Top 10 Events in Alaska, AK Events and Festivals of Alaska

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Fur Rendezvous Festival
late Feb- early March
Anchorage, Alaska

Alaskans know how to make the most of the short winter days and in the week leading up to the start of the Iditarod sled dog race, the Fur Rondy festival is one opportunity to get out and enjoy the snow.

The celebration dates back to the early 1900s when trappers and miners emerged from Alaska’s wilderness to trade, socialize and compete in survival-type games. Nowadays the week-long event contains a weight pull, sled dog races, snowshoe softball games, outhouse races, snow and ice sculpture competitions and more, as well as the popular Miners and Trappers costume ball.

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Iditarod Finish
Nome, Alaska

March is a month-long celebration in Nome. Teams completing in the 1,150-mile Iditarod Sled Dog race begin to arrive arrive under the burled arch in Nome the second week in March. Residents and visitors from around the world await to celebrate with grand banquets, art and craft shows, reindeer potluck, Native dancing, golf tournament on the Bering Sea, The Miners and Mushers Ball and more.

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World Ice Art Championships
Fairbanks, Alaska

The World Ice Art Championships consist of three ice-sculpting competitions that take place during an 11-day stretch in March.

The competition features the best ice sculptors in the world, creating ice sculptures in several competitive classes – including abstract and realistic work.

All ice sculptures are finished and lighted the day following the end of the competition. The public is invited to watch the sculptures while they are being created during the first two weeks in March, and to view the finished pieces during the final two weeks in March.

The competition is held at Fairbanks-based Ice Alaska’s Ice Park and also features a kids’ park with slides, castles and ice animals for children to play on.

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Alyeska Spring Carnival and Slush Cup
Anchorage, Alaska

Alaskans make it a tradition to welcome spring with open arms. Some do so by racing down a mountain on skis wearing zany costumes into an ice-cold pond.

The Alyeska Spring Carnival and Slush Cup is a springtime tradition for getting in one last dose of winter skiing and snowboarding and enjoying an old-fashioned Alaska party. The event includes live music, fashion show, downhill snow bike race, film screenings, barbeque and more.

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Folk Festival
Juneau, Alaska

The Alaska Folk Festival brings the entire town of Juneau together for performances ranging from school groups to professionals to at-home hobbyists. Many people come from miles away to see and participate in this festive event. The event is held in mid- April, and admittance is free.

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Kodiak Crab Festival
Kodiak, Alaska

The annual, spring Kodiak Crab Festival is a treasured festival combining a world-famous edible delicacy with a true Alaska-style party, including: a photo exhibit, sporting events, artisan tents, carnival, foot races, live music and the “Wild about Kodiak Seafood Cook-off.

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Mount Marathon
Seward, Alaska

Each year on the Fourth of July, the population of Seward swells from around 2,500 to around 40,000. The annual Mount Marathon footrace draws runners from around the world and is a favorite hometown event that has drawn Alaskans to Seward for the Fourth of July since 1915.

The route climbs 1.5 miles up the face of mountain — complete with steep cliffs, waterfalls and a spectacular view — and back down. The Independence Day festivities include a fireworks display, street vendors, contests, street parade and other special events.

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Alaska State Fair
July - September
Palmer, Alaska

The Alaska State Fair is home of record-setting giant vegetables, beautiful flower gardens, crafts, carnival rides, live music and endless fun (and food) for the entire family.

Nestled in the heart of the Chugach Mountains in the fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley, the fairgrounds are just an hour north of Anchorage. Each fall, the fair provides a setting for Alaska's last blast of summer and a showcase of Alaska's uniqueness and beauty.

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Alaska Day Festival
Sitka, Alaska

The Alaska Day Festival commemorates the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867 on Sitka’s Castle Hill. The celebration spans four days and includes concerts, a reenactment ceremony, a period costume ball, dances, dinners, contests and a parade.

The festival is held in mid-October each year as the rest of the state celebrates Alaska Day as a state holiday.

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Alaska Bald Eagle Festival
Haines, Alaska

Over 3,000 eagles gather along the Chilkat River to feast on spawning salmon. The festival is crammed with events catering to birdwatchers, photographers and nature lovers, and include photo workshops, speakers and presentations, guided eagle viewing, featured entertainers and the release of wild rehabilitated Bald Eagles. Most Festival activities are held at the American Bald Eagle Foundation museum. Daily buses and/or vans commute to the Alaska Bald Eagle Preserve.

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Top 10 Events in Washington, WA Events and Festivals of Washington

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Skagit Valley, Washington

Each year, Skagit Valley celebrates the spring season of flowers from the daffodils in late March to the tulips in April and the the irises and lilies in May.

More than 1 million visitors come to see over 300 acres of brightly colored tulips and to enjoy the festivities in places like La Conner and Mount Vernon. Attractions include the Tulip Festival Street Fair, Tulip Parade, Kiwanas Club Salmon BBQ, art shows and quilt Walk.

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Seattle, Washington

Seattle’s traditional summer festival, Seafair is a month-long, region-wide barbecue that brings an entire community together in celebration. A community event for over 58 years, Seafair is the largest festival in the Northwest region hosting a miriad of events throughout the summer ranging from a Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake to the Seafair Triathlon at Lake Washington.

Events include parades, Miss Seafair, the Navy and Coast Guard, amateur athletics, airplanes and of course, boat racing, culminating with the Unlimited Hydroplane races and Air Show.

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Raspberry Festival
Lynden, Washington

Lynden, often referred to as "A Little Bit of Holland", celebrates the largest harvest of raspberries in North America with the annual Raspberry Festival complete with a benefit golf tournament, children's activities in downtown Lynden, raspberries and ice cream sundaes, jazz music and a basketball tournament.

Other attractions include petting zoos & wagon rides,wine tasting, the "Berry Fair" Street Market & Sidewalk Sale, the “Razz & Shine” cruise-in car show. and an “all you can eat” raspberry pancake breakfast !

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Washington State International Kite Festival
Long Beach, Washington

Voted best kite festival in the world by Kite Trade Association International, the WSIKF is a weeklong kite celebration and competition that boasts skies ablaze with color, high flying action and choreographed movement. Washington’s Kite Festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of which participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures.

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National Lentil Festival
Late summer
Pullman, Washington

The National Lentil Festival draws people from all over the country to enjoy fun activities and a diverse assortment of lentil culinary delights. The lentil is a small, lens-shaped legume and approximately two-thirds of the lentils in the United States are grown in the Palouse region.

Since 1989, the National Lentil Festival has celebrated this wonderful little legume with an evening of activities in downtown Pullman and Festival Saturday is held all day in Reaney Park and in various locations throughout Pullman.

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Seattle, Washington

The 3-day urban event, Seattle’s premier music and art festival, takes place on Labor Day Weekend). The Festival stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center, located beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle, and programs 20 indoor and unique outdoor venues. This progressive Festival features a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, theatre, dance, film, urban crafts, and literary and visual arts.

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Ellensburg Rodeo
August / September
Ellensburg, Washington

One of the "old rodeos", the Ellensburg Rodeo has earned its place as one of America's Top 25 professional rodeos. Started in 1923 the rodeo has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to the Professional event of today with over 500 contestants and prize money in excess of $250,000! Today's best riders, ropers, and wrestlers compete in what many consider to be the best rodeo arena in the nation.

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Pig Out in the Park
August / September
Spokane, Washington

Spokane’s favorite food and entertainment event for more than 28 years, Pig Out in the Park offers 6 days of 75 Free concerts, more than 225,000 servings of food, desserts, beverages and treats from over 42 food booths and three adult beverage gardens.

Staged in beautiful downtown Spokane in Riverfront Park, the festival begins on Wednesday at noon, and continues until the end of the day on Monday.

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Puyallup Fair
Puyallup, Washington

The Puyallup Fair (once officially known as the Western Washington Fair) is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The Fair continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the world. The Western Washington Fair Association hosts two annual events, the 17-day Puyallup Fair every September, and the four-day Puyallup Spring Fair every April.

Situated south of Seattle and east of Tacoma in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier, the Fair & Events Center comprises 169+ acres, with buildings and land valued at more than $54 million.

When it began in 1900 it attracted over 20,000 visitors. Today, the Puyallup Fair draws more than a million people from across the state and the USA.

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The Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival
July / August
Snoqualmie, Washington

A tradition for seven years, the non-profit, Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival showcases Pacific Northwest musical talent at Snoqualmie Pass with fun-filled, family-oriented events that take place outdoors at the Summit at Snoqualmie's Central Ski Area Plaza.

Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival concerts are free to the public.

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Top 10 Events in Oregon, OR Events and Festivals of Oregon

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
Newport, Oregon

Newport’s annual Seafood & Wine Festival offers samplings from many of Oregon’s 200 wineries, as well as dozens of food booths featuring local seafood specialties prepared by some of the finest chefs in the West. Artists from around the Northwest offer a variety of arts and crafts. This three-day event on the last full weekend in February has become a major Oregon Coast tradition.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival
February - July
Ashland, Oregon

Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional nonprofit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Operating on a budget exceeding $26 million, OSF presents more than 780 performances annually with attendance of approximately 400,000.

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Portland Rose Festival
March - June
Portland, Oregon

For one hundred years, the Portland Rose Festival has presented events and programs that spotlight the riches of the Pacific Northwest heritage and environment while offering colorful examples of many international cultures. Attended by more than two million people, the festival is annually one of the top three most highly decorated events by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and in 2007 was named Best Festival in the World.

Among the festival's most popular events are the Grand Floral Parade, one of the nation's top two all-floral parades, and the WaMu Waterfront Village, which features the Best Children's Programming in the World, according to the IFEA.

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Astoria Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival
Astoria, Oregon

A tradition for more than 27 years, the Astoria Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival is always on the last full weekend in April.

Visitors to the event can enjoy live music from NW Bands, a great selection of seafood and other culinary delights (including the Rotary club’s traditional crab dinner), near 50 Oregon Wineries and about 100 booths filled with handmade arts and crafts.

