There’s a lot of worthwhile events and festivals that happen every month across the entire world. As the hype for Coachella builds and Tomorrowland tickets sell out in seconds, the options for the year pass by just as quickly as they come.
There’s truly something different for everyone type of traveler out there. When it comes to ideas for what to do on your next vacation, planning a trip around a big event or festival is a great way to start.
We highlight ten key events from around the world with the goal of getting you out of the U.S. (for the most part) and travelling to some of the world’s must visit destinations. Vancouver, Barcelona, Croatia, India, Brazil all crack our list of places to travel to in 2015.
It’s time to get excited for your next vacation.
Holi - Delhi, India
Dates: March 5 to 6, 2015
Why You Should Go: Say good bye to Winter and welcome the Spring with locals at this amazing and carefree event with bonfires, parties and tons of color.
Not every festival you attend this year has to be music centric. Holi, or the Festival of Colors, is a two day event that’s been celebrated as far back as 700 BC. The ancient india tradition starts on March 5th, the eve of Holi, with rituals and large bonfires lit to burn away evil spirits. The next day, you can head to the streets of Mathura (for a traditional Holi experience) or Delhi (for a modern experience) as locals throw powdered color at everything in site (including you) in all the color combinations you could ever imagine.
Water fights, street parties and dancing happens at every corner making this one of the easiest and most fun events to experience in the world. On top of that, if you opt to spend your Holi in Jaipur city, you’ll be treated to the beautiful Elephant Festival that features an elephant polo match and tug-of-war and a parade.
Sail Croatia Cruise - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dates: Every Saturday from April 25 to October 17
Why You Should Go: 7 days on a party or exploration cruise as you island hop between beautiful cities in the Adriatic sea and on Croatia’s coast. Do we need to say more?
Okay, so we’re cheating a bit with this one but this week long event that caters to your schedule is too damn awesome to pass up. You can swim in secluded bays, explore historic towns and villages, all while enjoying drinks with your friends aboard these intimate and luxurious cruises with less than 40 people.
Sail Croatia offers various cruises for different types of travelers but we’re going to highlight two for you. The Explorer Cruise is for the young traveller who wants to explore Croatia, while the Navigator Tour is designed for the young traveler looking for an epic party. Which ever one suits you, both 7 day cruises offer their own perks and benefits as they set sail for an amazing experience on Croatia’s coast.
Sasquatch - The Gorge, Washington
Dates: May 22 to 25, 2105
Why You Should Go: To hear amazing music from a variety of genres at one of the most breathtaking outdoor venues in the world. It’s also a great way to get away from the busy city and disconnect.
We love Coachella and Lollapalooza as much as the next person but there’s something about the beautiful setting of The Gorge that makes Sasquatch a can’t miss festival. The Gorge is a nine time winner of Pollster’s Best Outdoor Music Venue award. Why? Because the grounds sit on a cliff in the middle of Washington State overlooking the Columbia river while the main stage is set up right in front of the Columbia Gorge Canyon.
All of this creates a breathtaking scene night or day, while performances are happening. The lineup each year (announced in early February) is also no slouch. Some of the biggest acts in the world have performed here along with the newest up and comers and local bands.
EXIT Festival - Novi Sad, Serbia
Dates: July 16 to 18, 2015
Why You Should Go: Experience a new culture in this up and coming country while enjoying an award winning festival in a fortress.
There’s a reason EXIT won the award for Best Major European Festival for two years running: the venue is without a doubt one of the most unique and amazing ones in the world. EXIT takes place on a rocky cliffside in the 18th century Petrovaradin Fortress that’s been through it’s fair share of battles and wars. You won’t find a more incredible building for an event as you walk around the grounds of this fortress.
The festival also has a unique start as it was originally founded due to student based protests fighting for democracy and freedom against the Government in 2000. To this day EXIT is still run as a non-profit organization with a strong social mission and message every year.
Serbia is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets while it quickly grows as a tourist destination thanks to the award winning EXIT Festival. With close proximity to Belgrade and the bordering Croatia, you can turn this vacation into an amazing two weeks in the Balkans.
Carnival - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dates: February 13 to 18, 2015
Why You Should Go: To experience an epic party in the Carnival capital of the world. Which just happens to be an incredible city with great weather in the middle of North American winter.
