20 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer

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Fill your summer with new places, people, and lots of adventures. Being at a festival is an experience you’ll never forget! Festivals spark a light inside everyone attending. You can feel the energy surge through the crowd, meet people you wouldn’t normally see, listen to amazing music, and be sucked into the local culture in a way most tourists aren’t. Summertime is when many cities hold their world renown festivals. So if you’re still looking for a summer adventure, let a festival help you plan it, but plan ahead tickets sell out fast! Whether you want to sip a stein at Oktoberfest, hurl tomatoes at La Tomatina, watch the sunrise at Stonehenge, or sing along at Rock in Rio, you are bound to find a festival while you are away.

Before you book your travel with go-today, grab your tickets to these festivals as they sell out fast! Then, grab your passport and dancing shoes and just let yourself go.

June

  • Donauinselfest is Europe’s largest open-air music festival, held on a man-made island in Vienna,  Austria. Experience 3 days of electric performances from artists around the world.Festival - Concert crowd at Donauinselfest in Germany
  • Fusion Festival is held every year in the northern region of Mecklenburg, Germany, near Berlin. Fusion began in 1997 and offers different genres of music but the line up is never released beforehand.  This festival allows for camping at a former military airport and occurs near the end of June.
  • Haro Wine Festival isn’t your typical wine festival; it’s more of a wine battle. Grab your bota bag, throw it over your shoulder, and get ready for the battle to begin. Haro Wine Festival is held in Haro, Spain, about 5 hours outside of Barcelona, in late June.  
  • Inti Raymi, in Cusco, Peru, celebrate the winter solstice by worshiping the Incan God Inti. At this festival, you’ll step back in time as you see colorful costumes and experience lavish banquets and festive music.
  • Queenstown Winter Festival knows how to welcome winter, summer for those living in the northern hemisphere, in New Zealand. Snow enthusiasts will love this event with its wacky snow events, street parties, music, lively performances, competitions, food, and fireworks throughout this ten day celebration.
  • Secret Solstice has been called the world’s most unique music festival. You’ll travel to Reykjavik, Iceland, and for 72 hours, you’ll enjoy the sun, fun, and multi-genre music lineup. This festival is going above and beyond in 2016 as they invite a limited number of participants to experience an inside the glacier electronic dance party.
  • Stonehenge Summer Solstice occurs just as the sun is rising over Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Arrive the night before to enjoy the excitement and anticipation before the sun rises directly over the middle of Stonehenge. You can extend your stay for 4 nights at a nearby campsite, be close to Stonehenge, local pubs, and enjoy the summer solstice your way.
    Summer Solstice Festival at Stonehenge, Englandfall

July

  • Melt! is an electronic music festival held in the industrial museum of Ferropolis located a few hours outside Berlin, Germany. With nearly 100 live acts and over 6 floors of music this electric dance party is always an unforgettable experience.
  • Secret Garden Party in Abbots Ripton, England is located a few hours north of London and is full of camping, swimming, fireworks, music, dancing, sing-a-longs, and more. This event is one that will bring you closer to your grass roots as you enjoy this three night event.
  • Tomorrowland is not just another electronic music festival. This festival draws crowds based on their world-renowned DJs but it’s the underground music heroes that often steal the show. The music is amazing but the backdrops are also incredible. Stages change into whimsical castles, bookcases, cobras and more as the performances continue. You’ll find this festival in Boom, Belgium located an hour north of Brussels.
  • Wife Carrying World Championship is no joke to those in Sonkajarvi, Finland. Every year nearly 40 couples participate in this obstacle course in hopes of becoming the winner. Join the competitors as they carry their women over their shoulders, to the finish line.

August

  • La Tomatina is the world’s largest food fight. This unique tradition occurs in Bunol, Spain where unpalatable tomatoes are ready to be thrown at those attending the  event. Don’t forget your goggles, this event will be messy.
    La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain
  • Mysteryland isn’t your ordinary electronic music festival. At the heart of the event is the idea of “peace, love, and music” which focuses on discovery to give festival goers an interactive and fun-filled experience. Experience this festival is you are in near Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Oppikoppi Festival in South Africa is a few hours north of Johannesburg and is Africa’s largest music festival. This festival separates itself with plenty to do including; box car races, the boom street 500 naked dash, running of the bewilderbeasts and the surf classics.
  • Tango Buenos Aires Festival is full of those who love to watch and participate in the art of Tango. Whether you are an expert or beginner, you can learn to tango and watch as some of the world’s best tango artists perform at the Tango World Championships. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, because you won’t want to miss this fast paced festival.
    Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

September

  • London Design Festival was created to celebrate London as one of the design capitals of the world. This festival features lectures, workshops, art exhibits, and other attractions where visitors are encouraged to learn more about the history and future of design.  
  • Oktoberfest, to many, means massive consumption of beer, but for those who live in Munich, Germany it’s the celebration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe Hildburghausen. Don’t worry, there is plenty of tasty beer at this festival, if that’s why you are going!
    Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
  • Regata Storica kicks off in Venice, Italy with gondoliers in full costume as they parade the Doge, the Doge’s wife, and high-ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal. The festival consists of a number of races, the most popular being Gondolini Regatta.
  • Rock in Rio is one of the largest rock festivals around the world. This South American festival is held in what will be Athlete’s Park in the 2016 Olympics. If you are looking to check out some of the best rock bands in beautiful Brazil, buy your tickets quick because they will sell out!
  • Scottish Highland Games in Braemar, Scotland, located 3 hours outside Edinburgh, Scotland, is one of many Scottish highland games, but it’s also one of the most celebrated. Here you will experience tug-of-war, caber-tossing (whittled-down tree trunks), dance competitions, solo bagpipe performances, and much more.Scottish Dancers at Scottish Highland Games

 

Grab your tickets to these festivals early because they sell out fast!

 

 

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