Summer is right around the corner — the time of year when feet are itchy, the travel bug is biting, and the impulse to be young, wild, and irresponsible is high. But not everyone wants to spend their hard earned cash on Coachella or Burning Man, especially not with so many free parties to attend the world over.
If you’re planning on going somewhere, but don’t want to shell out for a booze cruise or cover charges, we’ve got you covered:
Full Moon Party – Koh Phangan Beach, Thailand
Every month, anywhere between 8,000 and 30,000 people gather together on Koh Phangan beach to celebrate the new full moon. The tradition started back in 1985, when the first party of its kind was improvised at the Paradise Bungalows on the beach at Haad Rin. Word-of-mouth spread fast, and before long it had become a huge destination for those traveling through Southeast Asia. These full moon parties typically last until the morning light, with all the local bars keeping the drinks flowing and the music playing until the sun rises over the Gulf of Thailand.
La Tomatina -Buñol, Spain
One of the world’s largest food fights is held every year on the last Wednesday in August. It’s said to have started in 1945 at the Gigantes y cabezudos (which roughly translates into Big and Giant Head) parade when a group of kids started messing around and caused someone to fall from a parade float. The fall threw the offended party into a fit of rage, and the fight spilled out to the local fruit stand. The following year, this same incident was repeated, only people came with their own tomatoes from home. Since then, the festival would be occasionally banned by local police for safety concerns until it became an official holiday in 1957. The party starts each year at 9 AM when residents drop soapy water on attendees from their balconies, and by 11 AM, the first truck loaded with produce ammunition rolls through the square, and the free-for-all tomato fight commences.