10 biggest parties around the world

Mardi Gras? Carnival? Octoberfest? The Running of the Bulls? Been there. Done that.

EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT these parties. They’re great. They’re famous. But most people go to them once and never come back. Let’s talk about parties where the same people return year after year.

In no particular order, here are our top 10 must see parties:

La Tomatina

What: Nobody is really sure how it began- practical joke? A harmless food fight between two merchants? A prank? No one knows but this messy fiesta has been a strong tradition since 1945. On the last Wednesday in August, about 30,000 people descend on this little town to participate in the world’s largest food fight. Never had that massive cafeteria food fight when you were younger? Well, here’s your chance.

When: The last Wednesday in August.

Where: The tiny town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain

Bring: Throw-away clothes and goggles! Tomato juice in the eye stings!
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Full Moon Party

What: Legend has it that the Full Moon Party started as a birthday party in the 80s. The backpackers decided to come back again and again. Soon word spread and every month, backpackers would head to KPG to party.

Over the years, the hippy party morphed into a 20,000 person festival. Even in the low season, the party still sees about 10,000 visitors. Many people will tell you that it’s lost its charm over the years but for a serious dose of all night (and all day) partying in Thailand, this is place to get it.

When: During the full moon, every month

Where: Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Bring: Your drinking shoes, a red bull, facepaint, and clothes you don’t care about.
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Burning Man

What: Looking for the ultimate arts extravaganza? Burning Man is for you! An 8 day festival that culminates in the burning of a 72ft wooden man, this festival is where you can cut loose. Each year has a theme (this year, it’s “American Dream”) and last year 47,000 people decided to join the fun.

Photo by colvid daorado

When: Starts 8 days before the American Labor Day, September

Where:
Blackrock Desert, Nevada USA

Bring: Everything BUT money! Burning Man runs on a full barter system and the only things you can buy are water and ice. Aside from the obvious supplies you’d take camping, other essentials include sunblock, a Camel Back and goggles. MOST importantly, bring something that allows you to participate–that’s what Burning Man is all about.
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Songkran

What: Songkran is the Thai New Year. It’s a spiritual festival designed to cool you down and wash away the sins of the previous year. What better way of doing that than by committing a few new ones, right away? Songkran takes place all over the country with everyone embarking on possibly the world’s largest water fight.

When: Mid-April

Where: Anywhere in the land of Smiles (Bangkok and Chang Mai have the biggest parties)

Bring: Anything you don’t mind wearing only once, a water gun, extra water, and a good attitude.
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Glastonbury Music Festival

What: A 3 day music festival designed to celebrate the earth, music, and the arts, this festival brings in people from all over the world. Last year’s event had over 177,000 people and 700 musical acts.

When: The last weekend in June

Where:
Pilton, England

Bring:
Tickets, a tent, sleeping bag, food, and whatever else you “need” to have fun.
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Holi

What: Similar to the Thai holiday of Songrkan, Holi is a two day Hindu spring festival that occurs in northern India. The first night is marked by bonfires, and the second day is spent pleasuring your inner 2nd grader by splashing colored flour and water over everybody. It’s a celebration about renewal.

Photo: FaceMePLS

When: The full moon in March.

Where: India

Bring: Red, orange, and green flour, lots of water, clothes you don’t need!
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Bay to Breakers

What: It’s supposed to be a 7 mile foot race but instead it’s a 7 mile costume party and keg race that goes through downtown San Francisco. It began in 1906 to keep people’s sprits up after the earthquake and locals are still keeping that alive, in force! Over 70,000 people, congregate downtown in costumes (or nothing at all) and shopping carts filled with kegs. A little Mardi Gras + a little Halloween college party = a lot of fun.

When: The third Sunday in May.

Where:
San Francisco, California

Bring:
A crazy costume and lots of beer!
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Australia Day

What: Australians love two things: beer and bbqs. No day brings out the best in these two than Australia Day, when Aussies celebrate the first European settlement on the continent of Australia. Aussies, a normally festive bunch, kick it up a notch all over the country with bbqs, music, and beer. From the cities to the towns, Aussies are out in full force. If you don’t already have an Aussie friend to take you under his/her wing, head to a beach with beer and make some new friends! Most Australians would love nothing more to break in a newbie!

Photo by Scootie

When: January 26

Where:
Anywhere in Oz!

Bring: Your Australian pride, a case of Carlton draught or Coopers, and something for the grill.
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Queen’s Day

What: The normally reserved Dutch cut lose to celebrate the birth of their Queen. Originally to celebrate the birth of Juliana, the day now celebrates the birth of Beatrix, whose January birthday makes it cold to party. All over the country, the Dutch head outside with their beer and music, flood the streets in orange, and cruise up and down the canals in revelry.

When: April 30th

Where: The Netherlands (Amsterdam has the biggest party)

Bring: Anything orange!
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Calgary Stampede

What: A 10 day rodeo that attracts over a million visitors during its course. The festival features a parade and is the largest event in Canada. But don’t come to watch the rodeo, come for the party! The throngs of people who flock to Calgary are there for the revelry, the beer, and the girls (or boys).

When: Second week in July

Where:
Calgary, Alberta

Bring: Your best cowboy outfit and a tolerance for country music.
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What’s your favorite party on the planet? What nationality of people do you think party the hardest? Let your voice be heard and leave something for all to see, in the comments!

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  • Rob

    What about St. Patricks Day? Pick any city and it's always a big day out!!

  • Micky O'Leprach

    Hey my fellow humans, I think yous are forgetting the biggest party of them all and thats Irelands St. Patricks day, celebrated all over the world. Nobody can part like the irish can!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fishing Website Blog

    This is absolutely awesome. Saw the title and thought the usual suspects would be involved, but most of these I haven't heard of before. Big thumbs up on the Stumble button for you my friend.

    Cheers.

  • Ross Borden

    Rob and "Micky O'Lep":

    I agree wholeheartedly that St. Patty's and the Irish should have been on that list. Thanks for representing!

  • WickedPagan

    "On the night that Patty Murphy died is a night I'll never forget,
    some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain't been sober yet,
    as long as the bottle was passed around every man was feeling gay,
    O'Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play…"

  • Ross Borden

    Much respect too, to Carnival–in fact we're looking for someone to write an entire article on Carnival in Rio if anyone is a talented writer and knows the party well, please send us an email: http://matadortravel.com/travel-classifieds/trave

  • Eva

    Thanks for throwing the Stampede into the mix! Calgary is a seriously under-rated party town.

    Also worth checking out, each April/May – street parties on the "Red Mile" during the NHL playoffs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0IsXerntFA
    Go Flames in '09! :D

  • Cecilie

    Awesome!
    Cool parties! you should also check out norwegian "Russ".
    It's right before graduating "high school" (13th grade).
    That's a hell of a big party!

  • Wiener

    You forgot to mention the Donauinselfest!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donauinselfest Over three million people at europes biggest open-air concert!

  • Nomadic Matt

    We left carnival and ocktoberfst off the list because we were looking for parties that were different, that people might not have exactly heard of it.

    St. Patty's Day is also a big day (especially in my town of Boston) but we were looking for more specific things. But the world is a big place and we only had 10 things on this list!! I'm sure I left a few great parties off the list.

    That's why I refused to put an order to these parties….one isn't better than the rest. They are all great!

  • Rob

    What about St. Patricks Day? Pick any city and it’s always a big day out!!

  • subrashankar

    You have forgotten the mother of all parties the Carnival in Rio.