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Ashland Independent Film Festival
Ashland, Oregon

The only festival in the Northwest, and one of only 20 in the USA selected to receive a prestigious grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Ashland Independent Film Festival attracts filmmakers, actors, and documentary subjects to Ashland to showcase their work.

The festival takes place on the five screens of the intimate art-deco Varsity Theatre with special events at the Historic Ashland Armory.

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Midsummer Scandinavian Festival
Astoria, Oregon

A tradition for more than 40 years, the Midsummer Scandinavian Festival is a three-day celebration of Scandinavian traditions with dancing, music, food, trolls and colorful costumes that bring the old country heritage to life.

Highlights of the fair include Miss Scandinavia, the Midnight Sun Scandinavian Breakfast, and the Troll Run, a stroll or run through the Olney Countryside, an Optog (walking parade) through downtown Astoria, and the popular Viking Feast.

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Co-Motion Classic Tandem Race
Eugene, Oregon

The nation’s premier annual tandem racing event, the Co-Motion Classic Tandem Race attracts tandem enthusiasts to the cycling mecca of Lane County.

Competitive tandem cyclists and first-timers alike test their fitness against the very best tandem riders in the country on challenging courses in the beautiful hills and valleys in and around Eugene.

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Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games
Madras, Oregon

A celebration of the culture of all Celtic groups, the Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds feature the traditional games, Celtic dancers, children's activities, fine Celtic wares, arts and crafts, clan representation, the Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band, lots of food, fun, and the area’s own High Desert Celtic Country Dancers.

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Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

Drawing more than 50,000 visitors to the heart of Oregon's rodeo country each year, the Pendleton Round-Up is one of the largest rodeos in the country.

Held in Pendleton since 1910, highlights of the event include bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, steer roping, brahma bull riding, Indian relay races and wild cow milking.

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Mt Angel, Oregon

Created to help raise funds for nonprofit, community activities in the Mt Angel area, the four-day Oktoberfest ( the largest folk festival in the state) attracts more than 300,000 people each year. to Mt Angel, a community that was founded by German pioneers in 1867.

Featuring music, food, dress and beverages of Bavaria, highlights of this celebration of German culture include alpine folk music, Bavarian bands, dancing,food and beverages, and more.

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Fall Kite Festival
Lincoln City, Oregon

The Fall Kite Festival, as Lincoln City's "original" Kite Festival, celebrates over 30 years of fun. Enjoy demonstrations by expert fliers, kids' kite making, Running of the Bols, raffles, kid's parade, and more fun in the sand. Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival is a sanctioned event of the American Kitefliers Association.

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Portland Greek Festival
Portland, Oregon

One of the largest festivals of its kind, the Annual Greek Festival began more than 50 years ago when the ladies of the Greek community decided to help raise money for the church by holding a bazaar with their handwork, food, pastries, music and dances from their homeland.

Still celebrating the heritage of the Greek immigrants who arrived in the Northwest in the late 1800s, the Annual Greek Festival attracts more than 15,000 guests to share cultural traditions, food, music, and dance.

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Top 10 Events in California, CA Events and Festivals of California

Rose Parade
Pasadena, California

Since 1890, millions of spectators from around the world celebrate the New Year with the annual Rose Parade featuring the beautiful pageantry and tradition of magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands.

The Rose Parade has grown from a local Pasadena institution to a national ceremony that's very equivalent to the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square.

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Mendocino Crab & Wine Days
Mendocino, California

Recently listed as one of the Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals in Coastal Living Magazine, this fundraiser features two of Mendocino County's most highly prized commodities: locally caught Dungeness crab and locally produced wines!

Festivities include cooking classes, crab tours, fishing excursions, crustacean-and-wine dinners, and the annual crab cake cook-off and wine tasting at Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor.

Visitors can pick up an official Crab & Wine Days Passport and have it stamped to win lodging, dinners and wine.

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Asian American Film Festival
San Francisco, California

The USA’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 120 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose.

Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.

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Cherry Blossom Festival
San Francisco, California

More than 200,000 people attend this his popular Japanese American community event in Japantown showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.

The Street Fair includes a food bazaar with traditional Japanese cuisine and cooking demonstrations, a Japanese traditional arts and crafts fair, and a children's village. Entertainment stages feature performances by Japanese classical and folk dancers, martial artists, taiko drummers and others.

The highlight of the festival is the Grand Parade on the final Sunday.

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Bay to Breakers, foot race , CaliforniaBay to Breakers 12K
3rd Sunday in May
San Francisco, California

Heading for its 100th birthday in 2011, the Bay to Breakers 12K is one of the world’s largest and oldest foot races with 65,000 + participants and 100,000 + spectators annually.

The name reflects the traditional course which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the “Bay” side of the city) to the west end of the city and the “breakers” of Ocean Beach.

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Napa Artwalk in Napa, CaliforniaNapa ARTwalk
Napa, California

The annual Napa ARTwalk encourages residents and visitors to take a self-guided tour to explore and interact with the outdoor sculpture exhibition in Downtown Napa. The ten sculptures are selected by a jury of arts professionals to showcase innovative sculpture. During the 11-month program, the public will vote on its favorite sculpture work. Every May a new exhibition of sculptures will be installed.

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Sonoma County Showcase
Sonoma County, California

The Sonoma County Showcase is Wine Country's premier wine and food festival combining the best of the Sonoma County Showcase of Wine and Food and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction.

With four days of fantastic wine and food presented by world-renowned winemakers and Sonoma’s top chefs, events include Taste of Sonoma, a two-day grand tasting with more than 100 wineries, 50 chefs, wine seminars, chef competitions, and more – and a wine auction too.

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Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy, California

Established in 1979, this three-day summertime celebration of incredible food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and cooking demonstrations requires the work of 4,000 community volunteers, whose efforts have returned over $ 8-million to various local charities. Two of its own top events are the internationally contested Great Garlic Cook-Off and the Garlic Showdown when four chefs compete in an iron chef-style competition

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Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance
Pebble Beach, California

First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has grown to become the world’s premier celebration of the automobile.

Only the most beautiful and rare cars are invited to appear on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®, and connoisseurs of art and style flock to see these masterpieces – more than 200 classic cars from 12 countries,

Charitable donations raised by the show now total over $11 million.

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, California

The longest running jazz festival in the world, held every September on the Monterey Fairgrounds site where the Festival was first presented in 1958.

The Monterey Jazz Festival presents the best jazz performers in the world for a three-day celebration of the best in jazz. In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958

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Mavericks Big Wave Surf Competition
December to March
Half Moon Bay, California

At any time from the beginning of December to the end of March, and perhaps even on only 24 hours notice, the world’s greatest big-wave surfers descend upon the frigid waters of Half Moon Bay for the chance to ride "the most dangerous waves in the world."

Mavericks is a winter destination for some of the world's premier big wave surfers, and the world-famous, iinvitation-only contest - the first was held in 1999 - is held here every winter, depending on wave conditions.

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Top 10 Events in Arizona, AZ Events and Festivals

Gathering of the Gunfighters
Yuma, Arizona

Outlaws, lawmen, cowboys, saloon gals, townsfolk and a cornucopia of disreputable characters converge in Yuma at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. to relive the legend of the west.

The state park that preserves stone cell blocks, a guard tower and other structures dating back to the prison’s 1876 birth.

Old West reenactment groups from California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona compete for prizes during the Gathering, with gunfights and other stunts judged on story line and authenticity.

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World Championship Hoop Dance ContestWorld Championship Hoop Dance Contest
Phoenix, Arizona

Heard Museum. There is no better place to see the fast-paced precision and grace of hoop dancing than at the Heard Museum's World Championship Hoop Dance Contest.

Top Native American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers vie for the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer. Amazing performances of the intertribal hoop dance, where each dancer weaves in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture. More than $30,000 is awarded in prize money.

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Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Scottsdale, Arizona

Since 1955 this annual show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world and has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2000 of the world's most beautiful Arabians and Half-Arabians bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world to compete for a chance at winning more than $500,000 in prize money.

The show is also a shopper’s paradise with an assortment of 300 vendors and trade booths, tempting international cuisine courts, exciting demonstrations and unique educational seminars.

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Cowgirl Up!
Wickenburg, Arizona

This exhibition for western women artists at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum is also an art sale. Featuring more than 200 paintings and sculptures, the show is the most important exhibition and sale for women artists in the nation.

The show kicks off with a wild weekend ride and other festivities which include a Friday night artists and Patron’s Party at an exclusive ranch estate, a Saturday night “Bash ‘n Bid” Gala Awards Dinner & Auction, and a Sunday old-fashioned chuck wagon breakfast and Artists’ Quick Draw & Auction.

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Verde Valley Birding & Nature FestivalVerde Valley Nature & Birding Festival
Cottonwood, Arizona

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival at Dead Horse Ranch State Park provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.

Saturday is family fun day with special activities for the children. The event also includes field trips, local tours, workshops & seminars, exhibits, a key-note speaker, and entertainment.

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Lake Havasu City Striper Derby
Lake Havasu, Arizona

This Western Outdoor News team fishing tournament targets striped bass or “stripers” on Lake Havasu. The premier striper tournament in the west, it attracts anglers from around the country as they compete for over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Varying classes of competition make it a great event for anglers of any experience level, as well as for family teams. Entry includes event shirt, hat and goodie bag. Saturday’s beach BBQ and party adds to the fun, along with Sunday’s awards ceremony.

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Navajo Nation FairNavajo Nation Fair
Window Rock, Arizona

The Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock is the premier Native American fair. Local and International guests attend the event in the capital of the Navajo Nation to renew friendship and make new acquaintances, and also to enjoy the wide array of activities during the week-long event.

