If you were looking for motivation to go out and discover the world, here it is.
Here are some of the world’s most unique and exciting events this summer that you are missing out on by not exploring.
Tour de France
It’s the Tour de France. Need I say more?
When: July 2nd
Where: Primarily in France, but often the route makes passes through neighboring countries
4th of July
This year marks the 340th birthday of the U.S. of A, so fireworks shows are bound to be more explosive than ever; barbecues will be even more mouth-watering; and cocktails will be EVEN MORE festive! Red, white, and booze, anyone?
When: July 4th
Where: All over The US
Biarritz Surf Festival
People come from all over the world to take part in the various exotic water sports compeitions. When not going for a dip in the deep blue water of the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz is known for its for its nightlife and grand beachside casino, The Barrière.
When: July 8th-12th
Where: Biarritz, France
Bastille Day not only commemorates the historic Storming of the Bastille in 1789, during the start of the French Revolution, but also celebrates the Fête de la Fédération, which serves as a celebration of the unity of the French nation as a result of being ruled by a new form of national government the following year. Celebrations include fundraising dance parties at fire stations, fireworks shows, jet shows performed by the Air Force, and the biggest parade in all of Europe: a military parade that takes place along the Champs Elysées.
When: July 14th
Where: Throughout all of France
One of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, the Sziget Festival offers over 1,000 performances on a lush island in the middle of the Danube, and has been labeled as the European alternative to Burning Man (read ahead!) AND has been ranked as one of the top 5 best festivals in Europe for the last 5 years.
When: August 10th-17th
Where: Budapest, Hungary
“A city in the desert. A culture of possibility. A network of dreamers and doers”. Every year, tens of thousands of free spirits gather in the desert to create a temporary city dedicated to community, art, and self-expression.
When: August 28th-September 5th
Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada, The U.S.
Photo taken by the Bureau of land Management
Known as the biggest food fight in the world, La Tomatina, is literally an hour-long event that consists of people hurling tomatoes at one other. There are some theories as to how this tradition started, but the most popular and accepted one is, “just because”.
When: August 31st
Where: Buñol, Valencia, Spain (a small handful of cities around the world have started their own tomato fights as well)
Photo taken by Carlesboveserral
Beer. Pretzels. Dumplings. Cheese. Beer. Ham. Potatoes. Sauerkraut. Beer. Dirndls. Lederhosen. Sausage. Beer. Dancing. Music. Parades. Beer.
When: September 17th-October 2nd
Where: Munich, Germany (but tons of countries around the world have their own Oktoberfest celebrations throughout September and October, all modeled after the Munich festival)