We continue publishing the list of events and festivals of July from all around the world which you can visit. This summer is really going to be hot, be prepared and don’t miss the opportunity to get new experience with tripAtom – it’s just make you happier ^)
Gion Matsuri (ends July 31)
July 1 – Asia, Japan, Kyoto
The Gion Festival takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It goes for the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade, the Yamaboko Junkō on July 17 and July 24. It takes its name from Kyoto’s Gion district. Kyoto’s downtown area is reserved for pedestrian traffic on the three nights leading up to the massive parade.Many girls dressed in yukata (summer kimono) walk around the area, carrying with them traditional purses and paper fans.
July 2, Europe, Italy, Siena
For 2 days a year, the Palio di Siena, or Il Palio as it’s more commonly known, takes over the city of Siena with its epic horse race. While it’s more of a sporting event today, its origins are deeply religious; the July 2nd race, Palio di Provenzano, is held in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano, while the Palio dell’Assunto, on August 16th, honors the Assumption, or Ascension of Mary into Heaven. The race is often violent (in some races, more than half the riders get bucked from their horses), so it doesn’t hurt to have a little divine guidance.
Wife Carrying World championship (ends July 4)
July 3, Europe, Finland, Sonkajarvi
Does throwing your wife on your back and navigating a grueling obstacle course sound like fun? If so, then look no further: welcome to the Wife Carrying World Championship?
What started as a light-hearted attraction in the small town of Sonkajärvi has become a world-recognized (although bizarre) sporting competition. The World Wife-Carrying Championship is yet another tongue-in-cheek event from those crazy folks in Finland. Other events include the Air Guitar Championships and the Rubber Boot Throwing Competition.
July 4, Europe, France, Avignon
Festival d’Avignon is an annual arts festival held in the French city of Avignon every summer in July in the courtyard of the Popes’ Palace as well as in other locations of the city. Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, it is the oldest extant festival in France and one of the world’s greatest. Alongside the official festival, the “In” one, a number of shows are presented in Avignon at the same time of the year and are known as the “Off”.
Vida festival (starts July 2)
July 5 (Final day), Europe, Spain, Barcelona
Vida which is Spanish for ‘life’ is the perfect name for this festival, where rock, pop, and the creations of singer-songwriters fill the various venues of Vilanova I La Geltrú with a vibrant energy.
By day breathe in fresh air and enjoy the natural environment of seaside venues, whereas at night Vida invites you into beautiful locations. Carefully picking the right artists to play complimentary spaces, witness the perfect marriage between colourful sounds and enchanting Spanish landscapes.
Fiesta de San Fermín (ends July 14)
July 6, Europe, Spain, Pamplona
The festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona (Navarre, Spain), is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from 12:00, 6 July, when the opening of the party is marked by setting off the pyrotechnic chupinazo, to midnight 14 July, with the singing of the Pobre de Mí. While its most famous event is the encierro, or the running of the bulls, which happens at 8:00 am from 7 July to 14 July, the week-long celebration involves many other traditional and folkloric events. Its events were central to the plot of The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, which brought it to the general attention of English-speaking people. It has become probably the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain. Over 1,000,000 people come to participate in this festival.
Brighton holi one colour festival (starts July 4)
July 7 (Final day), Europe, UK, England, Brighton
Inspired by the original Holi in India, the HOLI ONE Colour Festival has traveled around the world. Thousands of people, preferably dressed in white, will come together to share music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation. Colours are the most joyous part of the Holi celebrations. They add life and vitality to the festival, making it most vibrant of all.
A special moment of the festival is the first count down, when all the people throw the colour in the same moment; the sight of the festival is beautiful to watch, as people at the open-air festival will soon be covered in brilliant colours, and the air is filled with the clouds of bright powder and the cheerful mood of the people.
Taste of Chicago (ends July 12)
July 8, North America, United States, Illinois, Chicago
Want to get the best of Chicago food? You can do it all in one place, Grant Park, at the annual summer fiesta, Taste of Chicago. This foodie celebration isn’t too snobby to include hot dogs and pizza and then takes it up a notch with menu items from the city’s restaurants.
It’s the height of summer in Chicago, and one of the best opportunities to spend the day in the sunshine (although, it does sometimes rain) with good food and music, watching everyone else enjoy good food and music. Seriously, the people-watching nearly rivals the cuisine here. But make sure you get some tasty treats, as well.
Comic-Con International Festival (ends July 12)
July 9, North America, United States, California, San Diego
Some may dismiss Comic-Con International as a geekfest, but the true fans know that it’s four days of fun when they can meet industry stars and play in a fantasy land, all in downtown San Diego. Packed with events from autograph signings to film screenings to costume competitions (and many people show up in costume), this celebration of popular arts is a behemoth convention.
Dive into the spectacle and see what you can find. But by all means, don’t get so focused on specifics that you miss some serious people watching for the fun of it. It’ll also give you costume ideas for future Comic-Con years.
