Event Category: Festivals in America

Festivals in America encompass the whole of the two continents from the Rio Carnival to Mardi Gras. Mostly they seem to include lots of music and drinking, and plenty of fun

Best Music Festivals in the US

In the US, seemingly there are more music festivals than beer festivals – and taht’s saying something. Bluesapalooza, Outside Lands Music and ArtsAustin City Limits and Telluride Bluegrass Festival are a few of the best music festivals in the US. Feeling young? Try Coachella Valley, or if you want to freeze yourself to death then why not experience the Frozen Dead Guys Festival.


We have all heard of the Rio Carnival. It’s one enormous party, but Rio is not the only carnival in the Americas, far from it. The Panama Carnival, Costa Rica’s Limon Carnival or the Caribbean’s Trinidad Carnival. are around the same time as Rio; just as much fun, you might just miss some of the crowds here.

American Beer Festivals

The craft beer revolution started in America – well, you can’t keep on drinking Bud can you? – so it comes as little surprise that there are a plethora of beer festivals across the country, including the Mammoth Festival of Beers and the Great American Beer Festival,  often with music.

Food Festivals

There are also plenty of food festivals in America. One of the best is the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

Cultural Festivals In America

Finally, the continents see numerous cultural festivals celebrating their great diversity. One of the more colourful is Colombia’s Feria de las Flores, while both the Lord of Miracles in Peru and Mexico’s Day of the Dead provide a cultural and religious insight into the region’s peoples.

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August 2019

Panama 500 : 500 Years of Panama City

August 15 - September 1
Panama City Panama City,Panama + Google Map
Panama Cathedral, Sal Felipe Old Quarter

In 1519, Panama City was founded by the Spanish Conquistador Pedro Arias de Avila. This year the city is celebrating its anniversary with Panama 500...

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The Women-only Colorado Classic, USA, 2019

August 22 - August 25
Colorado COUnited States + Google Map
Colorado Classic

If you know your sports and are into cycling, the Women-only Colorado Classic is the only stand-alone professional women’s road race in the western hemisphere. With its four stages it provides a great way to get to know the state of Colorado. It begins in Steamboat Springs, with its geothermal waters and beautiful mountain views. The second day is at Avon, in the heart of the Eagle River Valley. Golden, once a gold rush settlement, is now almost a suburb…

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Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville, California

August 24 - September 29
Tao House Danville,CA94526-0402United States + Google Map
Eugene O’Neill Festival

Each autumn the town of Danville in Tri-Valley, California hosts the Eugene O’Neill Festival to celebrate the works of America’s premier playwright and Nobel prize winner...

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Burning Man, The Black Rock Desert, Nevada, 2019

August 25 - September 2
Black Rock Dessert NVUnited States
Burning Man

So, you’ve been to some music festivals and now want to go to Burning Man? Throw away all your previous perceptions as this is considered an ‘event’, rather than a festival, with an intriguing philosophy behind it. At the opening of Cory Doctorow’s dystopian novel, Homeland, the protagonist, Marcus Yallow is giving away cold-brewed coffee and partying at Burning Man when he receives crucial, hacked information on an increasingly autocratic and corrupt US government. The action comes on quickly and…

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Moab Music Festival 2019, Utah

August 26 - September 12
Moab Moab,UTUnited States + Google Map
Moab Music Festival

Each September, the Moab Music Festival brings an array of the world’s finest musicians to Utah for a series of traditional, chamber and jazz concerts set against the most amazing backdrop – the red rocks of Moab. Music ranges from contemporary and old chamber music to Latin jazz and traditional music from all corners of the globe. History of the Moab Music Festival The festival was founded in 1992 when to New York-based musicians, Michael Barrett and Leslie Tomkins, decided…

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Taste of Sonoma 2019, California

August 31
Rohnert Park,CA94928United States
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Sonoma County is one of California’s finest wine regions. Noted for the quality of its wines, especially chardonnay and pinot noir, and a 45-minute from San Francisco, the region has 425 wineries, from small family-run places to large household names. Many of these appear at the Taste of Sonoma held at the end of August each year. What is described by the local tourism department as “the wine event of the year”, the Taste of Sonoma features some of the…

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September 2019

National Folk Festival, Maryland, USA, 2019

September 6 - September 8
Salisbury Salisbury,MDUnited States + Google Map

Tired of paying top dollar for your concerts? The National Folk Festival is culturally diverse and has a proud history of presenting up and coming artists across a wide range of genres, and it's free. Music takes over the streets of rural Salisbury, Maryland, with more than 35 groups performing on seven stages, though there are dances and crafts, and there’s storytelling too. Add in free parking and free shuttles to move you around and this is looking like a…

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Mothman Festival 2019, West Virginia, USA

September 21 - September 22
Point Pleasant, Main Street
Point Pleasant,West VirginiaUnited States
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Mothman Festival, USA

During the third weekend of September, the annual Mothman Festival attracts thousands of revellers to celebrate the Mothman mysteries with two days of music concerts, artists, guest speakers, a charity run, fun exhibits and more, while food vendors offer their Mothman-inspired delicacies all over town. Point Pleasant, a little town in West Virginia, is most famous for its perceived 1966-67 sightings of a giant, flying moth-like humanoid. After the deadly collapse in December 1967 of the Silver Bridge, which connected…

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October 2019

Great American Beer Festival Denver, 2019

October 3 - October 9
Colorado Convention Center Denver,COUnited States + Google Map
$70 – $85
Great American Beer Festival

Denver, known as the mile high city, is hosting The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), which expects to have over 60,000 visitors and will host around 4,000 beers from over 800 brewers across the United States of America. Organisers claim the Festival is the widest range of American beer ever. Great American Beer Festival Tickets The organisers recommend buying tickets online beforehand due to the popularity of the event. Tickets cost $85 each, which includes a tasting cup, unlimited one…

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2019, Texas

October 4 - October 13
Zilker Park Austin,TexasUnited States + Google Map
austin City Limits music

Expect big names headlining: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys when the state capital of Texas welcomes the Austin City Limits Music Festival...

