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This is Wikitravel's Current and upcoming events section about events, festivals, holidays that are happening around the world. For yearly calendar of events please look here.

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2014[edit]

December[edit]

Mevlâna Festival, Konya, Turkey

Mevlâna Festival, Konya, Turkey

10-17 Dec

The festival of the Whirling Dervishes commemorates the death anniversary of the 13th century Sufi saint Mevlana or Rumi as he was known. Rumi believed that communication with God was possible through dance and so was born the dance of the whirling dervishes with their swirling white flowing robes and black cloaks and conical headgear. It is a treat to watch them perform and go into trance like dance where the energy flow is truly palpable. The Mevlana festival normally starts on 10 December and reaches its crescendo on 17 December when it ends on a spectacular note as on this day Mevlana's union with Allah is celebrated. Over one million people descend on the conservative town of Konya to take part in the festival. [1]


Burning of the Devil, Guatemala

Burning of the Devil, Guatemala

7 Dec

In local traditions, the devil lurks in the corners of homes, beneath beds and among garbage. Each year, as a prelude to Christmas, homes are cleaned and on 7 December the rubbish is collected in the streets. Often, an effigy of the devil is thrown on top, just to really sort him out. At 6pm the piles of garbage are set alight, chasing out the evil spirits and ushering in a devil-free Christmas season. To accompany the burn there might be marimba bands and there will certainly be fireworks…another rocket up the fleeing devil’s behind. Burning of the Devil (Quema del Diablo) is celebrated across much of the country but you’ll witness the best festivities in Guatemala City city and Antigua. [2].


National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas

National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas

4-13 Dec

The big bronc of rodeo competitions, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) sees Vegas taken over by cowboys ready to ride and wrestle their way towards immortality. Known on the circuit as the ‘Superbowl of Rodeo’, NFR ropes in the season’s top 15 competitors (based on the ProRodeo world standings) in each of professional rodeo’s seven events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. At stake are not just their bones and pride, but around US$5.5 million in prize money, which even by Vegas standards is real currency. NFR is running in conjunction with the rodeo is the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. [3]


November[edit]

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2005

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

27 Nov

It's the time when giant balloons shaped like characters, as well as floats, bands, and entertainment, are paraded around New York city. The parade starts at 09:00 and lasts 3h. [4]


Monkey Buffet Festival, Lopburi, Thailand

Monkey Buffet Festival, Lopburi, Thailand

25 Nov

Set up in the province of Lopburi, north of Bangkok, this unique festival is held for the benefit of the monkeys. 4000kg of fruit, vegetables, cakes and candies is set down in front of temples on tables, in a pyramid or just on a simple mat for the delight of the 3000 monkeys living in the area. The Festival was invented in 1989 by a local businessman in order to boost tourism in the Lopburi province. [5]


Brisbane G-20 Summit

Brisbane G-20 Summit

15-16 November

Thousands of Media, Delegates and Security will gather in the city for the annual G20 summit. Obama, Cameron, Putin will all be in the city for the event and security will be tightened. G20 Cultural celebrations will occur in the lead up to the event with Music, Art and light shows during the lead up. [6]


Surin Elephant Round-up, Surin

Surin Elephant Round-up, Surin

15 Nov

Thousands of Thais and travellers stampede into provincial Surin for the country’s biggest elephant show. The monumental mammals are coaxed to play soccer, sprint at up to 35km/h and pick up tiny objects with their trunks. One takes on 70 beefy soldiers at tug-of-war. There are demonstrations of log-pulling, a job for which Thais commonly use elephants, and re-enactments of old hunting and war scenes featuring vintage pachyderm costumes. [7]


Days of the Rooster, Tokyo

Days of the Rooster, Tokyo

10-22 Nov

TTori-no-ichi is an annual traditional festival held at shrines and temples nationwide on set days (rooster days) in November to wish good luck and business prosperity. Known as its origin, the festival has been held in the Asakusa area since the Edo period at Ootori Jinja Shrine and Chokokuji Temple. The festivity continues until midnight as gorgeous ""kumade"" rakes decorated in gold and silver are sold by lively vendors in the shrine and temple compound. Make your wish for good luck while enjoying the atmosphere of Tokyo's old downtown at this late fall/early winter event. [8]


Pirate Festival, Cayman Islands

Pirate Festival, Cayman Islands

6-16 Nov

Eleven fun filled days with music, street dances, competitions, games, wonderful local food and drink, kids day, glittering parade, sports events for everyone, Heritage Days, pirate invasion and fireworks galore. The festival starts with a steel pan competition and kick-off party and on Friday night the festival goes off with a bang with a spectacular fireworks display. With the crowning of the Festival Queen and the opening Street Dance and Food Festival on that night there is no better place to be in the Caribbean. [9]


Festa del Cornuto, Rome

Festa del Cornuto, Rome

8-9 Nov

The event has no truck with lovelorn moping. Rolling down the main street on allegorical floats, costumed actors recite satirical compositions about the whole ugly business of betrayals and bust-ups. The festival has an unofficial patroness, an honour for which self-respecting celebrities would surely swap an Oscar. America’s former first lady, Hilary Clinton, has been lucky enough to hold the title. [10]


La Diablada, Puno, Peru

La Diablada, Puno, Peru

3-5 Nov

There are various stories about the roots of La Diablada, in which men dressed as demons are added to Puno’s usual population of women in multi-layered dresses and bowler hats. According to one version of events, the horned parade hits the streets in remembrance of the departure of the devilish conquistadors in the late 19th century. Puno is known as the capital of folklore for La Diablada and its February event, La Virgen de la Candelaria festival. This features a masked dance, also called La Diablada, which tells the tale of trapped miners who battled an army of demons. [11]


Alfeñiques are Day of the Dead traditional sugar-made figures in Mexico.

Day Of The Dead, Mexico

Day Of The Dead, Mexico

1-2 Nov

Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday when friends and family gather together and remember and pray for their loved ones who have died. It is celebrated in connection with the Catholic holidays All Saints' Day, which falls on 1 November. Celebrations take place all over the country, but their heartland is southern Mexico. Mixquic is known as ‘City of the Dead’ for its procession that calls at shrines to the deceased and Oaxaca is where you can go on a graveyard tour. Día de Muertos originated 3,000 years ago with the Aztecs, who had annual ceremonies to honor the deceased and to welcome the temporary return of their spirits. Sugar skulls (calaveras de azúcar) are kind of like the mascot of Día de Muertos. They are a symbol of death and afterlife, and are often used to decorate altars. [12]


October[edit]

Diwali, Mumbai, India

Diwali, Mumbai, India

23 Oct

An ancient celebration with deeply spiritual roots, this Festival of Lights (Diwali) is technically a tradition with a religious foundation, but all that are willing to share in the season of abundance are welcome. Thousands of oil lamps, fireworks, lavish feasts, fragrant flowers and colored sand in the form of lotus blossoms adorn India in this annual homecoming that is Diwali. Diwali takes place in the fall and marks the end of the harvest season in India and also the beginning of a new financial year. Life in India revolves around the agrarian calendar, and at this time of year people pay debts and make prayers for good crops as seeds are soon to be sown in the coming new year. Lakshmi, the goddess of beauty, wealth and prosperity, plays a central role in the celebration because her worship might bring good fortune to the pious. While Diwali is mostly a Hindu festival, Sikhs and Jains also observe this holiday, making the celebrations truly for almost everyone in India. [13]


Círio de Nazaré, Brazil

Círio de Nazaré, Brazil

14 Oct

Círio de Nazaré is one of the largest Catholic processions in Brazil and in the world. About two million faithful join the Círio de Nazaré, which takes place in Belém, the capital of the northern state of Pará, and honors the Virgin of Nazareth. Hundreds of boats participate in a well-know river procession - Romaria Fluvial on the Saturday before the street procession. Several other events are involved in the Círio, which, in 2004, was listed as an Immaterial Heritage by IPHAN - Brazil's Institute for National Historical and Artistic Heritage. [14]


A sky full of balloons at the International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

4-12 Oct

The Fiesta is the world's largest ballooning event, largest annual international event in North America, and one of the most photographed events in the world. A cultural landmark for Albuquerque (and indeed, all of New Mexico), this festival gives you a first-hand look at the world of ballooning. For nine days in October, you may walk out onto a large field where balloonists from around the world set up, inflate, launch, and possibly land their balloons. Mass ascensions of balloons with hundreds of different colors and shapes create an often stunning and magnificent sight. It's one of the most heavily attended festivals in the entire U.S. [15]


