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.


MLK Mem.jpg photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Dreaming the DREAM

Enjoy the historic opening ceremonies surrounding the opening of the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC   Read more

United States Events & Festivals History
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8 Must-Have Apps Families Can Use During The Holiday Season

There are thousands of smartphone apps that can help people find restaurants, stores and other things around town or on vacation. And, just like adults have their favorites, kids have favorites for themselves. Use their apps to help you keep your sanity and them occupied while you’re busy traveling during … Read more   Read more

Family Travel Events & Festivals
Santa's Reindeer

Airbnb Listing Offers Visitors A Chance To See Santa’s Reindeer (Farm)

Airbnb offers all kinds of animal experiences for people to try, and now it’s bringing the Christmas spirit with a trip to Santa’s Reindeer Herd. The farm, which is located in Eatonville in western Washington, is a family-owned company that says they believe in Christmas’ magic. According to the Airbnb … Read more   Read more

North America Family Travel Events & Festivals
Candy Cane House

Stay in an Edible Candy Cane House this Holiday Season

For people looking for something really unique to do this Christmas season, Booking.com suggests its edible London booking – the Candy Cane House. The Candy Cane House is located in the Soho neighborhood and is being offered for two guests for two nights. It’s designed for people who love sweets … Read more   Read more

Off the Beaten Path Events & Festivals
Napa Valley Wine Train

Unique Christmas-themed Train Ride

If you’re looking for something unique for your holiday travel, consider the Napa Valley Wine Train with its special Santa Train. It’s a Christmas-themed train that’s great for families that travels through the scenic areas of Napa Valley with a bunch of fun activities and snacks for everybody to enjoy.  … Read more   Read more

North America Events & Festivals Food & Drink
Super Bowl XLIII

The Best American Sporting Events to Watch or Attend

Sports are a huge aspect of American culture. It therefore makes perfect sense that the nation regularly hosts some of the biggest and best events on the planet, which are each a celebration of exceptional talent and fandom. There are, however, numerous sports to choose from, which each have various … Read more   Read more

North America Family Travel Events & Festivals
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
Shaman

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
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Celebrating Bermuda Day

Every May the entire population on the island of Bermuda gathers to celebrate Bermuda Day, formerly known as Empire Day.  The holiday initially marked the birthday of Queen Victoria across all of the British colonies.  However, as the colonies gained independence this day shifted as a celebration to mark national … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Events & Festivals History
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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
An American solider being greeted by local children.

Washington DC’s GI Film Festival

As we celebrate this Memorial Day holiday we thought we would share some highlights from previous years coverage of the  G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C.  The GI Film Festival is the first film festival in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals The Arts
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TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Earth Day (April 22, 1970)

On April 22th of each year, millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day.  This day is regarded by many to mark the birth of the modern environmental movement. Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, was the principal founder of the first Earth Day. Senator Nelson hired a … Read more   Read more

The World Events & Festivals History Preservation Sustainability
New France festivalgoers dressed in period costumes

Quebec City’s New France Festival – a walk through Canadian history

Today on World Footprints we celebrate Canada’s Francophone roots in the Quebec region as we walk in the footsteps of history at the New France Festival in Quebec City. Plus, we’ll visit an Augustinian Monastery turned holistic spa and we’ll talk to an Old World wine merchant. The walled fortifications … Read more   Read more

Canada Events & Festivals History
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UN Foundation’s Girl Up! conference

On today’s World Footprints radio show we will showcase some remarkable young women who are doing extraordinary things. World Footprints was invited to attend the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.  Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that gives American girls the opportunity to become … Read more   Read more

United States Study or Teach Abroad Events & Festivals Literature & Music Humanity
UN Foundation panel at the event discussing women in fragile states.

UN Foundation: Women’s Voices in Fragile States

On the occasion of International Press Freedom Day, World Footprints was invited by the United Nations Foundation to attend a powerful event sought to change the narrative and examine women’s voices in fragile states and why those voices matter. The UN Foundation co-hosted a distinguished panel which was led by … Read more   Read more

The World Events & Festivals Humanity Social Responsibility