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 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Usually 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! 2024 dates are December 20, 2024 - Early March, 2024. 
  • 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. 
  • Pennsylvania Farm Show - January 6-13, 2024 (Harrisburg, PA)
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - (Denver, CO) - January 6 - 21, 2024
  • Golden Globe Awards (Beverly Hills) - January 7, 2024
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 12 - February 3, 2024 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • The American Express Tournament (Formerly: CareerBuilder Challenge and Prior to that Bob Hope Classic) - January 15-21, 2024 in La Quinta, CA
  • Sundance Film Festival - January 18-28, 2024 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
  • International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo - January 19-28, 2024 (Monaco)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 25 - February 4, 2024 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona - January 27-28, 2024 (Daytona, FL)
  • Carnival of Venice - January 27 - February 13, 2024 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes


February 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Usually 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! 2024 dates are December 20, 2024 - Early March, 2024.
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 12 - February 3, 2024 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 25 - February 4, 2024 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Carnival of Venice - January 27 - February 13, 2024 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes
  • Yukon Quest - Starting in Whitehorse on February 3, 2024, there will be 3 races - 100 mile, 250 miles and a 450 mile. Awards on February 9, 2024
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - February 3 - March 3, 2024, Parade on February 24, 2024
  • 2024 Pro Bowl - February 4, 2024
  • Super Bowl Sunday - February 4, 2024 (Held at various venues throughout the United States each year.)
  • Grammy Awards - February 5, 2024
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 9-17, 2024 - 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 10-12, 2024 - 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)
  • Mardi Gras Carnival (New Orleans) - February 13, 2024
  • World AG Expo - February 13-15, 2024 (Held in Tulare, CA)
  • Simplot Games - February 15-17, 2024 - 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 18, 2024
  • NBA All-Star Game 2024 - February 18, 2024
  • Whooping Crane Festival - February 22-25, 2024
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - February 27 - March 17, 2024 (Houston, TX)

March 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - February 3 - March 3, 2024, Parade on February 24, 2024
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - February 27 - March 17, 2024 (Houston, TX)
  • International Festival of Owls - March 1-3, 2024 in Houston, Minnesota
  • Iditarod Race - March 2-17, 2024 - A Dogsled Race on the Iditarod Trail  in Alaska (Starts on the First Saturday in March)
  • North Dakota Winter Show - March 6-10, 2024 (Valley City, ND)
  • Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show) held in Birmingham, England - March 7-10, 2024
  • International Women's Collaboration Brew Day - March 8 (Same Day as International Women's Day)
  • Indiana Flower and Patio Show - March 9-17, 2024 (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Academy Awards Ceremony - March 10, 2024
  • Expo West (Anaheim, CA) - March 12-16, 2024
  • AKC National Agility Championship - March 14-17, 2024
  • 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!
  • Expo East (Philadelphia, PA) - March 18-20, 2024
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - March 20 - April 14, 2024 (Washington D.C.)
  • Ultra Music Festival - March 22-24, 2024 - World's Premier Electronic Music Festival held in Miami, Florida.
  • Earth Hour - March 30, 2024 at 8:30 pm - Worldwide event encouraging everyone to turn off your power for 60+ minutes to help save the planet!


April 2024 Festivals and Events

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - March 20 - April 14, 2024 (Washington D.C.)
  • White House Easter Egg Roll - April 1, 2024 (Day after Easter)
  • Grand National - April 11-13, 2024 - The world's most renown horse race held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England
  • The Masters Tournament - April 11-14, 2024  - 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 12-14, 2024 and Weekend Two = April 19-21, 2024
  • Boston Marathon - April 15, 2024 (Third Monday of April)
  • Texas Sandfest - April 19-21, 2024 in Port Aransas, Texas is one of the largest sand sculpture competitions in the world!
  • Festival of Ridvan - April 20 - May 2, 2024
  • Fiddler's Frolic - April 26-28, 2024
  • Interstate Mullet Toss - April 26-28, 2024 (Last Full Weekend in April)

May 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Festival of Ridvan - April 20 - May 2, 2024
  • Kentucky Derby - May 4, 2024 (First Saturday in May) at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Westminster Dog Show - May 13-14, 2024
  • PGA Championship - May 13-19, 2024
  • Cannes International Film Festival - May 14-25, 2024 in Cannes, France is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the World.
  • National Morel Mushroom Festival - May 16-19, 2024 (Weekend after Mother's Day)
  • Preakness Stakes - May 18, 2024 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD
  • Bay to Breakers Race in San Francisco, CA - May 19, 2024.
  • Vivid Sydney - May 24 - June 15, 2024 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 26, 2024 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 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Vivid Sydney - May 24 - June 15, 2024 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!
  • Cricket World Cup - June 1-29, 2024
  • Belmont Stakes - June 8, 2024 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York
  • US Open Golf Championship - June 13-16, 2024
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - June 14 - July 4, 2024 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events. 
  • Glastonbury Music Festival - June 26-30, 2024 (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 29 - July 21, 2024 - this is the world's most high profile bicycle race.


July 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - June 14 - July 4, 2024 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events
  • Tour de France - June 29 - July 21, 2024 - this is the world's most high profile bicycle race.
  • Wimbledon - July 1-14, 2024 held at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Southwest London, England.
  • Roswell UFO Festival - July 5-7, 2024 - in Roswell, New Mexico
  • Republican National Convention - July 15-18, 2024
  • Comic Con International - July 25-28, 2024
  • Summer Olympics XXXIII - July 26 - August 11, 2024


August 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Summer Olympics XXXIII - July 26 - August 11, 2024
  • Lollapalooza - August 1-4, 2024
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 2-11, 2024 (Begins 1st Friday in August for 10 Days)
  • Little League World Series - August 14-25, 2024 (Held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
  • Democratic National Convention - August 19-22, 2024
  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 26 - September 8, 2024
  • National Championship Chuckwagon Races - August 29 - September 1, 2024 (Held in Clinton, Arkansas)

September 2024 Festivals and Events

  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 26 - September 8, 2024
  • National Championship Chuckwagon Races - August 29 - September 1, 2024 (Held in Clinton, Arkansas)
  • Great Reno Balloon Race - September 6-8, 2024 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 21, 2024 - October 6, 2024 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 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Oktoberfest - September 21, 2024 - October 6, 2024 - 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 5-13, 2024 
  • Great American Beer Festival - October 10-12, 2024 (Denver, CO)
  • World Series - 2024 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 2024 Festivals and Events

  • World Series - 2024 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.
  • Pirates Fest - Cayman Islands National Festival - November 1-24, 2024 (Little Cayman - November 1-3, 2024; Grand Cayman - November 8-17, 2024; Cayman Brac - November 22-24, 2024) This is the Cayman Islands, National Festival and features 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 2024 Festivals and Events

  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting - December 4, 2024 (6 days after the 4th Thursday in November) 
  • Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - December 25, 2024 - Mid February, 2025
  • Christmas Events - typically all through the month of December there are events related to Christmas.


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