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Lerwick, United Kingdom
Up Helly Aa Europe’s biggest fire festival is a celebration of Nordic heritage and ritual.
Jan. 24, 2017
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. 23 - Jan. 24, 2017
Park City, Utah
Slamdance Held in parallel with Sundance, Slamdance prides itself on working with underdog independent filmmakers.
Jan. 20 - Jan. 26, 2017
Mt. Wakakusa-yama, Nara, Japan
Wakakusa Yamayaki Wakakausa Yamayaki is a ceremonial torching of the mountainside, commemorating rival Buddhist temples of Nara.
Jan. 28, 2017
Hong Kong and Beijing, Shanghai, China
Chūn Jié – Chinese New Year Chinese New Years are celebrated by communities all over the world, but China’s is a breathtaking explosion of color.
Jan. 28, 2017
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. 23 - Jan. 28, 2017
Vietnam
Tết Nguyên Đán – Vietnamese New Year Tết Nguyên Đán marks the coming of spring, symbolically wiping the slate clean for the New Year.
Jan. 28, 2017
Aspen, Colo.
Winter X Games The Winter X Games, ESPN’s annual extreme sports competition, returns to Aspen, Colo.
Jan. 26 - Jan. 29, 2017
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. 19 - Jan. 29, 2017
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. 2 - Jan. 29, 2017
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. 26 - Jan. 30, 2017
Chicago, Ill.
Chicago Restaurant Week Chicago Restaurant Week celebrates the city’s culinary diversity with delicious deals all around town.
Jan. 20 - Feb. 2, 2017
Rotterdam, Netherlands
International Film Festival Rotterdam This large film festival is important to the independent scene, catering to art-house and experimental works.
Jan. 25 - Feb. 5, 2017
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. 7 - Feb. 5, 2017
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.
Feb. 1 - Feb. 5, 2017
Clearwater, Fla.
Clearwater Beach Uncorked Clearwater Beach Uncorked in the finest beachfront culinary event on Florida’s west coast.
Feb. 4 - Feb. 5, 2017
Venice, Italy
Venice Carnival The Venice Carnival culminates in the Doge’s Ball, an extravagant costume party with dancing.
Jan. 21 - Feb. 7, 2017
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Brazil’s biggest celebration has carnival balls, costumes, dancing and a samba parade that will put all other parades to shame.
Feb. 3 - Feb. 8, 2017
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Trinidad’s colorful carnival pays respects to their roots in African mythology and culture. Parades and steel bands entertain passionate crowds.
Feb. 6 - Feb. 8, 2017
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.
Feb. 10, 2017
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.
Feb. 11, 2017
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.
Feb. 11, 2017
Terni, Italy
St. Valentine’s Feast Valentine used to give young visitors flowers from his Terni home, and when two such visitors got married, he was forever linked to eternal love.
Feb. 14, 2017
Sapporo, Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival The Sapporo Snow Festival has more than 400 snow sculptures and plenty of the town’s namesake beer.
Feb. 3 - Feb. 16, 2017
St. Moritz, Switzerland
FIS Alpine Ski World Championship The FIS holds the finals for eight categories of skiing competition in the Alpine Ski World Championship.
Feb. 12 - Feb. 18, 2017
Nara, Japan
Hadaka Matsuri Hadaka Matsuri is a ritual purification in the frozen waters of a Shinto temple.
Feb. 18, 2017
Viareggio, Italy
Carnevale di Viareggio For the four Sundays around Lent, Viareggio transforms into an elaborate carnival with masked balls, fireworks and shows.
Jan. 29 - Feb. 19, 2017
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.
Jan. 31 - Feb. 19, 2017
Berlin, Germany
Berlinale Berlin’s international film festival Berlinale is one of Europe’s most respected gatherings of cinema aficionados.
Feb. 9 - Feb. 19, 2017
Napier, New Zealand
Art Deco Weekend After an earthquake destroyed Napier in 1931, it was rebuilt almost entirely in the Art Deco style, and is celebrated annually on Art Deco Weekend.
