Ireland


    Saint Patrick's Day
    (March)
    Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is a public holiday in Ireland. It commemorates Saint Patrick the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland...

    Galway Arts Festival (July)
    Galway Arts Festival is an annual arts festival that takes place each July in Galway, Ireland. It is Ireland’s leading arts festivaland one of the most successful and influential arts enterprises in the country...


    Electric Picnic
    (August-September)
    Electric Picnic is an annual arts-and-music festival which has been staged since 2004 at Stradbally Hall in Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland. It was voted Best Medium-Sized European Festival at the 2010 European Festival Awards, and has been voted Best Big Festival at each of the last four Irish Festival Awards since they began in 2007...

    Live at the Marquee (June-July)
    Live at the Marquee is an annual music festival which takes place in Cork, Ireland during the summer, usually over multiple days in June and July...


    Oxegen
    (July)
    Oxegen is an annual rock music festival in Ireland, first held from 2004–2011 and again in 2013. The event is regularly cited as Ireland's biggest music festival. Oxegen was originally a three-day festival but, from 2008 onwards, was expanded to four days. It takes place at the Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland and has an average attendance of around 60,000 a day...

    National Ploughing Championships (September)
    The National Ploughing Championships of Ireland take place each year in the month of September. The first inter-county Ploughing contest took place in 1931 as a result of an argument between two lifelong friends, Denis Allen of Gorey, County Wexford and JJ Bergin of Athy, County Kildare...


    Israel


    Jerusalem Festival of Light
    (June)
    The Jerusalem Festival of Light is an annual arts festival held every summer since 2009 in Jerusalem. The festival displays the work of leading international artists who use light and colour as their creative material...


    Red Sea Jazz Festival
    (January)
    The Red Sea Jazz Festival is a jazz festival held annually in Eilat, Israel. This year, while carrying on its tradition inviting prominent Jazz legends to perform in the Eilat Port it also creates a platform for emerging local artists promoting innovative and rejuvenating approaches...


    Boombamela
    (April)
    Boombamela is a festival held annually located on the sandy beach of Hof Nitzanim, between Ashdod and Ashkelon. It is described by its organisers as "a place for meeting, experiencing, crossing borders and transcending social limitations through music, creation, and connection with nature"...

    Acre Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre (September)
    Acre Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre is a four-day performing arts festival held annually in the city of Acre, Israel during the Intermediate Days of the Sukkot holiday in early autumn...


    Hebrew Book Week
    (June)
    During Hebrew Book Week, outdoor book fairs are held all over the country and publishing companies sell their books at a discount. Bookstores in Israel typically offer sales during this time which can last up to a month. In recent years, Hebrew Book Week has been extended to ten days...

    Israel Festival (May-June)
    Israel Festival is a multidisciplinary arts festival held every spring in Israel. The Israel Festival started in 1961 as a summer festival for classical music in the ancient Roman theater in Caesarea...


    Italy


    Carnival of Venice
    (January-February)
    The Carnivais an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Masks have always been a main feature of the Venetian carnival...

    Roma Jazz Festival (October)
    The Roma Jazz Festival is a jazz event in the city of Rome, Italy. The Festival is organized by the International Music Festival Foundation (IMF). Roma Jazz Festival, one of the most important events on the international scene, chooses every year a different theme and features big events to bring prestige to the whole festival...


    Verona Arena Festival
    (July-September)
    Verona Arena Festival is a summer festival of opera, located in the city of Verona Italy. Opera performances are given in Arena di Verona, an ancient Roman amphitheatre, which was capable of holding 30,000 spectators...

    Heineken Jammin' Festival (June-July)
    Heineken Jammin' Festival is a large live rock festival in Venice, Italy featuring international and Italian rock acts. It started in mid-June 1998 at the Imola Autodrome and has attracted attendances of more than 100,000...


    Venice Film Festival
    (August-September)
    The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest international film festival in the world. The festival takes place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. In 2012 the 69th festival took place from 29 August to 8 September...

    Israel Festival (September)
    Asti's Festival of Festivals is a great food and wine national event that takes place in Asti on the second Sunday of September. The festival holds a colorful procession that winds through the streets of the city...


