A performer in an elaborate cat costume growls at the crowd.

Colombia’s Carnaval de Barranquilla

Carnaval de Barranquilla, the most famous celebration in Colombia, is a time of music, dancing in the streets, and revelry. It lasts only about four days, but the city starts readying for it days (if not weeks) in advance. If you want to participate, make sure you book early! Here’s what to expect in those four days of celebration.

A surfer tests his mettle against a large wave at the Eddie Aikau Invitational.

The Eddie Surf Tournament, O‘ahu

Learn about The Eddie, an annual yet elusive one-day event that honors the late North Shore waterman Eddie Aikau and the surfers who dedicate their lives to riding giant waves.

A mock bullfight staged at Christmas in Tacuba.

Holidays and Festivals in El Salvador

Salvadorans are festive folk and celebrate a number of holidays during the year. Depending on how you feel about crowds, you might want to plan your travels to coincide with holidays and festivals or to avoid them.

View across a wide green lawn of the Festival Theatre with modern angles and tall glass windows.

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario typically opens with preview performances in late April and early May and continues through October. Beyond the plays, the festival offers a variety of theater tours, lectures, and special events.

Gombey dancers perform at the daylong festival honoring Bermuda’s labor movement.

Bermuda’s Festivals and Events: July to December

Though the summer is generally prime festival season, don’t expect things to slow to a crawl in the latter part of the year. Outdoor sports and competitions continue on year-round, as do many of Bermuda’s heritage events. Here’s the annual line-up from July to December.

Cricket played in Bermuda at the Cup Match.

Cricket Cup Match in Bermuda

Don’t worry if you can’t fathom a “maiden over” or a “googly”—Cup Match is still the very best fun you can have in Bermuda all year. From beaching and boating to al fresco dance parties wrapped in swizzle-infused bonhomie, Cup Match is an authentically Bermudian festival. Make a very long midsummer weekend of Bermuda’s favorite public holiday.

The works of Stravinsky being performed at the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Musica.

Don’t Miss Cartagena’s Wonderful Winter Festivals

Picture this: mojitos, classical music, Caribbean breezes, and stimulating conversation. This intersection of intellectual and sensual experience is at the center of Cartagena’s two winter cultural festivals: the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música and the Hay Festival Cartagena.

The neon lit front of the retro Blue Swallow Motel along Route 66.

Exploring the Spirit of Route 66 in New Mexico

Though officially decommissioned, Route 66 (now traced by I-40) is still alive in New Mexico in the form of neon signs and cruising culture. Hit the road, preferably in a convertible, and check out these retro sights.

Dancers in colorful dresses at the Feria de Cali.

The Feria de Cali: An Extravaganza for Everyone

The Feria de Cali (December 25-31) is an end of year homecoming festival for Caleños, or Cali natives, the world over, and it has everything a Colombian party should: parades, concerts, and plenty of dancing. While for Caleños the Feria might be about reuniting with family and old friends, for visitors, this is the best time to get to know Cali. The Feria takes over every barrio of this sizzling city of sugarcane and salsa, from the Bohemian San Antonio to chic Granada to the Parque la Loma de la Cruz, and ushers out the year in style.