UK festivals will let you test your drugs before tripping out this summer

BY: JESSICA BEUKER  Last July, the summer music festival, Secret Garden Party, became the first ever UK festival to offer its attendees a somewhat controversial service – drug testing. Festival goers were given the opportunity to take their drugs to a…

The True/False Film Fest shows us the world through documentaries, and it’s actually fun

BY: TIM O’NEAL It’s that time of year again, where film makers and watchers get together to celebrate the art form they love. No, not the Academy Awards. I’m talking about the 15th annual True/False Film Fest. True/False is an…

This interactive map is your guide to every single music festival in the world

BY: JESSICA BEUKER In the last decade, music festivals have grown significantly in popularity. What was once considered a pastime of the hippie culture – grown out of notable music festivals such as Woodstock –  has gone on to become…

For a weekend of summer festival shenanigans, you can now rent a custom Gypsy Caravan

BY: JESSICA BEUKER Greg’s Gypsy Bowtop Caravans is a Bristol-based company that specializes in selling and renting unique, car-towable caravans. Known as Bowtops, Gypsy Wagons, Whoopie Wagons and Romani Caravans, among a long list of other names, these beautiful structures…

These 12 otherworldly creations raised from the sand will transport your soul to Burning Man

BY: CAROLINE ROLF Tens of thousands of participants gather about 120 miles from Reno Nevada, in the Black Rock Dessert, to marvel at hundreds of extraordinary creations that have risen from the dust. This August marks the 30th anniversary of…

4 best friends started the hippest vintage motorcycle and surf festival in Europe

BY: TYLER FYFE Blatantly ignoring the speed limit on a serpentine stretch of blacktop is the most effective therapy I’ve ever found. It’s a familiar meditation for  The Southsiders— a group of 4 best friends who have been driving their custom Cafe…

The infamous Burning Man Festival might turn into a permanent city

BY: ZOE MELNYK The Burning Man – a festival that brings together all different walks of life for one week out of every year – is in the process of becoming its very own municipality. Right now, the festival takes…

Bestival is an island paradise of hippies, nudists and lucid dreams (Video)

BY: CONNOR BRIAN, TYLER FYFE, ROB HOFFMAN AND MELISSA GONZALEZ If Salvador Dali and Dr. Seuss had a child born out of wedlock, it would have been conceived at Bestival. On the Toronto Islands, a nature sanctuary and nude beach…

This Japanese festival is entirely centred on a giant iron dick

BY: DANIEL KORN A lot of Western folks find the sexual predilections of Japan a bit odd. Tentacles, maid cafes, a tendency towards animated women who look like sexualized children, and the ever-mythologized (and apparently true) used-panty machine paint a…