7 Must-See Cultural Festivals and Events from Around the World

The Sambodrome Rio Carnival
Rio Carnival
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 9 – 14 February 2018
Highlights: An annual Brazilian festival held before Lent. Famous for its vibrant and colorful Sambadrome parade, street carnival, Samba school parades, and more

New Orleans Mardi Gras
New Orleans Mardi Gras
Louisiana, USA | 13 February 2018
Highlights: A two-week festival typically held before Ash Wednesday featuring a wide array of festivities and parades that culminate to the Mardi Gras Day

Holi Festival
Holi Festival
India, Nepal, Sri Lanka | 1 – 2 March 2018
Highlights: Hindu spring festival also known as the Festival of Colours

Running of the Bulls at the Fiesta de San Fermin
Running of the Bulls at the Fiesta de San Fermin
San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain | 6 – 14 July 2017
Highlights: A world-famous famous event where participants run in front of a number of bulls running in the streets

La Tomatina
La Tomatina
Buñol, Spain | 30 August 2017
Highlights: An annual food fight festival touted as the World’s Biggest Food Fight

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest
Munich, Germany | 16 September – 3 October
Highlights: The largest Volksfest or folk festival featuring parades, beer, food, and music

Day of the Dead
Dia de los Muertos
Mexico | 1 – 2 November 2017
Highlights: A Mexican holiday that celebrates the Day of the Dead