Your 2014 International Festival Punch List

Life is short, travel-hungry friends! And what better time to put together a must-do list of festivals across the world for 2014 than now? Allow us to suggest a few, some you’ve always wanted to try, and a couple you’ve probably never heard of. You’re welcome!

Rio

carnival_in_rioRio de Janeiro, Brazil: Carnival
February 28th – March 4th, 2014

Street parades, samba dancing, fireworks, and crazed revelers mark this annual festival – the largest Carnival in the world – held before Lent every year. The first festivals in Rio go back to 1823, and, today, Rio’s Carnival hosts two million people per day on the streets.

Venice, Italy: Festa del Redentore
July 19-20, 2014

Festa del Redentore, Venice, Italy

This massive festival began as a feast to celebrate the passing of the Black Plague of 1576. Today, the festivities are marked by parties across the city, boats filling the Basin of San Marco, an extravagant fireworks display, and even a city-sponsored hangover breakfast on the beach in Lido.

Bastille Day Parade, Paris, France

Paris, France: Bastille Day
July 14, 2014

The first events of France’s democracy in the 18th century are celebrated with Bastille Day, or La Fête Nationale. A giant dance party at the Place de la Bastille, a military parade down the Champs-Elysées, and fireworks over the Eiffel Tower are always included.

Sydney, Australia: Vivid Festival
Late May, early June annually

Opera House Test

Top international artists transform Sydney into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark. Immersive light installations mark the festival, but music performances in the Opera House and talks given by leading creative thinkers are also on the bill.

songkranPhuket, Thailand: Songkran Festival
April 13-15 , 2014

Dubbed “the world’s biggest water fight,” the Songkran Festival commemorates the beginning of the solar calendar, but has become a massive excuse to douse thy neighbor. Parades of trucks carrying full water buckets, barrels, and water guns are the norm, and kids especially enjoy the chance to spray anyone and everything they can.

Tunisia: International Festival of the Sahara
End of December annually

Tunisia

For four days at the end of December, thousands of people, mostly from all over Tunisia and other Maghrebien countries, flock to Douz, Tunisia, to celebrate the country’s oldest and most beloved festival. Established in 1910 to make people aware of and appreciate nomadic ways of life and traditions, the festival includes song, dance…and camels, camels, camels.

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