  • http://www.potofgold.com Micky O’Leprachuan

    Hey my fellow humans, I think yous are forgetting the biggest party of them all and thats Irelands St. Patricks day, celebrated all over the world. Nobody can part like the irish can!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://rainmakerwebdesign.com/blog/ Fishing Website Blog

    This is absolutely awesome. Saw the title and thought the usual suspects would be involved, but most of these I haven’t heard of before. Big thumbs up on the Stumble button for you my friend.

    Cheers.

  • Yannis

    Cool list. What about Winter Music Conference & the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. They are consider the biggest party of electronic and dance music in the USA.

  • Ross Borden

    Rob and “Micky O’Lep”:

    I agree wholeheartedly that St. Patty’s and the Irish should have been on that list. Thanks for representing!

  • WickedPagan

    “On the night that Patty Murphy died is a night I’ll never forget,
    some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain’t been sober yet,
    as long as the bottle was passed around every man was feeling gay,
    O’Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play…”

  • Ross Borden

    Much respect too, to Carnival–in fact we’re looking for someone to write an entire article on Carnival in Rio if anyone is a talented writer and knows the party well, please send us an email: http://matadortravel.com/travel-classifieds/travel-writing/mega-parties-done-right-carnival-rio-de-janeiro

  • Adam

    Sweet post… but what about Oktoberfest!

  • http://www.matadorpulse.com Eva

    Thanks for throwing the Stampede into the mix! Calgary is a seriously under-rated party town.

    Also worth checking out, each April/May – street parties on the “Red Mile” during the NHL playoffs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0IsXerntFA

    Go Flames in ’09! :D

  • Cecilie

    Awesome!
    Cool parties! you should also check out norwegian “Russ”.
    It’s right before graduating “high school” (13th grade).
    That’s a hell of a big party!

  • Mac T. Wheeler

    Nice to see the Full Moon Party still making a showing on these kinds of lists, it really has improved a heck of a lot over the last year, well recommended.

  • Alysha

    You also forgot Ibiza!

  • Wiener

    You forgot to mention the Donauinselfest!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donauinselfest
    Over three million people at europes biggest open-air concert!

  • http://www.nomadicmatt.com Nomadic Matt

    We left carnival and ocktoberfst off the list because we were looking for parties that were different, that people might not have exactly heard of it.

    St. Patty’s Day is also a big day (especially in my town of Boston) but we were looking for more specific things. But the world is a big place and we only had 10 things on this list!! I’m sure I left a few great parties off the list.

    That’s why I refused to put an order to these parties….one isn’t better than the rest. They are all great!

  • Pookie

    Mardi Gras is the biggest free party in the world!

  • http://www.10000listings.com/music.html Yannis

    Cool list. What about Winter Music Conference & the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. They are consider the biggest party of electronic and dance music in the USA.

  • Zoe

    australia day ISNT about independence. fools. its about settlement. australia's head of state is still the queen and it is part of the common wealth… how is that independence??

  • http://www.phanganparties.com Mac T. Wheeler

    Nice to see the Full Moon Party still making a showing on these kinds of lists, it really has improved a heck of a lot over the last year, well recommended.

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  • John

    St. Patrick's Day Festivals deserve a mention, but Australia day is looking pretty appealing!

  • Zoe

    australia day ISNT about independence. fools. its about settlement. australia’s head of state is still the queen and it is part of the common wealth… how is that independence??

  • Me's

    I think you guys are missing the point. Everyone knows about St. Patty's and Carnival in Rio. These were some seriously great parties that I had never heard of before and probably would never have attended because I had never heard of them. He's teaching us about some not so well known parties that are great instead of regurgitating info found anywhere else.

  • Eva

    Hey Zoe, thanks for the correction! Australia Day is indeed about the first European settlement in Australia.

    Most Commonwealth countries do consider themselves to be independent nations, though…

  • http://www.checkoutmytrip.com John

    St. Patrick’s Day Festivals deserve a mention, but Australia day is looking pretty appealing!

  • Nomadic Matt

    RE: Zoe

    Missed that in editing…

    and while, Australia is technically under the queen….I'd doubt it would go over well with the australians if you tried telling them they were really english :)

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  • mysi

    What about St Jean Baptiste???
    Quebec City, Canada June 23……the night before the actually holiday. What a riot!!!

  • Me’s

    I think you guys are missing the point. Everyone knows about St. Patty’s and Carnival in Rio. These were some seriously great parties that I had never heard of before and probably would never have attended because I had never heard of them. He’s teaching us about some not so well known parties that are great instead of regurgitating info found anywhere else.

  • http://www.matadorpulse.com Eva

    Hey Zoe, thanks for the correction! Australia Day is indeed about the first European settlement in Australia.

    Most Commonwealth countries do consider themselves to be independent nations, though…

  • http://www.nomadicmatt.com Nomadic Matt

    RE: Zoe

    Missed that in editing…

    and while, Australia is technically under the queen….I’d doubt it would go over well with the australians if you tried telling them they were really english :)

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  • mysi

    What about St Jean Baptiste???
    Quebec City, Canada June 23……the night before the actually holiday. What a riot!!!

  • Amelia

    How the hell could you forget OKTOBERFEST!!!! :)

  • karine

    One party
    St-jean Baqptiste, quebec national day, quebec city, canada
    250 000 persons
    june23rd morning until june 24th night
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/zecanadablog/6404954http://www.mont-louis.net/imamt/stjean02c.jpghttp://quebecoiseenafrique.q.u.pic.centerblog.net

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/zecanadablog/640495444/ karine

    One party
    St-jean Baqptiste, quebec national day, quebec city, canada
    250 000 persons
    june23rd morning until june 24th night
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/zecanadablog/640495444/
    http://www.mont-louis.net/imamt/stjean02c.jpg
    http://quebecoiseenafrique.q.u.pic.centerblog.net/z881ob76.jpg

  • noisymouse

    I went to the full moon party while SongKran was on, that was pretty damn awesome, water fights in clubs :-D.

  • Dasha

    Hmmm, also a great suggestion would be EXIT festival, Balkan's own "Glastonbury"!! Great organization, atmosphere and site (Petrovaradin fortress)…
    Middle of July, Novi Sad, Serbia

    http://www.exitfest.org/

  • Dasha

    Hmmm, also a great suggestion would be EXIT festival, Balkan’s own “Glastonbury”!! Great organization, atmosphere and site (Petrovaradin fortress)…
    Middle of July, Novi Sad, Serbia

    http://www.exitfest.org/

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  • Trinner

    What about the Trinity Ball… "Europe's Largest Private Party"!

  • Trinner

    What about the Trinity Ball… “Europe’s Largest Private Party”!

  • falsehope

    I can't believe the Love Parade in Berlin wasn't mentioned. The largest peaceful demonstration i the world, it attracts up to 3 million visitors/year, along with the best DJ's on the planet. It's a ;party that celebrates the collapse of the Berlin Wall, as well as diversity.

  • Lotus

    nice to see all those !!
    im sure biggest one is Holi(India)… where more that 500 million people enjoy across the country !!!

  • falsehope

    I can’t believe the Love Parade in Berlin wasn’t mentioned. The largest peaceful demonstration i the world, it attracts up to 3 million visitors/year, along with the best DJ’s on the planet. It’s a ;party that celebrates the collapse of the Berlin Wall, as well as diversity.

  • http://www.orkut.com Lotus

    nice to see all those !!
    im sure biggest one is Holi(India)… where more that 500 million people enjoy across the country !!!

