4 Far-Flung Dance Festivals Worth Traveling For -- From Thailand's Wonderfruit to Tunisia's Les Dunes Electroniques

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Major Lazer performs during the Flow Festival on August 14, 2015 in Helsinki, Finland.

Whether the site is Coachella or Cambodia, destination dance parties are a modern-day pilgrimage for music's die-hards.


Fusion Festival
Lärz, Germany (June 29-July 3)

What It Is

Often referred to as the "German Burning Man," this five-day music, arts and counterculture festival draws tens of thousands to see its taste-making lineup, announced on-site. The event's home, a former Soviet military airfield, operates year-round as an anti-capitalist commune.

On The Way

A night in electronic music mecca Berlin is just a two-hour drive away. Pregame by keeping things classic at the legendary Berghain, or mix it up with industrial club newcomer ://about blank.

Pro Tip

Along with your personalized ticket (organizers are cracking down on scalpers), you'll need a tent for camping and an open mind: Clothing is optional!

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Les Dunes Electroniques
Ont Jemal, Tunisia (fall 2016)

What It Is

Ever wanted to rave on Tatooine? The Star Wars set where they shot Luke Skywalker's home planet is not only still standing, it hosts a dance festival featuring a range of local and international talent -- despite Tunisia's recent political upheaval and violence.

On The Way

You'll probably be flying into Tunis, so you'd be remiss not to explore the ruins of Carthage, a UNESCO World Heritage site located less than 10 miles north of the capital city.

Pro Tip

Come prepared for some light cosplay with fellow sci-fi nerds: Dust off your Darth Vader mask and unsheathe your lightsaber.

Magnetic Fields
Shekawati, Rajasthan, India (Dec. 9-11)

What It Is

Entering its third year at Rajasthan's magnificent Alsisar Mahal royal palace, this whimsical festival's highlights include a tea party by the palace pool, stargazing sessions on the rooftop and a treasure hunt. The lineup centers on one-off collaborations, like the groundbreaking Indian and Pakistani joint showcase in 2015.

On The Way

Fly into Delhi and road trip through "The Pink City" of Jaipur to the deserts of Jaisalmer, the holy lake of Pushkar and back through Agra to see the Taj Mahal.

Pro Tip

For those disinclined to rough it, lodging is available in the luxurious palace itself, or in a cluster of nomadic Bedouin tents with its own Desert Oasis Disco.

Wonderfruit Festival
Pattaya, Thailand (Dec. 15-18)

What It Is

Hidden in the endless rice fields less than two hours outside Bangkok, this eco-friendly festival attracts a glamorous expat crowd with global artists like Rhye and The Lucent Dossier Experience, and food options sourced from an on-site organic farm.

On The Way

Get some calm before the storm with a visit to The Sanctuary of Truth just outside Pattaya, a jaw-dropping all-wooden temple filled with intricate Hindu and Buddhist carved motifs.

Pro Tip

Toast at one of the festival's hidden gems: world-famous mixologist Shingo Gokan's secret drink shack, where offbeat cocktails feature locally sourced ingredients.