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Sydney Comedy Festival
22 April – 19 May, 2019
Sydney, Australia
Prepare to bust a gut: Late April sees the start of the 15th Sydney Comedy Festival, featuring world-class comedians and Australian legends as well as tomorrow’s stars, with galas at several iconic city locations including the Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre, The Concourse Chatswood and Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre among others. sydneycomedyfest.com.au
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Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong
17-19 May, 2019 
Hong Kong
True to its name, the 7th edition of the fair will be packed with high-quality contemporary art for all kinds of tastes and wallets, and will feature more than 100 local and international galleries from around the world. Fair-goers can look forward to creative, interactive and educational activities and workshops, artist-led tours, a charity evening, large-scale installations and more. affordableartfair.com
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show
21-25 May, 2019
London, England
The best of British gardening is displayed at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show, with the Show Gardens and Great Pavilion being the star attractions. Discover the latest trends, new gardening ideas and the science behind horticulture, as you marvel at the Artisan Gardens and landscaping designs, indulge in retail therapy and maybe even click a selfie with an obliging celebrity. rhs.org.uk
[Photo: Harry Lawford/Flickr]
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The Masked Ball
24-26 May, 2019
Porthleven, England
Supported by a list of international DJs, the best from the dance circuit and hordes of costumed revellers, The Masked Ball has become a curious success as an all-night party. Dressing up is key, with a string of wild events to keep hedonists happy. Past editions have featured Grandmaster Flash, Ben Pearce and DJ Yoda. maskedball.net
[Photo: The Masked Ball Via Facebook]
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Uluru Camel Cup
24-25 May, 2019 (TBC)
Yulara, Australia
The festivities begin on Friday night with live entertainment, bidding on camels and a buffet dinner, followed on Saturday by qualifying races, the main camel racing event and fun off-the-track activities for everyone – including helicopter fights, Outback Games, a Reptile Show, a fashion parade and outback markets. Make sure to participate in the Frock Up and Rock Up Gala ball. ulurucamelracingclub.com
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Bottlerock Napa Valley
24-26 May, 2019
Napa Valley, California, USA
Bottlerock puts more than 80+ bands on 6 stages during the Memorial Day weekend. Also very appealing is the culinary stage, featuring celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and some of the region’s best restaurateurs, vintners and brewers. 2018’s affair featured Bruno Mars, Snoop Dogg, The Killers, Trisha Yearwood and Richard Blais, among others. bottlerocknapavalley.com
[Photo: Courtesy Bottlerock Napa Valley]
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Bluff Oyster and Food Festival
25 May, 2019
Invercargill, New Zealand
With so many fresh seafood and wildfood delicacies here, you’ll be spoiled for choice: Bluff oysters, crayfish, paua (abalone), scallops, blue cod, salmon, whitebait, muttonbird, venison and lamb, along with a selection of ales and wines. In addition, you can enjoy live music, races and participate in oyster-shucking and -eating contests. Book early – it’s a high-demand affair. bluffoysterfest.co.nz
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Memphis in May International Festival
3-25 May, 2019
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
This festival is a month-long series of events that kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival, followed by the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest, the Great American River Run and Celebrate Memphis, which honours the Bluff City on its 200th anniversary. Expect a range of activities, from music to art, showcasing talent from across Memphis. memphisinmay.org
[Photo: Brandon Johnson]
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Brighton Festival
4-26 May, 2019
Brighton, England
One of Europe’s best-known art events, the Brighton Festival is a celebration of all kinds of arts, including music, theatre, dance, circus, film and literature. Look forward to Rokia Traoré’s theatrical and musical monologue Dream Mandé Djata and Sheila Hill’s new choral work Eye to Eye in the upcoming edition. brightonfestival.org
[Photo:Vic Frankowski Via Brighton Festival/Facebook]
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Go Bike Montréal Festival
26 May – 2 June, 2019
Montréal, Canada
This week-long festival presents an opportunity to get together with friends and family, and bike stress-free along an untimed route. There’ll be several events, including ‘Tour de l’Île de Montréal’, ‘Bike-To-Work’, ‘Tour la Nuit’ and ‘The Metropolitan Challenge’ – all across one biking week with many side activities to enjoy, such as musical performances, mobile cycling-related exhibitions and parades. veloquebec.info
[Photo: Mathieu Deshayes_APMJ]
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Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés
16-27 May, 2019 
Paris, France
This annual local jazz festival in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood is well worth a visit. Hundreds of musicians and singers will perform at several venues, including Odéon-Théâtre, Paris-Sorbonne University and Saint-Germain-des-Prés church.  Festival-goers can look forward to several concerts including Biréli Lagrène Trio’s Storyteller and RYMDEN featuring Bugge Wesseltoft, Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström, among others. festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com
[Photo: Yuji Watanabe]
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Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling Competition
27 May, 2019
Brockworth, England
Cheese-rolling gets underway atop Cooper’s Hill with a mass gathering. The competitors take their places and set off, running, falling, tripping, tumbling and chasing a huge Double Gloucester cheese wheel weighing 8 pounds. First one to the bottom – cheese in hand – wins. For spectators, the best seats are at the bottom of the hill. officialcheeserolling.com
[Photo: Will De Freitas/Flickr]
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Distortion
29 May – 2 June, 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark
This 5-day-long crazy party-crawl celebrating music and massive street parties takes place across three primary locations and includes around 150 dance floors. Its famous three concepts – including Distortion Ø (rave arena), Street Parties (day time) and Distortion Club (night time) – draw diverse crowds. 2018’s iteration featured the likes of Acid Arab, Ekali and IAMDDB. cphdistortion.dk
[Photo: Andreas Holm]
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Primavera Sound
30 May – 1 June, 2019
Barcelona, Spain
Primavera Sound is a highly regarded European music festival located in the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Last year’s performers included massive names in music such as Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Björk and The National, among others, with more than 60,000 visitors in attendance each day at the Parc del Fòrum. primaverasound.com
[Photo: Dani Canto]
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Red Rooster
30 May – 1 June, 2019
Euston, England
Red Rooster is all about quality R&B, Americana, soul, blues, roots and country music transported to the heart of the British countryside in Euston Hall. 2019’s edition promises to have plenty on offer with performances by Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets, Low Cut Connie, Dale Watson, Jesse Dayton, Errol Linton and the Joli Blon Cajun band. redrooster.org.uk
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Naghol Festival
April – May, 2019 (TBA)
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
In a ritual on Pentecost Island between April and June, Sa’ tribal men dive off a 30-metre-tall tower made of jungle wood, tethered only by vines tied to their ankles – all to ensure a good yam harvest. It’s also a show of male virility rather than just for fun.
