12 Winter Music and Food Festivals You Need To Mark In Your Calendar

October 20, 2015

The leaves are starting to change and the summer music festival circuit has come to an end. Although the days are shorter and the weather’s cooling down, there is no shortage of exciting festivals occurring throughout the world. Here’s our short list of places to see and events to attend!

1. Voodoo Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana

This multi-day music and arts festival takes place in New Orleans every year during the Halloween weekend. The days long festivities span throughout the entire city. You’ll hear the sounds of nationally renowned artists blending alongside locally known bands and performers. Feel free to deck yourself out in your best Halloween swag.

Oct 30-Nov 1

2. Day of the Dead – Mexico City, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos is believed to be the day when spirits return to the land of the living in order to visit their loved ones. In Mexico, it’s easy to come across large festivals brimming with cheerful celebrations, delicious foods, and colorful decorations. While feasting of sweet breads and and marching alongside processions, be sure to buy yourself a uniquely painted sugar skull.

Nov 1

3. Iceland Airwaves – Reykjavik, Iceland

This giant music festival is hosted by Icelandair and its host city, Reykjavik, and is focused on finding and fostering new Icelandic and international talent. Iceland Airwaves is well known in festival circuits for its intimate party spirit.

Nov 4-8

4. Jazzfest Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Whether you’re a fan of smooth Miles Davis or you prefer the joyous brass of Dixieland jazz, you’ll find something suited to your musical taste at Jazzfest Berlin. This event is actually a part of a much larger music series that takes place in the city – you might even want to book a longer trip to Berlin if you’d like to catch performances and lectures about contemporary music or musicals.

Nov 5-8

5. Giant Omelette Festival – Abbeville, Louisiana

Do you know what is better than eggs for breakfast? All the eggs! The giant Omelette Festival in Abbeville takes this ideology to full heart by using over 5,000 eggs in order to make their delicious masterpiece. In addition to the chefs manning a giant pan, you can find fun at the crafts fair, the omelette making classes, and the bike race.

Nov 7-8

6. Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, Texas

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the FFF Fest. In addition to the musical lineup, the festival is also host to a welcoming collection of comedy, food, action, sports, and poster art. If you’re a music lover, you can bring home a unique poster from any of the featured local artists.

Nov 6-8

7. F.A.W.C! Summer Series – Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

The temperature may be dropping in the Northern Hemisphere, but New Zealand is now heading into their summer. To celebrate, Hawke’s Bay is throwing their annual food and wine festival. Local wineries provide generous wine tastings paired with local fare. Who knows – you might come home with a bottle of your latest love.

Nov 6-15

8. DWP 2015 – Djakarta, Indonesia

The Djakarta Warehouse Project is advertised as the biggest dance music festival in Indonesia. This young festival is heading into it’s fourth year. In addition to the night-long dance party, you can also explore the streets of this South Asian city.

Dec 11-12

9. Sunburn Electronic Festival – Goa, India

Sunburn is the largest electronic music festival in India and spans throughout the entire city in the form of open air performances, arena gigs, and club bookings. The festival has provided a musical boom to Goa and is popular enough to have expanded to Sri Lanka and Dubai.

Dec 27-30

10. Snowglobe Festival – South Lake Tahoe

Usher in the New Year is a giant celebration near the snowy peaks of Lake Tahoe. This giant music festival is a lively event of performances, food, and ski adventures.

Dec 29-31

11. Falls Festival – Marion Bay and Byron Bay, Tasmania

Be sure to mark the end of the year with one last music festival. Both Marion Bay, Tasmania and Byron Bay, New South Wales will be hosting a spirited event. This annual event sees a lively combination of music, dance, comedy, theater, circus, cabaret, and other art forms.

Dec 29-Jan 01

Dec 31-Jan 03

12. Hofburg Silvester Ball – Vienna, Austria

The Hofburg Silvester Ball is the final event of the year. Inspired by Europe’s royal celebrations, this elegant ball requires each attendant to follow a strict dress code. The splendor of the event is only outranked by the beauty of Vienna in the winter.

Dec 31-Jan 03

Tell us about your favorite Fall and Winter festivals in the comments below! Get on Grabr and order a unique item from one of these festivals today.

This article was written by Gabriela Barcenas.

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