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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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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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
[Photo: BoNoNoBo/Flickr]    

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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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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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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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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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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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