World events directory

World events directory

From the Verona Opera to Chinese New Year, we've got some dates for your diary.

The Pirates of Penzance

International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

A magical world of colourful costumes and topsy-turvy plots await you at the International Gilbert and Sullivan festival.

Friday, 04 August 2017 - Sunday, 20 August 2017

Around the world

Traditional Christmas market

The European Christmas Markets

Take a walk around the European Christmas markets held in Bremen, Amsterdam and Bruges during the festive season

Sunday, 03 December 2017 - Friday, 08 December 2017


A Christmas tree with baubles

Celebrate Christmas

Have you ever wished you could get away at Christmas and enjoy an extra special festive break? There's plenty of options available for a Christmas stay int he UK

Monday, 25 December 2017 - Monday, 25 December 2017

Around the world

New Year Fireworks in Madeira

New Year fireworks in Madeira

See in the New year with a bang! The New Year firework display in Funchal, Madeira is rated as one of the best in the world, and for good reason!

Sunday, 31 December 2017 - Sunday, 31 December 2017

Madeira, Portugal

Brightly colored masks adorn a railing in the French Quarter as Mardi Gras approaches in New Orleans

New Orleans Mardi Gras

Often referred to as the 'greatest free show on earth', the New Orleans Mardi Gras is celebrated every year with parades up to and including Shrove Tuesday.

Saturday, 06 January 2018 - Tuesday, 13 February 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival

Tenerife Carnival

Attracting visitors from around the globe, the annual Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is held every February and runs from the election of the Carnival queen to the Burial of the Sardine!

Friday, 12 January 2018 - Sunday, 18 February 2018

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Beautiful mask with gondolas during the carnival in Venice

Venice Carnival

Famous for its elaborate masks and eccentric costumes, the Venice Carnival takes place every year and ends forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday.

Saturday, 27 January 2018 - Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Venice, Italy

Allegorical float at Viareggio Carnival

Carnevale di Viareggio

Considered one of the most well known carnivals in Italy and Europe, the Carnevale di Viareggio takes place every year in the Tuscan village of Viareggio

Saturday, 27 January 2018 - Saturday, 17 February 2018

Venice, Italy

Piha beach which is located at the West Coast in Auckland,New Zealand.

Summer in New Zealand

February is the best month to visit New Zealand, where the weather is at it's hottest and driest and the scenery is ever more beautiful.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 - Wednesday, 28 February 2018

New Zealand

Northern Lights over fields in Norway

The Northern Lights

Go in search of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), most notable between the months of October and March in the Northern Hemisphere.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 - Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Chinese New Year Decoration--Closeup of Dancing Dragon and knots

Chinese New Year

The 2018 Chinese New Year falls on February 16th and is the Year of the Dog. The country celebrates the event with festivals, family and food.

Friday, 16 February 2018 - Saturday, 17 February 2018


Hochiminh City, Vietnam - February 22, 2016: Parade of dragons and lions in the lion dance ceremony of Chinese Vietnamese people on a street in the HoChiMinh city on season Tet holiday of lunar year

Vietnamese New Year (Vietnamese Tet)

Not to be mistaken for Chinese New Year, the Vietnamese Tet holiday is the most important public holiday in Vietnam and one not to miss.

Saturday, 17 February 2018 - Sunday, 18 February 2018


Coloured powder being thrown during Holi, festival of colour, in India

Holi Festival

Visit India and celebrate Holi festival, a fabulous, fun Hindu festival of colour, which is celebrated every year in the spring all over the country.

Thursday, 01 March 2018 - Friday, 02 March 2018


Cherry blossoms at the Hirosaki Castle Park in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan

Cherry Blossom Festival

Between the last week of March and first two weeks of April, Japan's Cherry Blossom's bloom, turning the landscapes a beautiful shade of pink.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Keukenhof park in Netherlands

Tulips bloom in the Keukenhof

With over 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens is a must for any gardening fan and the perfect river cruise excursion...

Thursday, 22 March 2018 - Sunday, 13 May 2018

Keukenhof Gardens, Beverwijk, Holland

Elephants in river in Sri Lanka during the rain season

Sri Lankan Rain Season

Enjoy a wildlife spectacular when you visit the wonderful island of Sri Lanka during it's rainy season in April - an event that you'll want to get wet for!

Sunday, 01 April 2018 - Monday, 30 April 2018

St Petersburg, Russia

People on Bhairav Chariot near Nyatapola Temple on Bisket Jatra festival celebration.

Bisket Jatra, Nepal

Bisket Jatra is an annual festival celebrated in certain areas of Nepal, commencing at the start of new year on the Bikram Sambat calendar

Monday, 09 April 2018 - Monday, 16 April 2018


Buddha statue water ceremony in songkran festival, thailand

Songkran Festival

Considered one of Thailand's most important festivals, Songkran is celebrated annually to mark the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year.

Friday, 13 April 2018 - Sunday, 15 April 2018


Horses and traditional dress during the Seville Feria

Seville Spring Fair

See Seville burst with colour, music and fun for a the famous Seville Feria. Starting two weeks after the Easter Holy Week, the fair runs from Monday to Sunday.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - Sunday, 22 April 2018

Seville, Spain

Flower composition on the street during a Flower Festival. Madeira.

Madeira Flower Festival

The arrival of spring marks the start of Madeira's annual flower festival where the streets of Funchal are transformed into a floral stage.

Thursday, 19 April 2018 - Sunday, 06 May 2018

Madeira, Portugal

Jazz musicians performing on the French Quarter, New Orleans at Mardis Gras, LA

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or 'Jazz Fest', celebrates the musical heritage and culture of the famous Lousiana city.

