustraliaRainbow Serpent Festival Rainbow Serpent is Australia’s premier music festival, drawing its name from the mythological creation figure in aboriginal thought.
Park City, UtahSlamdance Held in parallel with Sundance, Slamdance prides itself on working with underdog independent filmmakers.
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.
Harbin, ChinaHarbin 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.
Park City, UtahSundance Film Festival North America’s most famous film festival is a winter-time mecca for Hollywood, generating buzz for future independent classics.
Aspen, Colo.Winter X Games The Winter X Games, ESPN’s annual extreme sports competition, returns to Aspen, Colo.
Hwacheon, South KoreaHwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival Try ice fishing and other fun activities, including ice sledding, snow tubing and high-adrenalin sports.
Mt. Wakakusa-yama, Nara, JapanWakakusa Yamayaki Wakakausa Yamayaki is a ceremonial torching of the mountainside, commemorating rival Buddhist temples of Nara.
Iloilo City, PhilippinesDinagyang Dinagyang is the younger sibling of Ati-Atihan, held in honor of Santo Niño and the arrival of Malay settlers on Panay.
Lerwick, United KingdomUp Helly Aa Up Helly Aa, Europe’s biggest fire festival is a celebration of Nordic heritage and ritual.
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThaipusam The Hindu festival Thaipusam is a site to see, with devotees venerating Lord Shiva’s son Murugan with elaborate body piercings.
Chicago, Ill.Chicago Restaurant Week Chicago Restaurant Week celebrates the city’s culinary diversity with delicious deals all around town.
London, EnglandLondon International Mime Festival The world’s longest-running physical and visual theater festival provides an eclectic array of performers, including circus acrobats, mask-theater experts, Manga-ins
Clearwater, Fla.Clearwater Beach Uncorked Clearwater Beach Uncorked is the finest beachfront culinary event on Florida’s west coast.
Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, ChileTapati Rapa Nui Tapati Rapa Nui is a festival for locals by locals celebrating the culture of Easter Island’s Rapa Nui people.
Banff National Park, CanadaBanff SnowDays Banff SnowDays are a celebration of all things winter and fun for kids and adults alike with sports, food, entertainment and breathtaking landscapes.
Rotterdam, NetherlandsInternational Film Festival Rotterdam This large film festival is important to the independent scene, catering to art-house and experimental works.
Australia and New ZealandSt. 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
Geilo, NorwayIce Music Festival A one-of-a-kind music festival, music is made with ICEstuments in this chilly setting.
Venice, ItalyVenice Carnival The Venice Carnival culminates in the Doge’s Ball, an extravagant costume party with dancing.
Bruges, BelgiumBruges Beer Festival Try beer from more than 80 craft breweries and 400 beer brands.
Oruro, BoliviaCarnaval de Oruro Bolivia’s largest festival features a demonic parade and a water bomb for Ash Wednesday.
Stone Town, TanzaniaSauti Za Busara This popular annual Zanzibar festival features artist from Africa. Witness spirited traditional African music performances and hear the “Sounds of Wisdom”.
Binche, BelgiumCarnaval de Binch This Fat Tuesday parade begins at the town hall and ends with an orange fight.
Venice, ItalyCarnivale of Venice This annual festival, held in Venice, is famous for elaborate masks and costumes.
Goa, IndiaGoa Carnival Watch the streets come alive with parades, costumes, floats, bands and more to celebrate the pre-Lent period.
Ivrea, ItalyStorico Carnevale di Ivrea Don’t miss the hugely popular and messily spectacular citrusy skirmish Battaglia delle Arance, but remember to wear protective gear.
Kathmandu, NepalMaha Shivaratri Thousands of Hindus gather at the famous Pashupitnath Temple for Maha Shivaratri, the celebration of Shiva’s marriage to Parvati.
Sapporo, JapanSapporo Snow Festival The Sapporo Snow Festival has more than 400 snow sculptures and plenty of the town’s namesake beer.
VietnamTết Nguyên Đán – Vietnamese New Year Tết Nguyên Đán marks the coming of spring, symbolically wiping the slate clean for the New Year.
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.
Nara, JapanHadaka Matsuri Hadaka Matsuri is a ritual purification in the frozen waters of a Shinto temple.
Viareggio, ItalyCarnevale di Viareggio For the four Sundays around Lent, Viareggio transforms into an elaborate carnival with masked balls, fireworks and shows.
Tapapakanga Park, New ZealandSplore Splore is New Zealand’s premier camping festival, located just south of Auckland on protected indigenous lands.
Marquis Theater, New York CityEscape to Margaritaville Jimmy Buffet fans will love this Broadway musical by Tony-winning director Christopher Ashley.
Buenos Aires, ArgentinaATP: Argentina Open Watch clay court champions and established names in men’s tennis battle it out in the Argentine leg of the ATP World Tour.
Kathmandu, NepalLosar Celebrate Tibet’s Losar New Year with traditional ceremonies, rituals, masked dance performances and more.
Jaisalmer, IndiaJaisalmer Desert Festival The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a three-day celebration of Rajasthani culture.
