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Do you travel to attend a festival?

Do you ever travel to attend a festival? 

If so, what's the most memorable festival you've attended?


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  • Russell Hahn

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    I just got back from Songkran (Thailand New Years celebration) but I was there just by luck. I have been to Oktoberfest in Munich twice and have it on my repeat bucket list. It is a tremendous experience and I'd highly recommend it. I also went to Sydney for New Years Eve and that was very memorable from the great fireworks display, the wonderful people and fabulous meals That we enjoyed.

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  • Ross Sparks

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    I just got back from working at the envision music festival in Uvita! It was a blast and had to take a week to myself after,just to do nothing lol! Nothing better than getting paid to travel!

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      Nice! Are you writing about festivals? Covering them for a specific publications or something else? · (0 likelikes)

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  • Steve Ossias

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    Woodstock...August 1969...the only real one. A great experience with 7 of my sister's and my closest friends who had permission or the guts to go, regardless. I've been to several outdoor concerts since but none could compare. I did see the Allman Brothers in 1970-71 (to this day I can't remember which year it was) someplace in Colorado not far from Fort Collins...it seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere. Other groups were there as well, but there never was as good a feel given the music of the early ABB with Duane, especially live outdoors at night. Give me those days back anytime to live forever.

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      Awesome answer!! Would love to have been able to go to Woodstock. · (1 likelikes)

    • Heidi K.

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      I bet you saw them in Lyons, Colorado at Planet Bluegrass. Ring a bell? It's between FC and Boulder. · (1 likelikes)

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      Heidi, I have no recollection of where, or what the occasion. It probably was there. Great in any case! · (0 likelikes)

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      Heidi, I do know there was no structure or shelter for the venue at that time. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Fabio S

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    hi Heidi,

    I live in Sao Paulo Brazil but I love a band from New Jersey called streetlight manifesto. So when I heard that they would stop touring in 2013 I made a plan to see their final shows. So I got a visa, bought the ticket and flew to new York and then drove to Sayreville in New Jersey. It was really worth to see them live one last time. I also got to see Weezer live for the first time as well, as they never toured south America.

    and you, are you planning to travel to see your favorite band?

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  • Sherri Abell

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    Definitely! Are you planning on going to one? I've flown to Las Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling, took the train to Chicago for Riotfest and drove to Quebec City for Rockfest. All were 3 day festivals and each was incredible in it's own way. The best part of all three was just enjoying live rock music with some awesome friends! Although I'd much rather stay in a hotel than camp, it doesn't stop me from going to rockfest for the 3rd year in a row!

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      Ohyah, and if you're interested in a more depth answer, I reviewed Rockfest last year :) http://discoveringaway.com/rockfest-2014-review/ · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kelly Dawson

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    I have! I drove up from Los Angeles to San Francisco to attend the Outside Lands Festival a couple of years ago, and it was one of the most memorable weekends of my life. I had just moved back to L.A. from London, and it was great to be around old friends again. But the best part was standing in the crowd for Paul McCartney, who performed for three hours and told these amazing stories from his career. If you're looking for a festival to go to, I'd definitely check out Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park. Other than the performers and food, it's in one of my favorite cities in the world.

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      that sounds AMAZING!!! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Rita Mausler

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    We travelled to Pamplona in 2012 for

    the Fiesta of San Fermin also known as the Running of the Bulls. It is made famous by the bull runs (and the partying 24/7) but the bull runs and bullfights are just one part of the festival. The traditional ceremonies and religious processions among a sea of people dressed in red and white, even groups of families from grandparents down to infants, were most memorable for me. And of course, the gory spectacle of the bullfights.

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  • Vernon K.

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    Santa Fe, NM. Indian Market is the 3rd weekend in August. Tons of people, of course, but the art is genuine and worth the trip -- although the food in Santa Fe is also genuine and by itself worth the trip.

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      We love Santa Fe! Haven't been to the market, but would LOVE to go one day. And you're right, the food in Santa Fe is outstanding. · (0 likelikes)

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    I went to Finland one year to check out the Ruisrock Festival. It was tons of fun - acts from all genres on an island you reach by bridge or ferry. It gets to be a bit of a mess, but it's still a great time. And Turku, the nearby city, is extremely pleasant. Rooms are hard to come by during the festival (I had to stay at a convent!), so book early if you're thinking about it.

    This is a festival I came across by accident ... the Brisbane Festival. Tons of fun! It's more than a week long, and opening night is absolute madness. I didn't realize what was going, but four Australian fighter-bombers flew just over our hotel with their afterburners lit to get the part started. And then things got crazy with fireworks!

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  • Patty Dunbar

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    Dia de Los Muertos in San Juan Teotihuacan or Mexico City. Planning to make this an annual trip, attended in 2013 and 2014. Love the people in this area. If staying in Mexico City, highly recommend a hotel near or overlooking El Zocolo.


