Meet the Nominees for Best Annual Event in the 2011 NewNowNext Travel Awards

 

If a party or event is worth packing up and flying across the country (or the planet) for, then it must be award-worthy, too. Let us know which big annual event you’d never want to miss!

Maybe it’s a music-fest, a splashy weekend of art and cocktails, a raucous and rowdy street party, or a celeb-filled cinematic showbiz affair. And maybe you’ve been to all of these, maybe you’re halfway through the list. Maybe you’re just eager to get started. No worries! Whatever your experience-level, vote for the party that makes you wanna go online, hunt for fares and start picking out and packing your best party togs!

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COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL, INDIO, CALIFORNIA
The world’s best indie bands and rock/pop megastars hit this desert music fest each spring. But there’s more! “Coachella is as notable for the destination as the music,” says Conde Nast Traveler’s Ondine Cohane. “In my mind Coachella is like a rock n’ roll + Palms Springs combination. It’s unbeatable.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Coachella.)
FRIEZE ART FAIR, LONDON
“Founded in 2003, Frieze has joined Venice, Basel and Miami as an essential stop on the contemporary art world circuit,” says travel writer extraordinaire Mark Ellwood. And there’s no better time to visit London than October. (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Frieze.)
KARNEVAL, COLOGNE, GERMANY
Admitted Teutonophile Charles Runnette says, “It’s one of the few times you’ll get to see thousands of Germans acting silly. And when they get drunk they’re funnier and altogether sexier. I think the last time I went there were a pair of Lederhosen involved. And what’s not funny about Lederhosen?” The annual Rose Monday Parade takes place on the Monday before Ash Wednesday… It’s the culmination of the local Rhineish Carnival season that starts with the Woman’s Day parade on the preceding Thursday. So just make it a weekend of Kölsch, the locally brewed delicious beer! (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Karneval.)
SXSW, AUSTIN, TEXAS
“Austin, Texas’ annual mega-fest of music, film and media has grown wildly over the years, but it’s still a great place to see all the next big breaking bands, eat and drink well, and just hang and party in one of the coolest small cities anywhere.” – John Polly, TripOutTravel.com (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_SXSW.)
SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN MARDI GRAS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
It’s not just the biggest gay party in the world, or the biggest party in Australia, it’s the most fun you can have whooping it up in the partying mecca that gave the world Kylie Minogue, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and Olivia Newton-John. Down under, over and out!!!! (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_MardiGras.)
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, TORONTO, ONTARIO
Movie fanatic and former Editorial Director of Movieline.com, Charles Runnette says, “There’s no better film festival in North America. The range of films on display is nearly impossible to beat, and unlike many other fests that tend be the third or fourth to screen a movie, at TIFF you can see a world premiere – pretty much every night.” Be sure to also party crash the plethora of celebrity-studded parties in chic Yorkville and all across cool Toronto during this top-tier festival. (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_TIFF.)

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John Polly is a former editor at NewNowNext. He now makes the magic happen at World of Wonder.
@JohnPollySays