Harlem Week – New York, US
July 26 – August 22
What began in 1974 as a one-day tribute to Harlem has evolved into a month-long celebration of the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history, with events including a children’s festival, “dancing in the street” party, fashion show, tennis clinic and Motown musical concert.
Rainforest World Music Festival – Borneo, Southeast Asia
Considered one of the top music festivals in the world, The Rainforest World Music Festival plays out near the beachfront of Borneo’s Sarawak Cultural Village. There’s a true carnival atmosphere with drinks tents, local cuisine, traditional handicrafts and the chance to get a tattoo from an Iban community.
La Tomatina – Buñol, Spain
Part of a week-long festival, La Tomatina takes place in the Valencian town of Buñol, where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in a massive food-fight (serving 30,000 revellers their daily dose of vegetables). Carnivores should keep an eye out for the ‘Palo Jabón’ – a greased pole with a Spanish ham at the top. First to reach it keeps the ham.
Notting Hill Carnival – London, England
The streets of West London come alive every August as London celebrates Europe’s biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival. Its Caribbean theme sees Notting Hill’s streets packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls. In short, the ultimate party.
Arts Alive – Johannesburg, South Africa
August 31 – September 10
Arts Alive features a heady mix of dance, visual art, poetry and music at venues in the Joburg inner city. The main concert, held at the Johannesburg Stadium, headlines international superstars (such as 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes), while over 600 artists perform during the four-day festival.
Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
September 19 – October 4
Okay, this one isn’t in August, but we couldn’t resist slipping this annual beer-swilling event onto the list. Munich’s 16-day long folk festival sees its streets riddled with steins, sausages, dirndls, amusement rides and raucous merrymakers from every corner of the globe.