APH’s Top 10 Wackiest and Liveliest Events Around the World

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Airport Parking & Hotels (APH) has created a guide comparing the wackiest and liveliest upcoming events around the world for festival enthusiasts looking for events with an edge.


Air Guitar World Championships, Finland
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Air Guitar
  • Celebrate world peace
  • Play Air Guitar
  • 24-26 August 2016
  • Free admission for Dark Horses’ Qualifying Round and World Final
  • World Final VIP tickets cost £52 (€62)

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, USA
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Hot air balloons
  • Chainsaw carving
  • Balloon flying competition
  • Fireworks show
  • Music fiesta
  • Dawn patrol
  • 1-9 October 2016
  • General admission tickets cost £7.50 ($10)
  • Free admission for children aged 12 and under

Dia de los Muertos, Oaxaca, Mexico
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Celebration of the dead
  • Fancy dress
  • Theatrical performances
  • Visit cemeteries
  • Several colourful costumed processions
  • Water and food offered on altars to those who have passed to replenish their souls
  • Face painting
  • 1-2 November 2016
  • N/A

Krampusnacht, Klagenfurt, Austria
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Celebration of holiday season
  • Fancy dress
  • Contributors dress up as devils and demons
  • Christmas markets
  • Mulled wine
  • Gingerbread
  • November 2016
  • Dates TBD
  • N/A

La Pourcailhade (Festival of the Pig), Trie-sur-Baïse, France
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Celebration of swine
  • French pig squealing championships
  • Contestants imitate pig noises at different stages of a pig’s life
  • Piglet races
  • Pork sausage-eating contests
  • Best piggy outfit competition
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • 14 August 2016
  • N/A

La Tomatina, Bunol, Spain
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Food fight

 

  • More than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • 31 August 2016
  • Ticket prices based on a package
  • Tomatina exit from Valencia costs £42 (€50)
  • Tomatina exit from Barcelona costs £63 (€75)
  • Tomatina exit from Madrid costs £72 (€85)
  • Tomatina exit from Alicante costs £76 (€90)
  • Tomatina exit from Benidorm costs £76 (€90)
  • Tomatina exit from Calpe £76 (€90)
  • Tomatina exit from Denia £76 (€90)
  • Tomatina exit from Javea £76 (€90)
  • Tomatina exit from Gandia costs £76 (€90)
  • Tomatina exit from Torrevieja costs £76 (€90)
  • Tomatina exit from Cartagena costs £76 (€90)
  • Tomatina exit from La Manga costs £80 (€95)

Lopburi Monkey Banquet, Thailand
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Giant feast
  • Live musical performances
  • Speeches
  • Monkey dances
  • Monkeys feast on food and throw food at each other
  • 27 November 2016

 

  • Free admission

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Beer drinking
  • Variety of beer
  • Rides
  • Pretzels
  • Food
  • Malt sack race
  • Sausage eating contest
  • Stein holding struggle contest
  • Keg toss
  • Partner carrying race
  • Team challenges
  • 17 September 2016 until 3 October 2016
  • Free admission

The Highline Meeting, Monte Piana, Dolomites, Italy
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Highline
  • Sporting event
  • Food
  • Yoga
  • Acroyoga
  • Massages
  • Outdoor cinema
  • Photo contest
  • Knodel night party
  • Tandem paragliding
  • Live music
  • Body painting
  • 2-8 September 2016
  • £42 (€50) admission fee
  • Includes:
  • All services insurance
  • Tent space
  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • T-shirt
  • Glass with the logo

World Bog Snorkelling Championships – Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
TYPE OF FESTIVAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT DATE OF FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES*
  • Sporting event
  • Food and drink stalls
  • Crafts
  • Bouncy castle
  • Live music
  • Ale and cider bar
  • Snorkelling in a bog competition
  • 28 August 2016

 

  • Full event fee costs £15

* Where costs are given in GBP against foreign currency, rates calculated in August 2016 using rates from Google Finance and rounded to nearest GBP.

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