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Around The World Festivals

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

With 2022 well and truly here, here is a look ahead to some of the world’s most enticing cultural festivals. From winter extravaganzas in Japan to flower festivals in the mountains of Montenegro, these are the events worth travelling for.


Large painted skull with people dancing in traditional costumes in the background.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration

Around The World Festivals


Cultural Events and Festivals for 2022


JANUARY


January may be over but there is always next year for this incredible festival!

Forest made of snow and ice pillars, illuminated in the evening.
Subzero Forest - Three Star Road

Subzero Forest - Three Star Road, Japan (1 January - 31 March)

The Subzero Forest is an artistic and captivating forest of ice that has been enchanting visitors since 1971. The ‘Forest of Ice’, which was created by the innkeeper of the Akigami Onsen Ryokan, is blue in the afternoon and lures visitors into a breathtaking world of fantasy during the nighttime illuminations. www.mitsuboshi-kaidou.com

FEBRUARY


Beautiful modern house with white structures and garden with large swimming pool, clear blue water, surrounded with plants.
Modernism Week Greater Palm Springs (1)

Modernism Week - Greater Palm Springs, California, USA (17 - 27 February)

The annual 11-day festival returns in 2022 and features more than 350 events, including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighbourhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com



Majorettes on parade in there white and red outfits.
Marching Majorettes At Mimosa Festival ©Montenegro Tourist Board

Mimosa Festival - Herceg Novi, Montenegro (11 February - 21 March)

Marking the official start of spring, the Mimosa Festival - also known as the festival of flowers - is held annually in the pretty coastal town of Herceg Novi. A mash of yellow blooms, marching majorettes, music concerts and sports events the festival celebrates the arrival of spring and brings the community together through a series of free events and regional cuisine. Locals believe the Mimosa flower represents rebirth, restoration, and new growth for the year ahead. www.visit-montenegro.com

MARCH


Large female statue in parade.
Las Fallas Valencia, Spain

International Festival Las Fallas - Valencia, Spain (15 - 19 March)

After almost two years of celebrating the festival virtually, Las Fallas returns to the streets of Valencia in 2022. The Fallas monuments of 2022 in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento will bear the stamp of the Fallas artist Alejandro Santaeulalia, who achieved great success in the sector after planting the municipal falla eight times, in addition to the Valencian urban creator Dulk, whose work has been exhibited in Miami, London, Antwerp or Barcelona. Under the title ‘Protegeix allò que estimes’, the artists will merge their creations on a monument made with sustainable materials that seek to raise awareness of conservation. Furthermore, in 2022 Valencia holds the crown for both World Capital of Design and European Capital of Smart Tourism. www.visitvalencia.com/en

APRIL


View of Seattle Skyline with Mt. Rainier in background.
Seattle Skyline

Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest - Seattle, Washington, USA (15 - 16 April)

Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest is the region's biggest spring beer festival combining craft beer, Scotch, spirits, and inventive cocktails. Taking place 15-16 April in Seattle’s indie Fremont neighbourhood, visitors can enjoy an authentic Scotch tasting, Tequila and Mezcal tasting, Whisky Seminars, craft cocktails, and 50 seasonal and special release beers, ciders and seltzers from brewers along the West Coast. www.visitseattle.org


Close-up of the Monarch butterfly.
Monarch butterfly Yosemite Mariposa

The Mariposa Butterfly Festival, Yosemite Mariposa, California, USA (23 - 24 April)

The Mariposa Butterfly Festival is inspired by the 1806 Spanish expedition of Gabriel Moraga celebrating the Spanish name of the historic Gold Rush town, "Mariposa," meaning "butterfly."One of the most anticipated moments of the festival is the release of some 4,000 butterflies, creating a colourful storm. Other family-friendly games and activities include bouncy castles, pony rides, virtual reality stations and face painting booths. There is also an educational aspect to the festival with volunteers presenting butterfly ecology and teaching festival-goers how to create a butterfly garden in their garden. www.yosemite.com

MAY


The colourful parade going across the bridge with crowds of people on both sides.
Hakata Dontaku Festival - Fukuoka, Japan


Hakata Dontaku Festival - Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (3 - 4 May)

Japan’s largest Golden Week festival is held annually in Fukuoka, with 30,000 participants and over two million spectators. The celebration is over 800 years old, beginning in the Heian period. As well as parades, around 30 stages are set up across the city that each host a wide variety of performances, along with food, drink and game stalls. www.visit-kyushu.com/en

JUNE


Acrobats at the top of bamboo ladders.
Hyakumangoku Festival - Ishikawa

Hyakumangoku Festival - Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan (early June)

The Hyakumangoku Festival, held typically on the first weekend of June, is Kanazawa’s biggest celebration of the year. A chance to experience many traditions that have been handed down from the Kaga era to present-day Ishikawa, the festival commemorates the entry of Maeda Toshiie (1537-1599), the first lord of the Kanazawa Castle. The main event is the Hyakumangoku parade, where spectators can expect exuberant taiko drum performances, horseback riders and actors dressed as sixteenth-century samurai, noblemen and princesses. www.ishikawatravel.jp/en

The city by night being reflected in the river with the blue water being as blue as the sky.
Pittsburgh Skyline

Juneteenth and Black Music Month Festival - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (19 June)

Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of the last slaves in Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery in the Confederate States in 1863. First recognised as a federal holiday in 2021, many observe the date with local celebrations, including parties, parades, picnics and festivals and 2022 celebrations in Pittsburgh are set to be no exception. www.visitpittsburgh.com

Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival - West Hollywood, California, USA (25 June)

Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival will make its debut in 2022, a weekend of exceptional jazz music in glamorous West Hollywood. Whilst the name is new, longtime fans of the Playboy Jazz Festival can expect an equally stellar two-day celebration driven by renowned jazz, with a complete lineup to be announced in February. www.visitwesthollywood.com

JULY


Colourful floats parading down the street with crowds watching.
Sansha Taisai Festival - Hachinohe

The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai - Hachinohe, Japan (31 July)

The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival is a designated Important Intangible Cultural Properties of Japan and boasts about 300 years of history and tradition. Starting in 1721, the festival was originally a shrine procession until powerful merchants held a procession of floats decorated with dolls, and locals added a tiger dance. By the late Edo era, it had grown to be the biggest festival in the region and is incredibly popular with locals to this day. www.visithachinohe.com/en

AUGUST

Sziget Festival - Budapest, Hungary (10 - 15 August)

Sziget Festival is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, held every August in northern Budapest on Óbudai-sziget ("Old Buda Island"), a leafy 108-hectare island on the Danube. More than 1,000 performances take place each year, with Dua Lipa, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon amongst many musicians set to perform next summer. In addition to music, the festival offers a plethora of memorable activities including cinema, dance, theatre, tattooing, indoor rowing, rock climbing, bungee jumping and life-sized foosball.