[Photo: Paul Stein/Wikimedia Commons]
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The Governors Ball Music Festival
31 May – 2 June, 2019 
New York City, USA
Originally held in 2011 on Governors Island, the festival shifted base to Randall’s Island Park due to its sheer size and popularity. From hip hop to rap and pop to rock and electro, there’s diverse music to suit all manner of tastes. Among the performers for 2018’s iteration were Jack White, Travis Scott, Shawn Mendes and Eminem. governorsballmusicfestival.com
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Africa Oyé
June 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Liverpool, England
Africa Oyé showcases African and Caribbean talent in a major way. It’s now the largest free celebration of African music in the UK – a celebration of multiculturalism, tolerance and internationalism, underpinned by fabulous music. In addition, there’s food, drinks, arts and crafts, DJs, dance workshops and lots of kid-centric activities to keep everyone thoroughly entertained. africaoye.com
[Photo: Mark McNulty]
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Henley Royal Regatta
3-7 July, 2019
Henley-on-Thames, England
The Henley Royal Regatta is a top-notch rowing event and major social affair, featuring 200 world-class races for both men and women and attracting thousands of visitors. Spectators can enjoy activities from numerous clubs, bars and restaurants while watching the races from various viewing locations along the riverbank.  hrr.co.uk
[Photo: © Henley Royal Regatta]
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Cheltenham Science Festival
4-9 June, 2019
Cheltenham, England
This festival focuses on a major science-based theme each year – but no matter the topic, it attracts curious adults and kids with burning questions on just about anything, from the state of the planet to everyday living. See big thinkers and scientists come together to find answers. There’ll be debates, hands-on activities, interactive sessions, experiments and more. cheltenhamfestivals.com
[Photo: stillmovingmedia.co.uk
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Nos Primavera Sound
6-8 June, 2019
Porto, Portugal
After Barcelona in May, Primavera Sound turns its sights to Porto in June, attracting visitors from 40+ countries. Now in its 8th year, this eclectic 3-day music festival featuring international and local artists finds a home at the lush Parque da Cidade. Don’t miss the concerts, parties and private shows around the city. nosprimaverasound.com
[Photo: Hugo Lima Photography]
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Sanno Matsuri
6-16 June, 2019 (TBC)
Tokyo, Japan
Sanno Matsuri provides a different pace to the usual, more common festivals that increasingly fill the June calendar. The main event, called jinkosai, sees 300 people parade through central Tokyo in traditional costume carrying flowers and mikoshi (portable shrines). See and appreciate various Japanese traditions during the festival week, including tea ceremonies, ikebana and spiritual cleansing. jnto.go.jp
[Photo: ZiJing/Flickr]
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Meadows in the Mountains
6-9 June, 2019
Smolian, Bulgaria
Set amidst the beautiful Rhodopes Mountains, this is a hugely attractive festival with a difference: the crowd is refreshingly small, and there are only 4 stages – each featuring talented musicians but without massive headlining acts. Then there are the wellness options and soulful treats, from Ayurveda to chanting, which complete the experience. meadowsinthemountains.com
[Photo: Jack Pasco]
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Viking Festival
6-9 June, 2019
Avaldsnes, Norway
Come and see Vikings from all over Europe gather and pitch their tents at the biggest Viking festival on the west coast of Norway at the Viking Farm. Browse authentic Viking crafts, have your fill of food, see fighting acts, listen to stories, participate in workshops, archery and horseback riding, and enjoy some good music. opplevavaldsnes.no
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Dark Mofo
7-23 June, 2019
Hobart, Australia
Produced by MONA, Dark Mofo is a popular winter solstice festival, exploring centuries-old rituals relating to themes like darkness and light, death and renewal, humans and nature. Music, film, art, a nude solstice swim, a Dark + Dangerous Thoughts programme and a 7-night community-oriented Winter Feast are some of the highlights of the 2019 iteration. darkmofo.net.au
[Photo: DarkLab Media]
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Luminato Festival
7-23 June, 2019
Toronto, Canada
Luminato is a major Toronto festival featuring everything from music and theatre to dance, magic and more. Artists, film-makers and other creative talents from across the world take part in this multi-venue art and culture festival. Shows to look out for: Masquerade (theatre), Obeah Opera (dance + theatre) and Hell’s Fury (music theatre). luminatofestival.com
[Photo: Osato Erebor]
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Field Day
7-8 June, 2019
London, England
A relatively new but popular festival of dance and alternative music, this one’s a keeper for its eclectic, cutting-edge tunes as well as for its food, drink, fun and games. And for 2019, the event moves to a brand-new 10-acre outdoor space in Tottenham Marshes with 4 gigantic, interlinked warehouses, allowing for its biggest line-up to date. fielddayfestivals.com
[Photo: Steve Turvey]
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Midnight Sun Film Festival
12-16 June, 2019
Sodankylä, Finland
Lapland’s Midnight Sun Film Festival stays true to its name – both the sunlight and the film screenings just keep on going. Contemporary films and classics are presented in various formats, such as masterclass screenings, karaoke showings and silent film concerts. And best of all, there’s always something that everyone can enjoy. msfilmfestival.fi
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Art Basel
13-16 June, 2019
Basel, Switzerland
Basel is where it all began for what is now one of the most successful series of international art shows worldwide. The 2018 edition saw 290 of the world’s leading galleries come together to showcase the work of more than 4,000 modern and contemporary artists. Enjoy daily art talks, exhibitions and art events during the show week. artbasel.com
[Photo: Courtesy Art Basel]
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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
13-16 June, 2019
Manchester, TN, USA
At this 4-day round-the-clock multi-stage camping event, festival-goers can look forward to a massive line-up of musicians, bands and comedians, as well as a silent disco, yoga classes, a 5K race, and an arts and crafts market. Past headliners have included the likes of Eminem, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, U2, Lorde and Travis Scott. bonnaroo.com
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Isle of Wight Festival
13-16 June, 2019
Newport, England
Once banned and later resurrected, Britain’s iconic, rock, pop and dance fest kick-starts the summer in style with legendary artists as well as a stellar cast of emerging bands on multiple stages, plus theatre, film, comedy, fun and games at Seaclose Park. Past performers here have included David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Jay-Z and more. isleofwightfestival.com
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Oerol
14-23 June, 2019
Terschelling, Netherlands
On the go since 1982, Oerol is located on an island in the Wadden Sea. Music might be central to the experience, but there’s also theatre, art and DIY workshops in all sorts of unexpected spaces, from the beach to barns and hollows. Best way to explore: On a bicycle. oerol.nl
[Photo: Oerol Via Facebook]
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Bali Arts Festival
16 June – 14 July, 2019 
Bali, Indonesia
A month of art and culture, Bali-style. Locals create and show traditional bamboo arts and structures, and there are parades with colourful costumes, plus gamelan recitals, dance performances, shadow puppetry and food stalls, not to mention music in both traditional and contemporary styles – all at the Werdhi Budaya Art Centre in East Denpasar. bali-indonesia.com
[Photo: Tanti Ruwani/Flickr]
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Luminara di San Ranieri
16 June, 2019
Pisa, Italy
Summer, Tuscany and food are enough to convince many of a trip to Italy – but Pisa’s candlelight festival is a thing of beauty. The cathedral, riverside and leaning tower are wonderfully lit up with candles at sunset, followed by fireworks at 11pm in honour of the patron saint Ranieri degli Scaccieri. visittuscany.com
[Photo: Intoscana .it/Flickr]
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Festival d’ Essaouira Gnaoua Musiques du Monde
20-23 June, 2019
Essaouira, Morocco
Described as being ‘resolutely focused on Africa’, this huge international festival is a must-see. Talent from across Africa come here for a wide variety of enchanting experimental music, not to mention lively socio-political debates. See the next generation of master musicians of Gnaoua, as well as innovative collaborations. festival-gnaoua.net
[Photo: festival-gnaoua.net]
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Queenstown Winter Festival
20-23 June, 2019 
Queenstown, New Zealand
Marking the start of the winter season, the festival runs for 4 days in its shortened version. Still there’s plenty to enjoy: live music, a Dog Derby, fireworks, street parties, comedy acts, winter sports, an arts and crafts market, DIY workshops, foodie events and fun for the whole family. winterfestival.co.nz
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Secret Solstice Festival
21-23 June, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland
The world’s most northern city seems an appropriate location to hold an atmospheric Secret Solstice. This will be the 6th time the midnight sun festival is being held in Reykjavik, with thousands visiting for the eclectic music, glacier raves, spectacular landscape and more. Stormzy, Slayer and Bonnie Tyler were the headliners at last year’s edition. secretsolstice.is
[Photo: Solovov.be]
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Big Five Marathon
22 June, 2019 
Nkangala, South Africa
Run an adventure marathon through a Big Five game reserve in Africa! You can spot elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes and lions if you’re lucky, as you make your way to the finish. Oh, and did we mention there’s nothing – no fences or barriers – that separates you from the animals? big-five-marathon.com
[Photo: Albatros Adventure Marathons]
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Inti Raymi
24 June, 2019
Cusco, Peru
Inti Raymi is an age-old, wonderfully picturesque religious ceremony that celebrates the winter solstice and looks forward to the Andean New Year. This is an Inca Sun ceremony, but the grand procession, music, dancing and food are also central. discover-peru.org
[Photo: Latin Discoveries/Flickr]
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St Kitts Music Festival
26-30 June 2019 
Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
Attracting record crowds year after year, this event puts a huge array of talent on show – and it’s diverse enough to encompass several genres, from hip hop to calypso. 2018 performers included Spice, Destra and Patti Labelle. Besides music, there’ll be lunchtime concerts, beach parties, boat rides and after-parties. stkittsmusicfestival.net
[Photo: St Kitts Music Festival Via Facebook]
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Tollwood Sommerfestival
