What is a traveller if not a reveller? Travellers are a breed apart in that they celebrate life- every time they move; everywhere they go. They travel to explore, to experience, to exhilarate and to educate themselves about places, people, cultures and food.
While we believe anytime is a good time to take a break from the daily grind, pack a bag and zoom to a place you’ll love to visit, an International Festival present the rare opportunity to merge into the local smorgasbord of motley party animals, and feel the vibes and celebrations of a specific place at a deeply personal level.
Festivals are the time when people are at their best or their worst- depending on how you analyze it, since all the inhibitions are locked into tamper-proof closets back into their houses, and the free spirits take over to celebrate, to party, to drink like tomorrow may never arrive- in short, doing that for which they save their money the year around in mundane jobs.
While every city worth its heritage has numerous festivals, a few international festival have become legendary, chiefly for the tabula rasa they create with a happy and hopeful atmosphere that they can reminiscence for years to come.
So if you are a traveller who wants to experience ecstatic vibes of a city, here’s our ultimate list of best international festivals around the world.
Amp up for some spectacular yet untried street food, dancing with strangers and maybe making a few friends for life with this list!
When: 19–21 & 26–28 July 2019
Where: Boom, Belgium
Prologue: If music runs in your veins, this carnival of EDM DJs and creators is the place you’ll love to plan a visit to! Arguably the biggest music festival in the world, Tomorrowland attracts more than a thousand of celebrated artists and more than 100,000 visitors who simply salivate at the thought of dancing away the night, every night.
Expansive stage designs, mesmerizing laser shows, electrifying fireworks, and music groupies from around the world mingle and concoct an unimaginable mélange of music, dance and fun that you can never expect to see anywhere else.
When: 2- 26 August 2019
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Prologue: The month of August is reserved for thrilling art performances all around the city in the form of Edinburgh Festival Fringe. From comedians to acrobats to street theater to corner jazz concerts- the sheer diversity and verve of artistic talents from around Europe is embraced by an appreciative and exuberant audience at the largest arts festival in the world.
The Fringe festival of arts takes place all over the city- streets, promenades, bars, public parks and even in moving vehicles! There also are paid performances at established venues like Traverse Theater, Gilded Balloon, and Cabaret Voltaire. The best part is anyone can participate in this international festival- even you if you are inclined to parade your talent before an audience that is willing to shower claps and coins in equal measure! So plan a trip to the beautiful Scot city for an experience of a lifetime.
When: 29 August 2019
Where: Valencia, Spain
Prologue: Call it the ZNMD effect or clever marketing by Spain tourism, a fun festival without any traditional connection has become probably its most famous event and among top 10 festivals in the world. Yes, we’re talking about the perky La Tomatina, held every last Saturday of August in the Mediterranean town of Buñol in Valencia, Spain.
About 2, 50,000 kilos of ripe tomatoes are brought in for 20,000 people to smash each other with those red squashy globes resulting in a food fight that is dirty yet wildly enjoyable one hour! But real action begins after the war- when you wash off in the river and join the revelers around the city for some delectable Spanish food and Sangria in equal measure.
If La Tomatina is on your tour radar, book your tickets in advance as only 20,000 travellers are allowed in every year. More Info is available at latomatina.info
When: 24- 26 August 2019
Where: London, UK
Prologue: Half of London braces for the August Bank Holiday weekend by a visit to the Caribbean Street Party, more popularly known as the Notting Hill Carnival. Europe’s largest street festival attracts more than 2 million roisterers to one of the wealthiest London borough that promises a riot of vibrant parades, an incredible potpourri of music and London’s diverse and enormous medley of street foods. One of the best top 10 festivals around the world, this carnival is an international festival like no other!
The Notting Hill Carnival is your best bet on experiencing the high spirits of the Rio Carnival. Don’t forget to arrive early as it is swarming with Londoners exploring the posh area for holiday cheers in the middle of copiously busy work cycle. More pertinent info is available at the official NHC website.
When: 25 August- 2 September 2019
Where: Nevada, USA
Prologue: So you think you can socialize alternatively while shedding all your inhibitions and collaborating with an arty and eccentric swarm in a mini community in a temporary metropolis where everyone has to participate in some kind of activity to survive?
Welcome to Burning Man- the copiously popular event where you enjoy 6 days of camping in a middle-of-nowhere site, somewhere in Nevada Desert. The international festival is called thus as everything you create in those 6 days is burned down, along with a giant wooden effigy, called the man.
You need to book for the Burning Man event in advance. Ask us and we’ll find a way out.
When: 21 September – 6 October 2019
Where: Munich, Germany
Prologue: Uber famous around the world as a beer binge, Oktoberfest is a 2-week long event that attracts travellers from around the world for beers, beers, and beers. The literal non-stop party turns Munich into one large pub where you can savor the best of German beer - Paulaner, Augustiner and other Oktoberfest-approved brews.
Nothing in your wildest dreams can prepare you for this international festival! Hop on to a flight to Munich and become a part of history. We’re sure you won’t be able to stretch your visit to more than 2-3 days, but those 3 days shall be etched in your memory like a yarn of the war in an army hero’s mind!
People celebrate international festivals all around the world, all around the year. An International Festival presents the rare chance to chuck sightseeing goals and become a lively part of the inner orbit of a city. Get a bit crazy, a bit wild and welcome the festivities!
We will keep updating this list of International Festivals every month until we add all the international festivals and upcoming festivals for each month. Keep watching!
by Holxo Travel Specialist
by Holxo Travel Specialist
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