Ottowa, CanadaWinterlude Enjoy ice skating, ice carving, dog sledding and more at this winter wonderland event.
Old Town, Quebec, CanadaQuebec Winter Carnival The world’s largest winter carnival features parades, canoe races and ice sculptures in this historic town.
San Francisco, Calif.Noise Pop Noise Pop is one of the best festivals dedicated to indie music, with performances held around the Bay Area.
Ivrea, ItalyBattle of the Oranges The Battle of the Oranges is the town’s historic reenactment of rebelling against an Ivrea lord.
Rancho la Merced, Uvita, Costa RicaEnvision Festival Envision combines art and music with yoga and spiritual renewal in beautiful Costa Rica.
Daytona Beach, Fla.Daytona 500 The most important race in NASCAR is held in America’s first motorsports stadium, the Daytona Speedway.
New Castle, AustraliaSurfest Sun, sea and golden beaches provide the backdrop for Australia’s largest surfing festival.
Düsseldorf, GermanyDüsseldorf Karnevale Düsseldorf has an entire holiday season, Nov. 11 through Ash Wednesday in March. Watch parades with floats on the banks of the Rhine.
Mendoza, ArgentinaNational Grape Harvest Festival Responsible for 70 percent of the country’s wine production, Mendoza now celebrates its Grape Harvest as an annual cultural event.
NuanQuan, ChinaDaShuHua 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.
New Taiwan City, TaiwanPingxi 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.
Dedougou, Burkina FasoFESTIMA FESTIMA is a festival dedicated to the centuries-old ritual of masked dance in West Africa.
Sydney, AustraliaSydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Born from the 1978 Civil Rights March, Sydney’s Mardi Gras is a celebration of diversity 500,000 strong.
Charleston, S.C.Charleston Wine + Food Festival Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a non-profit aiming to celebrate the city’s diverse food culture.
Menton, FranceLa Fête du Citron Three weeks. 145 tons of citrus fruits. More than 240,000 visitors. There’s no better time to visit Menton than during the annual lemon festival, when the city comes
Prague, Czech RepublicOne World Studios looking for the next hard-hitting documentary closely follow the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
Cheltenham, EnglandThe Festival The premier horse event and top social affair draws 260,000 race-goers to watch the best jockeys and horses compete.
Al Janadriyah, Saudi ArabiaJanadriyah National Festival Saudi Arabia’s premier cultural festival in Al Janadriyah opens with an epic camel race with more than 2,000 competitors.
Argungu, NigeriaArgungu 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.
Dublin, IrelandSt. 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.
New Delhi, IndiaHoli Holi venerates Lord Vishnu’s triumph over evil. Celebrated all over India, Delhi’s is one of the biggest, showering the capital in color.
Avoriaz, FranceSnowboxx DJs, igloo parties, human bowling in a snow alley, nighttime snowball fights, dancing and music are among the wild activities at this festival.
Cape Town, South AfricaCape 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.
The V&A Museum, London, England“Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” Go behind the scenes of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh at this exhibition, featuring early sketches, proofs and more from the author and illustrator.
Underberg, South AfricaSplashy 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
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.
Mexico City, MexicoVive Latino Vive Latino is a huge festival dedicated to music from the Spanish-speaking world.
Amsterdam, NetherlandsKoningsdag 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.
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.
Harare, ZimbabweHarare 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.
Tankwa, South AfricaAfrikaBurn AfrikaBurn is South Africa’s regional Burning Man festival held during the week of May Day.
Memphis, Tenn.Beale Street Music Festival As the home of “Memphis Blues,” Beale Street is steeped in music history.
Indio, Calif.Stagecoach Music Festival Stagecoach is Coachella’s sibling festival, dedicated solely to the world of country.
Edinburgh, ScotlandBeltane Fire Festival Beltane is an ancient Celtic bonfire festival signifying the arrival of spring.
Mount Broken, GermanyWalpurgisnacht This spring festival translates to “Witch’s Night,” celebrating the new season with ancient Pagan traditions.
Cheung Chau, Hong KongCheung Chau Bun Festival Hong Kong residents celebrate Buddha’s birthday with the Bun Festival, the most famous of the Da Jiu festivals.
Thrissur, IndiaThrissur Pooram Festival This 200-year-old festival culminates with an elaborate elephant parade to Vadakkunnath Temple.
Puebla, MexicoCinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo sees its biggest celebration in Puebla, where the town defeated the occupying French Army in 1862.
Martigny, SwitzerlandCombat 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.
Seville, SpainFeria 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.
Yasothon, LaosBun Bang Fai Rocket Festival Residents of Laos set off handmade rockets to wish for a bountiful rainy season.
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.
Essaoira, MoroccoGnaoua World Music Festival Half a million people come to Gnaoua and get lost in its rhythmic trance.
Saint Louis, SenegalSaint Louis Jazz Festival The colorful Senegal town hosts the annual Saint Louis Jazz Festival, boasting alumni including Herbie Hancock and Randy Weston.
Ginosaur, IsraelJacob’s Ladder — Spring Festival Jacob’s Ladder is a community festival with art, music and workshops.