Activities include Native American fine arts and crafts, Native food concessions, traditional Navajo song and dance, parade, the largest Indian rodeo, Championship Bull Riding, junior rodeo, wild horse race, inter-tribal powwow, concerts and entertainment, youth activity, 4-H livestock show, horticulture, a free barbecue day, traditional games, Miss Navajo coronation, carnival and more.

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Safford, Arizona

Festivities begin with the Salsa Glow - hot air balloons light up Downtown Safford on Friday evening and fly overhead early Saturday morning. The fun continues non-stop with a salsa-making competition, a marketplace, salsa music, dance performances, food demonstrations, chili roasting, a kids’ corner with a piñata bust, and a jalapeno and salsa eating contests.

The salsa making competition is open to professional and amateur salsa chefs and the prizes – along with the bragging rights - that go to the top contenders include the popular People’s Choice Award. The jalapeno and salsa eating contests are open to the bravest of the brave – men, women and children.

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Bisbee Great Stair CLimbBisbee 1000 The Great Stairclimb
Bisbee, Arizona

Unique to Bisbee is a system of old and deteriorating stairways that course through its picturesque hills, affording views of the town’s quaint houses and colorful gardens. The stairways originally followed the mule path worn into the terrain during the heyday of Bisbee’s copper mining past.

The Bisbee 1000 allows participants to use any combination of walking, running and resting to traverse nine sets of steps and numerous back-roads at a mile-high altitude. While conquering more than 1,000 steps they are serenaded by musicians playing at strategic points along the route. Participants can compete aggressively for overall and age group prizes; enjoy a challenging fitness walk or family stroll, or any combination thereof.

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All Souls Procession
November (First Sunday after Halloween)
Tucson, Arizona

Inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, the All Souls Procession began in 1990 when local artist Susan Johnson decided to honor her father in celebration.

Today, 10,000 participants create a two-mile long procession complete with floats, altars, costumes and tributes to loved ones who have passed on in this comminity celebration of Day of the Dead and All Souls Day. In a grand finale, a large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes for those who have passed is burned.

This event is growing each year and now draws and estimated crowd of almost 30,000.

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Florence Junior Parada
Florence, Arizona

The Florence Junior Parada is the oldest sanctioned youth rodeo in the United States. It pits the youngest of riders against the oldest of venues to showcase their youthful cowboy skills.

The rodeo attracts youngsters ages five to 18 from across the Southwest. Over the years, some of these youngsters have gone on to compete nationally. There is a Saturday morning parade which evokes times past with stagecoaches, mounted posses and young and old on horseback, also vintage vehicles, clowns, dancers and more. Catch the “cowboy spirit” and enjoy Florence.

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Top 10 Events in New Mexico, NM Events nad Festivals

UFO Festival
July 4th Weekend
Roswell, New Mexico

Each year the City of Roswell is invaded by more than 50,000 visitors – wannabe aliens, UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike – who come to celebrate one of the most debated incidents in history: the mysterious objectt that creashed in 1947 30 miles north of the city.

The four-day event features guest speakers, muisc, authors, lectures, food, live entertainment and family-friendly activities.

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Santa Fe Spanish Market
Santa Fe, New Mexico

This annual, traditional Spanish Market features more than 250 acclaimed Hispanic artists whose hand-carved figures and painted images of saints on wood panels, tinwork, weavings, straw appliqué, furniture and other items highlight the Spanish heritage of northern New Mexico.

Attractions of the popular Santa Fe event include regional foods and live music.

A similar event hled in winter takes place in downtown Santa Fe.

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Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each year the Santa Fe Indian Market showcases the work and artistry of 1,200 artists from over 100 tribes.

Attracting more than 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world, buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists.

For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures.

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Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Gallup, New Mexico

The annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial showcases Native American arts, cultures, and traditions.

Attractions include tribal ceremonial dances, a contest pow-wow, indoor and outdoor arts and crafts markets, all Indian rodeos, a world class juried art show, authentic Native American art and jewelry, parades, Native American foods, a ceremonial queen contest, and crafts demonstrations.

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New Mexico State Fair
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Also known as “the Biggest Show in New MExico”, the New Mexico State Fair is an annual state fair held at the 236-acre Expo New Mexico in the heart of Albuquerque.

Attractions include concerts, competitions, rodeos, carnival rides, games, farm animals, horses, agriculture and art.

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Whole Enchilada Fiesta
Las Cruces, New Mexico

A celebration centered around the making of the largest enchilada by Chef and founder of the fiesta, Robert V Estrada, this three-day fiesta celebrates southern New Mexico’s traditions, people and great food.

Recognized as one of the top 100 events in the USA, the Whole Enchilada Fiesta attracts more than 70,000 visitors and has the third largest attendance of any annual event in New Mexico.

Activities over the three day schedule include crafts booths, carnival, car and motorcycle show, New Mexico’s largest parade and cultural and headliner entertainment.

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The Hatch Valley Chile Festival
Hatch Valley, New Mexico

A two-day celebration of Hatch Valley’s world-famous chile crop, this festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the world, including the Food Network and the BBC.

Chile lovers can enjoy a wide array of activities from tasting chile recipes and watching a chile cook-off, to tractor pulls and the Chile Queen parade.

The fiesta also showcases the work of local artists and a carnival.

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Albuquerque Balloon FiestaInternational Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is the premier ballooning city due to the crystal skies, perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the "Albuquerque Box." With a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, the box allows balloonists to control and even retrace their adventure.

Balloon Fiesta Park covers over 200 acres and is filled with balloons and vendors selling everything from traditional New Mexican food to Balloon memorabilia.

Each year balloons come from around the world to participate in the event and news coverage originates from more than 50 countries. It has become the most photographed event in the world.

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The Festival of the Cranes
Socorro, New Mexico

Celebrating the return of the cranes, this popular festival focuses on the work of the world-famous Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Highlights of the festival include tours of the refuge to areas not commonly open to the public, lectures on a wealth of different wildlife topics by keynonte speakers, exhibits and demonstrations along the main Promenade.

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Top Events of Texas, TX State America

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Houston, Texas

Since the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was established in 1931, it has made an impressive footprint on the livestock and entertainment industries and in the sport of rodeo.

Today it is the world’s largest livestock exhibition, world’s largest rodeo and premier entertainment event with no less than 19,000 volunteers who annually contribute their time to take part in what is known as “The heartbeat of the Southwest”.

With a livestock competitions, shopping, food, carnival, action-packed rodeo events and superstars in concert, there is something for the whole family.

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South by Southwest Multimedia Conference
Austin, Texas

In little more than two decades, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Multimedia Conference in Austin has grown from a tiny music festival into one of the biggest conferences and festivals in the nation.

Offering the latest and greatest in the music, film and interactive worlds, as well as performances by about 1,000 bands from across the globe, this event takes place at the Austin Convention Center and more than 50 other venues.

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Dallas Blooms
Dallas, Texas

Dallas Blooms is a celebration of spring at the Dallas Arboretum, arguably one of top five floral display gardens in North America.

The gardens feature more than 400,000 spring-blooming bulbs, 6,000 azaleas and thousands of annuals and perennials spread throughout the 66-acre garden.

Included in the festivities are music, food, celebrities, poetry and rich history.

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Azalea & Spring Flower Trail
Tyler, Texas

Officially certified as an Azalea City in 2007, Tyler is the perfect host for this celebration of the Azalea that has been a tradition here for 50 years,

Visitors can enjoy miles of azaleas, dogwoods and spring flowers amidst beautiful historic homes as they tour residential gardens, enjoy plant sales, arts and crafts shows, historic home tours and living history exhibits set in a backdrop of vibrant azaleas.

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Texas Sandfest
Port Aransas, Texas

With 24 master sculptors competing, the Texas Sandfest is the largest master sand competition in the USA, drawing over 100,000 visitors each year.

The three-day festival includes both a Solo and Duo Master's Contests, over 200 amateur sand sculptors, 5 different sand competitions, free sand sculpting demonstrations and lessons, music, games, food and craft booths.

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Fiesta San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Going strong for nearly 120 years, the San Antonio Fiesta began as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Since then the fiesta has grown into a celebration of the wide diversity and multicultural history of San Antonio and is today one of the largest festivals in the county.

3.5 million visitors attend more than 100 events at various locations over 10 days. Attractions include a broad spectrum of food, musical genres, the arts, athletic events, parades, parties and more.

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June - August
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

This family-friendly, outdoor musical drama by Paul Green, over 42 years in production, is touted as the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world.

Set in the 1800s, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle - complete with a cast of more than 60 actors, singers and dancers, spellbinding lighting, special effects and fireworks.

The Amphitheatre, 25 mile from Amarillo, is carved out of and nestled into a natural basin in the majestic Palo Duro Canyon

The evening’s entertainment is preceded by a catered steak dinner by the world famous Big Texan Steak Ranch.

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Grapevine, Texas

Wine novices and connoisseurs alike flock to Grapefest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest and ABA 2008 Top 100 Event in North America!

Highlight of the event is the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic – the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation featuring some of Texas’ finest wines.

Other attractions include the International Wine Garden featuring wines from around the world and live music on stages located throughout Historic Downtown Grapevine. Also on offer are Grapevine winery tasting room tours, a grape-stomping competition, arts & crafts booths and a carnival.

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State Fair of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

The roots of the State Fair of Texas can be traced all the way back to 1886.

Today, is a 24-day celebration of the state with over 70 amusement rides, Texas Star (the tallest Ferris wheel in North America), 8000 livestock entries, 7,000 creative arts entries, about 200 food service locations, the largest new car show in the Southwest. and of course, Big Tex, the world's best-known 52-foot-tall cowboy who made his first State Fair appearance in 1952.

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Terlingua International Chili Championship
late October

On the first Saturday of November the Chili Appreciation Society International holds the ultimate celebration of Chili at the Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua. The four day celebration culminates on Saturday with the Terlingua International Chili Championship.

