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Aspen Music Festival
   is held in   
Colorado, U.S.A.
Eight-week summer music festival in the heart of the Rocky Mountains
Australian Birdfair
   is held in   
Leeton, NSW, Australia
Held mid November. Showcases native wild birds, and their ecosystems.
Balloon Fiesta
   is held in   
New Mexico, U.S.A.
Albuquerque's nine-day celebration with over 750 hot-air balloons
Banana Festival and Harvest Week
   is held in   
Tweed Valley Tasmania, Australia
Held in August annually The Festival features spectacular street parade, food, and music festival,many free events, billycart grand prix, garden competitions, and much more
Bastille Day
   is held in   
Paris
Celebration of French patriotism
Bathurst
   is held in   
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
For every petrol headed v8 lovers. Three days of pure engine rush.
Bike Week
   is held in   
Daytona Beach, FL
- Every year since 1937. Ride on in wearing leather chaps and a bandana or you might stand out.
Bloomsday
   is held in   
Dublin, Ireland
June 16 celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses
Burning Man
   is held in   
Black Rock Desert of Nevada
The man burns the Saturday night before Labor Day.
Carnevale
   is held in   
Venice, Italy
10 days of unbridled festivities prior to Ash Wednsday
Carneval
   is held in   
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The world's most lavish party
Carnival
   is held in   
Port of Spain, Lesser Antilles
Explosion of color, calypso music and unbridled excess in celebrations of Creole culture
Cervantes Art Festival
   is held in   
Guanajuato, Mexico
Annual event that keeps alive the image of the errant knight
Chelsea Flower Show
   is held in   
London, England
Four-day horticultural orgy
Cork Jazz Festival
   is held in   
Cork, Ireland
Ireland's biggest jazz festival
The Edinburgh Festival
   is held in   
Scotland
Extravaganza of performance entertainment; music, dance, drama and alternative
European Fine Arts Fair
   is held in   
Maastricht, Netherlands
Most prestigious art market on the international calendar
Festival Du Voyageur
   is held in   
Winnipeg, Canada
10-day winter festival; celebration of fur-trading in early Canadian history
Festival of the Flowers
   is held in   
Hunter Valley, NSW Australia
New Annual event held in the Hunter Valley Gardens Estate
Festival of Gardens
   is held in   
Griffith, NSW, Australia
Held mid October, showcasing the best of the regions' gardens from small cottage to large farm gardens.
Festival of World Sacred Music
   is held in   
Fez, Morocco
One week at the end of May; spiritual music from diverse cultures
Floriade
   is held in   
Canberra, Australia
A flower and entertainment festival held annually in Canberra's Commonwealth Park, from mid September to mid October.
Fête Des Cuisinières
   is held in   
Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe
Gastronomic pig-out celebrating St. Laurent, patron saint of cooks
Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
   is held in   
Sydney, NSW Australia
Annual Event celebrating love in all it's forms. Huge event on any party lovers calendar
Gilroy Garlic Festival
   is held in   
Gilroy, CA
Last weekend of July. Bring your breath mints.
Giostra Del Saracino
   is held in   
Arezzo, Italy
Jousting tournament; last Sunday in Aug. and the 1st Sun. in Sept.
Glyndebourne Festival
   is held in   
East Sussex, England
The small but beautiful opera house has been welcoming opera lovers since 1934.
Granny Smith Festival
   is held in   
Eastwood, Sydney, Australia
Held in October of each year to commemorate Anne 'Granny' Smith, credited with producing the "Granny Smith apple" and celebrated for providing the Ryde-Hunters Hill area with great prosperity. Crowds can reach 90,000.
Harvest Festival
   is held in   
Mornington Penninsula, Victoria Australia
Held Annual Music, Fim and the Arts Held in January
Heilala Festival
   is held in   
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
July 4 celebration of the King's birthday
Heiva I Tahiti
   is held in   
Papeete, French Polynesia
7-week festival of singing, dancing and sports competition
Henley-on-Todd Regatta
   is held in   
Alice Springs, Australia
The only dry river regatta in the world; held annually in late August. Up to the 46th annual event.