  • Duffy

    Let us not forget NIOSA! a Night In Old San Antonio. A week long party around Easter time. Celebrating a diverse cultural history where they wall in many city blocks by the River Walk. Food and live music from around the world (music is always within earshot but not crowding each other) and lots of BEER from towering beer islands always within stumbling distance of each other. Go and try some fresh deep fried bulls nuts! Good times for all comers.

  • thailand travel

    what about Madi Gras in Sydney? It is a big festival for gay & lesbian

  • http://www.mysamuiholiday.com thailand travel

    what about Madi Gras in Sydney? It is a big festival for gay & lesbian

  • Sergio

    Carnaval Rio, Mardi Gras and Calle Ocho in MIami, Love Fest Berlin wow there are so many …

  • Sergio

    Guava Ween and fantasy Fest Tampa and Key West respectively

  • matt

    You have forgotten one of the coolest 24 hours and it's totally free. It's called "fete de la musique" and happens all over france. From 8am 21st june to 8am 22nd june there are NO NOISE RESTRICTIONS in France. That's EVERYWHERE in France. People just play music in the streets and you never know what you'll get; techno on one corner, then a 20 piece brass band the next, followed by a brazilian drum band that travels around the city. The metro runs all night so you can change areas if you don't like the music, or bring your own instruments and play yourself. Well worth the time.

  • Kenneth NSU

    How about the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City held every 3rd Sunday of January – last crowd count was 2 million and it keeps on increasing every single year.

    http://www.sinulog.ph/

  • Kenneth NSU

    WATCH THE SINULOG INTRO VIDEO HERE…PIT SENYOR!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70NWBBoHWJo

  • Nomadic Matt

    So many parties, so little of a list!

  • matt

    You have forgotten one of the coolest 24 hours and it’s totally free. It’s called “fete de la musique” and happens all over france. From 8am 21st june to 8am 22nd june there are NO NOISE RESTRICTIONS in France. That’s EVERYWHERE in France. People just play music in the streets and you never know what you’ll get; techno on one corner, then a 20 piece brass band the next, followed by a brazilian drum band that travels around the city. The metro runs all night so you can change areas if you don’t like the music, or bring your own instruments and play yourself. Well worth the time.

  • iamkillab

    What about SXSW in austin tx…huge music festival

  • http://www.sinulog.ph/ Kenneth NSU

    How about the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City held every 3rd Sunday of January – last crowd count was 2 million and it keeps on increasing every single year.

    http://www.sinulog.ph/

  • http://www.sinulog.ph/ Kenneth NSU

    WATCH THE SINULOG INTRO VIDEO HERE…PIT SENYOR!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70NWBBoHWJo

  • http://www.nomadicmatt.com Nomadic Matt

    So many parties, so little of a list!

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  • Romain

    Thanks for the great article !

    Will be there for the Full Moon party ! ;)

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  • http://www.romain-world-tour.com Romain

    Thanks for the great article !

    Will be there for the Full Moon party ! ;)

  • karthik

    I just got back from Europe and had a ball while at A'dam for the Queens day, called Koninginnedag locally. I think you could also include the free Rave parties in North Goa as part of the list.

  • karthik

    I just got back from Europe and had a ball while at A’dam for the Queens day, called Koninginnedag locally. I think you could also include the free Rave parties in North Goa as part of the list.

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  • phil k

    im playing at Glastonbury this year!!come and find me Saturday evening at the silent disco stage.

  • Antiques

    I'm jealous of everyones experiences!! Your stories make me interested in these parties and cultures

    thanks

  • http://www.worthpoint.com Antiques

    I’m jealous of everyones experiences!! Your stories make me interested in these parties and cultures

    thanks

  • sir jorge

    wow, i am really missing out on a lot of life.

  • http://sirjorge.com/blogx sir jorge

    wow, i am really missing out on a lot of life.

  • 6pack Abs

    Carnival … there is no way you can leave that off the list, you mention like a matter of fact. The whole country of Brazil goes to Rio for it, HUGE

  • http://6packQuest.com 6pack Abs

    Carnival … there is no way you can leave that off the list, you mention like a matter of fact. The whole country of Brazil goes to Rio for it, HUGE

  • andrej

    come to party on island of Korcula this summer
    http://www.kaleta.hr

  • peace punker

    Thanks, these help me finish my list of things to do before Im 30!

    See ya'll out there!

    "Peace Through Unity"

  • quick

    OKTOBERFEST!!!!!!

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    come to party on island of Korcula this summer
    http://www.kaleta.hr

  • peace punker

    Thanks, these help me finish my list of things to do before Im 30!

    See ya’ll out there!

    “Peace Through Unity”

  • Thomas

    You forgot one big one : "La fête de la Musique"

    It's a special day in france where every music player goes in the street and make music. Whatever your music tastes, you're sure to find something you like : from classic to hard teck, with a lot of amateur/garage band.

    When : the 21th of June, each year.

    Where : in each and every town and villages in france.

    Bring : if you're a musician, bring you're instrument and join the fest, if you don't play music, bring your ears.

  • Thomas

    You forgot one big one : “La fête de la Musique”

    It’s a special day in france where every music player goes in the street and make music. Whatever your music tastes, you’re sure to find something you like : from classic to hard teck, with a lot of amateur/garage band.

    When : the 21th of June, each year.

    Where : in each and every town and villages in france.

    Bring : if you’re a musician, bring you’re instrument and join the fest, if you don’t play music, bring your ears.

  • Cialis

    I hope i can get them in before 30 haha idkk

  • website design

    Holi… and all one thinks of is a riot of colours.

  • http://www.kwikmed.com/prodinfo.asp?p=cialis Cialis

    I hope i can get them in before 30 haha idkk

  • http://ooyes.net website design

    Holi… and all one thinks of is a riot of colours.

  • green tea

    this is retarded look at all the biggest trance parties
    sensation white
    sensation black
    enTrance
    armin only
    full on ferry
    they have a higher attendance than anything listed there
    and others of that nature….

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  • drunko

    The West Indian-American Day parade in Brooklyn (on Labor day) is the biggest annual street fest/parade in NYC. Drawing up to 2 million people, it's basically a Caribbean carnival type thing, but in the best borough of the greatest city in the world; and although it's not much more than scantily clad islanders dancing between giant semi-truck DJ rigs creeping up the street and blasting island music WAY TOO LOUD, it totally stomps St. Pat's day and anything else that goes on in Manhattan. Politicians always march up Eastern Parkway to kick it off and they are always vigorously booed. I have personally heckled Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton there.

  • heather

    Actually there is no "barter" system at Burningman, it's a gifting economy.

  • Bill

    Sturgis, South Dakota, biggest motorcycle rally in the us. See you there in August.

  • Brad

    Milwaukee's Summerfest (http://www.summerfest.com) about a million people show up to the Milwaukee Lakefront every year for this huge music festival. It starts this Thursday! Also on these festival grounds are some of the worlds largest ethnic festivals as well. Polishfest, Festa Italiana, German Fest, Irish Fest and more.

  • Mike

    Ahh St. Patty's and Carnival both need to be added. Cool article.

  • Trini

    I can't imagine why you left Trinidad Carnival out. You aren't stuck in the stands like Rio, anyone can get a costume and join a band. The party starts Sunday night and continues to Ash Wednesday at the beach.

  • JImmy Dweeb

    Party Party Party, Hope my teenage Son doesnt see this.