September[edit]

Human Tower Competition, Spain

Human Tower Competition, Spain

28 Sep

Once every two years in Spain, some few thousand men, women, and even children climb on each other’s shoulders to create the tallest and the strongest human tower in the history of mankind. Concurs de Castells is one of the most important cultural traditions in Catalonia for more than 200 years and reckoned as the “most important Human Tower Competition” in the world, recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It takes place every other October in the city of Tarragona, with the participation of hundreds of participants (called castellers) forming human towers up to 10 stories high. More than 20,000 spectators attend the Concurs de Castells each year. Besides the human towers, the festival features a parade of dance, music, concerts, fireworks, and street performances. [16]


View of Galway harbour

Galway Oyster Festival

Galway Oyster Festival

26-29 Sep

The Galway Oyster Festival is dedicated to Ostrea edulis, the European flat oyster. The local molluscs are left to grow for three years in the clean waters of Brandon Bay and Clarenbridge, blooming into a juicy delicacy. Tens of thousands of the slippery critters are consumed on the Guinness Oyster Trail, on which 30 pubs give out free trays of the seafood with pints of the dark stuff. [17]


La Mercè 2014, Barcelona

La Mercè 2014, Barcelona

24 Sep

The festival La Mercè, which is held in honor of the patron saint la Mercè (the Virgin of Mercy) on September 24 each year is the "Fiesta Mayor" - the main festival - of Barcelona. It is the largest and most colourful festival in the city's festival calendar and the absolute climax of Barcelona's event schedule. The main events of the festival take place on September 24. But during the entire week before and after La Mercè there are many events in Barcelona. The events 2014 take place from September 19 to September 24. [18]


Lake Bohinj with a church

Cow's Ball, Bohinj, Slovenia

Cow's Ball, Bohinj, Slovenia

21 Sep

Kitsch, possibly of the unintentional kind, comes out to play at the Cows' Ball. More than 50 years old, the festival marks a winter homecoming; not of men, but of cattle, which return to the alpine Bohinj valley after a summer spent in green pastures. Daisy and friends are truly the belles of the rural ball, as they are decorated with wreaths and shown off on a parade. Accompanied by herders, cheesemakers, milkmaids and other dairy-farming types, they pass Lake Bohinj and, rising 130m above it, Govin Waterfall. The falls are only active after heavy rain, so hopefully there won’t be any spray to spoil the animals’ get-up. [19]


Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

20 Sep- 5 Oct

A 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event. [20]


Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

19- 21 Sep

Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. Held every September on the Monterey County Fairgrounds site where the Festival was first presented in 1958, the Monterey Jazz Festival began as a dream for founder Jimmy Lyons and his co-founder and colleague, Ralph Gleason. It was a dream of a "sylvan setting with the best jazz people in the whole world playing on the same stage, having a whole weekend of jazz." That dream became reality in 1958, with the first Monterey Jazz Festival bringing in artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Ernestine Anderson, Harry James, Max Roach, and Billie Holiday. Every year since then, every third full weekend in September sees the same caliber of talent grace the now eight stages on the Monterey Fairgrounds, as the Monterey Jazz Festival presents the best jazz performers in the world for a three-day celebration of the best in jazz. In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds. [21]


Models walking the runway.

Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Weekend, Prague, Czech Republic

Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Weekend, Prague, Czech Republic

18- 22 Sep

You might not know that Prague is definitely on the fashion map and events like Fashion Weekend prove it, featuring up and coming national designers. [22]


August[edit]

Ganesh Chaturthi- Mumbai’s elephantine festival

Mumbai’s elephantine festival

Mumbai’s elephantine festival

29 Aug

There’s good reason to be in Mumbai this month: Ganeshotsav is the energetic 10-day celebration of the birth of the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom, Ganesha. The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. Artisans put months of effort into making the statues. On Ananta Chaturdasi (the last day), the statues are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water. In Mumbai alone, more than 150,000 statues are immersed each year! [23]


La Tomatina, a food fight festival held each year in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain.

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

26 Aug

Every year 30,000 people assemble in the streets of Buñol, Spain to participate in the largest tomato fight in the world. 125,000 kg of tomatoes are brought into the city via truck so ammunition is never short. 5 massive tomato-packed rockets are exploded in the air to commence the fight. There are only two rules:

1) You must squish each tomato before throwing it so that the force of the vegetable against you target’s head will not cause injury

2) Only tomatoes can be thrown [24]


Notting Hill Carnival, London

Notting Hill Carnival, London

24-25 Aug

The British capital’s top summer knees-up, a celebration of the local Caribbean community, has enlivened this part of town since the 1950s. During the end-of-August bank holiday, the neighbourhood featured in the Hugh Grant film Notting Hill explodes with reggae sound systems and Rastafarians smoking what one of Grant’s characters might call ‘wacky baccy’. [25]


Inextremiste performers

International Festival of Contemporary Circus, Prague, Czech Republic

International Festival of Contemporary Circus, Prague, Czech Republic

17 Aug– 2 Sep

The city of Prague will be home to the International Festival of Contemporary Circus. Ladies and gents, this is not just any circus so don’t expect fearless lion tamers or beautiful women doing handstands on the backs of elephants. The world-renowned multinational companies performing in Prague belong to the Cirque Nouveau movement. [26]


People walking the Prague Pride Parade

Prague Pride Parade, Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Pride Parade, Prague, Czech Republic

11 – 17 Aug

This weeklong celebration of LBGT culture includes a colorful parade followed by an outdoor concert, theatre, film and sports. August 11-17. [27]


International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol

International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol

7-10 Aug

Free for the whole family is Europe's largest ballooning event, Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta. More than 150 balloons take off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn, and linger in the air until evening, when they illuminate the skies. [28]


International Beer Festival, Berlin

International Beer Festival, Berlin

3-5 Aug

The city is already a huge open party in August; make it more so by catching this free, 1.3-mile beer garden featuring 2,000 beers from 88 countries. [29]


Crop Over, Bridgetown, Barbados

Crop Over, Bridgetown, Barbados

3-4 Aug

The Crop Over summer festival is Barbados' most popular and colorful festival. Its origins can be traced back to the 1780's, a time when Barbados was the world's largest producer of sugar. At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest - the Crop Over celebration. In the first week of August, the capital fills with the scent of Bajan cuisine and the sound of steel drums at events such as Bridgetown Market. The Calypso rhythms climax at Cahobblopot on the first Sunday in August, when the Tune of the Crop is announced. The Kings and Queens of the costumed bands parade, and everyone toasts the monarchs with a huge party. The following day, a national holiday, sees the Grand Kadooment, a Calypso convoy of costumes, craziness, fireworks and rum. [cropoverbarbados.com]


Seven Sisters Festival, Hong Kong

Seven Sisters Festival, Hong Kong

2 Aug

Qi Xi is the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Night. In a tradition single girls carry out tasks to impress potential lovers. Also called Night of the Skills, the event sees girls showing off their talents at domestic duties such as embroidery and melon carving. They throw a sewing needle into a bowl of water and, if it floats, that indicates the girl is an accomplished knitter. Girls make offerings of flowers, food and face powder to the stars representing the couple. When the ceremony is over, in the hope of sharing the seventh sister’s celestial beauty, they throw half the powder on the roof and use the rest. While the festival takes place throughout China, Hong Kong’s Lovers’ Rock is a pilgrim site for newlyweds and singletons [30]


July[edit]

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Bohemia Jazz Fest 2014, Czech Republic

Bohemia Jazz Fest 2014, Czech Republic

15 Jul – 26 Jul

Though the U.S. is the place for great jazz, there is nothing like the Bohemia Jazz Fest where musicians from all over the world play on stages set against historic sites throughout the Czech Republic. The nature of the festival fits the genre. Jazz is largely improvised, like the free open air event that’s something people don’t have to plan ahead for and a good portion of the audience may have just stumbled upon it. This makes for great original music and a very good music festival. [31]


Alfa Future People, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation

11 Jul - 13 Jul

Festival of music and technology! Midsummer. Fresh air and dazzling sunshine. Secret airfield on the Volga bank. Music that changes spirits. Technologies that will change the world. What else do you need to hear and to see the future? It’s so simple. Come and join us from 11th to 13th of July. And believe, you will return a completely different person, an Alfa Future Person. Lineup: Matisse and Sadko, Swanky Tunes, Paul Oakenfold, Arty, Markus Schulz, Benny Benassi, Avicii, Alexey Romeo, Dusky, James Zabiela, Skrillex, Nero, John Dahlback, ATB, Dropzone, Mutated Forms, Proxy, Carnage, Baauer, Dieselboy, Easy M, Pompeya, Tesla Boy, The Uchpochmack, DJ Fresh and MC Messy, Infected Mushroom, Dub FX, Infinity Ink. [32]


