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January 06, 2006

Last night’s party

Whistling The Outhouses of America Tour. (From Outhouses of America Official page)

Lots of new events at the large European Street Painting site

100 Photographs from Burning Man 2005 by Scott London

Photographs from Las Fallas, Valencia’s answer to Burning Man

How come my parties never ends like Last night’s party? Some nakedness

Third World Pasta Congress October 23-25, 2005. Damn, missed it…

Los Angeles International Tamale Festival. Missed that too…

Welcome to The International Whistlers Convention, held annually the third or fourth week of April in the historic town of Louisburg, North Carolina, USA, the world's whistling capital.

Some famous whistlers: Whistling Tom, Steve "The Whistler" Herbst, Linda Parker Hamilton, The Northern Nightingale

Maverick Whistler -Rigveda Deshpandey is 19 yr old & lives with his folks in Pune,India. He started whistling at the age of 6 and loves whistling on songs/tunes

I should be back from my vacation any day now. If not, please call the cops. This item had been pre-posted for your enjoyment. Many More Unusual Festivals From Around The World Here

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September 13, 2005

I didn’t make it to Burningman last week, again -

Burningman_1 and for no good reason either. But I WILL take the time next year… Maybe gather a troupe of Grow-a-brain readers and party for a week?...

Half-buried Head and Rows of shoes. Among the many Photos by Rand - Burningman 2005

Mirzu's bamboo fish car, by photographer Mr. Fang

A silhouette by Ryan Hayes

Faces of Burning Man from The San Francisco Gate coverage

Photo Galleries from PBase, on flickr, on Smugmug, from Patrick Roddie, from Blue Dream.

Burningman was much better last year, again

Zipcode Man Guinness World Record holder for most consecutive zip codes identified at random, participant

A Brief Guide for First Timers, from The Civilized Explorer/ 2004

Directions to Gerlach, NV

Google Maps Slideshow of Black Rock City

Five things I’ll be doing while you’re at Burning Man

Image Evant photos from 2002, 2003, 2004. (From Wikipedia Burningman page)

The alternative Burning Shithead Festival

Burningman in 3D - Nine years of stereoscopic photographs (“Unfortunately my main camera was stolen at the beginning of the 2005 event, so I didn't get all the shots I wanted”)

And of course, How to Get Laid at Burning Man

Other parties: No swimswim witem ol crocodile

PRD3 - The third annual Paul Reubens’ Day, July 23rd, 2005 in San Francisco

Also there, San Francisco Gay pride Parade 2005

Many More Unusual Festivals From Around The World Here

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July 02, 2005

Lemon Carnival

Lemon_festival_2 The 4th Annual Street Furniture Competition at Churchill Square in Edmonton. (From ”Core 77”)

After posting the story about the Swedish Apple Festival a few months ago, I received an email from David, who maintains a website about the Lemon Feast of Menton in the south of France. It’s a carnival that takes place for two weeks every March. Beautiful

9th World Stinging Nettle Eating Championships 2005 at the Bottle Inn, in Dorset. (Thank you, Michael)

Devotees of 1950s rock-and-roll retro gather in the English village of Hemsby for a Hemsby Rock 'n' Roll Weekender

3047 flickr photos from last month’s Mermaid Parade

Flooding of The Glastonbury Festival

The Moosefest of Bennington

Street Painting Festivals. More about The new street painters

100,000 participated at the Gay Pride Parade in Oslo. Det ble en svært fargerik seanse. (From ”Fazed”)

Repost: Jules Verne Festival in Nantes, France Thursday, May 19, 2005

(Some of the archives on the sidebar don't seem to work, after last night TypePad's upgrade. Please try again later. I've emailed them a Fix-it ticket request.) Many More Unusual Festivals From Around The World Here

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May 15, 2005

Apple Festivals

Apple_festival Large Apple sculptures at a Swedish Apple Festival in Kivik, 24–25 september. (From ”Apothecary's Drawer”)

In Italian Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the residents of the community look forward to the annual Festa del Giglio held every July. Since 1903, when the Nolani immigrants first held their transplanted feast in this Brooklyn neighborhood, this festa has attempted to maintain many of the traditions from the Mezzogiorno, while adjusting to the new culture in America and accommodating the pressure to change

Simulating People at the Celebrity Impersonators Convention held last May at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas

