Bell Roads Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece: Feb 1–11, 2018
Head to Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki, Greece, and join in the ancient tradition of bell ringing during The Meeting of the Bells, also known as Bell Roads. History buffs of all ages enjoy the ancient tradition, originated from hunter-gatherer societies migrating through Europe hoping to cast away evil spirits and bring good fortune, harvest and fertility to the community. Still celebrated in Thessaloniki, guests enjoy an incredible celebration Feb. 1–11, 2018, with ancient traditions and modern upgrades.
Kids of all ages enjoy spirited reenactments and traditional activities from agricultural bell-ringing rituals, parades and performances to more modern events including film screenings, photography exhibitions, artistic workshops and live music. The celebration culminates on the final day with an incredible bell-ringing parade through town while festivalgoers observe and dance in the streets.
From the city of Salvador, Brazil, to the beaches of Rio Vermelho, guests enjoy festive celebrations honoring the Queen of Waters. The Festa de Lemanjá begins with a bang, literally kicking off its first night with incredible fireworks while fisherman and locals prepare the night’s feast.
Watch on as colorful baskets and boats filled with offerings from flowers and perfumes to soaps and homemade gifts are released into the water for Lemanjá. Dance along with locals and enjoy traditional cuisine, live music and endless shopping in the streets.
Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention in Nashville, Tenn.: Feb 1–4, 2018
Stay stateside and enjoy some old-school country, jazz and bluegrass at the Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Feb 1–4, 2018. The four-night event, hosted by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, features dozens of performances by nationally touring bluegrass artists.
If the picking and playing have you inspired, take advantage of the various workshops and speaking engagements hosted by professional musicians. Take in educational events from music teachers and performers before heading to the awards show and a Battle of the Bands contest. Check out the site for up-to-date news, lineup and ticket information.
Bundle up and bring the kids along for the 69th annual celebration of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Stroll the snowy landscape of Odori Park, enjoying incredible ice sculptures and snow celebrations. Check out the nearly 400 sculptures lining the streets between stops inside the many storefronts and pop-up bars providing homemade ramen, noodle bowls, fish, curry stews and local brews for parents and adult children. Pose for pictures by the statues and enjoy festive decorations, lights and Manga characters running through the 12-block radius of fun and activities
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Medellín, Colombia, with us.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.