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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
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
China
Hungry Ghost Festival Held on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month, the Hungry Ghost Festival is the traditional holiday for ancestral veneration.
Aug. 25, 2018
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
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
China
Mid-Autumn Festival This yearly harvest festival is known for moon cakes, pastries filled with jelly, dates, nuts or bean paste.
Sep. 24, 2018
Helsinki, Finland
Baltic Herring Festival Celebrate Finland’s long history of maritime culture.
Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2018
Joshua Tree National Park, Calif.
Joshua Tree Music Festival – Fall This independently produced festival has a family-oriented vibe, set in the beautiful California wild.
Oct. 4 - Oct. 7, 2018
Ghadames, Libya
Ghadames Festival Ghadames is known throughout the world for dates, also region’s No. 1 export.
Oct. 12 - Oct. 14, 2018
Dallas, Texas
State Fair of Texas The most highly attended fair in America has taken place every year since 1886, pausing only for the two World Wars.
Sep. 28 - Oct. 21, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Dance Event Amsterdam Dance Event is an annual electronic music festival and conference hosting leaders in the club industry.
Oct. 17 - Oct. 21, 2018
Pushkar, India
Pushkar Camel Fair Much more than a camel tradeshow, the Pushkar Camel Fair is a celebration of Rajasthani culture.
Oct. 27 - Nov. 3, 2018
Paris, France
Pitchfork Music Festival – Paris The French version of America’s Pitchfork Music Festival continues to bring a lineup of leftfield artists.
Nov. 1 - Nov. 3, 2018
Louisville, Ky.
Breeders’ Cup This Grade 1 Thoroughbred race changes locations every year.
Nov. 2 - Nov. 3, 2018
Puno, Peru
La Diablada La Diablada is an annual parade of demons through the streets of Puno. Its origins are unknown, and a mixture of Christian and indigenous beliefs.
Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2018
New York, N.Y.
New York City Marathon The New York City Marathon is the largest in the world with more than 50,000 finishers.
Nov. 4, 2018
India
Diwali Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, marking Ramayana’s victory over Ravana and return from exile.
Nov. 7, 2018
Alba, Italy
Alba International White Truffle Fair The White Truffle Fair is the world’s premier truffle festival, where a few ounces of the stuff can cost several hundred dollars.
Oct. 6 - Nov. 25, 2018
New York, N.Y.
New York Fashion Week – Spring New York Fashion Week is one of the “Big 4” fashion weeks, the others held in Paris, London and Milan.
Feb. 7 - Feb. 15, 2019