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Festivals Around the World

Stuck for ideas on where to go next? Find inspiration in our month-by-month guide to epic events across the globe in 2019...

January: Sydney Festival

When: 9th - 27th

Where: Sydney, Australia

Sydney has played host to this buzzing celebration of art, music, theatre and dance since 1977. Events take place across the city centre, from Hyde Park to the Opera House, and the inspiring schedule includes a special showcase of artists from Indigenous communities. 

February: Chiang Mai Flower Festival

When: 1st - 3rd

Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand

This visual feast has been running for more than 40 years, and Thailand’s colourful reputation shines bright – you’ll get a real taste of local culture in all its exotic vibrancy. As well as glorious flower arrangements in Suan Buak Haad gardens, you’ll see a parade and the crowning of ‘Miss Chiang Mai Flower’. 

March: Trinidad Carnival

When: 4th - 5th

Where: Trinidad & Tobago

Though it’s one of the smaller islands in the Caribbean, Trinidad still manages to pack a punch with its yearly carnival. Grab yourself a pot of pelau – a carnival favourite of rice, meat, pigeon peas and coconut milk – and soak up the atmosphere as the sun blazes, music pumps and buoyant locals fill you with good vibes. Calypso and soca plays all day, as the streets are filled with masses of flamboyant dancers in dazzling outfits. One of the Caribbean’s best-loved carnivals, this is an unabashed celebration of life, love and music.

April: Cherry blossom picnics

When: various dates

Where: Japan

Known as sakura to locals, Japanese cherry blossom trees attract endless admirers every year. As spring arrives, a favourite way to enjoy these bright-pink marvels is to arrange a picnic (hanami) under the trees. Head to Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen garden for incredible views. 

May: Lantern Floating Ceremony

When: 27th

Where: Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Held annually, this emotive event celebrates those we have lost. Try fish delicacy poke as you take in water rituals, hula dancing and conch players, then look on as lanterns are sent out to sea…

June: Dragon Boat Carnival

When: 14th - 16th

Where: Hong Kong

A yearly event that is said to have originated 2,000 years ago, this jaw-dropping extravaganza juxtaposes ancient and 21st-century elements of Chinese culture, as traditional dragon boats race around Victoria Harbour under the bright lights of its ultra-modern high-rise skyline. And with street entertainers on every corner, there’s a real festival atmosphere.

July: Calgary Stampede

When: 5th - 14th

Where: Alberta, Canada

Steeped in true cowboy tradition, the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’ boasts huge parades, concerts, rodeo shows and wagon racing!

August: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

When: 2nd - 11th

Where: South Dakota, USA

The riding season goes full throttle when more than 500,000 bikers from across the globe descend on the Black Hills of Dakota. Rock bands entertain riders and local food vendors take part in the ‘street food throw down’.

September: Rugby World Cup

Written by Flight Centre UK

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