National Grape Harvest Festival, Argentina
When: February 28th – March 8th
Where: Mendoza, Argentina
What: If you enjoy a glass of red in the evening, this is the festival for you. This huge party in Argentina‘s Mendoza province celebrates the area’s impressive wine production, with everything from parades to resident ‘wine queens.’
Argentinian Grapes | © Ted McGrath/Flickr
Russian Barista Days, Russia
When: March 1st – 3rd
Where: Exhibition Center ‘Sokolniki’, Moscow
What: A competition among the most prominent local coffee artists -the barista -will name the winners of 6 national championships, preliminary to the world championships. From ‘Latte Art’ to ‘Roasting’ to ‘Coffee in Good Spirits’ (aka coffee with alcohol), Russian baristas will show you their jaw-dropping expertise in making a, what seems to be, relatively easily-made drink, into a work of art.
The 17th Annual International Yoga Festival, India
When: March 1st – 7th
Where: Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
What: The sacred state of Uttarakhand was the birthplace of yoga, and now, with the form having spread globally, brings together yoga enthusiasts internationally. During the one week festival, learn from some of the best yogacharyas (yoga teachers) worldwide through a program which includes 70 hours of yoga classes.
When: March 1st -14th
Where: Todai-ji Temple, Zoshi-Cho, Nara City, Japan
What: Otaimatsu, which occurs during this period, involves priests of the temples confessing their sins by running the corridors of Nigatsu-do waving huge pine torches. It is said that if you are touched by a fire spark, you will be protected from evil. Omizutori, however, is the highlight and performed early on the 13th. Water which only springs in front of the temple on this very day is drawn up and offered to the Buddhist deities as the water is said to cure all disease.
Festival du Bois, Canada
When: March 4th – 6th
Where: Mackin Park, 1046 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C9
What: Every year, Maillardville, the oldest francophone community in British Columbia (Canada), welcomes young and old to a celebration of traditional and world music, all with a French twist! For its 27th year, Festival du Bois, the most attended francophone festival on the west coast, will present great performances from Canada and beyond, while sharing the community’s Joie de vivre, through great food and its unique hospitality.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Ireland
When: March 17th – 20th
Where: Dublin, Ireland
What: St Patrick’s is now celebrated in more countries around the world than any other holiday, but Dublin is really the place to be to experience the energy and frivolity of the Irish festival.
Paro Tsechu Festival, Bhutan
When: March 20th -24th
Where: Paro, Bhutan
What: A Buddhist dance festival, Paro Tsechu festival is a major event of the Bhutan calendar. Experience Bhutan’s ancient culture and help the locals celebrate Buddhist religious traditions by commemorating Guru Rinpoche, who brought Tibetan Buddhism to Bhutan. The sacred ritual of a masked dance is just one element of the lively and colorful Paro Tsechu festival.
Holi Festival, India
When: March 23rd
Where: Mumbai, India
What: Although the Holi Festival is now widely celebrated in many parts of the world, head to India to take part in this authentic, ancient Hindu tradition, also known as the festival of colors or festival of love.
Byron Bay’s BluesFest, Australia
When: March 24th – 28th
Where: Byron Bay, Australia
What: With summer still at it’s height in the southern hemisphere, Australia comes out in force for it’s ‘premier blues and roots music festival’. From artists such as Allen Stone and Elle King, to Kendrick Lamar and Kaleo included in the 2016 line-up, this is a festival not to be missed.
BaliSpirit Festival, Indonesia
When: March 29th – April 3rd
Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
What: A festival built on health and wellness, BaliSpirit is perfect for those looking to skip the usual headiness of a music festival and indulge in six days of yoga, art classes, tours of spiritual sites and much more.