Tour de France

Tour de France

5 Jul - 27 Jul

The 101th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,664 kilometres. After taking off from the United Kingdom for a 20th Grand Départ abroad, the Tour de France will also go through Belgium and Spain.[33]


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Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

4 Jul - 12 Jul

When it comes to film, Karlovy Vary, the largest and most visited of the Czech Republic’s famous spa towns, is the place to be. Besides being one of the oldest film festivals in the world (it was inaugurated in 1946) it’s one of the most important to the film industry in Central and Eastern Europe. The Karlovy Vary IFF is an opportunity for filmmakers from 18 countries to screen their films to distributors, sales agents, and producers.[34]


June[edit]

Baroque Night of the Chamber Music Festivalll

Chamber Music Festival, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Chamber Music Festival, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

27 Jun- 6 Jul

Every year since 1987 The Chamber Music Festival has been hosted in Cesky Krumlov, a small city in the south Bohemian region whose old town and castle district have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What began as a simple classical music festival has evolved into a truly magical musical experience. One of the main attractions is Baroque Night at Cesky Krumlov Castle, which tries to faithfully reconstruct a baroque experience for the participants with the location, the musicians, the repertory, even the food. [35]


12 Jun- 13 Jul

The biggest event in soccer and one of the biggest events in all of sports—the Fifa World Cup—will be held in Brazil between 12 June and 13 July 2014. It's the second time Brazil is hosting the tournament (first time in 1950). 32 countries will participate in the World Cup, playing a total of 64 matches in 12 cities across Brazil. It is estimated that 500,000 soccer fans will attend the world’s largest soccer event. [36]


Feast of St Anthony, Lisbon, Portugal

Feast of St Anthony, Lisbon, Portugal

12-14 Jun

On the feast day of St Anthony, patron saint of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital goes sardine crazy. The winding streets and steep staircases in Alfama, the city’s oldest quarter, fill with the smell of sardines being grilled outside little houses and restaurants. A popular soundtrack for these activities is fado, the melancholy Portuguese music imbued with a sense of longing. Bands often play alongside an image of the saint. [37]


Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight, England

Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight, England

12-15 Jun

Music festival which takes place every year. It was originally a counterculture event held from 1968 to 1970. [38]


Lajkonik Festival

Lajkonik Festival, Cracow, Poland

Lajkonik Festival, Cracow, Poland

26 Jun

The Lajkonik is one of the unofficial symbols of the city of Kraków, Poland. It is represented as a bearded man resembling a Tatar in a characteristic pointed hat, dressed in Mongol attire, with a wooden horse around his waist (hobby horse). Integral part of the festival celebration is a street parade and various culture events held in front of the ancient city hall.


May[edit]

Mawazine Music Festival, Rabat, Morocco

Mawazine Music Festival, Rabat, Morocco

30 May- 7 Jun

Held on eight stages around town, Mawazine seems to take over Morocco’s capital city of Rabat for its eight-day run; in 2013, 2.2 million people (more than 3 times the population of Rabat) attended the festival’s more than 100 concerts. Since Mawazine’s debut in 2002, big-name headliners have included Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Quincy Jones, Elton John and Whitney Houston, and musicians and singers from across Africa, India, Europe, the Caribbean and South America have rounded out the roster. [39]


Galungan, Ubud, Bali

Galungan, Ubud, Bali

21 May

Bali isn’t just an island paradise, it’s an anomaly. Unlike the rest of Indonesia, which is predominantly Muslim, Bali is a Hindu island mixed with a healthy dose of animism, the belief that everything, including inanimate objects, contains life. Galungan is the most important feast for Balinese Hindus, a celebration to honor the creator of the universe (Ida Sang Hyang Widi) and the spirits of the ancestors. The festival symbolizes the victory of good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma), and encourages the Balinese to show their gratitude to the creator and sainted ancestors. [40]


Danu Bratan Temple Bali on Galungan's day

Galungan, Ubud, Bali

Galungan, Ubud, Bali

21 May

Bali isn’t just an island paradise, it’s an anomaly. Unlike the rest of Indonesia, which is predominantly Muslim, Bali is a Hindu island mixed with a healthy dose of animism, the belief that everything, including inanimate objects, contains life. Galungan is the most important feast for Balinese Hindus, a celebration to honor the creator of the universe (Ida Sang Hyang Widi) and the spirits of the ancestors. The festival symbolizes the victory of good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma), and encourages the Balinese to show their gratitude to the creator and sainted ancestors. [41]


Bay to Breakers, San Francisco

Bay to Breakers, San Francisco

18 May

An annual footrace that is one of the largest in the country. The route runs from Downtown to Ocean Beach. Many runners do the whole thing in costume, wearing anything from elaborate costumes to wearing almost nothing at all, lending a party atmosphere to the event.


Cannes International Film Festival

Cannes International Film Festival

14-25 May

Cannes moment to shine arrives in May as the venue for the Cannes Film Festival, entertaining the rich and famous. During the festival, fans can see actors, celebrities, and directors up close and in person on the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette.


Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival

Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival

8-10 May

The Pooram of all Poorams, is the most spectacular festival of this cultural capital celebrated at Vadakkumnathan Temple every year. The Pooram of all Poorams, is the most spectacular festival of this cultural capital celebrated at Vadakkumnathan Temple every year during April-May. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple, Kerala’s grandest temple pageantry, which includes colourful processions of caparisoned elephants and a midnight fireworks display, parasol exchanges, drum concerts can be witnessed from the crowded streets of Thrissur City. During the festival season, Thrissur, popularly known as the temple town turns into a town of colour, music and mirth.


Czech Gingerbread

Gingerbread Festival, Prague

Gingerbread Festival, Prague

8 May

Fans of the sweet treat won’t have to wait until Christmas to get their fix—in May, Pardubice Chateau hosts this 13th annual festival, where you’ll catch performances, contests (such as the fastest-eater contest) and take part in traditional Czech activities. And of course, there’ll be plenty of chances to taste various kinds of gingerbread.[42]


Louisville Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby, Louisville

Kentucky Derby, Louisville

3 May

Often described as "the most exciting two minutes in sports," the first race of the Triple Crown is cause for a full day of celebrating, eating, and drinking. There is a full day of races on Derby Day, of which the Kentucky Derby is the last. Everything about the "Run for the Roses" (named for the blanket of roses draped over the winner) is steeped in tradition, from the food (Derby Pie) to the drinks (mint juleps, traditionally served in a pewter cup) to the clothes (designer hats for women, and two- and three-piece summer suits for men). TV stations will have several hours of pre-race coverage as well as the post-race interview with a teary-eyed jockey. Although you can certainly attend in person, either in the stadium seats or the cheaper and boozier infield, it's probably more common to find one of the countless Derby parties, hosted by a bar or maybe just at a friend's house. [43]


April[edit]

Beltane Fire Fest

Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh

Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh

30 Apr

The ancient festival of Beltane marked the beginning of summer, and was held on the night before May 1. Because the changing of the seasons was a big deal to the pastoral Celtic peoples, the start of summer meant a time of light and growth to come. One of the most important parts of the Beltane celebration was the lighting of the Beltane fires. The bonfires represented the growing power of the sun through to midsummer. Cattle and farm animals were driven around the fires (not through, of course!), and brave humans would leap across the bonfires. Don’t be disappointed, but the current festival doesn’t involve livestock. Run by the Beltane Fire Society, it’s a procession, beginning at the National Monument and winds counter-clockwise along a path. Leading the parade is the May Queen and the Green Man, and at its end, they light a huge bonfire. Dancing, food, drink and music ensue. [44]


Amsterdam's Canals during the King's Day

King's Day in Amsterdam, Netherlands

King's Day in Amsterdam, Netherlands

27 Apr

The national holiday, nominally in celebration of the King's birthday is hard to describe to anyone who's never been there. The city turns into one giant mass of orange-dressed people (all Amsterdam locals, and another 1 million or so from throughout the country visit the parties in the city) with flea markets, bands playing, and many on-street parties, ranging from small cafes placing a few kegs of beer outside to huge open-air stages hosting world-famous DJ's. [45]