    JT
    http://www.FireMe.To/udi

  • Robby

    -Let us not forget NIOSA! a Night In Old San Antonio. A week long party around Easter time. Celebrating a diverse cultural history where they wall in many city blocks by the River Walk. Food and live music from around the world (music is always within earshot but not crowding each other) and lots of BEER from towering beer islands always within stumbling distance of each other. Go and try some fresh deep fried bulls nuts! Good times for all comers.-

    NIOSA is an event held during Fiesta, which is held around San Jacinto Day in San Antonio, Tx. 10 days, 100 events, 3.5 million in attendance… thats a party.

  • Peter

    What about my 50th Birthday party in Allegany, NY? That's ALWAYS crazy.

  • thegrip

    Love the post! I have to go to Burning Man!

  • green tea

    this is retarded look at all the biggest trance parties
    sensation white
    sensation black
    enTrance
    armin only
    full on ferry
    they have a higher attendance than anything listed there
    and others of that nature….

  • M

    Isla Vista Halloween at UCSB is one of the craziest, most out of control mass parties EVER.

  • zonkism

    Technically Burningman operates on a gift economy. Bartering is highly frowned upon. The name of the game is gifting to your fellow man. Bartering implies an economic system based on exchange. gifting implies pure exchange without strings attached.

  • drunko

    The West Indian-American Day parade in Brooklyn (on Labor day) is the biggest annual street fest/parade in NYC. Drawing up to 2 million people, it’s basically a Caribbean carnival type thing, but in the best borough of the greatest city in the world; and although it’s not much more than scantily clad islanders dancing between giant semi-truck DJ rigs creeping up the street and blasting island music WAY TOO LOUD, it totally stomps St. Pat’s day and anything else that goes on in Manhattan. Politicians always march up Eastern Parkway to kick it off and they are always vigorously booed. I have personally heckled Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton there.

  • heather

    Actually there is no “barter” system at Burningman, it’s a gifting economy.

  • http://restlessobsessive.blogspot.com Bill

    Sturgis, South Dakota, biggest motorcycle rally in the us. See you there in August.

  • http://bauterdesign.com Brad

    Milwaukee’s Summerfest (www.summerfest.com) about a million people show up to the Milwaukee Lakefront every year for this huge music festival. It starts this Thursday! Also on these festival grounds are some of the worlds largest ethnic festivals as well. Polishfest, Festa Italiana, German Fest, Irish Fest and more.

  • Mike

    Ahh St. Patty’s and Carnival both need to be added. Cool article.

  • Trini

    I can’t imagine why you left Trinidad Carnival out. You aren’t stuck in the stands like Rio, anyone can get a costume and join a band. The party starts Sunday night and continues to Ash Wednesday at the beach.

  • Zorba

    Great article, look forward to taking part in some of these later this year ;). Another festival/party that should be noted is the Greek Panayiri in Brisbane, Australia. I went to the festival when in brisbane and had a blast! They expect 50k population which is huge concidering the population of brisbane

  • Yan

    What about Brazilian Carnaval? a 4 day party when actually you get millions of people on the streets of all main cities in the country

  • JImmy Dweeb

    Party Party Party, Hope my teenage Son doesnt see this.

    JT
    http://www.FireMe.To/udi

  • Brazilian Idiot

    Wow. I can't believe the guy that claims Carnival in Rio wasn't mentioned. "Carnival" was the second word in the article. Way to demonstrate why I'd never go to a slum filled with macho cavemen that have nothing to be proud of except the legendary slutty women. what's the average iq in Brazil's Carival? Like 70-75, I'd guess.

  • Robby

    -Let us not forget NIOSA! a Night In Old San Antonio. A week long party around Easter time. Celebrating a diverse cultural history where they wall in many city blocks by the River Walk. Food and live music from around the world (music is always within earshot but not crowding each other) and lots of BEER from towering beer islands always within stumbling distance of each other. Go and try some fresh deep fried bulls nuts! Good times for all comers.-

    NIOSA is an event held during Fiesta, which is held around San Jacinto Day in San Antonio, Tx. 10 days, 100 events, 3.5 million in attendance… thats a party.

  • http://www.shirtheads.com Peter

    What about my 50th Birthday party in Allegany, NY? That’s ALWAYS crazy.

  • Marshall

    Burningman sells only ice and coffee. You have to bring your own water.

  • Tash

    Hash Bash, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • http://thegrip.wordpress.com thegrip

    Love the post! I have to go to Burning Man!

  • djik

    Look how Thailand holds 2 of the worlds greatest parties!

    As part of US – UK zoo crew based in Bangkok and a regular at both of these unbelievable parties, I can only agree with what has already been written….

    These occasions are a must see for any serious 2-3 day-long party people.

  • Zorba

    Great article, look forward to taking part in some of these later this year ;). Another festival/party that should be noted is the Greek Panayiri in Brisbane, Australia. I went to the festival when in brisbane and had a blast! They expect 50k+ population which is huge concidering the population of brisbane

  • Matt

    I think the George Street Festival in St. John's Newfoundland deserves an honourable mention.

  • http://clueless.com Brazilian Idiot

    Wow. I can’t believe the guy that claims Carnival in Rio wasn’t mentioned. “Carnival” was the second word in the article. Way to demonstrate why I’d never go to a slum filled with macho cavemen that have nothing to be proud of except the legendary slutty women. what’s the average iq in Brazil’s Carival? Like 70-75, I’d guess.

  • Wexxie

    Australia day?? But no St Patrick's Day. Tragic. The Irish invented 'craic', predictable list. That full moon party is missable.

  • me

    what about roskilde festival??
    http://www.roskilde-festival.dk 100000 drunken skandinavians :D

  • Rich Dansereau

    I have really enjoyed a lot of the music that has come out of the Glastonbury Festival but I have not had an opportunity to attend!
    Cinco de Mayo in Savannah, Georgia is a great time with lots of the same people returning every year!

  • RPO

    You guys make me feel like i have seen solittle!

  • http://www.okizoo.com/ djik

    Look how Thailand holds 2 of the worlds greatest parties!

    As part of US – UK zoo crew based in Bangkok and a regular at both of these unbelievable parties, I can only agree with what has already been written….

    These occasions are a must see for any serious 2-3 day-long party people.

  • joblo

    I love australia day, anzac day, and cup day. they all end the same. Me throwing up in a garden :)

  • James Hamptom

    You CANNOT buy water at Burning Man! You can only buy ice, coffee and tea. You must bring your own water or hope like hell that someone gives you enough.

    I hope you aren't inadvertently telling a lot of people to show up to a harsh desert environment without bringing water! That is, unless you plan on showing up with plenty of water to give away.

  • rob

    Im going to glastombury today!!! whooo whooo working as a stilt walker and fire performer so i get in free as well :)

  • Matt

    I think the George Street Festival in St. John’s Newfoundland deserves an honourable mention.

  • Wexxie

    Australia day?? But no St Patrick’s Day. Tragic. The Irish invented ‘craic’, predictable list. That full moon party is missable.

  • me

    what about roskilde festival??
    http://www.roskilde-festival.dk
    100000 drunken skandinavians :D

  • http://activerain.com/blogs/richd Rich Dansereau

    I have really enjoyed a lot of the music that has come out of the Glastonbury Festival but I have not had an opportunity to attend!
    Cinco de Mayo in Savannah, Georgia is a great time with lots of the same people returning every year!

  • http://www.accolo.com RPO

    You guys make me feel like i have seen solittle!

  • James Hamptom

    You CANNOT buy water at Burning Man! You can only buy ice, coffee and tea. You must bring your own water or hope like hell that someone gives you enough.