26 June – 21 July, 2019
Munich, Germany
For the 31st summer edition of Tollwood, there’ll be Nouveau Cirque productions, concerts boasting all varieties of musicians from legends to regional bands and a ‘Market of Ideas’ buzzing with handicrafts and tantalising treats. Among those who’ll be wooing the crowd with their musical talent are Dieter Thomas Kuhn, Toto and Willy Astor. tollwood.de
[Photo: Bernd Wackerbauer]
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Munich Opera Festival
27 June – 31 July, 2019
Munich, Germany
They take high art seriously in Munich, even during this free outdoor ‘Opera for All’ event conducted by Kirill Petrenko that kick-starts the Munich Opera Festival. It’s followed by concerts, chamber music, recitals and a free live opera broadcast of Richard Strauss’ Salome at Max-Joseph-Platz on 6 July. staatsoper.de
[Photo: © Wilfried Hösl]
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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
27 June – 6 July, 2019
Montréal, Canada
Now in its 40th edition, this major jazz fest takes place in Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles and always draws big names. Among 2019’s star performers will be popular jazz singer Diana Reeves, Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante, Canadian neo-classical pianist/composer Alexandra Stréliski and legendary vocalist/guitarist George Benson. montrealjazzfest.com
[Photo: © Benoit Rousseau] 
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Boi Bumba
28 – 30 June, 2019 (TBC)
Parintins, Brazil
Though located in the relatively minor (and very isolated) city of Parintins, Boi Bumba is one of Brazil’s major festivals. It’s a mix of theatre, religious ceremony and folk tale put on by the locals, and it encompasses several competitions – such as the wildest dance and the best costumes – followed by feasting and revelry. boibumba.com
[Photo: Ministério da Cultura/Flickr]
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Montreux Jazz Festival
28 June – 13 July, 2019
Montreux, Switzerland
Get into the groove and let the spirit of jazz permeate all your senses in an idyllic lakeside setting. Whatever your genre, don’t miss the musical workshops, themed boat cruises and striking concerts by music stalwarts. Last year’s showcase attracted over 240,000 visitors and featured famous musicians including Billy Idol, Jorja Smith, Nick Cave and Iggy Pop. montreuxjazzfestival.com
[Photo: Emilien Itim]
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Roskilde Festival
29 June – 6 July, 2019
Roskilde, Denmark
Roskilde Festival is a high-profile music festival that looks to attract big names – already signed up for 2019 are Swedish singer-songwriter Robyn, British band The Cure, American rapper Travis Scott and Danish R&B/soul/funk/pop trio Scarlet Pleasure. roskilde-festival.dk
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Haro Wine Festival
29 June, 2019
Haro, Spain
Some people go to amazing lengths to get a taste of their favourite tipple – though climbing La Rioja mountain and then throwing it all over one another in a wine fight may be a bit much for some. Festival-goers can enjoy lots of celebratory food and drinks following the main wine battle. wine-fight.com
[Photo: BigSus/Wikimedia Commons]
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Gion Matsuri
1-31 July, 2019
Kyoto, Japan
Witness traditional tea ceremonies, festive music (Gion-bayashi), lantern-lightings and processions, as Kyoto’s Gion district pays respects to the gods and comes alive in a celebration of culture. The highlight is the Yamaboko Junko on 17th and 24th July, featuring a spectacular parade of Yama and Hoko floats – all works of art in their own right. gionmatsuri.jp
[Photo: Patrick Vierthaler/Flickr]
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The Kirkpinar Traditional Oil Wrestling Festival
1-7 July, 2019
Edirne, Turkey
The world’s oldest annual sports festival is a show of honour, machismo, grease and kisbets, a UNESCO Intangible Heritage event where well-oiled, brawny and slippery pehlivans lock arms, wrestle and vie for the title of bas. The field turns into a fairground during the festival days, brimming with restaurants, tea houses and side events. facebook.com
[Photo: Alperx/Wikimedia Commons]
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Renegade Craft Fair
July, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, USA

Showcasing handmade crafts and design from more than 200 emerging and established independent designers and attracting more than 300K visitors annually, this is the place to be to snag something unique and handmade – or to establish ties with fellow creators and makers. renegadecraft.com
[Photo: Renegade Craft Fair]
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Bali Kites Festival
July – August, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Bali, Indonesia
Every year, the start of the windy season sees the skies over Bali transform into a colourful wonderland filled with carefully crafted kites of all shapes and sizes. The main event takes place at Padang Galak beach, where participants from far and wide compete in contests and vie for titles of best design, best launch and longest flight.
[Photo: Hendri Suhandi/Flickr]
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Exit Festival
4-7 July, 2019
Novi Sad, Serbia
If you like wild parties, extreme music and after-dark-until-dawn dance raves, don’t miss this hugely popular summer music festival held inside the medieval Petrovaradin Fortress. The acoustics are brilliant, beer is cheap and the mood is chilled. This year’s showstoppers will include The Cure, Carl Cox, Total Chaos, Tarja, Sofi Tukker, Arcturus and more. exitfest.org
[Photo: Exit Photo Team]
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Festival d’Avignon
4-23 July, 2019
Avignon, France
Founded in 1947, this is Provence’s main theatre festival – and the largest of its kind in Europe – aimed at preserving local culture and encouraging the visual and performing arts.  Attendees will enjoy a cornucopia of theatrical, musical and dance performances plus debates, encounters and screenings at various majestic venues in the city. festival-avignon.com
[Photo: © Christophe Raynaud de Lage]
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4-20 July, 2019 (TBC)
Papeete, Tahiti
A traditional Polynesian festival once suppressed by the colonialists is witnessing a revival. Prepare for mesmerising singing, drumming and hip-gyrating dance competitions, plus lip-smacking local food, handicrafts, island tours and a sea of sporting activities from palm tree climbing to canoe races and javelin throwing.
[Photo: MAES Gabriel/Flickr]
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Natural High Healing Festival
4-7 July, 2019
Uusikaupunki, Finland
Nope, it’s not what you think. In fact, no mind-altering substances are allowed – but you’ll get a high of a different kind by participating in soul-nourishing activities such as yoga, dance, music, theatre and healing and treatment workshops. Rediscover and explore openness, creativity, happiness and freedom at this apolitical and areligious festival. naturalhighfestival.fi
[Photo: Petteri Niironen]
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Quebec City Summer Festival
4-14 July, 2019
Quebec City, Canada
Think street performances, pop-up surprises and activities for all ages. The fest also plays host to international artists as well as emerging talent from a variety of musical genres. Previous years have seen the likes of The Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Metallica and Melissa Ethridge, among others. Let’s see what 2019 has in store. infofestival.com
[Photo: Festival d’été de Québec]
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Rath Yatra
4 July, 2019
Puri, India 
Attracting millions of devotees from all over, this highly popular Hindu Chariot festival sees the wooden effigies of Lord Jagannath (Krishna) and his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadhra carried in gigantic, newly built chariots in a grand procession to the nearby Gundicha temple, representing Lord Krishna’s journey back to his childhood. TIP: Crowds can be large – exercise caution.
[Photo: Saurabh Chatterjee/Flickr]
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Calgary Stampede
5-14 July, 2019
Calgary, Canada
Put on your cowboy gear and head to Calgary to kick off this Wild West-themed show in summer. Expect an adrenaline-pumping stampede rodeo, chuckwagon races, agriculture showcases, dog bowl shows, motocross stunts, high-energy music concerts and lip-smacking Midwestern food from spicy to sweet. Yeehaw! calgarystampede.com
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Wireless Festival
5-7 July, 2019
London, England
Billed as the “UK’s biggest and most famous urban music festival”, this 3-day summer fest lets you enjoy musical acts from the urban side of mainstream including grime, hip-hop and garage at London’s Finsbury Park. Past iterations have brought in trending rappers and stars including Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Stormzy, J.Cole, DJ Khaled and more. wirelessfestival.co.uk
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Fiesta de San Fermín
6-14 July, 2019
Pamplona, Spain
This ever-popular fiesta, held in commemoration of Pamplona’s patron saint, contains a generous helping of pyrotechnics, folkloric affairs and revelry – but the most dramatic attraction is a life-threatening race: the running of the bulls, or encierro, where participants attempt to outrun raging bulls through narrow alleys with no obvious exits. sanfermin.com
[Photo: © Javier Martinez de la Puente]
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Nowhere
9-14 July, 2019
Huesca, Spain
An extension of Burning Man, this festival draws like-minded creatives and free spirits to a middle-of-nowhere setting where they can express themselves through art, broaden their horizons and party the night away. Experience what it means to live in the present, build ties, find personal growth and walk away with a sense of purpose – and maybe even a mind to change the world. goingnowhere.org
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Just For Laughs Comedy Festival
10-28 July, 2019
Montréal, Canada
Hahaha, hehehe, ROFL, LOL, lmao – you’ll be laughing your way through the world’s most prestigious comedy festival which celebrates all varieties of humour, features world-class comics and showcases stand-up performances, TV tapings, musicals and street entertainment. Last year’s edition boasted celebrities and the crème de la crème of comedy, including Kenya Barris, Wanda Sykes, Howie Mandel and Hannah Gadsby. hahaha.com
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Taste Of Chicago
10-14 July, 2019
Chicago, Illinois, USA
This event in Grant Park packs in the best of the Windy City’s food scene. Savour authentic street treats as well as fine fares; catch local celebrity-led cooking shows; participate in fun family events. Be sure to attend the popular evening concerts – previous line-ups have included Grammy greats as well as emerging artists. cityofchicago.org
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Naadam
11-15 July, 2019
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Enjoy three predominantly male sports, or Danshig games – Mongolian horseback riding, wrestling and archery – while sipping airag (fermented horse milk) at this centuries-old, country-wide sports festival. The midsummer event formally celebrates the country’s independence from China in 1921, beginning and ending with elaborate ceremonies involving parades of cavalry, athletes and monks.