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

25 Apr- 4 May

Jazz fan or not, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is the place to celebrate music. During the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, the Big Easy opens to the page in its history book that’s filled with tribal African beats, harmonic church hymns, and American pop music, filling 12 stages with everything from jazz and blues to rock and folk. This soulful festival has a relaxed vibe, perfect if you want to experience New Orleans culture without the madness of Mardi Gras. [46]


Acceleration International Race and Music Festival, Portimão, Portugal

Acceleration International Race and Music Festival, Portimão, Portugal

25-27 Apr

Acceleration 2014 is a unique three-day event combining car and bike racing with a two-day music festival. The main race attraction of Acceleration 2014 is the FA1 class (former A1 GP).What makes Acceleration so unique is the Music Festival. None other than David Hasselhoff will kick off the festival Friday night with his Celebrate The 80s & 90s With The Hoff. He has invited lots of 80’s and 90’s superstars to join him on stage with the likes of 2 Unlimited, Samantha Fox (Official), Sabrina and Haddaway to name but a few. [47]


Songkran festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Water festival, Thailand

Water festival, Thailand

13-15 Apr

This undoubtedly most fun holiday in Thailand, is the celebration of the Thai New Year. What started off as polite ritual to wash away the sins of the prior year has evolved into the world's largest water fight, which lasts for three full days. Water pistols and Super Soakers are advised and are on sale everywhere. The best places to participate are Chiang Mai, the Khao San Road area in Bangkok and holiday resorts like Pattaya, Ko Samui and Phuket. Be advised that you will get very wet, this is not a spectator sport. In recent years, the water-throwing has been getting more and more unpleasant as people have started splashing iced water onto each other. It is advisable to wear dark clothing, as light colours may become transparent when wet. [48]


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California

Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California

11-13 Apr and 18-20 Apr

large music festival in the desert near Palm Springs, it takes place over two weekends in the Spring. [49]


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Mount Vernon (WA)

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Mount Vernon (WA)

1-30 Apr

Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. The festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor as there is no one "site" that you go to for your visit. This is because the farmers in the valley raise tulips as an agricultural crop and the 100s of acres of blooming flowers are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley. In addition to the flowers, festival visitors enjoy taking in one of the many events and activities that happen only during April. These too are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley. [50]


March[edit]

Nowruz, Iran

Nowruz, Iran

21 Mar

Nowruz, also known as Persian New Year, celebrates both the first day of the Iranian calendar and the first day of spring. Dating back to Zoroastrian times, and first mentioned in writing in the 2nd Century, the ancient festival is celebrated by Persians around the world, generally with traditions like house cleaning, buying new clothes, visiting family members and, on the “Wednesday Festival”, leaping over bonfires while singing a traditional song. Here, young Iranians jump for new year’s joy in Mesr, an oasis in Iran’s central desert. As it is Iran’s most important national holiday, some of the biggest Nowruz celebrations are in the capital of Tehran, with some 100,000 people expected at this year’s festival in the city. [51]


Washington D.C. Tidal Basin cherry trees

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

20 Mar- 13 Apr

In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington DC. The US capital celebrates the blossoming of the trees – and the friendship between Japan and the US – in the National Cherry Blossom Festival each year. In 1981, the US even gave some cuttings back to Japan to help the country replant trees that had been destroyed in a flood. The festival, which attracts 1.5 million people annually.[52]


Members of Naval Reserve Center Bronx's color guard march up Fifth Avenue in NYC

Saint Patrick's Day Parade, NYC

Saint Patrick's Day Parade, NYC

17 Mar

The St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of New York City's greatest traditions. This annual parade has been held for more than 250 years in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. The Parade is reviewed from the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. This tradition has remained unchanged since the early days of the parade when the Archbishop of New York observed marchers from Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in historic Greenwich Village. The Parade was originally held in Lower Manhattan before the new Cathedral was built on Fifth Avenue. Often regarded as the most popular parade in New York City, the Parade is the largest and most famous of the many parades held in the city each year. The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11 am and marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up 79th Street and the Irish Historical Society, where the parade finishes around 4:30 - 5:00 pm. [53]


Shop selling colours for Holi, Old Delhi

Holi- the Spring Festival, India

Holi- the Spring Festival, India

17 Mar

Holi - is a festival of colors and it was meant to welcome the spring and win the blessings of Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land. As with all the Hindu festivals, there are many interesting legends attached to Holi, the most popular being that of Prince Prahlad, who was a devout follower of Lord Vishnu. It is the second most important festival of India after Diwali. Holi in India is a festival of fun and frolic and has been associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The exuberance and the festivity of the season are remarkable.


Fallas, before igniting the papier maché models

Las Fallas, Valencia

Las Fallas, Valencia

15-19 Mar

The five day festival is a carnival of bonfires, fireworks, parades, shows, and other festivities, as it also celebrates the arrival of spring. Every day the day starts at 8 am sharp with a ‘wakeup call or la Desperata as it is called. Bands march down the main streets of the town and firecrackers are burned as peppy music rents the air. At 2 pm it’s time for the La Mascleta which takes place in the different neighborhoods of the city – this is a run up to the main event of Mascleta held on 19 March at the Plaça de l’Ajuntamen. Every night there are firework displays in the city and the final one on the last night is the most magnificent with firecrackers and fireworks lighting up the skies. [54]. Read more [55].


Calle Ocho, Miami

Calle Ocho, Miami

9 Mar

Billed as the largest street party in the world, Calle Ocho is the grand finale to Miami’s Carnaval celebration. Started in 1978, it sees the closure for a day of more than 20 blocks along Calle Ocho through Little Havana, the Cuban pulse of Miami, for a party attended by around one million people. Ostensibly a celebration of Latin and Caribbean culture, the sounds of salsa and merengue fill the street from 30 stages. Along the length of Calle Ocho you’ll find hundreds of food stalls and kiosks offering a Caribbean Sea of tastes. If you have kids in tow, head for the special KidzZone, bounded by SW 8th Ave and SW 4th Ave, featuring a host of activities and all the sickly sweet stuff kids adore. Immediately west of this is Parranda, where four blocks are given over to wandering musicians and dancers and a great carnival-style atmosphere. [56]


February[edit]

Feb


January[edit]

Montreal Igloofest

Montreal Igloofest

until 8 Feb

Every winter thousands of electronic music lovers dance under the stars at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal. With its icy décor blanketing steel structures, its striking architectural volumes, its programming drawing from the best local and international DJs, its igloo village, and its renowned "one piece" contest, Igloofest offers the hottest winter evenings in Montréal! [57]


Zwolle Ice Sculpture Festival

Zwolle Ice Sculpture Festival

until 26 Jan

In winter, Zwolle’s city centre serves as the backdrop for wonderful snow and ice sculptures. Dozens of Dutch and foreign artists will use 250,000 kilos of ice and 250,000 kilos of snow to create their unique works of art, which will be exhibited on Rodetorenplein square. [58]


Drum festival, San Sebastian

Drum festival, San Sebastian

20 Jan

At midnight a flag is raised in Plaza de la Constitucíon and regiments of soldierly drummers begin parading through the town, banging and thumping at drums and barrels to celebrate the city’s eponymous patron saint. For 24 hours, day and night, the entire city is awash with the sound of drums. The adults, dressed as cooks and soldiers, march in different companies across various parts of the city with different schedules. [59]


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

31 Jan

Chinese New Year is celebrated around much of the world – where there’s a Chinatown there’s invariably a Chinese New Year party – but there’s something special about being in one of China’s major cities for the the high point of the Chinese year. You can expect colorful decorations but not a whole lot of public merrymaking; for the most part, this is a family festival. In Beijing, the White Cloud Temple, the Lama Temple and other temples stage entertaining miàohuì (temple fairs). Celebrations are also held in parks such as Ditan Park. At night the city echoes to the sound of continuous fireworks. In Shanghai there’s an explosion of fireworks at midnight to welcome in the New Year and ward off bad spirits, and special services are held at Longhua Temple and Jing’an Temple. In Hong Kong there’s a parade on the first day of the New Year, a fantastic fireworks display over Victoria Harbour on the second evening, and one of the year’s largest horse races is held at Sha Tin on day three. In mainland China the New Year holiday extends for seven days, and legions of Chinese use it to head to the provinces to visit relatives – this can be a very difficult time to try to travel around China. In Hong Kong it’s a three-day holiday. [60]


