Top 25 best travel destinations for events in the world

Top 25 best travel destinations for events in the world

Travelling is not just an escape from our fed up daily routines but every place has a beautiful story to tell, a significant event to recall or a precious memory to offer.  And when you walk the paths, they may look silent for the while but ensure that you create happening stories forward.There is no doubting the fact that every fortunate piece of land holds dignified events and attending those is a chance only most fortunate ones dare to grab.

We often spend lots of time in making plans for traveling to destinations but travelling the destinations while their famous events are scheduled on the way, is an experience unleashed.

Hence we bring you across the list of top 25 best travel destinations for events in the world so that next time you travel to handpick stories of your favorite moments and experiences rather than making narrow escapes.

1. Snow and Ice festival

Snow and Ice festival

Tentative time: Dec-Feb

Place: Harbin, China

Event attractions: The largest snow and ice festival in the world happens in Harbin, China. As interesting the name sounds, the fest area actually turns into a fantasy land made of snow and ice. It features international snow sculpture art expo, ice lantern art fair, winter swimming, ice hotels, dog sledding or safari-style Siberian tigers watching.

The world’s biggest ice scriptures are kept on display at Sun island which is a lovely sight to look at and stay amazed. The open area puts on display the illuminated full-size buildings made of thick ice. The ice lantern exhibition is also held at Zhaolin Garden.

2. Diwali

Diwali

Tentative time: Oct-Nov

Place: India and other Hindu regions

Event attractions: The most celebrated festival in India by not only Hindus but by all the other religions too, is Diwali. The festivities and preparations start around 15 days before and every nook and corner of the streets are decorated with lights and flowers.

People clean their houses and surrounding areas to welcome goddess Lakshmi. Sweets and gifts are distributed among relatives and friends. Everyone returns to their homes and celebrates the Diwali night together with their families. Wearing new clothes, making prayers and burning firecrackers are all the pleasant part of celebrating Diwali traditions.

3. Carnevale

Carnevale

Tentative months: Jan-March
Place: Venice, Italy

Event Attractions:  Venice Carnival is one of the most celebrated events in the world. People travel from farther lands to enjoy one of the best parties on earth. The tradition continues since 13th century. The festival is also world famous for its elaborate masks and carvings.

Once you reach the carnival and start wandering around the streets of the city, it feels like you have landed way back to the ancient times with people wearing masks and costumes which provide the feel of the medieval period. An enigma to encounter, people party hard and live like there’s no tomorrow.

4. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival

Up Helly Aa Fire Festival

Tentative months: Last Tuesday in January

Place: Shetland Islands, Scotland

Event Attractions:  It is the Europe’s largest fire festival which gets completed with the burning of a full-scale Viking ship, getting the idea of grandeur?Up Helly Aa fire festival is actually a collection of diversified fire festivals which is celebrated during the middle of winter season.

People wear themed costumes, forms into squads and take out the processions through the towns or villages. This festival boasts a full-size Galley, Jarl Squad suits, other Squads memorabilia and an extensive collection of photographs recording the suits worn and the guizers involved. The preparations take around months and the results are magnanimous.

5. Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Tentative months: June – July

Place: Boom, Belgium

Event Attractions: Bringing alive the unique concept of electronic dance music (EDM), Tomorrowland has now become one of the world’s largest festivals. Thousands of party lovers visit Belgium to dance the day and night away. It was started in 2004 by a few renowned DJ’sand is counted as the best one for music lovers.

A mesmerizing evening on a beautiful summery weekend with big names and stars providing the ultimate delight to the crowds is a definite must-go. Adding to it, the perfect ambiance of open field with camps around while enjoying the music and meeting new people who are living the same taste is a feeling liberating enough.

6. Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Tentative months: Feb-March

Place: New Orleans, US

Event Attractions: The popular saying of partying like there’s no tomorrow holds its true roots in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. This carnival celebration is the final official celebration before the period of Lent (the Catholic period of introspection and sacrifice).

It is a season of parades, masquerade balls and king cake parties. The official festive colors are purple, green and gold representing justice, faith, and power. What are you waiting for? Enough of the reading, go get on the roads, wake up the party animal inside you and rush to the US.

7. Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Tentative months: September – October

Place: Munich, Germany

Event Attractions: The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and a world famous event. Many cities across the world hold Oktoberfest celebrations but Munich’s 16-18 day original fair is the biggest beer festival in the world.

Every beer lover is ought to attend the Oktoberfest once in their life to feel the living paradise on earth. Hanging festive mood with a bunch of friends and beer being the best friend along, you would never know how soon the nights would pass.Hop into your tents if there is a need to get sobered up with the yummiest coffee and black forest cake.

8. La Tomatina

La Tomatina

Tentative months: The last Wednesday in August

Place: Bunol, Spain

Event attractions: Rarely, you might have heard about a festival without any ancient stories or significance, well, this is the one! La Tomatina is a pure fun festival where people throw tomatoes at each other and enjoy the tomato fight with no ancient story to signify its existence.