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Fiesta de la Tirana
12-17 July, 2019
La Tirana, Chile
Held annually in the small town of La Tirana, Chile’s largest religious event and celebration of indigenous culture draws as many as 250,000 pilgrims and visitors from near and far. Expect a spectacular display of fireworks, plus traditional dance performances such as the Diablada, Antawara, Chino, Gitano and Indio, in addition to great local food. facebook.com
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IFAM International Folk Art Market
12-14 July, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
From ceramics to carvings, there’ll be traditional and handmade folk art from over 60 developing countries, including India, Laos and Mexico, at this community-impacting artisan market. Other highlights include international food, live music and kid-friendly activities. 2018’s edition showcased beadwork from Ghana, naturally dyed textiles from India and intricate weaves from Bhutan. folkartalliance.org
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World Bodypainting Festival
11-13 July, 2019 
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
Indulge in fashion, art and colourful creations at this avant-garde paint fest featuring models and artists from all over. What’s on offer? World Championship competitions, international bands and DJs, bodypainting and photography workshops, lifestyle markets, fashion shows, kids’ entertainment, after-parties, food trucks and loads more at this absolutely see-worthy open-air art event. bodypainting-festival.com
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Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta
14 July, 2019
Darwin, Australia
Creativity, can’struction and camaraderie combine as enthusiastic participants take their meticulously crafted beer can boats out to sea and test them for seaworthiness. There’ll be sandcastle competitions, running races, kayaking, thong throwing contests, kids’ activities and a mega ‘Battle of Mindil’ event. Build a boat, appreciate the participants’ ingenuity or just go for the fun of it all! beercanregatta.org.au
[Photo: Jurriaan Persyn/Flickr]
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Galway International Arts Festival
15-28 July, 2019
Galway, Ireland
One of Europe’s leading cultural festivals, GIAF covers a wide range of performing and visual art forms including theatre, dance, music, opera, comedy, street spectacles and art installations. Slated for a return in 2019 is the Festival Garden, featuring local food and drink, as well as pop-up performances and a Festival Lounge. giaf.ie
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Colours of Ostrava
17-20 July, 2019
Ostrava, Czech Republic
A heritage location, 350 programmes on 20 stages, multi-genre concerts, theatre, films, workshops, discussions, art and design installations – that’s what you’ll get if you go. This year’s musical line-up includes The Cure, Florence + The Machine and Rag’ N’ Bone Man, to name a few. colours.cz
[Photo: Stanislav Kaczor]
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Wanderlust Squaw Valley
18-21 July, 2019
California, USA
Unplug from the world outside, recharge, connect with your inner self and discover your purpose at this 4-day celebration of mindful living in North Lake Tahoe. What’s in store? Various forms of yoga, meditation, a late-night concert under the stars, a high-altitude pool party, wellness talks and great food that’s local, organic and sustainable. wanderlust.com
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Verbier Festival
18 July -3 August, 2019
Verbier, Switzerland
Held in the exquisite ski village of Verbier, this is a music festival with a view …of the Swiss Alps on all sides. And it’s also where some of the biggest names in classical music, as well as new generation artistes, put up magnificent performances for over 2 weeks each year. Expect main stage performances, chamber orchestras, master classes and more. verbierfestival.com
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Boryeong Mud Festival
19-28 July, 2019
Boryeong, South Korea
Like your festivals with a generous helping of muck? You’ll get more than you bargained for here – from mud baths, mud body paint, mud slides and a mud night mob scene to mud massages, a Mudflats mini marathon, a costume contest and more. Make sure to catch the K-Pop world concert on closing night. mudfestival.or.kr
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MELT Festival
19-21 July, 2019
Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Lovers of electronic, techno, rock, indie and pop: Get ready to let your hair down at this legendary and diverse music festival in Ferropolis. As for who’ll be delivering those electrifying performances, expect Bon Iver, Jorja Smith, Bonobo, Bilderbuch, Stephan Bodzin, The Black Madonna and Kink, among others. meltfestival.de
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Gilroy Garlic Festival
26-28 July, 2019
Gilroy, California, USA
Tickle your taste buds at this foodie fair. From calamari to pasta, there’s a variety of garlicky treats on offer – including the famous garlic ice-cream – plus live entertainment, culinary contests, cooking demos and arts and crafts. Don’t miss the food pyrotechnics at Gourmet Alley where chefs put on a superb flame show while readying your orders. gilroygarlicfestival.com
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Maine Lobster Festival
31 July – 4 August, 2019 
Rockland, Maine, USA
The flavour-packed festival returns this year with the freshest and yummiest seafood, including lobster, scallops and shrimp as well as arts and crafts, live music, The Great International Lobster Crate Race, The Big Parade, the Maine Sea Goddess Pageant & Coronation, a road race, walk and run, carnival rides and fun cooking contests. mainelobsterfestival.com
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Lollapalooza
1-4 August, 2019
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Planning to be in the windy city this summer? Budget 4 days for an extraordinary musical and cultural show. We’re talking big names in music, 170+ bands, delicious food, an arts market and a mini fest for kids. Headliners at the 2018 edition included Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys and The Weeknd. lollapalooza.com
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Singapore Night Festival
August, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Singapore
For 2weekends, watch the Bras Basah and Bugis neighbourhoods of Singapore transform into a massive artistic street party. From musical performances to aerial acrobatics, as well as theatre, cultural exhibitions and massive light installations, there’ll be all kinds of free night events to suit all manner of tastes. nightfestival.sg 
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2-26 August, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland
At the 72nd edition of the world’s largest festival of arts, you’ll find creative entertainment of every form, with 3,500+ shows including ballet, theatre, dance, opera, comedy, circus, cabaret, kid’s shows, street performances, exhibitions, musicals and more. edfringe.com
[Photo: David Monteith Hodge © The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society]
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Feria de las Flores
2-11 August 2019
Medellín, Colombia
Medellín’s Festival of Flowers is the city’s biggest annual festival, featuring approximately 400 events across 10 days. The theme for 2019 is ‘Medellín Blooms’, and highlights include an inaugural Flower Festival concert, a classic car parade, a grand flower parade and expositions of crafts and, of course, flowers. colombia.travel
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International Berlin Beer Festival
2-4 August, 2019
Berlin, Germany
Beer lovers: Don’t miss this 3-day, mile-long folk fest along a stretch on Karl-Marx-Allee in the Friedrichshain district, where 350 breweries from 90 countries will be showcasing 2,400 beer specialities. There’ll be live music, entertainment and a fine selection of culinary delights to accompany the festival. Admission is free. berlin.de
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Way Out West
8-10 August, 2019
Göteborg, Sweden
Art appreciator, film critic or music lover – here’s where you can enjoy your passion. It’s also one of the most planet-friendly festivals in the world, with vegetarian food, bio-degradable cutlery and organic festival merchandise on offer. 2019’s line-up includes Cardi B, The Cure, Stormzy and James Blake, among others. wayoutwest.se
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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
8-11 August, 2019
Bristol, England
Watch the Bristol skies come alive with more than 130 hot air balloons from all over the world. This free event features a mass launch, Night Glow events and a fantastic fireworks finale, plus a variety of entertainment options for the entire family, including fairground rides, trade stalls and more. bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk
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Outside Lands
9-11 August, 2019
San Francisco, California, USA
At this annual showcase of food, art and music at Golden Gate Park, prepare to sample delectable treats, relax with a beer or two, admire some art, witness music acts from influential artists (2018’s showcase featured Janet Jackson, Florence + The Machine and The Weeknd), enjoy world-class comedy or browse goods at the MarketPlace. sfoutsidelands.com
[Photo: Virginia Courtland]
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The Enga Cultural Show
9-11 August, 2019
Wabag, Papua New Guinea
Attended by thousands, though still relatively unknown among travellers and tourists, the festival is a celebration of local Engan culture. Witness a gathering of tribes from all over the Engan province, discover ancient rituals, local arts and crafts, traditional skills, dances, chants and beats, and learn how their culture has withstood the test of time. engashow.com
[Photo: Enga Cultural Show Via Facebook]
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Puck Fair
10-12 August, 2019
Killorglin, Ireland
Witness a unique, 400-year-old Irish festival comprising free street theatre, comedy and musical entertainment. A coronation ceremony where a wild mountain goat is crowned King kicks off the fair, and there’s a carnival-like atmosphere for 3 days with street artist and busker performances, puppet shows, horse fairs, dance workshops, concerts and fireworks on closing night. puckfair.ie
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Edinburgh International Book Festival
10-26 August, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland
This mega 17-day-long event showcasing 1000+ authors – including novelists, poets, scientists, illustrators, Nobel laureates and Booker prize-winners – features book readings, signings, literary workshops and kids’ activities.  Not all events are free, but many are. And the best part: it caters to all ages and interests. edbookfest.co.uk
[Photo: © Edinburgh International Book Festival]
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Street Parade
10 August, 2019 
Zurich, Switzerland
Join the dancing crowds: Zurich becomes one big party as the 2.4km-long techno parade moves around the lake, bringing fans of electro music together. The after-parties take the fun to a different level and continue until midnight, plus there’s a lavish breakfast the morning after. streetparade.com
[Photo: Arman Ozturk]
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O-Bon Lantern Festival
13-15 August, 2019 (TBC)
Across Japan
Celebrated nationwide, O-Bon is a much-revered religious festival honouring the dead. Witness Awa Odori dances as well as chochin lantern lighting and fire ceremonies marking the departure of spirits on the last night. Dates of celebration vary by region.
