Nude Festivals

Nude Festivals

2016 Nude Festivals

The New Year brings another wave of annual events promoting nudism, naturalism, and a couple of things in between. Here is a worldwide guide to some sans-clothing festivals and events, ranging from the Festival Européen de la Photo de Nu to Burning Man. Ooh la la.

Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nude Games

January 17, 2016 - Adelaide, Australia

This one's kind of a naked Olympics. Usually held in mid-January, the Pilwarren Nude Games are set on Maslin Beach - established in 1974 as Australia's first nude beach. Pilwarren itself is a 75-acre nudist resort located on the Murray River in southern Australia.

The Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nude Games features events like the Water Balloon Throwing Competition, the Adult's Frisbee Throwing Competition, and Ms. Maslin Beach. These are also family-friendly games, offering events like the Children's Sack Race and Children's Treasure Hunt.

Hadaka Matsuri

February 20, 2016 - Okayama, Japan

Though not a truly nudist event, this festival still kind of counts. Translated simply as "Naked Festival" at Saidaiji Temple, the annual Hadaka Matsuri is held on the third Saturday of February in Okayama, Japan.

This religious event features roughly 10,000 male participants sporting a fundoshi (those little Japanese loincloths) battling it out for some lucky talismans dropped into the bare crowd by priests.

Festival Européen de la Photo de Nu

May 17, 2016 - Arles, France

Translated as the "European Festival of Nude Photography," this annual event takes place in Arles - a city in southern France. The FEPN features nude photography from all over Europe, and is sure to include artwork from a local Arles photographer.

Established in 2001, the festival hosts over 15,000 attendees at venues like the L'espace Van Gogh and the Palais de l'Archevêché à la chapelle Sainte Anne (Archbishop's Palace to the chapel Sainte Anne).

Bare to Breakers

May 15, 2016 - San Francisco, California, USA

The annual Bay to Breakers footrace began in 1906, and we'll bet it took a few decades for the accompanying clothing-optional race, Bare to Breakers, to show itself.

On the third Sunday of May, the BARE-2-B'ers take on the 7.5-mile race, connecting the Central Embarcadero Piers Historic District to the Great Highway on the Pacific coast of San Francisco. Check out baretobreakers.com for participation details.

Running of the Nudes

May 15, 2016 - Pamplona, Spain

We saw the Running of the Nudes start in 2002 in Pamplona, Spain when animal rights activities protested the world-famous Running of the Bulls.

Today, the Running of the Nudes is a thing, and invites participants to go "Out With The Old, In With the Nude!" Still in Pamplona, this nude race runs to increase awareness of animal cruelty - especially bullfighting.

World Body painting Festival

July 1 - 3, 2016 - Lake Wörthersee, Poertschach, Austria

You can get naked here, but it doesn't stop there. "Step Into The Surreal" along Lake Wörthersee for the "Fusion Of Bodies & Beats 2016" - known across Earth as the World Body painting Festival.

Set in southern Austria, this summer event attracts more than 30,000 attendees from over 40 countries. Created in 1998, WBF is said to have ignited the body painting movement.

In addition to stunning artwork-on-skin, WBF features live music and DJs across five stages, fashion shows, kids activities, award ceremonies, and more. You'll find the Electronic Pier, art installations, beaches, markets, and side events like Body Circus, Zombie Crawl, and WBF Shopping Day.

Burning Man

August 28 - September 5, 2016 - Black Rock, Nevada, USA

This festival may need no introduction, but here goes. Established in 1986, Burning Man is an annual gathering of the overly-creative in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada in the southwestern United States.

With an attendee count nearing 70,000 free-loving people, you can safely bet to find some fellow nudists and naturalists. Burning Man is in fact a clothing-optional event, and also features events like the Critical Tits Bike Ride.

World Naked Bike Ride

Year Round - Worldwide

Don't think you'll make it to southern Austria or the Nevada desert this year? That's OK, because there's sure to be an incredibly fun naked bike ride near you at some point in 2016.

WNBR is a clothing-optional - or "bare as you dare" - ride with hundreds to thousands of participants (some skating or even hoofing it along with the crowd).

According to worldnakedbikeride.org, "Most World Naked Bike Rides in the southern hemisphere take place in mid-March. Most northern hemisphere rides have traditionally taken place around the second Saturday in June."

Get the chain oil and sunscreen, and add the World Naked Bike Ride to your resolutions list.

Tags : Nudism, Naturist, Travel, Holiday, World Naked Bike Ride, Burning Man, Nude Festivals, Bare To Breakers

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  • I took part in the WNBR on June 10 in Toronto. It was a beautiful experience. I can't wait for. Next year
    • Everyone should know about Nude Stock, it's a Nudist Music Festival held the last full weekend in September at Cedar Creek RV Park in South Carolina. Great music, Friendly People and no shoes no shirt no pants no problem. :-)
      • Not exactly a nudist festival, but a naked run at Roskilde music festival in Denmark, the race is for free tickets - https://youtu.be/ziAV1wGLL9w In England in recent years Nudefest has been held in Cornwall until this year when it was moved to Somerset, a week of camping/caravanning with activities/entertainment on site and trips offsite to locations which are not normally clothing-optional but are for Nudefest visitors - we've done a nude brewery tour and visited an aquarium as nudists. We've skipped the
        • Hay guys hows it going hope your all having a good day :-) Hi guys i have a facebook group for us true nudists out here i know sometimes you worry about people knowing you like to get naked :-) but i was the same till afew years ago when i though what the hell who really cares we all have the same parts :-) Anyway what im ment to be saying is if you would like to join my group on facebook then drop me your email
          • Hi..idd like to meet or chat genuine nudists .singles or couple or family in south australia perferbly. But will chat to anyone nice .i want to lean more about being free of clothes.:-)
            • Like to meet other nudists here in Des Moines, Ia
              • I would also say to check out the Banana Rum Cup at White Tail Resort in Virginia. May 20-22, awesome volleyball tournament! Great crowd!
                • How could you leave out the Freemont Solstice Parade? The parade takes place in Seattle on June 18th this year. More than 1,500 bicyclists wearing nothing but paint. It must be one of the largest nude events in the world.
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