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January and February may have passed but there are still adventures to embark on and many worldwide events to attend. From the South by Southwest film and music festivals in Texas and King’s Day in Holland, to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Thailand – we bring you the hottest and most extravagant events of 2014!

 These are our top event recommendations by month:


South by Southwest (SXSW)
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What: South by Southwest (SXSW) – A 10-day-long festival that has been taking place in Austin, Texas for the last 20 years. Expect to see both new and high profile musicians, the latest films and cutting-edge technology showcased. This event is also the go-to place for start-up devotees who are looking to do some networking.

When: 07 – 16 March

Where: Austin, Texas


Queens Day, now Kings Day
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What: Kings Day – Amsterdam will be organizing one of its grandest events as Holland celebrates its newly appointed royal, King Willem-Alexander. Come along and enjoy some Dutch traditional festivals, with live music, DJs, parties and a city-wide street market!

When: 26 April

Where: Amsterdam, Holland


Monaco Grand Prix
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What: Monaco Grand Prix – The undisputed jewel in Formula 1’s crown and the race that every driver wants to win. Join the rich and famous for this spectacular event in stunning Monte Carlo, the fabulous destination between mountains and the Mediterranean.

When: 22-25 May

Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco


Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup
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What: Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup – What better setting for the biggest event in the footballing calendar than Brazil? The country will be hosting the World Cup for the second time in its history and is expecting over 500,000 international fans and over 3 million Brazilian tourists to attend the event. Make sure you don’t miss it!

When: 12 June – 13 July

Where:  Rio, Brazil


San Fermin Festival
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What: San Fermin Festival – A week-long celebration that begins with the pyrotechnic ‘Chupinazo’, followed by the ‘encierro’ (the running of the bulls) and ending with the singing of ‘Pobre de Mi’. Do you have the courage to run with the bulls?

When:  06 – 14 July

Where: Pamplona, Spain


Fringe Festival
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What: Edinburgh Fringe Festival – The world’s largest arts festival showcasing comedy, theatre, dance and music performances. Join Edinburgh for one of Scotland’s main celebrations of arts and entertainment!

When:  01 -25 August

Where:  Edinburgh, UK


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What: Oktoberfest – The world’s largest fair held annually, where huge quantities of beer are consumed and visitors can enjoy attractions including amusement rides, side stalls and games. Be sure not to miss out!

When: 20 – 05 September

Where: Munich, Germany


Diwali Festival of Lights
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What: Diwali Festival of Lights – October is a fantastic time to visit India. The Diwali festival of Lights is an event filled with positivity and joy, and the firecracker display on Chawpatty Beach in Mumbai is one of the best places to experience it.

When: 23 October

Where: Mumbai, India


Yi Peng Lantern Festival
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What: Yi Peng Lantern Festival – If you’ve never experienced this festival first hand, it’s definitely something you shouldn’t miss. Make a wish as you watch the release of thousands of pretty floating lanterns transform the sky into a surreal light show.

When: 01-10 November

Where:  Chiang Mai, Thailand


New Year’s Eve in Sydney
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What: New Year’s Eve in Sydney – New Year’s Eve obviously takes place all around the world, but Sydney – as one of the first to celebrate with its spectacular Sydney Opera House fireworks show – is without doubt one of the best place to enjoy it!

When:  31 December

Where: Sydney, Australia


Have you already attended some of these events? Which festivals are you dying to go to this year? 

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