Sorry, South America, Australia, and Africa, but the Northern Hemisphere has the most fun during summer.
As soon as the Sun starts sticking around. Europe blossoms. Music festivals begin to lurk behind every corner. And it’s not just music events; art lovers and foodies aren’t left behind, either. This is when Europe’s cultural diversity finally offers something more than just the language barrier. While you teach English in Europe, you might as well have some fun, right?
Exit Fest, Serbia
This is one of the most popular European music festivals. Some even say it’s the best. The Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad comes to life as thousands of music fans gather to rock out together. The fortress itself is not to be underestimated — it’s massive, full of interesting things like the Reversed Clock, and well worth your time.
2014 marks the fifteenth edition of this summer festival, and it’s already proved to be one of the better organized European music events. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise, because a lineup with such big names requires it. Drum’n’Bass, techno, rock, and punk— Exit has it all.
Just a couple of days later, the Sea Dance Festival starts, which is something electronic music fans always dream about. It started as an Exit after-party, but it has become more than this. It is a festival with own distinct character.
Sziget Festival, Hungary
Sziget is another big music festival that brings together names like Queens of the Stone Age, The Prodigy, Placebo, Blink-182, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
If you think that a festival that has such artists in its lineup has nothing to offer apart from the music, you’re wrong. Sziget has a ton of fun activities, like exploring the mesmerizing Luminarium or going down to the beach, where you can catch a break and cool off. You can also do a quick trip to the center of Budapest, which is just a ten-minute walk away. This festival happens in August in the heart of Budapest.
If you’re art-hungry and music just won’t cut it, head over to SALT in Norway. The beach on the mountainous island of Sandhornøya is the starting point of a summer festival unlike any other. SALT will take you through the Arctic culture presented by a series of art installations.
The care and respect to the land is evident in every aspect of the festival. Everything from the accommodation to the bar and its Amfi, both a natural amplifier and a sauna, is designed to have minimal impact on the environment.
This life-changing experience, that’s so much more than a festival, usually happens in August/September.
La Tomatina, Spain
La Tomatina is the only war I approve of. This tomato massacre has happened every summer in the small Spanish town of Buñol since 1945 and it’s getting bigger each year.Typically, more than 130,000 kilos of over-ripe tomatoes fly towards people’s faces.
The Spanish manage to set the right tone and keep this holiday fun and safe. In fact, people enjoy it so much that La Tomatina is spreading across the world. Here’s what the Brits have to say about it.
A crowd of more than 30,000 people gathers on the last Wednesday of August — 27 August, this year. If you manage to get into Buñol a day or two earlier, you’ll get to participate in the pre-La Tomatina parties that are thrown on the city’s streets.
Europe does seem like the place to be in the summer, but let’s not forget the rest of the world. Share some celebrations and summer festivals that you’re excited about, wherever they be. Or, drop a line in the comments below if something in Europe has snuck under my radar.