As a traveler, you have to try participating in festivals at least once in your lifetime! Let yourself witness some of the most fun, unique, and breathtaking celebrations all around the world. Attend festivals that gather thousands or millions of people from different walks of life, and have the time of your life.

If ever you’re planning to travel to any of the places mentioned below, you might be able to participate in a festival, if you’re timing is right.

Listed below are just some of the plethora of worldwide festival that you should not miss.

Take note that the following festivals and events are arranged alphabetically for each month and not by date as schedules may vary each year.


Ati-Atihan (Panay Island, Philippines)

Carnaval de Negros y Blancos (Pasto, Colombia)

Cartagena International Music Festival (Cartagena, Colombia)

Chinese New Year (China)

International Kite Festival (Jaipur, India)

Sinulog Festival (Cebu, Philippines)

Wakakusa Yamayaki (Nara, Japan)


Carnevale Di Venezia (Venice, Italy)

Chiang Mai Flower Festival (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (Pampanga, Philippines)

Mardi Gras (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Panagbenga Festival (Baguio, Philippines)

Rio Carnival (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

Sauti za Busara (Stone Town, Zanzibar)

Stellenbosch Wine Festival (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Tapati (Easter Island, Chile)


Beyond Sahara (Marrakesh, Morocco)

Holi Festival (Mathura and Vrindavan, India)

Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Regent Theatre, Melbourne)

Port Fairy Folk Festival (Victoria, Australia)

Sky Lantern Festival (Pingxi, Taiwan)

South by Southwest (Austin Convention Center, Texas)

St. Patrick’s Day (Dublin, Ireland and New York, USA)

SXMusic Festival (St Martin, The Caribbean)

The European Fine Arts Fair (Helvoirt, Netherlands)


Byron Bay Bluesfest (Byron Bay, Australia)

Coachella (Indio, California)

Flatpack Film Festival (Custard Factory, Birmingham)

Kings Day (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

National Cheese Festival (Trujillo, Spain)

Snowbombing (Mayrhofen, Austria)

Songkran (Chang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand)

Tanzcafe Arlberg (Lech Zürs am Arlberg, Austria)


Cinco de Mayo (Pubela, Mexico)

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling (Brockworth, Gloucestershire)

Festival of the Snakes (Cocullo, Italy)

Little Norway Festival (Petersburg, Alaska)

Milwaukee Pug Fest (Franklin, Wisconsin)

Pahiyas Festival (Quezon, Philippines)

Viking Festival (Poulsbo, Washington)

Tennessee Renaissance Festival (Arrington, Tennessee)


Africa Oyé(Sefton Park, Liverpool)

Field Day (Victoria Park, London)

Lunar Festival (Warwickshire, United Kingdom)

Lucca Summer Festival (Lucca, Tuscany)

Meadows in the Mountains (Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria)

Paris Jazz Festival (Paris, France)

Pintados Festival (Tacloban, Philippines)

Roskilde Festival (Roskilde, Denmark)

San Vino Wine Fight (Haro, Spain)

The Midnight Sun Film Festival (Sodankyla, Finland)


Barn on the Farm (Over Farm, Gloucestershire)

Bilbao BBK Live (Bilbao, Spain)

Curious Arts Festival (Pylewell Park, Hampshire)

EXIT Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Just For Laughs (Montreal, Canada)

Melt! (Ferropolis, Germany)

Noisily Festival (Coney Woods, Leicestershire)

NOS Alive (Lisbon, Portugal)

San Diego Comic-Con (San Diego, California)

Soundwave Festival (Tisno, Croatia)

Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium)

Tramlines (Sheffield, United Kingdom)

Verbier Festival (Verbier, Switzerland)

World Bodypainting Festival (Klagenfurt, Austria)


Boardmasters Festival (Newquay, Cornwall)

Boomtown Fair (Winchester, Hampshire)

Burning Man (Black Rock City, Nevada)

Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Epcot Food & Wine Festival (Orlando, Florida)

Green Man Festival (Brecon Beacons, United Kingdom)
Guca Trumpet Festival (Guca, Serbia)

International Balloon Fiesta (Bristol, United Kingdom)

Kadayawan Festival (Davao, Philippines)

La Tomatina (Valencia, Spain)

Lollapalooza (Grant Park, Chicago)

Notting Hill Carnival (Nottinghill, London)

Puck Fair (County Kerry, Ireland)

Shambhala Music Festival (British Columbia, Canada)

Summer Sonic (Tokyo and Osaka, Japan)

The American Folk Festival (Bangor, Maine)

Wilderness Festival (Charlbury, United Kingdom)


Bestival (Lulworth Estate, Dorset)

Galway International Oyster Festival (Galway, Ireland)

Hermanus Whale Festival (Hermanus, South Africa)

Mooncake Festival (China and Singapore)

Oasis Festival (Marrakech, Morocco)

Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)

Outlook Festival (Pula, Croatia)

Whitianga Scallop Festival (Whitianga, New Zealand)


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Dia de los Muertos (Mexico City, Mexico)

Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurt, Germany)

Frieze Art Fair (London, England)

Lake of Stars (Bandawi, Malawi)

MassKara Festival (Bacolod, Philippines)

Moga Festival (Essaouira, Morocco)


Diwali (Mumbai, India)

Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Kenu and Kundu Festival (Alotau, Papua New Guinea)

Lopburi Monkey Banquet (Lopburi, Thailand)

Loy Krathong (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

New York Comedy Festival (New York City, USA)

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights (Niagara Falls, Canada)

Pushkar Camel Fair (Rajasthan, India)


Burning the Clocks (Brighton, England)

Hogmanay (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Junkanoo Parade (Nassau, Bahamas)

Krampus Night (Tyrol, Austria)

Snowglobe Music Festival (Lake Tahoe, California)