Dominica Jazz Festival. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Susan Sontag

From villages to big cities, festivals and events bring people together to celebrate culture, heritage, cuisine or just about anything.  From religion to music, from agriculture to sports, from food to just plain fun, festivals and events sustain communities and encourage travel all over the world.

A trip or a small drive to an event with friends or with family needs no reason except just fun. And most importantly we can take a break from our daily routines and experience some celebration without going away too far. Festivals reminds us of our cultures, traditions, and above all is a time to celebrate with family.


South Dakota badlands bison

The unexpected bison tradition in South Dakota you can’t miss

By Tara Tadlock

Every year in the autumn, the ground at Custer State Park shakes and the air is filled with clouds of dust. You can hear cheering from crowds of people as they watch almost 2,000 bison being herded into a corral by nearly 60 cowboys and cowgirls on horseback.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals Conservation
World Footprints Lowell Thomas Gold Award Announcement

World Footprints Podcast Wins Top 2021 Lowell Thomas Award

By Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick

World Footprints won recognition as a top travel podcast, receiving a Gold Award in the 2021 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
hangzou-China-garden

Exploring Comfort Zones and Culture in China

By Alexander Galant

Leaving Canada for a three-week cultural adventure in China, I become infected with the travel bug that now fuels my future.   Read more

Asia Experiences Transformative Events & Festivals
batak-man in Sumantra

4 Things You Can Only Find During Ramadan in Sumatra

By Nayla Azmi

For Muslims around the world, and Sumatra in particular, Ramadan is a special time. It’s a holy month of fasting, introspection, and praying.   Read more

Asia Religious Travel Events & Festivals
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Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Visit to These English Museums

By Ali Jennings

March is Women’s History Month. Celebrated in the UK, the USA, and Australia to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th, this month highlights the contributions women have made to events in history and contemporary society.   Read more

United Kingdom Family Travel Events & Festivals History The Arts
Women in Tourism - Women on the World

The Women Making Tourism Powerful

By Lola Méndez

Celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting women around the globe through unique tourism experiences that benefit women’s empowerment and travel with female-led groups. International Women’s Day is honored annually on March 8th to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and serves as a call to action … Read more   Read more

The World Events & Festivals Social Responsibility
The Hershey Story Photo Courtesy of Hershey, PA

For the Love of Chocolate

By Terri Marshall

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love, romance and chocolate step into the spotlight. This love and chocolate thing dates back more than 1,500 years to the Maya and Aztec cultures.   Read more

United States Experiences Events & Festivals Food & Drink
Washington DC Tourism

Tourism in Washington, D.C. amid COVID and the 2021 Presidential Inauguration

With all of the challenges facing Washington and a forthcoming Presidential Inauguration to prepare for, we spoke to Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC, to talk about the status of tourism in the District.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
National Shop for Travel Day - River in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Celebrating the joy of travel on National Shop for Travel Day

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The technological resources that are available make research and planning for vacations much easier. This was the reasoning behind the creation of National Shop for Travel Day.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
Vacation shopping

January 12: National Shop for Travel Day

By Breana Johnson

If you’re itching to get out of town, you’re not alone in your wanderlust. Maybe that’s why National Shop for Travel Day – a day dedicated to (you guessed it) shopping for your upcoming adventures – may very well gain quite a bit of traction this year.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
Happy New Year's Eve

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve safely around the world

By Tara Tadlock

Lockdowns and government restrictions don’t have a put a damper on New Year’s Eve festivities.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals
White House Christmas. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

World Footprints Holiday Music Special

‘Tis the season with the gift of holiday music.  As you enjoy the musical selections from around the world, please accept our gratitude for your support of World Footprints over the years.    Read more

The World Events & Festivals Literature & Music
Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks in 2020

By Terri Marshall

Often seen as the kick-off to the festive holiday season, families and friends come together to eat, drink and be merry. But like pretty much everything else in 2020, Thanksgiving will be different this year.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
Isle of Wight beach

An Expat’s Christmas Journey to the Isle of Wight

By Bianka Cramblit

Jude Law stopping by your snow-covered cottage in the English countryside…. Yes, please! The many other festive British holiday movies had left me feeling like I had already celebrated there.   Read more

United Kingdom Events & Festivals
pumpkin-halloween

Safe and Spooky: Where to enjoy Halloween from a Social Distance

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Halloween is around the corner and the ghouls and goblins are coming for us whether we’re ready or not. This time they will be frightening us from a safe distance. But don’t worry because your adrenaline will still run high.   Read more

The World Family Travel Events & Festivals