Last week, I listed a few good Northern California music festivals for you to check out this summer! I’m sticking with that theme today, but expanding our horizons and focusing on SUMMER! Here are the best Beach Festivals around the world – if you’re headed to one of these regions for vacation, try to pair your trip with an awesome music festival.
Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival
From July 26-28, you can watch artists build massive sand sculptures on America’s first public beach in Revere, MA. There will be food trucks, vendors, and other amusements, plus a huge fireworks display! More info.
This one takes you across the pond to Newquay, Cornwall, UK from August 7-11. It’s called one of the most popular beach festivals in the world because it combines professional surfing and skateboarding with music! Florence and the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, and Franz Ferdinand are among the musicians performing. Check it out!
The Washington State International Kite Festival
Scurry on up to Long Beach, WA from August 19-25 for the kite festival, which fills the summer sky with kites! This is a super unique spectacle, and, honestly, when else would you go to the beach in Washington? More info.
Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival
Squeeze in one tropical vacation before the kids have to go back to school! (Well, not if your kids are in the Acalanes School District, as this year school starts on August 13th so that finals can happen before Christmas break). From August 29-31, one of the largest Caribbean beach music festivals takes place and offers all sorts of genres to its attendees. Catch The Black Eyed Peas, Earth Wind & Fire, Mariah Carey, or Maroon 5 here. Seriously!
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
As if you need an excuse to go to Honolulu, there’s a full weekend (October 5-7) of wine tasting, local cuisine, and beach-bumming available to you. It’s a culinary festival, and proceeds benefit Hawaiian non-profits. See here.
The Airlie Beach Festival of Music
Okay, this is asking a lot. Flying to Airlie Beach in Australia is quite a trip, but if you happen to be there November 8-10, you’ll take part in a huge music experience at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, right when our friends down under start their beautiful summer! If you haven’t been to Australia, this is a good excuse. Check out more details here.
For next year, you or your college kids may want to consider Barcelona Beach Festival (BFF). My son Jackson went to this when he was studying in San Sebastian and it sounds like they never went to bed, just party’d on the beach all night. BFF is a huge electronic music festival, featuring some of the mainstream’s biggest stars. As the name suggests, BBF takes place on the sands of the world-famous coastal city, transforming the Platja del Fòrum into one of Europe’s wildest party spots for over 12 hours. Mid July is the time frame. Here is the link to join the waiting list for 2020 date and line up