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 region's 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.
What is the Bilbao Night Marathon?The Bilbao Night Marathon is one of the only night-time marathons in Europe. This race offers participants a unique opportunity to experience the city at night as the course winds past Bilbao's most prestigious landmarks and finishes at the iconic Guggenheim Museum. The event consists of three different races, a full 42km marathon, a 21km half-marathon as well as a 10km race. There are plenty of late night celebrations for finishers and spectators to enjoy after the races are complete.Need to KnowRaces fill up, so if you'd like to participate, book your spot early. Did You Know?While you'll be able to marvel at the impressive architecture of the Guggenheim Museum at the end of the race - make sure that you come back for a visit during opening hours. The museum is one of the top 100 most visited museums in the world and contains an impressive collection of Spanish art alongside important works by Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and others. It also regularly hosts major exhibitions and installations.
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.
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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 – so 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 its 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.
What is the Alba White Truffle Festival?The Alba White Truffle festival is a celebration of the famous white truffle or tuber magnatum pico. The festival coincides with season for the truffles which typically runs from October to early December.During this time the town of Alba holds a series of events that make up the festival including the Alba White Truffle World Market where chefs, restauranteurs and foodies from around the world to purchase these gastronomic jewels. The festival also includes dinner and food moments, immersive sensory experiences, and local wine tastings. The festival is ultimately a celebration of the unique gastronomic heritage of Piedmont.Did You Know?There is no known way to cultivate the Alba White Truffle – they grow underground near the roots of certain species of trees. They are very susceptible to weather conditions and are ‘hunted’ by trained sniffer dogs. The Alba White Truffle is the most expensive in the world, costing between USD$2000-4000 a pound!
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 George Town Festival?The George Town Festival was conceived in 2010 to celebrate the city’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been celebrated every July since. This vibrant festival celebrates the diversity and rich cultural heritage of the city, with the theme of ‘A Festival for Everyone.’This weeklong festival sees this already trendy and artsy city flooded with theatre, music and dance performances alongside a huge range of visual art installations and exhibitions. The festival features an impressive range of local talent as well as performers and artists from greater Malaysia and beyond.Need to KnowThe majority of festival events are free to attend but there are some ticketed events, so check the program in advance for full details.Penang is considered one of the best places to eat in all of Asia – so don’t plan on skipping any meals. Lists of the best food stalls and specialties abound on the internet, so prep your taste buds with a bit of advance research so you can eat like a local.Did You Know?Perched strategically on the historic shipping routes through the Straits of Malacca, George Town, jointly with the city of Melaka, received coveted UNESCO World Heritage status in recognition of their unique multicultural heritage. For 500 years these cities were at the center of trade between east and west and the impact of that long period of cultural exchange can be felt and seen to this day.
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!
What is the Dingle Food Festival?The Dingle Food Festival is an annual celebration of the Dingle Peninsula's best food and drink! During the first weekend in October, locals and visitors gather for cookery demonstrations, workshops, wine tastings, family friendly activities and much more. A highlight of the festival is 'The Taste Trail' where festival attendees purchase books of tickets and then visit food venues around town for special tastings. Need to KnowTickets are available for workshops as well as 'The Taste Trail,' and can be purchased at the festival office, as well as various outlets in the town. Did You Know?The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most beautiful and sunniest parts of Ireland. The region has beautiful beaches, excellent walking and trekking and is dotted with quaint towns and villages. Add a few days to your stay and explore the quiet corners of the peninsula.
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.
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 that 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 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. Click on the event website link provided and learn more about the schedule of events.
What is Bonnaroo?Since its inception in 2002, Bonnarro has been one of the staples of the American music festival calendar. Held on a huge farm in Manchester, Tennessee the event regularly draws the biggest names in music from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Jay-Z and Lizzo. While music of course takes center stage, there are a huge range of activities that take place over the four days including a ‘Broo’ers Festival’ featuring craft beers, a silent disco, film screenings, parades, yoga classes, a village market and more.Need to KnowBonnaroo is an all-ages event, children of any age are welcome when accompanied by an adult.The festival also features, ‘Soberoo’ which is for any attendees who wish to remain sober throughout the event, there are daily meetings and designated substance free camping areas.Did You Know?The name Bonnaroo comes from a 1974 Dr John album titled Desitively Bonnaroo – which in New Orleans Creole slang means, ‘best on the street’.
What is Festa Junina?Festa Junina, also known as June Festival, was introduced by the Portugese in the colonial era. The festival combines catholic traditions with harvest season and is now the second most important celebration in Brazil after Carnival. The festival runs for the entire month and features costumes, traditional music, dance and lots of food and drink. The dance of Festa Junina is the quadrilha, a type of square dancing in which couples dress up as caipiras - a slang term for country-folk. If you are planning to be in Brazil in June make sure the Festa Junina is on your itinerary.We would like to thank Vlad from Brazil Geeks.com for their review and image of the Festa Junina. You can see more of their amazing blog on Brazil here.Festa Junina (port. Festa de São João) is a festival in honor of St. John the Baptist. The festivities begin on June 12 and continue until June 29. The holiday is rooted in paganism and is the astronomical analog of the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. The Festa Junina is held in June, which begins the Brazilian winter. It runs throughout the country but is especially widespread in northeastern Brazil. During the early history of Brazil, this festival was secretly held by the common people. Why secret - because on it the peasants ridiculed their masters, held a showy wedding, at which the priest and the judge appeared to be fooled. The Catholic Church tried to appropriate this holiday by choosing the right time for Saint Joan, but this did not take root everywhere.Sometimes the Junina Festa parties are even larger than the carnival in Rio. They represent an impressive interweaving of grandiose fireworks, dance performances, and, of course, the feast of the belly. Participants in the festivities invariably dress up in colorful costumes. Peasant robes are especially popular. Men dress up as farm boys with big straw hats, and women wear red plaid dresses and freckles. During the celebration, they arrange fireworks, make bonfires, and danced quadrilles, or just chat with friends. Children paint themselves stubble, depicting robbers - kangaseiros or peasants. There are food stalls everywhere where you can taste green kaldo soup, corn soup, kebabs, meat, fried sausages, cheese or meat pastels, various sweets, beer, and the Quentao drink, which is traditionally brewed at Festa Junin. Everywhere there are colorful flags and an atmosphere of joy and fun.Quentao is a very popular drink in Brazil at Festa Junina. Quentao (pronounced quenteu) can be translated from Portuguese as "very hot" (from "quente" - hot). As the name suggests, it is served very hot, usually in winter, and is consumed to keep warm. Essentially mulled wine.
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