The Head Of The RiverRace
30 March, 2019 (Provisional)
London, England
A professional boat race like no other, this event takes place on the famous river Thames, from Mortlake to nearby Putney on the Tideway, with up to 420 boats from the British Isles and beyond setting off at 10-second intervals. The WEHORR on 16 March is equally exciting, attracting 3,000 female crews, from Olympic champions to beginners. horr.co.uk
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Whisky Magazine Awards
30 March, 2019 (TBC)
London, England
Whisky lovers, industry experts and leading writers come together every March to discover which of the much-loved tipples across the globe will be prefixed with ‘World’s Best’. Kicking off with a drinks reception, the award presentation – spanning various categories including the ‘Icons of Whisky Global’ and ‘Hall of Fame’ – will be intertwined with a specially curated 3-course menu. worldwhiskiesawards.com
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Toronto ComiCon
March, 2019 (TBA)
Toronto, Canada
Exhibitors, comic writers, artists and celebrity guests descend on Toronto for this annual celebration of comics, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, fantasy and gaming. There’ll be dance parties, after-dark cosplay, photo-ops, contests, family fun, workshops and more. John Shipp (The Flash) and Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars) were among the star-studded guests at the 2018 edition. comicontoronto.com
[Photo: Tyrone Islington Photography/Flickr]
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Vancouver Fashion Week
Mid-Late March, 2019 (TBA)
Vancouver, Canada
Just because the Big Four fashion weeks have already come and gone doesn’t mean the fashion shows are over for the year. The style cognoscenti will head to Vancouver in March to witness Canada’s celebrated fashion event and see the latest Fall/Winter 2019 creations by established and award-winning local designers. vanfashionweek.com
[Photo: GoToVan/Flickr]
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Bali Spirit Festival
24-31 March, 2019
Ubud, Bali
Locals and international travellers flock to Bali for this festival of music, alternative health, wellness and spiritual renewal, learning how to live in harmony with the environment, other individuals and themselves. Festival-goers can look forward to daytime and nightly music concerts, yoga, meditation, discourses, workshops, a community dharma fair and special events. balispiritfestival.com
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Beyond Wonderland
March 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
San Bernardino, California, USA
Beyond Wonderland offers precisely what its name suggests, taking curious visitors into a land of storybook wonder. Various stages and sets provide the weekend’s entertainment, from the Upside-Down Room to huge art installations. Groove to mind-blowing electronic music, dance with a sparkle bunny and have a smashing ‘Lost Tea Party’ in a 3-piece teapot caravan. socal.beyondwonderland.com
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Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival
14-31 March, 2019
Glasgow, Scotland
Laugh ’til you cry: Some of Britain’s best comedians will take to the stage at the 17th Glasgow Comedy Festival, with many home-grown Scottish names added for good measure. Look out for standout performances by Craig Hill, Janey Godley and Julian Clary at ÒRAN MÓR and King’s Theatre from 15-30 March. glasgowcomedyfestival.com
[Photo: Steve Ullathorne]
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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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Tobago Jazz Experience
April, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Have there ever been so many good jazz festivals? The Caribbean incarnation is a combination of pure jazz and home-grown local music. Besides paid-for events, there are plenty of free ones. American singer-songwriters Ne-Yo, Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton, Jamaican-American reggae singer Tarrus Riley and Jamaican reggae artist Tanya Stephens were the star performers last year. tobagojazzexperience.com
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The Color Run
1-29 April, 2019
Various Cities, USA
Also known as ‘the Happiest 5K on the Planet’ it’s not about the miles you clock, but the memories you make. You’ll come out feeling exhilarated, being doused by colour throwers at regular intervals and finish at a party zone with music, dancing and giant colour throwing. Make sure to come dressed in white. thecolorrun.com
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Light City
April, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
Baltimore, MD, USA
For 8 days, the Baltimore waterfront will morph into an illuminated wonderland featuring awe-inspiring light installations and sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, glowing lanterns, fireworks, musical entertainment, pop-up performances and underwater displays. Soak in the sights with a self-guided audio tour. lightcity.org
[Photo: Crystal Whitman, Courtesy of Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts]
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Tanzcafé Arlberg
1-18 April, 2019
Lech, Austria
Spring skiing and swing go together – at least they do in the Arlberg region. Wear your dancing shoes and get into the groove as international musicians in vintage wear dish out a mix of swing and electro-swing, jazz, pop ‘n’ soul, rock ‘n’ roll and boogie-woogie at bars and boutique hotels in Lech-Zürs. lechzuers.com
[Photo: Tanzcafé Arlberg Via Facebook]
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World Art Dubai
3-6 April, 2019
Dubai, UAE
Showcasing contemporary art at affordable prices at the World Trade Centre, this art fair presents an opportunity to appreciate paintings, sculptures, mixed media, digital art and more by soloists and galleries from all over, as well as participate in creative activities including live painting, VR art, art talks and the Ripe Craft Market. worldartdubai.com
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The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race
7 April, 2019
London, England
Secure a spot on either side of the river and cheer on the rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities at one of the oldest (and free) sporting events in the world, as they battle it out along the famous 4.2-mile stretch between Putney and Mortlake. Best viewing spots: Putney Bridge, Craven Cottage, Duke’s Meadows and Chiswick Bridge. theboatrace.org
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Bisket Jatra
10-18 April, 2019 (TBC)
Bhaktapur, Nepal
Similar to many traditional festivals, Bisket Jatra is a week-long theatrical recreation passed down generations, marking the solar Nepali New Year which falls on 14 April. Revellers pull ‘gods’ in pagoda-shaped chariots, and there’s a huge tug of war, dancing, merry-making and flowers galore. welcomenepal.com
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Caprices Festival
11-14 April, 2019 
Crans-Montana, Switzerland
The Caprices fest is big on electronic music, with 3 stages at the top and bottom of the slopes showcasing some of the best talent over 4 days. The aim is to give fans a clubbing experience, fabulously set amid the splendour of the Swiss Alps. Previous editions have regularly featured Sven Väth and Ricardo Villalobos. caprices.ch
[Photo: Dmitry Smirnov Via Caprices Festival/ Facebook]
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Ballet Festival Week
11-18 April, 2019
Munich, Germany
Munich’s Ballet Festival Week is an opportunity to see world-class choreography and ballets at a premier location: the National Theatre. Watch out for Anna Karenina, The Taming of The Shrew, Spartacus and Onegin (with the Bavarian State Ballet Bayerisches Staatsorchester). staatsoper.de
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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
12-14 April & 19-21 April, 2019 
Indio, California, USA
With top-of-the-line music talent, a comprehensive events list, gourmet food and larger-than-life art installations, Coachella is an absolute must-attend on every festival junkie’s calendar. If last year’s line-up (Eminem, Beyoncé and The Weeknd) is any indication, it’s safe to expect a smashing showcase in 2019 as well. splash.coachella.com
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12-14 April, 2019 
Santa Barbara, California, USA
For today’s hippies, this anti-corporate festival with a family-oriented vibe is of a transformational type, where underground music supersedes rock and pop, and where you’ll likely wake up to Kundalini yoga and full days ahead. Partake in teaching and learning sessions during the day, dance in droves and party safely at night… and then emerge nourished from within at the end. lucidityfestival.com
[Photo: Eric Allen]
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13-15 April, 2019
Various locations, Thailand
Songkran rings in the New Year in Thailand with a colourful parade, parties, traditional food and a splashing of water. Famously, the water blessings invariably end in huge water fights in the sunshine – even passers-by are fair game on the streets. TIP: Leave your pristine whites behind: wet powders are a possibility. songkranday.com
[Photo: J J Harrison/Flickr] 
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14 April, 2019
Punjab & Various Cities, India
This Sikh New Year celebration and Rabi harvest festival started in the Punjab region, but it’s now observed wherever a substantial Sikh population is found. Celebrated every 13 April (14 April every 36 years), it’s marked by gurudwara visits, religious processions, music, Bhangra and Gidda dancing and performances. tourism-of-india.com
[Photo: U.S. Embassy New Delhi/Flickr]
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Marathon de Paris
14 April, 2019
Paris, France
If you’re going to run a city marathon, make it worthwhile! More than 55,000 runners make their way from the base of the Arc de Triomphe through the streets of Paris, taking in spectacular sights of the Champs-Elysées, the Bois de Vincennes and the Eiffel Tower, finishing at the Place de la Concorde after covering an impressive 42.195 kilometres. schneiderelectricparismarathon.com
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Foire de l’isle-sur-la-Sorgue
19-22 April, 2019
L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
Popularly known as ‘The Big Antiques Fair’, it’s the largest of its kind in Europe, attracting 100,000 visitors and more than 550 vendors selling all kinds of second-hand goods and vintage pieces, including books, homewares, furniture and more. Go early, rummage for the choicest wares and snag a bargain. foire-isle-sur-sorgue.fr
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Westside Story
22 March – 21 April, 2019
Sydney, Australia