    I hope you aren’t inadvertently telling a lot of people to show up to a harsh desert environment without bringing water! That is, unless you plan on showing up with plenty of water to give away.

  • alphapage

    It seems like everyone's got their favorites that got left off the list so I should add mine as well.

    Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France.

    This celebration of Bretton culture and it's historical links to the other Celtic nations runs for a week and is like taking St. Paddy's Day and Oktoberfest and throwing them in a blender with fantastic French food! The seashore town of Lorient swells to almost a million people every summer as everyone eats, drinks, enjoys great music, and drinks some more.

  • bob

    EXIT is the biggest music festival in South Eastern Europe. EXIT has taken place at a beautiful and magical fortress in Novi Sad, since 2001. Year after year the number of visitors is getting bigger; young people come from different parts of the country and Europe. Apart from quality music program that it offers, the festival is a place of wild fun, and you can enjoy the cool atmosphere of the fortress and the positive energy of the city.
    http://www.exitfest.org

    Exit is the wild, painted face of fun in the new Europe — more of a carnival than a festival.

    It is the thinking person's party, where hedonism meets activism. It is a volcanic eruption of joy from which you walk away enlightened, wishing Exit had no end.

    It's slogan ought to be — "Party hard and remember — apathy is the enemy!"
    Neil Arun, journalist

    “It was the best festival we played this year”
    Liam Howlett, The Prodigy

    “One of the best festival gigs that I have ever done. Amazing venue, thumping sound system and great crowd” John Digweed

    “People here are straightforward and open, and reactions of the audience thrill me. Unlike some other places, the audience here is not phoney. They enjoy themselves and exchange the energy. The Fortress is the best place to have a festival.”
    Darren Emerson

    “I‘ve never even dreamed that the hospitality and casualness of these people would make me stay in Novi Sad for much longer then I’d planned. I’ve never stayed anywhere after the gig, by the way.”
    Dave de Rose, Moloko

    “Unlike the festivals in New York, Paris, LA, where the only aim is to take money from the young people who go there, here you can see the effort. “
    Tricky

    “Exit was the highlight of my career, I absolutely loved it!”
    Zinc

    “We didn’t have a clue about what to expect…and it was incredible…”
    Nick Halam, Stereo MC’s

    “It was a real honor to play EXIT, we were hit immediately by the enthusiasm of the crowd, we've never played a better party!
    The Pipettes

    “That was simply the best gig I have seen in 18 years of playing at acid house parties! honestly…..”
    Ralph Lawson 20/20 Vision

    “You don’t realize what you’ve got here. People don’t stay up dancing until 9.00 the next day anywhere anymore, as they do here.”
    Roni Size

    “It’s the best place I’ve ever performed at!”
    Lottie

    'Exit was more than we could have expected it to be. The audience was exceptional and the setting was breathtaking. I hope they have us back sometime.'
    Alex Kapranos / Franz Ferdinand

    “Serbia, we had no idea what to expect and it was an amazing show, the crowd was fantastic and we can't wait to come back.”
    Ana Matronic / Scissor Sisters

    “Serbia was fantastic we all really enjoyed it – the audience was amazing and it was the best show on the tour so far.”
    Billy Idol

    “Exit Festival was great, amazing night, played from 3am till 6.30 when the sun came up and to see so many people in a moat was something else.”
    Carl Cox

    “An absolutely amazing festival both in terms of the crowds that came and the people behind the scenes. The setting was amazing with the sun coming up and the sound system was intense (as opposed to in tents which would normally be the case at a festival but I digress), I was so happy that I could finally be a part of this and would like to thank everyone that came along.”
    Dave Clarke

    “The Exit festival was really magical! The place was unbelievable – a rave up a mountain. The energy of the people was fantastic – the crowd was so enthusiastic. I had SUCH a great time playing there.”
    David Guetta

    “I found the Exit Festival very inspirational; that so many people came together, through electronic music, for a great cause… Amazing!”
    Felix Da Housecat

    “wow – exit – what a festival! great energy, great understanding of the music and a great place. very impressed.” Giles Peterson / Radio 1

    "Exit festival was definitely the highlight of my year so far. It was truly amazing. The vibe was so positive from the people and having Goldie jump on the microphone at the end as I played Inner City Life (Future Funk Squad Remix) is something I'll never forget. It was a gig that I could've only dreamt about and I'll still be buzzing from it for years to come."
    James Zabiela

    "Exit was in an extraordinary setting with so much diversity in one place…. the enthusiasm and energy with which we were greeted, was a humbling and emotional experience"
    Karl / Underworld

    “Exit Festival was definitely one of the most enjoyable festivals we've ever played at. I'm sure we are the only band who can say that they played in between Slayer and Fatboy Slim! The crowds were amazing, everyone was really enthusiastic and it was for a good cause. We really felt special playing at Exit Festival and hope to be invited back in the near future. Thank you, Serbia!”
    Ladytron

    “Exit 2005….WOW!!!…25,000 people dancing, but with the intensity of a club for 400 people. Simply amazing!”
    Lee Burridge

    “it was without any doubt one of the most remorable experiences we had so far. 20000 people raving to your tunes is a feeling that is hard to describe. But the other stages were also amazing and the little ones had many interesting music to offer. Hard to top this festival!!!”
    M.A.N.D.Y

    “Probably the best festival in Europe. The setting, the vibe of the people and the production is amazing. Dare I say that it puts most of the UK festivals to shame?’”
    Christian Smith

    "Exit festival was excellent…I had a really good time playing. The site, the crowd, everything was really good Look forward to go back next year".
    Hernan Cattaneo

  • eduardo

    Fashing Fest – Munich's Mardi Gras
    Oktoberfest – Munich's Uber Party
    Icelandic Independence Day – 17th Jun All Nighter

  • D.

    Sweet list, but Diwali didn't make it?

  • gyz

    Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas

  • Mike

    Spring Break in Cancun?

  • Party Quiz

    Nice to have this post. We come to know about so many events around the world.

  • akdfjk

    4th of July in the Hamptons

  • bbs

    New Year's Eve in Moscow is really crazy

  • B Ries

    I was in Bikaner during Holi…. very interesting holiday. Even the newsmen had colors splashed all over them on the TV

  • andrew greaves

    I am not into getting trashed at all anymore aka drunk but I still do like hanging out at two different festivals here in Arizona. One is wintercount which I attended in January in Maricopa, AZ http://www.backtracks.netand The raw spirit festival rawspiritfest.com in Sedona, AZ

  • DF

    i have been to 5 of those on the list (been to burningman 9 times). Other than burningman, by far the best that I went to was Queens Day in Amsterdam. Wow, was that amazing.

  • Mike Fletch

    I didnt spend my time reading everyones post, but i liked the list of parties. Some i have never been to. One that i have been to, that i enjoy every year that i can go, is Carnivale in Venice. Such a great time.

  • Travel Guide

    Nice findings. But how about Rio carnival of Brazil, which is one of the most popular of all festivals. I have seen holi in India. Its the festival of colors

  • Ben

    Wow you didn't mention the Carnaval in Rio and in other Brazilian cities , neither the ferias in Spain and France – these are the parties attracting the most people in the world ( more than 1 million a day ) – huge compared to these North American so called 'parties' that have nothing traditional…Travel out of the US for a change!

  • KellanApple

    Gay Pride parade in Toronto? 500 000 people for a week long event?

