7 Badass Festivals for Danger Junkies

Article by: Emily Ward|@_drawylime

Mon May 08, 2017 | 17:26 PM

There's a festival for everything. We love badass festivals here at Everfest/Fest300. Human beings are designed to AVOID things that could harm, maim or kill them, but these badass festivals are too good to pass up. If you’re going to go down, go down swinging. These seven events are taking “social interaction” at a festival to new bloody heights.

Not turned off at the prospect of losing a limb or your life? Fantastic! Come check out these festivals.

1. Festival of the Exploding Hammers - San Juan de la Vega, Mexico

Participants gear up with slapdash facial protection (often just bandanas or long sleeve shirts), place homemade firecrackers over spark-conductive surfaces like rocks, steel i-beams and metal plates for maximum spark impact. Explosive materials like sulfur are attached to the sledgehammer, and away they go. The force of the blast sends shrapnel (including the hammer heads, if you’re unlucky) hurtling through the air and visibility drops to nil as white smoke fills the lot.

 2. Tazaungdaing Festival of Light - Taunggyi, Myanmar

Homemade fireworks packed and stuffed into the base of a hot air balloon. What could go wrong?

3. Onbashira - Nagano, Japan


4. Tinku Festival - Andes, Bolivia

Public fistfights on Christmas. This is one we can get behind!

5. Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival - Yanshuei, Taiwan

It’s one thing to enjoy a fireworks display. It’s an entirely different thing to actively stand in front of them. What is it with people and death-defying proximity to explosives? Born from the ashes of a debilitating cholera epidemic was wiping out the city of Tainan, Taiwan in the late 1800s. The locals prayed to Guan Di, the Taoist god of war, to bring an end to this calamity and save them from horrible deaths.

6. Takanakuy - Santo Tomas, Peru

Got beef with someone that’s been simmering for six months? Legal disputes got you down? Local man steal your woman? Let that out at Takanakuy. Doesn’t matter if you’re 9 or 95 years old, the festival is an equal-opportunity boxing ring for locals with scores to settle.

7. Running of the Bulls (Fiesta de San Fermín) - Pamplona, Spain


Let's hear it - which one of these would you go to?