Fest300 brings the world’s 300 best festivals to life, all in one place! Curated by founder Chip Conley and his team of seasoned travel and festival experts, they present a dynamic list of the world’s best festivals in colorful words and visuals. From celebrations of music, film, and food, to rituals of the sacred, silly and profane, they explore the transformational territory of festivals around the globe and invite you to go along! Here’s a sneak peak of just a few events coming this Spring!
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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
January 21–31, 2016 | Park City, Utah
North America’s most famous film festival is a compelling combination of show, snow, and showbiz, equally popular with intellectuals and the pop-culture paparazzi.
This 10-day festival is really two festivals. The first weekend is glamorous, full of industry parties, sponsor-led celebrity events, and world premieres. Things relax a bit during the weekdays and then the second weekend is when you can try to catch whatever film has gotten lots of buzz. And, on the final Sunday, you can try to get last minute tickets to the award-winners of the festival that are announced on Saturday night. Sundance specializes in documentaries and typically has more than 100 films being screened so there’s a wide array of choices that means it’s a great festival for a family or group of friends who have varied tastes.
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February 9, 2016 | New Orleans, Louisiana
Over-consumption, ribaldness, and revelry are key features, and few places do it like Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
With a motto of Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll), it’s no surprise that Mardi Gras is probably the wildest party in the United States. New Orleans is home to half-a-dozen cultures and dialects, and this all-inclusive event has something for everyone, from colorful, family-friendly parades and jazz-inspired music to uninhibited parties and time-honored traditions. So don your purple, green and gold—the festival’s official colors representing justice, faith and power—and get ready to give into the spirit of spontaneity.
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March 11–20, 2016 | Austin, Texas
SXSW has evolved from a small indie film fest into the preeminent conference-slash-festival, highlighting the latest in the film, music, and tech industries.
What started as a weekend music festival now sprawls across 10 days, encompassing music, technology and film; this is South by Southwest (SXSW). Its massive influx of concerts, parties and conferences still draw tens of thousands of attendees. While SXSW does not favor the unprepared, it does reward the spontaneous. Decide who’s on the schedule you want to see, but don’t be too attached to your plans—you never know when an invitation to an amazing showcase or surprise concert will come your way. In the last decade or so, the festival has expanded to include film and technology. The film program has become one of the nation’s premier film festivals and runs nearly every day of SXSW (think of it like a domestic version of the Cannes Film Festival). The tech community takes over SXSW for 5 days with Interactive, a series of conference and panels.
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