It’s almost summer time, which means festival season is just around the corner. With festivals happening literally every weekend, it may be difficult to decide which ones are worth going to. What’s the perfect solution? Go where the sunshine is, of course. We’ve compiled a list of summer festivals around the world, where the sun is almost guaranteed to make an appearance.
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World Body Painting Festival
(Carinthia, Austria, July 1-7).
Art, music and fashion are combined in this one of a kind festival that attracts thousands of people to Austria each summer. Special effects, exhibitions, photo contests, a body painted bungy jump and the body painting championships are featured at this festival. Should it be lacking sun? No sweat, an expert artist will have one painted in an instant.
Running of the Bulls
(Pamplona, Spain, July 6-14).
At 7:30 each morning during the Running of the Bulls, six bulls are released out into the streets. Anyone is allowed to participate in the event, and may run at this time, but many of the over one million visitors each year prefer to be spectators, as runners have been killed during this dangerous feat. This summertime event is generally accompanied by sunny weather, but in the absence of the sun, rest assured you’ll be seeing red.
On the last Wednesday of August each year, thousands of people flock to a small town near Valencia, for a massive food fight. More than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown during La Tomatina, an event which also features parades, dancing, music and fireworks. No need to worry about the weather; if it happens to be cloudy, the tomato puree covering both the town and people is sure to brighten things up.
From August 26 – September 2, Burning Man festival is an alternative celebration of art, community, self expression and self reliance. It’s a week-long annual event, held in the middle of a desert. And even if the week isn’t filled with natural sunshine, bring some sunglasses; a massive, building-sized effigy will be burning, and generating quite a bit of a glare of its own.
Las Bolas de Fuego
(Nejapa, El Salvador, August 31)
Literally meaning ‘balls of fire,’ Las Bolas de Fuego is an extreme festival if there ever was one, is a re-enactment of the legendary fight between San Jeronimo and the devil, and it involves two teams of young men throwing real balls of fire at each other. Sun-worshipers won’t be able to look away from this magnificent, shocking display.
Whether you’re basking in the natural rays of sunshine, or the glow of one too many crushed tomatoes, summer’s days are best spent taking in a festival. Start selling your old dvds for cash to make the extra money for warming your skin and your spirit; this season features festivals catering to every interest and for every occasion.