Crazy Cool Global Festivals
Collected by Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
From wine in Vancouver to a buffet for the monkeys in Thailand, and from art in the desert at Burning Man to music in Scotland or Morocco, planning a trip with the girls around a festival is a fun way to incorporate a theme into your adventure.
Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada
Every February the wine world descends on Vancouver to celebrate wine with the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Now in its 38th year, the Vancouver International Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world and...
Thanon Phahon Yothin, Tambon Tha Hin, Amphoe Mueang Lop Buri, Chang Wat Lopburi 15000, Thailand
Thai monkeys living in Lopburi, north of Bangkok, have a festival have not only in their honor, but one created specifically for them, each November. Begun by a local businessman hoping to boost tourism to the province in 1989, today the Monkey...
9 Northload St, Glastonbury BA6, UK
One of the world's most legendary music festivals, Glastonbury is held in Somerset, England over five days in June. Begun in 1970, it still embraces its counterculture, hippie roots and holds performances on some 900 acres of bucolic farmland –...
Rue Bani Mtir, Rabat, Morocco
Held over eight days at the end of May in Morocco's cultural capital of Rabat, Mawazine, which is also known as “Rhythms of the World,” was started in 2001 as part of a government initiative to promote a more liberal image of Morocco. It has since...
Kisačka, Novi Sad, Serbia
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...
Black Rock City, NV, USA
Burning Man conjures up all kinds of images for those who’ve never been. Naked new agers dancing till dawn. Polyamorous pursuers fueled by ecstasy. Yes, the Playa (the desert stage where the Man, the temple, and much of the art is located) is a...
1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
If you are into contemporary art, and of course people watching – this is a MUST! Forget the main 'Art Basel Miami' (which can be a little pretentious and stuffy) – just explore all the surrounding exhibitions on the 'Beach' and in my...
Matthias-Pschorr-Straße 4, 80339 München, Germany
Each fall, crowds of partygoers at Munich’s Oktoberfest lift steins of golden beer skyward and bellow “Prosit!” The German holiday began more than 200 years ago at the marriage celebration of Bavarian Crown Prince Louis and Princess Therese. Many...
Madison St & Avenue 52, Indio, CA 92201, United States
Tens of thousands of people trek to the middle of the desert for the Coachella Music Festival two weekends in April. Their line ups have included iconic band reunions from the likes of Iggy and the Stooges, Pixies and Portishead and even a...
Sycamore Building, Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
A fanciful three-week celebration of the arts, Fringe has been an annual asylum for artistic oddballs since 1994. Nearly 650 productions— theater, dance, poetry, magic, outdoor installations—enliven venues all over Dublin. 353/(0) 1-670-6106....
Nong Han, San Sai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of my favorite festivals in the world is the Loi Krathong / Yi Peng ‘festival of light’ in Thailand. Both occur at the same time and although differing slightly, both represent the cleansing of sins. Yi Peng takes place mainly in Chiang Mai in...
La Paz, Bolivia, Genaro Sanjines, La Paz, Bolivia
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