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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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October

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. [1]


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. [2]


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. [3]


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. [4]


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. [5]


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. [6]


September

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! [7]


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. [8]

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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. [9]


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). [10]


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. [11]


August

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. [12]


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. [13]


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. [14]


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 [15]


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.[16]


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. [17]


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.[18]


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. [19]


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. [20]


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. [21]


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. [22]


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. [23]


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. [24]


July

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. [25]


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. [26]


June

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. [27]


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. [28]


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. [29]


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. [30]


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. [31]


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." [32]


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 [33]


May

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). [34]


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. [35]


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. [36]


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. [37]


April

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. [38]


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) [39]


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. [40]


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. [41]


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. [42]


March

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. [43]


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 [44]. 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 [45]; 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. [46]


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. [47]


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. [48]. Read more [49].


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. [50]


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. [51]


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. [52]


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. [53]


February

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. [54]


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. [55]



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

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. [56]


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. [57]


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. [58]


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