If you are a chocoholic, then Umbria is the place to be each year in October when the region hosts Eurochocolate, an annual chocolate festival that takes place in Perugia, the regions capital. It is also one of the largest chocolate festivals in Europe as it draws nearly one million people, both tourists and Italian natives each and every year.Eurochocolate offers a variety of activities scheduled over the ten days including chocolate art displays, experimental chocolate tastings, cooking classes, street performances, chocolate sculpting, and of course the ever popular Eurochocolate Awards. Festival entrance and all activities are free. It's a real chocolate paradise for those who have a sweet tooth, so don't miss Eurochocolate! For more details on this enchanting event, please click on the event's website link we have provided.
La Tomatina is a world renowned festival held in the Valencian town of Bunol, located 30 km from the Spanish Mediterranean coast. 22,000 participants throw tomatoes at one another and get involved in this incredible tomato fight to be able to say that they have taken part of one of the most famous, colourful and messy events in the world !! Locals are joined by visitors from all around the world that have heard of and seen photos of this amazing event and have made it a bucket-list experience to either partake in or witness first-hand. La Tomatina is held on the last Wednesday of August, during a week of many fantastic festivities of Bunol, making this a very special time to see what is also a very special part of Spain.It truly is an event you will remember for a lifetime and something few of your friends will be able to say they have experienced. Click on the event website link provided on this page and plan your next unforgettable experience!We would like to thank GoWhereWhen.com community member ArtTravelspb for their incredible picture taken at this extremely photogenic event.You can see more of their work here.
What is The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival?After Mardi Gras, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – locally referred to as ‘Jazzfest’ - is the biggest event on the city calendar. Held annually since 1970 (with the exception of 2020 due to Covid) Jazzfest is the ultimate celebration of all things New Orleans.New Orleans is America’s musical melting pot, so despite the name Jazzfest, it is not exclusively about jazz. New Orleans has deep musical roots in gospel, blues, R&B, zydeco, Bluegrass, country music and more – every visitor can find some music to their taste.Alongside the music, visitors can discover unique exhibitions such as the Louisiana Folklife Village, browse locally made handicrafts and of course, eat!Need to KnowJazzfest is a major event, make sure you check out the line-ups and book early. While Jazzfest does draw famous musicians from around the country, make sure to check out a few local acts for an authentic NOLA experience.Did You Know?New Orleans is rightfully proud of it’s rich and unique culinary history, so naturally food is a huge part of the festival. You won’t find cotton candy and traditional carnival snacks here though – all food vendors at the event are local and serving up the food for which New Orleans is famous – beignets, muffulettas, jambalaya, gumbo, fried green tomatoes and more.
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The White Truffle Festival in Alba is one of the largest truffle festivals in Italy which is celebrated every October and November. The festival will offer many homemade and traditional dishes at the gastronomic stands, as well as a wide variety of entertainment such as concerts, auctions, guided walks and donkey races. During all the weekends of the Fair there will be national and international chefs, local chefs, designers, writers and artists sharing the same passion for truffles and the culture of good food and good taste. Come and have a taste of this delicacy! Please note : This event runs from 10th October until 8th December. For more details on this enchanting event, please click on the event's website link we have provided.
Nuit Blanche Toronto is a contemporary art event that magically transforms Toronto's streets and public spaces into an artistic playground with modern installations, live performances and creative programs. Since its inaugural year in 2006, Nuit Blanche has featured more than 1,400 official art installations created by over 4,900 artists. Nuit Blanche transforms the city into an elaborate pageantry of thought provoking pieces, light installations and wild colours. This event gives visitors an experience that is totally unique and very much worth a visit. Read more about this event by clicking on the link we've provided.