Feb. 15 - Feb. 19, 2017
Tapapakanga Park, New Zealand
Splore Splore is New Zealand’s premier camping festival, located just south of Auckland on protected indigenous lands.
Feb. 17 - Feb. 19, 2017
Jaisalmer, India
Jaisalmer Desert Festival The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a three-day celebration of Rajasthani culture.
Feb. 18 - Feb. 20, 2017
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. 27 - Feb. 22, 2017
Abu Simbel, Egypt
Abu Simbel Sun Festival Ramesses II’s temple is illuminated by the sun twice a year, celebrating the Pharaoh’s birthday and his ascension to the throne.
Feb. 22, 2017
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. 24, 2017
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. 17 - Feb. 25, 2017
O’ahu, Hawai’i
Wanderlust Wanderlust is an immersive festival experience that has everything from yoga instructors to musical acts to chefs.
Feb. 23 - Feb. 26, 2017
Rancho la Merced, Uvita, Costa Rica
Envision Festival Envision combines art and music with yoga and spiritual renewal in beautiful Costa Rica.
Feb. 23 - Feb. 26, 2017
Ivrea, Italy
Battle of the Oranges The Battle of the Oranges is the town’s historic reenactment of rebelling against an Ivrea lord.
Feb. 26, 2017
Sumba, Indonesia
Pasola The Pasola ritual battle is believed to appease the gods and bring a good harvest. Despite the blunt spears, the battle is intense and blood is spilled.
Feb. 1 - Feb. 28, 2017
Santa Cruze de Tenerife, Spain
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife This carnival attracts a quarter of a million people to the tiny Spanish island of Tenerife, culminating in a 24-hour party on Fat Tuesday
Feb. 21 - Feb. 28, 2017
New Orleans, La.
Mardi Gras New Orleans’ infamous celebration, Mardi Gras takes place on Fat Tuesday, filling the city with color, beads and music.
Feb. 28, 2017
Catemaco, Mexico
Noche de Brujas Noche de Brujas is a blend of indigenous beliefs, West African voodoo and Spanish medieval traditions, with hundreds of shaman performing a mass healing.
Mar. 2 - Mar. 3, 2017
Dedougou, Burkina Faso
FESTIMA FESTIMA is a festival dedicated to the centuries-old ritual of masked dance in West Africa.
Feb. 5 - Mar. 3, 2017
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. 17 - Mar. 5, 2017
Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Wine + Food Festival Charleston Wine + Food is a non-profit aiming to celebrate the city’s diverse food culture.
Mar. 1 - Mar. 5, 2017
Moscow, Russia
Maslenitsa Maslenitsa is Russia’s sole surviving Pagan celebration, celebrating the end of winter and kicking off Lent with a belly full of bliny (pancakes).
Mar. 5 - Mar. 11, 2017
New Orleans, La.
BUKU Music + Art Project French for “too much,” BUKU is a boutique festival dedicated to electronic music and hip-hop.
Mar. 10 - Mar. 11, 2017
Argungu, Nigeria
Argungu Fishing Festival Marking the peace between the Sokoto Caliphate and the Kebbi Kingdom, 35,000 fishermen descend on Malan Fada for Argungu’s intense fishing competition.
Feb. 18 - Mar. 12, 2017
Nederland, Colo.
Frozen Dead Guy Days Frozen Dead Guy Days get spirit from the story of Bredo Morstel, a deceased Nederland resident who was cryogenically frozen by his daughter.
Mar. 10 - Mar. 12, 2017
Miami, Fla.
Calle Ocho The largest street party in the world closes down 20 blocks of Miami for Calle Ocho, a celebration of Latin and Caribbean culture.
Mar. 12, 2017
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. 12 - Mar. 13, 2017
Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia International Film Festival Sofia is a cultural highlight of Bulgaria, showcasing a high number of Cannes selections and fine European cinema.
Mar. 5 - Mar. 14, 2017
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. 6 - Mar. 15, 2017
Tultepec, Mexico
National Pyrotechnic Festival Tultepec makes up 50 percent of Mexico’s handcrafted fireworks industry, making it the perfect place to host this explosive festival.
