Every month we bring you a small round up of some of the coolest events that are going on globally. So wherever you are in the world, you’ll always have something fun to do.

New Orleans, USA: Mardi Gras

Bourbon Street from a balcony, Mardi Gras 2012

Bourbon Street from a balcony, Mardi Gras 2012 – Craig Stanfill / Flickr.com

It’s that time of year again where the biggest, wildest and most infamous party in America hits the streets of New Orleans. Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’ and it’s the final day of fun before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Mardi Gras officially takes place on 28th February however the most popular time to visit New Orleans is the extended week in the lead up to the 28th. If you plan your visit for that week then you’ll get to see some of the most popular parades and celebrations through the city. One of the biggest traditions of Mardi Gras is the ‘throws’ which are the famous beads, doubloons, cups, coins and trinkets that are thrown from the floats in the parades – so if you’re planning on taking a trip to New Orleans make sure you’ve got enough luggage space to take home all of your new beads! Mardi Gras really is one massive party and the vibe in the city is something you’ve never experienced before, so throw on some purple, green and gold colors (these are the colors of Mardi Gras) and get ready to enjoy one of the best parties in the US!

24th to 28th February 2016

Throughout the French Quarter and Other New Orleans Neighborhoods

Price: Free (yay)

www.mardigrasneworleans.com

 

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017

We hope you’re ready for one of the craziest street parties on Earth; the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is back for 2017! This beautiful Caribbean island throws its very own colorful, tropical party on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday – and there are also a ridiculous number of other festivities to attend. The streets of Trinidad and Tobago are filled with thousands of people dancing in masks and colorful costumes and you won’t be able to escape the tropical carnival sounds of soca, steelpan and calypso music. The costumes are covered in sequins and feathers, incredibly flamboyant and not to mention a little bit revealing but it’s all part of the fun! It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy island life, dance your troubles away and doing so with a rum cocktail in hand at all times.

27th to 28th February 2016

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Price: Free (yay)

www.gotrinidadandtobago.com/carnival-in-trinidad

 

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Rio Carnival

Rio de Janeiro, the carnival capital of the world! The Rio Carnival is considered to be the daddy of all carnivals and one that certainly sets the bar when it comes to partying. The event is one gigantic celebration of endless singing and dancing and Rio welcomes almost two million people per day onto the streets! The carnival begins with the crowning of the Fat King (King Momo), and then the real carnival begins in the streets, bars, clubs, squares and all sorts of other venues. The grand finale is the Rio Carnival Parade where the Samba Schools parade through the Sambodromo and are judged on their samba song, percussion band, float, props and their incredible costumes. So if you fancy heading to one of the biggest carnivals in the world then throw on some sequins and feathers and get ready to party non stop!

24th to 28th February 2016

Tickets to the Sambodromo Parade can be found here

Price: Parade tickets start from $99

www.rio-carnival.net

 

 

Auckland, New Zealand: Splore Festival

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Image credit: Splore Festival

Taking place every two years in the Tapapakanga Regional Park on New Zealand’s North Island, Splore is a boutique music and arts festival. There is an awesome line up of local and international music acts, a dynamic visual arts programme, a varied range of performances, as well as a workshops and talks to enjoy too. The festival is full of energy and fun and Splore organizers hope to educate and inspire the community through the ‘festival kaupapa (ethos, values and beliefs)’ by taking care of the planet and creating incredible experiences and all in all just having a really good party. If you purchase a ticket don’t forget to bring your best fancy dress outfit along, as it’s practically a festival requirement to dress up.

17th to 19th February 2017

Tapapakanga Regional Park, Deerys Rd, Orere, Auckland 2585, New Zealand

Line up: Dub Pistols, Beardyman, Weird Together, Hollie Smith, Courtesy, Frank Booker, Adam O, Out of Sorts and many may more…

Price: 3 day festival ticket tier 1 $275

www.splore.net

 

 

Cape Town & Johannesburg: Ultra South Africa

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Image credit: Ultra South Africa

Ultra South Africa is back for its fourth year of musical madness. The event is taking place in Cape Town on 24th February and in Johannesburg on 25th February and just like previous years the line up is pretty awesome! So far two stages have been confirmed, the Ultra Main Stage and Resistance and you can expect to see some of the massive names from the EDM world like David Guetta and DJ Snake performing. Ultra is one of the biggest and best EDM music festivals in the world so if you’re in Cape Town or Johannesburg towards the end of February grab yourself a ticket now before they all sell out!

24th February 2017 Cape Town

Cape Town Stadium, Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa

25th February Johannesburg

Expo Centre, Nasrec, Cnr Nasrec & Rand Show, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

Line up: Dash Berlin, Martin Garrix, Felix Jaehn, Black Coffee, DJ Fresh, Kyle Watson, Yeti, Dean Fuel, Euphonik and many many more…

Price: Cape Town tier 1 ticket R750.00, Johannesburg tier 1 R800.00

www.ultrasouthafrica.com

 

 

Reykjavík, Iceland: Sónar Reykjavík

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Sónar Reykjavík

Sónar Reykjavík is much like Sónar in Barcelona but on a much smaller scale. Sónar Barcelona first began way back in 1994 and gained a first class reputation as one of the go to international festivals in the world thanks to the great level of detail and organization that went into it. Sónar is at the cutting edge of electronic music and it combines well-established artists with emerging artists, creating the perfect scene to enjoy some of the newest trends in dance and electronic music. Sónar Reykjavík is much more intimate, with only 3,500 guests attending, festival organizers want to show how ‘it’s not always the largest stage and the biggest crowd that matters but also the unique relationship that forms and the memories for all involved. There will be five stages where a mix of international artists and some of Iceland’s hottest DJ’s will perform on, and they are even converting the concert halls underground parking into a nightclub for even more performances.

16th to 18th February 2017

Harpa Concert House, 2,, Austurbakki, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Line up: Ben Klock, B. Traits, Fatboy Slim, Giggs, Oddisee, Sleigh Bells, De La Soul, Forest Swords, Emmsjé Gauti and many many more…

Price: 3-Day Festival Pass: 19.990 ISK / €165, Thursday single night ticket: 9.990 ISK / €85, Friday single night ticket: 13.990 ISK / €115, Saturday single night ticket: 15.990 ISK / €130

www.sonarreykjavik.com

 

 

Tucson, Arizona: Gem & Jam Festival

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Image credit: Sage Thomas

Celebrating its 11th year in 2017 the Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, Arizona is the perfect weekend for both gem and festival enthusiasts. It actually started back in 2003 as an after-party for the Gem and Mineral show, which is held in Tucson every year – but after growing in popularity Gem & Jam managed to earn its own spot alongside the show. Gem & Jam is far more than just a music festival, festival attendees can of course expect to see Festival attendees great selection of jam bands and EDM acts but over the course of the three days there will be performances from dancers, visual performers, live artists and a selection of some amazing art installations.

2nd to 5th February 2016

Pima County Fairgrounds – 11300 South Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ 85747

Line up: Gramatik, G Jones, Poolside, The New Deal, Jaw Gems, Maddy O’Neal, The Party People, Smash & Grab, Cool Nasty, HÄANA and many many more…

Price: 4 day experience pass $189, 1 day festival pass $65, camping tickets range from $30 to $999

www.gemandjamfestival.com



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