If your dream is to spend a weekend sampling beers from around the world or catching some waves before hitting a beach party, here are four events sure to strike your festival fancy.
Boardmasters, Cornwall, UK
When: Aug. 8 to 12
Tell people you’re going to a beach festival in England and you’re bound to get a few strange looks. But that doesn’t stop 50,000 sun-seekers from heading to the Cornish coast each summer for Boardmasters, a raucous, five-day surf and music festival. Surf competitions and lessons are held on some of Britain’s best breaks while musicians, playing the dozen or so stages, bring tunes and good vibes to this idyllic corner of southwest England.
When: June 29, 30, July 1, 6, 8
Like music festivals, but hate camping? TRNSMT (pronounced “transmit”) is a rock-filled fest where you can crawl into a hotel bed—ears still ringing—30 minutes after the final encore. Taking place over two weekends at Glasgow Green, an inner-city park, this festival, only in its second year, is already drawing Britpop legends such as Liam Gallagher and the hugely popular Arctic Monkeys.
Mondial de La Bière, Montreal
When: June 6 to 9
Marked on connoisseurs’ calendars the world over, Mondial de La Bière is a celebration of the global art of brewing. Sample and savour from a selection of more than 500 beers—ranging from Quebec microbrews to Belgian witbier—at this year’s 25th edition. Hosted at the downtown Palais des Congrès, tastings spill onto the tree-filled esplanade where beer-lovers soak up the summer sun in a garden-party atmosphere.
Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas
When: May 18 to 20
A three-day spectacle in the Nevada desert, Electric Daisy Carnival is a colossal dance party. Pyrotechnics, light shows and circus performers create a hair-raising backdrop for the main attraction: 200-plus artists blasting techno, trance and dubstep from the event’s eight stages. Some 400,000 neon-clad partiers descend on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the festivities each year.
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