Highland Games
   is held in   
Highlands, Scotland
Unique sporting events rooted in Scottish history from the Middle Ages
The Highland Sing-Sing Festival
   is held in   
Papua New Guinea
Inter-tribal sing-sing competition
Imilchil Betrothal Fair
   is held in   
Morocco
Three-day marriage fair where young people are paired and married
International Music and Dance Festival
   is held in   
Granada, Spain
17-day classical and flamenco
Jazz in the Vines
   is held in   
Hunter Valley, NSW Australia
Annual event featuring Australian and overseas artists. Music , Wine, Food located in The Hunters most beautiful wineries.
Just for Laughs
   is held in   
Montreal, Canada
Month-long comedy festival, the largest of its kind in the world
Lucerne Festival
   is held in   
Switzerland
One of Europe's oldest music festivals; begun by Toscanini in 1938
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
   is held in   
Florence, Italy
Prestigious celebration of classical music, opera and dance
Mardi Gras
   is held in   
New Orleans, U.S.A.
"laissez les bons temps roulez"; America's biggest and funniest party
Mevlana Festival
   is held in   
Konya, Turkey
Festival of Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi order
Montreal International Jazz Festival
   is held in   
Montreal, Canada
2000 world-class musicians; world's largest jazz fest
Montreux Jazz Festival
   is held in   
Switzerland
16-days of blues, reggae, funk, soul, rap, rock and pop, as well as jazz
Moomba
   is held in   
Melbourne, Australia
An annual festival celebrated during the Labour Day long weekend (the first Friday to the second Monday in March), and has been celebrated since 1955.
Newport Jazz Festival
   is held in   
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Major jazz festival which has premiered many jazz standards. Founded in 1954 by George Wein, the all outdoor festival is held every August and features some of the world's greatest jazz musicians
New Year's Eve at Copacabana Beach
   is held in   
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Mysterious and exotic homage to Iemanjá, African goddess of the sea
North Sea Jazz Festival
   is held in   
The Hague, Netherlands
Three-day weekend of round the clock concerts
Nowruz
   is held in   
Iran
Celebration of the Iranian new year, the first day of Spring
Oktoberfest
   is held in   
Munich, Germany
Sixteen-day celebration of beer
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
   is held in   
Ashland, Oregon
America's largest and longest (8-mo) celebration of the Bard
Paro Festival
   is held in   
Paro, Bhutan
Annual dance festival featuring traditional costumes and masks
The Passion Play of Oberammergau
   is held in   
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
Every ten years since 1633 as promised to end the Plague
Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival
   is held in   
Genworth Valley, NSW Australia
Annual event in December.celebrating world music and sustainable living. 60 acts will cover world, blues, roots, dub, contemporary and chilled beats.
Philadelphia Flower Show
   is held in   
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Oldest and most prestigious flower show in US; since 1829
Play on the Plains Festival and World Record Ute Muster
   is held in   
Deliliquin, VIC, Australia
Held annually late September.
Port Fairy Folk Festival
   is held in   
Port Fairy Victoria, Australia
Anually attracts over 30,000 fans. This major international and national festival features folk, country, bluegrass, acoustic rock and world music artists in a four day musical extravaganza
Reggaesumfest
   is held in   
Jamaica
Five days, beginning of August; non-stop reggae music
Rossini Opera Festival
   is held in   
Pesaro, Italy
Founded 1980
Salzburg Festival
   is held in   
Salzburg, Austria
Europe's most important annual musical event
Sapporo Snow Festival
   is held in   
Sapporo, Japan
Hundreds of mammoth snow and ice sculptures
Savonlinna Opera Festival
   is held in   
Lake District, Finland
Most important opera festival in northern Europe
Spoleto Festival
   is held in   
Umbria, Italy
Founded by Gian Carlo Menotti
Spoleto Festival U.S.A.
   is held in   
South Carolina, U.S.A.
Like its counterpart in Italy, begun by Gian Carlo Menotti; Charleston
Sturgis Rally
   is held in   
Sturgis, SD
First week of August. During that week, the state almost doubles in population.
Summernats
   is held in   
Canberra, Australia
A car festival held annually, usually at the start of January.
Tanglewood Music Festival
   is held in   
Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; June thru Aug
The Toyota National Country Music Muster
   is held in   
Queensland, Australia
Country Music Festival Held in August every year.
Wagner Festival
   is held in   
Beyreuth, Germany
Five weeks every summer at the Festspielhaus, the high temple to his music
The White Night Festival
   is held in   
St. Petersburg, Russia
Month-long festival of the performing arts


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