At some point in your life you need to visit Rio de Janeiro to see everything Brazil has to offer. To make things even better you should be planning your trip around Brazil’s annual Carnival festival for the ultimate party. The five-day long festival, which is celebrated prior to Lent, is an all-out party complete with everything you can imagine. Parades, incredible costumes, dancing, and some crazy parties in the streets of Rio.
There’s a reason this is called one of the biggest shows on earth. Book your trip to Rio before it’s too late.
Sonar - Barcelona, Spain
Dates: June 18 to 20, 2015
Why You Should Go: It’s held in the beautiful and sunny city of Barcelona. Some of the worlds best beaches combined with a unique music and arts festivals make this a must visit.
Taking place in a state of the art exhibition center just minutes away from incredible beaches, Sonar is the perfect festival for electronic music lovers looking for a beach vacation. The music lineup is always fantastic but to top it off they also deliver a world class multimedia and art exhibit.
Sonar is broken down into two separate and unique parts. Sonar by Day, when all the exhibitions happen, and then followed by Sonar by Night, where music and partying takes over. It’s one of Europe’s most well known and established festivals (founded in 1994) but we think it’s time it made a real name for it’s self state-side.
EuroBasket - France, Croatia, Germany
Dates: September 5 to 20
Why You Should Go: Enjoy some of the best basketball in the world while traveling to three must visit countries in Europe.
We all know how good the U.S. men’s national basketball team is, but discounting the talent from several European nations like Spain, France and Serbia is a mistake. EuroBasket is one of the biggest events in Europe and this year’s edition is giving you a great reason to go on a that epic vacation overseas while traveling to different countries.
Matches will take place in France, Croatia and Germany over two weeks as some of the world’s best basketball players compete for national pride. If you’d rather stick to one place, the elimination rounds and finals will be held at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in France.
Governors Ball - New York City
Dates: June 5 to 7, 2015
Why You Should Go: New York City is one of the best cities in the world to visit and this awesome music festival just happens to be there.
Governor’s Ball Music Festival is a must visit for anyone within a few hour drive or flight of NYC (that includes you too Toronto). For the West Coast, this gives you a great reason to visit NYC for a one week vacation in the Summer while also experiencing a stellar weekend of music.
Did we mention the lineups at Governor’s Ball have been amazing the best few years with headliners like Kanye West, Jack White, Kings of Leon and more. The festival happens on Randall’s Island right off of Manhattan, offering some really great views of the city and skyline as well. When you’re not at the festival, you’ve got time to take in an amazing city and everything it has to offer.
FIFA Women’s World Cup - Vancouver
Dates: June 27 to July 5
Why You Should Go: To visit one of Canada’s most beautiful cities for a week of sight seeing, sports and food.
Multiple Canadian cities will play host to this years Women’s World Cup over a span of 4 weeks but we’re specifically targeting the beautiful city of Vancouver for this trip. With the quarterfinals taking place in Vancouver on June 27 and the Finals on July 5th, the World Cup sets up as the perfect time for you to finally make the trip up north to Vancouver.
You’ll be in Vancouver just in time to celebrate with the locals on Canada Day (July 1st) at the fireworks show on Burrard Inlet. Explore the natural beauty of Vancouver from Stanley Park to Whistler, all while stuffing your face in this food paradise. The weather this time of the year sets up perfectly for patio season as sunny and clear skies make this a great time for an outdoor getaway to Vancouver.
Plan your trip to Vancouver and join the excitement as locals take to the streets to celebrate and party.
Glastonbury - Somerset, England
Dates: June 23 to 28, 2015
Why You Should Go: This is one of the most iconic and legendary music festivals in the entire world. You should experience it at some point in your life, and the rest of the UK while you’re out there.
Glastonbury is easily the most famous festival we’ve included in this list as it set the precedent for what we know as music festivals today. The festival went from 1,500 people in it’s first year in the 70’s to over 175,000 in 2014 making it the world’s largest greenfield music and performing arts festival.
Campers spend their nights in a huge make shift tended canvas city on 900 acres of land. The main stage is really really amazing as well. The legendary Pyramid has seen a variety of incredible performers take the stage with Dalai Lama announced as one of this years early headliners.
Every 5 years Glastonbury takes a “fallow year” break to give the land and surrounding citizens a break from the craziness of having hundreds of thousands of people visit their town. Head on over to the UK for a vacation and enjoy this great festival before you catch it on a break year.