Oregon Country Fair (ends July 12)
July 10, North America, United States, Oregon, Elmira
The Oregon Country Fair is a nonprofit organization, and an annual three-day fair held in Veneta, Oregon, United States. Located in the Willamette Valley. Annual attendance is approximately 45,000, and the fair has around 960 booths each year. The event is known as an outgrowth of the counter-culture movement, and for using environmentally friendly practices during the fair.
The Oregon Country Fair begins on the Friday of the second weekend in July every year.
July 11, Oceania, Australia, Alice Springs
It all started in 1970 when Noel Fullerton challenged fellow Lions Club member Keith Mooney-Smith in a letter to the editor in the local paper to settle a bet. Two men racing on camels down the dried bed of the ephemeralTodd River proved a site too hilarious to pass up again, so the Lion’s Club made it an annual event, turning it into a 44-year fundraiser for local charities.
Festival of Giants (ends July 14)
July 12, Europe, France, Douai
Across Europe, you find festivals with historical roots that run so deep they seem to twine around a medieval mindset that feels a little out of place within the modern context of the contemporary European Union. As these carnivals go, the Festival of Giants is one of the most spectacular and in-your-face visually grand. And it positively smacks of a Europe long gone by, from origins that can be traced to a 9th century military engagement to the involvement of crafts and artisan guilds to the family ties that determine who can and cannot manipulate the giants at the heart of the affair.
Galway Arts Festival (ends July 26)
July 13, Europe, Ireland
Galway International Arts Festival is the Festival of extraordinary experiences, a creative collision of performance, music, visual art, theatre and spectacle. Whether turning a small Irish city on its head for two weeks, taking work on an international tour, or being a forceful year-round presence, every experience of the Galway International Arts Festival is an unforgettable encounter.
Kumbh Mela Festival (ends September 25)
July 14, Asia, India, Maharashtra, Nashik
Sublime and surreal, the Kumbh Mela festival is an absolute must for anyone earning their graduate degree in festivals. This year festival will go on for 55 days, filled with spiritual lectures, religious performances and the cleansing of sins. The world’s biggest carnival is so large that on its main days it can be seen on space satellites – just imagine what it feels like to be on the ground.
Galungan (ends July 25)
July 15, Asia, Indonesia, Bali, Ubud
Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when they return. The date is calculated according to the 210-day Balinese calendar.
With more than 20,000 temples on Bali island of nearly 4 million people, it’s no wonder that everyday is a holiday. Each village has at least three temples and every 210 days each of these temples celebrates its birthday with an odalan . With fruit and flower offerings piled four feet tall on women’s heads and feasts fit for a king, an odalan can last for several days and visitors are heartily welcomed into the festivities.
Latitude Festival (ends July 19)
July 16, Europe, UK, England, Henham Park
The Latitude Festival is an award-winning event showcasing the very best performers from music and the arts. Set amongst the rolling hills of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside, festivalgoers will delight in this wonderfully creative, family-friendly festival. Through woods lit with fairy lights to a gondola-filled lake, there is so much on offer, from film to music, comedy to literature and theatre to poetry. There are all sorts of hidden gems to discover. Latitude stays true to its name, by mixing mainstream with the obscure, experimental and eccentric.
Boryeong Mud Festival (ends July 26)
July 17, Asia, South Korea, Boryeong
The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong. The mud is considered rich in minerals and used to manufacture cosmetics. The festival was originally conceived as a marketing vehicle for Boryeong mud cosmetics. Beauty product for some, excuse to channel their inner child for others, Boryeong Mud means many things to many people. This filthy festival involves wrestling, sliding, massages, and photo contests. Getting dirty has never been so much fun.
July 18, Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Makunduchi
The signature sight of Tanzania’s Mwaka Kogwa festival is a throng of men whipping each other with floppy plant stalks. While, to the untrained eye, this might look like unpurposed chaos, it’s actually a purification ritual that marks the Shirazi new year and lets its participants release pent-up aggression and settle old scores so that they can step into the new year with a clean slate and a sense of balance (Mwaka Kogwa is a phrase that means, “The washing of the year”).
July 19, Europe, UK, England, London
Who likes Sundays? Everything’s shut, and unless you’re with family tucking into a feast, you’re on your tod bored. Celebrating all our great pleasures, Citadel will merge together the worlds of music, performance, food and literature for a day filled with debates, talks, sports, dancing, and of course, partying, with a musical lineup that includes Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club and Roots Manuva. Not bad for a Sunday, huh?
Paléo Festival (ends July 26)
July 20, Europe, Switzerland, Nyon
The Paléo Festival de Nyon, usually just called Paléo, is an annual rock festival held in Nyon, Switzerland, between Geneva and Lausanne. It started in a small way in 1976 as the Nyon Folk Festival. It was originally held near Lake Geneva and had only two stages, but today it is one of the major open-air music festivals in mainland Europe and the biggest in Switzerland. The festival lasts six days at the end of July, from Tuesday to Sunday, and the final main stage concert is preceded by a great firework display with music.
