Inspiration

Festivals Around The World

As many music fans gear up for Coachella this weekend, we thought it was a good time to pull a list together of festival and culture events from around the globe.

Whether festivals are related to music, art, film, tech, yoga, spiritual or cultural themes, there is certainly no end to opportunities to explore something new, somewhere new. This is a nearly impossible list to put together since there are thousands of  festivals, big and small, that cover all manner of topics. Especially as we enter spring, and gear up for summer, these festivals can add so much more cultural richness to your trip (*Revisit prior post on the summer I covered 7 arts festivals across Canada in partnership with The New Yorker and Canada Tourism, still one of my favorite travel experiences ever!)

So consider this a starter list – some international, some local – to get you started (They appear here in Calendar year order)

WAKAKUSA YAMAYAKI
Where: Nara, Japan
When: January 27, 2018

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Where: Park City, Utah – USA
When: January 18-28 2018

CARNIVALE DI VENEZIA
Where: Venice – Italy
When: January 27 – February 13

MARDI GRAS
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana – USA
When: February 13 2018 (Parades & celebrations run for a week)

SKY LANTERN FESTIVAL
Where: Pingxi, Taiwan
When: February 11 2018 (*Many cities around the world do a small one as well)

RIO CARNIVAL
Where: Rio De Janeiro – Brazil
When: February 9-18  2018

HOLI
Where: Mumbai, Dehli – India
When: March 1-2 2018

ST PATRICK’S DAY
Where: Dublin – Ireland (+ New York and Boston – USA)
When: March 17 2018

SXSW
Where: Austin, Texas – USA
When: March 9-17 2018

COACHELLA
Where: Indio, CA
When: April 13-22 2018 (*over two weekends)

KINGS DAY
Where: Amsterdam – Netherlands
When: April 27, 2018

SNOWBOMBING
Where: Mayrhofen – Austria
When: April 9-14 2018

SONGKRAN
Where: Chaing Mai & Bangkok – Thailand
When: April 13-15 2018

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Where: Cannes – France
When: May 8-19 2017

MIDSUMMER’S EVE
Where: Sweden
When: June 24 2018

GLASTONBURY
Where: Pilton, Somerset – UK
When: June 26-30 2018

SAN VINO WINE FIGHT
Where: Haro – Spain
When: June 27-30 2018

CALGARY STAMPEDE
Where: Calgary, AB – Canada
When: July 16-30 2018

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (+ JUST FOR LAUGHS 11-29)
Where: Montreal – Canada
When: June 28-July 7 2018

EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
Where: Edinburgh – Scotland
When: August 3-27 2018

LA TOMATINA
Where: Bunol, Valencia – Spain
When: August 29, 2018

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
Where: Notting Hill, London – UK
When: August 26-27 2018

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Where: Toronto, ON – Canada
When: September 6-16 2018

OKTOBERFEST
Where: Munich – Germany
When: September 22 – October 7 2018

BURNING MAN
Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada – USA
When: August 26 – September 3 2018

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Where: Austin, Texas – USA
When: October 5  – 15 October 2018 (*over two weekends)

DIWALI
Where: Mumbai – India
When: November 7 2018

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD)
Where: Mexico City – Mexico (*Large celebrations in many cities, including Los Angeles, CA)
When: October 31 – November 2 2018

LOY KRATHONG & YI PENG
Where: Chiang Mai – Thailand
When: November 23 2018

HOGMANAY
Where: Edinburgh – Scotland
When: December 30 2018 – January 1 2019

Have any favorites not listed here? Let us know in the comments!

 

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)