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. 2021 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! 2021 dates are January 5 - February 5, 2021
  • Pennsylvania Farm Show - January 9-16, 2021 (Harrisburg, PA)
  • The American Express Tournament (Formerly: CareerBuilder Challenge and Prior to that Bob Hope Classic) - January 20-24, 2021 in La Quinta, CA
  • Sundance Film Festival - January 21-31, 2021 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona - January 28-31, 2021 (Daytona, FL)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 28 - February 7, 2021 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Carnival of Venice - January 30 - February 16, 2021 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
  • 2021 Pro Bowl - January 31, 2021
  • Grammy Awards - January 31, 2021
  • International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo - Canceled for 2021 due to Covid-19 until 2022 on January 20-30, 2022 (Monaco)
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - (Denver, CO) - Postponed until January 2022 due to COVID-19
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - Canceled for 2021 due to COVID-19 (Fort Worth, TX)


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! 2021 dates are January 5 - February 5, 2021
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 28 - February 7, 2021 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Carnival of Venice - January 30 - February 16, 2021 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - Canceled for 2021 due to COVID-19 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Yukon Quest - Starts February 6-18, 2021. This is a 1,000 mile International Sled Dog Race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Anchorage, Alaska. (Race is typically 10-14 days long)
  • Super Bowl Sunday - February 7, 2021 (First Sunday in February, held at various venues throughout the United States each year.)
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - Parade is February 8, 2020 (2021 TBA)
  • World AG Expo - February 9-11, 2021
  • Losar - February 12-14, 2021 - 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.
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 12-17, 2021 - 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
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events. (2021 TBA)
  • Daytona 500 - February 14, 2021
  • NBA All-Star Game 2020 - February 14, 2021
  • Westminister Dog Show - February 15-16, 2021 - Several locations in New York City, NY
  • Mardi Gras Carnival - February 16, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Simplot Games - February 18-20, 2021 - Held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena, it is one of the Nation's premier high school indoor track and field events.
  • Whooping Crane Festival - February 25-28, 2021
  • Golden Globe Awards - February 28, 2021 (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • North Dakota Winter Show - February 28 - March 6, 2021 (Valley City, ND)


March Festivals and Events

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events. (2021 TBA)
  • North Dakota Winter Show - February 28 - March 6, 2021 (Valley City, ND)
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - March 2-21, 2021 (Houston, TX)
  • International Festival of Owls - March 5-7, 2021 in Houston, Minnesota
  • Iditarod Race - March 6-21, 2021  - A Dogsled Race on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska running 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome.
  • Indiana Flower and Patio Show - March 13-21, 2021 (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 10, 2021
  • AKC National Agility Championship - March 26-28, 2021
  • Ultra Music Festival - March 26-28, 2021 - World's Premier Electronic Music Festival held in Miami, Florida.
  • Earth Hour - March 27, 2021 at 8:30 pm - Worldwide event encouraging everyone to turn off your power for 60+ minutes to help save the planet!

April Festivals and Events

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - March 20 - April 10, 2021
  • White House Easter Egg Roll April 5, 2021
  • Grand National - April 8-10, 2021 - The world's most renown horse race held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England
  • The Masters Tournament - April 8-11, 2021  - 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
  • Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Weekend One = April 9-11, 2021 and Weekend Two = April 16-18, 2021
  • Boston Marathon - April 19, 2021 (Third Monday of April)
  • Festival of Ridvan - April 20 - May 1, 2021
  • Fiddler's Frolic - April 22-25, 2021
  • Interstate Mullet Toss - April 23-25, 2021 (Last Full Weekend in April)
  • Texas Sandfest - April 23-25, 2021 in Port Aransas, Texas is one of the largest sand sculpture competitions in the world!
  • Academy Awards Ceremony - April 25, 2021

May Festivals and Events

  • Festival of Ridvan - April 20 - May 1, 2021
  • Kentucky Derby - May 1, 2021 (First Saturday in May) at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Cannes International Film Festival - May 11-22, 2021 in Cannes, France is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the World.
  • National Morel Mushroom Festival - May 15-16, 2021 (Weekend after Mother's Day)
  • Preakness Stakes - May 15, 2021 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.
  • PGA Championship - May 20-23, 2021
  • Invictus Games - May 29 - June 5, 2021
  • Indianapolis 500 - May 30, 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, IN. The Indianapolis 500 is the world's most famous and prestigious auto race.


June Festivals and Events

  • Invictus Games - May 29 - June 5, 2021
  • Belmont Stakes - June 5, 2021 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York
  • US Open Golf Championship - June 17-20, 2021
  • Glastonbury Music Festival - June 23-27, 2021 (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 23 - July 11, 2021 held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Southwest London, England.
  • Tour de France - June 26 - July 18, 2021 - this is the world's most high profile bicycle race.

July Festivals and Events

  • Wimbledon - June 23 - July 11, 2021 held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Southwest London, England.
  • Tour de France - June 26 - July 18, 2021 - this is the world's most high profile bicycle race.
  • Roswell UFO Festival - July 2-5, 2021 - in Roswell, New Mexico
  • Jim Thorpe Native American Games - July 10-19, 2022 (No Games in 2021)
  • Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show) held in Birmingham, England - July 15-18, 2021
  • Comic Con International - July 22-25, 2021
  • Summer Olympics - July 23 - August 8, 2021 (Held in Tokyo, Japan)
  • Lollapalooza - July 29 - August 1, 2021

August Festivals and Events

  • Summer Olympics - July 23 - August 8, 2021 (Held in Tokyo, Japan)
  • Lollapalooza - July 29 - August 1, 2021
  • World Police and Fire Games - This is a biennially event held every two years.  Next event will be July 30 - August 8, 2021 and held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 6-15, 2021
  • Vivid Sydney - August 6-28, 2021 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!
  • Little League World Series - August 18-29, 2021 (Held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
  • Bay to Breakers Race in San Francisco, CA - August 22, 2021
  • Paralympic Summer Games - August 24 - September 5, 2021
  • National Championship Chuckwagon Races - August 28 - September 4, 2021 (Held in Clinton, Arkansas)
  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 30 - September 12, 2021


September Festivals and Events

  • Paralympic Summer Games - August 24 - September 5, 2021
  • National Championship Chuckwagon Races - August 28 - September 4, 2021 (Held in Clinton, Arkansas)
  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 30 - September 12, 2021
  • Miss America Pageant - September 8, 2020 (2021 TBD)
  • Great Reno Balloon Race - September 10-12, 2021 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 18, 2021 - October 3, 2021 Beer Festival in Munich, Germany. This festival is now held all over the World. Also, check out our Holidays in Germany page!
  • Great American Beer Festival - September 24-26, 2020 (Denver, CO) (2021 TBA)


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 18, 2021 - October 3, 2021 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 2-10, 2021
  • World Series - October 19-27, 2021 - 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 - 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. 

December Festivals and Events

  • Christmas Events - typically all through the month of December there are events related to Christmas.
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting - December 1, 2021 (6 days after the 4th Thursday in November) 


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