Here’s a blog post that reminds you how culturally rich and diverse the world is, and how similar it can be when it comes to celebrating festivals. Sing and dance, eat and drink, and party hard –things we can agree on universally. Without further ado, the top 10 fests to attend across the world.
Once a year in the dessert of Nevada, USA, tens of thousands off people assemble to celebrate The Burning Man Festival. A temporary city called Black Rock is put together in the middle of the dessert where tens of thousands of participants live together for a week.
The week-long fest is a celebration of global art and culture. The participants include talented, eccentric, radically self-expressive artists, performers, cosplayers and party-goers. The place is filled with interactive art installations, live performances, dystopic “mutant vehicles” and partying. At the end of the fest, the ‘playas’ disassemble the city and leave no trace behind.
2019 dates: Monday, 26th August to Monday, 2nd September.
Tomorrowland is easily one of the world’s most exciting music fests. An EDM lover’s paradise, the vibes of Tomorrowland are electric and euphoric. You get to see your favourite artists such as David Guetta, DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer and Steve Aoki among others perform live.
Since the first edition in 2005, 2019 marks the fest’s fifteenth year. Spanning two weekends in June,2018 recorded an impressive attendance of four hundred thousand people from over seventy nationalities. Camp at Deamville, eat, drink, dance and lose yourself in the music.
2019 dates: 19th to 21st July and 26th to 18th July.
Theme: The Book of Wisdom, The Return
Oktoberfest is by far Germany’s largest crowd-puller. Held every year in the meadow called Theresienwiese, Munich, the festival was first celebrated in 1810. It attracts over six million visitors every year, and over seven million litres of beer are consumed!
As stunning as that beer stat is, there’s a lot more to Oktoberfest. It’s a celebration of Bavarian culture and you’ll find thousands of people dressed in traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl. There are lovely parades, super fun fairground rides and scrumptious sausages and pretzels. But, of course, the hero is the beer. Seven million litres!
2019 dates: 21st September to 6th October
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held every year at the Empire Polo Club, California. America’s largest music festival, you can expect an attendance close to three hundred thousand. Some of the world’s most talented artists bring along their works to display at Coachella. Music aside, Coachella is also a spectacular art show.
In terms of music, Coachella covers pretty much every genre. With eight stages and over fifty performers, Coachella promises once-in-a-lifetime entertainment from all your favourite artists. 2019 performers include Ariana Grande, Zedd, Khaid, H.E.R. and Diplo.
The British fest has been around for almost fifty years now. The music is the most exciting part of the fest, but another important component of Glastonbury is community. It encourages diversity and unity, so you’ll find people young and old, of different ethnicities, cross-dressing and in costumes.
Glastonbury is a five-day fest with an estimated attendance of one-hundred-and-seventy-five thousand. Eat, drink, dance, slackline and have a mud fight. As diverse as the crowd may be, Glastonbury is British to the very last.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Imagine this: you’re in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, it’s winter and the temperature is around minus fifteen degrees Celsius, and the Songhua lake is frozen. You could feel cold and miserable, or you could create the world’s largest snow and ice festival that records attendances of about twenty million every year. The gigantic ice sculptures, castles, Buddhas and Ice and Snow World span across an incredible six hundred thousand square meters.
St Patrick’s Day
Mach 17th, the day that St Patrick passed away, is a public holiday in Ireland. The fest, however, goes on for five days. Originally a religious festival, it fascinatingly transformed into a drinking fest in the 1970’s. Go around Dublin dressed in green and blend in. In case you’ve never done this before, starting drinking at breakfast! And make sure you drink at least a few pints of Guinness.
Tomatoes are for salsa, salads and for throwing (if you’re from Spain).In 1945, a small group of people in Valencia pelted each other with tomatoes at the local town square when a parade had gone wrong. Considering how famous the festival is today, we bet the locals from 1945 were secretly enjoying themselves. Today, more than twenty thousand people gather and throw about a hundred-and-fifty tons of tomatoes at each other. Love tomatoes? Imagine smelling like one.
Day of the Dead
Officially known as Día de los Muertos, a festival dedicated to show love and respect to the deceased. Despite the sober theme, expect vibrant colours, parades, song and dance. People paint their faces and dress up as skeletons and fill up the streets all over Mexico. While the theme is actually death, the festival emphasises that we do not forget to appreciate life. Truly one-of-a-kind, make sure you experience the Day of the Dead in Mexico at least once.
Strong contender for world’s best fest. Because the entire country of Brazil celebrates. Over five hundred street parties are thrown over a month in Rio alone! The parades are lively, colourful and majestic. And the top Samba schools of Brazil (there are hundreds of them) compete every year for recognition as the best Samba school. If you’re looking for the party of your life, the Rio Carnival is the place to go.
There you have it! Our top ten fests to attend across the world. We know life keeps you busy, but we strongly recommend you visit each of these fests at least once in your life.