[Photo © Akita Prefecture/©JNTO]
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Brussels Summer Festival
14-18 August, 2019
Brussels, Belgium
Prepare for music concerts of all kinds, from jazz to hip-hop and world music, as well as cultural activities, at the Place des Palais and Mont des Arts. There’s a lot of focus on Belgian artists and bands, but with a generous sprinkling of international talent. Shaka Tank, dEUS, Arsenal and Calexico wooed audiences last year. bsf.be
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Full Moon Party
15 August, 2019
Koh Phangan, Thailand
Dance the night away as the Full Moon casts its spell on Haad Rin beach, transforming it into a party zone with MCs on deck belting out dance music while fire-eaters and jugglers entertain audiences. This is a monthly affair that kicks off at moonrise, so you can always come back for more all year round. fullmoonparty-thailand.com
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Tango BA Festival y Mundial
15-28 August, 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The world’s premier tango festival presents recitals, competitions, live tango orchestras, workshops, tango-themed films, art exhibitions, a product fair, children’s shows, fiestas and milongas in venues all over the Argentinian capital. Don’t miss the emotionally charged grand battle for the world title at Luna Park. festivales.buenosaires.gob.ar
[Photo: Virginia Innocenti/Flickr]
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Helsinki Festival
15 August – 1 September, 2019
Helsinki, Finland
Held annually in late summer, Finland’s biggest cultural festival is a treat for lovers of all kinds of arts, showcasing dance, drama, circus, visual arts, film, poetry recitals and classical and world music, in addition to children’s events, at several venues across the city. Last year’s edition featured Ellinoora, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Calexico and Mélissa Laveaux, among others. helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi
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Summer Sonic
16-18 August, 2019
Tokyo & Osaka, Japan
Japanese rock bands and popular international artists take over 2 cities for 3 days of music and dancing. Here, style matters – so up the ante with wacky head gear, chaco-riisu, funky sunglasses, body paint and gig towels. Red Hot Chili Peppers, B’z and The Chainsmokers will headline the 20th anniversary celebrations this year. summersonic.com
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Festival of Folk Arts
18-21 August, 2019 (TBC)
Budapest, Hungary
Mesterségek Ünnepe, held annually in Buda Royal Palace, gathers artisans from all over Hungary and abroad to showcase traditional handicrafts. Enjoy live folk music and dances, interact with master craftsmen, buy handcrafted products, discover a variety of folk games for kids, participate in workshops, and learn folk crafts. mestersegekunnepe.hu
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Curious Arts Festival
23-26 August, 2019
Hampshire, England
Bibliophiles, film buffs, music aficionados, comedy fans and even kids will find something interesting and British here, like listening to the UK’s famous poets, novelists and musicians. In 2019, the festival will move to a new location, the beautiful Pippingford Park. In addition, ticket-holding festival-goers will also get access to the Byline Festival. curiousartsfestival.com
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Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería
23 August – 1 September, 2019 
Guadalajara, Mexico
Every August, Mariachis from all over the world gather in Guadalajara to celebrate Mexican folk music and culture in a big way. The 10-day spectacular gala will feature a colourful opening parade with Mariachi floats, free musical concerts, theatre shows, folk ballets, street performances, Mariachi-inspired art shows, traditional dances, tequila tastings, galas and a Mariachi competition. mariachi-jalisco.com.mx
[Photo: Gerardo Gonsalez/Flickr]
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Audi quattro Wintergames
23 August – 1 September, 2019 
Queenstown & Wanaka, New Zealand
Looking for an adrenalin rush? Check out New Zealand’s largest sporting event, featuring alpine, cross-country and freestyle skiing, curling and snowboarding by Winter Olympic, Paralympic and X games stars. For festivalgoers, there’s live music, film screenings, daily entertainment, after-parties and glittering opening and closing night events. wintergamesnz.kiwi
[Photo: WinterGamesNZ]
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The Big Feastival
23-25 August, 2019
Kingham, England
With 3 days of delicious feasts and banquets, street food, table sessions, cookery schools, top chefs at The Big Kitchen, a vintage fun fair, a chance to meet your favourite farm animals, boutique shopping, boutique bars, kids’ events as well as concerts in a rustic farm setting – this feel-good fest of food and music promises visitors a swell time. uk.thebigfeastival.com
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Culture Night
24 August, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland
From streets to gardens and museums, this free event is celebrated in venues across Reykjavik, marking the beginning of the city’s annual cultural programme and bearing testimony to traditional Icelandic hospitality. What to expect: kids’ events, music, literature, design, performances, visual arts and fireworks. As they say in Reykjavik, ‘Come On In’. culturenight.is
[Photo: Rog01/Flickr]
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Glyndebourne Festival
18 May – 25 August, 2019
Lewes, England
Legions of opera fans will stream to Glyndebourne to take in old classics and new favourites. This means that, as well as Barbe & Doucet’s rendition of Die Zauberflöte, there’ll also be Berlioz’s thriller La damnation de Faust, and a few revivals including Handel’s Rinaldo and Dvořák’s Rusalka, plus operatic fairy tales featuring witches and their ilk. glyndebourne.com
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World Bog Snorkelling Championships
26 August, 2019 
Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, UK
No sandy beaches and beautiful reefs here, just a 60-yard-long murky trench cut through a weed-infested bog. Participants need to swim back and forth wearing a wet suit, flippers, snorkel and googles – or fancy dress. No experience or special skills are required for participation, only a fun-loving spirit is necessary. green-events.co.uk
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Venice Film Festival
28 August – 7 September, 2019
Venice, Italy
Fans/film buffs – be there at Venice Lido to catch the film screenings, awards ceremony and a glimpse of your favourite actors as they arrive at the oldest and one of the most recognised film festivals in the world. There’ll be retrospectives as well as tributes to great artistes to build awareness and foster learning about the history of cinema. labiennale.org
[Photo: nicolas genin/Wikimedia Commons] 
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La Tomatina
29 August, 2019
Buñol, Spain
The world-famous, hour-long tomato fight held annually near Valencia is excitement from the word ‘go’. Arm yourselves with overripe tomatoes as the trucks spill supplies into the fight area starting at 11 am, then squash and hurl them at opponents, and slide in the pulp. Wear old clothes. Play by the rules. Goggles recommended. tomatofestivalspain.com
[Photo: aaroncorey/Flickr]  
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Art Jakarta
30 August – 1 September, 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia
Billed as ‘the most prominent contemporary art fair in Indonesia’, the fair celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. Besides participation by local and international galleries, there will also be plenty of creative programmes, interactive workshops, public discussions and performance art. Last year’s showcase featured 1000+ works from more than 300 artists. artjakarta.com
[Photo: Art Jakarta Via Facebook]
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Aarhus Festival
30 August – 8 September, 2019 
Aarhus, Denmark
This festival transforms Aarhus into an arts and entertainment hub, with streets, alleys, museums, galleries and theatres buzzing with events – from music to architecture and dance to gastronomy. Enjoy delectable Scandinavian fare at the Food Festival by the seaside, a prestigious affair that takes place during the festival. aarhusfestuge.dk
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International Late Summer Music Festival
30 August – 29 September, 2019
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Organised by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the aim of the festival is to keep the spirit of classical music and culture alive beyond the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The 6th edition will attract many internationally acclaimed conductors and artists, including Nicholas Milton, Christoph Koenig, Darrell Ang, Tae Jung Lee, Tomislav Fačini and Christoph Campestini. dso.hr
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Aloha Festivals
31 August, 14, 21, 28 September, 2019
Hawaii, USA
Celebrating the islands’ traditions and pastimes, Hawaii’s most-loved cultural festival features hula schools, colourful arts and crafts, chants, pageantry, Hawaiian music, island cuisine, a bloc party and a colourful floral procession with pau horseback riders, floats and marching bands on closing day. And best of all: it’s free for all. alohafestivals.com
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Festival Ciudad Emergente
September, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
What started out in 2008 as a festival to promote youth culture has now become one of the most anticipated free events for all ages in the cosmopolitan capital. Discover live underground music from alternative rock to electro, street art, DJs, dance, photography, film, poetry, fashion and stand-up comedy. turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar
