If you are looking to travel the world in search of culture, music, food or life changing experiences, we have a list of some of the best festivals from all over the globe to inspire any summer holiday, no matter who you are.
Heiva Festival: Tahiti
Heiva is an annual festival that celebrates the history and heritage of the Polynesian people through traditional activities such as dance, music and sports. Traditional sports ranging from javelin throwing to stone lifting and the wonderful atmosphere created by dancers young and old coming together to the beat of live music leaves spectators entertained and dancing around the clock.
Exit Festival: Serbia
Originally set up as part of a student protest fighting for democracy in 2000, it has since become an award-winning festival praised for its diverse music acts. The Exit stage has seen much loved musicians light up the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Nova Sad. This 4-day music extravaganza offers an electrifying atmosphere that any music lover needs to experience.
A colourful parade and the country’s much-loved sports are what to expect at the biggest traditional Mongolian festival. Offering the perfect combination of art meets sport; horse racing, archery and Mongolian wrestling are watched with anticipation by spectators. However, if sports are not for you, there is plenty of incredible music to dance to and food to devour.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Edinburgh, Scotland
Attracting people from all over, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest open access arts festival in the world. This performing arts wonderland allows anyone to show off and participate, from famous faces to unknown acts, it is a true celebration of creativity and expression.
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri Festival: Japan
This festival happens at the beginning of August and is a big event that will not disappoint. Amazing firework displays, dancers and a parade of people carrying vivid paper floats bursting with colour that light up the city is a spectacular sight to be seen.
Epcot Food & Wine Festival: Florida, USA
Immerse yourself in everything edible. Showcasing international foods for your sampling, demonstrations, seminars and special guest appearances from culinary masterminds. This is a festival fit for food lovers everywhere, and it is held in none other than Walt Disney World!
Oktoberfest: Munich, Germany
Beer anyone? Well, look no further than Oktoberfest as this is a festival dedicated to the beverage. This world-famous beer festival kicks off in September where there will be traditional Bavarian delicacies, music and of course as much beer as you desire.
The Hermanus Whale Festival: South Africa
Calling all animal lovers, there is a festival perfect for you located in the coastal town of Hermanus in South Africa. The Hermanus Whale Festival offers the truly breath-taking experience of whale watching while celebrating the environment. Enjoy a car show, music, street parades and much more while eating the local produce and seafood. This family-friendly festival also has exciting activities and entertainment for the kids too!
For more fun festivals around the globe, take a look at our infographic, A Guide to the World’s Weirdest Festivals.