World Festivals and Events

Welcome to our World Festivals and Events summary page!  Here we will accumulate by date order some of the biggest, best, and most popular US events and World events as we run into them.

No matter what Country around the World, or City that you live in, there are usually some type of special events that your area is known for. Many of these types of events are held on an annual basis.


World Festivals and Events info. from Holidays and Observances

Photo Credit: Jason Kelly - Used with permission via the Squaw Valley USA Website.

The types of events and festivals that we will be featuring on this page are:

  • Arts & Crafts Festivals
  • Beer Festivals
  • Environmental Events
  • Film Festivals
  • Food Festivals
  • Hot Air Balloon Festivals
  • Music Festivals
  • Religious Festivals
  • Sports Events
  • Universal Expositions
  • Wine Festivals
  • World Fairs

Notes:

  1. This page will be a work in progress with festivals and events added as we run into them. We will update the dates for the annual events each year, and add them to our Holiday Calendar, or I may set up a separate calendar for event type celebrations.  
  2. For some of the major events, we will be doing a devoted page for the event.
  3. Also, on our Holidays Around the World section, we will be having a devoted page(s) for each Country, and we will be highlighting some of the famous events in each Country. We will try to include at least one of the most popular events from each Country here.
  4. Coming soon - We will also give you an opportunity to share your favorites!


January Festivals and Events

  • Mummer's Parade - January 1 Held each year on New Years Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, It is believed to be the oldest folk festival in the United States.
  • Rose Parade or Tournament of Roses Parade is held every year on January 1 in Pasadena, California.  If Jan. 1st is a Sunday, then it will be held on January 2. It is a festival of flower covered floats, marching bands, equestrian riders followed by the Rose Bowl college football game. 2022 is on January 1st!
  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2022 dates are January 5 - February 28, 2022. Some pre-events are starting on December 23, 2021
  • Pennsylvania Farm Show - January 8-15, 2022 (Harrisburg, PA)
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - (Denver, CO) - January 8-23, 2022
  • Golden Globe Awards (Beverly Hills) - January 9, 2022
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 14 - February 5, 2022 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • The American Express Tournament (Formerly: CareerBuilder Challenge and Prior to that Bob Hope Classic) - January 20-23, 2022 in La Quinta, CA
  • International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo - January 20-30, 2022 (Monaco)
  • Sundance Film Festival - January 20-30, 2022 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
  • Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden - January 22-26, 2022
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 28 - February 6, 2022 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona - January 29-30, 2022 (Daytona, FL)
  • Grammy Awards - January 31, 2022


February Festivals and Events

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2022 dates are January 5 - February 28, 2022. Some pre-events are starting on December 23, 2021
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 14 - February 5, 2022 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 28 - February 6, 2022 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - January 29 - March 6, 2022, Parade on February 19, 2022
  • Yukon Quest - Per their website, "In 2022, the Yukon Quest will be running 4 races, YQ300 (starts February 19th) & YQ100 (starts February 19th) in the Yukon, and the YQ550 (starts February 5th) and YQ200 (starts February 7th) in Alaska.  The four races will run over 1,000 miles through 11 communities in Alaska and Yukon, following historic Northern travel routes"
  • Winter Olympics XXIV - February 4-20, 2022 (Held in Beijing, China)
  • 2022 Pro Bowl - February 6, 2022
  • Super Bowl Sunday - February 6, 2022 (First Sunday in February, held at various venues throughout the United States each year.)
  • World AG Expo - February 8-10, 2022
  • Carnival of Venice - February 12, 2022 - March 1, 2022 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes
  • Simplot Games - February 17-19, 2022 - Held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena, it is one of the Nation's premier high school indoor track and field events.
  • Daytona 500 - February 20, 2022
  • NBA All-Star Game 2020 - February 20, 2022
  • Whooping Crane Festival - February 24-27, 2022
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 25 - March 5, 2022 - Carnival is the biggest festival in the world with two million people a day on the streets. Floats, Parades, Balls, Music and Dancing are all part of the Event
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - February 28 - March 20, 2022 (Houston, TX)

March Festivals and Events

  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - January 29 - March 6, 2022, Parade on February 19, 2022
  • Carnival of Venice - February 12, 2022 - March 1, 2022 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 25 - March 5, 2022 - Carnival is the biggest festival in the world with two million people a day on the streets. Floats, Parades, Balls, Music and Dancing are all part of the Event
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - February 28 - March 20, 2022 (Houston, TX)
  • Mardi Gras Carnival - March 1, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Losar - March 3-5, 2022 - The Tibetan New Year, a three day festival that mixes sacred and secular practices that include prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, as well as sacred and folk dancing and partying. The first day is the most important. (Buddhist)
  • International Festival of Owls - March 4-6, 2022 in Houston, Minnesota
  • Paralympic Winter Games - March 4-13, 2022 (Beijing 2022)
  • Iditarod Race - March 5-20, 2022  - A Dogsled Race on the Iditarod Trail  in Alaska running 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome
  • North Dakota Winter Show - March 9-13, 2022 (Valley City, ND)
  • Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show) held in Birmingham, England - March 10-13, 2022
  • Indiana Flower and Patio Show - March 12-20, 2022 (Indianapolis, IN)
  • St. Patrick's Day Festival on March 17, in Dublin, Ireland, features a parade, costumes, music, comedy and film, and lots of beer! See our St. Patrick's Day and Holidays in Ireland pages!
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - March 20 - April 17, 2022
  • Ultra Music Festival - March 25-27, 2022 - World's Premier Electronic Music Festival held in Miami, Florida.
  • Earth Hour - March 26, 2022 at 8:30 pm - Worldwide event encouraging everyone to turn off your power for 60+ minutes to help save the planet!
  • Academy Awards Ceremony - March 27, 2022

