There's something going on somehwhere on the planet every single day! And here are some of tjhe world's most fascinating festivals, celebrations, festivals, competitions, and other events. 

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Prost! Munich's Oktoberfest Is Back!

  Holzijue/Pixabay From September 17 to October 3, the legendary celebration of German beer, cuisine, and culture in Bavaria's capital is returning after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsprprisingly, it's necessary to make your arrangements months in advance, so if you've always wanted to experience Wies'n (as it's known in Bavarian), take note here for 2023! read post  

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10 of the USA's top music festivals

  Spring and summer are prime music festival season, and after being largely suspended for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the most part they've come roaring back in 2022. The United States being the huge country that it is, there are dozens of options for all musical tastes. Here's a sampling of the top ten, in order of dates (all given for this year, but will be similar in 2023): read post  

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The Eurovision Song Contest is always a huge annual party - and here's the rundown from Turin 2022!

  EBU/Rai Travel and music festivals go hand in hand, of course! And though I haven't yet attended the annual Eurovision song contest in person, ever since I started traveling to Europe in 1977 – well before American Idol, The Voice, or The X Factor – it's always been a big deal for more than a few of my Old World friends and acquaintances (not to mention the local media). I got to watch it several times surrounded by Europeans (most recently last night), and I must say, the enthusiasm…

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  • The BBC reports on today's opening of the Edinburgh Festival - the world's largest dedicated to the arts:
    Edinburgh Festival: Biggest arts festival in the world begins
    Thousands of performers from across the world descend on Edinburgh to put on more than 3,000 shows.
  • It's Semana Santa (Holy Week, aka Easter Week) in Christian countries across the world, and here in El Salvador there's a particularly colorful celebration in which locals in the town of Texistepeque (around 90 minutes' drive from San Salvador) dress up as devils and playfully whip bystanders. Read about it here:
    El Salvador: Whip-wielding demons kick off Easter week
    Men dress up as demons and playfully whip locals "to cleanse them of their sins" in Texistepeque.
  • A freelancer for USA Today says these 9 Caribbean resorts are romantic places to celebrate Valentine's Day. I find her list skews too much toward bigger resorts and largely ignores charming smaller inns, but I can attest to one, Palm Island in the Grenadines - and it still makes for an interesting read:
  • Fantasy Fest 2014- my 12th-in Key West, Florida- a Halloween celebration known as “Mardi Gras on Steroids”.

    My new Fantasy Fest video;

    Fantasy Fest 2014 was wild & crazy with 50,000+ revelers with costumed fun day & night with a Zombie Bike Ride, Pirate Night, 35th Annual Toga Party at Sloppy Joes Bar & the culminating parade with over 100 floats the final Saturday night---All awesome costumes, bodypaint, bawdy behavior in the private parties & so much to eat and drink all week!,


    On this trip I met up with many of long-time Fantasy Fest friends at many of my long-time favorite Key West venues like Capt. Tony’s Saloon—which also served as the Krewe de Krazy Life’s Group meeting place every night,

    Also, I brought along 5 first-timers to Fantasy Fest and these women were my JUGS (Just Us Girlfriends) Group! 

    Plus—-I also met up with over 2 dozen Hedonism Group Trip members and discussions about the June 2015 9th Annual Rendezvous in Paradise at Hedonism II nude/clothing-optional, all-inclusive resort adventure were made.

    Check out my Flickr Group with over 17,000 Fantasy Fest photos and videos:

    And if you missed FF 2014 or will miss FF 2015, be sure to check a great option here:

    Follow me daily on Twitter for tweets and pics plus YouTube for all my videos.

    Now, next up for the Krewe is our 9th Annual Group Trip and Rendezvous in Paradise at Hedonism II from June 20-27, 2015 and again this year–open to all singles, couples, mini-groups, fun-loving & open-minded adults….just me email for more details at:

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  • Check out this roundup of Asian festivals coming up:
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  • Now on our blog: 3 San Francisco street fairs not to miss in June!

  • Enjoy Dominica Carnival. The most unique Carnival in the Caribbean

    Miss Dominica Pageant. an evening of creative and spectacular explosion

    Opening day Parade. carnival custumes and lots of fun

    For more info:



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  • Every year Melburnians and visitors alike celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival. Check out our latest post about this year's 150th Melbourne Cup Carnival: Oaks Day as well as the Cox Plate
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