It is a Texas tradition of epic proportion - complete with an annual proclamation from the Governor declaring "Chili Appreciation Society International Day" in Texas, and nightly stage entertainment

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Top Jazz Events in USA

Monterey Jazz Festival
September, California

The longest running jazz festival in the world, held every September on the Monterey Fairgrounds site where the Festival was first presented in 1958.

The Monterey Jazz Festival presents the best jazz performers in the world for a three-day celebration of the best in jazz. In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958

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Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Fest
River Valley, Connecticut

The largest festival in all of the Northeast featuring old time jazz, The Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival features some of the best bands from around the world.

Taking place at The Sunrise Resort in Moodus, the resort offers 140 acres, pool, boating on the Salmon River, a mini resort for kids, mini golf, many court games, great food, camping and lodging.

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Jacksonville, Florida

The second largest, and considered one of the best jazz festivals in the US, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival weekend is held at Metropolitan Park. Part of the fun is The Great American Jazz Piano competition, Art at the Met, and wine tasting.

Past artists include Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, George Benson, the Count Basie Orchestra, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti, Rippingtons, Kenny G, and Harry Connick Jr.

Montreux Music Festival
Atlanta, Georgia

The free, outdoor, Montreux Jazz Festival, sponsored by the City of Atlanta features famous jazz acts as well as performers from urban rock, blues, R&B to jazz and funk music on stages on Upper Alabama Street, in Kenny’s Alley and inside Underground Atlanta. The festivities will also include an interactive Kid’s Zone, arts & crafts and food vendors.

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Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
Moscow, Idaho

For over 40 years the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho has combined the skills of jazz greats and the talents of students from all levels from, elementary school to college, to create an event celebrating the magic of jazz. From a one-day event, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival has grown into a music packed, four-day experience.

Visitors and musicians alike boogie with the best at this musical extravaganza. More than 50 of the world's greatest jazz artists conduct workshops and participate in concert performances.

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French Quarter Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana

This award-winning festival, which began in 1984, has grown to become the largest free music festival in the South. Eighteen stages throughout the French Quarter presented the best in New Orleans music, representing every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R & B and New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, opera, Cajun Zydeco, Latin World, International, as well as musical stages for children.

Over 65 food and beverage booths made up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,” a signature event, featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants, many of whom have been with the Festival its entire 25 years.

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
April / May
New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 400,000 visitors each year.

The Louisiana Heritage Fair at the Fair Grounds Race Course showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.

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Tanglewood Jazz Fest
Lenox, Massachusetts

The Tanglewood Jazz Festival is held on Labor Day weekend at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Artists who have appeared in the past include Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Ahmad Jamal, Donal Fox, Nancy Wilson, Roy Haynes, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Charles, Hiromi, and many more.

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Cape May Jazz Festival
April and November
Cape May, New Jersey

Having celebrated its 15th year and 30th celebration, the Cape May Jazz Festival
presents concerts, festivals, educational programs, workshops and jam sessions for musicians, as well as complimentary guitar, saxophone, percussion and improvisation workshops.

Featured artists have included Jon Faddis, Jesse Andrus, Frank Bey, Edgardo Cintron, David Cole, Jackie Ryan, Pamela Williams and Michael Pedicin.

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FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest
Reading, Pennsylvania

This 10-day smooth jazz festival, a tradition for almost 20 years, is held annually in March, and offers more than 130 concerts, lunches, brunches, workshops, worship services, happy hours and midnight jam sessions to the public.

Past performers include The Manhattan Transfer, US Air Force Rhythm In Blue Jazz Ensemble, Jason Miles, Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, Walter Beasley, Deodato, Marion Meadows, Paul Jackson Jr, David Mann, Jaared, Jay Beckenstein, Maria Muldaur, Paul Brown to name just a few.

More than 4,500 people attend the event each year.

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JVC Jazz Festival
Newport, Rhode Island

The legendary Newport Jazz Festival, now called The JVC Jazz Festival-Newport, is a spectacular 3-day outdoor event that features the best in classic and contemporary jazz. Recent lineups have included Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., Wynton Marsalis and many more.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The annual Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival, JazzFest has become a summer favorite in Sioux Falls and the region. JazzFest is a two-day outdoor musical event featuring two stages and is free to the public. The festival is free and features two stages with over 18 hours of music.

JazzFest features a wide variety of music every year including jazz, blues, Zydeco, Latin, reggae, big band, rock, soul and funk among others.

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List of India 2011 Public Holidays

List of India 2011 Public Holidays

As a multicultural and multi-religious country, India celebrates holidays and festivals of various religions. Most of the India public holidays are religious holidays, with only three nationally celebrated secular public holidays: Republic Day, Independence Day, and the Gandhi Jayanti.

Each state and region has local festivals depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics of the population in that region.

Popular religious festivals which are celebrated almost across all parts of India include Hindu festivals of Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Dussehra and the Islamic festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Mawlid an-Nab.

Sikh festivals such as Guru Nanak Jayanti, the Christian festivals such as Christmas, Good Friday and Jain festivals like Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan are celebrated in many areas where these religions have a significant followings.

Please note the following India 2011 holiday dates are estimates only. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the holiday dates.

List of Popular India Public Holidays 2011 Dates
Below is the list of India 2011 holidays

New Year’s Day
Saturday, 1 January 2011

Harvest Festival of South India
Friday, 14 January 2011

India Republic Day^
India Republic Day 2011
Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Mawlid an-Nabi – Birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Mahashivratri / Maha Sivaratri
Great Night of Shiva – offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, a Hindu festival
Thursday, 3 March 2011

Holika Dahan
Eve of Holi 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011

Hindu festival of colours
Sunday, 20 March 2011

Birthday of Dr B R Ambedkar
Birthday of Dr B R Ambedkar, architect of the Indian Constitution
Thursday, 14 April 2011

Mahavir Jayanthi
Birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara – the most important religious holiday in Jainism
Saturday, 16 April 2011

Good Friday
Death of Jesus – Christian holiday – Good Friday 2011
Friday, 22 April 2011

Easter Monday
Resurrection of Jesus – Christian holiday
Read more in Easter Sunday 24 April 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011

Buddha Purnima
Vesak Day – Celebrates birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha
India Budha Purnima 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Raksha Bandhan
Hindu Festival celebrated mainly in northern India
Saturday, 13 August 2011

Independence Day^
Celebrates India Independence
Monday, 15 August 2011

Krishna Janmashtami / Srikrishna Jayanti
Birth of Krishna – a Hindu festival celebrating birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of god Vishnu
Monday, 22 August 2011

Id ul Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr – End of Ramadan, according to Islamic Calendar
Eid 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ganesh Chaturthi
Hindu Festival to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh (Ganesha). Anant Chaturdashi will be celebrated on the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi, Monday, 12 September 2011.
Thursday, 1 September 2011 – Monday, 12 September 2011

Gandhi Jayanti^
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
Sunday, 2 October 2011

Vijaya Dashami – Hindu festival
Thursday, 6 October 2011

Deepavali / Diwali
Festival of Lights – a very important Hindu festival
Diwali 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Idu’l Zuha/Bakrid
Eid al-Adha – Feast of the Sacrifice, according to Islamic Calendar
Qurban 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011

Guru Nanak Jayanti
Guru Nanak’s Birthday – Sikh Festival
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Muharram/ Day of Ashura
Mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali / Imam Hussain, 10th day of Muharram month in Islamic lunar calendar. (Also often called as Moharram)
Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Christmas Day
Birth of Jesus – one of Christian most important holidays.
Sunday, 25 December 2011

Boxing Day
The day after Christmas – Christian Holiday
Monday, 26 December 2011

^Denotes India National Holidays
Happy India Holidays 2011 !


The Leading and Greatest UK Music Festivals

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Wychwood Music Festival 2011

Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5 June 2011
ticket cost adult weekend £115, concession weekend £90, youth (10-15yrs) £55, child (5-9yrs) £15, under 5's free

confirmed are:- Transglobal Underground, Ian Anderson, The Charlatans, The Waterboys, Bluetones, Cornershop, Eddi Reader, 3 Daft Monkeys, Neville Staple, The Christians, Robyn Hitchcock, The Travelling Band, The Wurzels, Eliza Carthy, Roddy Woomble, Delta Maid, Sarah Savoy and the Francadians, The Epstein, My First Tooth, Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble, Baraka, Kissmet, Rook and The Ravens, ahab, Buswell, Elfynn, Baka Beyond, John Cooper Clarke, Revere, Moussu T E Lei Jovents, The Arcadian Kicks, Titi Robin, BabaJack, Chapelier Fou, The Roving Crows, The Beetroot Kings, The Oxford Imps, Sleeping With The Fishes, Will Kevans, Jali Fily Cissokho, Handshake, Mila Falls, AJ, Alice Jemima, Alphabet Backwards, Anchor and the Wolf, Barefoot Dance of the Sea, Black Canvas, Black Hats, Carly .

