10 of the Best June Festivals Around the World in 2022

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Everyone enjoys celebrating so we want to share our list of 10 of the best June festivals in the world that you should add to your bucket list!

June is the perfect time of year to enjoy cultural travel. There are many wonderful feasts and festivals around the world held in various cities at this time of year. These events are a great way to experience and understand a new culture in an intimate way, so be sure to participate in one if you have the opportunity! The memories of the music, food, ceremonies and traditions will stay with you forever.

There are so many amazing celebrations in June around the world to experience, so here is our bucket list pick of 10 of the best June festivals that offer something for everyone.

N.B. We will updating this list regularly, so if you have any festivals or events in June you think should make the list, please let us know in the comments section.

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Did You Know?

  • June used to be the fourth month in the year before the Julian calendar was created.
  • June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and conversely, June has the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • No other month in the year begins on the same day of the week as June.
  • June is the month to celebrate National Rocky Road Day (2nd), Fresh Veggies Day (16th), National Pink Day (23rd), and National Camera Day (29th).

“There’s nothing like a music festival. People are ready to have a good time. I don’t think anyone comes to a festival going, ‘I’m gonna be a complete bummer today’.”

– Gary Clark –


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June Festivals Around the World

Here are the most famous events in June festivals and celebrations to add to your bucket list travel calendar.

Bergen International Festival – Bergen, Norway

Where: Bergen, Norway

When: Annually in late May and early June: 25 May – 8 June, 2022

Duration: 15 days

The Bergen International Festival is held annually in Bergen, Norway and is firmly established in the northern European arts scene, attracting over 100,000 visitors each year. 400 events are hosted at over 70 different venues and present art in all its guises including music, theatre, dance, opera and visual art. Bergen International Festival is Scandinavia’s largest and most important festival, and one of the best European festivals!

The festival programme is created with something for every taste and occasion, and the events are organised under the three terms Festivities, Foundations and Friction.

  • Festivities: Entertainment and surprises for both the young and old. Playful scenes in the streets and events and experiences for your head, heart and feet.
  • Foundations: The best of the best in the classical art tradition with performances and concerts with a history. Tradition and renewal, depth and reflection.
  • Friction: Reckless and shrewd, experimenting and exploring, new technology is presented and boundless artistic landscapes.

If you decide to visit this festival in Bergen, be sure to allow some additional days to explore the spectacular natural in this laid back harbour town.

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Bergen International Festival: Image by Agent J at Unsplash

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – Manchester, Tennessee, USA

Where: Manchester, Tennessee, USA

When: Annually in June: 16 – 19 June, 2022

Duration: 4 days

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is an annual four day music festival and takes place at Great Stage Park on a 650-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. It was founded by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment in 2002.

In 2002, the festival was held as a one-time event but due to its popularity, the festival was held the following year and changed to a two-day event with six stages. Today it is one of the biggest music festivals in the US and you can expect a lineup of more than 150 artists performing around the clock on 10 unique stages.

Some of this year’s headlining acts include Tool, J. Cole, Stevie Nicks, The Chicks, Machine Gun Kelly, Flume, Illenium, Roddy Ricch, 21 Savage, Billy Strings, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, $uicideboy$ and Porter Robinson.

The word “Bonnaroo” is actually Creole slang for “good stuff” and there is certainly lots of that to experience! Take a walk around the grounds and participate in any of the many activities on offer such as yoga, painting water-colours with a local artist, or enjoying any of the numerous interactive art installations.

Ticket prices start at US$35 and car camping passes start at only US$70 (plus fees) per car, not per person, allowing fans to both save money and reduce their carbon footprint by carpooling.

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Bonnaroo Festival: Image by Antoine J at Unsplash

Bordeaux Wine Festival – Bordeaux, France

Where: Bordeaux, France

When: Annually in mid to late June: 23 – 26 June, 2022

Duration: 15 days

Bordeaux Wine Festival or Bordeaux Fête le Vin, is an annual event that takes place in Bordeaux, France every summer from mid to late June. Starting in 1998, the festival was created to celebrate the culture and tradition of local winemakers in this region.