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  • Alfonso Becerra

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    I've traveled to a pair of Music Festivals. Lollapalooza, in Chicago, is a great option. It mixes an amazing city with lots to offer, easy transportation as it happens in the middle of the city, additional activities/parties on the after shows offered every year. The most important things for me about a Music festival (traveling or in your city) is the interaction with your friends during those days (pick wisely ;) ) and the general mood all around, most people is just happy to be there and enjoying, it is contagious. All of this framed by background and not-so-background music ALL THE TIME, like living in a movie and having a continuous soundtrack

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  • alka kaushik

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    yes, very often. In fact, I plan my travel to a particular destination around the festival hosted there. recently I had been to SirpurSirpur National Dance & Music Festival (http://cgtourism.choice.gov.in/node/334) in a central Indian state. It was a 3 days festival and gave me ample time to explore Buddhists excavated sites around the festival venue. I happened to travel a little further after the festival got over and visited two wildlife sanctuaries besides birthplace of central Indian holy river Narmada in AmarkantakAmarkantak. Narmada, incidentally is the only river which is circumnavigated by pilgrims on foot. I was thus more than happy and satisfied by the opportunity this festival gave me to experience much more than I had set out for.
    My policy is to not consider festival as a stand alone event, rather I knit my elaborate travel ideas around that resulting in cultural or academic festival giving me a chance to take on a liberal dose of adventure, forest, wildlife, sports tourism etc.

    I have done the same with the biggest literary festival on earth - JaipurJaipur literature festival (http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/ ) and have never regretted.

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  • Karen Carr

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    Spoleto in Charleston

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  • Pawan Choudhary

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    Not Yet, But I am going to attend Hemis festival, which is the biggest festival of Budapest. I hope after attending the festival, I would have an experience worth sharing here

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  • Tiffany Weber

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    The most amazing festival I've attended is Fallas held every March in Valencia. I lived there when I attended in 2010 and 2011, but I'm traveling back there again next year to see it again. It's the perfect festival, combining local culture, food, music, costumes, traditions, smoke, and tons of fireworks.

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  • Joyce Duboise

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    Yes, I have a few times! The most memorable one was definitely the Firefly Music Festival! We flew from Florida to PA and drove to the festival in Delaware. We made a trip out of it, but the most memorable part was the fun at the festival! It's the East coast Coachella ;)

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  • Ashley and Ryan R

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    Traveled for concerts, Kings of Leon at Madison Square Garden, Pearl Jam in Seattle and Vancouver, but never for a festival. I'd love to go to Bonnaroo or the Sasquatch Festival though.

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      I did the first 4 bonnaroo festivals and they were great for the first 3! You will be disappointed if you go, its run by a corporation now and is played out. There are still good ones around that aren't full of puking 16 year olds! Lol · (2 likelikes)

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  • linda matama

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    I do travel for festivals. I am always on the lookout for them. My most memorable festival was LaTomatina Buñol every last wednesday of August. I have not experienced anything like it. The madness is addictive. Definitely on my repeat bucketlist.

    The next festival in my bucketlist is the lantern festival Chiang Mai in November, i have a feeling that might top my favorite list.

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  • Fritzi Lareau

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    Yes, I travelled three times to the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade. The parade is always on January 1, but before the parade you can view the float construction, attend Bandfest, where all the bands perform with their full-length dance routines (there are 3 separate events, each 2 hours long), and equestfest, when all the equestrian (horse) performers show off their skills. After the parade you can see the floats up close at the float viewing, which is amazing, well worth it to see how all the flower floats are constructed.

    My husband attended the Electric Daisy Rave, in Las Vegas. This festival featured 100,000 young people dressed mostly in body paint. My husband was working at the event and really enjoyed it.

    We have travelled to many smaller, local flower and nature festivals, such as the Lavender festival in June in Sonoma, the Sandhill Crane festival at Consumnes Delta, near Sacramento, the Blue Heron nesting in Lake County, and the Grunion run at the summer full moon near Cabrillo Marine museum beach at San Pedro, CA. I think a festival is a great opportunity to travel and enjoy food, wine, music or nature.

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  • Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

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    Some of you asked whether I travel to festivals and the answer is a resounding YES! I am a travel writer and my specialty the Colorado festival scene. I don't do a lot of purely music events, in fact, I don't think I ever do purely musical events. But I do cover things like Telluride Blues & Brews in Telluride and Snowmass Mammoth Festival. Both have tons of music and beer. :-) I LOVE festivals! Maybe someday I'll travel beyond Colorado to attend a festival, but for now, Colorado keeps me very busy. My blog is HeidiTown.com.

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