The modern-day love story that took Broadway by storm in the late ’50s unfolds at the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, combining Broadway’s best talents, Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, Jerome Robbins’ choreography, Leonard Bernstein’s score and Arthur Laurents’ book. Amex cardholders enjoy special access to reserved tickets on a first come, first served basis. amexinvites.com.au
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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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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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Tribeca Film Festival
24 April – 5 May, 2019 
New York City, USA
Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival is a platform for established and emerging creatives to present independent and innovative works, including foreign films, documentaries, features, shorts, broadcast TV and immersive projects. As well as celebrity panel discussions, festival-goers can look forward to premieres, exhibitions and live performances. tribecafilm.com
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25-28 April, 2019
Stuttgart, Germany
At this fair in Stuttgart, green-fingered visitors can look forward to getting inspired with fresh ideas, new concepts and top trends in the world of gardening. As well as show gardens, plant exhibitions and floristry workshops, there’ll be a bazaar, expert forums and special events, such as the ‘Night of the Senses’. messe-stuttgart.de
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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
26 April – 5 May, 2019
New Orleans, USA
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of this diverse jazz festival featuring the best of the national and international music scene (the 2018 edition featured Aerosmith, Rod Stewart and Sting, among others). Look forward to good music, food, culture and a craft marketplace buzzing with artisanal craftspeople. nojazzfest.com
[Photo: Joshua Brasted Via New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival/ Facebook]
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Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata
26-30 April, 2019
Valledupar, Colombia
This festival is dedicated to the Colombian folk music known as vallenato – prominently featuring instruments like the accordion and guacharaca – with competitions highlighting local musicians from near (Valledupar) and far (Cuba, USA, Mexico). The Piloneras dance parade and side events – comprising painting exhibitions, storytelling sessions, cockfights, book expos and parties – are just as entertaining. festivalvallenato.com
[Photo: Jdvillalobos/Wikimedia Commons]
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Texas SandFest
26-28 April, 2019
Port Aransas, Texas, USA
For 3 days in April, this annual fundraising event will transform Port Aransas beach into a canvas of sand art, as master sculptors and skilled amateurs come together to display their talents. As well as sand sculpting competitions, there’ll be music, kids’ activities, food and drink, and stalls selling everything from jewellery to crafts. texassandfest.org
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Daffodil Festival
26-28 April, 2019
Nantucket, MA, USA
Come spring, head to Nantucket for a massive celebration of its signature blooms: buttery-yellow daffodils. What started out as an antique car parade in the 1970s has since expanded into a huge flower festival complete with musical concerts, parades, contests, art exhibits, tailgate picnics, a 5K race and a flower show. facebook.com
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King’s Day
27 April, 2019 
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Though Amsterdam holds the largest King’s Day (Koningsdag) in honour of King Willem-Alexander, it’s an opportunity for the whole of Netherlands to celebrate wearing orange. Even if doffing your cap to royalty isn’t your thing, many enjoy it for the open-air street parties, vrijmarkt (almost-free market), concerts, street performances and family-friendly fun. iamsterdam.com
[Photo: Paula Abrahao/Flickr]
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National Cheese Festival
28 April – 1 May, 2019
Trujillo, Spain
It’s time to say ‘cheese’ and sample over 300 varieties of Spanish and international moulds – traditional, contemporary and even the rarest varieties – which cheesemakers proudly display at the world’s largest cheese fair, held at the beautiful Plaza Mayor in Trujillo. Accompanied by beer and wine stalls, the place morphs into a literal food paradise. trujillovillasespana.com
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29 April – 5 May, 2019 
Tankwa, South Africa
This artistic get-together is a temporary city of art, complete with burning structures and creative performances against a semi-desert backdrop. For the 2019 edition, Afrikaburn invites participants to consider the theme ‘Ephemerality’ – imagining the fleeting nature of one’s experiences and circumstances – and to create a work of art as if it were the last of its kind. afrikaburn.com
[Photo: Jolene Thompson/Flickr] 
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Sisters’ Meal Festival
30 April – 2 May, 2019
Guizhou, China
Seen as a version of Valentine’s Day, the Sisters’ Meal Festival is a celebration of love and springtime. The Miao people in Guizhou celebrate with naturally dyed steamed rice, firecrackers, traditional costumes, silver jewellery, Lusheng music and dance.  Celebrations also include activities such as horse racing and bullfights.
