Top 15 of the best festivals in the world

Many festivals of all kinds flourish all around the world. Generally, the good atmosphere as well as artistic discovery are their watchwords. Music festivals are the most widespread and popular in the West, but know that there are many equally extraordinary and thrilling events in other areas.

For your future travels, you may stumble upon one of its international festivals. If so, take the opportunity to go there. Otherwise, you risk missing out on a unique experience!


  • 1. Burning Man, Nevada, USA
  • 2. Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium
  • 3. Edinburgh Festival, UK
  • 4. Holi or “color festival”, India
  • 5. Glastonbury Festival, UK
  • 6. Coachella Festival, Palm Springs, USA
  • 7. Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 8. Lantern Festival, China
  • 9. Día de Muertos or “Day of the Dead”, Mexico
  • 10. Venice Carnival, Italy
  • 11. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, USA
  • 12. Up Helly Aa Festival, Shetland, Scotland
  • 13. Snow Festival, Sapporo, Japan
  • 14. Floating Lantern Festival, Honolulu, USA
  • 15. Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea

1. Burning Man, Nevada, USA

This great festival takes place in Nevada in August. And it is certainly one of the best known festivals in the world by all generations. Burning man means “man who burns” and it is a festive and artistic event unique in the world. For those who have tried the experience, it is an experience that marks a lifetime. In the desert, a village is created with a universe never seen elsewhere and the festival-goers all play the game: costumes, unusual vehicles…

festival burning man
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2. Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium

Tomorrowland is a reference for electro music fans. Every year, in July, thousands of young people (and not so young) gather to party a few kilometers from Brussels in Belgium. The biggest DJs headline this eclectic music festival. From now on, the music festival is diversifying with, in particular, a “Winter” edition in March 2019 in Alpe d’Huez, in Isère.

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festival tomorrowland
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3. Edinburgh Festival, UK

Since 1947, the Edinburgh Festival has taken place over three weeks in August. During this period, several artistic fields are explored including theater, music, dance. Many exhibitions are also present for the greatest pleasure of art lovers. With friends or family, this festival has something for everyone.

4. Holi or “color festival”, India

The festival of colors is celebrated for two days during the full moon of February or March in northern India. During this most famous holiday in the country, powder of different colors is thrown into the air. In recent years, we find this tradition all over the world to which Indians and many other people join.

Holi, India

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5. Glastonbury Festival, UK

At Worthy Farm in the UK, the Glastonbury Festival, also known as the “Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts” is the largest music and performing arts event in the world. This takes place at the end of June every year. If you like artistic discovery of all kinds, we strongly advise you to go there.

Festival de Glastonbury
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6. Coachella Festival, Palm Springs, USA

How can we talk about festivals without mentioning the famous Coachella? All the great musical artists from around the world meet there every year to perform their best performances. The atmosphere is bohemian chic in a magical setting in the heart of a Californian desert near Palm Springs. However, only the fastest and most persistent will be able to get a ticket for this festival.

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7. Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Rio Carnival is a must in South America. Moreover, it is recognized all over the world. With its fiery atmosphere, traditional dances and splendid decorations, there is something to be amazed. This takes place over four days in early March in Brazil’s most famous city.

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8. Lantern Festival, China

Every year in February, the Lantern Festival is celebrated across the country to close the Chinese New Year. At the rendezvous, light and more light! If you go to China at this time of year, you will have the chance to attend an incredible night show. You can even participate by getting your own lantern.

lantern festival, china
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9. Día de Muertos or “Day of the Dead”, Mexico

The day after All Saints’ Day, Mexicans party to celebrate those who have died. For this, they meet disguised as a calavera (skull) and parade through the streets. Also, they place offerings on altars to pay homage to their deceased loved ones. Many tourists attend this festival and thus discover a culture that is unknown to them.

day of the Dead
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10. Venice Carnival, Italy

Since the Middle Ages, Venice has been transformed into a place of celebration every year between Ash Wednesday and Mardi Gras (for ten days). The famous masks, costumes, colors and eccentric nature of the event attract many curious people from all over the world every year.

11. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, USA

It is the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world with around 500 of these balloons each year. It is over a period of nine days in October that you will perhaps have the chance to see this impressive spectacle while strolling around Albuquerque.

Top 15 of the best festivals in the world
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12. Up Helly Aa Festival, Shetland, Scotland

It is certainly the strangest festival of this top, but it is still worth the detour. The Up Helly Aa Festival is actually a gathering of Vikings. This is how every year, thousands of people come together and perform re-enactments. As tradition dictates, they then set fire to a wooden ship using 1000 torches.

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Up Helly Aa
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13. Snow Festival, Sapporo, Japan

The Japanese love snow and let it be known. Every year the Snow Festival is held in the city of Sapporo in winter. Impressive and huge ice sculptures are shaped there with, for example, life-size temples.

snow festival, japan
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14. Floating Lantern Festival, Honolulu, USA

This festival is meant to pay tribute to departed loved ones. For this, people write small words on lanterns, then put them to float in the ocean. This coincides with the date of Memorial Day (May 27), an important national day in the United States that honors those lost in war.

15. Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea

As its name suggests, this unusual festival has the principle of rolling in the mud. Initially, it was created to highlight the many cosmetic virtues of mud. If this experience tempts you, go to Boryeong in the center-west of South Korea at the end of July.

We are very lucky in France since we are very well served in festivals of all kinds. With major musical festivals such as Vieilles Charrues, Lollapalooza, Francofolies, Hellfest, Solidays and Rock en Seine, there is truly something for everyone. Yes, we are lucky to receive international singers and artists all over our territory! Alongside this, we also have festivals that bring together enthusiasts and professionals of various art forms such as the Cannes festival, the Interceltique festival in Lorient in Brittany or the Annecy international animation film festival. .

In short, don’t wait any longer and book your tickets!

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I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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