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5 Best Things that Can Happen in Festivals

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Festivals are celebrated for varied reasons. Some are steeped in ancient rituals and traditions while others serve as gatherings to commemorate important events. Whatever the theme of the celebration may be, being part of a festival can be an amazing moment. And for some, it can be life-changing. Here are some of the best things that can happen to you in festivals.

1. Once in a lifetime experiences
Every celebration is unique in itself regardless of how long the tradition has been observed. You can experience the same event differently each time. The people are different and how things unfold will never be exactly the same as before. For this reason, every festival has something new to offer, a once in a lifetime experience that make for great stories you can look back to over time.

2. Chance meetings and real life connections
In today’s increasingly connected world, more and more people are relying on technology to communicate. This limits real-life interactions. Festivals provide opportunities for chance meetings and new friendships. You will likely meet people from different walks of life, hear their stories, or observe and learn from them.

3. The unexpected and unfamiliar
Festivals take you out of your comfort zone. The unexpected and unfamiliar may be daunting at the onset. But it can push you beyond your limits allowing you to explore what you are capable of doing if put in unfamiliar situations. The things that happen during the events or celebrations you become part of can even broaden your perspectives.

4. Learning experience
A lot of festivals are rooted in cultural traditions and religious beliefs of diverse groups of people. You can learn a lot about their history, culture, and rituals as well as get a glimpse of the life they lead. Some of the things you will discover are not even things you can read about from books or learn in schools.
Festivals allow you to push your limits.

5. Creativity and meaning
Festivals are a celebration of creativity and a form of expression for people from different backgrounds. It allows you to see spectacular displays of people’s talents and skills. From unique costumes to the different ways events are celebrated, festivals showcase the people’s ability to create and put meaning to their work.

Circleville Ohio Pumpkin Show

8 Fall Festivals in America You Shouldn’t Miss

Fall in love with these festivals across America (pun intended)! If you’re looking for some entertainment this fall, you better get your car ready for some memorable road trip because you’ll have to travel a lot during this fall!

Don’t worry if your car is dirty before the travel; you can go to Lifewitheidi to learn about how you should properly clean your car and what tools you should prepare before the season arrives.

New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival

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Place: Laconia, New Hampshire

Dates: October 12-13, 2018

Every year, this place attracts around 40,000 visitors because of its renowned jack-o’-lantern tower. But that’s not the only thing that gets the attention of visitors. This place also provides live music of any genre, a beer garden, and kid-friendly activities. This Fall Festival is for the entire family and is one for the books.

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Place: Breckenridge, Colorado

Dates: September 7-9, 2018

A Munich-style street party for the season? Why not?! This festival will make you love “oompah” dancing. It offers traditional polka music and a lot of schnitzels. If you want a fun festival, you better visit Colorado on those dates.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Place: Leavenworth, Washington

Dates: October 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20, 2018

Let this Bavarian-style town in Washington surprise you with one of the best fall festivals ever! This festival offers food, tons of activities, live music in tents, and lots of outdoor fun! It’s one of the festivals that will make you realize that all festivals are alike, but not all of them have the same kind and amount of fun. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you attend.

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Circleville Ohio Pumpkin Show

Place: Circleville, Ohio

Dates: October 17-20, 2018

Let Ohio make the best out of Fall season by bringing you sumptuous fall treats and entertaining parades. More than 10,000 pounds of squash, pumpkins, and gourds are also used to decorate the streets during this time, which only stimulates everyone’s spirit for Fall.

Autumn at the Arboretum

Place: Dallas, Texas

Dates: September 22-October 31, 2018

A pumpkin village shouldn’t be missed. Texas hosts a town made of 75,000 squash, pumpkins, and gourds. I’m telling you, you wouldn’t want to skip this village. It has the spirit of Fall written all over it.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Place: Sonoma, California

Dates: October 6-7, 2018

Want to win prizes and be more active this season? Then join the winery competitions, cow-milking contests, and the famous World Championship Grape Stomp in this fair! Expect to taste award-winning wines in this event too. The best part about the contests is that anyone can join.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

2014 Adirondack Balloon Festival

Place: Glens Falls, New York

Dates: September 20-23, 2018

There’s no day when balloons aren’t fun, but there is a day when they’re even more fun! If you don’t want to ride a hot air balloon, you can watch from below and watch the bright-colored balloons take off and get scattered in the beautiful sky. Don’t get too emotional, though.

Scarecrow Festival

Place: St. Charles, Illinois

Dates: October 5-7, 2018

The last one on our list may not be suitable for children that are so young. Still, it’s a place for the whole family because of the petting zoo and the carnival. The event also offers live music, a crafts show, and of course, hand-crafted scarecrows. If you’re a handyman, you’ll surely appreciate all the craft-making here.

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Top 4 Coffee Festivals in the World

Glasgow Coffee Festival

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Where: The Briggait, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

When: May 19-20, 2018

Feast your eyes on everything that’s coffee-related in this two-day coffee celebration! This event showcases the coffee passion of the Scottish coffee community. The gathering features coffee cafes, roasters, exhibitors, baristas, workshops, masterclasses, demonstrations, and presentations. You’ll even enjoy the competitions, the film, the music, the art, and the photography! You’ll also find new gear to upgrade your brewing kit at home, and be able to converse with well-known baristas and coffee masters! In this festival, you’ll learn how to love the coffee culture of Scotland.

