Discover some of the world’s most enticing cultural festivals taking place in 2022. These are some of the top events worth travelling for this year.
Cultural Events and Festivals You Need to Visit in 2022
Modernism Week – Greater Palm Springs, California, USA (17 – 27 February)
The annual 11-day festival returns in 2022 and features more than 350 events, including the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighbourhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends.
Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks.
International Festival Las Fallas – Valencia, Spain (15 – 19 March)
After almost two years of celebrating the festival virtually, Las Fallas returns to the streets of Valencia in 2022. The Fallas monuments of 2022 in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento will bear the stamp of the Fallas artist Alejandro Santaeulalia, who achieved great success in the sector after planting the municipal falla eight times, in addition to the Valencian urban creator Dulk, whose work has been exhibited in Miami, London, Antwerp or Barcelona.
Under the title ‘Protegeix allò que estimes’, the artists will merge their creations on a monument made with sustainable materials that seeks to raise awareness of conservation. Furthermore, in 2022 Valencia holds the crown for both World Capital of Design and European Capital of Smart Tourism.
Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest – Seattle, Washington, USA (15 – 16 April)
Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest is the region’s biggest spring beer festival combining craft beer, Scotch, spirits, and inventive cocktails. Taking place 15-16 April in Seattle’s indie Fremont neighbourhood, visitors can enjoy authentic Scotch tasting, Tequila and Mezcal tasting, Whisky Seminars, craft cocktails, and 50 seasonal and special release beers, ciders and seltzers from brewers along the West Coast.
Hakata Dontaku Festival – Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (3 – 4 May)
Japan’s largest Golden Week festival is held annually in Fukuoka, with 30,000 participants and over two million spectators. The celebration is over 800 years old, beginning in the Heian period. As well as parades, around 30 stages are set up across the city that each host a wide variety of performances, along with food, drink and game stalls.
Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary (10 – 15 August)
Sziget Festival is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, held every August in northern Budapest on Óbudai-sziget (“Old Buda Island”), a leafy 108-hectare island on the Danube.
More than 1,000 performances take place each year, with Dua Lipa, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon amongst many musicians set to perform this summer. In addition to music, the festival offers a plethora of memorable activities including cinema, dance, theatre, tattooing, indoor rowing, rock climbing, bungee jumping and life-sized foosball.