Favorite festivals

Fest300.com proves a festival can be much more than a crowded music concert or hippie spiritual event.

The site introduces the world's best festivals in order to inspire a community of "culturally curious" travelers and expand their horizons through collective gatherings.

There's big passion behind this project. Chip Conley, founder and former chief executive of Joie de Vivre Hospital-ity, founded Fest300 and is contributing reviews and writing about his love of festivals and festival-goers on "Chip's Blog." When you read his posts, they resemble a collection of travelogue emails from the road, with an info-packed directory to go with them.

If you haven't been to many festivals, you'll appreciate the short videos (in addition to the big photos) that will help you quickly connect with experiences you're interested in. Don't miss "The List," which leads you to the festival directory. From Art Basel Miami to the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taiwan and the "Top 13 Festivals for Families" in between - you can sort by destination, date or name. Even if you're just a voyeur, you'll be enchanted.

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