Weird Annual Festivals



Every year, people around the world are having fun. They get dressed in strangely and funny clothes, start food fights and celebrate the most weird things you could think of. 


Annual tomato fight in Colombia



La Tomatina, Bunol, Spain 



Alien Festival in Roswell, New Mexico


Fire Festival, Shetland


Cheese Rolling, Cooper's Hill, Gloucestershire, England



Chinese New Year – Photo Courtesy © Richard Barrow


Loi Krathong, Samut Prakan, Thailand – Photo Courtesy © Richard Barrow


Monkey Buffet Festival, Bangkok, Thailand – Photo Courtesy © Richard Barrow



The Night of the Radishes, Oaxaca, Mexico


Thai Elephant Day, Thailand – Photo Courtesy © Richard Barrow


The Lotus Throwing Festival – Photo Courtesy © Richard Barrow


Water Fights, Songkran, Thailand – Copyright © Richard Barrow


The Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea, Italy 


Ventriloquist Festival, Las Vegas


Tunarama, Port Lincoln, South Australia 


Sources and More Information:

Richard's Life in Thailand 

BBC – Cheese Rolling 2007 

Christmas in Oaxaca – Night of the Radishes

MAKE: Night of the Radishes

Funny Food Festivals 

Carnevale Di Ivrea 

Fun Festivals 





Irina Alexandra is a young entrepreneur and architect, with a passion for miracles and weirdness of life.

She has been writing articles on Weirdomatic for the last 7 years in a search for all the amazing things we tend to ignore.

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23 Responses to “Weird Annual Festivals”

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  2. you forgot one of the dumbest of all… Burning Man

  3. You’ve got a star for naming the source. I almost fainted. Copywright is SO very rare this days. :)

    .. one festival you didn’t name is the Penis festival. That one is quite funny :)

  4. I will add those festivals too… but now weirdomatic has some technical problems…

  5. There is an annual fall festival in the American midwest that should definitely be on your list:

    The Testicle Festival

    … (think: Scottish haggis)

  6. that would be the annual vinita rodeo in oklahoma. remember the calf-fries in the movie ‘funny farm’ with chevy chase? well the writer lives here in tulsa about seventy miles away.

    great site btw!

  7. iioela, cheers mate – now i’ve got to search penis festival. Not wierd unless you live here – Bridgwater Carnival – spectacliar in everyway, it’s what goes on behind the scenes what nobody knows………

  8. Glad to help shaz. It would of been pity not to spread the word 😛

  9. There are some other great ones you should look into. Houby Day in Berwyn, IL and Cicero, IL celebrates what mysteriously looks like a magic mushroom. This parade comes complete with a Houby Queen.
    In the south of South Korea, there is a Mud Festival. A weekend filled with…mud. It’s great.

  10. That fire festival in ‘England’ looks like Up- helly-aa which is in Shetland- you can go there and tell them they’re English, if you like…

  11. you are right 😉

  12. How about the Hornworm Festival at Duke Homestead in Durham, NC? Hornworm races, a Moon Pie eating contest and a visit from “Slugger the Hornworm!”

  13. it to stupid……..

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  15. You didn’t mention one of the weirdest festivals of all time. El Colacho. El Colacho is a festival in Spain in which grown men wearing Elvis-like costumes jump over new born babies. It is said in Spanish tradition that jumping over a baby is the best way to rid it of any unknown evils.

  16. Last year I went with my fiance on La Tomatina. You can see some photos from this mad day on my blog

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  19. Hello, I’m gay and I love tomatoes

  20. @ Shawn Grandbois, I’m glad you shared that with us… so what? :)))

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  22. That Battle of the Orange thing looks dangerous… someone could lose an eye! :-O

  23. I savor, result in I discovered exactly what I was taking a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

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