It started as a way to promote the wines of the region and has now become a major tourist attraction for wine enthusiasts from all over the world. Today it hosts around 1200 winemakers from Bordeaux and the entire Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

However, this festival is much more than a celebration of wine. Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of events such as visiting the beautiful tall ships, daily fireworks and music concerts, as well as wine tasting (of course), food tasting, cooking demonstrations and more.

Almost 100 different appellations will be bringing their wine to the Fête du Vin, with a 2km ‘wine road’ stretching along the banks of the Garonne and offering wine from more than 80 different châteaux. While the event is free, in order to actually taste the wines you will have to buy a Tasting Pass. This will allow you to work your way along the road with your own glass, tasting as you go and enjoying discounts on the wines that you can’t resist. They usually cost around 21 Euros for 11 tastings.

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a woman drinking a glass of red wine
The Bordeaux Wine Festival in June: Image by Alfonso Scarpa at Unsplash

Glastonbury Festival – Somerset, United Kingdom

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Where: Pilton, Somerset in United Kingdom

When: Annually at the end of June: 22 – 26 June, 2022

Duration: 4 days

The Glastonbury Festival (or Glasto, as it’s known to regulars) is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. It is an iconic, hugely popular and world- famous music festival which takes place almost every year in June over 4 huge days.

Being at the festival feels like being in another country. UK laws still apply, but everyone is a bit freer and fair bit wilder. Anything goes at Glastonbury.

There are chill out zones, family-friendly zones and other areas dedicated to the cultures of pop music, techno and acoustic. Some of the world’s most popular recording artists have performed at Glastonbury. David Bowie headlined (twice), as well as Oasis, The Cure, Radiohead and in 2022, Billie Eilish is the headline performer.

The Glastonbury Festival is held in the Vale of Avalon in the UK. This area is steeped in mythology and history, and is said to be where King Arthur was buried. The site of the festival is huge at 1.5 miles across, and taking some 900 acres in total. With such a huge site, the festival has managed to maintain its chill and hippy vibe for over 50 years, with the first festival being held in 1970.

Book early to ensure you do not miss one not only of the best festivals in Europe and largest music festival in Europe, but the biggest music festival in June in the world!

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Glastonbury Festival: Image by Joe Green at Unsplash

Hay Festival of Literature and Arts– Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales

Where: Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales

When: Annually in late May / early June: 26 May – 5 June, 2022

Duration: 10 days

We have added the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in Hay-on-Wye in the South of Wales to our post on the ‘Best Festivals in May” as this is when it begins. However, this festival can be enjoyed in both May and June each year.

Read more about the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in Hay-on-Wye in South Wales in our post on the Best Festivals Held in May Around the World

the main sign at the entrance to Hay Festival of Literature and Arts
Hay Festival of Literature and Arts

Inti Raymi – Cusco, Peru

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Where: Cusco, Peru

When: Annually on the Winter Solstice: 24 June, 2022

Duration: 1 day (but celebrations are also held in the days prior)

Celebrate the Sun with Peru’s Inti Raymi!

To mark the transition between winter and spring, Peruvians celebrate Inti Raymi in Cusco on the winter solstice (June 24, since Peru is in the southern hemisphere). Inti Raymi honours Inti, or the Incan sun god, and dates back to the early 1400’s. 

Today, you can join the month of June celebration, and all the festivities leading up to the event on June 24, by watching re-enactments, cheering on dancers and of course trying chicha, the Incan beer

Inti Raymi is marked by processions and getting insights into the coming year from reading sacred coca leaves. You can catch a glimpse of the action from Korikancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun in Cusco, as well as from the Plaza de Armas in the city centre. Part of the celebration also takes place in the nearby Incan ruins Saqsayhuman, though it’s more difficult to get there because many roads are closed for the festival.

If you’re not in Cusco on the exact date of Inti Raymi, don’t worry. The celebrations stretch for days ahead of the festival. You’ll see parades of costumed dancers and musicians playing across the city. It’s impossible to not catch Cusco’s enthusiasm.

Inti Raymi was actually banned by foreign conquistadors, so the festival didn’t take place between 1536 and 1944. Peruvians have reinvigorated the celebration, which ties to ancient Incan civilization, the largest pre-Colombian empire.

