Auckland Lantern Festival

Auckland Lantern Festival

February 14-17, 2019
Auckland, New Zealand

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the much-loved Auckland Lantern Festival, New Zealand’s largest cultural festival, takes place over four days, with over 800 handmade lanterns shining their light in and around the trees and pathways of the Auckland Domain to celebrate the Chinese New Year. From traditional red lanterns to elaborate scenes, the array of colours and intricate paper designs will be a sight to behold. www.aucklandnz.com

Envision Festival

February 28 – March 3, 2019
Rancho La Merced, Costa Rica

The perfect excuse for a Caribbean escape and a chance to commune with nature, Costa Rica’s Envision Festival takes place where the rainforest meets the ocean. This year’s line-up at the bohemian-meets-hipster festival includes Trevor Hall, The Floozies, Killer Diller, Bushman, Bunny Wabbit, and the Lazy Syrup Orchestra, who are complemented by a series of stage performances, yoga sessions and community initiatives. http://envisionfestival.com/

Carnival of Binche

Binche, Belgium
March 3-5, 2019

A three-day celebration preceding Ash Wednesday, the Unesco-recognised Carnival of Binche is a folkloric event that originated in the 14th century. On Shrove Tuesday, up to a thousand Gilles, dressed in joker costumes, along with peasants, pierrots and harlequins, paint the streets with colour and start a march to the rhythm of drums and viola along the Grand Place in the early hours. Spare a hand to catch oranges thrown by parade characters for good luck. Pre-carnival activities include drum rehearsals, orchestral performances, and gala balls.

Arctic Man Classic

April 9 – 14, 2019

Alaska, USA
Drawing 13,000 spectators to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2016 alone, Arctic Man is an exciting event in which teams of two, a snowmobiler and a skier, cooperate to finish a unique relay race on the peaks near Summit Lake. This competition, one of the world’s toughest downhill ski races, tests skiers and their partners’ skills to the max as they speed along the mountain flanks and across a 5,800-feet snow-covered summit. www.arcticman.com

Byron Bay Bluesfest

April 18 – 22, 2019

New South Wales, Australia
Drawing over 100,000 music lovers to the New South Wales coastal town, Byron Bay Bluesfest is a five-day multi-cultural extravaganza presenting 200 performances across six stages and provides a spectacular camping site for music-loving travellers. This year’s line-up includes Jack Johnson, Iggy Pop, Hozier and David Gray. Grab a beer at one of the five bars before drowning yourself in a week of sensational live music. www.bluesfest.com.au

Splashy Fen Festival

April 18 – 22, 2019

South Africa
Established in 1990, Splashy Fen is South Africa’s longest-running music festival, which every Easter attracts thousands of people to a farm near Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal for a unique outdoor music experience. Also present are arts and crafts stalls, food and drink outlets, crèche and children’s entertainment programme, as well as various camping and accommodation options. http://splashyfen.co.za

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