Last Updated on November 28, 2022 by Jella Erhard
12 Unique Festivals Every Geek Should Put On Their Bucket List
There are many amazing festivals waiting for the geek travelers! We want to show you the best festivals for geeks who would like to have some epic fun! These festivals are not just geeky but colorful, crazy, and unique. But one thing is common in all of them. They all happen for the reasons of all nerds, geeks, misfits, & weirdos can have their memories of a lifetime!
No matter which one you’ll visit or where you’re from you will feel the overwhelming love, energy, creativity, sense of community, and geekiness all around.
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Which one is the geekiest of them all? That’s a question only you can answer. One thing is for sure, this geeky weirdo wants to visit them one by one! Why? Because these festivals are perfect to cross off some of the biggest geek travel destinations from your bucket list!
Let’s take a look at the best festivals for the geeky, weird, and curious minds. Shall we?
1| Steampunk World’s Fair
Steampunk World’s Fair is the biggest SteamPunk Festival on our little planet. Here you can dress up as your favorite character and enjoy the company of many likeminded steampunkers. Many costumes are extremely detailed and high quality so you’ll really going to feel as if you stepped into another world.
Even their website is a treat so make sure to check it out! You can find info about everything steampunk related; what to do, where to shop, and recommendations on films, books, and other entertainment options. SWF is held in the US.
If you’re looking for a unique present you can also check out our guide to the best steampunk gifts for cosplayers and fans. We collected some amazing pieces.
Holi is undoubtedly the most colorful celebration not just in India but in the world. India’s first major Hindu festival of the year brings a lot of joy and colors to everyone participating. If in the country on that day, wherever you are, won’t get away from being thrown, poured or rubbed some paint all over you!
3| Endless Night Vampire Ball
Endless Night Vampire Ball? Where can I sign up? This ball is described by many as a vampire-themed masquerade ball with the elements of Venetian Masquerade Ball and the energy of a rock concert. And it’s held in New Orleans which gives another proof that his ball will be an unforgettable experience in your life. Sounds just like what your geeky heart desires? You can buy your ticket online!
4| Boryeong Mud Festival
South Korea’s Boryeong Mud Festival is the most fun festival and it is one of the best festivals for geeks as well! You can visit with friends and family as well. This one is a bit less traditional than fun. A “by-product” of the cosmetics industry, the first one was held in 1998.
South Koreans are proud of the high quality, mineral-rich mud on the Daecheaon Beach and more than happy to share with everyone. Almost 300000 tourists visit every year so get ready for the crowd.
5| Whitby Goth Weekend
WGW is another great festival where you can let your darker side shine. It’s not only a great alternative music festival and a fantastic opportunity for some goth style cosplaying but you can also visit the over 100 stalls at the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market to find some bizarre and amazing stuff to take home more than just your memories. WGW is held in England.
6| San Diego Comic-Con
The famous San Diego Comic-Con, every geek’s and nerd’s dream. It’s more of a Convention than a festival but the main thing is that you can have fun, cosplay, connect with like-minded people and experience something unique.
Although, to actually attend may require more planning than you would need to other festivals. If you want to obtain a Comic-Con badge you should read all sections related to attending Comic-Con so that you don’t miss any important deadlines. Good luck & have fun!
7| Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival has it all! It’s beautiful by day & magical at night. It has art, architecture, ice & snow. Definitely one of the best festivals for geeks! You will find this amazing festival in China and it’s the biggest exhibition of ice and snow sculptures.
Come and see the jaw-dropping ice giants! The grand opening includes fireworks and all the fun a festival offers. You’re also going to find three theme parks to ensure multi-day fun.
8| Anime Expo
The Anime Expo is all anime lovers’ heaven! It’s a great way to personally meet with some of the biggest names in the community, take some photos and have a little chat. But there will be hundreds of other entertaining events for you to have some fun! Ranging from panels, live performances and even fashion shows you’ll find something you love!
Don’t be afraid to let your inner anime animal shine, all attendees are hardcore anime fans as well! Anime Expo is Held in the US.
9| Yokote Kamakura Festival
Yokote Kamakura Festival is a snowy childhood dream come true. A nice Akita tradition of 400 years is on display during these two days. Tiny (for candles only) and larger (with a capacity of up to six people) igloos are built which create a lovely view and atmosphere all around the city.
It is rather a relaxing festival than one with loud music, dancing, and the crowd. The festival is held in Japan.
10| Abbey Medieval Festival
Abbey Medieval Festival is every time travel fans’ dream come true! Because who doesn’t dream about time travel once in a while. I know I do. Abbey Medieval Festival will take you back in time, only with functioning toilet and paper.
It cannot really get any better than this. Lords & Ladies, cannon shots, sword fights, fortune tellers and dancers, harp players and other medieval musicians, and you can even enjoy some fire play at night. Abbey Medieval Festival held in Australia.
11| Kuwana winter lights festival
Kuwana Winter Lights Festival is another beautiful winter festival in Japan. They sure know how to make the winter blues go away. An incredible “lightscape” replaces the beauty of the Nabana No Sato botanic theme park’s flowers for about four months each year.
Millions of lights surely will take your breath away during your wander through the garden.
12. Fantasy Fest
Fantasy Fest is here for the kinky & the cheeky geeks! This time, it’s probably the best if you leave the kids at home because the costumes can get more than cheeky sometimes they’re only just a little body paint or even absent. However, the fun is real and free from any judgment for sure!
Are you a shy one but still want to attend? No need to worry! You can wear as much clothing as you like, just make sure it’s fun, quirky, and as colorful as possible! Fantasy Fest is held in the US.
In case you’re worried about language difficulties you can check out our post on the free & fun language resources online.
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Thank you for reading!