Friday, 27 April 2018 - Monday, 30 April 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Fireworks in Valletta for the Malta International firework Festival

Malta International Firework Festival

The Malta International Firework Festival is an annual event held every April in the country's capital, Valletta, celebrating Malta's anniversary on joining the EU.

Saturday, 28 April 2018 - Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Valletta, Malta

A turtle swimming in the sea in the Seychelles

Seychelles in May

May is the best month to visit the Seychelles, where the weather is at it's best and conditions for snorkeling and scuba diving are practically perfect.

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 - Thursday, 31 May 2018


Sperm whale diving and splashing with tail

Whale watching in the Azores

Although the Azores are home to a number of wildlife species throughout the year, May is particularly popular with the Sperm Whales, who gather in their masses during the month.

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 - Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Azores

India Bengal Tiger head looking direct to camera

Tiger spotting in India

The tail end of the dry season in India, May is the last chance to see a Bengal tiger before the rainy season arrives and the big cats take cover!

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 - Thursday, 31 May 2018


Mexican party pinatas decorated with fringed tissue colorful paper for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, Mexico

A day of family, food and fun, Mexico's 'Cinco de Mayo' festival celebrates the anniversary of the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces in 1862.

Saturday, 05 May 2018 - Saturday, 05 May 2018


A group of monks pray during ceremony for Buddha birthday.

Buddha's birthday

Buddha's birthday is celebrated every year across Asia and involves lighting incense, taking food offerings to monks and the bathing of the Buddha.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Winters Palace, The Hermitage, St Petersburg

The White Nights of St Petersburg

Visit St Petersburg during June and July and witness the magnificent heritage and architecture under the famous White Nights.

Friday, 01 June 2018 - Tuesday, 31 July 2018

St Petersburg, Russia

Midnight Sun in Iceland

The Midnight Sun in Iceland

The Midnight Sun is at it's best during the Summer Solstice, where day and night literally merge into one.

Thursday, 21 June 2018 - Friday, 22 June 2018


Verona Opera Festival

Verona Opera Festival

Experience the incredible Verona Opera Festival in July and August 2018 at the Arena di Verona in Italy

Sunday, 01 July 2018 - Friday, 31 August 2018

Verona, Itally

Cast of Turandot opera, written by Giacomo Puccini

Puccini Opera Festival

Step into the world of Puccini at this annual festival at an open air theatre on the banks of Lake Massaciúccoli.

Sunday, 01 July 2018 - Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Tuscany, Italy

Statue of Liberty on the background of flag usa, sunrise and fireworks

Independence Day

Celebrate Independence Day in the USA on July 4th and take part in the many celebrations.

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 - Wednesday, 04 July 2018

United States of America

Colorful flowers in the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

Western Cape in bloom

See the Western Cape explode into life as technicolour wild flowers bloom en masse in the African spring

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 - Friday, 31 August 2018

South Africa

Artist at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe

The biggest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe to an annual event held in August.

Friday, 03 August 2018 - Sunday, 26 August 2018

Edinburgh, Scotland

Fall Foliage and the Stowe Community Church, Stowe, Vermont, USA

New England in the fall

Forests of New England take on a flaming red and golden hue and provide visitors with an incredible natural spectacle.

Saturday, 01 September 2018 - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

New England, United States of America

A vineyard in Provence

Provence grape harvest

Welcome the much anticipated grape harvest in Provence with festivities around the region.

Saturday, 01 September 2018 - Sunday, 30 September 2018

Provence, France

Traditional Sicilian cannoli

Sicily food festivals

Visit Sicily during the infamous food harvests and enjoy a touch of traditional Sicilian food and drink from pistachio nuts to ice cream.

Saturday, 01 September 2018 - Sunday, 30 September 2018

Sicily, Italy

New York skyline with Statue of Liberty in September

New York in September

Discover New York during September where you can see the US Open in full swing and celebrate the lives of those lost during the 9/11 tragedy

Saturday, 01 September 2018 - Sunday, 30 September 2018

New York United States of America

Magnificent blossoms rhododendrons on a background of white peaks in the Himalayas

Autumn in the Himalayas

Views of the Himalayas are at their best during autumn, where the weather is dry, the countryside luscious green and the air clean and crisp.

Monday, 01 October 2018 - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Himalayas, Nepal

Big figures representing skeletons. This is part of the festivities held in Mexico due to the Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, Mexico

Celebrate Mexico's 'Día de los Muertos' (Day of the Dead) festival every year from October 31st - November 2nd, a day to remember lost loved ones.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - Friday, 02 November 2018


The Taj Mahal

India in November

November is the best month to visit India, where the weather is at it's driest but it's not as hot and humid as the rest of the year

Thursday, 01 November 2018 - Friday, 30 November 2018


Diwali Candles and Oil Lamps with flowers on a wooden background

The festival of Diwali

Visit India and celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of Lights, which is celebrated every year in the autumn

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 - Wednesday, 07 November 2018


Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Image © Alexiuz / S M L XL  Size Guide


Celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA on the 4th Thursday of November and take part in the many celebrations including the famous Macy's parade and the giant turkey dinner.

Thursday, 22 November 2018 - Thursday, 22 November 2018

United States of America

Monks chanting and praying in Loy krathong Festival. Image © 06photo /

Loy Krathong Festival

Visit Thailand over the full moon of the 12th Thai month and witness thousands of floating lanterns during the Loy Krathong Festival

Friday, 23 November 2018 - Friday, 23 November 2018