The Haro Wine Battle

Try not to arrive in La Rioja’s medieval capital Haro on June 29. On that day, as soon as you step on the street complete strangers will douse you in buckets of wine and...

The Holi Festival of Color

Find yourself in India’s capital at a certain time of year and you’ll be in for a rude surprise. New Delhi may be the subcontinent’s most ordered metropolis—a planned city of wide, tree-lined boulevards...

The Pushkar Camel Fair

In Rajasthan, livestock breeding flourished under the maharajas, who maintained legions of camels for warfare. The departure of those bellicose rulers and the arrival of the automobile largely sidelined the camel, but you can...

The Great Bottle Kicking Festival

A large beefy man stands in a field and throws a 5.4kg (12-lb.) keg the size of a watermelon into the air three times. When it hits the muddy ground for the third time...

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race

A team of six men push a double-decker London bus up a river. Take a closer look and you’ll see the bus is actually a cleverly disguised bed with a woman on it. The...

Oregon Brewers Festival

"Beervana": that's a word you hear bandied about at the Oregon Brewers Festival, the big beer party held every July since 1988 in Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It may refer to the festival...

Maine Lobster Festival

Though the coastal Indians of Maine and eastern Canada knew about the pleasures of lobster (if not butter sauce) for hundreds or thousands of years, early European Americans were so disdainful of the spiny...

Siena’s Palio is Italy’s festival

Siena's Palio is Italy's most spectacular festival. Held twice yearly, it involves a breathtaking bareback horse race around the Campo, together with many preparatory days of drama, processions, drumming, flag waving, and colorful pageantry....

Glyndebourne Festival

For true operatic pilgrims, summer in Europe remains a must, with no lovelier setting than at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival amid the green hills of the Sussex Downs. The cream of British society has...

Water Splashing Festival

Feeling  jinxed?  Had  a  run  of  bad  luck lately?  You  must  make  your  way  to  the laidback  southern  China  city  of  Jinghong. There they have an excellent cure for misfortune—a  bucket  of  water  in ...

American Birkebeiner – Most Prestigious Cross-Country Ski Race

Each February, some 7,000 fit, Lycra-clad folks descend upon the Wisconsin northwoods to participate in the American Birkebeiner, a cross-country ski race that weaves 31.7 miles (51 kilometers) along a hilly, heavily wooded trail...

Adelaide Festival of the Arts

South Australia's nickname is the Festival State. On its calendar are more than 400 festivals, carnivals, and sporting events ranging from the throaty high-octane roar of V-8 motor racing to the Festival of Ideas,...