    Carnival of Viareggio
    (February-March)
    The Carnival of Viareggio is a carnival event yearly held in the Tuscan city of Viareggio, in Italy. It is considered amongst the most renowned carnival celebrations in both Italy and Europe...


    Japan


    Japanese New Year
    (December-January)
    New Year observances are the most elaborate of Japan's annual events. At midnight on December 31, Buddhist temples all over Japan ring their bells a total of 108 times to symbolize the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief, and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires regarding sense and feeling in every Japanese citizen...


    Hanami
    (April)
    arious flower festivals are held at Shinto shrines during the month of April. Excursions and picnics for enjoying flowers, particularly cherry blossoms are also common, as well as many drinking parties often to be seen in and around auspicious parks and buildings...


    Bon Festival & Japanese Lantern Floating Festival
    (July-August)
    Bon Festival is a Buddhist observance honoring the spirits of ancestors. Among the traditional preparations for the ancestors' return are the cleaning of grave sites and preparing a path from them to the house and the provision of straw horses or oxen for the ancestors' transportation...

    Fuji Rock Festival (July)
    uji Rock Festival is an annual rock festival held in Naeba Ski Resort, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The 3 day event, organized by Smash Japan, features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians, making it the largest outdoor music event in Japan...


    Summer Sonic Festival
    (August)
    The Summer Sonic Festival is an annual two or three-days rock festival held at the same time in Osaka and Chiba. The majority of the bands playing in Osaka the first day go to Chiba the following day and vice versa...

    Culture Day (November)
    Culture Day is a national holiday held annually in Japan on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavour. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars...


    Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao
    (July-August)
    Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao was an annual jazz festival held in summer, July and August at Madarao, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The several-day festival featured musicians from Japan and overseas performing on different stages...


    Latvia


    Positivus Music Festival
    (July)
    Positivus Festival is an annual, two day summer music and culture festival held in Salacgrīva, Latvia...

    Studentu Paradīze (September)
    Studentu Paradīze is the most spectacular celebration of opening academic year in Baltics that will gather together thousands of students in Arena Riga...

    International Sacred Music Festival (August-September)
    The International Sacred Music Festival traditionally takes place at a time when Riga's concert life is scarce but the tourism season is in full swing...

    Gastronomy Festival (September)
    From 1-9 September, “Riga Food 2012” presents the Gastronomy Festival, an event aimed to all those who love cooking and those who enjoy good meal...


    Latvian Song and Dance Festival
    (July)
    The Latvian Song and Dance Festival is an important event in Latvian culture and social life. The All-Latvian Song and Dance Festival has been held since 1873, normally every five years...

    Baltic Pearl Film Festival (September)
    Baltic Pearl is one of the oldest film festivals in the Baltic States introducing cinema professionals and enthusiasts to the films that have won awards in the most significant international film festivals...

    Sound Forest (September-October)
    Sound Forest is organised both to give an overview of the latest developments within the music world as well as to create interesting musical events in Riga, Latvia...


    Lebanon


    Baalbeck International Festival
    (July-August)
    The Baalbeck International Festival is the oldest and best-known cultural event in the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean. Since 1955, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have flocked to the city of Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon to attend the annual festival...


    Beirut Nights
    (June-September)
    The Beirut Nights are numbers of events that take place from time to time in Beirut, Lebanon. It's usually active in the summer; however, some other festivals might happen in spring or fall. The city is known of its huge crowd from different nationalities participating in these events...


    Beiteddine Festival
    (July-August)
    The Beiteddine Festival is one of the leading festivals in the Middle East. It takes place in a large and magnificent 200-year old Palace in the Chouf Mountains, in Lebanon...


    Byblos International Festival
    (July)
    The Byblos International Festival is a Lebanese festival held in Byblos, believed to be the first Phoenician city, founded around 5000 BC. The festival is one of the biggest in Lebanon, and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world...


    Luxembourg


    Schueberfouer
    (August)
    The Schueberfouer is the annual Luxembourg City fair held every year. It takes place every year from the end of August until early September at the huge Glacis-field near the city-centre. In 2010, the fair comprised 184 attractions including 27 major rides...


