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10 Events You Must Attend Before You Die

Do you have a bucket list?

A few years ago I started my “anti” bucket list.

It was a short list of two items but it seemed more exciting (to me) to add the things I said I’d “never” do.

On that list:

1) Skydiving and

2) Running a half marathon.

And since I have never liked running or heights this was definitely a mental challenge more than a physical one!

I’m yet to skydive, but I did train for a FULL marathon (I was talked into it!) for a year and was scheduled to run my first marathon in NYC last November. Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Sandy and the devastation she caused, the race was canceled less than 48 hours before the start time. I haven’t run a full marathon race, but I have run the distance and that was enough for me. Yes, after a year of training I realized that the race was IN the training itself. It’s been one of my favorite bucket list items to date, which is ironic since I had said I would “never” run more than 10 KMs!

So, whether you have a bucket list of events you must attend to or an “anti” bucket list like I did, here are 10 events you must attend before you die.

Add these events you must attend to your list.

1. New Year’s Eve in Times Square, NYC

Arguably the most recognized and watched New Year’s Eve event worldwide, watching the Times Square Ball drop at the stroke of midnight is an incredible way to ring in the New Year. Who wouldn’t want to attend one of the biggest televised events of the year? But, be sure to arrive early and wear warm clothes.

2. Running of the Bulls

This may be the most dangerous event on the list, but it’s also probably the most exciting one too. Not many people can say a bull chased them through the streets of Pamplona, Spain. You could get gored by a bull or trampled by the crowd, but I suspect you’ll have the time of your life and feel like a true bad ass at this event.

3. The Boston Marathon

As the oldest running marathon (excuse the pun!), you must attend this event at least once. In order to compete in the race, you have to apply and qualify, but even if you don’t run, it’s an incredible experience to be on the sidelines cheering the racers on.

4. The Olympics

I love the Olympics because they have something for everyone. Personally, my favorite is the winter games. It’s incredible that athletes spend their entire lives preparing to compete in the Games and millions watch on their TV’s at home. Plus, an event that only happens every 4 years, there’s certainly something special about the anticipation that builds between each year. The next winter Olympics are in Sochi, Russia in February 2014 and the summer games are in Rio in 2016.

5. Paris Fashion Week

After living in Paris for a year, I can tell you that Paris is in a category of its own. You could attend fashion week in New York, Milan or even LA, but Paris Fashion Week is simply adventurous. The ‘City of Lights’ is just as romantic off the runway as it is on, so you’ll have lots to see and do between fashion shows. It’s definitely on the list of events you must attend!

6. The Grammy Awards

In order to get tickets to the Grammy Awards, you have to be nominated, be an associate of the music industry, win a contest, or have a great connection. The evening is filled with the music industry’s greatest, amazing performances, not to mention the fashion, the special effects, the glitz, and glamour, all rolled into one evening. Get out your black tie attire, get dressed up like a star, and go rub elbows with the industry’s finest.

7. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

One of my favorite events on the list, Coachella is an annual music and arts festival located in the California desert. This year, the three-day event featured reunited bands and popular artistes like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Wu-Tang Clang, and Lumineers, not to mention a number of Indy bands from around the world.

8. Space Shuttle Launch

I think their mission statement says it all, To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.” Watching a space shuttle launch is a great family event and quite possibly one of the most amazing things you will see in your lifetime. Take a long weekend and explore the launch site, learn about science, technology, and space.

9. Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights)

I grew up in northern Canada so seeing the “Northern Lights” night after night was normal for me, yet always amazing. People travel from all over the world to Alaska or northern Canada to view the white, green or red lights dance through the sky, so I highly recommend you grab an adventurous friend and head north!

10. The Sundance Film Festival

If you’re interested in celebrity watching, Sundance Film Festival is a must. I love independent films and the creativity that goes into making them, and Sundance provides a space for filmmakers to tell their stories without commercial pressures. The festival was originally founded by Hollywood megastar, Robert Redford, and takes place each January in Park City, Utah

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

In the comments below, tell me which of these events you’ve attended and what other events need to be attend to the list of Events You Must Attend.

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  • George says:

    I don’t think I want several of these on my bucket list. Don’t get me wrong, I am quite adventurous and I have been daring and mischeivious throughout my life. But there are certain things I just do not have much interest in doing. One of those things is entering a marathon. I know many people like them because they have something to prove to themselves. But as far as I’m concerned, I’ll stick to more decadent events.

  • Joseph says:

    I am a big movie buff and I also work in the production industry and one of the things I do want to do is attend the Sundance Film Festival, not to mention the Cannes Film Festival and other film festivals throughout the world. I suppose many of my bucket list wishes have something to do with artistry such as film making, music and dance. I am also a history buff, particularly, ancient history. So there are sites megalithic sites I’d like to visit, besides the typical tourist traps.

  • Frank says:

    I didn’t really think about putting together a bucket list for myself until I watched the movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman when I was on vacation in 2007. The movie was simple, yet very effective. And boy did I bawl my eyes out when Edward (Nicholson’s character) crossed out “kiss the most beautiful girl in the world and Matthew (Edward’s valet) put Edward’s ashes next to Carter’s on the top of the Himalayas and crossed out “witness something truly majestic.

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