Visit Cusco for Inti Raymi and to get acclimated to the elevation before hiking to Machu Picchu. In fact, this is a special time of year to visit the iconic Incan ruins. Hiking to Machu Picchu on the winter solstice, you’ll also see Peruvians honouring Inti within the ruins at sunrise. Celebrating the solstice makes a visit to Peru even more unforgettable. 

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women dancing in the street in colourful costumes at the June Festival of Inti Raymi in Cusco, Peru
The June Festival of Inti Raymi in Cusco, Peru

Midsommar – Sweden

Where: Sweden

When: Annually on the summer solstice on the weekend closest to 24th June: 24 June, 2022

Duration: 1 day

Midsommar originates from Swedish pagan rituals which showed reverence to nature and its healing properties during the summer solstice. They danced around maypoles, fashioned flower garlands, and herbs were picked on Midsummer’s Eve and bonfires were used to keep away any evil spirits. It was said that spirits were free to roam the earth when the sun was turning towards the southern hemisphere.

Today it is one of the most important celebrations in Sweden and it is celebrated on the summer solstice which is the longest day of the year, or “mid-summer”. Sweden’s midsummer celebrations are a big deal for the entire country and is celebrated with family and friends.

It is popular to travel to the countryside where you can attend festivities, make flower garlands, drink traditional drinks like nubbe, and dance around maypoles. The day is also celebrated by preparing and eating traditional foods such as sill (pickled herring), potatoes, gravlax (cured salmon), crispy breads such as Knäckebröd, and of course, drinking plenty of akvavit (a grain or potato-based liqueur seasoned with herbs).

This tradition has been going on for a thousand years and it is one of the most important holidays in Sweden. If you do get the chance, this really is one of the festival in Europe worth participating in and seeing!

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Midsommar Celebrated in Dalarna, Sweden

Summerfest – Milwaukee, USA

Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

When: Annually for 3 consecutive weekends in late June/early July: 23 – 25 June, 30 June – 2 July, 7 – 9 July, 2022

Duration: 9 days

Summerfest is an annual music festival held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is not only one of the major music festivals in the US, but the world’s largest music festival with attendance topping 800,000 people every year. The event takes place on a 100-acre (40-hectare) grounds in downtown Milwaukee and features twelve stages with performances from more than 1,000 artists.

Summerfest was originally a three-day festival organized by the “Milwaukee Journal” to coincide with the opening of the Milwaukee Exposition Centre on June 30, 1968. The first Summerfest was a free event and drew over 350,000 people. In 1994, it became a 10-day festival and included concerts from 50 bands at eleven stages with attendance reaching 500,000 people. In 1998 it became a 12-day event and reached 650,000 attendees; it now held over 3 consecutive weekends and attracts up to 2 million visitors.

Celebrating the arrival of summer, Summerfest was designed as a way to bring people together from all over the world. It features internationally renowned musicians, emerging artists and local performers. The Summerfest lineup in 2022 will feature big name performing artists including Guns n’ Roses, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Jonas Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, and Miley Cyrus.

One of the best parts of this music festival is how reasonably priced the tickets are! A 1 day general admission ticket only costs US$25 and multi-day passes start at US$60 which will allow you to catch more shows and see more performers.

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festival crowd at summerfest watching a band play
Summerfest: Image by Lee Blanchflower at Unsplash

Superman Celebration (AKA Superman Fest) – Metropolis, Illinois, USA

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Where: Metropolis, Illinois, USA

When: Annually in June: 10 – 12 June, 2022

Duration: 3 days

Whether you are a comic lover in general or a superman fanatic, visiting Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois is a must!  The 2022 celebration is scheduled for Jun 10-12 and will mark the 44th Annual Superman Celebration.  With over 40 years of history, this celebration is more than a convention or festival.  What started as a 1 day local event has grown into a 3 day celebration that welcomes Superman fans from all of the world.

