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.


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Ayahuasca Tourism: The Commercialization of Culture

By Jessica Barrett

Used by Indigenous tribes in the Amazon for medicinal purposes for centuries, it’s only in the last 50 years or so that Westerners have come to learn about ayahuasca   Read more

Central and South America Off the Beaten Path Events & Festivals Social Responsibility
Fourth of July celebrations

10 notable Fourth of July celebrations across America

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

On July 4th, the nation sings Happy birthday to the United States of America.  This summer day is Independence Day in the US and one of the busiest travel and tourism holidays in North America. Flights coming to America and from coast to coast are full.  Hotels in the top … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel Events & Festivals History

Brazil: A Country for Every Travel Budget

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

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Central and South America Budget Travel Events & Festivals The Arts
COVER: Sun worshipers welcome the Winter Solstice sunrise with raised hands and open hearts. Photo credit: Renee Alexander

Welcoming the Return of the Sun to Lake Titicaca

By Renee Alexander

Our winter welcome to Bolivia wasn’t exactly warm. For Americans, the visa requirements are extensive.   Read more

Central and South America Religious Travel Events & Festivals
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Where to Celebrate National Pride Month This June

By Lola Méndez

Cities across the States get a little more colorful as groups of people come together to celebrate Pride each year in June, with rainbow flags and clothes to symbolize gay pride.   Read more

United States LGBTQ Events & Festivals
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Las Vegas and Formula 1 Team Up to Make an Incredible Travel Opportunity

There are plenty of reasons to visit Las Vegas, though it is a city that’s most famous for being the casino capital of the United States – and the world. Its entire existence is owed to the casino industry which evolved in Vegas to serve the crowds of workers involved … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
Second Line | Judy Cooper and the Prince of Wales in a Second Line

Dancing in the Streets: A History of the Second Line

In this episode of World Footprints, Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick visited The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) in the French Quarter to meet with two amazing guests, Judy Cooper and Eric Seiferth, who help us understand the history and traditions of the Second Line.   Read more

New Orleans Events & Festivals History
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TODAY IN HISTORY: Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 1862) and…

Cinco de Mayo (“5th of May”) is more than an excuse to drink margaritas. The festival actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 – a victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over the French. The date is observed as a celebration of Mexican … Read more   Read more

Mexico Events & Festivals History
Oak Bluffs park photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick.

Martha’s Vineyard: A Vacation Journey Through Black History and Black Film

By Laura K. Wise

A friend invited me to share a house with her and a few other friends in Martha’s Vineyard over the Fourth of July weekend last year. Hearing stories of the Kennedys and the Obamas vacationing there, I assumed it would be a stuffy, pretentious community for the rich and famous. … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals History
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Enjoy the historic opening ceremonies surrounding the opening of the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC   Read more

United States Events & Festivals History
New Year's celebration

New Year’s Traditions From Around the World

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Today, while most countries continue to honor New Year’s Day on January 1st, each country’s traditions couldn’t be more different.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals
London at Christmas photo by Kellie Paxian

It’s Official: London Wins At Christmas

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United Kingdom Events & Festivals
White House Christmas. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

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The World Events & Festivals Literature & Music
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Traditional holiday dishes from around the world

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The World Events & Festivals Food & Drink
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How Different Cultures Celebrate the Christmas Holiday

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It turns out that Santa Claus doesn’t visit the entire world. Officially, the Christmas holiday is on the 24th and 25th of December each year. However, in reality, each region and country celebrates Christmas at earlier or later dates based on their own traditions and beliefs.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals