Top 10 Flower Festivals around the world you should Experience

Glimpses of fresh blossoms in spring never fail to enchant our minds. Around the world, you can see countless flower festivals celebrated almost every year. The perfect blend of beauty and culture in these festivals provides a spectacular experience to the visitors.

Let’s check the top 10 flower festivals that will blow your minds.

10RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea, England

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea, England
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012, Chelsea, England

RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place each year in May on the stunning grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the Flower show witnesses the special attendance of several members of the British Royal family as part of the royal patronage of RHS.

As Britain’s largest flower show, it has been an annual event for over 100 years and remains the ultimate horticultural celebration in the UK. Recently the Flower Show has received a lot of publicity for welcoming more than 150,000 visitors each year. In addition to showcasing new plant and flower varieties, the show also presents the latest garden design techniques to inspire gardening enthusiasts.

9Rose Parade, California, USA

Rose Parade, California, USA
Rose Parade 2017, California, USA
Image credit: Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view from Los Angeles, USA, CC BY 2.0, on Wikimedia Commons

Better known as the Tournament of Roses, the Rose Parade is an annual rose parade held in Pasadena, California, United States. Organized by the non-profit organization Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the parade highlights include flower-covered floats, equestrian units, and marching bands.

Since 2011, Honda has taken over the sponsorship of the Rose Parade. And the company sponsors the first float, which follows the Parade’s theme like all other floats. The Parade features flower-decorated horse carriages.  After the parade, all the floats will be parked at one end of the parade route on Washington Boulevard and Sierra Madre Boulevard.

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8Festa da Flor, Madeira, Portugal

Festa da Flor, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Central plaque during Festa da Flor 2019, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

A Portuguese cultural event that takes place in Funchal, a city in the Madeira region, Portugal. The festival welcomes the arrival of spring and also showcases many aspects of Madeiran culture, including the making of floral carpets. Usually, the festival lasts four days and includes processions, music, floral carpets, and tropical flower displays.

The event highlights a Flower Festival Parade, which begins with a procession of children. In the final main procession, several dancers dressed as flowers pass by on their flower-decorated floats. Recently the festival included a “Wall of Hope,” symbolizing the hope for a better world, located in Largo do Município.

7Chiang Mai Flower festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Flower festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai Flower festival 2013, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Showcasing the vibrant flowers unique to the Chiang Mai region of Thailand, Chiang Mai Festival demonstrates the tradition of the old Lanna Kingdom. Exhibition of floral arrangements and an agricultural fair followed by a mesmerizing display of splendid flower floats, fair showcasing local artworks, and music shows together in subsequent days are memorable to experience.

Dancers performing Thai dances in traditional costumes who participate in the flower parade distribute flowers to the onlookers. Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival competition held during the event will choose the Flower Festival Queen from among the girls who pass by on the decorated floats and carriages in the flower parade.

6Flower carpet at Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

Flower Carpet, Brussels, Belgium
2018 flower carpet at Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

Flower Carpet is a biennial event featuring weaving a carpet-like floral tapestry with colorful begonias at the Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium. The event takes place every August on the Assumption Day. Over a hundred volunteers set up the carpet on the massive area of 1800 sqm with nearly a million flowers.

The Flower Carpet celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022. To commemorate this special occasion, the design used for the 22nd edition was a reference to the first design used in the 1971 flower carpet, including the Saint Michael archangel and the Belgian lion.

5Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada

Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada
Tulips near Dow’s Lake during the Tulip Festival 2006, Ottawa, Canada

Being the world’s largest tulip festival, displaying over a million tulip flowers, the Canadian Tulip Festival records attendance of more than 650,000 visitors annually. This cultural festival has a historical aspect of Canada–Netherlands relations. It recognizes the commemorative donations of Tulips from the Netherlands to Canada for honoring Canadian actions during World War II.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic period, the festival celebrated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands virtually by displaying tulips using aerial photography and 360-degree image captures.

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4Batalla de Flores, Laredo, Spain

Batalla de Flores, Laredo, Spain
Batalla de Flores 2012, Laredo, Spain

Batalla de Flores is a unique floral parade held in Laredo, Spain, at the end of August. At Alameda Miramar or Laredo’s central park, you can witness a magnificent parade of floats adorned with various flowers, such as carnations and dahlias.

Even at night, people decorate their carts, and the whole town gradually becomes festive. In addition, there are street market exhibitions and musical performances at the event. At the end of all the festivities, a jury will select the best float of the year, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

3Floriade, Canberra, Australia

Floriade, Canberra, Australia
Floriade 2015, Canberra, Australia

The Floriade festival occurs every spring at Commonwealth Park in Canberra, Australia. Featuring an extensive display of flowering bulbs, the festival also integrates sculptures and other artistic features. The festival attracts tourists from all around Australia and overseas each year. Hence, it is one of the most significant tourism events held in the Australian Capital Territory.

With free entry, one can enjoy the Floriade with millions of vibrant flowers. Experiencing the world of Floriade with diverse programs, including music, cultural celebrations, horticultural workshops, and artistic displays, will forever be memorable.

2Infiorate di Spello, Spello, Italy

Spello’s infiorate in 2012, Italy

It is a manifestation that takes place every year in Spello, a small town in Italy. It commemorates the Feast of Corpus Christi. At night, thousands of people work together to create floral carpets and pictures made of flowers throughout the town and its narrow streets.

These floral creations provide a beautiful passage for the Blessed Sacrament, which the bishop carries in procession. It is almost a mile-long path and offers a fascinating view of beautiful floral creations with various scents and colors.

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1Feria de las Flores, Medellín, Colombia

Feria de las Flores, Medellín, Colombia
Parade of Silleteros during Feria de las Flores 2014, Medellín, Colombia

Colombia is world-famous for its blooms. The country’s giant flower festival, “Feria de las Flores” in Medellin, celebrates the blooming of Colombian flowers and honors those who care for them. The festival symbolizes both a reaffirmation of the country’s fertile agricultural identity and celebrates the achievements of the Antioquia people.

Apart from a mere floral festival, it incorporates several cultural and social events, including an orchestra festival, a horse fair, and an old and classic car parade. The Silleteros’ parade is the most memorable event in Feria de las Flores and represents Colombia’s cultural heritage.