    • mateo

      EEEEE???WHAT ABOUT THE BIGGEST PARTY IN THE WORLD CALLED LOVE PARADE?????
      IT USED TO BE IN BERLIN BUT NOW ITS ARUND THE WORLD .
      I REMEMBER THAT ONCE THERE WHERE OVER 1.800.000 PEOPLE IN BERLIN .
      I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF S*^& ON YOUR LIST AND THAT YOU DID NOT PUT THE LOVE PARADE SORRY THAT A HAVE TO SAY ID LIKE THIS .

  • ANGELINA

    How about the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City held every 3rd Sunday of January – last crowd count was 2 million and it keeps on increasing every single year.

  • Ben

    How about the real thing in Trinidad and Tobago!! Carnival in Trinidad is the second largest carnival in the world behind Rio. For 3 straight days the ENTIRE island shuts down and starting on a sunday night for 3 nights and 2 straight days of drinking, dancing, and partying in the streets following Macktrucks filled with speakers with girls in beads and bikinis jumping in the streets. Nothing can compare to the raw energy of Trinidad Carnival.

  • Zemmers

    There's also Shambhala Music Festival near Nelson, B.C. in Canada. It's a 3-6 day (depending how early you get there, the first couple days it is only half open) outdoor electronic music festival on a ranch in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Usually about 10,000-12,000 people show up and last time it was sold out. It's the 1st or 2nd week of August every year.

    • meowmix

      shambhala music festival waqs amazing it was my first yr this yr and i am definitely a lifer. this summer there was about 22 000 ppl. ive never felt a vibe like the shambles vibe!!

  • Thiago Alexandre

    Sweet post.. But what about Oktoberfest and Spirit of London?

  • David B

    The party at my house in Leeds on New Years Eve takes some beating !

  • emma

    im making it my mission to go to all of these events before i die hahahaha.

  • kala

    World Party Day! every April 3 until the massive World Party I.

  • Wiki da P-Day 1

    "Declare World Party 1" see you there and will post this page on me blog!!

  • Flames Fan

    Thats awesome that Calgary was thrown into the mix!! I defintely wasn't expecting it, even though I guess it is a full 10 day stretch of partying for the whole city. Oh and Eva: The Red Mile is only in effect if the Flames actually go for a cup run again. That was only 2004, and briefly for 2006… but nonetheless heres hoping for another Flames cup run. GO FLAMES GO!

  • http://www.okizoo.com/ OkiZoo

    Perfect list. If you make a Top 12 list make sure you include Mardi Gras and Carnaval.

  • http://sanetv.com/ saneTV

    Pennsic War? New Year’s Even in Times Square, NYC? St. Pat’s in NYC or Boston?

  • dewey

    Seems like all the big GLBTQ & fetish community parties were left out: Sydney Mardi Gras, Folsom Street Fair in SF, ILM in Chicago, NY & SF Pride parades. These events are all huge, superfun & attended by many of the same people year after year.

  • Ryan

    Great post, only one problem: Burning Man is not run on a barter system, the whole idea is to have a gift economy. If you have excess, gift it to someone else who may need it. The great thing is, almost everyone welcomes you with open arms, literally. Even if your a ‘virgin’ they give you a big hug and say Welcome Home!

  • Rogier

    You forgot Queens Day in the Netherlands…..millions and millions celebrate it in the streets !

  • http://www.theplanetd.com Dave and Deb

    Been to Songkran and the Full Moon, Definitely loved Songkran. Full Moon, not so much. The list can go on and on, but I gotta put a shout out to the Calgary Stampede (I was born in Alberta) and Gay Pride in Toronto, my hometown!

  • http://www.mytenerifeinfo.com Joe Cawley

    How about Tenerife Carnival – in the Guinnes Book of Records for hosting the world’s largest outdoor dance with over 200,000 people shaking their thang to the salsa beat?
    http://www.mytenerifeinfo.com/events/Tenerife-Carnival-February-2009.cfm

  • iman

    oktoberfest in munich

  • http://www.tiffanyhsu.com Tiffany

    Glad to see Bay to Breakers on this list, it’s my favorite event out of the whole year and I never miss it, even when I’m travelling.

  • Daniel

    one word – BOOMBAMELA

    Every year, in the passover holiday boombamela happens. 3 days, 40’000 – 50’000 people…. incredible!

    here’s the website :

    http://www.boombamela.co.il/site/article.php?article=43

  • Elio

    Calle Ocho in Miami, the culmination of Carnival Miami is a one day 24block long street party that attracts 1+ Million visitors from all over the world.

    “The festival closes off 24 blocks of SW 8th Street to host dancing, food, drink and 30 stages of live entertainment. This is one heck of a party! In 1988, the festival was the scene of a Guinness World Record, as 119,986 people joined in the world’s longest conga line!”

    http://miami.about.com/od/artsandentertainment/a/carnaval.htm

  • traci l

    La fete de la musique? Every June the entire country of France throws a 24 hour street music festival. That’s pretty big, non?

  • Diogo Rocha Santos

    What about S. João (St. John) in Oporto, Portugal?

    Every June 23rd night… Everyone on the street!

    • Carlos Santos

      You have got to be kidding me… The biggest party in Portugal that everyone can come to is the Queima das Fitas. On any city that has a University in either April or May of every year. São João…. That’s bull my fellow portuguese.

  • jaccamo

    Cochella???!?!?!

  • http://www.holavalencia.net Hola Valencia

    Emm .. Tomatina is great and all but the Valencian Las Fallas festival is missing. Which is the 2. biggest street festival in the world right after the Carnival in Rio.

    We covered Fallas pretty heavily this year on our lbog and I can’t wait for the next Fallas.

    It all starts with La Despertà: http://www.holavalencia.net/2009/02/23/desperta-2009-welcome-to-hell-kid/

    And goes then up to 20 days. It’s the most insane and intense days I experienced.

    FALLAS!

  • http://www.hansranum.blogspot.com Hans

    How about Roskilde festival?????

  • p2bkk

    Two million people or so celebrate New year’s eve at Copacabana in Rio De Janeiro and trust me it is a very special event!

    It is the second largest celebration only next to the Carnival. The mixture of Brazilian and African culture gives a special essence to New Year’s Eve celebration at Copacabana.

    • Hermund

      Carneval Salvador (Bahia) Brazil.
      2 million people in the streets every day for six days….. And very god music all over the city. There are at least 50 – 60 big trucks with band who is playing in the city every day(for six days). And you are dancing in the streets with the local people all night long if you want too….
      Nobody come close!!

  • http://www.delovesto.com Tony

    Don’t forget Fantasy Fest in Key West, Florida – http://www.fantasyfest.net/ – one of the most outrageous festivals anywhere.

  • erika

    the sinulog festival in cebu, philippines!! millions of people dance and revel in the celebration of the holy child… :D

  • Mark

    Mummer’s Parade in Philadelphia.
    January 1st of each year.
    From 7:00 AM till 5:00 AM the next day.

  • Dan

    San Fermin(Running of the Bulls) is a 7 day long 24 hours party. That so needs to be listed. Its utter insanity

  • xrx

    You forgot Kalibo Ati-atihan in the Philippines = the Mardi Gras of Asia.

  • MikeMartin

    Kumba Mela in Alahabad, India attracts 30-40 MILLION Hindus of all stripes. Basically a convention of spiritual heavies from all over the world. It equates loosely to a Haj to Mecca. Held toward the end of the calendar year, the exact date depends on the alignment of the stars and planets with the major event every 12 years and smaller gatherings yearly.

  • jakubna

    “Przystanek Woodstock”, Kostrzyn, Poland – First weekend of august. Biggest music festival in Europe. Over 400 000 people this (2009) year.