Status Quo in the Forest 2011
Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk
Thursday 9th June 2011
ticket cost £34

confirmed are:- Status Quo

Download Festival 2011
Donington Park, Leics
Friday 10th to Sunday 12 June 2011
ticket cost £145 weekend (with 5 nights camping + £35), or £75 for a day ticket

confirmed are:- Def Leppard, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, The Darkness, Alter Bridge, Disturbed, Skunk Anansie, Down, The Gaslight Anthem, Thin Lizzy, Black Stone Cherry, Hollywood Undead, The Pretty Reckless, Bowling for Soup, Skindred, Duff McKagans Loaded, Escape The Fate, Madina Lake, All That Remains, Biohazard, Puddle of Mudd, The Devil Wears Prada, CKY, Wayne Static, Alice Cooper, Pendulum, Rob Zombie, Korn, The Cult, Twisted Sister, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Cheap Trick, Buckcherry, Children Of Bodom, Mr Big, Dio Disciples, The Damned Things, Turisas, Clutch, GWAR, Young Guns, Anti-flag, Dan Reed, Kvelertak, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.), Karma To Burn, Rock Sugar

Glade Festival 2011
Houghton Hall, King\'s Lynn, Norfolk
Friday 10th to Sunday 12 June 2011
ticket cost £135

confirmed are:- Adam Beyer, Global Communication (DJ Set), Trentemoller, Slam, Paul Ritch, Joseph Capriati, Andrew Weatherall, Photek, Dreadzone, Krafty Kuts, Hybrid, Dirtyphonics, Skrillex, Engine-Earz Experiment, Dub FX & Flower Fairy, Dub Pistols, Dirty Vegas, Ben & Lex, Elite Force, London Elektricity, Losers, Beardy, Beardy Weirdy, Ben Edge, Boris, Chameleon, Earthling, EVP, Greg Zogg (DJ), Hedflux, Insomniscene, Johnny M, Mazieg, Mikey, Monk3y Logic, Morph v Lurk, NoSF, OOOD, Re-Creation, Sabretooth, Sean Shift, Toad, Tron, Ajja, Allaby, Andy Rushton, Antix, Antonio Testa, Atmos, Atomic Drop

Isle of Wight Festival 2011
Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
Friday 10th to Sunday 12 June 2011
ticket cost £175 weekend with camping - SOLD OUT
confirmed are:- Foo Fighters, Kasabian, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Beady Eye, Pulp, The Courteeners, Band of Horses, Iggy & the Stooges, The Script, Mike & The Mechanics, Plan B, Seasick Steve, We Are Scientists, Pixie Lott, Two Door Cinema Club, Hurts, James Walsh, Stornoway, Jeff Beck, Lissie, Big Country, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Alexandra Burke, Boy George, Manic Street Preachers, The British Pink Floyd Show, ABC, Eliza Doolittle, Public Image Ltd. (PiL), Tom Jones, Cast, Chase & Status, Imelda May, Maverick Sabre, Hadouken!, Parade, Nick Lowe, The Cult, Wonderland, Edei, Laura Steel, Brother, Wild Beasts, The Vaccines, Various Cruelties, Semi Precious Weapons, Springbok Nude Girls, The Like, 7 Sharps

Rock Ness 2011
Loch Ness, Scotland
Friday 10th to Sunday 12 June 2011
ticket cost £149 for 3 days with camping

confirmed are:- Glasvegas, Kasabian, Paolo Nutini, The Chemical Brothers (live), Laidback Luke, Morning Parade, The Boxer Rebellion, The Japanese Popstars, The Twilight Sad, Groove Armada present Red Light, Beardyman, Bombay Bicycle Club, Broken Records, Chapel Club, Dog Is Dead, Nero, Skrillex, Sons and Daughters, Sound Of Guns, Sub Focus, The Jim Jones Revue, Ivan Smagghe, Adam Ackers, Bigfoot\'s Tea Party, Black Strobe, Christopher Kelly, DJ Dan, Emeli Sande, Jesse Rose, Lucy Rose, Mothership, Pete Roe, Propaganda, Redux, Saint Saviour, Smoke Fairies, Snafu DJs, Story Books, The Cuban Brothers, The Good Natured, The Sound of Arrows, Wolf Gang, Worship, Yaaks, Jamie XX, Magda, Modeselektor, Jackmaster, Matthew Dear, Raresh

Erasure Forest Concerts 2011
Suffolk, Kent, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire., North Yorks, and Cheshire
Friday 10th June to Friday 1 July 2011
ticket cost £34.50

confirmed are:- Erasure, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Erasure, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Erasure, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Erasure, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Erasure, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Erasure, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Erasure

Simple Minds Forest Concerts 2011
Kent, Suffolk, Gloucestershire, Notts, North Yorks, Staffordshire, Cheshire
Friday 10th June to Sunday 3 July 2011
ticket cost £35

confirmed are:- Simple Minds, James Walsh, Simple Minds, James Walsh, Simple Minds, James Walsh, Simple Minds, James Walsh, Simple Minds, James Walsh, Simple Minds, James Walsh, Simple Minds, James Walsh

The Leading and Greatest UK Music Festivals

Escape Into The Park 2011
Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales
Saturday 11th June 2011
ticket cost £41.50

confirmed are:- Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, YasmIn, Chuckie, Jaguar Skills, Pritchard Vs Dainton, Neil Navarra, Big Al, Eddie Halliwell, Markus Schulz, Judge Jules, Lisa Lashes, John O'Callaghan, Ben Gold, Jordan Suckley, Gareth Siddell & Johnny Griffiths, Kiki V & Rui J, Headhunterz , Wildstylez, Daniele Mondello, Express Viviana, Kutski, Organ Donors, Cally & Juice, Brian M vs McBunn, Jon The Baptist & DJ Chuck-E, Kidd Kaos, Swankie DJ & Kashi, Shock:Force, Frisky, MC Shocker, Pendulum (DJ set) + MC Verse, Caspa, DJ Zinc, Redlight, Dot Rotten, A1 Bassline, Active, Mello D, Benny Blonko & Fraudsta, The King Regards, Dirty Headlines, Hoi!

WOMAD Bristol Zoo 2011
Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol
Saturday 11th June 2011
ticket cost adults (15+) £20, children (3-14) £5, under 3 free

confirmed are:- Muntu Valdo, Rua MacMillan, Siyaya

Scouting For Girls in the Forest 2011
Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Sunday 19th June 2011
ticket cost £28

confirmed are:- Scouting For Girls

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2011
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26 June 2011
ticket cost £195 - SOLD OUT
confirmed are:- Beyonce, Coldplay, U2, Elbow, Morrissey, Pendulum, Biffy Clyro, Paolo Nutini, Plan B, BB King, Paul Simon, Tinie Tempah, Laura Marling, Rumer, Wu Tang Clan, Don McLean, The Gaslight Anthem, Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Tame Impala, The Low Anthem, Stornoway, The Fisherman\'s Friends, The Master Musicians of Joujouka, Primal Scream, Queens of the Stone Age, The Chemical Brothers (live), Kaiser Chiefs, Mumford & Sons, White Lies, Eels, Fleet Foxes, Friendly Fires, Bright Eyes, Jimmy Eat World, TV on the Radio, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jessie J, The Wombats, Noisettes, The Twilight Singers, The Vaccines, Cold War Kids, The Naked & Famous, Treetop Flyers, Alice Gold, Brother, Clare Maguire, Chipmunk

The Courteeners in the Forest 2011
Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire
Saturday 2nd July 2011
ticket cost £25 - SOLD OUT

confirmed are:- The Courteeners

T in the Park 2011
Balado, nr Kinross. Scotland
Friday 8th to Sunday 10 July 2011
ticket cost £195 full weekend with Thursday camping - sold out
confirmed are:- Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Imelda May, Ke$ha, Pulp, Primal Scream, Tom Jones, Dave Clarke, Leftfield, Tiga, Josh Wink, The Streets, Hudson Mohawke, James Holden, Benga, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew77, Diplo, Felix Da Housecat, Silicone Soul, Slam, Youngman, Aerials Up, Boycotts, Cancel The Astronauts, Carnivores, Church of when the Sh*t hits the Fan, Conquering Animal Sound, Crayons, Discopolis, Fatherson, Lady North, Marrik Layden Deft With Scatabrainz, Otherpeople, PAWS, Reverieme, The LaFontaines, United Fruit, 2manydjs, All Time Low, Beady Eye, Big Country, Blondie, Brandon Flowers, Bright Eyes, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Cast, Chase & Status

Wakestock 2011
Pwllheli Inner Marina and Abersoch Beach, Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales
Friday 8th to Sunday 10 July 2011

confirmed are:- Biffy Clyro, Ellie Goulding, The Wombats, Kids in Glass Houses, The Cribs, Huw Stephens, Noisettes, The Joy Formidable, Neon Trees, Little Comets, Pulled Apart By Horses, Wolf Gang, All The Young, Mr Phormula, Sibrydion, Bare Left, Chase & Status, Example, Kelis, Wretch 32, Zane Lowe, Chiddy Bang, Ed Sheeran, Far East Movement, Dev, Jaymo & Andy George, Modestep, Kissy Sell Out & MC Cobra, Random Impulse, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Friends Electric, YasmIn, Nervo, Caspa & Rod Azlan, Jaguar Skills, Nero, DJ Fresh, Herve, Masters in France, Dynamite MC, Colorama, Danny Byrd, Redlight, Innerpartysystem, Tek-One, Micky Slim, Plastic Thumbs, Poket Trez, Gutterfunk DJs , Jigsaw

Larmer Tree Festival 2011
Larmer Tree Gardens, near Tollard Royal (about 16 miles W of Salisbury), on the Wilts./Dorset border
Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17 July 2011
ticket cost £197 for 5 days, £162 for 4 days, £130 for 3 days

confirmed are:- Asian Dub Foundation, Imelda May, Jools Holland and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Ozomatli, Seasick Steve, Sandie Shaw, 3 Daft Monkeys, Alejandro Toledo and The Magic Tombolinos, Baila la Cumbia, Barnaby Keen Band, CityStereo, Delta Maid, DJ Derek, Fearne, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers, Jassi Sidhu, Kidnap Alice, Matthew and the Atlas, Megan Henwood, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Police Dog Hogan, Rory McLeod, Scoundrels, The Bamana Project, The Gramophone Party, The Phoenix Foundation, The Selecter, Vieux Farka Touré, Russell Kane, Arthur Smith, Phil Nichol, Andi Osho, Phil Kay, Tom Wrigglesworth, Rob Deering, Gareth Richards, Late Night Gimp Fight, Abandoman, WitTank, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Iain Stirling, Fergus Craig, Joel Dommett, ahab, Allo Darlin', Batucada Sound Machine, Bellowhead, Boppin\' B

