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Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in July

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Argentina and Iran face off at Estadio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, during the 2014 World Cup. (Photograph by Ronald Martinez, Getty Images)

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in July:

  • It’s not too late to join in on the madness at the 2014 FIFA World Cup (June 12-July 13) in cities across Brazil. The semi finals, which kick off on July 4th, lead up to a final showdown on July 13th, when one team will be crowned the world champion. Which nation will take home the cup? Be there to find out!
  • See Lake Geneva lit up in a blaze of color and lights–and set to music–at the culmination of one of Switzerland’s biggest events of the summer: the Fêtes de Genève (July 17-August 10). The month-long celebration includes free nightly concerts, carnival rides, hundreds of food stalls representing a “world tour of flavors,” and unique arts and crafts visitors can take home as souvenirs. 
  • Don your red, white, and blue to celebrate America’s birthday in the city most closely associated with its independence–Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the Fourth of July Jam, live music, an all-day parade, and an explosive fireworks display turn this historic landmark into a giant party that’s perfect for the whole family. 
  • Did someone say revolution–and red, white, and blue? Commemorate the start of the French Revolution on Bastille Day (July 14) in Paris, France. A military parade on the Champs-Elyseés, free entry to the Louvre, balls at local fire stations, and stunning pyrotechnics make Paris the place to be on this spirited national holiday. 
  • Turn your eyes to the skies during the annual Bali Kite Festival (July 18-20) in Sanur, Bali. The friendly competition between local villages features thousands of handmade kites battling it out in a number of categories. When not looking up in amazement, attendees can indulge in local music, food, and drink.
  • Get your groove on at one of Australia’s most beloved music festivals, Splendour in the Grass (July 25-27). Art installations, crafting workshops, and a children’s festival–not to mention a standout lineup that includes Outkast, Lily Allen, and Kelis–make this Gold Coast extravaganza the can’t-miss occasion of the season.
  • Travel to paradise to celebrate traditional Polynesian culture at Heiva | Tahiti (July 3-19). This hip-shaking festival provides a spectacular showcase for Tahitian dancing–once forbidden to suppress local culture–as well as sports and games with ancient roots, such as stone lifting, javelin throwing, and fruit carrying.  
  • New England’s most famous crustacean will be front and center at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival (July 30-August 2) in the coastal city of Rockland. Live music, a big parade, lobster crate races, and a cooking contest round out this five-day feast, which serves up more than ten tons of lobster each year. 
  • Get ready for some good, clean fun–or not so much–at the Boryeong Mud Festival (July 18-27) in Boryeong, South Korea. Join two million festival goers on Daecheon beach to frolic in the local mineral-rich mud accompanied by an eclectic live soundtrack. Ski, slide, or wrestle–but make sure to get your dirt on in some way, or you’ll be sent to “mud prison.”
  • Carthage has been a crossroads of culture since ancient times. Learn more about modern-day Tunisia through the lens of performance at the Carthage International Festival (July 10-August 16). You won’t want to miss musicians, dancers, and thespians from Africa’s northernmost country–along with artists from around the world–as they take to the stage of a restored Roman amphitheater for weeks of live shows.

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