13 Must-See Festivals Around the World This Spring

Whether you’re looking for the craziest night that you won’t remember or for something fun and unique to do with your family, find some inspiration in one of these must-see festivals. Which one is your favorite?

Junkanoo Carnival in the Bahamas

A collection of events celebrating the culture and the music of The Bahamas through concerts, street parades, and cultural shows

          Grand Bahama, April 14th-16th, 2016

          Nassau, May 5th-7th, 2016

          Create a memorable experience in Freeport, Grand Bahama and Nassaujunkanoo2

Songkran in Thailand

In honor of Thai New Year, splash/super soak/hose/dump buckets of water on anyone and everyone you see not only as a way to pay homage to Buddha, but also as a way to seek good fortune in the coming year

          April 13th-15thSongkran, Thailand

Songkran | ©Madeleine Deaton/Flickr

Coachella in Indio, California

Camp out at the festival itself or carpool-chella in so you can spend the weekend partying while watching Coachella’s insane lineup

          Weekend 1: April 15th-17th, 2016

          Weekend 2: April 22nd-24th, 2016Coachella

coachella sunset | ©Alan Paone/Flickr

King’s Day (Koningsdag) in The Netherlands

Dress all in orange and celebrate the King’s Birthday with street and canal markets and huge parties. In Amsterdam alone, the population is literally doubled for Koningsdag, but celebrations are abound all over the country.

          April 27th, 2016

          Let’s plan a trip togetherKing's Day, Amsterdam

Koningsdag | ©Paula Abrahao/Flickr

Stagecoach in Indio, California

An outdoor country music festival where you’ll never feel more American in your entire life.

          April 29th-May 1st, 2016Truck Art at Stagecoach

Truck Art | ©Jeff Wright/Flickr

Brighton Festival in Brighton and Hove, England

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of one of Europe’s leading arts festivals; a celebration of music, theatre, dance, art, film, literature, and even circus events in two of the cutest coastal towns in Southern England.

          May 7th-29th

          Discover and saveDancing in the Spring

Lightning in a Bottle in Bradley, California

Camping, musical performances, yoga, live painters, a “learning kitchen”, interactive play areas, and a marketplace, among other things, make this an awesome event for any age group..

          May 25th-30th, 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S.)Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning in a Bottle 2008 | ©pilar woodman/Flickr

Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, Washington

Great music with panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. ‘Nuff said.

          May 27th-30th, 2016 (Memorial Day)Sasquatch Music Festival

Sasquatch Music Festival | ©vipnyc/Flickr

Governors Ball Music Festival in Manhattan, New York

Games, music, art installations, Manhattan, and food. So. Much. Good. Food.

          June 3rd-5th, 2016

          Pick the type of hotel that best suits you nearbyGov Ball, NYC

©Chang Gao/Flickr

Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival or Tuen Ng) in China

A Chinese holiday with the longest history, competing teams row their boats to a drumbeat racing to the finish line. In addition to this, everyone throws bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water as a way to rescue a famous patriotic poet who is said to have drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Oh, and don’t forget to stand an egg on it’s end at exactly 12:00 noon!

          June 9th, 2016 (The 5th day of the 5th lunar month)Dragon Boat, China

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee

“85,000 happy campers. 700 acres of Tennessee nature. 150 epic performances. 10+ stages of music. Dozens of comedians. Four of the best days ever.”

          June 9th-12th, 2016Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo 2010 Music Festival | ©Dave Thomas/Flickr

Chicago Blues Festival in Chicago, Illinois

The largest free blues festival in the world and the largest music festival in Chicago. Why WOULDN’T you want to go?

          June 10th-12th, 2016

          You have a vision. We have a way to take you thereChicago Blues Festival

©JanetandPhil/Flickr

EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in Las Vegas

Thrive and survive at the 20th annual world of bright colors, crazy costumes, full-size carnival rides, and electronic dance music in the city of sin itself.

          June 17th-19th, 2016

          Vegas is a place unlike any other. Explore and plan your stay now!

©Avarty Photos/Flickr

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One Comment on “13 Must-See Festivals Around the World This Spring

  1. Thanks for adding to my bucket lists! Bahamas Junkanoo is a whole series of events all rolled into one – love it!

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