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. 2017 is on January 2nd!
  • 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! 2017 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2017
  • Pennsylvania Farm Show - January 6-14, 2017 (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Golden Globe Awards - January 8, 2017 (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - January 7-22, 2017 (Denver, CO)
  • North American International Auto Show - January 8-22, 2017 (Detroit, MI)
  • International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo - January 19-29, 2017 (Monaco)
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 13 - February 4, 2017 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • CareerBuilder Challenge (Formerly Bob Hope Classic) - January 18-22, 2017 in La Quinta, CA
  • Sundance Film Festival - January 19-29, 2017 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 21 - February 19, 2017 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 26 - February 5, 2017 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona - January 28-29, 2017 (Daytona, FL)
  • 2017 Pro Bowl - January 29, 2017


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! 2017 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2017
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 13 - February 4, 2017 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 26 - February 5, 2017 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 21 - February 19, 2017 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Yukon Quest - Starts February 4, 2017 - February 18, 2016 (approx) 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 5, 2017 (First Sunday in February, held at various venues throughout the United States each year.)
  • Carnival of Venice - February 11-28, 2017 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
  • Grammy Awards - February 12, 2017
  • Westminister Dog Show - February 13-14, 2017 - Several locations in New York City, NY
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 16, 2017 - March 18, 2017 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.
  • Simplot Games - February 16-18, 2017 - Held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena, it is one of the Nation's premier high school indoor track and field events.
  • NBA All-Star 2017 - February 19, 2017
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 24 - March 1, 2017 - 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.
  • Academy Awards Ceremony (89th) - February 26, 2017
  • Daytona 500 - February 26, 2017
  • Losar - February 27, 2017 - 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.
  • Mardi Gras Carnival - February 28, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Winter Olympics XXIII - February 9 - 25, 2018 (Held in PyeongChang, China)


March Festivals and Events

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 16, 2017 - March 18, 2017 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events
  • International Festival of Owls - March 3-5, 2017 in Houston, Minnesota
  • North Dakota Winter Show - March 4-11, 2017 (Valley City, ND)
  • Iditarod Race - Starts March 4, 2017 - Awards Banquet on March 19, 2017 - A Dogsled Race on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska running 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome.
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - March 7-26, 2017 (Houston, TX)
  • Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show) held in Birmingham, England - March 9-12, 2017
  • Indiana Flower and Patio Show - March 11-19, 2017 (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!
  • Ultra Music Festival - March 24-26, 2017 - World's Premier Electronic Music Festival held in Miami, Florida.
  • Earth Hour - March 25, 2017 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

  • Grand National - April 3-9, 2017 - The world's most renown horse race held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England
  • The Masters Tournament - April 4-10, 2016  - 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 14-16, 2017 and Weekend Two April 21-23, 2017 in Indio, California
  • Fiddler's Frolic - April 20-23, 2017
  • Boston Marathon - April 17, 2017 (Third Monday of April)
  • Texas Sandfest - April 21-23, 2017 in Port Aransas, Texas is one of the largest sand sculpture competitions in the world!
  • Interstate Mullet Toss - April 28-30, 2017 (Last Full Weekend in April)


May Festivals and Events

  • Kentucky Derby - May 6, 2017 (First Saturday in May) at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Cannes International Film Festival - May 17-28, 2017 in Cannes, France is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the World.
  • Bay to Breakers Race - May 20, 2017 (Third Sunday in San Francisco, CA)
  • Preakness Stakes - May 20, 2017 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.
  • Vivid Sydney - May 26 - June 17, 2017 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 28, 2017 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

  • Vivid Sydney - May 26 - June 17, 2017 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 10, 2017 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York
  • Expo 2017 - Universal Exposition held between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • US Open Golf Championship - June 15-18, 2017
  • America's Cup - Finals: June 17-18, 2017 and June 24-27, 2017 
  • Glastonbury Music Festival - June 21-25, 2017 (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.
  • Roswell UFO Festival - June 29 - July 2, 2017 - in Roswell, New Mexico


July Festivals and Events

  • Expo 2017 - Universal Exposition held between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Roswell UFO Festival - June 29 - July 2, 2017 - in Roswell, New Mexico
  • Tour de France - Starts on July 1-23, 2017 -this is the world's most high profile bicycle race.
  • Wimbledon - July 3-16, 2017 held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Southwest London, England.
  • Comic Con International - July 20-23, 2017
  • Summer Olympics - July 24 - August 9, 2020 (Held in Tokyo, Japan)


August Festivals and Events

  • Expo 2017 - Universal Exposition held between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Summer Olympics - July 24 - August 9, 2020 (Held in Tokyo, Japan)
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 7-13, 2017


September Festivals and Events

  • Expo 2017 - Universal Exposition held between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Great Reno Balloon Race - September 8-10, 2017 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)
  • Miss America Pageant - September 11, 2017
  • Oktoberfest - September 16, 2017 - October 3, 2017 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

  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - October 1-9, 2016
  • Oktoberfest - September 16, 2017 - October 3, 2017 Beer Festival in Munich, Germany. This festival is now held all over the World. Also, check out our Holidays in Germany page!
  • World Series - October 2016 (Dates 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 12-22, 2015 - 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.


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