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Festival Mundial de Salsa
September, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Cali, Colombia
Whether spectator or dancer, get ready for some serious action on the street and stage at the world’s largest salsa festival. Around 5,000 dancers from all over will be putting on great shows and also competing with each other to win grand titles. Grease your hips, get your move on and party away. mundialdesalsa.com
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Ganesh Chaturthi
2-12 September, 2019
Mumbai, India
There’ll be pujas, processions and revelry at this lively 11-day religious festival celebrating the Hindu elephant god, Ganesha. Visit Mumbai’s famous Lalbaug cha Raja, King Circle’s GSB Mandal and Parel cha Raja pandals to see elaborately crafted idols and seek blessings. On immersion days, the idols are paraded through streets amid much fanfare and later immersed in nearby bodies of water. maharashtratourism.gov.in
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Outlook Festival
4-8 September, 2019
Pula, Croatia
Expect to be wowed by both the surrounds and the music: the abandoned 19th-century Fort Punta Christo and the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre make for spell-binding venues, and you can enjoy everything from music to beach and boat parties. Line-up-wise, there’ll be Andy C, Loyle Carner, Bugzy Malone, Goldie (Live), Slimzee, Eliza, Rusko and more. outlookfestival.com
[Photo: Eddy Maynard]
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Feria de Cascamorras
6, 9 September, 2019
Baza & Guadix, Spain
What began as a dispute over a statue of the Virgin Mary between the neighbouring towns of Baza and Guadix is now a fun and messy chase that recreates the original scuffle, involving paint, tar, grease, oil and eggs. Locals smear themselves and then chase ‘Cascamorras’ to prevent him from stealing the statue – it’s all in good spirit. el-cascamorras.com 
[Photo: Fermín R.F/Flickr]
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Birdsville Races
6-7 September, 2019
Birdsville, Australia
Each year, horse racing enthusiasts head to the Outback for a fun-filled weekend featuring top-notch thoroughbred races in the red Simpson desert, plus film screenings, fashion contests, local live music, film and comedy nights, a fun run, cocktail party, gourmet food and old fashioned fisticuffs in a Brophy troupe tent. birdsvilleraces.com
[Photo © Salty Dingo]
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The Braemar Gathering
7 September, 2019 
Braemar, Scotland
Presenting one of the most popular Highland games in the world, featuring heavyweight and light field sports as well as Highland dances, pipe bands, solo piping, and Celtic singing in equal measure. Don’t miss the new £2.5 million Highland Games Centre at the venue, where you can learn about the history of the Gathering and the Games via archives and exhibitions. braemargathering.org
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Onam
11-13 September, 2019
Kerala, India
Marking the homecoming of mythical King Mahabali, Kerala’s harvest festival is celebrated by offering prayers to the Gods, visiting temples, lighting brass lamps, laying colourful ‘Pookalams’ outside doorways, folk dancing, feasting on elaborate ‘Onasadyas’ at home and ‘Vallamkali’ in the backwaters.
[Photo: Joseph TI/Flickr]
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Elton John ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ Tour
8 September 2018 – 11 September 2019
Various Cities, USA
Catch pop music’s most enduring icon as he bids adieu to his “life on the road”. The Farewell tour kickstarts in September 2018 and will conclude in 2021, taking in several cities across the globe. Card Member seating and Preferred seating are available to Amex cardholders throughout North America. axs.com
[Photo: Dena Flows/Flickr]
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Contemporary Istanbul
11-15 September, 2019
Istanbul, Turkey
Visitors will get an opportunity to appreciate art from Turkish and international artists at this leading annual art exhibition to be held at the Istanbul Congress Center. The event is aimed at rejuvenating art as well as raising awareness about the region’s growing art market. Last year’s showcase attracted 74,000 visitors. contemporaryistanbul.com
[Photo: Contemporary Istanbul/Wikimedia Commons] 
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SPRUKE
13-15 September, 2019 
Brisbane, Australia
Whether you’re a self-respecting hipster yearning to learn the ukulele, or a pro wanting to make some music, this immersive, all-Aussie uke fest at SunPAC is the place to enjoy live music with local artistes, bands and uke groups. In addition, there’ll be a music market selling the latest ukulele models and gear, plus food, drink and free activities for all. spruke.net.au
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Oasis
13-15 September, 2019 
Marrakech, Morocco
Luxury and music festivals rarely mix, but they do at Oasis, held in a stunning resort amidst the Atlas Mountains. Go for the line-up (Âme Dixon, Apollonia, Azzeddine, Jayda G and MMMC, among others) as well as the yoga workshops, hookah lounges, mouth-watering food from Marrakech’s best restaurants, Champagne and cocktail bars, spas or to simply chill. theoasisfest.com
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Mid-Autumn Festival
13 September, 2019
Across China
An important mark on the Chinese calendar, the mid-year festival is celebrated when the Moon is at its fullest and brightest. The festival is a celebration of a bountiful harvest as well as togetherness, and you’ll see locals reuniting with loved ones for moon-gazing, lantern-lighting and enjoying mooncakes. chinatravel.com
[Photo: 鎮邦 /Flickr]
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Floriade
14 September – 13 October, 2019 
Canberra, Australia
Prepare for a visual and olfactory assault of the heavenly kind as Australia’s iconic flower show – brimming with tulips, violas, irises and chrysanthemums – takes over the capital. Expect floral showcases, picturesque morning walks, horticulture talks, art/crafts, culture, live music, sculptures, guided tours, markets and a not-to-miss Night Fest with food and entertainment. floriadeaustralia.com
[Photo: Franz Venhaus/Flickr] 
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The Goroka Show
14-15 September, 2019 
Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Originally introduced by the Australian Kiaps in 1957 as a form of cultural entertainment, the festival has now become a major tourist pleaser and takes place during the Independence Day celebrations, showcasing traditional songs, dances and ritual performances by tribal singsing groups. gorokaevents.com
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Niagara Grape And Wine Festival
14-29 September, 2019 (weekends only)
St. Catharines, Canada
This month-long weekend festival at St Catharine’s Montebello Park is where you should be if you’re looking to sample wines and culinary treats, participate in wine seminars and winery tours, witness all-Canadian live entertainment and catch a grand street parade brimming with floats, marching bands and performers. niagarawinefestival.com
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London Design Festival
14-22 September, 2019
London, England
Design aficionados dream of September in London, when the city becomes a hub for creativity and innovation, featuring art installations, exhibits and products in different domains by established and emerging designers – not to mention workshops, guided walks and tours. The 2018 edition was the biggest to date, attracting 588,200 visitors from 75+ countries. londondesignfestival.com
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Beirut Art Fair
18-22 September, 2019
Beirut, Lebanon
Spot hidden talent, discover unsung artists and explore new trends in contemporary art from the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia at this exclusive 5-day event. 2018’s edition showcased work from 53 internationally renowned galleries from over 20 countries. beirut-art-fair.com
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La Mercè
20-24 September, 2019
Barcelona, Spain
There’s so much to see and do at this mega-festival honouring the patron saint of the city: parades, street theatre, concerts, dance, circus, kids’ activities, folk dances and pyrotechnics, to name a few among the 600+ scheduled free events. Visitors can also look forward to a lot of contemporary art from Beirut, the guest city for 2019. barcelona.cat
[Photo: Feradz/Wikimedia Commons]
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Life Is Beautiful
20-22 September, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
Born out of a major transformation of downtown Vegas as a cultural hub, the festival is a symbol of joy, connectivity and creativity. Expect exceptional music, inspirational talks, top-notch food, pop-ups by Michelin-star chefs, Instagram-worthy art, comedy, and do-good acts to make life beautiful. 2018’s edition featured performances by Arcade Fire, Travis Scott, Odesza and The Weeknd among others. lifeisbeautiful.com
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PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai
20-22 September, 2019
Shanghai, China
This highly curated, cutting-edge boutique fair for photography and photo-based artworks returns for the 6th time, welcoming 50 galleries, plus collectors and art enthusiasts from China and the rest of the world, and featuring conversations, site-specific artists’ projects and films. 2018’s edition showcased works from 15 countries and 27 cities across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. photofairs.org
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Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 
20-22 September, 2019 
Singapore
