Meeting people, having fun and partying a little (or a lot) are key ingredients for a lot of people to make a trip succeed. If you want to make sure that you get an abundance of them in a short period of time, festivals are the way to go. There are thousands of festivals all over the world, ranging from very small and local to huge and international. Where to go? Well, you might want to check out this list of the top 5 festivals to visit around the world.
Top 5 festivals around the world
1. Oktober Fest, Germany
Nothing celebrates German culture more than a big party in honour of beer, pretzels, delicious meats, and costumes! This 200-year-old tradition is very welcoming to outsiders making it a great place to make new friends and memories. And while variations of Oktober Fest happen worldwide, the original is always going to be the best. If you’re doing it, go all out – pop on some lederhosen, practice your German, and book a flight. My Adventure Store is a great place to research the best deals if you’re lost. Danke schoen, Deutschland for letting us in on your favourite festival!
2. Day of the Dead, Mexico
An annual Mexican celebration and festival that often (incorrectly) gets referred to as a relation to North America’s Halloween – the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is so much more than that. It’s a true celebration that lets everyone pay love, respect and joy to treasured relatives and friends who have passed away. It’s a beautiful tradition that everyone should witness once – a true life changing festival.
3. Tomorrowland, Belgium
If you’re keen for a more music orientated festival, look no further than Belgium’s Tomorrowland. Essentially it’s the world’s biggest annual dance party that routinely sells out of tickets in seconds. The acts they have generally are on the techno, house, and club end of the music spectrum – so if you’re more of an indie fan this is probably not for you. But if this sounds right up your alley, go big or go home! Why bother with a local dance festival when you can go to the best.
4. Burning Man, USA
Considered one of the most mysterious of all festivals not only in the United States, but world wide – Burning Man is not for the weak at heart. It’s a week-long celebration that takes place annually at the end of summer in the Nevada desert. The activities revolve around an appreciation for art, culture, community, and self-sustainability. A penchant for weirdness doesn’t hurt either. The main event occurs on the last night when a giant, wooden statue gets burnt. If you’re after a life changing experience and like craziness, this could be the festival for you.
5. Glastonbury, England
It’s a classic for a reason. Glastonbury is undoubtedly an icon of the international festival scene, and has been since the early 1970s – famous for its mix of outstanding singing performances, various cultural acts, general free spirit vibes, and hippie culture that has withstood the test of time. Plus its ability to not only draw in celebrities, but to get them to sleep in tents as well, certainly doesn’t hurt its appeal. The festival happens annually in the last week of June, in the beautiful countryside near Pilton, Somerset. Word of advice though; pack your wellington boots.
Of course there are thousands more festivals for the truly intrepid to attend, but the above five are undeniably the best if you’re after the full blown cultural experience. So, which ones will you be attending?
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