There are lots of awesome festivals around the world, but these ones stand out as some of the best. They’re not only big and fun, but they also have a unique experience that makes each one special.
The Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada
The Burning Man Festival is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The festival is dedicated to community and self-expression, as well as art and music. It’s a week long event that attracts more than 70,000 people from all over the world every year. The festival began in 1986 when Larry Harvey and Jerry James created it as a temporary installation for one day in San Francisco before moving it to Nevada where it has been ever since.
The Burning Man Festival represents values such as radical inclusion (everyone is welcome), self-reliance (you have to bring everything yourself) and decommodification (no money can be exchanged at any time during the week).
La Tomatina in Buol, Spain
La Tomatina is a tomato fight that takes place in Buol, Spain. It’s held on the last Wednesday of August every year and has been going on since 1945. The event is held in honor of the town’s patron saint, La Virgen de la Esperanza (The Virgin of Hope).
In case you’re wondering what makes this festival so epic: thousands of people gather at an open space where they throw tomatoes at each other while dancing and singing songs from local folklore groups called chirigotas. Participants also pour juice over themselves or use water guns filled with tomato pulp to get even more messy!
Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
You know that scene in Rocky where he runs through Philadelphia and all the people are cheering him on? Well, it’s like that, but with bulls.
This festival has been going on for centuries and it’s one of the most famous events in Spain. It takes place every year on July 6th–the day before Spain’s national holiday, Saint Fermin (Sanfermines). The Running of the Bulls lasts nine days total, but only one day features an actual bull run where people race down narrow streets while being chased by angry bulls and their handlers.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It’s been going on since 1810 and is considered to be one of the most famous festivals in the world.
It’s not just about beer; it’s also an important part of Bavarian culture. The festival was originally held as a celebration for Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen (now known as “Oktoberfest”).
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a time of celebration and merrymaking. During this festival people dress up in costumes and masks, dance and sing on the streets. The biggest carnival parade takes place on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). It’s estimated that 1 million people will participate in this parade!
The origins of Carnival date back to medieval Europe when people celebrated before beginning their 40 days’ fast leading up to Easter Sunday. These celebrations were called “carne vale” – meaning farewell to meat – as they could not eat meat during Lent because it was considered too rich during these days of fasting; instead they ate fish or eggs so they wouldn’t get tired while praying all day long…
Burning Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland
The Burning Lights Festival is a festival of lights, music and innovation that takes place on the first weekend of December in Reykjavik. The event was created by the Reykjavik City Council to make Christmas a little more special for locals and tourists alike. It’s free to attend, so there’s no excuse not to go!
The festival features many different activities including:
- Light displays at Harpa Concert Hall (the main venue) as well as other buildings around town
- Live music performances from local artists throughout Harpa Concert Hall
- Workshops on how to make your own lanterns out of recycled materials such as tin cans or cardboard boxes! There will also be an exhibition showing off some of these creations made by previous participants — it sounds pretty cool!
Tomorrowland Music Festival in Boom, Belgium
Tomorrowland Music Festival
When: June 22-25, 2019
Where: Boom, Belgium
What to Expect: This is one of the biggest and best festivals in Europe. You can expect over 400 artists from around the world performing on 9 stages. There will be plenty of food options available at this festival including vegetarian and vegan options! You can also enjoy activities like glamping (glamorous camping), swimming in their pool area or even kayaking on their artificial lake! The best way to get there is by train from Brussels via Antwerp Central Station which takes about 2 hours each way if you’re traveling alone or with friends/family members; otherwise it would take about 3 hours via car which could cost anywhere between 250 euros per person (without gas) – 500 euros per person depending on how far away they live from Boom itself where Tomorrowland takes place every year during June 22nd – 25th each year since 2005 when it first started out as an underground party held by Belgian brothers Michiel & David Decoster who had been inspired after attending HARD Day Of The Dead Festival In Los Angeles CA USA back then because of its incredible atmosphere created by thousands upon thousands attendees partying together under one roof at once time without worrying about anything else except having fun together while listening good music being played all night long until dawn breaks upon us all again tomorrow morning…
Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England
The Glastonbury Festival is an annual music festival that takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England. It was originally a one-off event held on June 21, 1970, but became an annual fixture in 1971 and has grown to be Europe’s largest greenfield open-air music and performing arts venue with over 1 million people attending each year.
The festival has been described as a “cultural phenomenon”, with its large scale and idiosyncratic nature separating it from most other festivals. The festival operates without corporate sponsorship; however there are numerous brand names featured on merchandise such as T-shirts and caps (e.g., Carling Black Label), most of which have been since discontinued by their original owners due to their association with the event becoming too strong for them to continue supporting it financially or otherwise
Sziget Festival on Óbuda Island in Budapest, Hungary
Sziget Festival on Óbuda Island in Budapest, Hungary
Sziget Festival is held every August on Óbuda Island in the Danube River. It’s one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, and it started in 1993. The lineup is very diverse–you can see artists like Kendrick Lamar or Arctic Monkeys perform alongside local Hungarian bands.
If you’re interested in attending this festival, you’ll have to book tickets well ahead of time because they sell out quickly!
These events are amazing and you need to attend them before you die
These events are amazing and you need to attend them before you die. They’re unique, fun and exciting, worth the trip and money, time and effort.
If you have never been to an European festival then this list is for you!
These festivals are amazing and you need to attend them before you die.