Beautiful Majorettes. This site is dedicated to the majorettes and pom-pom girls who parade in Menton during 3 weeks for the yearly Lemon Feast (La Fête du Citron). Most of the photos are a selection of majorettes from Slavic countries. They march in the streets, the roads and the places of the city in the morning , afternoon and sometimes the night

Berliner Loveparade 2005 – The Love Parade since 1989

Missie Peterson, The Kudzu Queen 2003. The 29th Annual Blythewood, SC Kudzu Festival

Sound of the crowd. Coachella 2005

India's bhagoria melas, 'festivals of elopement'

Many More Unusual Festivals From Around The World Here

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April 09, 2005

Forget me not

BruxellesAn afternoon of two-wheeled madness at Bike Kill 2004 - Black Label Bike Club, Brooklyn NY. Also, The Bicycle Film Festival

Brussels World Expo 1958, one of the most beautiful world fairs ever

"Ever since I first heard about the guillotine back in 1963, I have been interested in this machine. Not because of it's purpose, but more for it's history and mechanical construction"

Hearse Races. People are dying to attend ‘em. (From ”The spectacularly obtuse blog”)

How to win the U.S. memory championship. Winners of the 2005 USA Memory Championship

March 20th of each year is International Clitoris Day Celebration. "Join in the chorus of laughter." - The San Francisco Chronicle

Rio e São Paulo - Carnaval 2004 and Carnaval 2005

Many More Festivals From Around The World Here

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February 05, 2005

Sonya Thomas Vs. Bill "El Wingador" Simmons

Chicken_wings Wing Bowl!, the greatest party in Philadelphia for the last 12 years. Angelo Cataldi photographs the winner, El Wingador. The odds for the 13th Annual Wing Bowl

Seven million toilets, every year, end up in landfills all across America… Captain Ozone and a group of clandestine artists created an annual festival called Eco Art Day. Every year in September, Captain Ozone and his artists drive through back alley ways and collect abandoned toilets sitting next to garbage dumpsters. The toilets are then painted into murals and made into flower pots, candle holders and ash trays. The themes for the toilets are usually based on endangered species, toxic waste and outer-inner space environments…

Body Art Expo, The world’s largest tattoo & body art convention. Beware of low quality copycat shows

ROBOlympics returns to San Francisco, March 24-27, 2005! Robot soccer, sumo-bots, combat robots, walking robots, talking robots, and home-made creations. This will be the largest gathering of competition robots in world history

Lucerne Carnival Deck. (From Playing Cards, the world's most comprehensive dealers in playing cards, with “over 2,500 different packs of playing cards, tarot cards and fortune telling cards”)

(OK, I'm out of here. I'm going to the gym. See you later...) Many More Unusual Festivals From Around The World Here

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December 17, 2004

Death in the Afternoon

Bullfight_spainA Bullfight is thought to be a beautiful exhibition of a struggle between man and beast. It is not. (Warning: Graphic graphics!) John Kalucki’s “Backstage at Bullfight”

Miss International Queen, supporting today’s transvestites/ transgender. Elsewhere, all the contestants of Miss World 2004

Belgium's most famous carnival, the carnival in Binche. Jacobel’s photos of Lesbian and Gay Pride, Brussels 2003

The 2004 Michigan Elvis-fest (Warning: Loud Elvis Midi!)

Human Light presents an alternative, secular reason to celebrate late December. (From “Atheists of Silicon Valley”)

Nice presentation of the Hinckley Carnival 2004, From “Sensitive Light”

Chalk La Strada, annual chalking festival in San Diego

Weird news: Hundreds of people have been injured in an annual stone throwing festival at a remote mountain village in northern India. Doh!

Welcome to The Leap Year Capital of the World

Diwali recipes

2004 Texas Pinball Festival Tournaments

Repost: Santarchy - "No force on earth can stop one hundred Santas!"