The Script in the Forest 2011
Thetford Forest, nr Brandon, Suffolk
Thursday 14th July 2011
ticket cost £28.50

confirmed are:- The Script

Latitude 2011
Henham Park Estate, Beccles, Suffolk
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17 July 2011
ticket cost £170 weekend adult ticket, day tickets £70
confirmed are:- Paolo Nutini, Suede, The National, Hurts, My Morning Jacket, Paloma Faith, Bright Eyes, Glasvegas, The Cribs, Iron And Wine, KT Tunstall, Seasick Steve, Rumer, The Waterboys, They Might Be Giants, Ed Sheeran, Bombay Bicycle Club, Eels, Foals, Echo and the Bunnymen, Lykke Li, The Vaccines, I Am Kloot, Lyle Lovett, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Caribou, Carl Barat, Os Mutantes, Annie Nightingale, Dry The River, Dutch Uncles, Thecocknbullkid, Admiral Fallow, Brown Brogues, Cerebral Ballzy, DELS, Fiction, Fixers, Friends Electric, Ghostpoet, Gwilym Gold, Huw Stephens, James Spankie, Jonny (featuring Norman Blake and Euros Childs), Mazes, Still Corners, The B. Goodes, The Gentle Good, These Are End Times, Tribes

Bryan Ferry in the Forest 2011
Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire and Thetford Forest, Suffolk
Friday 15th to Saturday 16 July 2011
ticket cost £36.50
confirmed are:- Bryan Ferry

Westlife in the Forests 2011
Thetford Forest, Suffolk & Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
Friday 15th July 2011
ticket cost £37.50
confirmed are:- Westlife

GuilFest 2011
Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey.
Friday 15th to Sunday 17 July 2011
ticket cost £110 adult weekend, or £120 with camping
confirmed are:- James Blunt, Razorlight, Roger Daltrey, Echo and the Bunnymen, Erasure, The Rifles, Ziggy Marley, The Saw Doctors, Chipmunk, N-Dubz, Noisettes, The Blow Monkeys, Adam Ant And The Good The Mad And The Lovely Posse, Peter Andre, Public Image Ltd. (PiL), Hugh Cornwell, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Edei, GoGoBot, Nero, Pendulum (DJ set), Modestep (DJ Set), Gallows, 999, Neville Staple, UK Subs, Anti-Nowhere League, The Lurkers, The Skints, Missing Andy, Random Hand, The Lambrettas, New Town Kings, Sex Pistols Experience, The Grit, DC Fontana, The New Forbidden, Stone Foundation, Alistair Barrie, Christian Reilly, Simon Bligh, Matt Price, Nick Revell, Richard Morton, Earl Okin, Edward Aczel, Rich Wilson, Henning Wehn, Jim Smallman, Shazia Mirza

Lovebox Weekender 2011
Victoria Park, London
Friday 15th to Sunday 17 July 2011
ticket cost £99 Weekend; Friday £28.50; Saturday/Sunday £48.50
confirmed are:- 2manydjs, Snoop Dogg & The Dogg Pound, Scissor Sisters, Warren G, Blondie, Jessie J, Beth Ditto, Santigold, Katy B, Marc Almond, Azari & III, Fenech-Soler, Hard Ton, Ziggy Marley, Bag Raiders, Feral AKA MC Kinky, Jess Mills, Jonny Woo, Dr Noki, Maverick Sabre, Robyn, The Drums, The Wombats, Example, Kelis, Lykke Li, MEN, Metronomy, The Joy Formidable, Beardyman, Black Devil Disco Club, Cherry Ghost, Dry The River, Ed Sheeran, Planningtorock, Architecture In Helsinki, Retro/Grade, The Phoenix Foundation, Foster the People, Monarchy, Viktoria Modesta, Violens, Malpas, Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus, Herve, Photek, Skream, Ms Dynamite, Roll Deep ... more confirmed acts >>

Texas in the Forest 2011
Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Sunday 17th July 2011
ticket cost £33.50
confirmed are:- Texas

Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival 2011
Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31 July 2011
ticket cost £114 for full weekend
confirmed are:- Emily Portman, Ewan McLennan, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Sam Lee, The Webb Sisters, Abigail Washburn, Admiral Fallow, Alex Patterson, Bryony & Grace Lemon, Anxo Lorenzo, Bedlam, Bellowhead, Brian McNeill, Caitlin Rose, Chris Wood, Damien O\'Kane, Danú, Emily Smith, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Feufollet, Frank Turner, Frankie Gavin & The New De Dannan, Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, Home Service, James Vincent McMorrow, Jim Moray's Silent Ceilidh, Justin Townes Earle, Kate Rusby, Katzenjammer, Laura Marling, Leddra Chapman, Mahala Rai Banda, Manran, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Moss, Moore, Rutter, Newton Faulkner, Orkestra del Sol, Paul McKenna Band, Peatbog Faeries featuring The Wayward Boys, Penguin Cafe, Pentangle, Raul Malo

Global Gathering 2011
Long Marston Airfield, nr. Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire.
Friday 29th to Saturday 30 July 2011
ticket cost early bird £99, and deposit option available
confirmed are:- Pendulum, Tinie Tempah, Axwell, Steve Angello, Labrinth, Professor Green, Beardyman, YasmIn, Dirty South, Jaguar Skills, Alex Metric, Max Vangeli & An21, Micky Slim, Underworld, Eric Prydz, Sasha, Joris Voorn, Funkagenda, Paul Thomas, Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Nero, Caspa & Rod Azlan, Redlight & MC Dread, Stanton Warriors, Friction, DJ Hype & IC3, Tempa T, Maverick Sabre, Borgore, Silver & Prophecy, Citizen, Skrillex, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Heidi, Carlio Lio, Cinderella Man, Maya Jane Coles, Above and Beyond, Sander van Doorn, Gareth Emery, Gabriel & Dresden, John O'Callaghan, Mat Zo, Annie Mac, Boys Noize, Rusko, Jack Beats, Doorly ... more confirmed acts >>

WOMAD 2011
Charlton Park, Upper Minety, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Friday 29th to Sunday 31 July 2011
ticket cost £135 for three days, teenagers (14-17) £70, under 13s free
confirmed are:- 9 Bach, Abigail Washburn, AfroCubism, Alejandro Toledo and The Magic Tombolinos, Alpha Blondy, Aurelio & The Garifuna Soul Band, Axel Krygier, Baaba Maal, Bajah & The Dry Eye Crew, Ballake Cissokho & Vincent Segal, Bellowhead, Bomba Estereo, Booker T. Jones, Brassroots, CW Stoneking, Danyel Waro, Dhol Foundation, Dhols of Jaipur, Donso, Dub Colossus, Easy Star All Stars, Ebo Taylor, Gogol Bordello, Hassan Erraji, I Am Kloot, Jamie Smith's Mabon, Khaira Arby, Lau, Le Trio Joubran, Mahala Rai Banda, Majorstuen, Mungos Hi Fi, Nathalie Natiembe, Nidi D\'Arac, Nomfusi & The Lucky Charms, Pacific Curls, Penguin Cafe, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Samuel Yirga, Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono, Submotion Orchestra, Susheela Raman, Taraf De Haidouks, The Boxettes, The Gotipuas

Big Chill Festival @ Eastnor Castle 2011
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL
Thursday 4th to Sunday 7 August 2011
ticket cost £165 for the weekend
confirmed are:- Chris Cunningham, 2manydjs, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, The Chemical Brothers (live), Band Of Joy, Kanye West, Jessie J, Neneh Cherry, Warpaint, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Metronomy, Wild Beasts, Electrelane, Janelle Monae, Norman Jay, Steel Pulse, About Group, Crystal Fighters, Mahala Rai Banda, The Knocks, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Empire Of The Sun, Jay Electronica, Lucy Liu, North Mississippi Allstars, The Bullitts, Annie Nightingale, Calvin Harris, Chipmunk, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Example, Plastician, Quantic and his Combo Barbaro, Aloe Blacc, Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience, The Midnight Beast, Hercules And Love Affair, Katy B, Liam Bailey, Devlin, Horace Andy, Jamie Woon, Brandt Brauer Frick, Fenech-Soler, Cubic Zirconia, Dionne Bromfield, Fight Like Apes, Buraka Som Sistema, Four Tet, Jamie XX ... more confirmed acts >>

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2011
Belladrum Estate, by Beauly, Inverness-shire IV4 7BA
Friday 5th to Saturday 6 August 2011
ticket cost £90 including parking and camping, under 12s free
confirmed are:- Deacon Blue, Kassidy, Texas, Iain MacLaughlin & The Outsiders, Echo and the Bunnymen, Roddy Woomble, Teddy Thompson, 3 Daft Monkeys, Admiral Fallow, Anna Calvi, Ben Howard, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Birdy, Bronto Skylift, Cousti, CW Stoneking, Diddums, Drunken Balordi, Dry The River, Easy Star All Stars, Ed Sheeran, Emile Sande, Frank Turner, Guillemots, James Mackenzie & the Aquascene, King Charles, Little Comets, Lucy Rose, MC Xander, Newton Faulkner, Rachel Sermanni, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Rooty Ma Toot Big Band, Saint Saviour, Skerryvore, The Amphetameanies, The Dangleberries, The Raghu Dixit Project, The Staves, The Webb Sisters, The Xcerts, Torridon, Unicorn Kid, Wooden Box With A Fistful Of Fivers, Young Rebel Set

Fairport\'s Cropredy Convention 2011
Cropredy, nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13 August 2011
ticket cost £90 for the full weekend
confirmed are:- Fairport Convention, Seasick Steve, UB40, Badly Drawn Boy, Hayseed Dixie, The Coral, Home Service, Horslips, The Urban Folk Quartet, Blair Dunlop, Lau, The Dylan Project, Charlie Dore and the Hula Valley Orchestra, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, The Blockheads, Steve Tilston, The Shee, The Durbervilles, Richard Digance, The Travelling Band, Fairport Acoustic Convention, Moss, Moore, Rutter

