23 World Festivals To Visit

1. Snow & Ice Festival — Harbin, China

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Jan. 5–Feb. 5
Where: Harbin, China
Why you should go: The world’s largest snow and ice festival in the world; it includes carvings towering over 20 ft high and full-size buildings from gigantic ice.

2. Holi — Celebrated by Hindus Around the World

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: March 13(for 2017)
Where: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other Hindu regions
Why you should go: Known as the Festival of Colors, takes place at the end of winter and the beginning of spring. This is fun, safe, and free. Do not forget to take your own dye.

3. Cascamorras — Baza, Spain

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Sept. 6
Where: Baza, Spain, in the province of Granada
Why you should go: hundreds of people cover in grease to reenact the 500-years-ago event – stealing of the Virgen de la Piedad.

4. Carnevale — Venice, Italy

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: February 11 until February 28 (for 2017)
Where: Venice, Italy
Why you should go: the traditional event in Venice since the 13th century. People arrive to Venice from all over the world to take part in masked celebrations. This is one of the best parties in the world.

5. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival — Lerwick, Scotland

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Last Tuesday in January
Where: Lerwick, Scotland
Why you should go: the major fire festival in Europe, including the burning of a full-scale Viking ship.

6. Tomorrowland — Boom, Belgium

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: July 21–30 (for 2017)
Where: Boom, Belgium
Why you should go: Tomorrowland turned into one of the world’s main electronic dance music festivals. It hosts more than 100,000 visitors every year coming for day-night party.

7. Mardi Gras — New Orleans

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, February 28 (for 2017)
Where: New Orleans
Why you should go: Mardi Gras is known everywhere; there is even nothing to add. Wanna let your hair down, come to New Orleans.

8. Oktoberfest — Munich, Germany

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Last weeks of September to the first weekend in October
Where: Munich, Germany
Why you should go: the original fair is the biggest beer festival in the world taking place in Munich.

9. La Tomatina — Buñol, Spain

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: The last Wednesday in August
Where: Buñol, Spain
Why you should go: this annual festival is aimed at brining enjoyment and fun, having no connections with the traditions. Everything started in 1945 after some locals threw fruits and vegetables during a parade.

10. Albuquerque International Balloon Festival — Albuquerque, N.M.

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Oct. 7-15 (for 2017)
Where: Albuquerque, N.M.
Why you should go: this is the major hot air balloons meeting in the world.

11. Carnaval — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Feb. 24–March 1 (for 2017)
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Why you should go: it looks like Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnevale in Venice, a non-stop party just with Brazilian flair (samba music, colorful costumes, and giant parades).

12. Cooper Hill’s Cheese Rolling Festival — Gloucester, England

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: May 29 (tentative for 2017)
Where: Gloucester, England
Why you should go: the chance to witness many people running down the hill for a wheel of cheese.

13. Coachella — Indio, Calif.

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: April 14-23 (for 2017)
Where: Indio, Calif.
Why you should go: Each year Coachella boasts the biggest names in music, not to mention an impressive showing of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. Plus, you can spend the weekend camping in the desert with your friends.

14. Dia de los Muertos — Celebrated by Mexicans in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Nov. 1
Where: Celebrations are held by cultural Mexicans throughout the world, but a few of the bigger celebrations take place in Mexico City and Los Angeles.
Why you should go: Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead is the celebration of All Saint’s Day to remember all those who have passed away.

15. Running of the Bulls — Pamplona, Spain

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: July 6–14
Where: Pamplona, Spain
Why you should go: the Spanish tradition, full of adrenaline and extreme regardless of running or just watching aside.

16. Songkran Water Festival — Chiang Mai, Thailand

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: April 13–15 (for 2017)
Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Why you should go: This is the grand water fight.

17. Burning Man — Black Rock City, Nev.

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Aug. 27–Sept. 4 (for 2017)
Where: Black Rock City, Nev.
Why you should go: Burning Man is a place allowing people to escape from the conventions of society.

18. Kirpinar Oil Wrestling Tournament — Erdine, Turkey

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: July 10–July 16 (for 2017)
Where: Erdine, Turkey
Why you should go: Simple wrestling, but with oil covering.

19. Wanderlust Yoga Festival — Oahu, Hawaii

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Feb. 23-26 (for 2017)
Where: North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
Why you should go: Check the the yogi lifestyle and relax by your body and mind on the beaches of Hawaii.

20. Boryeong Mud Festival — Boryeong, South Korea

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: July 21–30 (for 2017)
Where: Boryeong, South Korea
Why you should go: Takes place right by the Daecheon Beach – easily get muddy, then jump into the ocean.

21. Gay Pride Parade — San Francisco

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: June 24-25 (for 2017)
Where: San Francisco
Why you should go: the San Francisco biggest celebration has got great backing over the years.

22. Lantern Festival — Pingxi, Taiwan

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: Feb. 9-12 (for 2017)
Where: Pingxi, Taiwan
Why you should go: Get a little magic. See the sky full of floating lanterns at night.

23. Glastonbury — Glastonbury, England

23 World Festivals To Visit

When: June 21-25 (for 2017)
Where: Glastonbury, England
Why you should go: Glastonbury is a traditional music festival – dirty, loud, and wild.
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