5 Cultural Festivals You Should Visit In Your Lifetime

A man wearing a gold mask with black feathers for Mardi Gras. This article covers cultural festivals you should visit in your lifetime.

Cultural Festivals You Should Visit In Your Lifetime

While America is steeped in history and culture, there is plenty more out there to see. That’s why many Americans choose to go abroad for their vacations, as it allows them to take in some unique culture.

There are many popular cultural festivals that Americans choose to visit each year. Google search data has been analyzed by travel experts Audley Travel, who have broken down the top five cultural festivals that US residents are most interested in.

Let’s take a look at this list and find out why they are so popular.

Two men in masks for Mardi Gras.


Mardi Gras

This is one that many Americans will surely be familiar with. The beloved Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans is the most searched festival in the US.

Its lively parades of floats and masked participants dressed in purple, green, and gold draw in fun-loving crowds from all over the country.

Of course, the fact that it’s so easy to get to from within America helps this be a popular option, but it’s safe to say this is one of the first places you should try.

A woman is dressed in Carnaval clothing with feathers and bright colors.


Carnival Rio de Janeiro

You have likely heard of this famous party carnival! The joyful Carnival Rio de Janeiro is next, coming in second place.

This unique cultural experience and the rich array of adventures and activities in Brazil, make this destination top-of-list for American travelers.

This party is something that is celebrated across Brazil, with the main focus being in Rio! If you have never visited Brazil, or even South America, then this should be one of the first places on your list! 

Reels of movies to represent Cannes Film Festival.


Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival with its beautiful location on the French Riviera, completes the top three of the most searched festivals in the US.

This festival is popular amongst Americans due to the big love that the country has with films. Think Hollywood, but more cultured, and you have Cannes.

If you’re into your films and have never been down to Cannes, then this will be something you should find out more about. Fortunately, there are plenty of guides out there that explain how you can attend the Cannes film festival in person.

A beautiful woman wears Day of the Dead make up and clothes and looks away from the camera.


Day of the Dead

The famous Day of The Dead festival in Mexico is a joyous celebration of souls that attracts millions of visitors every year, making it the fourth most popular festival US travelers search on Google.

This unique cultural festival is something that is personal to many Latin Americans but is also something that involves the whole community.

Mexico knows this and has welcomed visitors for decades to come and see their culture up close. It needs to be seen to be believed.

Two men play instruments and wear traditional Oktoberfest clothing.



You don’t have to wonder why Americans love Oktoberfest (okay, it’s because of the beer!). Oktoberfest in Munich captivates interest, with the traditional costumes and crafts of Germany on full display every year.

While Oktoberfest is celebrated in America and many other cities worldwide, the best place to be for it is in Munich.

You should make the most of your trip to Germany and stop off my Berlin, too, so that you can take in more culture.

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All of these festivals have such great history to them. Now that you know a little more about them, aren’t you excited to attend?

Which cultural festivals are you most interested in?

Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!

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