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9 Northload St, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ, 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 –...
Okay, so there isn't an entire city in the shape of a clock and it's more about the music than the nothing-but-bacon-camp but, Coachella is still pretty cool. The art structures, music tents, surprise guests, and warm spring desert air make for a...
Universitätsstrasse 2, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
As one-day party blowouts go, Zurich’s Street Parade takes some beating. Since its inception in 1992, the event has grown exponentially. Every August, over 1,000,000 party-fanatics transform the city into a cacophony of color, music and raucous...
2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival that takes place in Austin, Texas. Each year, the ACL Festival brings together more than 150 acts from all over the world to play rock, indie, country, folk,...
225 Music School Rd, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
On a sunny Sunday afternoon pack a blanket and a picnic basket with an assortment of food and your favorite wine and beverages and follow the locals to the Benedict Music Tent to listen to classical music. Layout your blanket on the lawn and enjoy...
Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Five stages of music. Thousands of jazz aficionados. AWESOME! The Mahotella Queens celebrate their 50th anniversary this year and kept the rowdy crowd on their feet. Basia, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, Hugh Masekela, Al Jarreau, Prophets of da City,...
683 Rue Saint-Joseph Est #150, Québec, QC G1K 3C1, Canada
Having worked in the music industry for nearly two years before switching to travel writing full-time, I attended more concerts than I can count. However, Québec Festival d'été made my record label days seem like a walk in the park. The festival...
Place de la République, Paris, France
The French may be known for their penchant for protesting but few realize how much good all that bandying about leads to. Case in point, TechnoParade, the city's annual electronic music parade (the 2nd largest outdoor music event in France after...
337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
I know, I know, Lollapalooza may be a little overpriced and overrated. But the truth is, it is still one of the best music festivals in the country. Amazing live performances by well-known artists and new talents, worldwide travellers, a quirky...
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...
53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy
Each spring as a child, I looked forward to the annual Derby Day party in our family backyard when my parents’ friends donned odd hats and downed mint julips. Somehow, I thought Il Palio was going to bring back childhood memories, but the Kentucky...
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....
Kampung Selayang Permai, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Landing in heat-soaked Kuala Lumpur after being on the road for 24 hours can be disorienting. Incessant chanting (“vei vel shakti vel”), monkeys screeching, wafting incense, a glorious moon, and a million people. Thaipusam falls on a full moon and...
Newada Samogar, Uttar Pradesh 211009, India
Kumbh Mela is a perfect habitat for exploring "cultural curiosity." It forms a place for the salvation of mankind who wish to be free of the cycle of life and death. No small theme for the world’s biggest gathering. The crowd on the main days is...
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...
Camí de Binissaida, 108, 07720 Es Castell, Illes Balears, Spain
To really get to know the Spanish island of Minorca, be prepared to sit atop a saddle. The island has a love affair with a breed of horse: the graceful, strong, coal-black Minorcan. While donkeys traditionally worked the fields, the Minorcan was...
R. Marquês de Sapucaí - Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20220-007, Brazil
Every year before Ash Wednesday, Rio throws one of the world’s best parties. Drawing on African, Indian, and European traditions, Carnival features five days of street fairs, free concerts, and costumed balls. The festival culminates in a colorful...
Rumi was born in Afghanistan, spent time in Persia (Iran), then settled in Konya, Turkey when his father was invited there to be a scholar. Rumi became an Islamic scholar himself teaching peace, love, and tolerance. He built quite a following of...
Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, USA
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