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2019

October 5 - October 13
albuquerque NMUnited States + Google Map
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2018

If you have seen photos of many vividly coloured balloons gliding across semi-arid scenery there is a good chance that those shots come from the Albuquerque...

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Limon Carnival Costa Rica 2019

October 12
Puerto Limon Puerto Limon,LimonCosta Rica + Google Map
Limon Carnival festivals in america

Costa Rica values its diversity and the Limon Carnival is probably the biggest party enjoyed by its Afro-Caribbean community. Held in Puerto Limon in the province of Limon, the carnival is claimed to be the biggest street party in the nation, so expect lots of calypso, but as reggae is widely popular across Costa Rica, anticipate this too. This Carnival is on a smaller scale than its more famous sisters in the region and, as it is in the street,…

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Lord of Miracles, Señor de los Milagros, 2019, Peru

October 18 - October 28
Lima Peru + Google Map
Lord of Miracles

A key moment in Peru’s Catholic calendar, the Lord of Miracles, or Señor de los Milagros in Spanish, is a procession that takes place in Lima each October. Known as both the Lord of Miracles and the Christ of Miracles, there are different versions of how it grew into one of the largest religious events in the Americas. Origins of the Lord of Miracles (Señor de los Milagros) The procession of the Lord of Miracles The central thread of the narrative…

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Baltimore Running Festival, Maryland, USA, 2019

October 19
Baltimore Baltimore,United States + Google Map
Baltimore Running Festival

Want to try your hand at a race, but not sure which one? Try the Baltimore Running Festival, one of the most popular in the nation. The runs help you get to know the city of Baltimore, as they loop through some great neighbourhoods including Federal Hill, a historic part of the city with buildings that date back to the 18th century; Fells Point, known for its bars and seafood restaurants; and the waterfront at the Inner Harbor where the…

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Barbados Food and Rum Festival, Bridgetown, 2019

October 24 - October 27
Bridgetown, Barbados Bridgetown,Barbados + Google Map
Barbados Food and Rum Festival

One of the delights of spending time in the Caribbean is the chance to sample some excellent rums. The Barbados Food and Rum Festival provides an excellent opportunity to discover Barbados rum while enjoying the best in Caribbean cuisine. Barbados is increasingly seeking to promote itself as a foodie experience. This year, the 10th anniversary of this event, features celebrity UK chef Tom Aikens, who by the age of only 26 has been awarded two Michelin stars and made many…

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November 2019

Day of the Dead Festival, 2019

November 1 - November 2
Mexico City Mexico City,Mexico + Google Map
Day of the Dead Festival worldwide festivals

Many people associate the Day of the Dead Festival with Mexico, but actually it is an equally important part of the culture of Guatemala (on 1 November) and El Salvador, as well as Brazil, where it is known as Finados. The Day of the Dead has nothing to do with the zombie apocalypse, nor the Day of the Dead Film. Essentially it is a time for families to remember dead relatives. It often involves a visit to the cemetery to…

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December 2019

Hanukkah 2019 Festival of Lights

December 22 - December 30
Israel and other countries
Hanukkah Festival of Lights Israel

Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most popular and beautiful Jewish festivals around the world. Taking place annually towards the year-end, participants light candles, enjoy special fried food and give presents to children. Although only a minor festival in a religious sense – its story doesn’t appear in the Torah or Hebrew bible – the eight-day-long Hanukkah Festival of Lights has grown into the most popular of Jewish holidays, partly because of…

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La Feria de Cali 2019 (Cali Fair), Colombia

December 25 - December 30
Various locations in Cali Santiago de Cali,Colombia
La Feria de Cali, Colombia

The annual Feria de Cali or Cali Fair in Colombia has grown into one of South America’s most important salsa festivals with fireworks, colourful parades, free music concerts, culture & art events, beauty pageants and more, starting on Christmas Day until the end of the year. Colombia’s third-biggest city is already a mecca for salsa lovers where you can dance in salsa clubs at night while during the day, wandering its streets, you’ll hear salsa, cumbia and vallenato tunes coming…

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Rio de Janeiro New Years Eve 2019

December 31, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro,Brazil
rio de janeiro new years eve

We have all heard about the city of the carnival, but how about Rio Rio de Janeiro New Years Eve, is it the place to toast in 2019? Mike East went to discover what it is all about...

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February 2020

Valentine’s Day 2020 around the World

February 14, 2020
Valentine's Day

It’s that time of the year again that love birds look forward to, many singles dread, and some brave souls try to ignore. The least that could be said about Valentine’s Day is that it triggers a range of emotions. So, are you bored with chocolates, roses and the obligatory candle-lit dinner? Travel Begins at 40 has put together a list of Valentine's Day traditions around the world to help you decide to which places to go on Valentine's Day…

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