July is speeding on by isn’t it? With Summer in full swing here in the UK, and life returning to some form of ‘normal’, people are starting to get back out and about, meeting up with loved ones, visiting shops, bars and restaurants, and heading back to live events and festivals. Each month this year I’ve been sharing some of the top Festivals from around the world, and without further ado, here are 3 Unmissable July Festivals from Around the World.
IL PALIO DI SIENA
2nd July – Siena, Italy
Il Palio Di Siena is one of the most anticipated events in Tuscany’s summer calendar. Dating all the way back to 1633, Il Palio Di Siena features Italy’s most famous horse race, with Siena’s districts competing amongst themselves. The Palio takes place over 4 days (with warm ups taking place on June 29th, and the main competition featuring on July 2nd) and each race features 10 of the 17 districts (‘Contrade’), with the winner taking home the Drappellone – a painted silk canvas which is hand crafted every year by different artists. The Drappellone is hung proudly in the centre of the winning district’s museum!
11th-13th July – Mongolia
The Naadam Festival celebrates Mongolia’s strong military history, with the first celebrations taking place in the 1920’s after Mongolia declared independence from China. The Festival honours the victories won by the People’s Revolution to form the independent nation we know today, and remembers those who fell. Over the course of two days, traditional sports are showcased including archery and horse riding, reflecting the important military history that has formed the foundation of Mongolia. Naadam Festival is the biggest event of the year for many families, bringing people together from all walks of life.
July – Calgary, Canada
The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival, running for 10 days throughout July. The very first Calgary Stampede was held in 1886, and now attracts over a million visitors each year, and has become dubbed as the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’. Featuring bucking broncos, chuck-wagon races, and steer wrestling competitions, the festival also runs agricultural shows, motor-cross and dog events!
Have you ever been to any of these festivals? Let us know in the comments below, and if you have any interesting festivals in your hometown throughout July!