    Rock um Knuedler
    (July)
    The Rock um Knuedler outdoor rock festival is free to attend. It has been a key pillar of the Luxembourg rock and pop scene and open-air festive culture for over 20 years...

    International Festival Echternach (May-June)
    Since 1975, Echternach, which is situated in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, has been hosting the internationally renowned festival. Musically speaking the Festival ranges...

    Carnival (February)
    Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining...


    Dancing procession of Echternach
    (May)
    The dancing procession of Echternach is an annual Roman Catholic dancing procession held at Echternach, in eastern Luxembourg. Echternach's is the last traditional dancing procession in Europe...

    Buergbrennen (February)
    Buergbrennen is a celebration centred around a huge bonfire which takes place on the first Sunday in Lent in Luxembourg and surrounding areas. It is based on old traditions...

    Europe Marathon (August)
    The Europe Marathon (sponsored by ING) is an annual marathon in Luxembourg which was held for the first time in 2006. The course leads from the Kirchberg banking and financial...


    Malaysia


    Rainforest World Music Festival
    (July)
    The Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival celebrating the diversity of world music. The festival is held in the grounds of the Sarawak Cultural Village nestled against the base of Mount Santubong...


    Merdeka Parade
    (August)
    Merdeka Parade is an annual parade held every August 31 in commemoration of Malaysia's independence. the event has been usually held at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur in commemoration of it being the original site of the first independence parade...

    Borneo International Jazz Festival (May)
    This annual event sees jazz groups from around the world converging at the Miri Resort City. Around 7,000 spectators and participants, comprising of locals, expatriates and visitors, are expected at this exciting musical galore...


    Melaka River Fiesta
    (June)
    Enjoy the excitement of fulfilled activities specially programmed along Melaka River. You will be fascinated by the various activities that had been arranged to make this festival as a memorable one...

    Malaysia Film Festival (August)
    Since the first edition of the Malaysian Film Festival (FFM) organised by Entertainment Journalist Association (EJA) in 1980, MFF continues to be the arena for appreciation and honouring the products of film arts and film artistes...

    MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia (July)
    MTV World Stage is a global series that brings multi-genre talents with global relevance to an audience in over 550 million households. Recorded "live" at the most exclusive gigs, world renowned music festivals ...


    Malta

    Malta Jazz Festival (July)
    The Malta Jazz Festival has been held annually since 1990 between the 19th and 21st July in the picturesque backdrop of Ta' Liesse in Valletta's Grand Harbour...

    Malta Arts Festival (July)
    The Malta Arts Festival, which will be held between the 1st and 18th of July 2012, has an extensive programme of excellent artistic events including music, theatre, dance and a visual arts exhibition...


    Malta Carnival
    (February)
    Malta’s Carnival dates back several hundred years to the 16th century when Maltese and the Knights of St John would hold a week-long event leading up to Ash Wednesday...

    Notte Bianca (September)
    Notte Bianca is held in Valletta each year and is a spectacular, night-long celebration of culture and the arts in Malta’s capital...


    Għanafest- Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival
    (June)
    Għanafest- Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival is a fabulous three day festival of Mediterranean folk music...


    Mexico


    Feria Nacional de San Marcos
    (April)
    The Feria Nacional de San Marcos is a national fair held in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes every year for threeweeks. The fair was celebrated for the first time in 1828...


    Vive Latino
    (April-May)
    Vive Latino - Festival Iberoamericano de Cultura Musical is an annual rock music festival held in Mexico City. It is one of the most important rock en espa˝ol music festivals in the world, featuring a great variety of Latin and Spanish groups of many genres...

    Guadalajara International Film Festival (March)
    The Guadalajara International Film Festival is a week-long film festival held each March in the Mexican city of Guadalajara since 1986. The Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) is the most important cinematographic event in Latin America...


    Festival Internacional Cervantino
    (January-February)
    The Festival Internacional Cervantino (popularly known as El Cervantino) takes place each fall in the city of Guanajuato, located in central Mexico...

