Are you feeling the pressure of the holidays? Well, one might suggest it’s time for you to look ahead to 2017 and start planning your next bucket list adventure. Where do you want to go? Why do you want to experience _________? What if there were a way to not only visit ______, but also experience a once-in-a-lifetime event while there? In a way you’ll be getting more bang for your traveling buck along with better stories for the office break room. We’re going to highlight what we believe to be five unforgettable, bucket-list worthy festivals to add to your Wanderlist- er, lust.
1. Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival: 1/5/2017 – 2/25/2017
The cheapest flights are usually offered in January. I’m sure you can surmise why. Post-holidays, people have already traveled for the year and pocketbooks are slim. This festival is in one of the most remote places in the world, but lasts long enough that you won’t have to be restricted to just one week to get there! The Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival in China showcases not just a few pretty ice statues. Think more on the scale of castle-sized. Over 10,000 people carve sculptures for several weeks leading up the the opening. Bundle up. An extra suitcase of layers might be worth it. Details:
Songbei and Zhaolin Park, Sun Island, and Harbin Ice and Snow World
Free! There are options to purchase professional tours.
2. Coachella: 4/14/17 – 4/23/17 (two weekends)
Coachella (which has gotten a bad rap due to non-authentic music lovers and way too many flower crowns) is still worth your time, money, and hard-earned time off. Why? Because when this many top artists come together in such a short amount of time, you get the best bang for your buck, festivalwise. Don’t forget your bandana to help filter your inhale when the dust storms kick up; but regardless you’ll have many photos to look back on and an experience that will make you want to come back again the next year. If you can still find tickets, here’s what else you need to know:
$375 plus additional for camping or overnight parking
Palm Springs or LAX
3. Brighton Festival: 5/6/2017-5/28/2017
Art. Dance. Music. Immersive theater. Literature. Artist open houses. Beachside installations. With over 150 arts, music, theater, and culture events to choose from, the Brighton Festival continues to captivate the hearts of visitors in the “city on the edge” in England. This festival which is known to “make connections with the real world” offers an ambitious and daring program for three weeks each May.
Brighton Dome areas and other venues throughout the city
Church Street, BN1 1UE
Varies per event. Some events are free! £10 for a Festival Standby ticket.
4. Edge of the Lake: 6/30-7/2
This festival originally attracted German, Swiss, and French electronic fans from the surrounding regions of Sierre, Switzerland to its beautiful location – the alpine paradise of Lake Géronde. Now, it has reached over 5,000 festival-goers from all over the world, who come to hear more than 40 live bands, DJs, and performers getting the groove on with house, funk, electro, jazzy hip-hop, soul, and blues tunes.
Varies. See website Single day passes available. Camping packages available.
Belp – BRN (CH)
5. La Tomatina: July or August 2017 – TBD
If drinking sangria from the time you wake up and having the mother of all food fights sounds like a good time, this festival in Spain is for you. You won’t wear those clothes again (guys go shirtless), and you’ll be ankle-deep in tomatoes, but hey, you can say you took part in a festival that attracts upwards of 30,000 people a year. Chances are you’ll take the train or bus from Madrid or Valencia to get to this festival, but it will be so worth it!
Plaza del Pueblo
10 Euros – check website for 2017
Manises – VLC (ES) or Madrid
Hopefully these five events give you some gusto to get through the holidays and start planning your 2017 travel. Whether you desire to travel solo, with a friend, or bring along the family, this list should get you started. Remember to always compare fares before you purchase and set a travel alert so that you can book your trip for the lowest price.