International Festival of the Sahara
Attracting more than 50,000 people, Tunisia’s International Festival of the Sahara celebrates the rich culture of the Sahara Desert and its people. It takes place every year in the small oasis town of Douz and has come a long way from its origins as a Bedouin marriage market. Today, the festival is a four-day affair filled with singing, dancing, poetry readings, and feasting. Races are a big part of the festivities, with young men competing on horse and camelback. There’s also an excellent craft fair, and Douz’s own fascinating Museum of the Sahara to explore.