Are you an avid traveler? Then you should add some festivals from around the world to your bucket list! Generally you find delicious food, good tunes, crazy costumes, and nice people. Make sure to wear an adorable outfit that is easy to move in so you can not only dance the night away but also snap some cute pictures for your Instagram. If it is a summer festival make sure to pack sunscreen and sunglasses and if it is a winter festival be sure to bundle up. Make all your friends jealous by visiting these 15 festivals around the world!
(All dates and musicians are based on what is listed as of February 2017)
1. Coachella (Indio, California)
Loved by celebrities and all your friends, Coachella is the epitome of a boho musical festival. Put on your fringe, big hat, and cut off shorts for this festival in the desert. Be ready to kick up some dirt as you rock out to artists like Beyonce, Tove Lo, and Kendrick Lamar. Tickets sell out fast so be sure to save some money if you want to attend this hip festival in April.
2. Sziget Festival (Budapest, Hungary)
One of the biggest music festivals in Europe, Sziget, is known for it’s high energy. Every year they have performers that range from EDM to pop superstars. The festival is held at “Old Buda Island”, a luscious island full of greenery and areas to camp out. You can expect tons of balloons, light shows, and maybe even a ferris wheel at this electric weekend held every August.
3. Austin City Limits (Austin, Texas)
Originally a festival for Texas based musicians, Austin city limits, now features all the best names in music. While their are performers of all genres this festival is known for it’s rock-n-roll feel. Austin is the live music capital of the world and ACL lives of to that name with 8 different stages to visit. You will also be sure to get some great southwestern food at this fall concert in October.
4. Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium)
Known for it’s eccentric outfits, Tomorrowland is the place to be if you love EDM. This festival is like no other because it takes you into a whole different dimension with vibrant colors, glitter covered women, giant crafted stages, and even fireworks. Get ready to pump your fists to some crazy music at this international affair in July.
5. Burning Man (Desert of Nevada)
Be creative and help make part of Burning man, a festival known for it’s steampunk yet hippie feel. While this isn’t technically a music festival there are tons of things going on including some music, art installations, including a giant man on fire, and performance art. People make a tradition of attending this festival every year at the end of August and beginning of September.
6. Rock in Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
With two locations, in Rio and Las Vegas, this concert is perfect for anyone who loves top 40 music but also some oldies. For a tropical vacation hop on a plane and head to Rio to dance the night away to artists like Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and even Aerosmith. Book your plane tickets for September to attend this rocking festival.
7. Snowbombing (Maxyrhofen, Austria)
Get your snow boots and big coat for this music festival in snowy Austria. Every year this festival is held at a ski resort that houses multiple stages like a forest stage, a street stage, and a snow stage. Embrace all the elements to some EDM music at the festival in April.
8. South X Southwest (Austin, Texas)
A festival for all kinda of media this is a great place to experience tons of new things. Hear great music but also intelligent keynote speakers while you eat some yummy snacks. Grab a bunch of freebies at this very inclusive festival in March.
9. Gay Pride (San Francisco, California)
Join in the celebration of gay pride at the heart of the movement in San Francisco. March down the street in the Castro or join the party at civic center. Make sure to bring your rainbow clothes and fanny packs to this pride festival in June.
10. Holi festival (India)
Get colorful with this festival in India. To spread love and joy people from all around the globe come to throw pigment powder on their closest friends and family. Put on some white clothes and get ready to get messy at this ritual on March 13th.
The final photo for the #KidsofHoli. I saved this one for last, being that it's my favorite of all my photos taken in #India and it was selected by @smithsonianmagazine as editors pick, photo of the day. Holi is a time for celebrating the coming of Spring, but it's also the most fun I've had in a foreign country because of the rowdy crowds. The people of India make life interesting every day, but especially during Holi. Throwing gulal (colored powder), dumping buckets of water on the unsuspecting people below, shooting each other with silly string, and above all, hugging and showing everyone love. It's a time of true happiness // Mathura, India. #reportage #peoplematter #photojournalism
11. Mardi Gras (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Traditionally Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, was used to celebrate and eat tons of food before the Lenten season. Now it is a day of partying, parades, and floats for people of all religions. Travel to New Orleans with your masks and beads on February 28th. You can also experience other cultures version if you travel to Carnavale in Venice, Italy or Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Wearing a Mardi Gras hat she designed and topped off with a crown and king-cake babies, Inez Adams of Gretna stretches her arms up in search of beads as a float passes during the Krewe of Poseidon's 2002 parade in Gretna Sunday, February 10. That turned out to be the organization's last parade. (Photo by Susan Poag, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive)
12. Day of the Dead (Mexico City, Mexico)
Celebrate your loved ones who have passed with this day of memorial. Create sugar skulls and shrines to those you have lost. To see the costumes, floats, and rituals hop on a plane to Mexico City. Be prepared with photos and keepsakes for October 31.
13. Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
Get your drink on in this beer festival. Dress yourself in traditional garb and roam around the beautiful streets of Munich while sipping on beer from one of the 14 beer tents. Ride the ferris wheel, shop in small booths, and eat delicious food from September to October.
14. Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah)
Get ready to see some amazing works of independent film at one of the biggest film festivals in the world. Sit in old theaters in this small Utah cities while you watch powerful films. Enjoy raw films at this festival in January.
15. Yi Peng (Pingxi, Thailand)
Yi Peng, or the lantern festival, is a beautiful night where locals and tourists come together to release lanterns into the night sky. The photos of this festival are spiritual and breath taking. Create an intention or wish to release into the sky at this festival in February.