The festival starts in the morning and a few trucks loaded with tomatoes land inside the town. When these tomatoes are dropped to the ground, that onsets the beginning of the fest. Yes, you do get dirty but the fight is a hell lot of fun. Don’t forget to bring your goggles. The locals turn on the hose pipes in between to give you a chance to get cleaned up.

9. Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

Tentative months: October

Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Event attractions: The largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world is all this festival is about. The balloon fiesta is a nine-day event and has more than 500 balloons of unique shapes and designs each year.

Various events take place under the whole festival duration which is known as the Fiesta challenge, America’s challenge Gas balloon race, the fights of the Nations mass ascension and other piloting skills and competitions. A colorful sky filled with uniquely painted balloons is a beautiful sight to look at.

10. Carnaval

Carnaval

Tentative months: Feb –March

Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event attractions: Rio Carnaval is a fun-filled nonstop party themed with samba music, colorful costumes, and giant parades. This Brazilian flair is a famous festival held before Lent every year and is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets.

Everyone comes down on the streets to enjoy the carnival parade which is filled with revelers, floats, and adornments from numerous samba schools. The dancers are dressed in beautiful and colorful costumes. Also, there are many mini-festivals which are organized by the locals throughout the day to keep the excitement and energy levels high for all its visitors.

11. Coachella

Coachella

Tentative months: April

Place: Indio, Calif.

Event attractions: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a three-day annual festival which is held in California. The event features almost all genres of music including alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronic music. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities also swarm the place along with some of the biggest names in music.

A paradise for music lovers, the festival is also a showcase for visual arts, including installation art and sculpture. Great artists visit the fest to provide motivation to the budding ones.

Tent camping is also now allowed as an option for festival lodging. What’s better than spending a wonderful weekend camping in the desert with your friends!

12. Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls

Tentative months: July

Place: Pamplona, Spain

Event attractions: Why should all festivals be colorful and pleasant? “Running of the Bulls” is the one made for adventure junkies and those whose adrenaline rush is difficult to contain inside. The festival is a time-honored Spanish tradition and is fun whether you are participating or just watching.

The event starts off with a first rocket which is set off at 8 a.m. to alert the runners that the corral gate is open. A second rocket signals that all six bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals that all of the herd has entered the corral respectively, marking the end of the event.

13. Songkran Water Festival

Songkran Water Festival

Tentative months: April

Place: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Event attractions: The celebration of New Year in Thailand is celebrated as Songkran festival. The traditional way to celebrate it is to pay respect to the elders by spraying a little-scented water on their hands.

However, with times changing, popularly it is celebrated as a 3 day long water fight. Water balloons, water bottles, giant containers of ice water and what not! Get yourselves ready to be all soaked up in a wet and wild adventure. Tourists from all over the world travel to Thailand to take part in this festive celebration.

14. Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Tournament

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Tournament

Tentative months: June – July

Place: Erdine, Turkey

Event attractions: In wrestling competitions, there are not only the participants who are deadly involved, the competitive factor among the spectators also soar higher while seeing two tough souls fighting for their life and hence the showtime becomes equally interesting for them as well. Kirpinar is such a wrestling fest where strong men wrestle while being covered in oil.

The participants pour olive oil over their entire bodies and then the match starts in an open grassy field. The victory criteria are if one wrestler either pins the other to the ground or lifts his opponent above his shoulders. This festival holds a Guinness World Record for the longest-running sports competition.

15. Wanderlust Yoga Festival

Wanderlust Yoga Festival

Tentative months: Feb – March

Place: North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Event attractions: Wanderlust festival has a stronger and wider vision of connecting people to life’s purpose. The location is turtle bay where you have endless opportunities to get your fill of sun, surf, and sand.

The yoga festival is equally fulfilling and it does not matter if you are a beginner or a master of yoga sadhana, you are assured to spend an ideal day at Wanderlust festival. Various activities include invigorating vinyasa flow, relaxing yin classes, stand up paddle boarding or aerial yoga. Plan your visit for the festival and experience this Wanderlust to center your soul and calm your wandering mind. No disappointments guaranteed!

16. Boryeong Mud Festival

Boryeong Mud Festival

Tentative months: July

Place: Boryeong, South Korea

Event attractions: Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival celebrated in Korea. Korea is also known for its plethora of seemingly random festivals, but MudFest is perhaps the greatest and most famous among them. It takes place near the Daecheon Beach, taking into consideration the convenience so one can easily get dirtied up and then pop directly into the ocean to rinse it off.

The mud is taken from the Boreyong mud flats and is used as the stock for the whole festival. People don’t mind getting all muddy as the mud is considered rich in minerals and is also used to manufacture cosmetics. The festival runs for around 2 weeks but the final weekend is most popular and sees most of the crowd.

17. Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride Parade

Tentative months: June

Place: San Francisco

Event attractions: Gay pride Parades are organized at quite a few famous places like San Francisco, Rio, Amsterdam, Los Angeles. The biggest gaiety celebrations are observed at San Francisco though. For LGBT community, it is the most important event and hence biggest celebration ever. The day for celebrating their choices and their rights.

