Travelers’ Night In — Festivals!
On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, the theme was festivals! As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!
Q1. Strangest festival you’ve ever participated in?
GlobalBasecamps Doll cremation festival in Japan to honor rejected/neglected dolls…no joke!
vickycymru Nadur Spontaneous Grotesque Carnival (Gozo/Malta)- costumes, rebellion, noise with a bit of cross dressing
travelingsavage Bay to Breakers in San Francisco. Tens of thousands of naked/partially naked drunk and stoned “runners.” Hedonism.
Great_Vacations Family reunions. Enough said 😉
mobilelawyer Hemingway Days in Key West is a bit odd. Here is “the running of the bulls.”
Q2. Festival with the best food? Most bizarre?
SaraKateTravel OMG the MN STATE FAIR!!!! It’s actually going on right now & I’m going on Mon! They’ll deep-fry ANYTHING!
SassySarahG Austin just hosted their annual Hot Sauce Festival last weekend…talk about HOOOTTT!!
lpusastaff The Rock Creek “TestyFesty” in Montana – somewhere I still have my “I had a ball” t-shirt
visitwales Can’t decide between Abergavenny Food Fest & Great British Cheese Fest for best food. Ok the cheese wins. Go Wales!
travelpology Deep Fried S’more
Q3. Favorite genre of festival: Music, Food, Fair, Holiday, Religious, or Quirky?
SuzanneWenz Love a music festival w/ great food – like the New Orleans Jazz Fest.
CGTravels Food. Come on, that’s half of why I travel anyway!
shipsandtrips Music and Food will be at all festivals, but the BEST? Wine-themed festivals bring out all the good food, fun people!
zoraoneill Religious, b/c it covers all the others! (Proves I’m a hopeless heathen, tho.)
Natalie_Travels Buddha’s Bday Seoul, literally millions of lanterns!
Q4. Craziest thing you have worn/seen at a festival?
JuliaConey A woman had BBKing CDs covering her chest at New Orleans Jazz Festival
TravelsceneUSA At B&S balls in the outback you wear an 80’s style prom dress, the uglier the better. By the end of the night you’re covered in mud
globaldish Does the Full Moon Party count? I had little glow in the dark footprints painted up my arms – they left marks for a week!
kiku1978 A skirt made out of corn cobs!!!
adventurouskate Halloween in Salem, Mass. Jesus telling everyone to smoke weed.
Q5. What’s your favorite festival photo? Show us a pic.
ZipSetAndrea La Tomatina
ZipSetRachel This guy’s beard hair in my eye
KWanderlust3 Gay Pride Canal Parade in Amsterdam!! The gays certainly know how to party
Q6. Festival with the best live music?
kirsten_al no lie – the live guitar and harp music at the Renaissance Fair in Holly, MI is usually pretty entertaining
Travel_Quest Glastonbury… if you can get tickets. (and you like being a dirty camper for a few days)
BudgetTraveller I love trance and have heard the Global Gathering is amazing so that’s on my bucket list
planetnomad Hands down…SXSW in Austin, Texas!
Image: Visualist Images
Q7. Festival that you can’t miss year after year?
ieatmypigeon I used to think I couldn’t miss the Coney Island Mermaid Parade but have for the past 3 yrs. My heart weeps to wear a sequined tail.
chibeba Hay Festival in Wales is unmissable for book and literary buffs. Bill Clinton called it “the Woodstock of the mind”
PRwahine Maui Film Festival. Movies under the stars. Lots of fun foodie events too.
whereisjenny Carnival in South America is FUN! Especially the water balloon and foam fights you have with the locals!
whereisjenny Carnival in Oruro, Bolivia
Q8. Best festival for kids? Worst?
IntoxAbroad Depends if your kid knows how to man-up and pound beers or if they’re a whiny little wuss
EpsteinTravels Best Fair for Children: Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland: they put a goat on a tower & cheer for him…oh yeah.
_ink_mama Speaking of kids, my little flower is driving me INSANE today. How dare she not let me play #TNI two weeks in a row!?
Gadling Worst #festical for kids: The “Annual Knife and Fat Naked Men” fest. Location: shifting.
mobilelawyer Oktoberfest is actually a very big family/kid event. Tons of rides and such.
Q9. Tips for surviving a weekend long festival?
glutenfreewife Know when it’s time to go home. Ur broke or need to go #2 wicked bad & porta potties won’t cut it.
RickGriffin Best Festival survival tip: Always have bail money
travelerkate Sub every 10th beer for water, sunscreens & properly colored clothes that hide sweat, stains & dirt
mobilelawyer Bring your own Port-a-Potty. Or a big jar with a good screw top lid.
YucatanHolidays Me at the Carnaval de Putla in Oaxaca a couple of years ago.
Q10. Festival the world needs: where & what would the theme be?
TellurideHotels ‘Save the Gulf Coast Festival’ at BP’s CEO mansion
amandaelsewhere Maybe a hug festival, preceeded by a beer festival and punctuated with a burrito festival.
redhunttravel A real life Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Festival! All-day, every-day.
radioceleste A travel writer’s festival where underpaid over-worked writers get free food, massages & win big expensive prizes
AryCancun “Día de Muertos”, similar to Halloween…celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd
And that’s the week!