I went sailing on a Caribbean vacation for a few weeks. This post has been pre-blogged for your enjoyment. Any complains will have to wait until my return. Today’s “Blog Of The Day” will be on hold until after Christmas. Many Unusual Festivals From Around The World Here

December 17, 2004 in Festivals | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 19, 2004

(I did not attend Burningman this year either)

 Above_burningman - but 35,000 other people did. Next year, perhaps…

Skydiving over Burningman. (See also the video from 2002). More photos from above as well as samples of art installations all over the Playa, by Brad Templeton

Hips of Burningman by Patrick Roddie

360 Panorama from Greg Downing

Gallery of photographs by George Post, by John Cornicello and from flickr

4 videos of Gravity Bowl’s spinning cars. Tons of photos from Gravity Bowl

Even the Suicide girls went burning

BM’s 2004 Theme Camps & Villages

Jesus and Christ hang on a cross until the Man is set fire (From SF Gate gallery)

Many more galleries at Burningman TV

I am leaving on vacation to Italy shortly and will be away for a few weeks. But blogging here will not stop. I have prepared single daily pre-blogged posts for your entertainment, so you'll have good reasons to keep visiting Grow-a-brain on a daily basis. Any complains though will have to wait until my return. Be good. Many More Unusual Festivals Here

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August 29, 2004

Accordion Festivals

straw_bear Straw Bear Festival

You don’t want to miss The Cotati Accordion Festival this weekend

You also don’t want to miss The National Lawn Mower Racing Contest in Waynesboro, PA. (From “Girl Hacker”)

Origami Weekend 2004. Other exhibits from previous festivals. On Yahoo, a display of some Origami Dragon from the festival.

Four million Sikh are coming to Amritsar, to celebrate the 400th year of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib

National Penis Day (A New Zealand AIDS Foundation Festival. From “Persentio”)

Sziget Festival 2004. (What the heck is that?)

Other Strange Festivals from Around the World Here

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July 17, 2004

Gravity isn't just a good idea - it's the law

lego_gun BrickFest 2004 is a gathering for Adult Fans of LEGO

Workshops at the American Accordionists' Association 2004 Festival

The National Hobo Convention in Britt, IA

160 pianos at the Chinese Piano Festival

Talkeetna, Alaska annual Moose Dropping Festival that celebrates moose nuggets. The most unusual event during this festival is the dropping of a thousand moose nuggets from a hot-air balloon onto the crowd below. (From “A Welsh View”)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2004

Green Beings at the Herrenhaeuser Gardens

Odd British customs and traditional festivals in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

Our Archives of Unusual Festivals Here

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June 19, 2004

Festival season

kites Bikini-Tofu Wrestling, one of the popular events at the recent Power Tool Drag Races in San Francisco. What will those crazy vegetarians think of next?

Nina Conti and other female Ventriloquists, including a photo of all participants at the 2003 Vegas Ventriloquist Festival on April 23-25

A large list of kite festivals around the world

Neptunalia, a T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi Summer Festival and Psychedelic Trance. (From “Easy Bake Coven”)

My kind of a festival: History of the Hope, Arkansas watermelon festival. (So, they grow watermelons in Hope, too?...)

A really odd festival of eerie lights, Festival Montreal en Lumiere

Another bodyart and graffiti festival, this time in Bulgaria. (From "DRT News")

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (?)

Many More Unusual Festivals Links Here

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May 24, 2004

More weird-ass festivities

lady_with_pink_hat "The center of the water-throwing festival in Bangkok is around Khao Sarn Road. Here is a taste of what it's like to be there..."

"Unleash the Secret Power of Tofu!” at the 9th Annual Los Angeles Tofu Festival . Must be popular, if it's going on 9 years...

The Festival of Alberta Building Trade Council(?)

We’ve done it before, and we’ll post it again - The Avon Hertiage Duct Tape Festival is June 18-20, 2004. (What do you exactly DO there?)

The Hat Festival? Year of the Hat? What the heck is that?

Our large List of Unusual Festivals Here

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April 02, 2004

Weird Festivals

body.jpgMt Takao Fire Walking Festival in Japan - "I'm not sure of the significance of the festival, but I believe it has some thing about good luck"...

International Festival of Circuit Bending (?)

The MidAmerican Fan Photo Archive is a gallery of over 2400 photographs of science fiction fans and professionals taken at conventions around the world

"Action" at the World Bodypainting Festival 2003. We've posted links of other body painters, but there must be a whole world of body painters that I was not aware of. See also "The Painted Body" The Art of Kevin C Mason & Joel P Hernandez, Annemarie & Günther Fahrner, Austrian body-painters, and many more links about body painting. Some of those photos has some mild forms of artistic nudity in them. Oh well. (The photo above, by the way, is bodypainter by mike shane, photograhy by "Tompho").

Who is the winner of the 2004 World Pizza Championship which just ended in Italy? Don’t know...

