World Festival and Event Calendar

World Festival and Event Calendar

05 Sep 2017

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From international sporting extravaganzas to delightful local foodie feasts, our world festival and event calendar is your guide to the best happenings around the globe. 

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival and Events Calendar
Bottoms up for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, 11 - 17th September

SEPTEMBER

9 - 11 September:  Brisbane Festival

Every year the riverside city of Brisbane springs to life with a program of theatre, music, circus and other thrilling performances. Millions flock to enjoy this vibrant festival, which is topped off by a fireworks extravaganza - the much-anticipated River Fire.

11 - 17 September: Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown, USA

If you’re into bourbon, cigars, cowboy boots and all things delightfully Southern, then this is the event for you. Enjoy a week full of festivities that celebrate the rich culture and history of bourbon in Bardstown and the surrounding Kentucky communities.

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Oktoberfest Festival
Gingerbread cookie necklaces known as lebkuchen are a traditional Oktoberfest souvenir

16 - 4 September: Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Moved from its original date in October to take advantage of September’s balmy weather, Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world. Every year over six million people gather to quaff beer, eat traditional foods and join lively festivities.

21 - 24 September:  London Fashion Week, UK

The London Fashion Week is an industry event that sweeps the public up in the glamorous wave of excitement that floods the city twice a year. Runway shows are enhanced by their settings in fabulous historical buildings all over town.

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Galway oyster, Festival and Event Calendar
Juicy local oysters are the stars of the show at the Galway Seafood Festival

22 - 24 September: Galway International Seafood Festival

From the World Oyster Opening Championship to the Mardi Gras Masquerade, this festival is an exuberant celebration of Irish food. Foodie lectures, tasting events, family activities and gala dinners are all part of the action-packed schedule.

30 September - 02 October: Thimphu Tsechu, Bhutan

Rich with cultural significance, Thimphu Tsechu is an annual Buddhist celebration.  The Bhutanese dress in their finest clothes and jewels to watch the monks perform ritual dances, a sight which promises luck and prosperity and is rumoured to grant wishes.  

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Grand Prix Formula One Event
The Malaysian Grand Prix may be cancelled after 2017, so enjoy it while you can!

OCTOBER

1 October: Malaysia Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur

A round of the Formula One World Championship, the Malaysian Grand Prix is held yearly at the Sepang International Circuit. Guests can revel in the lively trackside atmosphere and join many spinoff events when their eyes aren’t glued to the race. 

4 -22 October: Melbourne Festival, VIC

This leading international arts festival has a reputation for presenting groundbreaking performances of theatre, dance, circus and music. A fantastic program of spectacular, thought-provoking shows find a perfect home in the cultural hub of Melbourne.

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International Balloon Fiesta Festival
The Mass Ascension of balloons is just one event in the fiesta - don't miss the chainsaw carving!

7 - 15 October: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, USA

Every year a stunning display of hot-air balloons adorns the sky of Albuquerque. The largest such event on earth, the Fiesta launches hundreds of colourful hot-air balloons into the crisp fall air. A program of live performances completes the carnival atmosphere.

20 October - 5 November: Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is the Pacific’s leading epicurean event. Hundreds of renowned chefs, celebrities and wine experts gather to show off their wares to the taste buds of an appreciative public in a range of tropically perfect locations.

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Jidai Matsuri Festival
A Kyoto local in historic costume for Jidai Matsuri event

22 October: Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages) Kyoto, Japan

Dressed in costumes from every period of Japanese history, locals parade from the Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine in a celebration of Kyoto’s cultural heritage. The parade includes performers dressed as notable figures from the erstwhile capital’s history.

24 October - 1 November: World Series Baseball, USA

Jump into the spirit of World Series Baseball - a best-of-seven playoff between the National League champions and American League champions. If you’re lucky enough to catch a live game get set for a rowdy crowd and a rousing atmosphere.

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World series baseball event
Don't miss the electrifying atmosphere of world series baseball in the USA

NOVEMBER

1 - 2 November: Day of the Dead, Oaxaca, Mexico

This Mexican celebration commemorates deceased family members and loved ones, and is especially colourful in the town of Oaxaca. The locals create ornate altars, spend days cooking traditional foods and take part in impromptu, costumed parades.  

1 - 5 November: La Diablada, Puno, Peru

 La Diablada, or Dance of the Demon, is a captivating festival of parades, performances and street markets with roots that snake back thousands of years. Fabulously costumed dancers perform ancient routines that represent the constant struggle of good against evil.

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Day of the Dead Festival
The decorated skulls of Day of the Dead are symbolic gesture to honour loved ones who have passed on

9 - 13 November: Pirate Festival, Grand Cayman

Kicked off by an invasion of pirates who swarm in from old-time sailing vessels, this swashbuckling event is a must for anyone who loves a themed party. Enjoy parades, costume contests, live music and street dancing in authentic pirate style.

16 - 19 November: Margaret River Gourmet Escape, WA

WA’s premier food and wine festival offers an appetising line-up of events and appearances from celebrities such as Australia’s own Curtis Stone. This year, it will also host exclusive wine events to mark 50 years of Margaret River wine production.

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Ashes Test Series Event
Don't miss the spectacle of the Ashes series - the Aussies and English battling it out over five test matches

November 2017 - May 2018: Nabana no Sato­­, Japan

During the warmer months, Nabana no Sato is a flower-filled wonderland, but the colder months bring the glory of the winter light festival. This incredible illumination show incorporates millions of LED lights in fairytale displays that boggle the mind.

23 November: Ashes First Test, Brisbane, QLD

The cricket teams of Australia and England battle it out for a legendary trophy in this five test series. The the first ball of the first test is always bowled with an accompaniment of rowdy cheers from the enthusiastic crowd. 

Emma Lee

Emma is a travel writer and blogger living in Brisbane, Australia. She followed the snow around the world for many years, and still considers Lake Louise her happy place. Emma's other passion is food; a love that has led her down many sketchy looking alleys in Asia, South America and Europe.