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Air Guitar World Championships

Air Guitar World Championships

No guitar, never mind, take matters into your own hands — literally — at the Air Guitar World Championships. For four days each August rockers ...
Europe Finland Oulu Bizarre Festivals August
Angola Prison Rodeo

Angola Prison Rodeo

If you find yourself at a loose end in Louisiana come April, it may sound strange but you could do worse than go to prison. ...
North America United States Louisiana Angola, LA Rodeos Bizarre Festivals April
Australia Day Cockroach Races

Australia Day Cockroach Races

Aussies are mad punters. Add beer and a little sunshine to any situation and they'll come up with something to bet on. Australia Day at ...
Pacific Australia Brisbane Bizarre Festivals January
Baby Cry Sumo Competition

Baby Cry Sumo Competition

During Baby-cry Sumo — or Konaki Sumo in the local tongue — sumo wrestlers face off armed with cutely-dressed infants in a contest to see ...
Asia Japan Tokyo Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals April
Baby Jumping Festival (El Colacho)

Baby Jumping Festival (El Colacho)

Ever harboured a secret desire to jump a baby? Then fear not, for you are not alone. In the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia ...
Europe Spain Burgos Bizarre Festivals Religious Events June
Balls of Fire

Balls of Fire

Great balls of fire! Every August 31st in the El Salvador city of Nejapa, youths with painted faces take to the street to hurl fireballs ...
Central America El Salvador Nejapa Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals August
Batalla Naval de Vallecas

Batalla Naval de Vallecas

Round up your friends, an eye-patch, a peg-leg and a parrott and head to Madrid's Vallecas district come July for the Batalla Naval de Vallecas ...
Europe Spain Madrid Bizarre Festivals July
Burning Man

Burning Man

From where there was nothing, Burning Man emerges in a sandstorm of futuristic surrealism for eight days each August. Burning Man's not a festival, that's ...
North America United States Nevada Black Rock City, NV Art Festivals Bizarre Festivals August
Calcio Storico

Calcio Storico

Steeped in almost 500 years of tradition and described loosely as a mix between football and rugby — with a good dose of bare-knuckle boxing ...
Europe Italy Florence Sporting Events Bizarre Festivals June
Camel Cup

Camel Cup

As Aussie as eating a meat pie on a rainy day at the footy, the annual Camel Cup is a true slice of Australiana. Come ...
Pacific Australia Alice Springs Bizarre Festivals July
Chios Rocket War

Chios Rocket War

Churches have always been considered to be safe havens — a place where you could escape the madness outside. But come Easter in Vrontados on ...
Europe Greece Vrontados, Chios Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals April
Combine Demolition Derby

Combine Demolition Derby

The small Washington wheat farming community of Lind does something silly over a weekend each June. Rather than consigning their ageing combines to the scrapheap, ...
North America United States Washington Lind, WA Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals June
Compass Cup Cow Races

Compass Cup Cow Races

Come January, you'd be a flamin' gallah if ya didn't pack the esky in the back of the ute and head for Mount Compass (about ...
Pacific Australia Mount Compass Community Festivals Bizarre Festivals January
Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll

Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll

Cheese rolling's origins are hazy to say the least. A common presumption is that the masochistic frolic began as a pagan festival hundreds of years ...
Europe England Coopers Hill Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals May
Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Combine a population of just over a hundred thousand with year round temperatures that top 30 degrees Celsius and the unquestionable Australian zeal for a ...
Pacific Australia Darwin Bizarre Festivals July
Festival of Near Death Experiences

Festival of Near Death Experiences

Survived a near death experience in the past 12 months? Congratulations, you've earned the right to participate in one of Spain's more bizarre religious pilgrimages; ...
Europe Spain Las Nieves Religious Events Bizarre Festivals July
Football in the River Championships

Football in the River Championships

The Windrush River is the water in the English village of Bourton-on-the-Water and for one day a year, it's also the venue for one of ...
Europe England Bourton-on-the-Water Bizarre Festivals Sporting Events August
Hemingway Days

Hemingway Days

Fifty Ernest Hemingways walk into a bar...This ain't no bad joke, rather a lookalike contest at the annual Hemingway Days Festival in Sloppy Joe's Bar ...
North America United States Florida Key West, FL Fan Festivals Bizarre Festivals July
Hounen Matsuri

Hounen Matsuri

You can never find a giant 12 foot phallus when you need one but then when you don't... Join the fun at the Tagata Shrine ...
Asia Japan Komaki Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals Adults Only Festivals March
How Weird Street Faire

How Weird Street Faire

Come join thousands of aficionados of the offbeat at the annual How Weird Street Faire — a play on the name Howard Street apparently, where ...
North America United States California San Francisco, CA Electronic Dance Music Festivals Bizarre Festivals April
La Tomatina

