Festivals are growing in all parts of the world and it seems there are more and more each year. Look at 2014 already, we are hosting the first Women’s Travel Fest which is the start to an annual event. Around the globe now, Mardi Gras and Carnival are hitting it off. As the we continue on into the year, here are some festivals coming up if you want to try a new experience and plan a trip to go for a party.
Carnival- A festival that is held in almost every continent! It originated in Trinidad and Tobago and has spread like fire. It began as a celebration before the Lent season begins for Catholics, but countries have rescheduled the dates to other months of the year for more party time. Street parties, parades, dancing, and festivities last the entire month. Anguilla, Antigua, and Barbados celebrate it in the month of August. The British Virgin Islands, Saba, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrate between June and July.
Burning Man – An intriguing festival and a chance to go to the desert in Nevada. It lasts one week, usually the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend. It provides a chance for everyone to express themselves and dedicate their spirit to the community and art. There usually is an art theme picked yearly and word is, you leave a different person and finding more meaning in your life. I’ll try that!
Dive Festival and Dive Fest – Whether you scuba dive, snorkel, or neither – you can still go to a beach for a dive fest. The Utila Dive Festival is held the last week in June in the Honduras. I attended the festival last year and it brings a lot of divers and beach lovers together for activities, fun, and games daily. The Dive Fest in Dominica has been held annually for over 20 years, and incorporates a similar idea of non-stop fun in the clear waters. Theirs is held from July 5th until July 14-15th.
Africa Oyé Festival – This is an African music festival running in its 22nd year. It is held on June 21st and 22nd where African, Asian, and Caribbean musicians play in Liverpool, England. The grounds of Sefton Park are changed into an Oyé village. Fashion, art, hair, healing, and foods are offered for a celebration of international cultures.
Oktoberfest – More towards the end of the year is Oktoberfest. We hear about it all the time but how many of us have celebrated not in Germany? Maybe this will be the year to go, between September 20th and October 5th. If the trip can’t happen, look to various Oktoberfest events occurring in your neighboring cities and states. A tip is to reserve a table before you go as I heard it gets quite busy!
What festivals are you looking to attend this year? There’s so many to choose from, there should not be a shortage. Go out and explore a new one!