Your twenties are the perfect time for you to travel, go wild and find your place in the world. There’s no better way to do this than by experiencing and partying your way through some of the most captivating and extravagant festivals in different countries all around the world. From traditions and culture to music and celebrations, festivals are an excellent place to bring people together and make some memorable experiences.
Here are 20 amazing festivals to attend in your 20’s!
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1. Coachella – California, USA
Held in early April.
Located in the Colorado Desert, this two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival attracts some of the biggest names in music and biggest celebrities to the crowd. Coachella hosts a variety of different genres, with the 2014 festival featuring acts such as Muse, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Outkast, Calvin Harris, Queens of the Stone Age, Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey. Not only do you get to listen and enjoy great music acts, but you also get to spend the weekend camping in the desert with your friends – winning combination!
2. Yacht Week – Croatia
Held in Summer (Croatia, Italy & Greece), Winter & Spring (Caribbean).
What could be better than spending two weeks sailing with your friends and other like-minded people through the beautiful sea and sunshine in Mediterranean water? I can’t think of much. Although not technically a festival, Yacht Week has plenty of partying and people from all over the world, and is the perfect way to spend a summer.
3. Holi Festival – India
Held in late February/March, on the last full moon day.
The most colorful and entertaining festival full of colour and love – Holi Festival. This 16 day ancient Hindu festival involves frolicking around the streets spraying coloured powder and water at one another – what’s not to love? This festival encourages everyone to meet new people and fix past relationships, and is one of the most popular festivals around the world.
4. Rio Carnival – Brazil
Held in February or March.
Rio Carnival is perhaps the world’s biggest street party – with four days of extravagant parades, glamorous costumes, singing, dancing and flowing alcohol. This incredibly colourful, exhilarating and crowded festival is not one to be missed!
5. Tomorrowland – Belgium
Held in late July.
As the largest electronic music festival in the world, it’s no surprise that Tomorrowland is an extravagant production full of fireworks, floating stages, incredible costumes, magical decorations and amazing dance music. Along with its mind blowing atmosphere come some well-known artists such as Benny Benassi, Skrillex, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Knife Party, Hardwell, Tiësto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki and Avicii.
6. Mardi Gras – New Orleans, USA
Held in late February or early March.
The huge celebration before the start of lent each year. Expect large parades, crazy costumes, trinket throwing, beads, boobs, great music and food! Dress up in the traditional festival colours (purple, green and gold) and enjoy!
7. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – Mexico
Held on November 1 and 2.
Day of the Dead celebrates the lives of deceased loved ones – children are honored on November 1st and adults on November 2nd. Despite the somewhat morbid meaning of the holiday, it is in fact full of colour, costumes, flowers and sugar skulls.
8. San Fermin Festival Pamplona – Spain
Held in July.
Many traditional events take place in this festival, with the most famous being the Running of the Bulls. Get dressed up all in white with red sashes and be prepared to RUN FAST. Otherwise, you can just be a spectator and sip on some sangria while you watch the entertainment!
9. Burning Man – Nevada, USA
Held on the last Monday of August to first Monday of September.
Named after the ritual of burning a large wooden effigy called “The Man”, this event is one of the largest outdoor art and music festivals in North America. This festival is rich with community, self-expression and radical art. Express your individuality!!
10. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
Held in late September to the first weekend of October.
Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival full of beer, beer and more beer! Along with traditional food such as Schweinebraten (Roast Pork), Würstl (Sausages), Brezen (pretzels) and Knödel (potato dumplings) – it’s the perfect way to celebrate Bavarian culture!
11. La Tomatina – Buñol, Spain
Held on the last Wednesday of August.
Who wouldn’t want to join in on the world’s greatest tomato fight?!
12. Glastonbury – England
Held in late June.
Grab those Hunter gumboots and get keen for five days of incredible music and camping! 2014’s lineup included acts – Arcade Fire, Metallica, Kasabian, Pixies, The Black Keys, Skrillex, Imagine Dragons, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey and M.I.A.
13. Full Moon Party – Thailand
Held every full moon.
The infamous beach party on the night before, of and after every full moon in Koh Phangan. There is plenty of dancing, drinking and fireworks – a wild party!
14. Holy Ship! – The Bahamas
Held in January & February.
Starting off in Miami, this three-day cruise takes you to an amazing party in paradise on an island in the Bahamas, as well as providing a constant dance party onboard the cruise ship – INCREDIBLE! Some acts include Knife Party, Flume, Rudimental, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jax and Arman Van Helden.
15. Boryeong Mud Festival – South Korea
Held in July.
Get down and dirty! This festival is for you to bring out your inner child and get messy! Mud sliding, wrestling, massages and races – you’re in for an exciting and wild time!
16. Chinese New Year – Worldwide
Held January 21st & February 20th.
The biggest and most important Chinese holiday – Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival). The festival starts on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month the following year. Chinese New Year festival is a celebration full of lanterns, flowers, fireworks, food and dragons. Most of the traditional customs are associated with bringing good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity for the next year – through house cleaning, red packets and red poetry scrolls hanging on every gate.
17. Carnival of Venice – Italy
Held in February & March
Venice is known for their beautiful masks, and this is the ideal carnival to wear one! Beginning in the days leading up to Lent, it is tradition to dress up in elaborate masks and costumes! Enjoy the giant masquerade ball around the streets and canals of beautiful Venice.
18. Sundance Film Festival – Utah, USA
Held in January & February.
As one of the largest independent film festivals in the US, Sundance is the perfect festival for any movie buff. The festival hopes to inspire, express creativity and help people discover new films and artists.
19. Songkran Water Festival
Held on April 13 to 15.
There’s no better way to celebrate New Years across Southeast Asia during the hottest month than through water fights and street parties. The tradition of throwing water symbolises the washing away of all the bad and misfortune from the previous year and beginning the new year with a fresh start.
20. Wanderlust Yoga Festival – O’ahu, Hawaii
Held in late February.
After all of this partying and drinking at the other festivals, it’s time to relax at a Wanderlust Yoga Festival . Although this festival is held around the world, one of the most notable festival locations is in Hawaii. Not only can you centre your soul with some beachside yoga, the festival also involves music, food & wine, sunrise surfing, paddle boarding, island hiking and other outdoor adventures.
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What amazing festivals will you be adding to your bucket list? Feel free to add more suggestions for the list in the comment section below!