The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and it’s almost impossible to go anywhere on a weekend without running into some kind of festival. Must be summer! Here’s our top 5 festivals around the world for summer 2015.
Photo: Copenhagen Cooking / Rasmus Flindt Pedersen
1. Copenhagen Cooking
Didn’t think of Copenhagen as a major foodie destination? Neither did we – until we checked out the Copenhagen Cooking festival. You can take cooking classes from the masters (including a gourmet hot dog class), learn about the history behind some of Denmark’s most well-known cuisine, and of course, sample as much as you can! When you get tired of gorging on some of the best food in the world (as if that’s even possible), there’s plenty of history and culture to explore in the city. Walking around Copenhagen Zoo (one of the oldest zoos in Europe) is a great way to balance the feasting.
Aug. 21 – Aug. 30, 2015
2. Austin Ice Cream Festival
It would be hard to ignore how trendy ice cream has become lately. Gourmet shops are popping up all over, offering every kind of sweet frozen dairy: from your basic vanilla to the more complex asparagus ice cream (yes, it is a thing, see: flickr.com/photos/yusheng/19762218/). But one local festival has been around for almost a decade, long before the modern trend. The 9th annual Austin Ice Cream festival takes place this summer, and it’s an event you won’t want to miss if you’re in the area. $10 admission gets you all the ice cream you can handle, plus the satisfaction of knowing you’re benefitting local charities. Spend your afternoon at the Ice Cream Festival and your evening at the Barton Springs Pool for a truly idyllic summer day.
Aug. 8, 2015
3. Full Moon Party
While not strictly a summer event, the Full Moon Parties in Ko Phangan, Thailand are the most fun in the summer months. Whenever there is a full moon, there will be a Full Moon Party. If you love to dance all night on the beach or mingle with the locals, this is the party for you. As always, it’s smart to be cautious when in a foreign country, but with common sense, it’s a great addition to your Southeast Asia travel plans. If you’re interested, NOW is the time to visit – this party may not be around for much longer, as it seems the local government isn’t too keen on it.
Aug. 1 & 29, 2015 | Sept. 27, 2015
Photo: Splendour in the Grass
4. Splendour in the Grass, New South Wales
The name might sound a little formal, but don’t let that throw you off. Musically on par with all the biggest indie & electronic fests, this late July festival is packed with many of music’s top artists. Plus, there’s rarely a concern of bad weather even though it takes place during Australia’s winter. Make an experience of it and camp out all weekend with a group of friends!
July 24 – 26, 2015
Photo: Maine Lobster Festival
5. Maine Lobster Festival
Maine is a great summer destination regardless of what events are taking place – but the Maine Lobster Festival only sweetens the deal. Work up your appetite swimming, boating, and taking on every outdoor activity you can imagine – then head over to the lobster fest and feast ‘til you can feast no more! Also be sure to check out the local arts and crafts for a view of handiwork you won’t see anywhere else. Spend your evenings curled up with a blanket on the beach, under the stars, and you’ve got a solid summer vacation.
July 29 – Aug. 2, 2015
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Written by Deanna Gregorio, Brand Specialist at travelcuts.