The year is halfway over and we’ve seen the best festivals from January-June, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Where are the best festivals for the remainder of 2017?
When: Annually, the last week of July.
Where: Santiago, Cuba.
Why: With Cuba being a hotspot as of late, it seems as if everyone is flocking to Havana. Take a trip outside the capital to experience one of the country’s most authentic and well-known festivals.
When: Annually, the last week of August.
Where: The Valencian town of Buñol, Spain.
Why: A free food fight! Need I say more?!? Join thousands of other festival goers from countries all over the globe for the world’s largest food fight. Wasteful? Perhaps. Fun? Most Definitely!!
When: Annually, mid-September, usually centered around the nation’s Independence Day (September 16th).
Where: The town of Goroka, the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province (Papua New Guinea).
Why: A far off land featuring one of the world’s last remaining tribal gathering celebrations. Throw on a mask and become a part of the festival or just sit back and spectate.
When: Annually, mid-September until early October.
Where: Munich, Germany.
Why: Lions and tigers and beers—oh my! As any beer drinker knows, October is a month of celebrations all across the globe. And what better place to be than in Bavaria where the Oktoberfest tradition first began!
When: November 1-2.
Where: Michoacán, Mexico.
Why: With Halloween getting all of the late October hoopla, don’t sleep on this festival. Embrace the local culture high in the mountains of Michoacán, while witnessing a celebration that dates back as far as the indigenous.
When: Annually, mid-late December.
Where: Madinat Zayed, Al Dhafra (United Arab Emirates near Dubai).
Why: Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Dubai, but it’s high on a lot of people’s bucket list. With that said, if you’re planning a trip to the region, then December is the perfect month. Check out one of the gulf’s best festivals and experience Dubai without the sweltering temperatures of the summer months.
Here are my picks for the best festivals remaining this year. If you are planning to go to any of these festivals, or others not listed, comment below and share!