TripTogether, the popular social travel website and mobile app, has focused attention on those unique and quirky festivals taking place around the world in July that attract attention from globetrotting members. Using the travel network’s wide variety of resources and features, combined with knowledge from its team of internet experts and avid travelers on the site, TripTogether gives real insight into those cultural festivals in amazing destinations.
Fiesta de San Fermin (Running of the Bulls)
Taking place in Plaza do Toros from July 6-14th, Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls is one of Navarra, Spain’s most popular festivals. The festival, held in honor of San Fermin, the patron saint of Navarra, is a lively fun filled event visited by people from all over the world. The Encierro, or Running of the Bulls, is the heart of the event beginning with the launching of fireworks that sets hundreds of runners racing down the street followed by 6 fighting bulls and 6 oxen being led to the arena for the afternoon bullfight. A truly amazing spectacle for travel partners to experience on a shared vacation together in Spain.
The Darwin Beer Can Regatta
Taking place on July 6th at Mindil Beach, the regatta is held annually in the beer-drinking capital of the world Darwin, Australia. Looking for a creative way to re-purpose all those empties, local residents began using them to build tin boats and hold a regatta. The race attracts some of the most creative and sometimes enormous boats imaginable. At the friendly Battle of Mindil, contestants use flour bombs, water guns, and other contraptions to launch at their opponents, while soft-drink-can races are held for the children. This festival offers a fun and fantastic way to meet new friends in a glorious destination.
Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival)
Japan’s most famous festival takes place in Kyoto, Japan on July 17th as a grand procession of Yamaboko floats are led down the street in remembrance of the events in AD 869. The festival’s parade includes colorful performances of devotion and a young local boy at the center of it all, the chigo, who wears Shinto robes and a golden phoenix crown as he rides the main Yamaboko. This year will see a second parade of floats on July 24th when floats retired 48 years ago will be reintroduced. This is a real treat for all those travelers who love to share Japanese culture.
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Taking place every year on the last weekend of July in the garlic capital of the world, Gilroy, California, the United States hosts a festival for garlic lovers of the world. Over 2 tons of fresh garlic are turned into amazing aromatic delicacies, including garlic bread, garlic seafood, garlic fries, garlic sausages, and of course the very popular garlic ice cream. The festival entertains attendees with 3 stages of live music, includes many arts, crafts, celebrity cooking demonstrations, and a garlic braiding workshop, and is topped off with the crowning of a Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen. This unusual festival is a great occasion for food lovers to come together and celebrate.
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