April Festivals and Events

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - March 20 - April 17, 2022
  • AKC National Agility Championship - April 1-3, 2022
  • Grand National - April 7-9, 2022 - The world's most renown horse race held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England
  • The Masters Tournament - April 7-10, 2022  - The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf.  The event will be held at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, GA
  • Texas Sandfest - April 8-10, 2022 in Port Aransas, Texas is one of the largest sand sculpture competitions in the world!
  • Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Weekend One = April 15-17, 2022 and Weekend Two = April 22-24, 2022
  • Invictus Games - April 16-22, 2022
  • Boston Marathon - April 18, 2022 (Third Monday of April)
  • White House Easter Egg Roll April 18, 2022 (Day after Easter)
  • Fiddler's Frolic - April 21-24, 2022
  • Festival of Ridvan - April 21 - May 2, 2022
  • Interstate Mullet Toss - April 22-24, 2022 (Last Full Weekend in April)

May Festivals and Events

  • Festival of Ridvan - April 21 - May 2, 2022
  • Kentucky Derby - May 7, 2022 (First Saturday in May) at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky
  • National Morel Mushroom Festival - May 12-15, 2022 (Weekend after Mother's Day)
  • Bay to Breakers Race in San Francisco, CA - May 15, 2022
  • Cannes International Film Festival - May 17-28, 2022 in Cannes, France is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the World.
  • PGA Championship - May 19-22, 2022
  • Preakness Stakes - May 21, 2022 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.
  • Vivid Sydney - May 27 - June 18, 2022 located in Sydney, Australia is where art, technology, and commerce intersect, and is an event of light, music, and ideas. Featuring outdoor lighting sculptures, cutting edge contemporary music, and the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Check out our Holidays in Australia page!
  • Indianapolis 500 - May 29, 2022 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, IN. The Indianapolis 500 is the world's most famous and prestigious auto race. (Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend)


June Festivals and Events

  • Vivid Sydney - May 27 - June 18, 2022 located in Sydney, Australia is where art, technology, and commerce intersect, and is an event of light, music, and ideas. Featuring outdoor lighting sculptures, cutting edge contemporary music, and the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Check out our Holidays in Australia page!
  • Belmont Stakes - June 11, 2022 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - June 14 - July 4, 2022 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events. 
  • US Open Golf Championship - June 16-19, 2022
  • Glastonbury Music Festival - June 22-26, 2022 (last weekend in June) is held at Worthy Farm, Pilton (England). The festival is the largest open air music & performing arts festival in the world.
  • Wimbledon - June 27 - July 10, 2022 held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Southwest London, England.

July Festivals and Events

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - June 14 - July 4, 2022 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events
  • Wimbledon - June 27 - July 10, 2022 held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Southwest London, England.
  • Roswell UFO Festival - July 1-3, 2022 - in Roswell, New Mexico
  • Tour de France - July 1-24, 2022 - this is the world's most high profile bicycle race.
  • Jim Thorpe Native American Games - July 10-19, 2022 
  • Comic Con International - July 21-24, 2022
  • World Police and Fire Games - This is a biennially event held every two years.  Next event will be July 22-31, 2022 and held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Lollapalooza - July 28-31, 2022

August Festivals and Events

  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 5-14, 2022 (Begins 1st Friday in August for 10 Days)
  • Little League World Series - August 17-28, 2022 (Held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
  • National Championship Chuckwagon Races - August 27 - September 4, 2022 (Held in Clinton, Arkansas)
  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 29 - September 11, 2022

September Festivals and Events

  • National Championship Chuckwagon Races - August 27 - September 4, 2022 (Held in Clinton, Arkansas)
  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 29 - September 11, 2022
  • Great Reno Balloon Race - September 9-11, 2022 in Reno, Nevada, the World's Largest FREE Hot-Air Ballooning Event. (For more info, please see my Great Reno Balloon Race page on my Truckee Travel Guide website)
  • Oktoberfest - September 17, 2022 - October 3, 2022 Beer Festival in Munich, Germany. This festival is now held all over the World. Also, check out our Holidays in Germany page!
World Festivals and Events info. from Holidays and Observances

Great Reno Balloon Race - 9/11/2010

One of the Best Events that I've ever attended ~ Leigh


October Festivals and Events

  • Oktoberfest - September 17, 2022 - October 3, 2022 Beer Festival in Munich, Germany. This festival is now held all over the World. Also, check out our Holidays in Germany page!
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - October 1-9, 2022
  • Great American Beer Festival - October 6-8, 2022 (Denver, CO) 
  • World Series - October 19-27, 2021  (2022 TBA) - A series of baseball games between the winning teams of the American League and the National League to decide the championship of the major leagues.

November Festivals and Events

  • Pirates Week - November 6 - 21, 2021 (2022 TBA) - This is the Cayman Islands, National Festival and features 32 different events such as street dances, costumes, float parade, heritage days, underwater treasure hunt, games, controlled mayhem with a mock invasion, lots of music and events for kids and teens. 
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting - November 30, 2022 (6 days after the 4th Thursday in November) 

December Festivals and Events

  • Christmas Events - typically all through the month of December there are events related to Christmas.


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