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.


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
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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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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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New Year’s Traditions From Around the World

By Hanna Muth

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
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How Different Cultures Celebrate the Christmas Holiday

By Benedine Kaptuya

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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