Mar. 6 - Mar. 15, 2017
Napa, California
Flavor! Napa Valley Napa Valley’s most skilled chefs and vintners invite you to indulge in the annual festival of culinary delights.
Mar. 15 - Mar. 19, 2017
Austin, Texas
SXSW: South by Southwest Everything’s bigger in Texas, and SXSW is no exception. Hundreds of artists come to this enormous festival, which includes music, film and interactive media.
Mar. 10 - Mar. 19, 2017
Valencia, Spain
Las Fallas Las Fallas, the most intense puppet show you’ve ever seen, takes over Valencia during this colorful festival full of fire and music.
Mar. 15 - Mar. 19, 2017
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. 16 - Mar. 19, 2017
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza Watch Kukulkan crawl the steps of El Castillo for the Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza.
Mar. 19 - Mar. 21, 2017
Tinsley Green, United Kingdom
World Marbles Championship The World Marbles Championship attracts 140 competitors from all over the world, fighting for honor and glory at The Greyhound Pub in Sussex.
Mar. 24, 2017
Byron Bay, Australia
Byron Bay Bluesfest Considered one of the best festivals on earth, Byron Bay Bluesfest has an old school vibe, attracting legends from the world of blues, soul and rock.
Mar. 23 - Mar. 27, 2017
Bali, Indonesia
Nyepi–Bali New Year Ceremonies and processions celebrate Nyepi, followed by a Day of Silence, when the entire city shuts down.
Mar. 28, 2017
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. 31 - Apr. 1, 2017
Kawasaki, Japan
Kanamara Matsuri Dating back to the Edo period of the 17th century, the “Festival of the Iron Phallus” is now used to promote STD awareness.
Apr. 2, 2017
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
Mar. 30 - Apr. 3, 2017
Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, Calif.
Desert Hearts This community-oriented festival only sells a few thousand tickets for small crowds and an intimate feel.
Mar. 31 - Apr. 3, 2017
Mayrhofen, Austria
Snowbombing Located high in the mountains of Austria, Snowbombing is a music and winter sports festival like no other.
Apr. 1 - Apr. 8, 2017
Jacksonville, Fla.
One Spark Though it’s not in Silicon Valley, One Spark is a free and fast-growing festival dedicated to crowdfunding new start-ups.
Apr. 6 - Apr. 8, 2017
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Lucidity Lucidity is a music and arts festival in the vein of Burning Man and Coachella.
Apr. 7 - Apr. 9, 2017
Khalna Tole, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Bisket Jatra – Nepali New Year Nepal rings in the year with Bisket Jatra, including exciting events like the tongue piercing ceremony and a village-wide game of tug-of-war.
Apr. 13, 2017
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Songkran Water Festival Originally a purification ritual for Buddhist statues, Songkran evolved into a countrywide water fight armed with Super Soakers and water bottles.
Apr. 13 - Apr. 15, 2017
Bali, Indonesia
Galungan Galungan is the most significant holiday for Hindus in Bali, celebrating the victory of good over evil.
Apr. 5 - Apr. 15, 2017
Antigua, Guatemala
Semana Santa Easter is huge across the Spanish-speaking world, but the most colorful celebration is Semana Santa in Antigua.
Apr. 9 - Apr. 16, 2017
Braga, Portugal
Holy Week Braga’s Holy Week celebration for Easter has Gregorian chants piped through the city as religious processions parade through the streets.
Apr. 9 - Apr. 16, 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film Buenos Aires hosts its popular film festival, specializing in Latin American independent films.
Apr. 12 - Apr. 22, 2017
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. 14 - Apr. 23, 2017
New York City, N.Y.
Tribeca Film Festival The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Robert DeNiro to reinvigorate the Lower Manhattan area, now attracting an estimated 3 million people.
Apr. 12 - Apr. 23, 2017
Mexico City, Mexico
Vive Latino Vive Latino is a huge festival dedicated to music from the Spanish-speaking world.
Apr. 22 - Apr. 23, 2017
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, 2017
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. 21 - Apr. 30, 2017
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. 25 - Apr. 30, 2017
Tankwa, South Africa
AfrikaBurn AfrikaBurn is South Africa’s regional Burning Man festival held during the week of May Day.