  • Cesar

    ANd what about Rio’s carnival???

  • antwan

    woodstock 4million pepole for 3 days striat

    • woody

      not quite right, only 400.000 people

  • Emillie

    What about Sasquatch? it’s the american may long weekend at the Gorge in Washington and it’s four days of camping in tents on a field beside the Gorge Amphitheater and watching amazing bands, Plus people go year after year. My sisters and I have gone three years in a row and I don’t think I’ll ever have a chance to see the Beastie boys, The Flaming Lips, the Cure, Bjork ect, ever again in concert! It’s always a good time but there really isn’t much in the way of showering so be prepared to be dirty.
    and thanks for throwing a shout to the Stampede, I`m a born-and-raised Calgary girl!

  • http://www.flashnomad.com Bibi Jordan

    Everyone knows about Carnival in Rio. Undoubtedly one of the greatest parties on earth. But, what about Boi Bumba? It is a mid-summer Carnival that makes Rio’s looks tame in comparison… and it is on a tiny island in the middle of the Amazon river. Think I’m joking? Look at the video on http://www.flashnomad.com!

  • Kyle

    #11 – My Grandma’s 80th birthday this December!!!!

  • Flirt

    Thank you !! thank you !!!!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!! becouse of this I learned I about Burning Man and a few months later I went , from saying it 3 times and hitting that bell loud as heck “I AM NOT A VIRGIN!!!” to packing it up after Temple Burn ….Best time of my life thank you thank you , or just the few people I was able to interact with , best party hands down !

  • http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/Blogs/Nightlife Brendan Murphy

    It may not quite be on the scale of some of these, but Montreal’s Black and Blue gets tons of people partying all weekend. What they lack in numbers, they make up for in going for it…

  • Joe Brenan

    very biased, only thai and english speaking festivals. Carneval in Rio and Oktoberfest in Munich are totally missing. Useless information instead.

  • Karen

    What about Celtic Colours in Cape Breton. How was it anyway?

  • http://ido24.com/showyouthailand.com/ Koh Phangan

    What about Yi Peng in Thailand!

  • Helder

    Every summer festival in Portugal is amazing, specialy the boom festival were people around the world come to listen good music.Great country, great people and so much fun.

  • olanik

    EXIT!!!one of the best,and how can you mention gay parades in choise for best festival!?

  • Donaji

    From the latino world!!

    Feria de San Marcos en Aguascalientes, México!!
    Around the 25th of April.

    One month of purely mexican traditions!! bull fights, cock fights, concerts, mariachi music at the streets and rivers of $2 USD 1 lt beers!!!

    Viiiiiiiiiiiva Aguascalientesn!!

  • Sandy

    How about Carnivale in Rio? It’s one of those things that you should see before you die.
    It’s way more festive than Australia day (and I’m an Aussie.)

  • http://www.miamiluxuryhotels.com carmel

    I remember the first time I heard of La Tomatino and I thought that sounds like the coolest thing ever I so so so want to go!

  • partyhardy

    two words. COREY WORTHINGTON

  • marco

    How about EXIT Festival in Novi Sad(Serbia)??????For me,best party ever!!You should go to see whats the real party!!!

  • Coco Mackey

    The World’s Largest Disco – Buffalo, New York, always the first Saturday after the US Thanksgiving. One of the best parties in the World!!!

  • Kaye

    I played Mas for the first time at the Toronto Caribana Festival last year and had the time of my life.
    http://www.caribanafever.com/

    Drinking and dancing to Soca music in one of the largest street festival, what more can you ask? :)

  • Helen

    The Fringe Festival, Edinburgh??? Surely!!

  • Ben Koerner

    Guys these may be the best outdoor festival type parties but youre forgetting about parties in certain clubs etc. That’s where the real fun happens! A good night in an awesome nightclub is always great! On the topic of big outdoorsy things there’s also the notting hill carnival. That’s fucking cool.

  • Silje

    WHAT about TRYVANN – ditt livs party in Norway? Sick party with only graduats from all over the country, they have busses and vans that are all decorated awesome. check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMuZ6ULMbL8&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=120272DYukA

  • russ2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS19Xnr9ClM – that’s the best and the biggest party in the world,,

  • http://qwe g

    Greece Patras carnival one of best in Europe!!! 40000 people…. and you have all tha others…. :P

  • Eduardo

    Salvador, Brazilians Carnival. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cQC6t4OD6I

  • tulijones

    What about the Brazilian Carnival???

  • Clifford

    The person who wrote this list doesn’t know a thing about parties. Everyone knows that the biggest party in the world is the carnival in Brazil. I’ve been to some of the ones on this list and to the carnival twice. Absolutely no comparison!

  • KevOn

    What about Oktoberfest?

  • Yti Lauqe

    HUNGARY –> HYPERSPACE AND ISLAND FESTIVAL THE GREATEST
    AND I LOVE TECHNO :D

  • gabi

    WHAT ABOUT THE BOOM FESTIVAL IN PORTUGAL !!! THAST A PARTY, and carnival in brasil (salvador) and party at the beach in Goa(thailand).
    those are no parties!!

  • alice

    if you really wanna know what party is like u should come to ibiza (spain) between june-august! party every single day for 3 months, no kiddind! i live there and is the most amazing island in the world!

  • http://www.com Jericho

    The best and most awesome festivals are held in the small country named Serbia. Such a lovely people! Visit Guca (the biggest and greatest Trumpet festival in the world, most awesome! :) ) and Exit festival (the greatest music festival of the eastern Europe). While you’re there you must taste Pljeskavica and Leskovacki Cevapi. You won’t be mistaken for anything. Good life – Serbian life.

  • maher shah

    i have attended 2 fullmoon parties in koh phangan thailand and i think its the best place to go creazy :)

  • Merkwan

    Sturgis motorcycle rally or Tabor Czech Days! both are huge events in South Dakota,

  • ross

    There is a party in South Africa in a tiny town called Bathurst in the Eastern Cape (population 500 at the best of times) Ox Braai, where they bbq up to 30 Ox to feed the crowd is never enough as there are about 18 000 people who go. This part is held every year on the 28 or 29 of December! pls come you will enjoy it, im 16 and cant wait to go and im going to be adding your parties to my list of places to be :)

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  • arthur

    carnaval in brazil is a +150 million people party. Beat that… Second place might be miles from that.

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  • Manu

    Carnival in Salvador Bahia, is the largest street party in the world with 2 million people in streets every single day ( for 7 days!) They party hard and they dont get tired.
    Also it is in guinness book!
    Check it out.

  • SlabTzu

    The biggest recorded party in human history was in the beaches of Brazil, 4 million people partied for 20 minutes in 2008.

    This was beaten today, where over 20 million people in Tahrir Sq right now are having the time of our lives. 2/11/11

    Join the revolution. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY 2012

  • Dreamseller

    The greatest party in the world is Roskilde Festival in Denmark!!
    You can’t that special feeling of knowning that this is the only place you’ll ever truly belong in, anywhere else!!!:-)

    See you at Roskilde Festival!:-)

  • http://' jc

    hahahhha wow u really cant believe everything u read on the internet. Brazil has probably the 2 biggest parties in the world. Carnival in Salvador and Carnival in Recife . Over 2 MILLION people in each, for 5 straight days. Rest my case.

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  • Eduardo

    The world’s biggest party is the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, with more than 4 million peaple in the streets in 2011, a world recorde.