Celebrate the paranormal for the weekend at the Roswell UFO Festival in New Mexico. The event embraces all levels of alien aficionados who come to enjoy the festivities and discuss the paranormal. Over 20,000 'aliens' attended last year's event with the numbers expected to mysteriously grow more heads this year. This unique three-day event features guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, parade, a pet costume contest and family-friendly activities along with 5k and 10k runs and walks. With the majority of the events during the weekend being totally free, this is a great way to be as weird and other-wordly as you want to be in like-minded company. Click on the event website link provided on this page and plan your next unforgettable experience!
What is Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii?This beautiful tradition with Buddhist roots is held each Memorial Day in Honolulu, Hawaii. Thousands of residents and visitors gather on the beach to remember loved ones and write remembrances on beautiful lanterns that are released and float out to sea.The ceremony is conducted by Her Holiness Shinso, the leader of the Shinnyo-en sect of Buddhism. The service includes a prayer to those in the past and a blessing of the lanterns before their release. The ceremony has taken place in Honolulu annually since 1999.Need to KnowIf you can’t attend in person, you can submit your remembrances and photos to be included in an upcoming or future ceremony. Recordings of the service are also made publicly available.Did You Know?The lanterns are made by volunteers and are handed out free of charge to attendees to write their remembrances on them before the floating ceremony in the evening. The lanterns are carried by the ocean current to a spot where volunteers collect them at the end of the evening.
What is the Feast of Rificolona?With a nearly 400-year-old history, The Festa della Rificolona is one of Florence’s most treasured cultural events. Taking place on the 7th of September each year, the festival is held on the eve of the birth of the Virgin Mary.In the 17th Century, peasants from the surrounding countryside would come to Florence to celebrate Mary’s birth and to trade and sell their wares. The journey was long and peasants lit their way with paper lanterns and thus a tradition was born; at 8:00pm on each 7th of September a procession of colorful lanterns can be seen winding through the ancient streets of Florence.Need to KnowWhile official festivities start at 8pm around the Basilica Santissima Annunziata, make sure you head down to the banks of the River Arno in early evening to see lanterns floating on the water. Also, don’t miss the huge market that takes place in front of the basilica on the following day.Did You Know?In the early days of the festival peasants entering the city were mocked and derided by the city dwellers. In a nod to this tradition, today children line the procession blowing spit-wads to destroy the lanterns and set them alight!
The Vogalonga Regatta is a fun sporting event that allows participants to make their way along the scenic 30-kilometer-long racecourse which passes through the winding Venetian canals and past stunning historical buildings. The event has become more and more popular over the past few years with thousands of participants and onlookers coming from all over the world to witness this unique event.Rather than only using traditional Venetian watercraft, some participants like to take a different approach by building their own boats, taking inspiration from historical design or even Chinese dragon boats. Regardless of where you come in the race, participants receive a commemorative medal and certificate.All the ways you can participate are detailed on the event website. Check out the link provided on this page.
The Barcelona Yoga Conference also known as BYC is a Yogic Celebration open to people from all ages and backgrounds with or without previous experience in yoga. An uplifting open hearted gathering with world leading Yoga teachers and musical artists creating a platform for you to learn, experience, discover and transform.Read more about this event by clicking on the link we’ve provided.
