Summer Festivals Around the World {Little Passports}


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Yesterday I told you about the fun my family had at our local Bastille Day celebration and I imagine that many of my American readers celebrated the Fourth of July earlier this month.  But, France and the United States aren’t the only places with exciting Summertime festivals.

There are fascinating and fun festivals all over the globe!

Summer Festivals Around The World

White Nights Festival

Do you love art, music, or theater? How about festivals in Russia? Why not do both and go to the White Nights Festival!

This annual arts festival takes place in St. Petersburg.  The name White Nights is derived from the fact that the sun doesn’t set during the time of the festival (and the whole city is naturally lit up 24 hours a day).

From late May until the end of July, enjoy theater performances, costumes and carnivals, fireworks, live shows, and even a pirate battle on a gigantic ship to cap it all off.

This year, the White Nights Festival will take place between the 24th of May until the 28th of July.

Russia-St.-Petes-Scarlet-Sail-1 Photo by Little Passports

Madrid Water Fight

In the second week of July, the people of Madrid prepare themselves for a gigantic party in the streets of Vallecas, where everyone is invited to join the fun.

The best part? It’s a water fight! People take water balloons, water guns, and buckets full of water to splash each other.

The 2013 celebration will take place on July 16th, and crowds are estimated to be around 10,000 people.


I’m not sure I could pronounce this one if I tried, but this very cool “pavement spectacle” is a street festival that takes place in Linz, Austria.

Over 200,000 people gather to watch acrobats, plays, musical performances, magic tricks, and parades—there’s even a special segment just for kids.

This year, it’ll run for three days on July 18,19, and 20.

Pflasterspektakel-LinzPhoto by Little Passports

Boryeong Mud Festival

Mud has traditionally been used in makeup products to purify and detox the skin. One beauty company took it a little further, however, and started the Boryeong Mud Festival.

This celebration takes place in Daecheon Beach, South Korea, and has over 2.2 million people attending each year. The festival includes mud slides, mud wrestling, mud throwing, and even mud sculptures! After sunset, the beach comes alive with music, parades, and even fireworks.

This year, the festival is from July 19 to July 28.

So whether its watching daring pirates battle it out in a “sea”-worthy battle or slinging mud at your closest friends, there’s plenty of things to do and see out there this summer!

You can make a play date to see the world – one month at a time with a Little Passports monthly subscription.  Our family subscribes to both the USA (7 to 12 years old) and the World edition (5 to 10 years old).  The kids look forward to this in their mailbox every month and they are learning some pretty interesting things about this world we live in, too.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Love this post and the passport program sounds amazing! I just need to wait ’til my oldest is a wee bit older!
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