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Bizarre sporting, indigenous heritage and other cool festivals on this August

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By now, you are probably experiencing the lazy days of August in the run up to September, where school starts, fall sports and cooler weather change the dynamic of weekend getaways. However, if you’ve got one more weekend getaway left in you and want to do something really different – check out these great festivals in the United States and around the world.

United States

  • Weird Contest Week (Ocean City, NJ) – think free, family events for people who like to play with their food.
  • Belly Dance Festival (Snowbird, UT) – think women dancing in beautiful outfits to Arabian music.
  • Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA) – think America’s largest urban festival that crosses music, film, comedy, poetry, dance and street performances.
  • Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Lewistown, MT) – think the preservation of history, heritage and values of the American cowboy in the upper Rocky Mountains.

Around the World

  • Darwin Festival (Darwin, NT, Australia) – think a cultural celebration of the Darwin lifestyle.
  • Garma Festival (Arnhem Land, NT, Australia) – think 20 clan groups of indigenous peoples throughout the Northern Territory celebrating with dance and other cultural events.
  • Tufi Cultural Festival (Tufi, Papua New Guinea) – think local communities of clans performing and displaying original art work and crafts.
  • La Tomatina (Bunol, Spain) – think world’s largest tomato, all out food fight
  • Air Guitar World Championships (Oulu, Finland) – think folks who are very serious about playing air guitar
  • Balls of Fire – Bolas de Fuego (Nejapa, El Salvador) – think teams of people who hurl gasoline-soaked cloth balls to commemorate a volcanic eruption in 1922.
  • Bog Snorkeling Championships (Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales) – think a messy competition that requires contestants to work / snorkel their way through a trench fill with water and peat in the shortest time possible.
  • Toe Wrestling World Championship (Derbyshire, England) – think a group of people who invented a sport to raise money for the “Wish upon a Star” Foundation.

 

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Irene is the founder & president of Greenloons. She is a dual EU citizen who has lived in 5 countries and visited 32 more in Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Europe. Drawing upon her professional and personal experiences to address authentic ecotourism from community, ecological and financial points of view, Irene is a frequent conference speaker, Huffington Post blogger and radio talk show guest. 

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