Summer 2016: Top 5 Global Events

Lindsay Grummett

As the warm weather arrives, so does the urge to travel. We want to give you a reason to book a trip and hop on a plane this summer.

Of course, we all know that the Rio 2016 Olympics will be underway in August, and we'll be doing a full blog later this summer about the top events to check out. For now, we put together a list of the top parties to attend this summer. Which place is calling your name?

Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade, Brazil, May 29, 2016

Gay Pride, Sao Paulo

Get ready to party! According to Guinness World Records, this is the biggest Gay Pride celebration in the world with more than 2.5 million people attending. The festivities last for a month long and include everything from debates to music concerts and cultural fairs. Of course, the biggest attraction is the Gay Pride Parade which takes place at the end of this month.

While you’re in Brazil for the festivities, consider visiting some of the country’s incredible beaches, clubs, and sporting events. We recommend taking a trip over to Rio de Janeiro where you will find the Tijuca Forest, a tropical rainforest located right in the city.


Secret Solstice, Iceland, June 16 - June 19, 2016

Secret Solstice

What is summer without a music festival? This June, we recommend taking a trip north to Iceland. This small country has become one of the hottest places to travel in recent years due to its awe-inspiring natural landscape including amazing hot springs, glaciers, and auroras.

Secret Solstice is an Icelandic music festival that started three years ago. Since Secret Solstice coincides with the summer solstice, festival-goers will experience the 24-hour midnight sun. Headliners for this sunshine party include Radiohead, Of Monsters and Men, Action Bronson, and more.


UEFA Euro, France, June 10 - July 10, 2016

UEFA France

Every four years, the UEFA European Championship showcases the continent's top soccer (okay, okay… football) talent. People from all over the world will be flocking to France to watch 53 nations compete for the top spot in the EUFA Euros.

This month-long sporting event is the perfect excuse to visit France. The matches will be played in ten stadiums in ten cities across the country: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.

Take in all that France has to offer including delicious food, thought-provoking art exhibits, and historical landmarks. Olé!


Lollapalooza, USA, July 28 – July 31, 2016


Lollapalooza is more than just a music festival. While the 8 stages are reserved for 170 of the best bands and artists from around the world, this three-day event features plenty of other stuff to keep you entertained.

Walk around Chicago’s Grant Park and you’ll find dance and comedy performances as well as craft booths. In the past they’ve had everything from a high-tech lemonade stand to a pop-up piano bar. We can’t wait to see what they come up with for 2016!

This year’s line-up includes Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lana Del Ray, Future, Ellie Goulding, and many more. Make sure you pick up a CityPASS to save money on Chicago’s top attractions.


Burning Man, USA, August 28 – September 5, 2016

Burning Man

Burning Man is a mixing of art and culture where over 65,000 free spirits trek to the Nevada desert to create an temporary city. This event attracts everyone from hippies to hard-core partiers.

During the week-long festivities, thousands of people come from all over the world to build Black Rock City, and celebrate art, life, and culture together. This year’s theme is called Da Vinci’s Workshop and is said to be “inspired by the Italian Renaissance of the middle fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, when an historic convergence of inspired artistry, technical innovation and enlightened patronage launched Europe out of medievalism and into modernity.”

While this event might seem like a great way to connect with other artistic individuals, it will cost you. A 2015 entrance ticket set you back $390. Tickets are available to all, but the priority given to veteran Burners making it difficult to get a ticket if you’re a newbie.


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