12. London Notting Hill Carnival – August 28-29
Pack your glitziest carnival kit, your whistle, tail feathers, and – if you can fit it in — your steel drum and biggest baddest sound system. Booming Jamaican sound systems, Caribbean steel bands, and a bevy of beauties shimmy and samba their way through the streets of North Kensington.
All floats and troupes have to register well ahead, so as in any festival of this kind casual spectators are not allowed to just join in the parade. The good news, though, is that dancers frequently break ranks and encourage audience participation. There’s also a slew of parties along the procession route to attend.
13. North Lake Tahoe Wanderlust – July 28-31
Yoga classes with the nation’s top instructors, meditation, lectures, music, nature walks and hikes, dancing, art, food and wine dinners, and special events for children — this is the ultimate in new age and wellness festivals.
Everyone who attends is encouraged to participate in the various events, yoga classes, and meditation groups. Also, all attendees are being asked to participate in the event’s waste reduction and sustainable food and beverage programs. Wanderlust will train at least fifty volunteers to be part of an on-site “Green Team.”