The World’s Best July Festivals

Summer is on its way and with that comes loads of summer events. From energetic music festivals which turn muddy fields into campsites and themed bungee-jumping contests which see competitors paint transform into works of art to high-speed camel races alongside belly dancing shows and giant effigies of historical figures parading the streets – the world is jam-packed full of amazing festivals in July.

If you want to get out this summer and see how the locals celebrate, here are the world’s best festivals in July we’ve picked for their creativity, uniqueness and downright weirdness.

World’s Best Festivals in July

Wireless – June 28th, July 3rd-5th 2015

The UK’s music scene has boomed over the past decade and Wireless has become one of the greatest annual music events ever. Held over the course of four days in London, this year’s line-up includes Drake, Rita Ora, Public Enemy, Avicci, Kendrick Lamar, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, amongst many, many others.

If you want a piece of the action, bag yourself a hotel in London and get ready for the time of your life.

Best Festivals in July: Aphex Twin at Wireless Festival, London
Aphex Twin at Wireless Festival, London via Flickr, Gerald / CC 2.0

World Bodypainting Festival – July 3rd-5th 2015

Carinthia in Austria has taken the child-favourite face painting to a new level with the World Bodypainting Festival. This creative, colourful event sees skilled artists turn human bodies into complete landscapes, with unparalleled talent and innovation most of us can’t even imagine. There are several themes each year to follow, the first of which for 2015 is ‘Games – People Play’ which should make for an interesting turn out.

Best Festivals in July: World Bodypainting Festival in Carinthia
World Bodypainting Festival in Carinthia via Flickr, r3dsr0rm / CC 2.0

Camel Cup – July 11th 2015

If you thought Dubai was the only place you could check out camel racing, think again. Each July, Alice Springs in Australia hosts the Camel Cup which combines all sorts of camel races with camel beauty contests and belly dancing performances. Since camels are notorious for being grumpy, the race can either make an adrenaline-pumping competition to the finish line or a total non-event if the camels choose not to move, which they sometimes do.

Australia is brimming with things to do. Why not hire a motorhome in Alice Springs and explore the legendary outback whilst you’re there?

Best Festivals in July: Camel racing
Camel racing via Flickr, Omar / CC 2.0

Festival of Giants – July 12th-14th 2015

The Festival of Giants has been celebrated every year in Douai for almost 500 years – testament to how amazing it is. For three days each summer, five giant manmade puppets – Gayant the Giant, his wife Marie Cagenon and their three children – are carried throughout the streets of the city. The tallest puppet – Gayant the Giant – is 8.5m tall and weighs a staggering 370kg – something you don’t want to miss!

Best Festivals in July: Festival of Giants in Douai
Festival of Giants in Douai via Wikimedia, A. Ceccarelli / CC 1.0

If you want to catch a glimpse of the towering puppets, why not hire a car in Paris and discover the cosmopolitan city before heading to the festival?

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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