Endorse-It In-Dorset 2011
Cranborne Chase, Dorset
Friday 12th to Sunday 14 August 2011
ticket cost adults £78; Children 11-16 years £38; Under 10 years £10 (first 200 u-10s £3)
confirmed are:- Dub Heart, Dubmatix, Poze, The Rezillos, The Scratch, Al O\'Kane, Dan Days, Banco de Gaia, Dub Pistols, New Model Army, Pronghorn, The Cropdusters, The Wurzels, Bemis, Boot Hill All Stars, Citizen Fish, CityStereo, Inbredz, Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers, Left Step Band, Los Albertos, Macavity's Cat, P.N.U.K., Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Subgiant, The Bus Station Loonies, The Members, The Sidewalk Doctors, The Toasters, The Vibrators, Tracy Jane Sullivan, Tragic Roundabout, Tyler Mae, UK Subs, Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction

Summer Sundae Weekender 2011
De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, Leicestershire
Friday 12th to Sunday 14 August 2011
ticket cost £115 weekend, £30 Friday, £50 Saturday/Sunday
confirmed are:- The Maccabees, Graham Coxon, Newton Faulkner, Foresters Brass Ensemble, Harp for Hangovers, Rob Rouse, Abandoman, Gary Delaney (comedian), Pete Johansson, Sarah Kendall, Fergus Craig, Michael Fabbri, David Ward, Carly Smallman, Chris Stokes, Ola, Andrew Ryan, Jon Richardson, Kerry Gilbert, Simon Evans, 2:54, Admiral Fallow, Bellowhead, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Beth Jeans Houghton, Blood Red Shoes, Born Ruffians, By The Rivers, Caravan Palace, Chapel Club, CW Stoneking, Delta Maid, Dionne Bromfield, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Dry The River, Dutch Uncles, Everything Everything, Example, Factory Floor, Fists, Flashguns, Gallery 47, Givers, Hhymn, I Am In Love, I Am Kloot, John Cooper Clarke, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Kissmet, Kitty Daisy & Lewis

Beautiful Days 2011
Escot Park, near Fairmile, Devon
Friday 19th to Sunday 21 August 2011
ticket cost £110 for adult weekend tickets (including camping), teenager (14-17) £60, children £30
confirmed are:- Big Audio Dynamite, Carter USM, Levellers, Gogol Bordello, Oysterband, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Eddi Reader, Jackie Oates, Roddy Woomble, The Bad Shepherds, The Young Coppers, Friction, Jaguar Skills, Sigma, System 7, Trolley Snatcha, Alabama 3 (acoustic & unplugged), Dave McPherson (INME), DIvokej Bill, Flogging Molly, Four Men & A Dog, Gentleman\'s Dub Club, I Am Kloot, John Grant, Lau, mojoFURY, Paul Heaton, Pop Will Eat Itself, Rory McLeod, Salsa Celtica, Sheelanagig, Stereo MC's, Teddy Thompson, The Beat, The Blockheads, The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys, The Jim Jones Revue, The Mob, The Wolf People

The Green Man Festival 2011
Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales
Friday 19th to Sunday 21 August 2011
ticket cost £135 adult weekend ticket
confirmed are:- Explosions In The Sky, Fleet Foxes, Iron And Wine, Laura Marling, 2:54, Admiral Fallow, Alessi\'s Ark, Bellowhead, Ben Howard, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Bleeding Heart Narrative, Chailo Sim, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Destroyer, Driver Drive Faster, Dry The River, Duotone, Ellen and the Escapades, Emily Barker, Gruff Rhys, Hannah Peel, Holy Fuck, James Blake, James Vincent McMorrow, John Mouse, Josh T Pearson, Lia Ices, Mancub Babywoman, Marcus Foster, Matthew and the Atlas, Moddi, Neverest Songs, No Thee No Ess, Noah and the Whale, Oh Ruin, Our Broken Garden, Polar Bear, Robyn Hitchcock, Sic Alps, Suuns, The Antlers, The Avett Brothers, The Bleedin\' Noses, The Burns Unit, The Cave Singers, The Doozer, The Gentle Good, The Leisure Society, The Low Anthem, The Ramshackle Union Band .

V Festival (Hylands Park, Chelmsford) 2011
Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21 August 2011
ticket cost £175 w/e with camping - SOLD OUT
confirmed are:- Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Plan B, Rihanna, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, The Script, Bellowhead, Big Audio Dynamite, Bruno Mars, Cast, Chase & Status, Chiddy Bang, Chipmunk, Clare Maguire, Dionne Bromfield, Dizzee Rascal, Duran Duran, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Example, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Glasvegas, Good Charlotte, Hurts, Imelda May, Jessie J, Katy B, Kele Okereke, Kids in Glass Houses, KT Tunstall, Labrinth, Lostprophets, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., N-Dubz, Noisettes, Ocean Colour Scene, Olly Murs, Pendulum, Primal Scream, Professor Green, Razorlight, Scouting For Girls, Squeeze, The Courteeners, The Saturdays, The Wanted, The Wombats, Tinie Tempah, Wiz Khalifa

V Festival (Weston Park, Staffordshire) 2011
Weston Park, Staffordshire
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21 August 2011
ticket cost £175 w/e with camping - SOLD OUT
confirmed are:- Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Plan B, Rihanna, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, The Script, Bellowhead, Big Audio Dynamite, Bruno Mars, Cast, Chase & Status, Chiddy Bang, Chipmunk, Clare Maguire, Dionne Bromfield, Dizzee Rascal, Duran Duran, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Example, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Glasvegas, Good Charlotte, Hurts, Imelda May, Jessie J, Katy B, Kele Okereke, Kids in Glass Houses, KT Tunstall, Labrinth, Lostprophets, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., N-Dubz, Noisettes, Ocean Colour Scene, Olly Murs, Pendulum, Primal Scream, Razorlight, Scouting For Girls, Squeeze, The Courteeners, The Saturdays, The Wanted, The Wombats, Tinie Tempah, Wiz Khalifa, Wretch 32

Leeds Festival 2011
Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Friday 26th to Sunday 28 August 2011
ticket cost £192.50 for a weekend ticket
confirmed are:- Muse, My Chemical Romance, Pulp, Elbow, The Strokes, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Interpol, The National, The Offspring, Deftones, Friendly Fires, Jimmy Eat World, Enter Shikari, Madness, Rise Against, Bring Me The Horizon, The View, Two Door Cinema Club, Frank Turner, New Found Glory, Seasick Steve, Taking Back Sunday, The Blackout, The Pigeon Detectives, Architects, The Joy Formidable, We Are The Ocean, 2manydjs, Beady Eye, Jane's Addiction, Crystal Castles, The Streets, White Lies, Bombay Bicycle Club, Death From Above 1979, Noah and the Whale, Glassjaw, Panic At The Disco, The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Metronomy, Warpaint, Chapel Club, Patrick Wolf, The Kills, Cage The Elephant, OFWGKTA, The Naked & Famous, Best Coast, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Reading Festival 2011
Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire
Friday 26th to Sunday 28 August 2011
ticket cost £192.50 for a weekend ticket
confirmed are:- Muse, My Chemical Romance, The Strokes, Elbow, Pulp, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Interpol, The National, The Offspring, Deftones, Friendly Fires, Jimmy Eat World, Enter Shikari, Madness, Rise Against, Bring Me The Horizon, The View, Two Door Cinema Club, Frank Turner, New Found Glory, Seasick Steve, Taking Back Sunday, The Blackout, The Pigeon Detectives, Architects, The Joy Formidable, We Are The Ocean, 2manydjs, Beady Eye, Jane's Addiction, Crystal Castles, The Streets, White Lies, Bombay Bicycle Club, Death From Above 1979, Noah and the Whale, Glassjaw, Panic At The Disco, The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Metronomy, Warpaint, Chapel Club, Patrick Wolf, The Kills, Cage The Elephant, OFWGKTA, The Naked & Famous, Best Coast, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Creamfields 2011
Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire
Saturday 27th to Sunday 28 August 2011
ticket cost camping tickets £115, day tickets £60, Friday arrival £20

confirmed are:- David Guetta, The Chemical Brothers (live), AfroJack, Magnetic Man, Chris Lake, Katy B, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Retro/Grade, Alan, Skrillex, Feed Me, Tiesto, Calvin Harris (DJ Set), Diplo, Mark Knight, Hardwell, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Eddie Halliwell, Judge Jules, John O'Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Marcus Schossow, Gareth Wyn, Eric Prydz, Sasha, Pete Tong, James Zabiela, Joris Voorn, Sebastien Leger, Funk D Void (live), Jeremy Olander, Steve Angello, Dirty South, Alex Metric, AN21, Dave Spoon, Third Party, Benny Benassi, Annie Mac, Boys Noize, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Fake Blood, Jack Beats, 2 Bears, Flight Facilities, Mark Ronson (DJ set), Andy C, Caspa

Bestival 2011
Robin Hill Country Park, Downend, Nr Arreton, Isle of Wight.. PO30 2NU
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11 September 2011
ticket cost £170 (Adult) - / £85 (Age 13-15) - SOLD OUT, only ferry packages available
confirmed are:- Pendulum, The Cure, Brian Wilson, Magnetic Man, Primal Scream, B.Traits, Breakage, Deadboy DJ, Digital Soundboy Soundsystem, DJ Zinc, Donaeo, Jamie George, Joker & Nomad, King Midas Sound, Kode 9 and Spaceape, Modular, Numbers DJs, P Money, Roska, Shy FX, Skream & Benga, Stamina MC, Youngman, Chris Coco, Pete Gooding, Phil Mison, Tom Middleton, A Skillz, Andy C & MC GQ, Andy Weatherall, Bag Raiders, Benji B, Bok Bok, Bullion, Busy P, Claude Von Stroke, Congo Natty aka Rebel MC, Derrick Carter, Disco Bloodbath DJs, DJ Derek, DJ Fresh, DJ Hype, Doorly, Drm Rll Pls DJs , Emalkay, Fatboy Slim, Firas & Jay Karim , Flying White Dots, Fragment DJs, Groove Armada present Red Light .

