Festivals and Events


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Milna, Croatia/iStock
Milna, Croatia/iStock

Does the new season of Game of Thrones have you yearning for a trip to Westeros? In honor of the new season, Friendly Planet Travel is offering savings of up to $100 with code GOT2017 to destinations selected specifically for their GOT filming ties. You’ll just need to book... Read More

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Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University/iStock
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University/iStock

We can’t all have the opportunity to study at Oxford University, but if you love literature, history, and travel, we may have the next best thing for you. Each spring, the Oxford Literary Festival lets anyone enjoy his university town’s atmosphere, wander — and even stay — on its... Read More

New York, Central Park, spring
Central Park / iStock

Ah, spring in New York. It’s time to emerge from hibernation and savor the mild weather before the oppressive summer heat sets in. If you really want to embrace this season in the Big Apple, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Here are six activities — all under... Read More

Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Flickr/Ron Cogswell

What’s better than seeing 3,000 cherry blossom trees blanket the capital in a sea of pink? Seeing them for less. Amtrak is offering 25 percent discount on trips to Washington D.C. during this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival when you book 14 days in advance. The discount applies to the Northeast... Read More

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Jazz Fest Crowd
Paul Broussard

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a two-weekend event with live music on multiple stages, local food, and arts and crafts makers from the region, and around the world. This year’s incarnation spans the last weekend of April and first weekend of May, so it’s time to... Read More

Previous Restival Lodgings in Arizona/Restival
Previous Restival Lodgings in Arizona/Restival

So long, Burning Man. The newest craze to hit the festival circuit is Restival: the so-called “love child” of a wellness retreat and a festival. Just make sure you pack your most stylish hat, Ikat-print scarf, and yoga gear. The event debuted in Morocco in 2015 and then moved... Read More

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Sugar Shack in Quebec/iStock
Sugar Shack in Quebec/iStock

No offense to the chocolate lovers in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but Québec might really be the sweetest place on Earth. The Canadian province produces about 75 percent of the world’s maple syrup and maintains an emergency reserve (for surprise pancake surpluses?) of about 46 million pounds. The value of the ooey-gooey... Read More

Los Cabos, Mexico/iStock
Los Cabos, Mexico/iStock

People have flocked to Los Cabos for decades for its laid-back attitude and craggy coastal beauty. But this Mexican resort area, which receives more than two million visitors each year, is also emerging as an arts destination. San José del Cabo’s Gallery District has fourteen galleries and is home to... Read More

 Hawke's Bay/Courtesy Craggy Hill Winery
Hawke’s Bay/Courtesy Craggy Range Winery

Hawke’s Bay may be the oldest and second largest wine-making region in New Zealand, but don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it. Although there are more than 50 wineries here, most are too small to export their products abroad — which means that the only way to sample... Read More

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 Fiesta_dancers/MarkKane.net
Fiesta_dancers/MarkKane.net

While Massachusetts Puritans spent the year 1692 hysterically accusing each other of witchcraft, Santa Fe was making history of its own when Don Diego de Vargas, the Spanish governor of colonial New Mexico, led the retaking of the city of Santa Fe from the Pueblo Indians. Since 1712, the... Read More

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Stuttgart Beer Festival/iStock
Stuttgart Beer Festival/iStock

From September 17 to October 3, Munich will host its 183rd Oktoberfest — the world’s largest beer festival. A bucket-list event for beer lovers, partiers, and travel enthusiasts alike, Oktoberfest attracts more than 6 million annual visitors — including 1 million international tourists. To secure centrally located accommodation during the festivities, hotel reservations... Read More

Fireworks over New York City on the Fourth of July
Fireworks/Flickr/Joseph Bylund

Nearly 44 million Americans are expected to travel this Fourth of July (a record high!), so it’s safe to say that plenty of people already have their holiday plans locked down. If you’re still at a loss over what to do, here are a few ideas. 1. Go traditional. From... Read More

Junkanoo Bahamas
Junkanoo Bahamas/Bahamas Tourism

We’ve all heard the slogan “It’s better in the Bahamas,” and when it comes to annual festivals happening in this welcoming Atlantic Ocean archipelago, there’s a lot of truth to the tourism bureau’s tagline. From the legendary Junkanoo to the Andros Crab Festival, Bahamians really know how to party.... Read More

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Rooftop space at Gansevoort Park Avenue
Rooftop/Gansevoort Park Avenue

What better way to kick off the summer travel season than with a getaway during Memorial Day weekend? That’s May 27-30, in case you’ve not been dreaming about it as much as we have. From escapes to the city to a lazy beach vacay, we’ve rounded up 12 hotels for... Read More

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Belle and the Beast topiaries at Epcot
Belle and the Beast/Christine Dayao

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (running this year through May 30) is one of the most beloved events at Walt Disney World. Celebrating the beauty of nature, the festival brings together botany, farm-to-table food, and entertainment. Best of all, admission to the event is free with your... Read More