10 of the best festivals abroad to add to your bucket list

10 of the best festivals abroad to add to your bucket list

Festivals are great but festivals abroad are even better! Now Covid restrictions are out and travel is in, there has never been a better time to start planning some much-needed trips away with friends. To help you out with deciding where to go, we’ve wrapped up the weird, the wonderful and the wackiest festivals across the world. So, here are 10 of the best festivals abroad to add to your bucket list!

1.La Tomatina, Valenica

When: Wednesday 31 August 2022

Firstly, La Tomatina is probably the wackiest festival on this list. Every year on the last Wednesday of August, revellers descend on the small town of Bunol near Valencia, to participate in what is essentially, a giant food fight. During this, more than one hundred metric tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. It’s fair to say, things get messy.

La Tomatina Festival
Source:Conde Nast

2. Oktoberfest, Munich

When: September 17 to October 3, 2022

Chances are you’ve probably heard of Oktoberfest. In fact, this two-week-long German beer festival that is held yearly in Munich is one of the easiest festivals to attend from the UK (although probably not the healthiest.) Total beer consumption during Oktoberfest is upwards of 75,800 hectolitres (about 2 million gallons). Alongside drinking, you can expect plenty of dancing, games and competitions. Of course, lederhosen’s are essentail.

Oktoberfest, Munich

3. Coachella, LA

When: Mid April

Calling all fashionistas, music lovers and wannabe actors; this one for you. Next on our list of the best festival abroad is the LA-based Music and Arts festival, Coachella. It’s much loved by celebrities and showcases popular and established musical artists as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. In fact, it’s one of the most popular festivals in the US and in the world. You never know, you might spot Dua Lipa there!

4. Hideout Festival, Croatia

When: 03-07 July 2022

A holiday to Croatia would be amazing but coinciding your trip with the world-famous music festival, Hideout would be the dream! This five-day music festival is held on the beach with world-class electronic acts, playing in five open-air venues. Just think- you can top up your tan while partying hard. Expect beach parties, boat parties, pool parties and more!

Hideout festival Croatia
Source: Hideout Festival

5. Kings Day, Amsterdam

When: 27 April yearly

On Kings day, the Dutch gather in Amsterdam to celebrate- you guessed it- the king. You expect street parties, boat parties, music and markets. The only rule is that the dress code is orange! Book your flights and accommodation early, things sell out fast.

Kings Day Amsterdam
Source: Canva

6. The Full Moon Party, Thailand

When: Monthly, according to the full moon

We admit that The Full Moon Party isn’t exactly a festival. It is, however, one of those events that everyone should experience once in their life (and ideally on your gap year.) Every month on the Thai island of Koh Phangnan, thousands upon thousands of people descend onto the beach for one of the world’s biggest beach parties that lasts from sundown and goes well into the next morning (or as long as you can stay awake.) Expect a wide spectrum of music, fire shows and upsized cocktails in buckets. Don’t forget your neon face paint!

The full moon party thailand
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7. Carnival, Rio De Janeiro

When: Friday before Ash Wednesday (cancelled in 2022)

If there’s one festival that should make it onto your bucket list, it’s Carnival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival in Rio is the biggest in the world, with upwards of two million people a day on the streets. The carnival parade is filled with revellers, floats, and adornments from numerous samba schools. Considering it takes place in Brazil, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most extravagant and fun-loving festivals in the world.

Carnival Rio
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8. Tomorrowland, Belgium

When: Friday 15th July to Mon 01 August 2022

Next on our list is the Belgium music festival, Tomorrowland.  If you haven’t heard of it, you should have- considering it is the biggest electronic music festival in the world. Past headliners have included the likes of David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Avicci. Buy your tickets now!

Tomorrowland, Belgium
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9. Holi, India

When: March 8th 2023

There’s never a dull sight in Holi, a popular Hindu festival that’s known as the festival of colours. Because of its religious ties, you’ll often find smaller Holi events in countries all across the world from Australia to the US. However, Holi in India is something else. On the eve of the festival, large pyres are lit across India to signify the burning of evil spirits. Then, on the day itself, everyone takes to the streets throwing coloured powder into the air and at each other. You can enjoy Holi all across India with some popular locations including Mathura in Upper Pradesh, Udaipur in Rajasthan and Shantiniketan in Kolkata. Just don’t wear your favourite t-shirt!

Holi India
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10. Day of the Dead, Mexico 

When: Wednesday, November 2nd

Last but definitely not least is the Day of the Dead in Mexico. If the opening scene from the James Bond film, Spectre, wasn’t enough to whet your appetite then you only need to look at photos of the wonderful costumes and decorations that are put on every year for this event. You can expect plenty of parades and street parties as revellers come together to celebrate life and death. Some popular places to celebrate include Mexico City, Oaxaca and Yucatan.

Day of the Dead Festival, Mexico
Source: Washington post

So, there you have it. There are 10 of the best festivals abroad to add to your bucket list. Have you been to any of these events or are there any other ones that you think should be on this list? Let us know. Don’t forget, there are plenty of great festivals in the UK to go to if you can’t get away this year and we’ve come up with plenty of hacks to help you prepare for them. 

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