DARWIN FESTIVAL, Darwin, Australia (Aug 8th – 25th)
The Darwin Festival is a locally and internationally recognized arts-and-culture festival that takes place outdoors in the tropical city of Darwin in Australia- a collection of cabaret, circus, poles acrobatics and burlesque acts ranging from the comical to the outrageous.
SYDNEY NEW YEARS EVE, Australia (Dec)
If you want to end the year in style and with an amazing gathering of almost a billion people from all around the world this is where you need to be on the last day of the year – the Sydney Harbor. Nothing gets livelier than this moment with two pyrotechnic displays, the 9pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks.
SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL, Sapporo, Japan (Feb 5- 11th)
Come February, Sapporo in Japan is covered in a blanket of white – the perfect setting for the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. Spread across three venues – Odori Park, the Tsudome ground and Susukino’s main street – this week –long festival sees hundreds of snow statues line the streets and attracts millions of people to the capital city of Hokkaido in northern Japan. The festival will also have an ice-sculpture contest, snow slides and mazes, as well as regional food delicacies.
BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL, Ubud, Bali (Mar)
Music is the heart and soul of the Festival and the beats and tunes are ever-present. From Bhakti Nights of sacred music, with participatory concerts, such as Kirtan and chanting, and to the One World One Stage, highlighting internationally known artists, you will find something exciting! Bali Spirit Festival summons yoga enthusiasts, dancers, musicians and spirituality seekers from all corners of the globe, joining together to inspire one another and nourish each individual’s potential within. Open your heart and be transformed!
HONG KONG WINE & DINE MONTH (31st Oct to 30th November)
Enjoy and epicurean feast of wine-themed events that has helped establish Hong Kong as the principle place in Asia to enjoy the finer things in life, including wines from around the world paired with the creations of the city’s culinary wizards. Each year, the event kicks of with the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival.
HONG KONG WINTERFEST (December)
Christmas is a magical time to be in Hong Kong as a warm and happy spirit embraces the city. Be awed by the skyscrapers and their fantastic illuminations. Shopping malls entertain shoppers with carols, Christmas villages, winter sales and other festivities, while restaurants serve tempting holiday menus.
United States Of America
JAZZ FEST, New Orleans (Apr)
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, often known as Jazz Fest, is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Use of the term “Jazz Fest” can also include the days surrounding the Festival and the many shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs scheduled during the Festival event weekends. Get ready to encounter some of the biggest names of the music industry from Stevie Wonder to Neil Young.
FIESTA OF FIVE FLAGS, Pensacola Bay, Florida (May 30 – Jun 7th)
The Fiesta of Five Flags, an annual celebration of the founding of Pensacola, is considered to be one of the oldest festivals in Florida. During this gala, look out for the Fiesta Days Celebration , held in the historic Seville Quarter, which commemorates the five flags that fly over the city. Expect lots of great food, fun activities and events and also a boat parade and a street parade perhaps.
BURNING MAN FESTIVAL, Black Rock Desert, Neveda (Aug-Sep)
Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. It is your temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, radical self-expression, and self-reliance. Become a part of the growing community of Burners who are active year-round, around the world, ensuring that the fire of Burning Man culture never goes out. The event starts on the Monday before and ends on the day of the American Labor Day holida
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, Pilton, Somerset, England (Jun)
The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, is the largest green field open-air music and performing arts festival in the world. The festival is best known for its contemporary music, but also features dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and many other arts. Find yourself, be a part of this incredible experience on your way to England. This festival caters to anyone interested in the contemporary arts and is not only limited to certain forms of music.
DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL, Dubrovnik , Croatia (Jul)
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival treats you to a range if experiences like theatre, ballet, classical music and opera. The performances take place at the many atmospheric indoor and outdoor venues across the city such as Art’s School Park, Revelin Fort Terrace , the area in front of St Blaise’s Church , the Ruder Boskovic Square, the area in front of the Cathedral, Sponza Palace Atrium, the Island of Lokrum, St. John’s Fort, Lazaretto, St. Mary’s Convent courtyard, Lovrjenac Fort and the Rector’s Palace atrium.
TOMORROWLAND , Antwerp , Belgium, ( Jul 26 – 28th)
Possibly the biggest electronic dance festival in the world, Tomorrowland is a three-day event at which some of the biggest names will perform on a massive open field at De Schorre, in Boom – a town in Belgium. With a range of genres like house, progressive, techno, dubstep, trance and hardstyle, you’re sure to find something to groove to.
LA TOMATINA, Valencia, Spain (Aug)
La Tomatina, the tomato-throwing fiesta, takes place on the last Wednesday in August in the town of Bunol. It involves chucking tomatoes at each other for a raucous but safe celebration with the locals as well as the visitors. Once the tomato ‘fight’ is over, fire trucks hose down all streets to clean up the mess. All in all, a lot of fun!
OKTOBERFEST, Germany (Sep-Oct)
Oktoberfest is the world’s Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of the Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810.
PARIS AUTUMN FESTIVAL, Paris , France (Dec)
There are several events such as photo exhibitions, video installations, theatre performances, dance and music shows and film screening – all promoting various art forms. The festival, which attracts over 1,000,000 people, collaborates with institutions as well as other festivals in cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York , Rome , Tokyo and Vienna.
MEVIANA FESTIVAL OF WHIRLING DERVISHES , Konya, Turkey (Dec)
The Mevlana Festival of Whirling Dervishes is held to commemorate the death of 13th– century Sufi Poet Celaleddin Rumi, or Mevlana, in Konya. The mesmerizing performances by the dervishes dressed in long, white robes with swirling skirts attract over a million people, so book in advance!
PACIFIC RIM WHALE FESTIVAL, Vancouver Island, Canada (Mar 16th – 24th)
March is a special month for whale enthusiasts – it heralds the arrival of over 20,000 gray whales off the shores of Vancouver Island, which these magnificent beats pass when they migrate from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska and beyond. And to welcome the pods, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival takes place across the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet and around the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Apart from whale-watching, there is a whole bunch of events on offer, like gala dinners, First Nations cultural workshops, culinary programmes, marine life education initiatives and talks by prominent scientists marine biologists, oceanographers and naturalists.
CLAYOQUOT OYSTER FESTIVAL, Tofino, Canada (Nov)
What began as a drive to create awareness about oyster harvesting is now a buzzing festival. The four-day Clayoquot Oyster Festival is held in the beautiful Tofino, located in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Vancouver Island. You can sample the different varieties of Vancouver Island oysters, sip on British Columbia wine, dance to live music and perhaps even hop on a boat to visit an oyster farm in Clauoquot Sound.