One of the largest sporting and entertainment events in Asia, the Singapore Grand Prix returns to the stunning Marina Bay Street Circuit this month. On top of the main nightly races – the heart of all the action – attendees can look forward to live music concerts by Muse, Fatboy Slim, Larkin Poe and more, plus happening after-parties. singaporegp.sg
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World Maker Faire New York
21-22 September, 2019
New York City, New York, USA
Craft enthusiast, tech whiz, hobbyist, tinkerer or student: here’s your chance to join the maker movement to make, inspire, meet the makers and get inspired at “the world’s greatest show and tell”. There’ll be talks, hands-on opportunities, presentations, demos and lots of curiosity and invention fostering activities for all ages. makerfaire.com
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Oktoberfest
21 September – 6 October, 2019
Munich, Germany
The world’s most famous folk (and beer) festival is back. See official opening ceremonies, the Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen’s Parade, the official tapping of the keg, the Oktoberfest Mass and the Parade of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries plus stalls, fairground attractions and side events. oktoberfest.de
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BALINALE International Film Festival
24-30 September, 2019
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Workshops, forums, shows with filmmakers in attendance, seminars and screenings spanning genres from mainstream to independent films – all make up the programme for this week-long fest celebrating Indonesian and world cinema. See an outstanding selection of shorts, features and documentaries at this year’s edition. balinale.com
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POP Montreal International Music Festival
25-29 September, 2019 
Montréal, Canada
Over 50 venues. More than 400 artistes. 60,000+ visitors. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the festival and will include live musical performances, art exhibitions, symposiums, fashion shows, film screenings and all-night parties, too. In 2018, SOPHIE, Lido Pimienta, TiKA and Pierre Kwenders wooed audiences with their peformances. popmontreal.com
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Galway International Oyster And Seafood Festival
27-29 September, 2019
Galway, Ireland
Welcome to Europe’s longest-running gourmet extravaganza, celebrating the annual oyster harvest in Galway. Treat your taste buds to juicy bivalves and seafood delicacies, compete in the World Oyster Opening Championships, participate in cooking demos, watch musical performances, party away in the Masquerade Mardi Gras, and make merry with the entire family at Féile Bia Na Mara. galwayoysterfest.com
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Hermanus Whale Festival
27-29 September, 2019 
Hermanus, South Africa
Come September, marine enthusiasts flock to Hermanus to celebrate the migration of the Southern Right Whales with an eco-marine fest, where the giant mammals are the star attraction. Highlights include whale watching, a marine expo, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, sports, live music, a street parade, a vintage car show and foodie fun. hermanuswhalefestival.co.za
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Rock In Rio
27-29 September & 4-6 October, 2019
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With a line-up that boasts a who’s who of the music industry (2019’s list includes Drake, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Megadeth, P!NK, The Black Eyed Peas, Nickelback, Weezer, etc.) and charity at its heart; it’s one of those fests that you absolutely must attend in your lifetime. rockinrio.com
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London Restaurant Festival
1-31 October, 2019 
London, England
Whether serious gastronome or casual foodie, here’s your chance to go on restaurant-hopping tours, enjoy Top Ten cuisines hosted by world-class chefs, participate in London’s longest lunch, attend cocktail masterclasses and relish Michelin-starred and family-friendly festival menus at some of the capital’s best restaurants. Look out for new hotel openings and events centred around sustainability. londonrestaurantfestival.com
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Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) Festival
1-31 October, 2019 
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
This month-long festival is the destination for all things photography: photo installations, expert-led talks, a photography auction and gala, film series, photobook fair and pop-up photo galleries to encourage and cultivate photographic arts in the community. 2019 marks the fair’s 21st anniversary: look forward to more than 100 free events and exhibitions at various venues in Atlanta. acpinfo.org
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Tissa Horse Festival
October, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Tissa, Morocco
Witness an equine affair 30 miles northeast of Fez in the market town of Tissa, where elaborately attired, traditional Fantasia riders on horseback display their warrior skills in competitions. Festivities include music, singing, dancing, food and helpings of mint tea.
[Photo: peter barwick/Flickr]
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MassKara Festival
October, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Bacolod City, Philippines
“Smile through your tragedies” is the motto of this festival held in “The City of Smiles” each October. Originally started in the ’80s to spread happiness during a period of gloom, today’s festivities are marked by residents wearing smiling masks and participating in float parades, street dance competitions, beauty pageants , drumming contests and sports competitions. masskarafestival.ph
[Photo: Jundy Tiu/Flickr]
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Melbourne International Arts Festival
2-20 October, 2019
Melbourne, Australia
One of the leading arts festivals Down Under that’s accessible to all, the fest is a treat for visual and performing arts aficionados, featuring mostly free events combining music, dance, circus, theatre, architecture, contemporary and classical music and art showcases at various venues throughout the city. festival.melbourne
[Photo: Mat Hayward]
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Frieze London
3-6 October, 2019
London, England
Discover the works of the world’s most prominent artists from more than 160 leading galleries, and be sure to catch the critically acclaimed Frieze projects and talks, music and films – all here at one of the world’s most popular and influential fairs of modern and contemporary art at Regent’s Park. frieze.com
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Austin City Limits Music Festival
4-6, 11-13 October, 2019
Austin, Texas, USA
Inspired by a similarly named concert series, this two-weekend fest pairs impressive musical acts with an arts market, sumptuous food and drink, and kid-friendly fun. 2018’s headliners included Paul McCartney, Metallica, Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys and Shawn Mendes, among others. aclfestival.com
[Photo: Sydney Gawlik]
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London Cocktail Week
4-13 October, 2019
London, England
Oh come all ye tasteful – raise your glasses as the capital celebrates the drink and the creatives behind it. Toast with signature cocktails at 300 of the best bars; make the most of the Cocktail Village bursting with pop-up bars, street food and DJs; participate in masterclasses and enjoy parties on the festival’s 10th anniversary. drinkup.london
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Rocking The Daisies
4-6 October, 2019
Capetown, South Africa
Go there for the cosy camaraderie and top-class entertainment, and build memories to last a lifetime. Festival-goers can look forward to entertainment, gourmet eats and an exciting line-up of the best local and international artists across genres. The first international headliner named for the 14th edition is British pop rock band “The 1975”. rockingthedaisies.com
[Photo: Aidan Tobias]
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
4-6 October, 2019
San Francisco, California, USA
Attend this 3-day gathering at Golden Gate Park in the Bay Area: lay out blankets on grassy lawns, sit back and relax with chilled beer, watch big-name bluegrass and country music bands, and nourish your soul. It’s a free event, thanks to the philanthropic efforts of late billionaire and festival founder Warren Hellman. hardlystrictlybluegrass.com
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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
5-13 October, 2019
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Not many festivals can be enjoyed lying down, staring at the skies – but this one can. Rise early, head to the 360-acre Balloon Fiesta Park and watch a sea of hot air balloons rise up against the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Watch the Dawn Patrols, balloon competitions, laser light shows, AfterGlow fireworks and Mass Ascensions. balloonfiesta.com
[Photo: Duncan Rawlinson/Flickr]
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Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco D’Alba
5 October – 24 November, 2019
Alba, Italy
For 8 weekends in autumn, the Italian truffle mecca will be overflowing with the prized white fungus, plus truffle events focusing on art, culture and gastronomy. Go truffle hunting, watch medieval parades, taste the best truffles at the World Market, participate in prestigious cooking shows, debates and wine tastings – and don’t miss the donkey race. fieradeltartufo.org
[Photo:Davide Carletti]
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Tübingen Duck Race
5 October, 2019
Tübingen, Germany
Every year 7,000 cheerful rubber duckies descend on the Neckar River to participate in a fun race. Just buy a ducky (or maybe few) and cheer ‘em on as they make their way to the finish. There are awards for the owners of the winner and runners-up. Remember: No latecomers, false starts or duckies on steroids.
