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world's best festivals

If you're looking to join some of the world's best parties, celebrations and cultural showcases, then look no further for ideas. We've put together a list of events grouped by month, with web links to tell you more. Where festivals span more than one month, they are shown under the month in which they begin. Festival dates may also vary from year to year, so they are shown under the month in which they usually occur. Some events you can just turn up to, others you may need to book tickets quite far in advance. For planning the rest of your trip, get help from our trip planning section.

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Rijeka Carnival, Croatia
Winter Carnival, Quebec, Canada
Republic Day Parade, New Delhi, India
Festival in the Desert, Mali
Festival on the Niger, Segou, Mali
New Orleans Mardi Gras, USA
Rio Carnival, Brazil
Venice Carnival, Italy
Nice Carnival, France
Buenos Aires Tango Festival, Argentina
Ottawa Winterlude, Canada
Chinese New Year, China and SE Asia
Dijous Gras, Sitges, Spain
Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea, Italy
Menton Lemon Festival, France
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
Jazz Festival, Havana, Cuba
Flamenco Festival, New York, USA
Calle Ocho (Cuban Festival), Miami, USA
Hanami Party (Flowering of Cherry Blossom), Japan
Hong Kong Arts Festival
St Patrick's Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Budapest Spring Festival, Hungary
Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico
Geneva International Motor Show, Palexpo, Switzerland
Semana Santa (Holy Week), San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Moisture Festival (Comedy and Theatre), Seattle, USA
Songkran Water Festival, Thailand (Thai New Year)
Semana Santa (Holy Week), Seville, Spain
Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria
Edinburgh International Harp Festival
Salzburg Easter Festival, Austria
Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand
Speyside Whisky Festival, Scotland, UK
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Australia
Island Dance Festival, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Rocket Festival, Andalusia, Spain
Shetland Folk Festival
Cannes Film Festival, France
Prague Spring International Music Festival, Czech Republic
Vienna Festival (Festwochen), Austria
Dresden Music Festival, Germany
Copenhagen Distortion Clubbing Festival, Denmark
Stars of the White Nights Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
Boi Bumba (Jungle Carnival), Parintins, Brazil
Gnawa Music Festival, Essaouira, Morocco
Glastonbury Music Festival, UK
Holland Festival
Sonar Music Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Scotland, UK
Fez Sacred Music Festival, Morocco
Zurich Festival (Theatre, Dance, Music), Switzerland
Munich Opera Festival, Germany
Verona Opera Festival, Italy
Rath Yatra Hindu Festival, Puri, India
Palio Horse Race, Siena, Italy (also in August)
Roskilde Rock Festival, Denmark
Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia
White Nights Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
Calgary Stampede, Canada
Copehagen Jazz Festival, Denmark
Gion Matsuri, Kyoto, Japan
Dance Valley Festival, Netherlands
Int'l Festival of Open Air and Street (FETA), Gdansk, Poland
Pazaislis Classical Music Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania
Summer Jam (Reggae Festival), Cologne, Germany
Jazz Juan (Europe"s Oldest Jazz Festival), Nice, France
Toronto Fringe Festival (Theatre), Canada
Ollesummer Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
Ommegang, Brussels, Belgium
Forde Folk Music Festival, Norway
Pamplona Bull Running, San Fermin Festival, Spain
Tanabata (Star Festival), Japan (various locations)
Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo, Malaysia
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Alaska, USA
International Festival of Street Art, Linz, Austria
Cheyenne Frontier Days (outdoor Rodeo), USA
Verbier Festival (Classical Music), Switzerland
Farnborough International Air Show, England, UK
Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition, Vancouver, Canada
Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata, Japan
World Bodypainting Festival, Austria
La Tomatina Tomato Fight, Bunyol near Valencia, Spain
Barbados Crop Over (Sugar Cane Harvest)
Notting Hill Carnival, London, UK
Sumfest Reggae Festival, Jamaica
Cowal Highland Gathering, Scotland, UK
Sziget Music Festival, Budapest, Hungary
International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol, UK
Cowes Week (Sailing Regatta), Isle of Wight, UK
Berlin Beer Festival, Germany
Festival of Vancouver, Canada
New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), USA
Chicago International Air and Water Show, USA
Burning Man Festival, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
Onam, Kerala, India
Dubrovnik Festival, Croatia
Galway Oyster Festival, Ireland
Oktoberfest Beer Festival, Munich, Germany
International Puppet Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
Aarhus Cultural Festival, Denmark
Braemar Gathering Highland Games, Scotland, UK
Big Muddy Blues Festival on the Mississippi, St Louis, USA
Prague Autumn Festival, Czech Republic
New York Musical Theatre Festival, USA
Lyon Dance Biennale, France
Monaco Yacht Show
San Francisco Blues Festival, USA
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Cheltenham Literature Festival, England, UK
Canterbury Arts Festival, England, UK
Lake of Stars, International Music Festival, Malawi
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City, USA
Bald Eagle Festival, Haines, Alaska, USA
San Miniato White Truffle Festival, Italy
World's Largest Disco, New York City, USA
Lyons Festival of Lights & Ancient Music, France
Natchitoches Christmas Festival, Louisiana, USA
New Year's Eve, Sydney, Australia
New Year's Eve, Times Square, New York City, USA