first_imgIf you’ve booked tickets to your favourite music festivals, but are still craving something off the beaten track, there are plenty of unusual events you can go to. From mud wrestling to UFO spotting to tomato throwing and fire-eating, here are 10 football-free events this summer.1) Eukonkanto Wife-Carrying World Championships, Sonkajarvi, Finland (4th – 5th July 2014)Eukonkanto is a Finnish sporting contest where men must run through an obstacle course whilst carrying their wife (or their neighbour’s wife, or a suitable female friend) on their back! The course involves tackling water traps and jumps, and if you drop her, you get a time penalty (and possibly a slap from the missus). The winner will receive his wife’s weight in beer – perhaps the only benefit of carrying a woman on the slightly plumper side. 2) Boryeong Mud Festival, Boryeong, South Korea (18th July – 27th July 2014)We’ve all tried mud face packs, but this is one step further. At the Boryeong mud festival, visitors dunk their bodies in pools of mud then have the choice of various mud-related activities such as mud wrestling, mud massages, mud sliding and even the ‘mud king contest’. People swear by its healing properties and if you’re worried about a mud-overload, fear not as you can just take a dip in the sea and wash it off. 3) Nantwich Cheese Show, Nantwich (30th July 2014)If the mention of cheese makes your mouth water, then this is a must-visit event. Nantwich cheese show is the biggest cheese show in the world, and there are over 4000 cheeses from 24 countries with a whole host of unusual flavours such as chocolate chip cheese!4) La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain (27th August 2014)Whether you love or hate tomatoes, there’s an undeniable satisfaction in throwing one at someone’s face. If you’re in Spain in August, be sure to take part in the world’s largest tomato fight. Around 20,000 people come from all over the world simply to throw overripe tomatoes at everyone in sight. Yes you read that right. It’s a stress buster, it’s a lot of fun and can you think of a better thing to do with 90,000 pounds of rotten tomatoes? 3,2,1…food fight! For more about Budapest, take a look at: Top 10 things to see and do in Budapest9) Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh (1st – 25th August 2014)Every August, Edinburgh becomes home to the largest arts festival in the world. There’s comedy, cabaret, circus and dance to name a few and nearly 3000 different shows to choose from. So if you fancy a giggle and a cheap day out (well, at the Free Fringe at least), this three-week extravaganza is fun for all the family. 10) Bregenz Festival, Bregenz, Austria (23rd July – 24th August 2014)If you’re a self-confessed culture vulture with a passion for opera – then Bregenz festival will be the highlight of your summer. A month-long programme of events including: ‘Tales from the Vienna Woods’, ‘The Magic Flute’ and ‘Life at the Edge of the Milky Way’. One of the best things about this festival is its lakeside location with some performances on an open-air stage and others in the traditional opera house. Want to read more about music festivals? Check out this guide to the [20 best music festivals of 2014.](  )ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThe top 5 festivals to add to your bucket listPlanning your trip to coincide with a national holiday can be a fast-track way of getting to the heart of a culture. You can try out your best samba in Brasília or get stuck into a plate of dumplings in Beijing because we’ve got the inside knowledge on how to…10 Music Festivals Around the World 2010Skyscanner introduces ten excellent music festivals around the worldMusic Festival Fun: Skyscanner’s Top PicksHere at Skyscanner HQ, we love festivals; the music, the mud, the beer and the bandscenter_img Want to read about more food fights? Check out 7 best food fights in the world ever5) Ana Desetnica Theatre Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2nd July – 7th July 2014)The Ana Desetnica international street theatre festival is the place for the wild and wacky! It’ll have you gasping in awe as you see fire-eaters, tightrope walkers and dozens of talented circus and street performers! It’s famous for showcasing Slovenia’s most talented and creative individuals and it’s the ideal way to experience the city’s vibrant art scene. 6) Roswell UFO Festival, New Mexico (3rd-6th July 2014)If you’ve always been a fan of ET and are convinced you’ve spotted alien life, then this is the one for you. Roswell is known as the capital of extraterrestrial activity. The residents believe that a spaceship crashed in the desert here in 1947, and ever since then, the city has been a mecca for UFO enthusiasts. The festival features guest speakers, a costume contest (one for humans, one for pets), live entertainment, a parade, an alien hot air balloon ride and of course some obligatory ‘alien spotting’. 7) Notte Delle Luci, Puglia, Italy (5th – 7th July 2014)This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular events you’ll ever witness. Notte Delle Luci translates as ‘Night of Lights’ and the festival involves the illumination of castles, cathedrals, arches and towers that are spread over four kilometres. You’ll be dazzled by the millions of twinkling lights which are accompanied by fireworks and music, all perfectly in sync.8) Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival, Budapest (July 10th – August 7th 2014)The Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival is a series of events around the picturesque courtyard of Vajdahunyad Castle. The programme of events includes traditional Hungarian gypsy music performances as well as classical and swing. The closing concert on August 7th is headlined by the famous Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra – with its 100 members, it’s the biggest gypsy orchestra in the world. A unique event in front of an ancient background in this quirky and romantic city. last_img read more