Quebec Winter Carnival

Québec Winter Carnival

Québec Winter Carnival

31 Jan- 16 Feb

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the Québec Winter Carnival to enjoy a host of activities including international snow sculpture competition, snow bath, snow slides, giant foosball, ice canoe race an night parades. It's claimed to be world's biggest winter carnival! [61]


2013[edit]

December[edit]

Fireworks

Earth New Years Eve Celebrations

Earth New Years Eve Celebrations

31 Dec

Bringing in 2014, watch the New Years celebrations all over the world.[62]


Bogota Christmas Lights

Bogota Christmas Lights

Dec

During December, the city puts up Christmas lights in different parts of the city. Good for walking around at night.[63]


Stonehenge

Stonehenge Visitor Center Opens

Stonehenge Visitor Center Opens

18 Dec

The center officially opened on December 18, three days before the winter solstice, when druids, pagans and revelers gather to watch the sun rise in perfect alignment with the stones -- a celestial event that both explains their purpose and deepens their mystery. [64]


Lantern Festival in Vancouver

Vancouver Lantern Festival

Vancouver Lantern Festival

20 Dec

Celebrate the longest night of the year this Saturday, December 21st at the 20th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, the “secret” December event takes place across multiple neighbourhoods throughout the city. This mostly free community event works to transform four Vancouver neighborhoods to celebrate the returning of the sun. [65]


Cologne Christmas market

Cologne Christmas market

Cologne Christmas market

till 23 Dec

The city of Cologne offers 7 Christmas Markets in total. Among them are four big Christmas Markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, on the Neumarkt and on the Rudolfplatz. Every year these wonderful four Christmas Markets attract almost 2 million visitors. The Christmas Market at the Cologne Cathedral is the most impressive one in Cologne, due to the huge backdrop of the imposing Cathedral. Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere. It is not just children's eyes that light up when pewter pourers, wreath binders and glassblowers demonstrate their art, and the aroma of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread fills the air. [66]


National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas

National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas

5-14 Dec

The big bronc of rodeo competitions, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) sees Vegas taken over by cowboys ready to ride and wrestle their way towards immortality. Known on the circuit as the ‘Superbowl of Rodeo’, NFR ropes in the season’s top 15 competitors (based on the ProRodeo world standings) in each of professional rodeo’s seven events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. At stake are not just their bones and pride, but around US$5.5 million in prize money, which even by Vegas standards is real currency. NFR is running in conjunction with the rodeo is the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. [67]


Burning of the Devil, Guatemala

Burning of the Devil, Guatemala

7 Dec

In local traditions, the devil lurks in the corners of homes, beneath beds and among garbage. Each year, as a prelude to Christmas, homes are cleaned and on 7 December the rubbish is collected in the streets. Often, an effigy of the devil is thrown on top, just to really sort him out. At 6pm the piles of garbage are set alight, chasing out the evil spirits and ushering in a devil-free Christmas season. To accompany the burn there might be marimba bands and there will certainly be fireworks…another rocket up the fleeing devil’s behind. Burning of the Devil (Quema del Diablo) is celebrated across much of the country but you’ll witness the best festivities in Guatemala City city and Antigua. [68].


Rice Cake War, Lombok, Indonesia

Rice Cake War, Lombok, Indonesia

10 Dec

The Perang Topat (or Rice Cake War) takes place each year at the Pura Lingsar Temple in West Lombok. Celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims together. It is an event preceded by weeks of prayer and preparation, in which the people come together to give thanks for their crops, and offer up cakes, fruit, buffalo and rice. Once the main offering is made, the participants take part in a three-night war, using rice as their main weapon. This “war” is meant to be a celebration of the harmony and friendship that has developed between the two religions in Lombok. Lingsar Hindu Temple is the oldest and largest in Lombok, built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah. It is a symbol of harmony between the people of Lombok. [69]


November[edit]

Alfeñiques are Day of the Dead traditional sugar-made figures in Mexico.

Day Of The Dead, Mexico

Day Of The Dead, Mexico

1-2 Nov

Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday when friends and family gather together and remember and pray for their loved ones who have died. It is celebrated in connection with the Catholic holidays All Saints' Day, which falls on November 1. Celebrations take place all over the country, but their heartland is southern Mexico. Mixquic is known as ‘City of the Dead’ for its procession that calls at shrines to the deceased and Oaxaca is where you can go on a graveyard tour. Día de Muertos originated 3,000 years ago with the Aztecs, who had annual ceremonies to honor the deceased and to welcome the temporary return of their spirits. Sugar skulls (calaveras de azúcar) are kind of like the mascot of Día de Muertos. They are a symbol of death and afterlife, and are often used to decorate altars. [70]


Bonfire Night, England

Bonfire Night, England

5 Nov

Bonfire Night is a classically English affair where burning effigies and fireworks illuminate the winter night in memory of centuries-old skulduggery. The festival is held in Lewes, East Sussex, England where he cobbled streets here are filled with a raucous parade, in a firework celebration unmatched across England. Drum beats sound and flaming torches light the way, while various societies dress up, competing. Later on, it’s time to climb up to a bonfire site on the hills for a great view of the fireworks. [71]


Arrangements of lights on Diwali night

Diwali Festival of Lights, India

Diwali Festival of Lights, India

3-8 Nov

It's a 5 day Hindu festival and one of the most important ones in the year. Diwali is a family-oriented festival with firecrackers, sweets, and the lighting of small clay lamps and candles.


Pushkar Camel Festival

Pushkar Camel Festival

6-17 Nov

It is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a huge fair attracting 300,000 people and up to 20,000 camels, cattle and horses. It offers music, events, exhibitions, and cultural market stalls. For visitors it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. [72]


Natchitoches Christmas Festival, Louisiana

Natchitoches Christmas Festival, Louisiana

23 Nov- 6 Jan

Over 300,000+ Christmas lights and 100 plus riverbank set pieces are on every night at dusk through January 6, 2014. Downtown attractions include carriages tours through the historic district. Shops and restaurants open late. All events take place in the Landmark Historic District along the Cane River Lake and along the Cane River Lake south of Natchitoches. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade is one of the most important elements of a day of festivities that brings more than 100,000 visitors to the City of Lights. [73]


Monkey Buffet Festival, Lopburi, Thailand

Monkey Buffet Festival, Lopburi, Thailand

25 Nov

Set up in the province of Lopburi, north of Bangkok, this unique festival is held for the benefit of the monkeys. 4000 kilograms of fruits, vegetables, cakes, candies is set down in front of temples on tables, in pyramid or just on a simple mat for the delight of the 3000 monkeys living in the area. The Festival was invented in 1989 by a local business man in order to boost the tourism in the Lopburi province. [74]


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2005

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

28 Nov

It's the time when giant balloons shaped like characters, as well as floats, bands, and entertainment, are paraded around New York city. The parade starts at 9am and lasts 3h. [75]


October[edit]

A sky full of balloons at the International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

5-13 Oct

The Fiesta is the world's largest ballooning event, largest annual international event in North America, and one of the most photographed events in the world. A cultural landmark for Albuquerque (and indeed, all of New Mexico), this festival gives you a first-hand look at the world of ballooning. For nine days in October, you may walk out onto a large field where balloonists from around the world set up, inflate, launch, and possibly land their balloons. Mass ascensions of balloons with hundreds of different colors and shapes create an often stunning and magnificent sight. It's one of the most heavily attended festivals in the entire U.S. [76]


Nepal’s biggest annual festival, Kathmandu

Nepal’s biggest annual festival, Kathmandu

5-14 Oct

The monsoons are over, the air is clearing, and it’s time for Nepal’s biggest annual festival. If you’re in Kathmandu this month you’ll be able to celebrate Durja Puja or Dashain along with the residents. This religious festival is wrapped around the seasons and the harvest. You’ll see animal sacrifices, barley seeds being sown, and hopes for a good year to come. [77]


Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

5-20 Oct

Leavenworth is modeled after a Bavarian village, which makes Oktoberfest a particularly fun time to visit. The town’s three-weekend long celebration is the place to go for German beer, cuisine and entertainment. Event is only on Fridays and Saturdays. [78]


Leg- rowed boat in Inle Lake

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake, Myanmar

16 Oct- 2 Nov

It’s an important time in Myanmar, especially if you’re near Inle Lake. For this Shan celebration a procession of leg-rowed boats tow four Buddhist statues around the lake. Thousands of people from around the state, plus visitors of course, attend over the two-week period. [79]


