For a party with a purpose, check out Serbia's EXIT festival. Held over three days in mid-July, this music festival was started by a group of students fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia and the Balkans. Today the event stays true to its activist roots with social advocacy and regional political education lessons as much a part of EXIT as the music is.
The outdoor venue is one of the coolest of its kind as the event takes place on the Petrovaradin Fortress grounds in the Serbian city of Novi Sad. Considered one of Europe's best multi-day music festivals, shows are held on seven different stages – the main stage is located at the heart of the old fortress and is surrounded by six themed stages for different genres: Elektrana Stage showcases up-and-coming regional talent, while heavy metal and punk bands perform on Explosive Stage. Regardless of genre, EXIT is known for attracting major international talent.