I’m forever adding more and more places onto my bucket list, it’s kind of getting out of hand. I’ve been looking at some of the world’s most unique festivals which I need to visit. There’s some great carnivals, festivals and fiestas taking place around the world which are unmissable and here are my top eight:
Mardi Gras, New Orleans
I absolutely fell in love when I visited New Orleans last year. Although I did spend a lot of my time there exploring the famous bars and clubs of Bourbon Street, I definitely love to explore the city further. Visiting during the Mardi Gras Festival which takes place the day before Ash Wednesday in February is something that’s firmly on my bucket list. NOLA comes even more alive with the Mardi Gras parade which is otherwise known as the greatest free show on earth. If you’re not there during the celebrations, you can visit Mardi Gras World which you can view the festivals famous floats all year round.
Venice Carnival is actually very similar to the Mardi Gras as they are both on the same date and celebrating lent in the lead up to Easter. It’s an age-old tradition that at the Venice Carnival to wear masks. I can only imagine all the flamboyant and grand designs which are worn throughout the celebrations.
The Songkran Festival is held in Thailand to celebrate the New Year every April. This festival has become more well known as a huge three-day water fight as people make a splash into the new year. Thailand is such a popular destination at the moment, I’ve spotted some great Thailand all inclusive deals with Destination2.
Budafest has been popping up all over my social media for the past couple of months. Their social media marketing is on point if anything. I’m sure you’ve guessed that this festival is based in Budapest, Hungary based on the name. This music festival sounds amazing with it taking place across the city at thermal bars, ruin bars and even on boats! Truth be told, I’ve not heard of any of the acts but overall, it sounds like an incredible experience!
Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture, China
The Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is certainly unique. This festival is the largest of it’s kind and usually takes place between the months of December and February. The whole festival sounds simply magical with a theme in place there are sculptures in place across the city.
Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire, UK
A couple of years ago, Wilderness Festival has caught my eye. It’s actually a British Music Festival held in Oxfordshire in August. This year there’s music from the likes of Bastille, Justice and Nile Rodgers. It’s not all about the music though, there are some amazing activities to take part in whilst you are there from Yoga Paddleboarding, Archery to Horseriding. Throughout the weekend there’s debates, talks, workshops and some of the yummiest food.
Coachella, Palm Springs
I think every year since I was about 15 have a longed to jet off to the Californian desert and attend Coachella. This music and arts festival is so popular, the same festival takes places on two consecutive weekends. This year, Queen Bey headlined Coachella with a Destiny’s Child reunion and I have never wanted to be there more. As I say every year, next year will be the year. Fingers crossed.
Hot Air Balloon Festival, Albuquerque
The International Hot Air Balloon Festival which is held in New Mexico looks pretty spectacular. Just think of the amazing photos of all the floating balloons. The festival of hot air balloons is held in October and is the biggest of it’s kind. This year’s starts on October 6th until October 14th with a whole host of events. I find this whole thing fascinating and would love to see it for myself!
Have you been to any of these festivals? Would you go to any? What festivals are on your bucket list?
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