What are the Stars of the White Nights?Celebrating the long ‘white’ nights of the St Petersburg summer, the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre puts on daily opera and ballet productions. Alongside world-class music and dance, there are also a series of carnivals many which feature costumes and historical re-enactments from the era of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.The Scarlet Sails is the most famous event of the festival, this massive fireworks display marks the end of the school year and official start of summer. As part of the event, a large sailing ship with enormous, scarlet-colored sails, floats down the Neva River accompanied by a light and music show.Need to KnowIf you would like to attend The Stars of the White Nights, you will need to plan well in advance. The Russian Federation has strict visa policies for visitors from most countries, so make sure you thoroughly check out travel rules before booking.Did You Know?Like many major Russian institutions, the Mariinsky has been known by many different names over the years – depending upon the prevailing political winds at the time. Many would know the Mariinsky as the Kirov State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, as it was called through most of the Communist Era. However, despite the name changes, the Mariinsky has been a cultural force in Russia since it’s inception in 1860 and has associations with some of the most famous names in ballet, including Ana Pavlova, George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
What is Cheyenne Frontier Days?Perhaps the USA’s most famous annual rodeo event, Cheyenne Frontier Days has taken place each July in Cheyenne, Wyoming since 1897. For 10 days some of the most daring cowboys and cowgirls from across the country compete in adrenaline-pumping rodeo events including bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel and wild horse racing.Beyond the rodeo events, the festival is a celebration of the American West and features an Old West Museum, Indian Village and Old Frontier Town. Musical acts take place in the arena each night and have included big names such as Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton and Cody Johnson.Need to KnowIf you want to blend in with the locals, this is a great opportunity to dust off your cowboy boots and Stetson. Western gear is de rigueur and a practical choice for dusty outdoor rodeo events.If you are planning on attending Frontier Days it is never too early to book. Headline acts sell out quickly and accommodation is limited - many visitors end up staying out of town – some even over the state border in Colorado or Nebraska!Did you Know?Rough-stock events – which includes bucking broncos and bull riding – are even harder than they look! Contestants are not only required to ride the animal for a full 8 seconds, but they must do so using only one hand and may not touch themselves or the animal with their free hand during that time. If they touch anything at all, they are automatically disqualified!
MassKara Festival is an annual festival with highlights held every fourth Sunday of October in Bacolod, Philippines. The City invites you to the happiest and most colorful festival in the Philippines which will be a month-long celebration with concerts, food fests, street parties, and a lot of activities will draw thousands of visitors to the City of Smiles. The main event of MassKara Festival is the street dancing competition where dancers wear colorful costumes and masks and move to the rhythm of Latin music. From live music to Street dances, there is everything for you when it comes to fun and entertainment. For specific timings and event details we have included a link for further information.
The Natchez Balloon Festival is Mississippi's most exciting hot air balloon race weekend! The balloon festival weekend starts with Biathlon Flight, night balloon glow, and all day events then continues through evening with a stage full of world renowned musicians. The festival itself takes place on the grounds of Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens, on Broadway Street in historic downtown Natchez. An on-site carnival and arts and crafts fair make this one of the most family friendly events in the state. It's a fascinating, unique experience that will thrill the whole family!So what are you waiting for? Check out the website featured on this page and plan a unique family experience in Natchez.
The 24 hour endurance race is one of the most famous and most popular motor racing event in the world. It is the oldest motorsport endurance race in the world, initially founded in 1923 as an alternative to the Grand Prix, with the focus on speed and endurance. This annual event usually takes place every June and motorsport enthusiasts from around the world descend on the town of Le Mans, Sarthe to enjoy this 24 hour spectacle.Click on the event website link provided and learn more about the schedule of events.
The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is an annual three day event held on the last weekend of September in the centre of Galway City. Established in 1954, the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has welcomed over half a million visitors, consuming more than 3 million oysters. Competitors from all over the world converge on Galway at the end of September every year to compete for this acclaimed international accolade. The main events are two Oyster Opening Championships, the Irish Oyster Opening Championship and the World Oyster Opening Championship. Other events include a Masquerade Gala, a seafood trail, a silent disco and a family day featuring everything from cookery demonstrations, to jazz and circus skills workshops. Fabulous live music and scrumptious seafood provide an ambient backdrop to the excitement of the competitions. Meat, vegan and veggie options are also available in the festival marquee.Stop off to savour these tasty treats and share the flavour of the festival for an unforgettable experience. Click on the event website link provided and learn more about the schedule of events.
The coastal town of El Jadida has been associated with horses for centuries. As the greatest gathering of its kind on the African continent, the show draws thousands of visitors each year to indulge their passion for all things equine in a unique setting. The El Jadida horse show stands among the most renowned horse shows in the entire world and it is well versed in the art of winning your heart with six days of contests, shows, competitions and seminars. To find out more you can go directly to the event website we have listed for you on this page.
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