Best Parties You Need To Check Out in Your Lifetime

Here, we’ll tell you all about the best parties, holidays and festivals all over the world. These are some of the most iconic and well-known events you have ever seen. Some of these places will make you wonder how you missed something so amazing and iconic. You must check these out in your lifetime. If you don’t, have you truly lived?


Bangkok, Thailand | April 13-16

If you don’t want to be soaked by strangers, don’t go to Thailand in April, it’s that simple. It’s a blessing or act of cleansing, which symbolizes longevity and good health. If you choose to walk the streets, make sure your money and phone are waterproofed, or you’re going to have a bad time. Hotspots include Silom, Khao San Road, and Central World in Bangkok, the Old Town of Chiang Mai and Patong in Phuket, are wild and you will not leave them unscathed.

Festas dos Santos Populares

Lisbon, Portugal | June 12-13

Lisbon is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world, including pastel buildings that sparkle with ornate tile, great food and a dreamy location by the sea. On June 13, city residents flock to Festas dos Santos Populares. This is a celebration of Saint Peter, Saint John and, most importantly, Saint Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon. The whole city gets in on the action of celebrating, which makes for an unforgettable party.

Bastille Day

Paris, France | July 14

France’s national holiday, Bastille Day. It commemorates the 1789 French Revolution turning moment when revolutionaries stormed a prison with the same name. The occasion is marked by Europe’s oldest military parade that rolls down the Champs Elysees. The parade attracts thousands of spectators who can watch fireworks light up the Eiffel Tower at night. On this day, it’s a must to attend a Firefighters Ball, the local fire station hosts dancing and drinks for a small donation. These balls are very festive and there is plenty of Champagne. You can find them in almost every French city.

La Notte della Taranta

Puglia, Italy | August 22

More than 100,000 people have been brought to La Notte Della Taranta in southern Italy by the tarantula. Vito Palumbo is the brand ambassador for Puglia’s Tormaresca winery. The traditional festival takes over Italy’s lower boot. It has different locations throughout the summer — Salento Soleto Zollino — before ending in Melpignano with street food and drinking.

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Lake of Stars Malawi Arts Festival

Lake Malawi, Malawi | September

The Lake of Stars festival celebrates international music, film and poetry along the shores of Lake Malawi. The festival is held over three days. Artists from around the world take the stage every year. Extracurricular activities include panel discussions, sunrise yoga, traditional dance, art, and fashion shows.

Christmas City

Karlsruhe, Germany | December

Karlsruhe is known as the gateway to the Black Forest. It transforms into Christmas City with more than 100 decorated stands selling snacks, crafts, Santa Claus walking on tightropes and a 55-foot tall mulled wine Christmas pyramid. Mulled wine is dangerous, is very easy to get drunk fast! Try local specialties such as boiled smoked pork, cabbage, or Dambedei (a human-shaped pasty).

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh, Scotland | August 7-31

Each August, Edinburgh hosts one of the largest international arts festivals in the world. It attracts thousands of artists and more than 400,000 people. The Fringe has comedy, live theatre and live music. It’s also an open-access festival which means that anyone can participate if they wish. While some performances can be purchased tickets, others are free and you have the option of paying by donation.

Vivid Sydney

Sydney, Australia | May 22-June 13

Vivid Sydney, a three-week-long, 24/7 celebration of light and music, is incredible, to say the least. You will be amazed by the city’s massive projections and light installations, which complement a variety of music performances, discussions and debates. “Vivid Sydney” is an extraordinary time to visit Sydney.


Helsinki, Finland | May 1 

Vappu is Finland’s equivalent of Labor Day. It marks the end of winter in Finland and everyone seems to be out playing for two days on May 1. It’s a two-day celebration in which literally everyone is out on the streets, rain or shine. The nationwide celebrations mark the start of spring.

La Tomatina

Bunol, Spain | August 26

The Spanish iconic tomato-throwing celebration takes place every August in Bunol. This tradition began in the 1940s when some teenagers and a nearby vegetable stall accidentally turned a local parade into an ugly produce fight. La Tomatina is now a worldwide phenomenon, with thousands of participants throwing more than 240,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other.


Munich, Germany | September 19 – October 4

Oktoberfest, like many other festivals, is celebrated all over the globe. The one in Munich is the largest, wildest, and most popular, with millions of people drinking millions of litres each year. It’s like a massive state fair, but beer-themed. Be sure to arrive early as there is a lot of jostling for positions to get in one of the limited-capacity tents.


Port of Spain – Trinidad and Tobago | February 15-16 2021

Carnival is Trinidad’s and Tobago’s most outrageously entertaining tradition. With a lively steel band and soca music, as well as endless parties, shows and stunning costumes, revellers and visitors alike flood into the streets to enjoy the country’s biggest, most energetic and electric street festivals.

Dia de los Muertos

Oaxaca Mexico | October 31-November 4

“Good love and good deaths, there is no greater luck,” is the slogan for Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Oaxaca offers the perfect place to enjoy the magic of Dia de los Muertos. The streets are lined with parades. Prado says that there are many parades going on at once, with costumes, traditional art and mezcal, as well as a large music group.

Party Verdict

There’s plenty of parties to choose from in the world, but we think these are the best of the best. Ever been to one? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it.

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Troy Woodbeck

Troy Woodbeck is the Founder of National Litographic. He thought the world needed to learn how to party travel and decided to do something about it. He's also a drunk idiot, so who cares what he thinks.