St. Eom Festival of Buena Vista, GA

Many More Eclectic Festivals Here

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March 17, 2004

The Festival Season is about to open

foscrin.gif Women Battle In Annual Coleslaw Wrestling Match - Annual Event Draws Bikers Nationwide To Daytona Beach Area

Football festival aids elephants: Almost 100 elephants have taken part in a football game in India as part of an annual festival aimed at encouraging locals to protect the animals.

Seven dead at kite-flying festival in Lahore

Frozen dead guy draws in big crowd - Nederland welcomes festival-goers from around the nation

Find 100’s of odd festivals at our old Festival collection Here

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January 31, 2004

Here are the 2003 “Grow-a-Brain” Festival Links

Tomatina_1 1969 Woodstock Statistics List - 8/16/03

2002 North American Wife Carrying Championships - 7/12/03. The original Finish Version (From "Mirabilis") - 8/3/03

2003 Fantasy Festival in Key West, Florida (Mild nudity) - 11/21/03

2,500 music festivals in North America

5.7 million liters of beer drunk at the original Octoberfest

79th Annual Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra is like a "Burning Man" for Kiwanis. Zozobra is a toothless, empty-headed marionette. This Fiesta has been celebrated in Santa Fe, NM since 1712 - 11/30/03

Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta

All Conferences Index

Annual tomato fight, Bunol, Spain (See Videos from La Tomatina!)

Arirang Festival in North Korea

Bedouin Festival in the Tunisian Sahara - 12/20/03

Big Lebowski Fest - 9/02/03

Body Painting Festival - 7/18/03

Bruce Lee Convention, July 12-13, 2003 in Burbank, CA

Calendar of Nude Running Events

Camel wrestling competition - 07/12/03

Cheese Rolling - 07/12/03

Chinese Festivals in Hong Kong: 2004

Clown Fest 2004 - 1/15/04

Creationist Science Fair

E-cards for Indian Festivals

Fairs and food festivals 2004

Festivals of Bharat

Film Festivals (and Cannes: a Festival Virgin's Guide)

First Annual (How do you know there will be a second?) "Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival" . (From "A Welsh View") - 1/20/04

Folsom Street Fair 2004 (Our first NSFW link) - 10/3/03

Food Festivals - 7/14/03

Flying Farolitos in Santa Fe, NM - Arvo Thomson candle-powered balloons - 12/28/03

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Have a ball at the Montana Oyster Festival

How could I have missed Ferenc Cako , the sand animation artist who performed at the August "Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival" ? Usually it's nice to be the first, in this case I feel I am the last to view this picasso-like magician. If you haven't yet, see the actual wmv-file here. Amazing! - 1/19/04

Japanese Fertility Festivals, Kanamara Matsuri

Juggling festivals around the world

Just missed the Petaluma's 22th Anniversary of The Butter and Eggs Festival ! Here are some photos from previous year's events

Meet me at Burningman (and BurningMan Bingo - from "Dr. Beeper" - 8/29/03). I'm sure There will be hundreds of photo albums from Burning Man popping up in the next few weeks - I'll just wait until next year... 9/02/03

National Ice Carving Association - 7/16/03

Nelson, BC street fairs . Nelson is the #1 small arts community in Canada - 1/7/04

New York Mermaid Parade - 9/14/03

Point Breeze, PA. Festival of the Salvage Arts - 9/20/03

Richard Branson to participate in this year's Birdman Festival in Bognor Regis. Also, Wingsuits for Skydivers from "Bird-Man" Products - 8/17/03

Roller Coaster Database

Running with the Bulls in Pampalona - Photos by Jochem Wijnands

"Sculpture by the Sea" , an annual outdoor art festival in Sydney, Austrelia

Thai "Soldiers of God" at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival (Caution: Very Disturbing Graphics!) - 10/11/03

There are real Moonshine Festivals in Georgia & in Ohio . But the Laguna Beach Moonshine Festival on the other hand is only about art, music & surfing... - 10/12/03

Festivals_1Square dancing tractors (slow to load, worth the wait)

Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, Fl

Temple of Joy in Burningman - 8/22/03

The trailer for the Edinburgh Film Festival

Toronto's Festival of Anarchy

The 2000 Genting World Lion Dance Championship in Malaysia

The 2000 International Contortion convention

Twins Day Festivals around the world. (Group photos of hundreds of twins , from "Information Junk")

World Series Of Poker, 2003 - 8/30/03

Many More Unusual Festivals From Around The World Here

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