Pumpkin Festival

Keene Pumpkin Festival

Keene Pumpkin Festival

19 Oct

This is one of the best Pumpkin festivals this Fall with food, craft court and a pumpkin road race. What sets this festival apart are all the jack-o-lanterns. The town carved and brought in nearly 30,000 jack-o-lanterns last year, and they illuminate each and every one right around the town’s center.Keene has celebrated the joy of the pumpkin in a way that no other town in the region or the world has been able to match. [80]


Fantasy Fest, Key West

Fantasy Fest, Key West

19-28 Oct

Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest is a 10-day costume party with events like the Headdress Ball and a homemade bikini contest. On the second Saturday of the festival, check out Captain Morgan's Fantasy Fest Parade feel like you are in New Orleans circa Mardi Gras. [81]


September[edit]

Ganesh Chaturthi- Mumbai’s elephantine festival

Mumbai’s elephantine festival

Mumbai’s elephantine festival

9-18 Sept

There’s good reason to be in Mumbai this month: Ganeshotsav is the energetic 10-day celebration of the birth of the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom, Ganesha. The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. Artisans put months of effort into making the statues. On Ananta Chaturdasi (the last day), the statues are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water. In Mumbai alone, more than 150,000 statues are immersed each year! [82]


Aloha Festivals, Oahu

Aloha Festivals, Oahu

12 Sept

The Aloha Festivals, one of the islands’ biggest celebrations, kicks off with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Royal Hawaiian Center. This year’s king and queen will be introduced amid plenty of fanfare, including traditional chants and hula. The celebrations continue at various venues for the next three Saturdays. [83]

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Hermanus Harbour

The Hermanus Whale Festival, South Africa

The Hermanus Whale Festival, South Africa

20-24 Sept

Situated near Africa’s southernmost tip, Hermanus has a front-row view of the Cape Whale Route. During migrating season, people flock to the clifftops to glimpse the endangered southern right whale. Given that it overlooks Walker Bay, into which 70 whales have squeezed, the town once took its blubber-related fortune for granted. In an attempt to formalise the clifftop viewing, it started its festival and introduced the Whale Crier. The world’s only such crier, his blasts on the kelp horn are coded to direct eager cetacean-spotters. [84]


Oktoberfest Löwenbräu beer tent

Oktoberfest , Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest , Munich, Germany

21 Sept- 6 Oct

A world famous beer festival with 16 beer tents and about 115,000 seat bursting of the special Oktoberfest beers of the six Munchner United Breweries (Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Lowenbrau, Paulaner, Spaten and State Hofbrauhaus). [85]


The International Oyster Festival, Ireland

The International Oyster Festival, Ireland

27-29 Sept

Each year, on the last weekend of September, Galway City celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick's Day and the world's longest running Oyster Festival. Throughout the Irish food festival, there will lots of tantalising events for all to enjoy; seafood trails, oyster hot spots, oyster opening (shucking) championships including the Oyster 'Olympics' or World Oyster Opening Championship, foodie talks & tasting events in some of Galway’s best restaurants. [86]


August[edit]

Chicago, Lollapalooza

Chicago, Lollapalooza

2-4 Aug 2013

This is a famous music festival that first started out as a travelling farewell to the band Jane's Addcition before it settled down in Chicago's Grant Park. Guests can expect all the regular hallmarks of a lolloping, rollicking good time. [87]


Manhattan, New York Summer Streets

Manhattan, New York Summer Streets

4,11,18 Aug 2013

For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park will be cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. Previous years have included free bike rentals, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line and picnics along the route. Be sure to look around for outdoor art installations. [88]


Serbia, Guca Trumpet Festival

Serbia, Guca Trumpet Festival

5-11 Aug 2013

A brass band festival, the country village of Guca goes absolutely mental every August when it fills with thousands of musicians and thousands more who come to hear, watch, dance to the cacophonous sounds of Balkan brass and traditional gypsy wedding music being played absolutely everywhere, at speed and all at once. Emir Kusturica opens this year's festival; watch his filmBlack Cat White Catto get a taste of what you're in for. [89]


Rhode Island, The Rhode Island International Film Festival

Rhode Island, The Rhode Island International Film Festival

6-11 Aug 2013

The Rhode Island International Film Festivals brings directors, writers, and movie buffs to Providence. This is a festival to go to discover new voices of independent film [90]


New York City, New York Summer Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction

New York City, New York Summer Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction

9 Aug-5 Sep 2013

Film Forum's Son of Summer Festival. Downtown movie house revives its cinematic salute to creepy, geeky fare for the first time in 17 years. Expect a few new prints and celeb appearances.[91]


Tokyo and Osaka, Japan Summer Sonic

Tokyo and Osaka, Japan Summer Sonic

10-11 Aug 2013

Each city has its own amped-up selection of performers playing, though there is overlap: Metallica, Muse, Linkin Park, Cheap Trick, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cyndi Lauper, M.I.A., the Stereophonics and Carly Rae Jepsen are all appearing in both cities. Previous years, they have also included a silent disco and dedicated art and kids' areas. [92]


Japan’s Obon Festival

Japan’s Obon Festival

13-15 Aug 2013

This Japanese version of Asia’s hungry ghosts festivals is the nation’s most important religious holiday, based on the Buddhist belief that on the 15th day of the 7th month, the gateways to Heaven and Hell open, allowing spirits to visit the living world. The Obon Festival lasts for 3 days and is celebrated at different times in different regions. Due to a shift from the lunar to the Gregorian calendar, there can be up to three different dates. Shichigatsu Bon (Bon in July) is celebrated in eastern cities such as Tokyo on July 15th. Hachigatsu Bon (Bon in August) and Kyu Bon (Old Bon) are based on the lunar calendar, and both are usually celebrated around August 15th. That can change yearly, however, so it’s best to check in advance.[93]


Il Palio, Siena, Italy

Il Palio, Siena, Italy

16-18 Aug 2013

For 2 days a year, the Palio di Siena, or Il Palio as it’s more commonly known, takes over the city of Siena with its epic horse race. While it’s more of a sporting event today, its origins are deeply religious. The horses race for only a minute-and-a-half, but the celebrating lasts for days. [94]


Just So Fest, Cheshire

Just So Fest, Cheshire

16-18 Aug 2013

The Just So Festival is a boutique, weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families. The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wonderous landscape. You will enjoy broad range of musical, theatrical, visual and aural performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting. [95]


La Tomatina Spain

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

16-18 Aug 2013

In August the streets of Buñol, Spain, turn into a free-for-all food fight. Trucks roll into town hauling over 130,000 kilos of juicy tomatoes, and 30,000 revelers go medieval. Though the tomatoes take center stage, a week of festivities lead up to the final showdown. It’s a celebration of Buñol’s patron saints, the Virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, with street parades, music, and fireworks in joyous Spanish fashion. To build up your strength for the impending brawl, an epic paella is served on the eve of the battle showcasing an iconic Valencian dish of rice, seafood, saffron, and olive oil. [96]


Great Bull Run, USA

Great Bull Run, USA

24 Aug 2013

Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls to sprint through fenced-in courses as daredevils try to avoid being trampled. The Great Bull Run is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It's set to kick off Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip south of Richmond, Va. A second event is planned for Oct. 19 at an Atlanta-area horse park that hosted events for the 1996 Olympics. More events are planned later for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania. About 5,000 people have signed up to participate in the Virginia event, and the number grows by about 50 each day, said Rob Dickens, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Great Bull Run. And with 2,000 signed up for the Conyers, Ga., event, Dickens expects 5,000 to 7,000 to run there in October. [97]


The Big Feastival, Kingham, Oxfordshire

The Big Feastival, Kingham, Oxfordshire

31 Aug- 1 Sept 2013

Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique two-day celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. Enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the cream of the UK’s street food crop. Browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix joining top chefs for intimate Q&A sessions. Keep little and big kids happy in the fun-filled Little Dudes Den, join an arts & crafts workshop, enjoy the Big Top games or take a spin round the vintage funfair. [98]


Sand Sculpture Festival Algarve

International Sand Sculpture Festival, Pêra, Portugal

International Sand Sculpture Festival, Pêra, Portugal

Now - 25 October 2013

This festival is considered the largest Sand Sculpture Festival in the world! Around 50 artists are participating, using over forty thousand tons of sand, and an area of 15.000m2 is covered with sculptures. A yearly event, with a different theme each year. This year the theme is Music. [99]


