Bizarre Festivals

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Bizarre Festivals

Whilst we pride ourselves on providing all manner of festivals and events from all four corners of the globe, it's the bizarre side of things that really floats our boat here at 2Camels.

I mean why rock up to your stock-standard, run-of-the-mill yachting regatta when you can party all day and all night at a beer can regatta? Why attend a mere food festival when you can attend a food-fight festival. And why attend a boring old horse race when you can watch cockroaches, frozen dead guys, plastic ducks, outhouses, bathtubs, kinetic sculptures, camels, cows or caravans take to the track?

2Camels features literally hundreds of bizarre festivals and events from Baby Jumping in Spain to Camel Wrestling in Turkey to Air Guitar in Finland to Bog Snorkelling in Wales.

I could go on...

So pop on your colourful pants, your spinning bow tie and dig out your best beer hat, get comfy, click on a listing below and prepare to enter a world of weird.

Our Featured Bizarre Festivals

Angola Prison Rodeo

Angola Prison Rodeo

St. Francisville, LA | USA | April

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....

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Batalla Naval de Vallecas

Batalla Naval de Vallecas

Madrid | Spain | July

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...

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Burning Man

Burning Man

Black Rock City, NV | USA | August

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...

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Calcio Storico

Calcio Storico

Florence | Italy | June

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...

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Camel Cup

Camel Cup

Alice Springs | Australia | July

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 the...

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Cannabis Cup

Cannabis Cup

Amsterdam | Netherlands | November

For those amongst us partial to a little toot of the green, Amsterdam has long been a sort of Continental garden of Eden. With her...

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Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling

Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling

Coopers Hill | England | May

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...

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Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Darwin, NT | Australia | July

Combine a population of just over a hundred grand with year round temperatures that top 30 degrees Celsius and the unquestionable Australian zeal for a...

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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Oaxaca | Mexico | November

On the night of November 1, Mexico's cemeteries come alive with prayers and song, as, in the glow of flickering candlelight, relatives make offerings of...

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney, PA | USA | February

Groundhog Day has been celebrated each and every February 2nd since 1886 when the one, the only Punxsutawney Phil leaves the snug sanctuary of his...

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Hounen Matsuri

Hounen Matsuri

Komaki | Japan | March

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...

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How Weird Street Faire

How Weird Street Faire

San Francisco, CA | USA | April

Come join thousands of aficionados of the offbeat at the annual How Weird Street Faire — a play on the name Howard Street apparently, where...

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La Batalla Del Vino (The Wine Fight)

La Batalla Del Vino (The Wine Fight)

Haro | Spain | June

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?...

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La Tomatina

La Tomatina

Bunol | Spain | August

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...

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Land Diving

Land Diving

Pentecost Island | Vanuatu | April

Pentecost Island in the French speaking, Pacific islands of Vanuatu is home to one of the world's most bizarre and dangerous rituals. In what can...

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Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Lisdoonvarna | Ireland | September

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...

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Mammoth Mountain Pond Skim

Mammoth Mountain Pond Skim

Mammoth, CA | USA | April

Join the brave and the stupid and the bravely stupid at the annual Mammoth Mountain Pond Skim. Costume clad competitors — from sumos to mariachis...

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Montana Testicle Festival

Montana Testicle Festival

Clinton, MT | USA | July

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...

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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

New York, NY | USA | July

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...

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket | Thailand | October

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...

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Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Monroeville, PA | USA | October

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...

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Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar | India | November

For five days each year the sleepy, lakeside settlement of Pushkar comes to life in a sea of colour, cattle and camels during the world-renowned,...

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Running of the Nudes

Running of the Nudes

Pamplona | Spain | July

In July 2002 in a daring and valiant attempt to promote an alternative to the animal cruelty associated with the Running of the Bulls, 25...

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Santa Claus World Championships (ClauWau)

Santa Claus World Championships (ClauWau)

Samnaun | Switzerland | November

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,...

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Shrovetide Football

Shrovetide Football

Ashbourne | England | February

Imagine an NFL football game. Now, round out that ball, lose the shoulder pads, and add a few hundred or even a thousand players to...

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Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival

All Areas | Thailand | April

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...

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Splashdiving World Championships

Splashdiving World Championships

Sindelfingens | Germany | July

We've all seen a 16-year-old, 4-foot-11-inches, 85-pound Olympic diver execute a flawless 2 1/2 somersaulting dive with 1 1/2 twists (degree of difficulty 3.4, for...

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Swamp Soccer World Cup

Swamp Soccer World Cup

Dunoon | Scotland | June

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...

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Wife Carrying World Championships

Wife Carrying World Championships

Sonkajarvi | Finland | July

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...

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World Bodypainting Festival

World Bodypainting Festival

Seeboden | Austria | July

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....

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World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago

World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago

Chicago, IL | USA | June

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...

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World Pizza Championships

World Pizza Championships

Parma | Italy | April

Part Italian snack, part theatre! Think boy band dance moves mixed with gymnastics floor routines and to that add a generous dose of fun and...

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