All Tomorrows Parties curated by Jeff Mangum 2011
Butlins Resort, Minehead, Somerset
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4 December 2011
ticket cost £170 per person
confirmed are:- A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise, Fleet Foxes, Group Inerane, Half Japanese, Jeff Mangum, Mike Watt/George Hurley Minutemen Duet, Olivia Tremor Control, Robyn Hitchcock, Scratch Acid, Superchunk, The Apples In Stereo, The Magic Band, The Raincoats, Tinariwen, Yann Tiersen, Young Marble Giants

All Tomorrow\'s Parties - Nightmare Before Christmas 2011
Butlins Resort, Minehead, Somerset
Friday 9th to Sunday 11 December 2011
ticket cost £170 per person, £180 per person self catering (room or chalet bookings)
confirmed are:- Battles, Caribou, Four Tet, Les Savy Fav, Toro Y Moi, Theo Parrish, Orchestra of Spheres, Archers of Loaf, Bitch Magnet, Dead Rider, Factory Floor, Flying Lotus, Gary Numan, Holy Fuck, Junior Boys, Marnie Stern, Nisennenmondai, No Age, Omar Souleyman, Oxes, Phil Manley, Surfer Blood, Thank You, The Dodos, The Ex, The Psychic Paramount, Total Control, Underground Resistance presents Interstellar Fugitives, Walls, Washed Out, Wild Flag



Top Ten June 2011 Festivals

RA picks the June festival highlights from across the globe.

What do Austria, England, Japan, Holland, France, Canada and Spain have in common? Well, aside from all being countries, they all feature in this month's round-up of the planet's foremost festivals.

Urban Art Forms

10. Urban Art Forms - June 16 - June 18, Arena Nova Playgrounds, Vienna, Austria

Skimming this year's Urban Art Forms lineup, it's easy to see why it's become one of the country's best-loved festivals. Held at the Arena Nova Playgrounds in the Wiener Neustadt district, just a short drive south of Vienna, the festival draws thousands of dance-happy punters to the region every June. This year, the three-day event has locked in over 100 artists to perform, ranging from the stadium-sized sounds of Paul Kalkbrenner and Fatboy Slim, to the upfront techno of Carl Craig and Len Faki. Take a look a little further down the bill, however, and you'll be pleasantly surprised: Agoria, Marc Houle and Florian Meindl will all be on hand to helm the techno arena, while Modeselektor and Simian Mobile Disco will flex at the main stage.
RA pick: Len Faki's sound is more than festival-ready.

09. Glade - June 10 - June 11, Mansion House, Biggleswade, UK

Glade has always enjoyed a strong and devoted following, which is why last year's cancellation came as something of a shock. Police pressure and poor ticket sales were cited at the time, but perhaps in the long-term the setback could be viewed as a blessing in disguise. Glade have looked long and hard at the make up of the event and have opted to strip things back to a (sort of) intimate 5000 capacity. Gone are the big top tents and myriad headliners and in their place is an aim to get back to their more humble beginnings—plus more "sparks, flames, magic and markets." A total of eight stages will, over the course of two days, host the likes of Trentemøller, Adam Beyer, Andrew Weatherall and Global Communication, all of which will journey to Mansion House, a 75-acre park in Biggleswade.

RA pick: Check the recently resurgent Global Communication.

08. Taico Club - June 4 - June 5, Kodamanomori, Nagano, Japan

There's a real sense of whimsy about Taico Club, from the cutesy cartoon unicorns and flying dragons that adorn its website, to the promise of 24 hours camping among the misty green hills of Kodama no Mori. Capacity again is limited and likely to sell out in advance to a crowd that is reputedly mostly made up of diehard repeat attendees. Musically, Guy Gerber, Ricardo Villalobos, Rolando and Motor City Drum Ensemble will make up the house/techno quarter, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton will fly solo and Japanese microcomposer Ryoji Ikeda will team up with Raster-Noton founder Carsten Nicolai for a performance under their collaborative cyclo banner.

RA pick: Toro Y Moi's lush sound among the rolling green hills.

07. Parklife - June 11 - June 12, Platt Fields Park, Manchester, UK

As the saying goes, teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. The collective of established Mancunian promoters who pooled resources for the inaugural Parklife in 2010 are a case in point, returning for a beefed up two-day version after last year's debut. Taking over Fallowfield's Platt Fields Park again, day one of the Parklife weekender will feature songstresses Kelis and Katy B, plus Hercules & Love Affair, Art Department and Mount Kimbie, while we will do our best to keep everyone on their toes by locking in Adam Beyer, Simian Mobile Disco, James Holden and Moodymann for the RA stage. The following day is to be headlined by crossover double acts Chase & Status and Skream & Benga, with DJ Shadow, D/R/U/G/S, Mark E and brostep poster boy Skrillex also appearing through the day.

RA pick: Come join us and self-described "Irish techno nerds" Psycatron.

06. Awakenings - June 25, Spaarnwoude, Amsterdam, Netherlands

We hope you were able to snare tickets to this year's Awakenings festival—it's completely sold out. Having stamped its name upon The Netherlands' dance music calendar over one decade ago, it has seemingly gotten bigger and better with each edition. The latest instalment is no different, scheduled to play host to some of electronic music's most renowned names. Techno is out in full force, represented by the likes of Ben Klock, Sandwell District and Jeff Mills, while Ricardo Villalobos, Reboot and Henrik Schwarz will also be on hand. As always, it'll all be going down over one day, with the music kicking off at 11 AM sharp.

RA pick: Pantha Du Prince's live show has been in fine form ever since he dropped Black Noise.

05. Springfestival - June 1 - June 5, Various Venues, Graz, Austria

Ten years in and despite their ongoing success, Austria's Springfestival has decided to shake things up a bit this year with the introduction of the Springsessions conference. The discussions, which will run alongside the usual array of nighttime shenanigans, will focus on all things digital, bringing together leading figures from the electronic art, technology and design sectors. Sundry Graz spaces will host Spring's parties—caves, fortresses and man-made islands have all been utilized in previous years in addition to more traditional club spaces. And the music program seems equally as wide-ranging. Tensnake, Hercules & Love Affair, Atari Teenage Riot, DJ Koze, Martyn, Apparat, Jungle Brothers, Caribou and Isolee—not too many lines to be drawn between that little lot, which is a good thing of course.

RA pick: If Jackmaster's set is half as good as his fabric mix...

04. Glastonbury - June 22 - June 26, Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, UK

If you were one of the hundreds of thousands sat at their computers hitting "refresh" this past October, the following will either feel like a victory note or a slap in the face. The scramble for Glastonbury tickets felt even more frenzied than usual this year, perhaps due to 2010's idyllic weather and general good vibes generated from the event reaching its 40th anniversary. Pyramid headliners this year are U2 (after last year's cancellation), Coldplay and Beyoncé, who represent just the very tip of an iceberg which boasts almost 30 different music and entertainment stages. Dance fans will want to concentrate their efforts on East Dance, Oxlyers in West and Wow in the main, although crossover acts like Nicolas Jaar, The Chemical Brothers, Hercules & Love Affair, Jamie Woon, Caribou and James Blake will perform alongside their indie/alternative/hip-hop counterparts.

RA pick: Catch DJ Shadow headlining the John Peel stage on the Friday.

03. Nuits Sonores - June 1 - June 5, Marché Gare, Lyon, France

An opening night performance by Tarantino-approved surf rock trio 5,6,7,8's, and a closing night orchestral concert by Chilly Gonzales illustrates the indie cred of Lyon's long-running summer festival. As with every year, 2011 will offer a range of daytime options—including sets from dOP and Battles—but true to the English interpretation of its name, Nuits Sonores is all about the "night sounds." While the second of the five nights of programming goes for a wander around the city, setting up in club, galleries and arts spaces for Circuit Electronique, the majority of all after-dark action will take place at Le Marche Garde. Therein, among the rock, electronica and no wave, you'll find US jocks Kyle Hall and Levon Vincent, Black Devil Disco Club and Nicolas Jaar, Ben UFO and Lorn, and label nights hosted by Cadenza and Infine.

02. Mutek - June 1 - June 5, Society for Arts and Technology, Montreal, Canada

World premieres, North American premieres, Canadian premieres. MUTEK counts them up each year after they have their lineup set, and it usually takes them a while to do so. That's because the Montreal festival has been committed to bringing its audiences something they've never heard before. In its early stages, the festival helped further propel emerging talent in Montreal like Akufen and Deadbeat to worldwide audiences. These days, it's transitioned to a place where its reputation speaks for itself: Plastikman, Four Tet, Amon Tobin and James Holden will all perform at this year's event, with the aforementioned Akufen (under his lesser heralded moniker Horror Inc.) and Deadbeat (along with visual artist Lillevan) are set to reinvent what they do yet again. And, to top it all off, it's a rare festival where the artists more often than not stick around for a few days to check everything else out. In other words, don't be surprised if you see Badawi's impressive hair all around the city in early June.

RA pick: With enough experience under his belt this time, Plastikman's MUTEK return should be a triumphant one.

01. Sonar - June 16 - June 18, Various Venues, Barcelona, Spain

Thursday (Day) | Friday (Day) | Friday (Night) | Saturday (Day) | Saturday (Night)

Much like Movement, one of our other favorite weekends of the year, Sonar is something that the word "festival" doesn't do justice to. It's more like a citywide orgy of parties that just happens to have one of the biggest electronic events in the world at its center. Some industry type things (SonarPro) are thrown in for good measure, plus a satellite event taking place simultaneously on the other side of Spain (Sonar Galicia). As for the bill itself, it's basically a cross-section of electronic music's myriad sub genres, from witch house to dubstep to straight up techno, with an impressive focus on the pioneers (as if Aphex Twin and Underworld weren't enough, they went ahead and got the godfather of minimalism, Steve Reich). And that's just the official bill—hundreds more acts appear around the city all weekend, in clubs at night and on boats and rooftops during the day. Just go easy on the sangria if you want to make it through the whole thing.



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