I’m probably not attending any summer festivals beyond the local variety, but that hasn’t stopped me from browsing Fest300’s curated selection of the best festivals around the world. Sure, everyone’s heard of Burning Man, but what about Australia’s Camel Cup? With that in mind, here’s 5 lesser known summer festivals I’m dying to jet off to.
Held in June, Italy’s oldest film festival mixes Hollywood glamor, history, and breathtaking views in an ancient Greek theater atop Mount Tauro. When you’re not watching movie premieres or star-spotting, you’ve got a built in Italian vacation with local beaches and plenty to explore and eat in the picturesque town of Taormina.
This laid back indie rock festival in Byron Bay, Australia boasts a great lineup every year, and with yoga, food trucks and daytime lectures, there’s no shortage of things to do. Late July is actually winter time in Australia, but it averages mid 60s in the area, making for pretty comfy festival weather.
Come to Haro, Spain’s Wine Festival for a tasting…if you don’t mind wringing it out of your shirt. A morning of drinking culminates with a mass wine fight, followed by a chance for sloshed youth to make fools out of themselves in the ring “fighting” a heifer. They recommend that you eat plenty of tapas to soak up the wine. Sold!
During the Tetsuya Odori in mid August, the residents of Gujo, Japan celebrate with four nights of traditional dances till the sun comes up. Ten dances are performed, each with allusions to local history or landscape, and participation is encouraged. And if it’s anything like other Japanese festivals I’ve attended, the street food will be fantastic!
I’ve actually had my eye on this one for awhile. The Boryeong, South Korea Mud Festival is part music festival, part promotion of the supposed health effects of the local mud. Mud wrestling, mud races, or just a mud facial prepare you for mud-covered dancing to pop and hip-hop acts. Don’t worry about slinking back to your hotel covered in mud; once you’re ready to clean up, take a dip in the sea or opt for one of the many shower facilities on site.
I’d love to hear your plans for the summer, any festivals or trips on the schedule?