Apr. 25 - Apr. 30, 2017
Indio, Calif.
Stagecoach Music Festival Stagecoach is Coachella’s sibling festival, dedicated solely to the world of country.
Apr. 28 - Apr. 30, 2017
Memphis, Tenn.
Beale Street Music Festival As the home of “Memphis Blues,” Beale Street is steeped in music history.
Apr. 28 - Apr. 30, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
Beltane Fire Festival Beltane is an ancient Celtic bonfire festival, signifying the arrival of spring.
Apr. 30, 2017
Mount Broken, Germany
Walpurgisnacht This spring festival translates to “Witch’s Night,” celebrating the new season with ancient pagan traditions.
Apr. 30, 2017
Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nev.
Further Future This invite-only festival is an offshoot of Burning Man’s Robot Heart camp, featuring an offbeat lineup of electronic music acts.
Apr. 28 - Apr. 30, 2017
Thrissur, India
Thrissur Pooram Festival This 200-year-old festival culminates with an elaborate elephant parade to Vadakkunnath Temple.
May. 5, 2017
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. 2 - May. 7, 2017
Pigeon Island National Park, Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival Saint Lucia hosts its star-studded festival in a Caribbean paradise.
Apr. 28 - May. 7, 2017
Yasothon, Laos
Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival Residents of Laos set off handmade rockets to wish for a bountiful rainy season.
May. 5 - May. 9, 2017
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.
May. 5 - May. 9, 2017
Essaouira, Morocco
Gnaoua World Music Festival Half a million people come to Gnaoua and get lost in its rhythmic trance.
May. 11 - May. 14, 2017
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. 11 - May. 14, 2017
Saint Louis, Senegal
Saint Louis Jazz Festival The colorful Senegal town hosts the annual Saint Louis Jazz Festival, which boasts alumni including Herbie Hancock and Randy Weston.
May. 10 - May. 15, 2017
Durham, N.C.
Moogfest Moogfest is an electronic music festival celebrating the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog.
May. 18 - May. 21, 2017
Gulf Shores, Ala.
Hangout Music Fest Hangout Music Fest is a quintessential spring festival, set on the beautiful beach of Gulf Shore, Ala.
May. 19 - May. 21, 2017
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. 19 - May. 27, 2017
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. 26 - May. 27, 2017
Quincy, Wash.
Sasquatch! This outdoor festival is an awesome way to spend Memorial Day Weekend in the Pacific Northwest.
May. 26 - May. 29, 2017
Detroit, Mich.
Movement Electronic Music Festival The birthplace of techno music holds its highly acclaimed festival in Detroit’s Hart Plaza
May. 27 - May. 29, 2017
Brockworth, England
Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling Several thousands of people attend this quirky, ritual which has roots dating to Roman times.
May. 29, 2017
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.
May. 30, 2017
New York City, N.Y.
Governors Ball New York’s answer to Coachella and Bonnaroo is Governors Ball, a three-day event with top musical acts and the best local food Brooklyn has to offer.
Jun. 2 - Jun. 4, 2017
Austin, Texas
Summer X Games ESPN’s summer X Games feature more than 200 action sport athletes.
Jun. 1 - Jun. 4, 2017
Paris, France
Afropunk Fest – Paris This annual music festival brings together black communities active in various punk subcultures.
Jun. 2 - Jun. 4, 2017
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.
Jun. 1 - Jun. 11, 2017
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. 7 - Jun. 11, 2017
San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela
Los Diablos Danzantes Corpus Christi in Venezuela is celebrated with the dancing devils of Los Diablos Danzantes.
Jun. 11, 2017
Chicago, Ill.
Chicago Blues Festival Chicago Blues Fest is the largest, free blues festival in the world, and the largest music festival in the city of Chicago.
Jun. 9 - Jun. 11, 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.
Jun. 12 - Jun. 13, 2017
Tokushima, Japan
Obon On the 15th day of the seventh month, the gates of heaven open, allowing spirits to visit the living world for Obon.
