Take a look at our list and add the most anticipated events in the world to your calendar so you do not miss them.
There are events around the world for all types of travelers, whether they are street parties or sports competitions, from Europe to Asia. If you are looking for an excuse to buy a plane ticket, we give you 19. What party would you add to your calendar for next year?
Carnival of Venice (Italy)
Although the Carnival has been celebrated throughout Italy since the 11th century, the most extravagant is that of Venice, where you can see parades in a gondola, fireworks in San Marco square and attend one of its famous masked balls that take place during a show that lasts ten days.
When: from January 27 to February 13
First-class winter sports in South Korea
In South Korea the modern mixes with the traditional and you can see ancient temples located in the shadow of futuristic skyscrapers. In February, Pyeongchang County will host the world’s most important winter sporting event, with events such as ski jumping, figure skating or bobsleighing. Wrap up, cheer on your team and then celebrate with beer and Korean fried chicken. Spend a couple of days exploring Seoul, just an hour and a half by high-speed train.
When: from 9 to 25 February
The Lanterns Festival of Taiwan
The Lanterns Festival takes place on the first full moon of the lunar calendar and has everything from electric lantern shows and folk music to more traditional ones such as the Pingxi Sky Lanterns Festival. Pingxi is a small town in the mountains outside of Taipei, where locals tossed paper lanterns into the sky. Today, both the people there and the travelers who visit it continue with this tradition to attract good luck for the new year.
When: from March 3 to 11
Centennial celebrations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
In the year 2018 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania celebrate one hundred years as states and it will be a good time to visit the Baltic countries, since there will be many celebratory events. Travel to Tallinn and stroll through the streets of its old town, relax on the beaches of the Latvian coast or attend live performances in Lithuania during its Street Music Day.
When: throughout the year
Celebrations of the third centenary of New Orleans (USA)
New Orleans is known for being a party city, but in 2018 the party will last long after the February Carnival, as it celebrates its third centenary with special events, fireworks and concerts. If you can not go to the famous Carnival parades, this colorful port city will have much to offer during the rest of the year and, possibly, at more affordable prices.
When: from 9 to 13 February (and throughout the year)
The Day of the King, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Put orange clothes in the suitcase for King’s Day in Amsterdam, a party celebrating the birthday of the monarch of the Netherlands with busy street parties. So crowded that the population almost doubles. The fun begins the night before and the celebrations continue the next day with street food, flea markets and boat parties through its famous canals. Do not forget to try a tompouce (typical sweet similar to millefeuille), decorated with orange sugar especially for the occasion.
When: April 27
Distortion, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Distortion is a nearly week-long show celebrating emerging dance music and organized chaos. What began as an experiment in 1998 has turned into an annual event with free street parties during the day, parties at nightclubs and a two-day closing festival at Refsehaleoen, an area of industrial warehouses. The program is not yet confirmed, but in 2018 it will be twenty years old and it is sure to be a success.
When: from May 30 to June 3
Inti Raymi, Cuzco (Peru)
On the winter solstice of the southern hemisphere, Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, hosts a live performance of the tribute of the Incas to the king of the sun, Inti. Join the procession from the center of the city to the Sacsayhuaman fortress and enjoy the show. Do not forget that Cuzco, located in the Andes at a great height, is also a good starting point to visit the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Cúando: June 24
Football in Russia
Russia hosts the most important international football event of 2018. Eleven Russian cities participate in the event and millions of fans from all over the world will follow with attention. After matches and goals, the traveler has a lot to see and visit, from the Red Square and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow to the elegant canals and palaces of St. Petersburg.
When: from June 14 to July 15
Centenary of Nelson Mandela (South Africa)
On July 18, 2018 Nelson Mandela would have celebrated 100 years and a governing council has been established to organize commemorative events that, although not confirmed, are expected to be celebrations in memory of Mandela. The centenary is also a perfect reason to visit some of the most important places in the country related to the former president who fought against segregation, such as Robben Island and his home in Soweto.
When: all year
Comic Con International, San Diego (USA)
The most important event of pop culture in the United States is celebrated in July, which will be attended by lovers of comics, collectibles of movies and all kinds of pop culture. There will be signatures of autographs, workshops and panels (think about topics like The Musical Anatomy of a Super Hero or Comic Book Law School). There will be people dressed in their favorite characters, so that weekend it will seem that San Diego will be full of superheroes of flesh and blood.
When: from July 19 to 22
The Fringe Festival, Edinburgh (Scotland)
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest artistic-cultural event in the world. In the 2017 edition there were more than 53,000 performances in more than 3000 shows of all kinds, from theater to comedy, going through circus and opera. Many take place in the center, declared a World Heritage Site, so you can learn about the history of Edinburgh (and enjoy a festive atmosphere) between show and show.
When: from August 3 to 27
Oktoberfest, Munich (Germany)
Six million people go to the famous Munich festival every year and drink about six million liters of beer, only from factories in the city (some date back to the 14th century), as tradition dictates. However, the party is not just about beer. You can also try traditional food, listen to folk music and dress in the typical Bavarian costume.
When: from September 22 to October 7
Braderie Market of Lille (France)
Every year, the first weekend of September (the last before the return to school) is the largest market in Europe in the streets of Lille. Whatever your style, I’m sure you’ll find something here, as there are stalls of all kinds, from second-hand items to antiques. Do not leave without trying the mussels with chips when you go (it’s a source of pride for the restaurants to have huge mounds of mussel shells larger on the door that weekend).
When: September 1 and 2
Celebration of modernism in Vienna (Austria)
The Austrian capital will celebrate Vienna’s modernism in 2018 in honor of the centenary of the death of four of its most important representatives: Klimt, Wagner, Schiele, and Moser. Activities and exhibitions will be organized throughout the city to analyze the impact these artists had in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century. Do not forget to follow his steps and visit one of the cafeterias where there were frequent debates among intellectuals.
When: all year