The Byron Bay Festivals:

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If you're planning to visit Byron Bay over the next few months it's likely you'll be greeted by surfing fans, film aficionados, and global music beats.

With the Byron Bay festival season just kicking off, there are many great opportunities to join in the action, no matter what your interests.

Here are some of the most popular events for 2012-13.

The Surf Festival

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For a full three days celebration of surf culture - the sport, the music and the art - check out the Byron Bay Surf Festival this year from 26-28 October 2012.

This event features all cultural aspects of the surfing lifestyle, and takes advantage of Byron Bay's rich surfing heritage.

Events will include surfboard design, surfing photography, and a surfing with disabilities demonstration.

Byron Bay Festivals - the Rhythm

For those with a swing in their hips, there's the Byron Latin Fiesta from 2-4 November 2012.

This Latin dance party allows you to learn your moves at dance workshops during the day, and then shake them out in full force at night. You can meet qualified dance instructors, watch professional Latin dancers perform, and shimmy the night away on Byron Bay beaches to the sounds of live Latin bands and DJs.

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If you are interested in World Music, check out the sounds of over 100 performers due to appear at the Mullum Music Festival from 22-25 November 2012.

This popular music festival grows annually, so be certain to check whether your favorite bands have made in the lineup this year.

Byron Bay Festivals - The Spirit

Celebrate the changing of the seasons, at the Byron Spirit Festival, taking place 1-3 March. In its second year, this series of events unites lovers of yoga, kirtan, dance, music and healing, for an autumnal weekend of mind, body and soul rejuvenation.

Are you a film lover? If so plan your trip during the 7th Annual Byron Bay International Film Festival from 1-10 March 2013. This festival will feature premieres of over 200 films, with multiple panels-talks and parties for participants. The event supports up-and-coming writers and directors, with open submissions for independent filmmakers.

Arguably Byron Bay's most famous festival, the 24th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest will draw the festival season to a close from 28 March to 1 April 2013. Head over to the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm to hear world renowned blues and roots music. Meet artists, musicians and fellow festival-lovers for an unforgettable weekend. Spread across 120 hectares of land, the Bluesfest site can accommodate up to 17,500 visitors-a-day. There is plenty of room for camping, and the grounds include a general store, toilet facilities, and transportation to town.

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Byron Bay's festivals undoubtedly add an extra bit of cultural flair to any vacation in the area. The destination is also busting with unique and interesting activities for you to explore; from underwater adventures, to skydiving, or simply lounging on the beach. There's something for everyone.

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