5 Global Events to Look Forward to in 2013

There are plenty of amazing events to look forward to in 2013, and both yearly events and one time celebrations will be had in the new year. It’s always great to be able to enjoy an event on a global scale because it brings the entire world together rather than just a subset of the world population. If you are looking for a huge event to enjoy this year, then you should look into the details of these big five global events.

1 – 2013 UEFA Champions League Final

One of the biggest sporting events of this year will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England on May 25th. The Champions League Final is a ridiculously large event every year, and it is likely that this year will be the biggest event ever for the most important football club tournament final of the year.

2 – The Debut of Wearable Technology

It seems that 2013 is going to be the year of wearable technology, and there will be plenty of events to look forward to when it comes to computers that you will be able to wear on your wrist or on your face. Google’s Glass project seems to be getting closer to an actual release date, and the date that those glasses are released will surely be a worldwide event for everyone to enjoy. One release date in the world of wearable tech that has been set is the date when Pebble will be available for purchase. Pebble is a Bluetooth companion for smartphones that allows people to control various aspects of their Internet connected lives from a wristwatch. This piece of wearable tech goes on sale on January 23rd.

3 – Glastonbury Festival

The biggest music festival of the year will likely be Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom. This festival routinely achieves an attendance rate that almost hits 200,000 people per day, making it by far the biggest festival in the world. This year’s festival will be held from June 26 to June 30, and it will feature such widely known acts as Beyonce and Coldplay.

4 – The Cadillac Super Cruise Release

Autonomous cars are now here. Cadillac is releasing the Super Cruise this year, which will be one of the first cars to include a semi-autonomous driving system. You will actually be able to let the car take over the responsibility of moving around when you are in heavy traffic, which is something that many people did not expect to see for a few more years. This will be one of the first true tests for autonomous cars on the road.

5 – 2013 Confederations Cup

You cannot talk about the biggest events of a calendar year without mentioning an international soccer tournament.The biggest soccer tournament of 2013 will be the Confederations Cup, which will be held in Brazil. This tournament will run from June 15 to June 30, and it will give the world a small preview of what to expect from next year’s World Cup.

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Best International Festivals in 2013

With so many amazing and eccentric festivals being held all year round across the globe, you’d be mad not to include at least one in your travel itinerary if you’re planning a trip overseas in 2013.

Given the sheer volume of incredible events happening globally in 2013, it can become near impossible to choose which ones you want to be a part of. But worry not, we’ve put together a list of the best and most outstanding festivals to check out and immerse yourself in.

La Tomatina – Spain

Every summer in Spain, tourists and travellers from all over the globe swamp the town of Bunol in Valencia to take part in this curious event. Thousands of participants flood the streets for the world’s biggest tomato fight. Trucks haul loads of tomatoes in and punters pelt each other with them for anywhere between 1 – 2 hours. It’s messy, it smells, but what an amazing way to spend an afternoon. La Tomatina occurs on the last Wednesday of August each year.

La Tomatina - courtesy of lysurgis23 on flickr

Carnival – Brazil

Every year, Rio de Janeiro lights up with quite possibly the largest culmination of sparkles, feathers and lycra on the planet. There’s dancing, parades, music, parties, and the most elaborate costumes and parade floats in existence. All across the city, events are held in celebration of Carnival, including balls, dance workshops, performances, street parties, and much more. The next Carnival will begin on February 8th 2013 and the partying continues until February 12th.

Glastonbury – UK

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is one of the biggest and most well known music festivals on the planet. Each year, punters travel to Glastonbury to see some of the most renowned and influential bands and musicians perform live over four huge days. If you love live music, it’s not to be missed. This year the festival falls on the 26th – 30th of June. Keep a close eye out for the next ticket release in April.

Burning Man – USA

This is an event which almost defies description. Picture a flat, arid, dusty patch of desert, miles from nowhere. Now picture a temporary city of ten thousand, erected in this space with the sole purpose of partying, dancing, performing, and becoming part of an amazing temporary community. The desert fills with interesting characters, awe-inspiring sculptures, dazzling lights and eclectic music. There are no cars allowed, and there is nowhere to buy food and drinks – the event works on a system of sharing. Bring your most outrageous outfits! The next burning man will be held August 26th – Sept 2nd.

San Fermin – Spain

Of course you’ve heard of the running of the bulls, well San Fermin is the week long festival in spain that gave wind to this well known tradition. Punters travel to Pamplona to run through the streets avoiding the pointed horns of a group of not-so-friendly bulls while spectators look on in awe. During the San Fermin festival, there is a bull running event each day at 8am from July 7th to July 14th. The festival also hosts pyrotechnic displays, street parties, and other unique events.

These are just a handful of the amazing events on offer in 2013, but they are certainly the most unique and our top picks for prospective punters. Whether you’re off on holiday, looking for artistic inspiration, seeking thrills or maybe even looking for the best examples of large-scale events for an event planning company, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. Whatever direction you choose to take, there’s no doubt than any one of these will create memories you’ll never let go of.