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CALENDAR ITALY


Through October 31 Expo Milano 2015


Milan Expo Milano 2015 started in May, and is hosting more than 130 participants from all over the world. The theme for this year’s expo is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”


June–August Roma Incontra il Mondo


Villa Ada Park, Rome www.villaada.org A musical festival featuring rock, hip- hop, contemporary music and more.


June 14–21 Taormina Film Festival


Taormina www.taorminafilmfest.net Visitors enjoy film screenings and an awards ceremony during this film festival, located in a 2,000- year-old Greek theatre.


June 18–September 6 Festa del Cinema Isola Tiberina


Tiber Island, Rome www.isoladelcinema.com This film festival takes place on the banks of the only island in the Tiber River.


June 21–Sep. 20 Ravello Music Festival


Ravello www.ravelloarts.org/festival A festival that takes place throughout all of Ravello, featuring ballet performanc- es, concerts covering a wide variety of music, film screenings, and exhibitions.


June 26–29 Aria di Festa


San Daniele del Friuli www.ariadifriuliveneziagiulia.it This summer festival features tastings, music and performances to celebrate the prosciutto and wines of the area.


June 26–July 12 Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi


Spoleto www.festivaldispoleto.com This is a summer music and opera festival that features concerts, dance, drama, visual arts and science discussions.


July 1–31 Festa de l’Unita Various locations


throughout Italy www.festaunita.net A political festival that incorporates live music, street markets and games.


July 2 & Aug. 16 Palio


Siena www.thepalio.com An annual bareback horse race that takes place in the Piazza del Campo.


July 24–Aug. 30 Festival Puccini


Torre del Lago Puccini www.puccinifestival.it A celebration of all things Puccini, with four operas featured this year: Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and La Rondine.


August 10–22 Rossini Opera Festival


Pesaro www.rossinioperafestival.it A festival held in the birthplace of Gioachino Rossini to celebrate his life and works.


August 20–30 Ferrara Buskers Festival


Ferrara www.ferrarabuskers.com Street musicians from all over the world show off their skills at this festival, taking place on the streets of Ferrara.


HAWAII


June 13 99th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade


Honolulu www.hawaii.gov/dags/kamehameha A parade honoring King Kamehameha, the ruler who united the Hawaiian Islands.


July 19 45th Annual Ukulele Festival


Honolulu www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org A celebration of the ukulele. Displays, lessons and ukulele giveaways provide fun for the whole family.


July 25 2015 Dragon Boat Festival


Honolulu www.dragonboathawaii.com A festival that features a competition for novice, amateur and professional dragon boat teams from around the world.


August 29 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Waikoloa, Big Island www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com A seven-day food and wine festival featuring wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, exclusive dining opportunities and internationally renowned master chefs.


GREECE


June–September Athens Festival


Athens www.greekfestival.gr This is a very popular, season-long cultural festival centered in Athens. The festival consists of a mixture between modern and ancient traditions, music, theater, dancing, food and more.


June–September Theatro Petras Festival


Petroupoli, Athens From June–September, an old rock quarry in Petroupoli, Athens is transformed into a venue that hosts theater and music performances by entertainers and artists.


August August Moon Festival


Athens Performances of Greek dance, music and opera take place in several ancient sites, including the Acropolis, Roman Agora, and Odeon of Herodes Atticus under the bright light of the August full moon.


Closest Saturday To July 16 Festival of the Virgin of the Sea


Puntarenas www.costarica.com/culture/holidays-festivals This day of festivities celebrates the patron saint of the city. There are several fun things to do and watch, including a regatta, boat parade, main street processions, concerts, traditional dance and music, and more.


July 25 Annexation of Guanacaste Day


Nationwide Event www.costarica.com/culture/holidays-festivals This national holiday celebrates the annexation of the province of Guanacaste to Costa Rica in 1824. It is a public holiday where all government and commercial centers are closed. The celebration consists of parades, dances, music, cattle shows and more.


COSTA RICA


August 2 Feast of the Virgin of Los Angeles


Cartago www.costarica.com/culture/holidays-festivals This feast day celebrates the annual pilgrimage day of the patron saint of Costa Rica. Many come from all over the country to walk to the basilica in Cartago.


August 30 San Ramon Day Parades


San Ramon www.costarica.com/culture/holidays-festivals San Ramon Day celebrates the feast day of San Ramon’s patron saint, Alajuela, with dancing and music as numerous patron saint statues arrive in the city from nearby towns.


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