  • cookie monster

    I love how everyone bitches about carnival, did anybody read the beginning lol, first off hes been to it, second off hes listing the partys people RETURN to. Burning man )*( takes the cake by far, anyone has been would understand, its not about the numbers its about the energy put out.

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  • http://rb-b.blogspot.com Rory Parker

    As an Aussie, I’d like to know who drinks Carlton draught or Coopers?

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  • trish

    This is disappointing! Trinidad and Tobago has such a Slamming Party….there is no way to explain it except to experience it yourself. Its such a well kept secret! But experienece their Carnival one time…and there is no comparing to anything else! Street carnivals in London, New York, Miami are all modeled after Trinidad and Tobago on a Small scale. If people thing those carnivals are fun….Trinidad wil blow their minds since its the Mother of all those parties. They can’t compare! Check out this site and view visitors experience to it as compared to other parties around! http://www.amazing-trinidad-vacations.com/worlds-greatest.html#Visitor-Opinions

  • Edward

    you forgot Tryvann, Voted second best party in the world by Loaded magazine, the Norwegian graduation party after high school!

    http://www.russen.no/dittlivsparty/

    http://vimeo.com/4913773

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ2RzFVoDhA&feature=related

    • http://kristin5683.wordpress.com/ Kristin Conard

      Is it open to anyone other than Norwegian high school graduates?

      • Love TRYVANN

        The organized parties are only open for graduates, but the Norwegian graduation lasts for almost 4 weeks, and the parties in the weekends is just a little part of the whole celebration.

        Have you ever have wondered why there so few outdoor concerts in may than the rest of the year?
        Because most of the big sound systems is located on Tryvann….Just this year 7 or 8 L-acoustics K1 systems (the newest and the best) is in Oslo. It’s not unusual that a bus (russebuss, usually 20+ russ) uses over 100.000$ (U.S dollars) on sound or light systems.

  • Herar

    You forgot Carneval in Salvador Bahia Brasil. Look at Youtube – Chiclete com Banana. One of maybe 100 band in the city every day for six days. Every band one big big trucks with speakers all around the truck 2 million people in the streets every day..

  • http://twitter.com/xxxriainxxx xxxriainxxx

    Obviously you haven’t heard of Asia’s biggest party: Kalibo Ati-atihan.

  • BobSF_94117

    The title says “biggest”, not list of your favs.

  • Ralf_sn

    Bayonne festival: 1,5 million people; 5 days all day long……. You obviously don’t class the biggest… 

  • jake rau

    The Black Hills (Sturgis) Bike Rally  -SOOOO much larger and ENTIRELY more wild that all those rolled up. 

  • Bob

    summerfest! Milwaukee,WI,USA. largest musical festival in the world!

  • Jane

    Rio – Carnival and New Year’s Eve…

    • shuchi.

      hi can you please tell me what this festival is all about?

    • shuchi

      is it about this ?

      • Shuchijain13

        hey are you there?

      • Yourmom

        ya i think

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  • Makeshiftrider

    i went into this list wondering which parties would rank along the likes of rio’s carnaval and munich’s oktoberfest. 

    are you kidding me? 

  • Durand Tim

    TOMORROWLAND :D

  • Ksdfg

    woodstock in poland 2011 800 000 people

  • Brian

    Aruba – Carnaval – The whole 2 weeks before lent, usually in February.

  • http://twitter.com/TematikaPL Sylwia

    Woodstock, Poland is several times larger than Glastonbury. Over 700 thousand people from all over the world this year. 

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  • Mayito35

    what about Rio Carnival, 4.9 million in its 2011 installment, keeping in mind it started in 1723 it’s definitely the biggest party in the world

  • Broly3k8

    Sensation White New Years Party? Why does this never get much coverage? Its fucking HUGE and AWESOME!

  • Danielle

    Rio is the best party

  • Ghj

    La Tomatina sounds like so much fun!!

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_Bosworth Dave Bosworth

    Awesome article!! can’t really add to it…..both times I saw the Foo Fighters (Wembley and MiltonKeynesBowl) . that was a big party.

  • Boob

    CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://beatnomad.com/ Jessie

    Matadornetwork seems to have a lot of love for burning man… rightfully so! ;D

  • ZenBonobo

    I do not understand how the long parties of Mardi Gras, the Kentucky Derby (Month of April to May) and the FloriBama Mullet Toss were missed for even a mention.  

  • http://twitter.com/yogijd Yogi JD

    Carnival in Trinidad

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  • Anonymous

    CARNIVAL IN RIO.
    This is the biggest party in the world.
    We all know that…

    • Lakshan Jayatilaka Buddhika

      I would not compare Rio to the others in the list. Rio is more of a spectators event except some blocos(dance-walk the groups) Other cities in Brazil has very good options though.

      • Cavalo preto

        Agreed Lakshan, Salvador and RIO surely are the biggest but not the funniest. Ouro Preto is one of the really good options for Carnival in Brazil, Olinda is another one.

  • Oscar Careful Bites Mollá

    What about the oktoberfest! dafuqqq

  • Gregory Ross Turner

    How are Shambhala, Lollapalooza, tomorrw land, and ultra not on here?

    • Matt Graham

      My guess would be that there are 10 parties larger than them across the world

    • Daniel Rials

      Lollapalooza? Really? I’ve had bigger parties at my house

  • Riccardo Carlesso

    According to the Guinness world record belongs to Carnival de Salvador de Bahia…
    And Oktoberfest?

    Interesting list but not comprehensive imho!

    • Wankelmuth Mira

      Oktoberfest should deffinately be up there….mybe it should be the top 20 parties ;)

  • Rick Silberman

    Not to be picky, but the only things for sale at Burning Man are Ice and coffee – not water. You’d best remember to bring your own (or, I suppose, you could melt the ice).

    • Lakshan Jayatilaka Buddhika

      Rick, you share. You share with Rick. Next time I see you in Burning Man I will offer you a good dinner :)

    • Tim Brown

      Nor is it a barter system.

  • Franco Aucamp

    voettjek

  • Kim Dh

    great information!

  • Katie Alosi

    The first sentence of the article mentions Carnival, Oktoberfest and others. It also explains why those parties were not on the list.

    “Mardi Gras? Carnival? Octoberfest? The Running of the Bulls? Been there. Done that.

    EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT these parties. They’re great. They’re famous. But most people go to them once and never come back. Let’s talk about parties where the same people return year after year.”

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  • The Travel Tart – Offbeat Tales From a Travel Addict

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  • Himesh Rathore

    This is really best party in world. Holi Festival is best in India, all peoples meet together and throw color to each other. This day all peoples looking are like colorful birds. So I like this article heart fully. I like to add some others party article links here for others party festival thinks.
    for more info: http://www.party-creators.com/.

  • Roger Bredow

    I’m sorry people but if you don’t include the spring or fall races at Talladega you don’t have a clue. The night race at Bristol TN in August is in the top ten as well.

  • Hamid Hameed

    La Tomatina and Holi festival in India are very funny and interesting.

  • Hamid Hameed

    La Tomatina and Holi festival in India are very funny and interesting.

  • Patricia

    What about SAN FERMIN? Should be first!

  • mikemuscles

    Matinee Ibiza
    #1 party of the world

  • mikeschwede

    Biggest: Street Parade Zürich: 1 Million Attendees

  • Juve

    Tomorrowland. 180,000 people in one small area in Belgium, worldwide top DJs, and all tickets get sold in a matter of one hour.

  • Ramón

    Las Fallas en Valencia son las mejores fiestas del mundo