July[edit]

Naadam festival celebrations

Naadam festival, Mongolia

Naadam festival, Mongolia

11-13 Jul 2013

Mongolia is home to the "three manly sports": wrestling, horse racing, and archery, and these are the same three sporting events that take place every year at the Naadam festival. Naadam is the National Holiday of Mongolia celebrated on 11-13 Jul. During these days all of Mongolia watches or listens to the whole event which takes place in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar through Mongolia's National Television and Radio. Many other smaller Naadam festivals take place in different aimags (provinces) around the country throughout the month of July, and it is at these Naadam festivals that you are able to get a much closer look at the action. It is believed that Naadam celebrations started with the rise of the Great Mongolian Empire as Chinggis (also known as Genghis) Khan's strategy to keep his warriors strictly fit. After the fall of the empire, the contests were held during religious festivals, and since the communist revolution it was celebrated on its anniversary. [100]


Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival

Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival

13 Jul 2013

The marine life that inhabits the Florida Keys’ living coral reef is widely acclaimed for its color and variety, but it usually doesn’t include costumed mermaids or musicians strumming their instruments. Except, that is, during the annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival. The 2013 underwater action is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary approximately six miles south of Big Pine Key. The unique festival typically draws several hundred divers and snorkelers each year to enjoy the sound of music in the ocean realm. [101]


June[edit]

Liverpool's Mersey River Festival

Liverpool's Mersey River Festival

7-9 Jun 2013

Half a dozen Tall Ships will grace the River Mersey as Liverpool becomes one of the host ports for the Irish Sea Fleet, Maritime Tour 2013. The weekend will not only see ships from Ireland, but also from Denmark, France and Belgium. The waterfront will come alive with aerobatic displays from Russian aircrafts, stunning live street theatre, wake boarders and a canoe polo tournament. There is also an international flavour to the weekend as a World Music Stage will be set up at the Pier Head playing authentic African, Indian and Arabic music and dance for all to enjoy. [102]


Meadows in the Mountains , Bulgaria

Meadows in the Mountains , Bulgaria

7-9 Jun 2013

Meadows in the Mountains and its Rhodopian Mountain setting on the Bulgarian border of Greece promise sublime vistas and a vibe that's been described as 'wild and romantic'. The festival's focus is dance music, but there are also things going on for arts and literature lovers. [103]


The Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland

The Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland

12-16 Jun 2013

The Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Finland, held during the 'white nights', is a five-day-and-night celebration of new cinema. [104]


Dragon Boat Racing, Tuen Ng Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

12 Jun 2013

The fifth day of the fifth moon of the lunar calendar is the day the Chinese celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival or Double Fifth Festival! The festival combines traditional elements of a religious occasion with the drama and glory of a sporting event. The event takes place every year in Hong Kong. [105]


Whale tail

Whale Shark Festival, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Whale Shark Festival, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

12-16 Jun 2013

Tons of fun await visitors to Cancun and Isla Mujeres, Mexico, when the sixth annual Whale Shark Festival gets underway. The event, rescheduled from July to June 21-23, celebrates the bus-size creatures, which range from 15 to 50 feet and weigh up to 15 tons. More than 1,400 of the giant sharks — considered the biggest fish in the sea — pass through the waters near Isla Mujeres during the season, which runs May through September. The main activity during the event is swimming with the whale sharks, called dominoes locally. Luckily they aren't meat eaters. According to a scientific tracking project, the animals move between Central America, Mexico and southern U.S. waters, driven more by the availability of food than by a strictly defined migratory route. [106]


55th International Art Exhibition, Venice

55th International Art Exhibition, Venice

1 Jun- 24 Nov 2013

The title chosen by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International Art Exhibition is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace. Massimiliano Gioni introduced the choice of theme evoking the Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried - often in vain - to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness." [107]


SAIL Den Helder, Netherlands

SAIL Den Helder, Netherlands

20- 23 Jun 2013

On Thursday the many Tall ships will arrive again in Den Helder. From the Sedov from Russia to the Sagres III from Portugal, they will all be there. Many of the vessels can be visited during those days and there will be many activities in and around the port of Den Helder full program [108]


May[edit]

El Rocio Pilgrimage

El Rocio Pilgrimage

16-20 May 2013

More than a million people and close to one hundred different brotherhoods enjoy the wonderful festive atmosphere of this pilgrimage to the village of El Rocio. The celebration combines religion and fiesta, and is held 50 days after Easter. Hundreds of thousands of people come from all over Spain, and even abroad, to make this annual pilgrimage to the Blanca Paloma Shrine in the village of El Rocío, 17 kilometres from the town of Almonte (Huelva province). [109]


Copenhagen Carnival

Copenhagen Carnival

18 May 2013

Every year, they have a big Carnival in Copenhagen. It's kind of a small scale version of the big ones they have in Rio and other areas. Whereas most Carnival's have religious significance, the one in Denmark has become a festival for World Music.


Czech Beer Festival

Czech Beer Festival

18 May- 1 Jun 2013

The Czech Beer Festival in Prague is the largest gastronomic event in the Czech Republic, with seating for up to 10,000 visitors on long benches inside marquees. Sample 70 brands of Czech beer, sourced from large breweries, regional breweries and micro-breweries. Live bands entertain. [110]


House parties are present along the course.

Bay to Breakers, San Francisco

Bay to Breakers, San Francisco

19 May 2013

The 102-year old Bay to Breakers 12K is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces held annually in San Francisco. The name reflects the traditional course, which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the "bay" side of the city) to the west end of the city and the "breakers" of Ocean Beach. World-class athletes compete and “fun-loving” folks flood the streets clad in everything from outrageous costumes to birthday suits—earning Bay to Breakers a reputation as the Mardi Gras of the West. Bay 2 Breakers began in 1912 to help locals get over the devastating San Fran earthquake of 1906. Almost 100 years later Bay-Breakers is the longest running footrace in the world. [111]


Vivid Sydney Festival

Vivid Sydney Festival

24 May- 10 Jun 2013

Vivid Sydney Festival is the largest international music and light show in the Asia-Pacific region that promises to enthrall the senses of all visitors and locals. The festival of light, music, art and ideas, Vivid Sydney Festival, transforms the city of Australia into a vibrant creative hub each year attracting thousands of visitors from all over the globe. The festival is designed to showcase the entire city as one big living canvas that runs from Hyde Park through Macquarie Street, Sydney Opera House and Circular Bay. Darling Harbour too is added in the list to host a few Vivid events. [112]


April[edit]

Women in Flamenco dresses at the April Fair.

Seville April Fair (Feria de Abril)

Seville April Fair (Feria de Abril)

15-21 Apr 2013

A release after the somberness of Semana Santa. To say this is a huge party is an understatement. Most if not all of Seville takes a weeks holiday and they plan for the Fair months in advance. The fair is close to the river and covers a huge area and contains hundreds of private and public "casetas" which are laid out to form streets. Casetas are small marquees and you can only get into the private ones if invited. The public ones are large but just as much fun. The day is naturally split in two and between noon and 8PM the streets of the fair throng with horses as riders and carriages strut their stuff dressed in traditional Spanish robes. After 8 the streets are cleared and "Calle del Inferno" comes to life which is one of the best funfairs in Europe. The Fair appeals to everything that's great about Spain - Traditional dress,Flamenco dancing, guitars, Fino, great tapas and men, women and children who dance with gusto and eat and drink the day and night away. [113]


Madurai The City of Temples

Chithrai Festival, Madurai, India

Chithrai Festival, Madurai, India

14 Apr 2013

Millions pour into the city for the carnival, during the Hindu month of Chithrai. The main events are:

  • Day 1: Flag hoisting, official start of festival
  • Day 8: Coronation of Meenakshi Amman
  • Day 9: Procession of the goddess
  • Day 10: Celestial wedding (Thirukalyanam) of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar
  • Day 11: Chariot procession (Ther Thiruvizhah)
  • Day 12: Float procession (Theppa Thiruvizhah) [114]


Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum set for grand reopening in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum set for grand reopening in Amsterdam

13 Apr 2013

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other Dutch Golden Age masters, has been closed for a decade. Housed in an eccentric building designed by Pierre Cuypers, it closed in 2003 for a makeover. On 13 Apr the Rijksmuseum is finally set to reopen to the public, after a renovation that took five years longer than expected and cost nearly $500 million, tens of millions over its original budget. [115]


