Travel

Festivals you won’t want to miss this year!

Have you ever created a trip around a major global festival you’ve wanted to attend? Perhaps there are a few big bucket list ones you dream of attending like Chinese New Year (The Spring Festival) in China or Carnevale in Venice.

To inspire your travel dreams and help you keep on top of all the important festival dates, we thought we’d highlight a few of the major festivals around the world. If you are travelling later this year have a look at what festivals may be on where you are heading. This may even serve as inspiration for journey planning in 2020 and beyond. Dates will vary year to year, but this will give you a guideline of when to aim for.

These annual events are major highlights for the communities in which they occur and attract travellers from all around the world looking to experience their cultural significance.

January

  • Voodoo day – Benin
  • Havana Jazz Festival – Cuba
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Canada
  • Storyland Festival – Columbia
  • Snow bike festival – Switzerland
  • Celtic Connections – UK
  • Port Louis Grenada Sailing festival – Grenada
  • Sundance Film Festival – USA
  • Sapporo Snow Festival – Japan
  • Cartagena International Music Festival – Colombia

February

  • Carnevale – Venice, Italy
  • Vinterjazz – Denmark
  • Superbowl – USA
  • Chinese New Year – China
  • International sarajevo Winter Festival – Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Berlin Film Festival – Germany
  • Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Performing Arts – Lebanon
  • Fête du Citron (The Lemon Festival) – France
  • Sled Dog World Championship – Germany
  • Vancouver International Wine festival – Canada
  • Florida Strawberry Festival – USA
sled dog race
Sled Dog Championships

March

  • Wax lantern Festival – Morocco
  • Rio carnival – Brazil
  • Mardi Gras, New Orleans – USA
  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival -Australia
  • Tomorrowland Winter – France
  • St Patrick’s Day- Ireland
  • Holi Festival, India
  • Beyond Wonderland – USA
  • Snowbox – France
  • London Coffee Festival – UK

April

  • Altitude Comedy Festival – Austria
  • Tulip Festival – Netherlands
  • Grand National – UK
  • Lollapalooza Brazil – Brazil
  • Coachella – USA
  • St Louis Jazz Festival – Senegal
  • Texas Sandfest – USA
  • Antigua Sailing Week – Antigua & Barbuda
  • Kings Day – Netherlands
  • International Festival of Ghosts and Monsters – Slovakia
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Tulip Festival

May

  • Cinco De Mayo – Mexico
  • Cannes Film Festival – France
  • Electric Daisy Carnival – USA
  • Monarco Grand Prix – Monaco
  • Bushfire Music Festival – Swaziland
  • Independence Day – Georgia
  • Cooper Hill’s Cheese Rolling Festival – UK
  • Cricket World Cup – UK (in 2019)
  • Musiques Metisses – France
  • Governor’s Ball – USA
  • Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival – Fiji
CheeseRolling
Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival

June

  • Nos Prinavera Sound – Portugal
  • Fifa World Cup – France (in 2019)
  • Royal Ascot Races – UK
  • Toyota 1000 Desert Race – Botswana
  • Verona Opera Festival – Italy (until September)
  • Glastonbury – UK
  • Electroland – France
  • Boi Bumba – Brazil
  • Salon Del Chocolate – Ecuador
  • Taico Club – Japan
  • Montreal Jazz Festival – Canada
Verona Opera Festival
Verona Opera

July

  • Wimbledon – UK
  • Exit – Serbia
  • Independence Day – USA
  • Wireless – UK
  • Nos Alive – Portugal
  • Festival Internacional De Benicassim – Spain
  • Lollapalooza Paris – France
  • Honda Celebration of Light – Canada
  • Maine Lobster Fest – USA
  • International Salsa Congress – Colombia

August

  • Wacken Open Air – Germany
  • Sziget Festival – Hungary
  • Birds of Prey Festival – Kyrgyzstan
  • Creamfields – UK
  • Sarajevo Film Festival – Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Notting Hill Carnival – UK
  • La Tomatina – Spain
  • Balls of Fire Festival – El Savador
  • Hibiscus Festival – Fiji
  • Humongous Fungus Fest – USA
Wacken Festival
Wacken Open Air – Germany

September

  • The Ganesh Celebrations – India
  • Brisbane festival – Australia
  • Belgian Beer Weekend – Belgium
  • Indra Jatra – Nepal
  • Fiesta Patrias – Chile
  • Rugby World Cup – Japan (in 2019)
  • Oktoberfest – Germany
  • Rock in Rio – Brazil
  • Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music & Dance – Canada
  • Phaung Daw oo Pagoda Festival – Myanmar

October

  • Melbourne International Arts Festival – Australia
  • Oktoberfest Blumenau – Brazil
  • Annual Golden Spurtle – UK
  • Panamerican Day – Belize
  • Elephant Dance Festival – Myanmar
  • Thadingyut Light Festival – Myanmar
  • Diwali Festival – India
  • Oslo World Music Festival- Norway
  • Rubber Duck Race- Germany
  • Madajazzcar – Madagascar
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Oktoberfest Blumenau – Brazil

November

  • Dia De Muertos – Mexico
  • Hot Air Ballon Festival – Myanmar
  • Iceland Airwaves – Iceland
  • Tat Luang festival – laos
  • Talinn Black Nights Film Festival – Estonia
  • The Great Ethopian Run – Ethopia
  • Onion Market – Switzerland
  • Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival – Belgium
  • Winter lights – Luxembourg
  • It’s the Ship – Singapore
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Dia De Muertos – Mexico

December

  • National Day Festival – UAE
  • Krampusnacht – Austria
  • Padstow Christmas Festival – UK
  • Rise Festival – France
  • Hogmanay – UK
  • Bahamas Film Festival – Bahamas
  • New Latin America International Film Festival – Cuba
  • Christmas Jazz – Estonia
  • National Street Food Festival – India
  • Subios Underwater Festival – Seychelles

Are there any other amazing festivals that you have experienced that you think we should add to this list?

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