Happy June! The days are getting longer, and the weather is finally feeling summery! Over the last few months I’ve been sharing some of my favourite festivals from across the globe. From the truly unique, to the most colourful and vibrant occasions, here are my top festivals from around the world in the month of June!
Chicago Blues Festival
The Chicago Blues Festival is one of the largest free Blues Festivals on the planet, originally established to commemorate the death of Muddy Waters (a Blues icon). The three-day festival showcases both popular and up-and-coming artists from the genre who perform across five stages, with previous performers including Chuck Berry and Keith Richards.
St John the Baptist Festival
23rd June – Porto, Portugal
On the longest night of the year, the St John the Baptist Festival brings together thousands of individuals who take part in multiple celebrations and events taking place across the city. The festival dates all the way back to the 14th Century, adapting from a Pagan feast to a Christian celebration. On the night of June 23rd the city comes alive, with thousands taking to the streets to celebrate the life of St John. It’s tradition to barbeque sardines, eat ‘caldo verde’ – a traditional shredded cabbage soup, and partake in a glass of Port. At the stroke of midnight, the skies above the Douro River are alight with fireworks, reflecting the vibrantly decorated streets and Churches.
24th June – Cusco, Peru
The Inti Raymi festival is a celebration of the Sun God and Mother Earth (Pachamama) – the main gods in the Inca civilisation, considered to be the creators of everything in existence. Originally dedicated to an Inca ruler, the festival now attracts thousands of visitors to the streets of Cusco to experience a unique day of activities. Over 700 people are involved in staging cultural performances, dances, and praises, performed outside the Coricancha Complex.
Newfoundland Iceberg Festival
Each Spring, multiple icebergs begin to break off ancient glaciers surrounding Greenland and Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador. The Newfoundland Iceberg Festival celebrates the coming of Spring, and offers unrivalled sights of beautiful landscapes, tasty food, and a truly unique experience. The seascape surrounding Northern Canada is transformed into a stunning backdrop of icebergs and glaciers, as well as welcoming hundreds of migrating whales. Throughout the festival, visitors can take boat tours to the glaciers to get up-close and personal, meet iceberg experts, hear traditional music, and discover some fantastic nature walks.
San Vino Wine Fight Festival
29th June – Haro, Spain
The San Vino Wine Fight Festival takes place every year, originating from an ancient land dispute. Haro is home to over 40% of the vineyards in the Rioja region of Spain, with locals devoted to producing some of the best wine in the world. During the festival, hundreds of locals and a few lucky visitors climb a mountain in La Rioja, armed with water guns ready for a unique water fight with delicious, sweet wines produced in the local region. After the fight has made its way back down the mountain towards the town of Haro, traditional dances begin, and further celebrations ensue!
La Fête de la Musique
21st June – France
To celebrate the summer solstice, La Fête de la Musique is a one-day festival which takes place across France – celebrating and highlighting music, arts, and culture. Everyone is encouraged to participate (whether it be as a performer, listener, or spectator), with free concerts to be found in every corner of the country highlighting the importance of the music and arts to France’s culture and population. The festival dates back to 1981, when France’s Minister of Culture – Jack Lang – decided to create a day-long music celebration on the day of the summer solstice. The event became a major success, and is now celebrated in over 100 countries across the globe!
Have you ever been to any of these Festivals? Let us know in the comments below!