The London Coffee Festival

london-coffee-festivalWhere: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

When: April 12-15, 2018

Learn from renowned coffee masters in this festival! The London Coffee Festival is packed with activities that will surely satisfy your coffee cravings. In this 4-day event, you’ll be able to watch how latte arts are done, join an espresso martini party, learn through the home barista workshops, listen to good coffee music, be exposed in coffee art projects, and more! There’s also a shop that doesn’t sell coffee alone! There’s a house of coffee, school of chocolate, and a bar. What more could you possibly ask for?

The New York Coffee Festival

Where: Metropolitan Pavilion

When: October 12-14, 2018

Tim Tam Slam Challenge. Blind Coffee Test. Coffee Music Project. These are just some of the highlights of this coffee event in New York. There’s a true artisan café for the coffee lover, and you can even win prizes in this festival. Plus, it has an official charity partner: Project Waterfall which has raised over $1 million already, bringing clean water to over 25,000 people in coffee-growing communities in seven countries. And that’s enough reason to attend this festival. Not only will you be able to have a good time, you’ll also have the chance to reach out.

Singapore Coffee Festival

Where: To be announced

When: To be announced

In this coffee celebration, you’re going to do a lot more than just drink coffee. You can acquire new brewing knowledge thanks to the cupping sessions available, make your own latte art, and purchase coffee equipment. There are several coffee and cocktail workshops you can attend to. These workshops expand your knowledge about specialty coffee, flavor profiling, coffee roasting, and so on. It’s one of most hype coffee events ever.

 

And those are our top 4! Well, if you can’t attend these celebrations because you’re too far from any of the places, you can always make yourself a cup of coffee at home with a home espresso machine. I found the best ones at coffee-channel.com, so be sure to check them out too.

A Taste of Japan

Nama-gaki in Japan

When it comes to festivals, Japan is one of the best places to celebrate. It has a long list of matsuris many of which draw people from around the world. It also has a number of food festivals, which provide the perfect setting to taste Japan in all its culinary glory.

Miyajima Oyster Festival
Where: Miyajima, Hiroshima
When: Early February
Why go: Hiroshima is known for its excellent seafood and the oysters are definitely a must-try. And there is no better time to eat them than during oyster season that falls in the first quarter of the year. The Miyajima Oyster Festival is an annual celebration held in early February. You can eat great tasting oysters raw or take your pick from the selection of delectable oyster-based dishes.

Meguro Kumin Matsuri
Where: Meguro-ku, Tokyo
When: Early September
Why go: The Meguro Kumin Matsuri is a festival that features four different events — the Furusato Bussannten, Kodomo Hiroba, Meguro no Sanma Matsuri, and Omatsuri Hiroba. The most popular of which is the Meguro no Sanma Matsuri or Pacific saury festival where visitors can enjoy freshly-grilled Sanma (Pacific saury).

Hokkaido Fair (The Hokkai Shokudo)
Where: Yoyogi Park, Tokyo
When: Late September to early October
Why go: The Hokkaido Fair is a food festival that celebrates and showcases the scrumptious foods from the region. Spread over four days, the free event attractions hundreds of thousands of local and foreign visitors who come to enjoy a wide array of dishes and treats at affordable prices including the best quality seafood as well as Hokkaido’s famous beer — Sapporo.

Turkish Delight and other sweets at the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul

Turkish Delights: 7 of the Must-See Things and Do in Turkey

Turkish Delight and other sweets at the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul

Anyone on the lookout for a festival to explore will find plenty of fascinating possibilities from around the world. And a country that straddles two continents seems like a great place to start. Turkey, with its European and Asian sides, offers a lot of things to see and experience for every traveler who takes the time to discover and immerse in its culture. Festival lovers will find a wide array of events and gatherings worth checking out like the Sarıgerme Kite Festival, the traditional camel wrestling, and the various art, cultural, and film festivals held in different parts of the country.

But more than the festivals, Turkey is teeming with popular and hidden attractions and things to do that should be on every traveler’s radar. Here are just some of the things you would not want to miss when visiting the country:

1. Start your day with a traditional Turkish breakfast, preferably with or surrounded by locals.

2. Spend time exploring the country’s food scene. Eat baklava and taste some of the wide arrays of delicious Turkish Delights Istanbul and other cities or towns have to offer.

3. Enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee or tea at the café in Dolmabahçe Palace while admiring the waterfront view of the European side of the Bosphorus.

4. Go souvenir shopping or browsing through the hundreds of stalls offering a mind-boggling array of items at the Grand Bazaar and check out the wide selection of foods and spices at the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul.

5. Admire the stunning architecture of some of Istanbul’s famous attractions like Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), Topkapı Palace, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace, Basilica Cistern, and more.

6. Get your fill of some of the best Turkish street foods like dürüm, kumpir (baked potato with a wide array of toppings to choose from), lahmacun (Turkish pizza), simit, and so much more.

7. See some of the best attractions in the country’s European and Asian sides.