Musement takes a look at 12 celebrations taking place across the globe this June.
From honoring father figures to celebrating equality to biking in one’s birthday suit, Musement takes a look at 11 incredible events around the world in June.
1. Pride Month
June is LGBT Pride month and festivities are held in cities around the world. June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the event that June as Pride month commemorates, and New York will be hosting a month-long Pride celebration, slated to be the biggest in the world.
2. Nemi Strawberry Festival, June 2
Nemi, a sprawling lakeside town in the Castelli Romani region south of Rome, is famous for its strawberries and locals celebrate this juicy refreshing emblem of summer the first Sunday of June. Visit the town, and you can try the strawberries many ways: in their purest form, as a granita, in pastries and more.
3. Global Running Day June 5
Whether you’re a marathon veteran or a novice, join your fellow citizens of the world by hitting the pavement on Global Running Day! If you’re looking to pick up this habit, what better day to get started? Pledge your miles, lace up and hit the pavement to run on your own time or participate in group race!
4. Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria, June 6-9
This dance music festival takes place in the idyllic Rhodope Mountains, a five-hour drive from Sofia. There are also offers wonderful options on the literature and wellness fronts. Plovdiv is the closest airport so this could be a great time to admire one of the 2019 European Capitals of Culture.
5. The 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6
Arguably the greatest battle of all time, the Normandy invasions changed the course of history. In honor of D-Day’s 75th anniversary, a series of celebrations are in order that includes speeches by world leaders.
6. World Naked Bike Ride, London June 8
Cities around the world celebrate this clothing-optional bike ride that unites participants to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world”. The route for the June London edition has various starting points that include Hyde Park and Tower Hill.
7. Father’s Day, June 16
Wherever you are, don’t forget to let the father figure(s) in your life know that you love him (them).
8. Summer Solstice, Northern Hemisphere, June 21
The longest day of the year for Northern Hemisphere dwellers! There are plenty of ways to celebrate from La Fête de la Musique in France to a baseball game for which the first pitch is thrown at 10pm in Fairbanks, Alaska or watching the sun descend behind the pyramids of Giza.
9. Saint John the Baptist Festival, Porto, 23 June
This all-night festival begins in the afternoon of June 23 and goes into the early morning of June 24. From concerts to entertainment to jumping over flames to a grand fireworks spectacle, the raucous Festa de São João in Porto is one of Portugal’s best unkept secrets.
10. Inti Raymi, Peru, June 24
To mark the shortest of the year for those in the Southern Hemisphere, the Peruvians in Cusco reenact ancient Inca rituals in honor of Inti Raymi, or, The Festival of the Sun.
11. Glastonbury Music Festival, June 26 – 30
This five-day festival in Somerset is dedicated to contemporary performing arts, from music to theater to dance to cabaret to everything in between and grows bigger and better each year.
12. San Vino Wine Fight Festival, Haro, Spain, June 29
Rooted in a centuries-old (now settled) land dispute, La Batalla del Vino de Haro entails water-gun-armed locals and a handful of non-locals climbing a mountain to squirt each other with Rioja wine. The party then moves down to the town’s cobbled streets, resulting in a weekend of rollicking merrymaking. More info here.