A Global Festival Tour: The Best Festivals Around

by Travelbag on 19 April 2018, 10:04AM

China lantern festival

There are incredible events happening worldwide that take place in stunning locations, including Fuji Rocks, held in the mountains of Japan, Magnetic Fields, taking place in Rajasthan’s regalia – an enchanting building in north India; as well as some of the world’s most well-known landmarks providing breathtaking backdrops for a holiday to remember forever. Festivals are now much more than just muddy fields and crowded campsites.

We’ve compiled some of the most unique festivals in the world for you to explore in our interactive map. So, don your flower crown, grab friends and family, and head on a tour of the many festivals the world has to offer.

Festivals to Add to Your Bucket List

Fire festival

Each year, revellers visit some of the best celebrated festivals in the world. For many, the event turns into one of the most memorable experiences of their lives and one that they are keen to repeat. But with an array of amazing festivals taking place each year, it can be hard to decide just where to go. From music and lanterns, to water fights and fireworks, you can experience festivals like never before. Jet off to Brazil for the Rio Carnival or immerse yourself in India at Holi Festival, exploring the culture and a whole host more!

Literature Festivals

Literature Festival Melbourne

For avid readers, bookworms, students, teachers, scholars and those who just love a gripping read there really isn’t much that beats a good literary festival. Fortunately, book festivals take place regularly around the world and each offer something unique. From showcasing new authors to appearances by legends in their field, literary festivals attract people from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. If you love reading and travel, there is nothing better than to start working your way through the list and aiming to visit them all. Check out some of the best literacy festivals in South America, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and more.

Festivals for Foodies

Food festival dumplings Hong Kong

Whether you're visiting a new location for the first time or it’s your regular spot, the quickest way to get to know more about your holiday destination is to eat like a local. One of the most entertaining ways of getting under the skin of a new town or country is to visit a food festival. Not just for foodies fascinated by flavours, food festivals around the world are often a melting pot of the local culture with music, art and theatrical performances often part of the mix. Tantalise your taste buds with some national dishes, such as poutine in Canada, sticky barbecued ribs in Chicago or a fiery madras in India. There are festivals in abundance to help you eat your way through the foodie bucket list.

Music Festivals

music festival

Whether you’re looking to go to a music festival for the amazing line up, tasty food, gorgeous weather or just a break away with a difference, you’ll be sure to find something that excites you here. From electronic dance music and pop artists with a string of number one hits under their belts to smooth blues and jazz, you won’t be disappointed. Along with festivals that focus purely on the music, there are others that invite you to celebrate the arts whilst taking in some of the local culture. From those set in the centre of cities, to others tucked away on secluded islands, there is something for everyone. Escape to the Nevada desert for Burning Man, dance from dusk till dawn at Californian festival Coachella or head down under for indie music festival Splendour in the Grass and much more.

Worldwide Arts and Culture Festivals

Carnival festival

Every country in the world has its own cultures, customs and traditions, and in most cases, there will be a festival that celebrates these. We’ve rounded up the top culture and arts festivals across the globe and given you a glimpse into what you can expect if you decide to pay them a visit. From smaller, celebrated fringe festivals to huge events that attract massive crowds, these festivals are the ones that you should try to attend at least once. For a festival that’s a little different, why not visit Salvador Carnival in Brazil, the awe-inspiring Vivid Sydney in Australia or Kawhia Kai Festival in New Zealand.

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If experiencing a festival holiday sounds exciting, then get in touch today with one of our leading experts to help you create your perfect tailor-made holiday.


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