What’s on in May and June
All’s fair in love and more as historical revelry awaits this summer.
Fukuoka Over 35,000 people promenade, clap shamoji spoons, and dance on stages as an entertaining parade of sumptuously adorned vehicles – hana jidosha – passes through Fukuoka. This is the biggest of the Japanese Golden Week festivals and dates back to a 13th-century custom.
Battle of the beanfeast
Denver Cinco de Mayo commemorates a Mexican military victory, and Denver proclaims their celebration as the US’s largest. In its 31st year, the community parade features low-rider and classic car shows, Chihuahua races, three live music stages, traditional folklorico dance, and a taco-eating contest.
Provins Those in medieval costume enjoy reduced entrance to the Provins Medieval Festival, France’s biggest re-enactment of 12th- and 13th-century Fairs of Champagne. The 35th edition features craftsmen, musicians, merchants, acrobats, and jesters who entertain visitors for 48 hours.
Düsseldorf The Biggest Funfair on the Rhine includes a parade of over 3,000 uniformed marksmen, marching bands, teams of horses and carriages as the city’s 700-year-old shooting club celebrates its saint. The 117th funfair offers rides, national and international stallholders, and spectacular fireworks.
Compiled by Simon Fry