[Photo: yeun yan/Flickr]
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30 April, 2019
Thale and Brocken, Germany
In the central German mountain range of ‘The Harz’, legend has it that witches fly to Brocken mountain to herald springtime. In nearby Thale, several events celebrate this pre-May Day Walpurgis Night including, a devil’s show, fireworks, comedy and musical performances. Be there or be scared. walpurgismarkt-thale.de
[Photo: Sebastian Knorr/Flickr] 
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Beltane Fire Festival
30 April, 2019 
Edinburgh, Scotland
Though less than three decades old, the Beltane Fire Festival looks back to Iron Age Celtic rituals for inspiration and create their own connections with nature. It’s a welcoming in of summer: a celebration of light and fertility with a theatrical procession, stage performances, dances and an enormous bonfire on Calton Hill. beltane.org
[Photo: Neil Barton]
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Tmrw.Tday CultureFest
30 April – 5 May, 2019
Negril, Jamaica
A fairly new culture fest, held along Seven Mile Beach in Negril, allows festival-goers to enhance their well-being and happiness and attain a sense of calm through immersion in international and native music, dance, meditation, yoga, tribe talks, farm-to-table retreats and other environmentally conscious initiatives, from dawn ’til dusk for six whole days. tmrwtday.com
[Photo: Tmrw.Tday CultureFest Via Facebook]
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Cheltenham Jazz Festival
1-6 May, 2019
Cheltenham, England
47 official concerts. Fringe festivities. Different styles of jazz. 20,000+ visitors. Billed as “one of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals”, this is where some of the greatest jazz musicians – as well as new talent from different genres – come together to showcase their best. Enjoy free outdoor concerts, daytime pop-up street performances and fun family activities. cheltenhamfestivals.com
[Photo: Clint Randall/Flickr]
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Frieze New York
1-5 May, 2019
New York, USA
Frieze returns to Randall’s Island Park in New York, with many of the world’s best galleries in attendance. Expect special artist commissions, performances, daily talks and installations. The 2018 iteration featured more than 190 modern and contemporary art galleries from 30 countries, highlighting the world’s most renowned artists. frieze.com
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Lei Day Festival
1 May, 2019
Across Hawaii, USA
This annual festival, established as a holiday in 1929, marks the tradition of making and wearing leis (flower wreaths) and is celebrated on May Day across the Hawaiian islands with hula performances, live music, lei contests, lei making demos, cultural activities, local crafts and good food.
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Spot Fest
2-4 May, 2019
Aarhus, Denmark
The Scandinavian music industry has been converging here for many years to deliver more than 200 music acts by established and emerging artistes from various genres. The vibe is friendly, the standards are high, and the music is novel and nice. Last year’s edition featured performances by Alkymist, Artifact Collective, Anya and more. spotfestival.dk
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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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3-5 May, 2019 (TBC)
Istanbul, Turkey
Held at KüçükÇiftlik Park for three days, FloralFest flower festival brings delicious fragrances, colours and creativity together, featuring various local and international brands from the city as well as workshops and seminars on various topics, including flower arrangements, bouquet design and flower care. You can even sip some flowering teas and hang a wish on a Hidirellez tree. floralfest.com.tr
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Wekfest Japan
3 May, 2019
Nagoya, Japan
Originally started in California, Wekfest returns to Japan for its 6th annual showcase, bringing to the fore creative and drool-worthy craftsmanship and designs in the automobile aftermarket. What to expect? Unexpected cars, curious ideas, creative solutions and lots of surprises in the automobile world, with an Eastern flavour at Port Messe. deskgram.net
[Photo: Wekfest Japan Via Facebook]
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Hiroshima Flower Festival
3-5 May, 2019
Hiroshima, Japan
Celebrating flowers, nature, peace and music, this festival attracts 1 million visitors from all over Hiroshima and beyond every year. Besides flowers and the giant Flower Tower – the festival’s beautifully decorated symbol – visitors can enjoy dance shows, performances, concerts, a marching parade and a candlelit event in the evening. visithiroshima.net
[Photo: ©Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau]
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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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Die Lange Nacht der Musik
4 May, 2019
Munich, Germany
Munich’s “Long Night of Music” is a good example of a city-wide cultural event: around 400 concerts in a variety of music styles – from baroque to swing and sacred music to jazz – held in all sorts of different venues, ranging from small pubs and clubs to famous beer halls, all in just one evening. facebook.com
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Rhein In Flammen
4 May, 2019
Bonn, Germany
Witness a spectacular fireworks display over the Rhine, taking place 5 times between May and September. The event kicks off in Bonn the first Saturday in May, igniting the section between Bonn and Linz. While 1,500 glowing Bengal flares burn along the banks, a convoy of 60 illuminated ships also make an entrance. Best views: Freizeitpark Rheinaue. rhein-in-flammen.com