La Tomatina

On the last Wednesday of August each year thousands of revellers converge on the small Spanish town of Buñol to pick a fight. What began ...
Europe Spain Valencia Bizarre Festivals August
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Toss Tinder to the curb, get your lonely heart to Lisdoonvarna this September and prepare to come ...
Europe Ireland Lisdoonvarna Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals September
Louisiana Mudfest (Trucks Gone Wild)

Louisiana Mudfest (Trucks Gone Wild)

Your idea of a fab weekend gittin' down and dirty to the smell of exhaust fumes and the twang of a country and western guitar? ...
North America United States Louisiana Colfax, LA Bizarre Festivals September
Maldon Mud Race

Maldon Mud Race

Since 2001 the folk of Maldon in Essex have kept a dirty little secret. Come April each year they dress to the nines, gather in ...
Europe England Maldon Bizarre Festivals Charity Events April
Mammoth Mountain Pond Skim

Mammoth Mountain Pond Skim

Join the brave and the stupid and the bravely stupid at the annual Mammoth Mountain Pond Skim. Costume clad competitors — from sumos to mariachis ...
North America United States California Mammoth Mountain, CA Winter Sports Events Skiing and Snowboarding Events Bizarre Festivals April
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival

On the too weird scale it's hard to top the story of Mike the Headless Chicken. The year, 1945, the bird in question, a five ...
North America United States Colorado Fruita, CO Bizarre Festivals May
Montana Testicle Festival

Montana Testicle Festival

High on the list of the world's crazier events is the Montana Testicle Festival held in Rock Creek Lodge just outside of Clinton, Montana every ...
North America United States Montana Missoula, MT Bizarre Festivals Food Festivals July
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

The iconic American hot dog fittingly takes centre stage each fourth of July at Nathan's Famous flagship restaurant in Coney Island, during Nathan's Famous Hot ...
North America United States New York New York City, NY Bizarre Festivals Food Festivals July
New York City SantaCon

New York City SantaCon

A slew of Santas takes to the streets of the Big Apple for a day each December for SantaCon. The reason? Well there is none, ...
North America United States New York New York City, NY Bizarre Festivals Christmas December
Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The southern Thai island of Phuket serves up a smorgasbord of strange during their world-renowned, annual Vegetarian Festival. The history of the event is a ...
Asia Thailand Phuket Religious Events Bizarre Festivals October
Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Fan of the zombie film genre? Want to take that adoration to a whole new level? Join the heaving throng of half-dead as they descend ...
North America United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, PA Bizarre Festivals October
Redhead Days Festival

Redhead Days Festival

Redheads rejoice! For a weekend each September the Dutch city of Breda celebrates the world of the crimson-topped at the annual Redhead Days Festival. More ...
Europe Netherlands Breda Bizarre Festivals Family Festivals September
San Fermin

San Fermin

The event draws party-goers from near and far and although Sanfermines entails so much more to the locals, it's the Encierro — the daily running ...
Europe Spain Pamplona Traditional Festivals Bizarre Festivals July
Santa Claus World Championships (ClauWau)

Santa Claus World Championships (ClauWau)

Join Santa Clauses from around the world as they battle out it out each November in the annual Santa Claus World Championships (ClauWau) in Switzerland's, ...
Europe Switzerland Davos Bizarre Festivals Christmas November
Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival

Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival

For camel wrestling aficionados there's only one place to be come January; an ancient stadium at Ephesus, near the town of Selcuk, (which is near ...
Europe Turkey Izmir Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals January
Singapore Vertical Marathon

Singapore Vertical Marathon

If you've got lungs the size of Luxembourg and fancy yourself on the ol' Nautilus down the local gym, then Singapore's Vertical Marathon may just ...
Asia Singapore Singapore City Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs Bizarre Festivals November
Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival

During Songkran, Thailand's celebration of the Buddhist new year, locals and tourists alike prepare to get wet. Pump action water pistols are the weapon of ...
Asia Thailand Bangkok Bizarre Festivals New Year Events April
Soo I-500

Soo I-500

There may not be 300,000 in attendance like at the slightly more high-profiled Indy 500 to the south, but Michagan's own Soo I-500 has all ...
North America United States Michigan Sault Ste. Marie, MI Motor Sports Events Bizarre Festivals February
Swamp Soccer World Cup

Swamp Soccer World Cup

In Blairmore, Scotland, teams like the "Sporting Abeergut", "Real Mudrid", "Mudchesthair United", and the "Blackbum Rovers" get down and dirty at the annual Swamp Soccer ...
Europe Scotland Dunoon Bizarre Festivals Sporting Events June
Tübingen Duck Race

Tübingen Duck Race

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ducks! Up to 7,000 ducks make a break for it each October in the annual Tubingen Duck Race. Not ducks ...
Europe Germany Tübingen Bizarre Festivals October
The Battle of the Wine

