If you want to travel in June and are looking for things to do, you've come to the right place! Local festivals are a great way to get a taste of a culture and experience long-standing traditions in a modern world. Check out these events taking place in June 2014 that are sure to be amazing and create lasting memories.
Festa De Santo Antonio
Lisbon, Portugal, June 12, 2014
Festa De Santo Antonio translates to the Feast of St Anthony and is a colourful festival that is celebrated in honour of the patron saint of the city, Saint Anthony. He was a popular saint who was known for standing for all things love.
The festival is a great party that lasts the night, including wildly colourful marches, a parade down the main road and a huge fireworks show at the end. The streets of Lisbon are transformed as Portuguese music pours onto them, with stalls lining the sides. Try the barbecued sardines, pastries and churros and grab yourself a beverage. Drinks flow and the crowds are excited, taking to the streets in a whirlwind of fun.
Electric Daisy Carnival
Las Vegas, United States, June 20 – 22, 2014
This massive dance and music festival is the largest one of its kind outside of Europe, and showcases world class DJs who perform across six stages. Along with the energetic tunes, you'll find carnival rides and art exhibits and many delicious treats, both sweet and savoury, to nourish you through it all.
At this event, that gets bigger and better every year, you'll see many digital displays that play with light and pyrotechnics. Head on over to have your fill of fireworks and fun – be careful not to bump into the wandering performers and dancers.
Last year the turn out was massive with 345,000 visitors. This year, VIP and general admission tickets are sold out on the website, but there are some being sold online. Know for next year that you have to get in quick! The carnival also takes place in New York, the UK, Orlando and Mexico throughout the year, so you could check out tickets at these locations instead.
Juhannus: Midsummer Festival
Helsinki, Finland, June 21 – 24, 2014
Juhannus, meaning midsummer in Finnish, is a celebration of the change of the seasons and has its roots in paganism and Christianity. When the days begin to get lighter and Finland moves away from the dark days of winter, travellers and the people of the country come out to revel in it. The festival takes place all over the country, but cities such as Helsinki are great to see all of the different aspects and join in with the locals.
The celebrations include the traditional practice of lighting bonfires, or kokkos, around the country – they are beacons in the dusk and bring warmth to the nights that still carry a bit of the chill of winter. Sometimes the bonfires sit on constructed platforms that float out on the lakes. The doors of houses are decorated with birch trees and flowers from the beginning of summer, while people take to the saunas, indulge in feasts and play games and dance to folk music until they are breathless.
Peace and Love Festival
Borlange, Sweden, June 25 – 29, 2014
This is another festival that has a musical focus. This one, however, has a softer tone with a humanitarian message. The Peace and Love Festival aims to spread the message of diversity, solidarity and understanding. Different cultures come together in an environment that celebrates them all.
A theme unites the festival every year. In 2012, it was A New World, and last year the theme was Time For Peace. Many artists take to the stage, including some you are yet to discover as well as familiar faces. You can enjoy them expressing themselves through music along with about 50,000 others.
Whether you are in the mood for energetic music, more calming tunes, a celebration of the changing seasons, or a festive treat, you'll find an event that suits you somewhere in the world this June.