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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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