July 21, North America, Mexico, Oaxaca
Guelaguetza is an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico that takes place in the city of Oaxaca. The celebration centers on traditional dancing in costume in groups, often gender-separated groups, as is traditional, and includes parades complete with indigenous walking bands, native food, and statewide artisanal crafts such as prehispanic-style textiles. Each costume and dance usually has a local indigenous historical and cultural meaning. Although the celebration is now an important tourist attraction, it also retains deep cultural importance for the peoples of the state and is important for the continuing survival of these cultures.
Panafest (ends August 1)
July 22, Africa, Ghana, Cape Coast
A celebration and a commemoration, the Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest) was conceived in the 1980’s as a means to examine and contemplate the effects of 500 years of the slave trade and its resulting Diaspora. Centered on the ideas of W.E.B. Dubois’ theories of Pan-Africanism, the festival includes celebrations of Emancipation Day on August first, academic lectures, musical and dance performances, and commemorative visits to coastal forts and cities on the Atlantic that played critical roles in the development of slavery beginning in the 15th century.
Pflasterspektakel (ends July 25)
July 23, Europe, Austria, Linz
In 2009, the city of Linz was named a European Capital of Culture, and Pflasterspektakel – one of the continent’s biggest street-performance festivals – is a key reason why.
For three days each summer, the festival (whose name means “pavement spectacle” in German) brings together dancers, musicians, mimes, clowns, high-wire walkers, acrobats, fire twirlers, plus performers so unique that they defy classification—and sometimes gravity. As one blogger put it, “Pflasterspektakel transforms three days in July into a sort of citywide Cirque du Soleil.”.
Tomorrowland (ends July 26)
July 24, Europe, Belgium, Boom
Tomorrowland is the largest annual electronic music festival held in the world, taking place in Belgium. It used to be organized as a joint venture by the original founders together with ID&T. The festival takes place in the town of Boom. Tomorrowland has since become one of the most notable global music festivals.
Fiestas del Apóstol Santiago (ends August 10)
July 25, North America, United States, Puerto Rico, Loiza
For more than 400 years, the sleepy town of Loíza has thrown an all-out street party each July to honor Santiago, its patron and protector. Here Catholic ritual and island folklore mix into a raucous carnival unlike any other. Idol-toting processions carry Santiago’s image to the mythic tree where he supposedly appeared centuries ago. Local men elaborately costumed as knights and devils join the parades, re-enacting Santiago’s power to bring good over evil. Bomba bands beat rhythms on rum-barrel drums, prompting spectators to jump, twirl and shake their booties in response. Cold beer and coconut water fuel the inexhaustible dancing.
July 26, Asia, India, Odisha, Puri
A Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival that involves transporting deities on a chariot. The festival originated in Puri in the State of Odisha. The chariot is carrying Lord Jaggannath and due to its massive size and weight and sometimes seemingly unstoppable nature, has led to the English word juggernaut to refer to an unstoppable force.Accidents involving people being crushed under the wheels of the chariot have also occurred a few times. Rath Yatra is one of India’s largest and most important festivals, drawing more than a million pilgrims and devotees to the streets of Puri.
Marciac International Jazz Festival (ends August 15)
July 27, Europe, France, Marciac
Marciac International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s finest jazz festivals annually held in the charming medieval town of Marciac southwest of France, where Jazz is taught as a routine subject in local schools. Many free events throughout town. A marquee capable of seating 6000 is erected on the rugby field, with concerts hosted there every night for the duration of the festival, and free music from 11:00 till 20:00 every day. Stalls selling a variety of related and non-related merchandise are erected in and around the centre of the village square, where free concerts are given during the day.
Arenal Sound Festival (ends August 2)
July 28, Europe, Spain Burriana, Spain
Arenal Sound is music. Arenal Sound is being able to dance on the beach, swimming at the beach and disappear among the crowd at a concert to jump like nobody sees you. Arenal Sound is watching sunsets and discovering the most beautiful sunrises you can remember from the Beach Club and living together in the campsite.with old friends and knowing new ones that come year after year. Arenal Sound is indie, rock, pop and electronic music.
Festival of Near-Death Experiences
July 29, Europe, Spain, Pontevedra
If you want to find the world’s oddest collection of festivals, look no further than Spain. This is another one of Spain’s strange festivals that celebrate the lucky few who have narrowly escaped death. Those who have had a near-death experience in the past year climb in coffins and are carried to the church of Santa Marta de Ribarteme which honors Mary Magdalene’s sister who is the saint of resurrection.
Cambridge Folk Festival (ends August 2)
July 30, Europe, UK, England, Cambridge
The Cambridge Folk Festival is an annual music festival held on the site of Cherry Hinton Hall in Cherry Hinton, one of the villages subsumed by the city of Cambridge, England. The festival is renowned for its eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what might be considered folk. It occurs over a long weekend in summer at Cherry Hinton Hall. The Festival regularly receives excellent press coverage and reviews in both the national and local press
Lollapalooza (ends August 2)
July 31, North America, United States, Illinois, Chicago
Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances and craft booths. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups and various visual artists. Lollapalooza was the brainchild of musician Perry Farrell, the lead singer of Jane’s Addiction. Initially conceived as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza instead captured the zeitgeist and became an enormously successful platform for dozens of artists.