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. 2020 is on January 1st!
  • Pennsylvania Farm Show - January 4-11, 2020 (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Golden Globe Awards - January 5, 2020 (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • 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! 2020 dates are January 5 - February 20, 2020
  • North American International Auto Show - January 7-20, 2020 (Detroit, MI)
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - January 11-26, 2020 (Denver, CO)
  • CareerBuilder Challenge (Formerly Bob Hope Classic) - January 15-19, 2020 in La Quinta, CA
  • International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo - January 16-26, 2020 (Monaco)
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 17 - February 8, 2020 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 23 - February 2, 2020 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Sundance Film Festival - January 23 - February 2, 2020 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona - January 25-26, 2020 (Daytona, FL)
  • 2020 Pro Bowl - January 26, 2020
  • Grammy Awards - January 26, 2020


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! 2020 dates are January 5 - February 20, 2020
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 17 - February 8, 2020 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 23 - February 2, 2020 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Sundance Film Festival - January 23 - February 2, 2020 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
  • Yukon Quest - Starts February 1, 2020 - February 15, 2020 (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 2, 2020 (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
  • Carnival of Venice - February 8-25, 2020 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
  • Academy Awards Ceremony - February 9, 2020
  • Westminister Dog Show - February 10-11, 2020 - Several locations in New York City, NY
  • World AG Expo - February 11-13, 2020
  • Simplot Games - February 13-15, 2020 - Held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena, it is one of the Nation's premier high school indoor track and field events.
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.
  • Daytona 500 - February 16, 2020
  • NBA All-Star Game 2020 - February 16, 2020
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 21-26, 2020 - 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
  • Losar - February 24-26, 2020 - 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 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana


March Festivals and Events

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.
  • North Dakota Winter Show - March 1-7, 2020 (Valley City, ND)
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - March 3-22, 2020 (Houston, TX)
  • Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show) held in Birmingham, England - March 5-8, 2020
  • International Festival of Owls - March 6-8, 2020 in Houston, Minnesota
  • Iditarod Race - March 7-22, 2020  - A Dogsled Race on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska running 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome.
  • Indiana Flower and Patio Show - March 14-22, 2020 (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 11, 2020
  • Ultra Music Festival - March 20-22, 2020 - World's Premier Electronic Music Festival held in Miami, Florida.
  • Earth Hour - March 28, 2020 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 2-4, 2020 - The world's most renown horse race held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England
  • The Masters Tournament - April 6-12, 2020  - 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 10-12, 2020 and Weekend Two April 17-19, 2020 in Indio, California
  • White House Easter Egg Roll - April 13, 2020
  • Texas Sandfest - April 17-19, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas is one of the largest sand sculpture competitions in the world!
  • Boston Marathon - April 20, 2020 (Third Monday of April)
  • Fiddler's Frolic - April 23-26, 2020
  • Interstate Mullet Toss - April 24-26, 2020 (Last Full Weekend in April)


May Festivals and Events

  • Kentucky Derby - May 2, 2020 (First Saturday in May) at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Cannes International Film Festival - May 12-23, 2020 in Cannes, France is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the World.
  • PGA Championship - May 14-17, 2020
  • National Morel Mushroom Festival - May 15-16, 2020 (Weekend after Mother's Day)
  • Preakness Stakes - May 16, 2020 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.
  • Vivid Sydney - May 22 - June 13, 2020 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 24, 2020 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, IN. The Indianapolis 500 is the world's most famous and prestigious auto race.
  • Bay to Breakers Race - Was May 31, 2020 (Third Sunday in May in San Francisco, CA). Postponed to September 20, 2020 Due to COVID-19


June Festivals and Events

  • Vivid Sydney - May 22 - June 13, 2020 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 6, 2020 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York
  • US Open Golf Championship - June 15-21, 2020
  • Glastonbury Music Festival - June 24-28, 2020 (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.
  • Tour de France - June 27- July 19, 2020 - this is the world's most high profile bicycle race.
  • Wimbledon - June 29 - July 12, 2020 held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Southwest London, England.


July Festivals and Events

  • Tour de France - June 27- July 19, 2020 - this is the world's most high profile bicycle race
  • Wimbledon - June 29 - July 12, 2020 held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Southwest London, England.
  • Roswell UFO Festival - July 3-5, 2020 - in Roswell, New Mexico
  • Jim Thorpe Native American Games - July 11-19, 2020
  • Comic Con International - July 23-26, 2020
  • Summer Olympics - July 24 - August 9, 2020 (Held in Tokyo, Japan)
  • Lollapalooza - July 30 - August 2, 2020


August Festivals and Events

  • Summer Olympics - July 24 - August 9, 2020 (Held in Tokyo, Japan)
  • Lollapalooza - July 30 - August 2, 2020
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 7-16, 2020
  • Little League World Series - August 20-30, 2020 (Held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
  • Paralympic Summer Games - August 25 - September 6, 2020
  • National Championship Chuckwagon Races - August 29 - September 6, 2020 (Held in Clinton, Arkansas)
  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 31 - September 13, 2020
  • 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


September Festivals and Events

  • Paralympic Summer Games - August 25 - September 6, 2020
  • National Championship Chuckwagon Races - August 29 - September 6, 2020 (Held in Clinton, Arkansas)
  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 31 - September 13, 2020
  • Kentucky Derby - September 5, 2020 (Rescheduled from May 2, 2020 due to Covid-19)
  • Miss America Pageant - September 8, 2020
  • Great Reno Balloon Race - September 11-13, 2020 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)
  • Boston Marathon Day - September 14, 2020 (Rescheduled from April 20, 2020 due to Covid-19)
  • Oktoberfest - September 19, 2020 - October 4, 2020 Beer Festival in Munich, Germany. This festival is now held all over the World. Also, check out our Holidays in Germany page!
  • Bay to Breakers Race - Was May 31, 2020 (Third Sunday in May in San Francisco, CA). Postponed to September 20, 2020 Due to COVID-19
  • Great American Beer Festival - September 24-26, 2020 (Denver, CO)


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 19, 2020 - October 4, 2020 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 3-11, 2020
  • World Series - October 20-28, 2020 - 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.
  • Pirates Week - October 30 - November 15, 2020 - 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. 

November Festivals and Events

  • Pirates Week - October 30 - November 15, 2020 - 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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