For all the spectators, it is no less than an important cultural and pride event with people campaigning, dressed in colorful costumes, entertaining performances, and speeches. People consider the event as a safe space to voice their opinions, their support. Despite being all the controversies and oppositions, Gay parade comes out as an important event which can’t afford to be missed out.

18. Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival

Tentative months: Feb – March

Place: Pingxi, Taiwan

Event attractions: The surreal sky set ablaze and beautiful with thousands of floating, orange-hued lanterns is no sight less than a magical fairyland. This is what Chinese do for the celebration of their traditional New Year.

On the night of Lantern Festival, children go to the temples, solves the riddles on the lanterns and then release them into the sky. Nowadays, the lanterns are embedded with complex design and shapes as contrary to the simple ones in the past. Majorly these come in red color which is considered auspicious and people forget the past to welcome a flourishing future ahead.

Discovery Channel’s show ‘Fantastic Festivals of the World’ has also recognized the Lantern Festival as one of the best festivals in the world and something everyone needs to experience once in their lifetime.

19. Glastonbury — Glastonbury, England

Glastonbury Festival

Tentative months: June – Aug

Place: Glastonbury, England

Event attractions: Some music festivals are more than just good music to the ears and the favorite stars. Imagine an evening under the largest green field open-air music, wading through the mud in your rain boots while camping with all your friends. Let it turn to a wild, loud and dirty time, for you will enjoy it the most.

It is scheduled for a week every year and people flock to listen to great music, dress up in silly outfits and have a wonderful time on a farm in Somerset. The festival is best known for its contemporary music but other events are also featured such as dance, comedy, theatre, circus, parties, film showings, cabaret, and many other arts. You now know what music festival to attend next!

20. Kings day

Kings day

Tentative months: April

Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Event attractions: A fun-filled day in Amsterdam which is also a national holiday is a love to be a part of. The day is celebrated as the King’s birthday(William Alexander) of the House of orange and hence Orange is the theme color. Everyone swarms the streets on foot and hence the city stays car, tram, and bike-free that day.

Street vendors, insane boat parade parties and orange all over, this is what you are supposed to do and see too. Everyone turns vulnerable to the festive air and party like there is no tomorrow. Take cash, wear orange and you are all set to rock the atmosphere.

21. Stars of the white nights

Stars of the white nights

Tentative months: May-July

Place: St Petersburg, Russia

Event attractions: The festival continues for around a month with the celebration of varied collection of events around the longest days of the year. As the name suggests, the nights turn to a merry carousel. River Neva offers a surreal site along with the popular shows of roving gypsy bands, jugglers, sword swallowers, fire eaters and stoic Russian mimes.

An extravaganza of the happiness including music, opera, ballet, film and outdoor celebrations including the Scarlet Sails, Star performances at the Palace Square, Carnivals of the White Nights, a fleet of red­-sailed, tall ships with a gunpowder-packed fireworks show, Russian style. Stop spending your nights sleeping and attend the white nights of Russia!

22. Comic-con international

Comic con international

Tentative months: July

Place: San Diego, California, USA

Event attractions: As one might consider, this is not for just kids, rather a paradise for all Anime, game lovers and fantasy seekers. This 4-day event sees a considerable rise in its visitors every year.Famous movie and TV personalities also visit the event to make it more happening for its visitors.

The favorite part among visitors is to cosplay their favorite characters and turning their fantasy world dreams to true. Adding to it, meeting the fan parade of your favorite characters and making friends with them is an experience unmatchable. Get ready, the next comic con is waiting to see the child in you!

23. Just for laughs

Just for laughs

Tentative months: July

Place: Montreal, Canada

Event attractions: This one is the largest international comedy festival in the world. An ultimate love among the comedy lovers, there is no comedy festival better than Montreal’s. Along with attending the festival, it is a wonderful opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Many famous comedians play at the festival and it also offers as a great occasion for the budding artists to showcase their talent. Performing at the festival to display undiscovered talent and to show their act in front of industry professionals is nothing less than a dream coming true.During the day, street performers delight the crowds and at night the city comes alive with comedy happenings scattered throughout the City.

24. Austin city limits

Austin city limits

Tentative months: October

Place: Austin, Texas, USA

Event attractions: A dynamic music festival which is celebrated annually for 3 days in Texas. The festival presents Austin as a cultural city enjoying all sorts of activities. It brings together more than 130 bands on eight stages playing rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, electronic, and bluegrass.

Many famous personalities make appearances including some big names from electronic music DJ’s. Apart from music, there are art installations in a live music setting. And when all the art and music lovers gather together at a place, what makes you think that missing this will do?

25. EPCOT food and wine festival

EPCOT food and wine festival

Place: Orlando, Florida, USA
Tentative months:
August – November

Event attractions: The famous annual food festival extends for more than a month at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. An all-time heaven for foodies, the festival attracts anyone and everyone from a novice to the biggest chefs, from normal to the expensive wine tastings.

Special kiosks are set up to reflect food and drinks from various countries and their specialties. In addition to the food and wine tastings there are various seminars, social events and demonstrations organized. You can also sign up for learning fun food and drinking techniques, taught by top industry experts.

So, how many of these top 25 best travel destinations for events in the world have you visited? Tell us in comments.

 

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