Each year the celebration includes celebrity guests from a variety of film and TV.  The 2021 guests included Stacy Haiduk (TV – Lana Lang in Superboy / Adventures of Superboy), Ilan Mitchell-Smith (TV – Andy McCalister in Superboy / Adventures of Superboy), Nicholle Tom (Animated Series – Supergirl), and K Callen (TV – Martha Kent in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman). While the celebrity guests for 2022 haven’t been announced yet, it is sure to be a great panel once again.

Entertainment doesn’t end with the celebrities. Comic Artists set up their work in Artist Alley. There are carnival games, an annual car show, Super Bike Trek and a costume contest.  Many other local businesses and organizations work to overlap annual events with the Superman Celebration to ensure that there is something for every fan and visitor.

Metropolis Super Con is an annual superhero event during the Superman Celebration and typically draws over 20,000 superman fans. A few fast vendors for Metropolis Super Con include Fred’s Fandom Fashions, Heroes4 Hire, Olive Rose Arts, and Toys of our Youth. 

For information as it is announced for 2022, and for future years, check out the Superman Celebration webpage and Facebook page, and the Metropolis Super Con webpage and Facebook page.

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a statue of Superman at Festival
Superman Festival

VIVID Sydney – Sydney, Australia

Recommended by Jamie at ‘Sydney City Guide’

Where: Sydney, Australia

When: Annually in late May and early June: 27 May – 18 June, 2022

Duration: 23 days

VIVID Sydney is a night-time festival of lights, art and technology installations that is held annually in Sydney, Australia. The festival attractions are scattered around the central business district of Sydney, and locations close to the Sydney harbour foreshore.

VIVID Sydney runs for 3 weeks each year during the Australian winter months of late May through to early June. The festival brings together the best creative minds that Sydney has to offer, and includes musical performers, art displays, as well as numerous large scale 3D light projections. Some of the most famous experiences that visitors to the festival can experience are the incredible light and laser shows projected up onto the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as many other historic buildings nearby.

The festival is free to attend and can experienced on foot by simply walking around the city centre to take into the light show. But to get the best experience, there are many harbour cruises departing from the nearby Barangaroo wharf that provide the ultimate viewing platform to take in the incredible winter light-show that is VIVID Sydney.

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VIVID Sydney viewed above showing lights projected on sydney opera house and harbour bridge
VIVID Sydney viewed above from the walkway of the Cahill Expressway

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Month of June Events Around the World FAQs

Some of the best religious holidays in June are the following:

  1. Chokor – Tibetan / Nepalese Buddhist Festival
  2. Pentecost – birthday of the Church celebrated by Western and Orthodox Churches
  3. Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev – made the first compilation of the Sikh Scriptures
  4. Midsommar Solstice and Summer Solstice – Festival of Midsummer
  5. Shavout – The Feast of Weeks, Jewish Festival

Some of the best days to celebrate in June are the following:

  1. 5 June – World Environment Day
  2. 8 June – World Oceans Day
  3. 14 June – World Blood Donor Day
  4. 21 June – World Peace and Prayer Day
  5. 22 June – World Rainforest Day

In Summary – The Best June Festivals Around the World

You can find many major festivals around the world which are held throughout every month of the year. You will be spoilt for choice if you choose to celebrate at one of the many June events around the world as there are lots of both smaller and larger festivals out there for you to pick from and enjoy.

What is your favourite June festival or days to celebrate in June around the world and why? Have you been to any of our list of the best festivals or events of June around the world listed above? Have we missed any June celebrations you think we should add? Post your tips, comments and questions below.

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By Peta Wenzel

We are Peta (Australian) and Jonas (Swedish/Australian), a couple in our mid 40’s / early 50’s who have been travelling the world fulltime since January 2018. We met and lived on the Gold Coast, Australia and spent many evenings researching and watching YouTube vlogs about travel and dreaming of the day we would retire and be able to enjoy a lot more travel ourselves. Over the years, a number of events happened to family and friends and an opportunity arose which made us decide to not wait but to instead take a “Gap Year”. We are now in our 3rd year of travel and still hunger for new adventures and embrace the uncertainty that comes with full-time travel. If you want to know more about who we are, why we choose this lifestyle and how we do it, please follow our adventures and see how you can do it too.

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