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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.

Carnivals

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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October 2019

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

October 18 - October 28
Lima 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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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, starts with ‘Night out in Oistins’ on 24 October. The theme of the 2019 Barbados Food and Rum Festival is 'The Story of…

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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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Baltimore Book Festival & Light City Baltimore

November 1 - November 10
Inner Harbor Baltimore,MDUnited States + Google Map
Free
Light City Baltimore

Whether it is illumination through the enlightenment of books, or through the bulbs brightening the art and music, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City Baltimore...

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Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival San Diego, 2019

November 22 - November 24
San Diego San Diego,CAUnited States + Google Map
Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival

The Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival will attract many famous names to perform here in November, but perhaps the real star is the city of San Diego itself. Downtown San Diego boasts pleasant weather, even in November, waterfront parks and walkways. There are dozens of bars and restaurants, but combine them with several large marinas where the boat crews are ready to party and you have a great place for a festival. Drop into this seven stages on which 95…

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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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January 2020

Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2020

January 23, 2020 - February 2, 2020
Salt Lake City Salt Lake City,UTUnited States
Sundance Film Festival

Held in late January / early February each year the Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the US. Along with the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), Cannes, the Venice International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival it is one of the major gatherings of major filmmakers, although with a decidely independent spirit. This event aims at finding new talent in a range of categories including full length film, documentaries and shorter pieces. It is also…

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February 2020

Valentine’s Day 2020 around the World

February 14, 2020
Various
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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Barranquilla Carnival 2020, Colombia

February 22, 2020 - February 25, 2020
Various areas of Barranquilla Barranquilla City,Colombia
Barranquilla Carnival Colombia

The sensational Barranquilla Carnival held in February in Colombia is the world’s second biggest fiesta with magnificent street parades, traditional dancers, lots of local food and the South American country’s joyous cumbia music. Colombia’s culture is most pronounced at its many regional festivals, but perhaps never as much as during its Carnaval de Barranquilla, as it is known in Spanish. The world’s second biggest carnival, this authentic Caribbean fiesta is less commercial than its more famous counterpart in Rio de…

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