9 Festivals That Every Traveller Should Add to Their Bucket List

Love events, festivals and travelling? Here are a few festivals you definitely shouldn’t miss during your lifetime.

Love events, festivals and travelling? Here are a few festivals you definitely shouldn’t miss during your lifetime.

No matter the country, there is always a celebration or festival to enjoy.

Festivals are one of the best ways to experience the unique culture, food and music that a destination has to offer, and there are so many to choose from.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite festivals around the world. Get ready to start wanting to plan your next trip.  

Must-See World Festivals

1.Holi

Where: Mumbai, India

When: March

Color and unity are what the Holi festival celebrations are all about. During this two-day festival, people throw colors and celebrate everything that unifies them.  This is a sight unlike anything you’ve ever seen and the joy is contagious. While the festivities are quite mild in the mornings, by the afternoon, everyone is involved and dancing to music. Once the street festivities are done, most people continue the celebrations at home.

Holi Festival_Smithsonian Magazine
Source: Smithsonian Magazine

2. Carnivale Di Venezia

Where: Venice, Italy

When: February

Spend time wandering around the ancient streets of Venice, which is packed with people in 18th century costumes during this annual festival. Along with feeling like you’ve stepped through a time portal, there are several areas that offer great parties during this time, including Cannaregio and Dorsoduro.

Venice Carnival_YouTube
Source: YouTube

3. Swedish Midsummer

Where: Stockholm, Sweden

When: June

Every year, the Swedes host a three-day Midsummer celebration that includes picking flowers, creating wreaths, dancing and eating, all the while enjoying the longest day of the year. Most celebrations start in the afternoon and run through to midnight. While Stockholm is the best place to experience this celebration, most of the other cities in Sweden celebrate it in parks too.

Swedish Misummer_Swedish Nomad
Source: Swedish Nomad

4. Snowbombing

Where: Mayrhofen, Austria

When: April

If you’re game for a good party, Snowbombing is one of the biggest celebrations that take place in Austria every year. While the festival is centered around snow sports, the music festival is one of the highlights. Enjoy the snowboarding competitions and tricks by the pros during the day and watch an array of music acts by night. You won’t have a better experience on snow.

Snowbombing Festival_Metro
Source: Metro

5. San Vino Wine Fight

Where: Haro, Spain

When: June

This is one of Europe’s most underrated festivals. Every year, thousands of people gather in Haro after sunrise to join a battle that only involves red wine and good times. Use a bucket, water gun or any other weapon that can hold red wine and you’re ready to go. Spend the day spraying others with wine well into the evening, which is when the party continues.

Haro Wine Festival_Pinterest
Source: Pinterest

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6. Notting Hill Carnival

Where: Notting Hill, London

When: August

This vibrant carnival takes place over the bank holiday weekend in August and fills the streets with floats, dancers and drums. Months of preparation go into this event and it’s something that people of all ages can enjoy. Whether you want to enjoy the floats or dance, this is one of the best ways to spend a day in London in August.

Notting Hill Carnival_The Rembrandt
Source: The Rembrandt

7. Day of the Dead

Where: Mexico City, Mexico

When: November

Dia de los Meurtos has been around for centuries and while the people of Mexico like to celebrate it in different ways, visitors can enjoy an eye-catching parade that honors those who have passed on. Everyone is encouraged to dress up on the day and join the festivities with the locals. There is also plenty of food, drinks and music to enjoy – it is a celebration after all.

Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos
Source: World Nomads

8. Oktoberfest

Where: Munich, Germany

When: September

During the month of September, Munich is filled with beer tents, pretzels and lederhosen. In fact, the city sees over 6 million visitors over this two-week period. It might be busy but the atmosphere is unmatched. Enjoy traditional food, dancing, music and, of course, some of the best beer in the world.

Oktoberfest_U By Uniworld
Source: U By Uniworld

9. Hogmanay

Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

When: December

If you want to try something different for your next New Year’s celebration, head to Scotland for Hogmanay. This is one of the best ways to ring in the new year, Viking style. From concerts and bonfires to music and a Viking procession, this is a two-day celebration everyone should experience at least once.

Hogmanay_BBC
Source: BBC

No matter what time of the year you’re planning to travel, chances are you will be able to find an exciting event or festival that you can join and enjoy. If you want to do something a little different on your next trip, head to a local festival.

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