Sometimes, we move to decompress and escape the stress of everyday life . Other times, we simply travel for a family party or with friends . Finally, we can also travel around the world with one goal : to go to a festival. These holidays can become the most memorable of our life. Between music, samba and beer, discover our top 10 of the best festivals in the world and the most unusual festivals of the world in pictures with our Pinterest board !
10. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
As its name does not indicate, Oktoberfest takes place in September . The festivities begin on the 1st Saturday after September 15th until October 1st or 2nd unless it is a Sunday. Created in 1810, 6 million visitors visit this annual beer festival.
But of course, there are other things to do than drinking beer. You can listen to music or watch a parade . If you go there, keep in mind that beer drinking is a competitive sport in Munich. Try not to embarrass yourself.
9. Fringe Festival – Edinburgh, Scotland
For the most serious, Fringe is the name of a series. But the Fetival Fringe is especially the biggest artistic festival in the world . No relation with the paranormal so … From musicals to dance to opera , there will be something for all tastes for this festival which takes place in August since 1947.
8. Burning Man – Nevada, USA
Another artistic event is in eighth place. But this time, it’s a meeting between artistic and colorful . No need to drive an oil-powered car or build sculptures from rubbish to get to this festival which takes place the last week of August.
Burning Man is the antithesis of traditional festivals . In the middle of the desert of Nevada, the desert becomes a virtual community for a week, with avant-garde art exhibitions, musical shows … But what is even more “cool” is that the festival ends with the burning of a huge building of effigy size.
7. Love Parade – Germany
Fans of techno, trance and house transform the streets into a giant party . There are some political overtones, but the Love Parade is mostly made with music and carefree .
This festival started in a pivotal year in Germany (1989). Since then, it has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of imitations. But the original attracts more than a million participants. Following a tragedy (19 dead in 2010), the Love Parade no longer takes place in Germany.
If you are told: Samba and sumptuous costumes . No need to go further. You already understand that you are told about the Rio Carnival. It takes place every year for 4 days between Epiphany and Lent.
One may wonder how do these tireless dancers to hold throughout this celebration. It is forgotten too often, but the purpose of this festival is to celebrate the many samba schools.
5. International Jazz Festival – Montreal, Canada
It’s simply the best music festival in the world . For two weeks in the heart of July, the center of Montreal changes completely. The streets are transformed into pedestrian streets and artists from all over the world play in front of crowds full of joys . The festival always ends with a gigantic free show that draws upwards of 250,000 people.
It’s been around for 20 years and it’s no coincidence that every year it’s getting better in terms of artists.
4. Mardi Gras – New Orleans, USA
This celebration of excess is the ancestor of all others. Parades, dances, music, festivities … And all to the rhythm of jazz .. This is what we find at this legendary party that takes place at the beginning of the year.
During the parades, thousands of spectators win the necklaces, cups and other objects that the members present on the tanks throw at them.
3. San Fermín Festival – Pamplona, Spain
You probably know this festival, but under another name. “Bullfighting” , does it speak to you better? Yes, it’s the festival where men compete with crazy bulls in a frantic race to save their lives .
San Fermin, held in early July, is a popular festival and commemorates the patron saint of Pamplona. There are many folk events to celebrate these few days.
2. South by Southwest – Austin, USA
The capital of Texas welcomes every March a series of music festivals, film . SXSW started in 1987. Since then, the festival has been transformed with films and conferences.
The festival has become the main tourist attraction in Austin. As the saying goes “Everything is bigger in Texas”.
1. Cannes Film Festival – Cannes, France
The festivals of Berlin, Venice (…) are perhaps more fashionable, but Cannes will still be Cannes, the international film festival . Since 1939, stars, critics, media, and even moviegoers, flock to the French Riviera to enjoy the wonderful madness that lies in the city.
Our top festivals are now over. And which festival is your favorite? Are you a fan of this kind of party?