Butterfly Jungle exhibit, San Diego Zoo

Butterfly Jungle exhibit, San Diego Zoo

9 Apr- 8 May 2013

During this yearly event guests will be completely immersed by thousands of butterflies as they walk through the Zoo Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle aviary. The 30 species of butterflies highlighted this year will hail from Africa, Asia and Central and South America and include the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. [116]


Hue Festival, Vietnam

Hue Festival, Vietnam

7-15 Apr 2013

The Hue Festival is an extraordinary cultural extravaganza of Vietnam which involves a collection of events and activities. The festival attracts millions of visitors every year making it an ideal platform for a grand social milieu. Some of its art and cultural activities are traditional concerts, dance and theatrical performances, art and calligraphy exhibitions, games, and special tour programmes to close by sites for tourists. One of the old traditions of Vietnam is ‘Kite flying’, which has been rejuvenated in the Hue Festival. Traditional kites of intricate shapes and designs fly in the sky, making the Hue City beautiful and joyful. Some people visit temples and make offerings, where traditional dances are also performed. The Hue Festival more often concludes with fireworks show. [117]


March[edit]

Cherry blossoms at Yachounomori Garden in Tatebayashi, Gunma

Holi NYC- Festival of Colors

Holi NYC- Festival of Colors

31 Mar 2013

Holi is the Hindu festival of colors. It celebrates the coming of spring, fruitful harvests, unity, joy, and a tale from the Bhagavad Gita. [118]


Cherry Blossom, Japan

Cherry Blossom, Japan

25 Mar 2013

The Japan Weather Association, in its first forecast of the season, predicts this year’s cherry blossoms to open according to their average schedule in most of Japan, except for parts of Western and Central Japan where they are predicted to open earlier than usual. The opening in Tokyo is on March 25, but estimated best viewing happens April 1 to 10, according to Weathermap [119]. Kakuzan Park in Tsuyama has gained fame as one of the best place for viewing cherry blossoms with over 5,000 cherry blossom trees within and around the park. The city hosts a Cherry Blossom festival between 1-15 April [120]; Click for more about Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.


Puri Saren Agung (Water Palace) in central Ubud

Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud

Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud

20-24 Mar 2013

The Bali Spirit Festival is an extensive celebration of international yoga, dance and music. It is an elevating festival which stirs up and nurtures each individual’s potential for affirmative change, within and around. If you are seeking yoga, traditional Indonesian dance and more, then the Bali Spirit Festival is just the right place for you.The festival brings distinguished yoga gurus, musicians, and dancers from different countries, together at one place. It celebrates the richness of Indonesian culture, the purity of the environment, spirit of mutual learning and cooperation, diversity and harmony between people of all nations. [121]


The Chicago River is annually dyed green on St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Boston

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Boston

17 Mar 2013

Colorful floats, music and Irish good cheer await you at the annual Boston St. Patrick's Day parade. The parade begins at 1:00pm at the Broadway 'T' Station and ends at Andrew Square, South Boston and will feature marching bands and pipe bands from throughout North America. The parade travels through South Boston - Boston's most Irish neighborhood. Since 1901 this parade has become a prominent part of South Boston's history. Southie's annual wearin' of the green steps off from the Broadway T Stop proceeding down West Broadway to East Broadway to East 4th, to 5th Street, and around Thomas Park. Marchers continue to Telegraph Street to Dorchester Street ending at Andrew Square. Many cities around US organize St. Patrick's Day Parades, among other NYC, Chicago, Savannah, San Francisco. [122]


Fallas, before igniting the papier maché models

Las Fallas, Valencia

Las Fallas, Valencia

15-19 Mar 2013

The five day festival is a carnival of bonfires, fireworks, parades, shows, and other festivities, as it also celebrates the arrival of spring. Every day the day starts at 8 am sharp with a ‘wakeup call or la Desperata as it is called. Bands march down the main streets of the town and firecrackers are burned as peppy music rents the air. At 2 pm it’s time for the La Mascleta which takes place in the different neighborhoods of the city – this is a run up to the main event of Mascleta held on 19 March at the Plaça de l’Ajuntamen. Every night there are firework displays in the city and the final one on the last night is the most magnificent with firecrackers and fireworks lighting up the skies. [123]. Read more [124].


Rickshaw Run at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Rickshaw Run at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

1-11 Mar 2013

The annual rickshaw run, is the craziest way to sample authentic Vietnamese food and culture. You will be taken on a fast and furious tour of the best restaurants, markets, and hawker food. It's a six-course flying frenzy on the most environmentally sustainable transport ever invented. [125]


International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh

International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh

1- 7 Mar 2013

This one-week festival gives you an opportunity to participate in over 60 hours of yoga classes from world-class Yoga teachers. These teachers practice and teach multiple styles of yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga. [126]


Pilgrims gather at the third Shahi Snan in Har ki Pauri to take the Royal Bath in Ganga River

Indian Kumbh Mela festival

Indian Kumbh Mela festival

14 Jan- 10 March 2013

Millions of devout Hindus led by naked ascetics with ash smeared on their bodies plunged into the frigid waters of India's holy Ganges River in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins. The ceremony in the northern city of Allahabad took place on the most auspicious day of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days. Over 110 million people are expected to take a dip at the Sangam, the place where three rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati — come together at the edge of this North Indian city. [127]


Chinese New Year, Las Vegas Style

Chinese New Year, Las Vegas Style

Jan-Mar 2013

Las Vegas is hosting multiple events in honor of the Year of the Snake. Cultural events, music, dragon dances, and specialty menus highlight this event on the Strip, and Downtown. [128]


February[edit]

Venezian Gondola

Carnival of Venice

Carnival of Venice

2-12 Feb 2013

Associated with the famous masquerade ball


Quebec’s Winter Carnival

Quebec’s Winter Carnival

1-17 Feb 2013

The city will be transformed into a land of colorful parades, glittering ice palaces and spectacular snow sculptures. Alongside an Ice Palace Stage, Broadway-style dance shows, an international ice sculpture competition, winter camping and a snow pentathlon, the carnival will feature a host of new events and activities. [129]


Carnival Celebrations

2013 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

2013 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

8-11 Feb 2013

Brazil’s most popular and festive holiday as well as one of the world’s biggest celebrations when the streets of Rio de Janeiro come alive with wild parties, festivals and glamorous balls. The Samba School Parade is the highlight of the four-day event. Performers, clad in ornate costumes embellished with feathers, beads and thousands of sequins, dance down the parade route alongside dazzling floats and into the Sambadrome-a dance stadium built for the event. Judges award a prize to the most spectacular group of dancers. [130]



The Rex parade is one of Mardi Gras' most famous and beautiful

12 Feb 2013



Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco

Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco

23 Feb 2013

Two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America. The celebration includes two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair. All the festivities culminate with Chinese New Year Parade.


January[edit]

Sydney Festival 2013

Sydney Festival 2013

5- 27 Jan 2013

Celebrations for the festival kick off with Festival First Night – a large scale free event in the parks, streets, and lane-lays of the city, which is an exclusive feast of music, dance, and visual spectacle on the streets. Reaching an audience of more than 200,000 people, the Festival First Night is celebrated on the first Saturday of the Festival while more free concerts await Sydneysiders and visitors on subsequent two Saturdays. The Sydney Festival creates a welcoming and unique global ambience which showcases the striking city of Sydney through a feast of world class performances in theatre, music, dance, fireworks, visual arts, and food. The peak celebrations of the festival are the Australia Day festivities on 26th January with ferry races and tall ship displays at the iconic Sydney Harbour. The festival with its wide range of free events and easy pricing policies for the shows with tickets ensures that everyone can participate in the Sydney Festival celebrations. [131]


International Kite Festival 2013, Gujarat

International Kite Festival 2013, Gujarat

14 Jan 2013

Gujarat’s International Kite Festival is held every year in Ahmedabad. Skies above the city come alive with kites- in a hundred different colours, shapes and sizes, fluttering and darting above the rooftops, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up above the earth. The Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation organises the International Kite Festival at a local stadium, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their skills. [132]


Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival China

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival China

Jan 2013

The event, held since 1963, can last more than a month, depending on the weather, and attracts visitors from around the world who come to see the elaborate ice and snow sculptures. This year's 'Ice and Snow World' features majestic ice castles and sculptures of fairytale characters equipped with LED lights, bringing a colorful and warm aura to the icy wonderland. [133]


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