The Battle of the Wine

Like your wine? Fancy a food-fight? Why not mix your hobbies at Haro's infamous, la Batalla del Vino, where wine becomes the weapon of choice? ...
Europe Spain Haro Bizarre Festivals Wine Festivals June
Tinku Festival

Tinku Festival

Each May thousands of indigenous Bolivian indians descend on the isolated, mountainous city of Macha in the hope of picking a fight. The 600 year ...
South America Bolivia Macha Traditional Festivals Bizarre Festivals May
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

In New York City's Tompkins Square Park, in the lead up to Halloween proper, our four-legged friends get the opportunity to take to the canine ...
North America United States New York New York City, NY Halloween Bizarre Festivals October
Tough Mudder (Las Vegas)

Tough Mudder (Las Vegas)

Mudders or nutters? You decide! Take a peek under the hood of any one of the 50+ Tough Mudder courses worldwide and you'll discover they ...
North America United States Nevada Las Vegas, NV Bizarre Festivals Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs October
Tough Mudder (Pittsburgh)

Tough Mudder (Pittsburgh)

Mudders or nutters? You decide! Take a peek under the hood of any one of the 50+ Tough Mudder courses worldwide and you'll discover they ...
North America United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, PA Bizarre Festivals Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs August
Tunarama

Tunarama

Dare I say it? Something fishy takes place each January in South Australia as fish flingers from far and wide descend on the coastal town ...
Pacific Australia Port Lincoln Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals January
Twins Days

Twins Days

No, you're not seeing double! Each and every August in Twinsburg, Ohio, thousands of pairs of twins gather for the annual Twins Days Festival. The ...
North America United States Ohio Twinsburg, OH Bizarre Festivals Family Festivals August
Ullr Fest

Ullr Fest

Over four frigid days in January the Colorado resort town of Breckenridge gets a little kooky during their annual Ullr Fest. Ullr — it rhymes ...
North America United States Colorado Breckenridge, CO Winter Festivals Bizarre Festivals January
West Virginia Road Kill Cook Off and Autumn Harvest Festival

West Virginia Road Kill Cook Off and Autumn Harvest Festival

If you like your meat fresh and free-range but huntin' ain't your thing, why not check out the West Virginia Road Kill Cook Off and ...
North America United States West Virginia Marlinton, WV Bizarre Festivals Harvest Festivals September
Wife Carrying World Championships

Wife Carrying World Championships

Like so many of the world's more bizarre events, wife carrying has it's origins buried deep in the bosom of an age old local tradition ...
Europe Finland Sonkajärvi Bizarre Festivals July
World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

Black Pudding throwing has been around for...well, I'm not entirely sure to be honest. What I do know: Contestants assemble at at the Royal Oak ...
Europe England Ramsbottom Bizarre Festivals September
World Bodypainting Festival

World Bodypainting Festival

Acknowledged as having founded the modern bodypainting art movement, the annual World Bodypainting Festival has been stunning guests with human works of art since 1998. ...
Europe Austria Pörtschach am Wörthersee Bizarre Festivals Art Festivals Nude Festivals July
World Championship of Hen Racing

World Championship of Hen Racing

When you think of the fastest card-carrying members of the animal kingdom, the cheetah, the greyhound, the thoroughbred steed, even the ostrich may spring to ...
Europe England Bonsall Bizarre Festivals August
World Conker Championships

World Conker Championships

Bonkers for conkers? Why not try your hand at the World Conker Championships held at Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick. For the uninitiated, conkers is a ...
Europe England Peterborough Bizarre Festivals October
World Egg Throwing Championships

World Egg Throwing Championships

The Lincolnshire hamlet of Swaton is home to one of Britain's more eggcentric competitive gatherings; the annual World Egg Throwing Championships. Contestants scramble over distances ...
Europe England Swaton Bizarre Festivals Family Festivals June
World Naked Bike Ride (Chicago)

World Naked Bike Ride (Chicago)

You ready to take back the streets from those gas-guzzling, pollution-spouting, cars, motorbikes and trucks? Do you want to make a stand against consumerism, war ...
North America United States Illinois Chicago, IL Nude Festivals Bizarre Festivals Adults Only Festivals June
World Nettle Eating Championships

World Nettle Eating Championships

Those wacky Brits are at it again and this one's really hard to swallow. With nothing more than a little of the amber nectar for ...
Europe England Lyme Regis Bizarre Festivals June
World Testicle Cooking Championship

World Testicle Cooking Championship

Every summer in Serbia they turn nuts into nibbles at the annual World Testicle Cooking Championships. Cow, boar, lamb, stallion even kangaroo testicles get the ...
Europe Serbia Mutanj Bizarre Festivals Food Festivals August
World's Biggest Liar Competition

World's Biggest Liar Competition

If we're honest, we've all bent the truth at least once or twice. Just some of us do it with a little more panache than ...
Europe England Holmrook Bizarre Festivals November

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