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.
Durham, N.C.Moogfest Moogfest is an electronic music festival celebrating the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog.
Gulf Shores, Ala.Hangout Music Fest Hangout Music Fest is a quintessential spring festival set on the beautiful beach of Gulf Shores, Ala.
Fes, MoroccoFes 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.
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.
Cannes, FranceCannes Film Festival The Cannes Film Festival returns the French Riviera with plenty of Champagne, tuxedos and cinema stars.
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.
Quincy, Wash.Sasquatch! This outdoor festival is an awesome way to spend Memorial Day Weekend in the Pacific Northwest.
Detroit, Mich.Movement Electronic Music Festival The birthplace of techno music holds its highly acclaimed festival in Detroit’s Hart Plaza
Brockworth, EnglandCooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling Several thousands of people attend this quirky, ritual which has roots dating to Roman times.
Borobudur, IndonesiaWaisak Waisak is a celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death, practiced all over the world with the most spectacular in Java’s Borobudur.
El-Kelaâ M’Gouna, MoroccoRose 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.
San Francisco de Yare, VenezuelaLos Diablos Danzantes Corpus Christi in Venezuela is celebrated with the dancing devils of Los Diablos Danzantes.
Hay-On-Wye, Wales, United KingdomHay Festival Lovers of the written word unite for the Hay Festival, a gathering which speaker Bill Clinton called, “Woodstock for the mind.”
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.
Burgos, SpainEl 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.
Austin, TexasSummer X Games ESPN’s Summer X Games feature more than 200 action-sport athletes.
Paris, FranceAfropunk Fest – Paris This annual music festival brings together black communities active in various punk subcultures.
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.
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.
Mahuayani, PeruQoyllur Rit’I Ten-thousand pilgrims ascend Mount Ausangate for the spiritual celebration of Qoyllur Rit’I with music, dance and costumes.
Tokushima, JapanObon On the 15th day of the seventh month, the gates of heaven open, allowing spirits to visit the living world during Obon.
Barcelona, SpainSonar Festival Sonar is an immersive electronic music event, combining elements of a festival with a musical tradeshow.
Reykjavík, IcelandSecret Solstice Seventy-two hours of daylight make Secret Solstice one of the few places you can dance under the midnight sun.
Dover, DelawareFirefly Music Festival This music festival experience features headliners from Chance the Rapper to Bob Dylan.
Mi Lo River, Hunan Province, ChinaDuanwu – Dragon Boat Festival Colorful dragon boats fill the Mi Lo River, celebrating the unification of China more than two millennia ago.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, EnglandSummer Solstice at Stonehenge Thousands converge on Stonehenge to connect with Europe’s ancient past and celebrate England’s summer solstice.
Porto, PortugalFesta de São João This annual love festival is one of the best street parties of Europe, though few know about it outside of Portugal.
Florence, ItalyCalcio 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.
Cusco, PeruInti Raymi Inti Raymi is an Incan ceremony worshiping the ancient god Inti. It is still practiced by people throughout the Andes.
Queenstown, New ZealandQueenstown Winter Festival One of the leading ski resorts in the world hosts more than 45,000 visitors for the nine-day Queenstown Winter Festival.
San Francisco, Calif.San Francisco Pride The birthplace of the gay pride movement hosts its annual LGBTQ pride festival, San Francisco Pride.
Rothbury, Mich.Electric Forest Festival Electric Forest is a fantasy-inspired festival held in the idyllic woods of Rothbury, Mich.
Glastonbury, EnglandGlastonbury Festival Glastonbury is a raucous festival in the mud, inspired by the free festival movement and staffed mostly by volunteers.
Bridgetown, BarbadosCrop 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.
Pentecost Island, VanuatuNaghol Naghol is the land-diving harvest ritual of Vanuatu, believed to fertilize the ground, inspiring modern-day bungee jumping.
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.
Edirne, TurkeyKirkpinar 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.
Montréal, CanadaMontréal International Jazz Festival Montréal hosts one of the best and most diverse jazz festivals in the world.
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.
Grahamstown, South AfricaNational Arts Festival South Africa hosts more than 600 performances for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, ranging from techno DJs to ballet.
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.
Ulaanbaatar, MongoliaNaadam Naadam is a centuries-old festival pre-dating Ghengis Khan, showcasing throat singing, dancing and the annual Manly Games.
Paris, FranceBastille Day France celebrates the Storming of Bastille and gaining its independence on Bastille Day with banquets and fireworks.
Plaza de Toros, Pamplona, SpainFiesta de San Fermin Fiesta de San Fermin is dedicated to the city’s patron saint, but is well known for Running of the Bulls.
Brooklyn, N.Y.Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Inspired by the New Orleans JazzFest, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates New York’s musical legacy.
IndiaRatha-Yatra Ratha-Yatra is a Hindu chariot festival, depicting various gods on awe-inspiring wooden structures built and moved by hand.
Pamplona, SpainRunning 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.
Mindil Beach, Darwin, AustraliaDarwin Beer Can Regatta Participants construct boats out of recycled cans for the annual Darwin Beer Can Regatta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.