Jun. 13 - Jun. 15, 2017
Burgos, Spain
El Colacho The obscure ritual known as El Colacho involves adults dressed up in devil costumes leaping over babies, cleaning their souls of evil for Corpus Christi.
Jun. 18, 2017
Barcelona, Spain
Sonar Festival Sonar is an immersive electronic music event, combining elements of a festival with a musical tradeshow.
Jun. 15 - Jun. 18, 2017
Reykjavík, Iceland
Secret Solstice Seventy-two hours of daylight makes Secret Solstice one of the few places you can dance under the midnight sun.
Jun. 16 - Jun. 18, 2017
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, 2017
Porto, Portugal
Festa de São João This annual love festival is one of the best street parties in Europe, though few know about it outside of Portugal.
Jun. 23, 2017
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. 13 - Jun. 24, 2017
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, 2017
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. 16 - Jun. 25, 2017
San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco Pride The birthplace of the gay pride movement hosts its annual LGBTQ pride festival, San Francisco Pride.
Jun. 24 - Jun. 25, 2017
Glastonbury, England
Glastonbury Festival Glastonbury is a raucous festival in the mud, inspired by the free festival movement and staffed mostly by volunteers.
Jun. 21 - Jun. 25, 2017
Rothbury, Mich.
Electric Forest Festival Electric Forest is a fantasy-inspired festival held in the idyllic woods of Rothbury, Mich.
Jun. 22 - Jun. 25, 2017
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
Naghol Naghol is the land-diving harvest ritual of Vanuatu, believed to fertilize the ground. It inspired 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. 30 - Jul. 3, 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.
Jun. 30 - Jul. 3, 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. 30 - 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 for a week-long festival in Brooklyn.
Jul. 5 - Jul. 11, 2017
Plaza de Toros, Pamplona, Spain
Fiesta de San Fermin Fiesta de San Fermin is dedicated to the city’s patron saint, but is most famous for its Running of the Bulls.
Jul. 5 - Jul. 13, 2017
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Naadam Naadam is a centuries-old festival that pre-dates Ghengis Khan, showcasing throat singing, dancing and the annual Manly Games.
Jul. 11 - Jul. 13, 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. 12 - 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 as the 100-person mini-con back in the ‘70s became what 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 features the mineral-rich mud of Boryeong, used to manufacture cosmetics.
Jul. 14 - Jul. 23, 2017
Mount Naeba, Japan
Fuji Rock Festival One of Japan’s biggest ski resorts hosts this 100,000-plus-attendee festival every year.
Jul. 21 - 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
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
São Luís, Brazil
Bumba Meu Boi Bumba Meu Boi is a folkloric festival that lasts 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
Wacken, Germany
Wacken Open Air Festival 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
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gay Pride Amsterdam Several hundreds of thousands come to the Netherlands for Gay Pride Amsterdam, one of the biggest LGBT 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
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. 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
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. 22 - 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
Maralal, Kenya
Maralal Camel Derby The town is a little-known gem of Kenya, hosting its annual Maralal Camel Derby to raise awareness for the animal and its habitat.
Aug. 11 - Aug. 13, 2017
Sturgis, S.D.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nestled in the Black Hills, Sturgis hosts its annual motorcycle rally, most of which are Harley Davidsons.
Aug. 7 - 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 up, allowing spirits to visit the living world for 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
Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal
Boom Festival Boom Festival is held every two years, dedicated to sustainability and the transformative power of trance music.
Aug. 10 - Aug. 17, 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. 18, 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
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
Daresbury, United Kingdom
Creamfields An offshoot of the legendary Cream nightclub, Creamfields has grown to be 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 the Mundial de Tango, with performances and classes at multiple venues across the city.
Aug. 17 - Aug. 30, 2017
Buñol, Spain
La Tomatina One hundred and forty tons of tomatoes are trucked into Valencia 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, Mexico.
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 that brings 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 in Black Rock Desert for the annual music and arts festival known as Burning Man.
Aug. 27 - Sep. 4, 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
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 underground electronic music festival.
Sep. 15 - 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cowal, Scotland
CowalFest CowalFest is an outdoor festival featuring walks, art and workshops along the beautiful Scottish coast.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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