The sun's shining, the parties are getting longer, the skirts are getting shorter and the fun is tuned up all the way. Here are some popular festivals from around the world this June.
Glastonbury Festival, UK
24th – 28th June
Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. This tented city offers entertainment to match everyone’s taste. From frenzied rock to more laid back jazz, whatever your choice of music, you can be sure there’s a tune that’ll be music to your ears.
June Bonfire Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
13th – 29th June
This is a New World twist on an old European tradition. The feasts of St. Anthony (13th June), St. John (24th June) and St. Peter (29th June) are celebrated with great pomp and tradition in the city. In streets, squares and public places, stalls are set out to resemble village market places and are decorated with streamers and lanterns. Fires are kindled in open spaces, mock country weddings are performed where couples follow the old tradition of leaping over flames. Eating, dancing, music, fireworks and festivities set against the backdrop of bonfires is the order of the day.
Beer Festivals, around the world
Beer lovers rejoice! June is beer month with festivals dedicated to that special ale cropping up all over the world. From Montreal to Jacksonville, Leipzig to Tokyo, head for the one that’s closest to you. Click here for the beer festival calendar for June 2009.
Download Festival, UK
This is not for Kenny G fans. With a lineup including, Whitesnake, Def Leppard and Faith No More, this is one of UK’s loudest festivals. One to join if you’re a rock or metal fan.
Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, USA
12th – 14th June
This is for those who prefer their music softer. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on six stages, more than 640,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor.
World Rose Festival, Vancouver, Canada
19th -21st June
If you’re a rose lover, this is the place to be. As the name suggests, this is the ultimate experience for those interested in discovering more about one of the most popular flowers in the world. With world class rose shows, rose gardens, rose workshops, rose markets, rose artwork, rose culinary treats, this is your chance to get rosy.
Midsummer Festivals, around the world
Around 24th June
Midsummer festivals are popular across Europe and are celebrated on or around the summer solstice. They are particularly important in Northern Europe - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden - but are found also in Ireland, parts of Britain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, the Ukraine, other parts of Europe, and elsewhere - such as Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, and also in the Southern Hemisphere (Brazil), where this imported European celebration would be more appropriately called Midwinter. Celebrations include bonfires, dancing, feasting, maypoles, fireworks and parades depending on where you are.