[Photo: Soenke Rahn/Wikimedia Commons]
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Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival
7-13 October, 2019
Nuuk, Greenland
Grab your winter clothing and head to the capital of Greenland to be part of this art and culture biennale that lasts a week, takes place in 50 venues across the city and brings together around 275 artists of Nordic origin. There’ll be all varieties of entertainment including music, theatre, film, performance art, workshops and storytelling. nuuknordisk.gl
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Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
9-20 October, 2019
Montréal, Canada
Showcasing all kinds of cinema, this film festival has been credited with launching big-name careers, as well as maintaining its rigorous standards over time. Expect interactive VR, 360° installations, performances, live cinema, creative discussions, parties and fun activities – besides the regular features – in the 48th edition. nouveaucinema.ca
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La Fiesta des Suds
10-12 October, 2019
Marseille, France
Don’t miss the festival that has played its part in the regeneration of the once run-down industrial city of Marseille. Prepare for live musical concerts, art exhibitions, kids’ activities and fine French fare in eclectic venues around the city. dock-des-suds.org
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Festival Of Lights
11-20 October, 2019
Berlin, Germany
Berlin’s iconic landmarks come alive for the 15th time, as light artists from all over transform the city into a glowing wonderland filled with illuminated art and installations. Expect spectacular displays, breathtaking animations, 3D-mapping on building facades, and more. Best way to explore: Take a running/walking/carriage lightseeing tour. festival-of-lights.de
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Morobe Show
12-13 October, 2019
Lae City, Papua New Guinea
At Lae City’s largest annual event for the culturally minded, watch motorcycle stunt shows, rodeo-style events, traditional beauty pageants, livestock competitions and tribal Sing Sing groups in traditional costumes alongside other agricultural, industrial and commercial show activities. morobeshow.org.pg
[Photo: Morobe Show Via Facebook]
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Círio de Nazaré
13 October, 2019
Belém, Brazil
Brazil’s largest religious and cultural festival attracts millions of pilgrims, who join in a procession and ‘go on the rope’, pulling the statue of Our Lady of Nazareth to its final resting place in the Basilica amidst fireworks, singing and the sound of bells. Don’t miss the iconic Festa da Chiquita party on the eve. ciriodenazare.com.br
[Photo: Circuito Fora do Eixo/Flickr]
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Amsterdam Dance Event
16-20 October, 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Shake a leg, spot trends, attend parties and panels, participate in debates and dialogues and keep abreast of the latest developments in electro music and its sub-genres at the world’s biggest annual gathering of electro music artists, fans and industry reps. 2018’s line-up included Âme and KiNK, Bonobo, Jamie Jones, Jeff Mills, Maya Coles and Nina Kraviz. amsterdam-dance-event.nl
[Photo: Niels de Vries]
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Frankfurter Buchmesse
16-20 October, 2019
Frankfurt, Germany
Every year, professionals and bibliophiles descend in droves upon this 500-year-old book fair to participate in a variety of literary and cultural events, from talks to signings and readings. Norway will be the guest country in 2019: Expect plenty of Norwegian creatives, authors and thinkers as well as publications, readings, discussions and exhibitions. buchmesse.de
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Art Taipei
18-21 October, 2019
Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei’s leading, laid-back modern art fair returns, exhibiting diverse works from Asian and international artists in a wide array of mediums, including ink paintings, photography, multimedia installations, sculptures and oil paintings. Last year’s edition had more than 70,000 visitors in attendance and featured 135 galleries from 13 countries around the world. art-taipei.com
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Jidai Matsuri
22 October, 2019 
Kyoto, Japan
Consisting of a large costumed parade that moves from the Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace) to the Heian-jingu Shrine, the festival is, quite literally, a lesson in Japanese history, invoking ancient costumes and customs from various periods. Keep your camera ready – the event is a brilliant opportunity to see Kyoto’s traditional handicrafts up close. jnto.go.jp
[Photo: Patrick Vierthaler/Flickr]
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Earth Day
22 April, 2019
Various Cities, Worldwide
The theme for the 49th edition of Earth Day is ‘Protect Our Species’, focusing on stopping the decimation of all kinds of species on our planet – not just the endangered ones – and fostering action to maintain overall bio-diversity. In keeping with this aim, various projects and campaigns will be instituted worldwide. Get involved, make a difference. earthday.org
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Halifax Pop Explosion
23-26 October, 2019
Halifax, Canada
True to its name, this fest is an out-and-out blowout and will earn you brownie points for attendance. Discover new music and comedy talent, attend expert-led discussions, build ties with industry professionals, soak in some culture and enjoy good, independent music from different genres. Last year’s performances featured Applecat, Aquakultre, Heidi Brander, Ian Harvie and more. halifaxpopexplosion.com
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Jamaica Food And Drink Festival
26 October – 3 November, 2019
Kingston, Jamaica
Mouth-watering recipes from celebrity chefs, plus food truck parties, food booths, fine spirits and artisanal cocktails, pork delicacies, hearty seafood, music, dancing and entertainment – all are highlights of this foodie festival in Kingston, and are the main reasons why the global crowds descend here. jafoodanddrink.com
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Polar Circle Marathon
26-27 October, 2019
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
The coolest and most challenging marathon on Earth – in the Arctic Tundra where starting temps are -15°C, ice sheet running is mandatory and frostbite is a reality. Runners will traverse glaciers, the silent Arctic desert and icy, rocky landscapes. Required: Layers of merino wool, spikes and a truckload of perseverance. polar-circle-marathon.com
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Diwali
27-31 October, 2019
Across India
Celebrated across the subcontinent by lighting clay lamps, shooting off fireworks, worshipping Lakshmi (the Goddess of Wealth), making and distributing sweets, and visiting friends and family – this festival marks the victory of good over evil and is the most important on the Hindu calendar.
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The Village Halloween Parade
31 October, 2019 
New York City, New York, USA
Put on your creative thinking hats, design your wildest costume, get into gear and join in the iconic parade overflowing with giant puppets, professional bands, dancers, artistes and New Yorkers – at the country’s “most wildly creative public participatory event”. With a theme that goes “Wild Thing”, the 46th edition’s emphasis is on giving free rein to your imagination. halloween-nyc.com
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Kikk Festival
31 October – 3 November, 2019
Namur, Belgium
Innovative ideas and loads of inspiration – you’ll get ample taste of both at this 4-day festival celebrating all things creative and digital, and exploring the intersection of art, science and technology. What to expect? Art exhibitions, tech innovations, talks, workshops, masterclasses, a marketplace, and of course, parties and networking opportunities. kikk.be
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Jazzfest
31 October – 3 November, 2019
Berlin, Germany
Part of the Berliner Festspiele, this event features diverse styles of jazz music and is one of the longest running and most prestigious festivals in Europe. Drawing jazz musicians from Berlin and all over, the festival has seen big-name performers such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis over the years. berlinerfestspiele.de
[Photo © Camille Blake]
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