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Cinco de Mayo
5 May, 2019
Pueblo, Mexico
Cinco de Mayo may look like a typical fiesta found anywhere in Mexico, but it’s only really big in Puebla, where parades and parties celebrate Mexico’s 1862 victory against France. Don’t miss Feria de Puebla and Festival Internacional 5 de Mayo – chock-full of music, orchestras, games, rides, food and drink, concerts and more. puebla-mexico.com
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XJAZZ Festival
8-12 May, 2019
Berlin, Germany
May is a big month for jazz festivals, and Berlin puts on one of the finest. A high-quality line-up is guaranteed, with organisers inviting crossover acts that incorporate classic, electronic and other styles of jazz, mostly focusing on the Berlin local music scene. The festival is held in nightclubs in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood. facebook.com
[Photo: Andre Symann Via XJAZZ/Facebook]
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Thrissur Pooram Festival
13 May, 2019 
Kerala, India
This vibrant temple festival is a visual spectacle from beginning to end. Kicking off with a ceremonial flag-raising ceremony (kodiyettam) of participating temples and fireworks days ahead of the actual function, the festivities last almost 30 hours, with deities paraded around on ornately decorated elephants with percussion music, dancing and traditional food. thrissurpooramfestival.com 
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The Pahiyas Festival
15 May, 2019 (TBC)
Lucban, Quezon, Philippines
The festival celebrates San Isidro de Labrador, the patron saint of farmers in the Philippines. As a harvest festival, fruits and flowers are aplenty, but also expect to see a grand parade of farmers, marching bands and papier mâché floats, local arts and crafts, colourful kiping and produce-laden houses – as well as to feast on local delicacies. pahiyasfestival.com
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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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Jacob’s Ladder Spring Festival
16-18 May, 2019
Ginosar, Israel
This friendly biannual live folk music festival with a ’70s vibe is back by Lake Kinneret for its springtime edition, showcasing all manner of folk music – from bluegrass to bagpipes. Look out for musical acts by The Israel Klezmer Orchestra and Nefesh Mountain (USA), plus music and dance workshops, children’s activities, camping, swimming and more. jlfestival.com
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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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World Whisky Day
18 May, 2019
Various Cities, Worldwide
For dram connoisseurs, World Whisky Day is an important one, celebrating all things whisky. With the goal of making whisky accessible and enjoyable to all, numerous locations worldwide will be hosting events including pairings, tastings, gatherings and distillery tours. You can even organise your own: just gather a group, raise a dram and enjoy. worldwhiskyday.com
[Photo: Guido Gloor Modjib/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
[Photo: Bill Cooper]
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
[Photo: Alessandro/Flickr]
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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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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
[Photo: Grifmo/Flickr]
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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
[Photo: © Vivien Gaumand]
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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
[Photo: Taste of Chicago Via Facebook]
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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.
[Photo: David Baxendale/Flickr]
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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
[Photo © La LLave del Desierto]
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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
[Photo: Chris Eckert for Wanderlust Festival]
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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
[Photo: Hypnotica Studios Infinite/Flickr]
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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
[Photo: Glenn McDowell Photography]
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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
[Photo: Tim Sullivan Photography] 
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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
[Photo: Sydney Gawlik/Lollapalooza 2018]
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Singapore Night Festival
August, 2019 (Exact Dates TBA)
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 
[Photo: National Heritage Board, Singapore]
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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
[Photo: Luis Pérez/Flickr] 
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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
[Photo: Tomasz Baranowski/Flickr]
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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
[Photo: Claudio Britos Photography Via WOW Facebook]
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
[Photo © Crown copyright (2019) Visit Wales]
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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