    Oaxaca FilmFest (November)
    The Oaxaca FilmFest is an international film festival held every November in the Mexican city of Oaxaca during ten days in the second week of November...

    Day of the Dead (November)
    Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died...


    Guelaguetza
    (July-August)
    The Guelaguetza is an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico that takes place in the city of Oaxaca. The celebration centers on traditional dancing in costume in groups, often gender-separated groups, as is traditional...

    Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival (November)
    Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival is an annual culinary festival held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, every November since 1995. Every year the Festival invites culinary professionals from all over the world to cook and to demonstrate their cuisines...


    Sombrero Festival
    (February)
    Sombrero Festival is a two-nation fiesta and an annual four-day pre-Lenten celebration held in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, in cooperation with Brownsville, Texas, United States...


    Mongolia


    Naadam
    (July)
    Naadam is a traditional type of festival in Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed "eriin gurvan naadam" - "the three games of men". The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during the midsummer holidays...

    Tsagaan Sar (January-February)
    Mongolian Lunar New Year, commonly known as Tsagaan Sar is the first day of the year according to the Mongolian lunar calendar. Tsagaan Sar is one of the most important Mongol holidays...


    Thousand Camel Festival
    (February-March)
    Travel south to the Gobi Desert to attend the renowned "Thousand Camel Festival" organized by a local non-governmental organization working to protect and perverse the Bactrain camel population, which has been steadily declining over the past years...

    Eagle Festival (October)
    The Eagle festival, or Golden Eagle festival, is an annual traditional festival held in Bayan-Ílgii aimag, Mongolia. In the eagle festival, Kazakh hunters (Burkitshi) celebrate their heritage and compete to catch small animals such as foxes and hares with specially trained golden eagles...


    Morocco

    International Film Festival of Marrakech (November-December)
    The International Film Festival of Marrakechis an international film festival held annually in Marrakech, Morocco. Since its inaugural year in 2000, the FIFM has been one of the biggest events devoted to Moroccan cinema...


    Boulevard des Jeunes Musiciens
    (May)
    Boulevard des Jeunes Musiciens is a yearly held music festival contest organized in Casablanca, Morocco. The Boulevard was initially thought to be a competition aiming to reward the best formation in its own category...

    Islamic New Year (November-December )
    Islamic New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented...


    Marathon des Sables
    (April)
    This multiday race is held every year in southern Morocco, in the Sahara desert. It is considered the toughest foot race on Earth. The Marathon des Sables is a six-day, 251 km (156 mi) ultramarathon, which is the equivalent of six regular marathons...

    The Rose Festival (May)
    In the Dades Valley in Morocco a small oasis town Kelaa-des-Mgouna is home to Morocco's largest rose water distillery plant. The entire town is fragrant and the spectacular harvest celebrated with song and dance...


    Nepal

    Dashain (September–October)
    Dashain is a 15-day national and religious festival in Nepal. It is one of the longest festivals in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese hindu of all casts throughout the globe. Dashain is the biggest festival for the Hindus....

    Gaijatra
    Gaijatra
    (August-September)
    Gaijatra, the festival of cows is celebrated in Nepal, mainly in Kathmandu valley by the Newar community. The festival commemorates the death of people during the year. During the festival, cows are marched in the streets and generally celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra....

    Himalayan Blues Festival (November)
    Himalayan Blues Festival is an annual international music festival showcasing live performances followed by cultural events. The Himalayan Blues Festival has featured a diverse range of blues artist from around the globe and has helped introduce blues music in Nepal....

    Tihar Festival
    Tihar Festival
    (October)
    Tihar is a five-day hindu festival celebrated in nepal which comes soon after Dashain. The festival is celebrated from Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna to Katrik Shukla Dwitiya every year and is of great importance....

    Maha Shivaratri (February-March)
    Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar....

    Nepal Music Festival (September)
    The Nepal Music Festival invites the international community to join the Nepalese people in a celebration of hope transformation and peace - highlighting both international as well as Nepalese musicians, bands and performing art....

    Chhechu (October)
    Chhechu is a ceremony of the Tamang communities in Nepal that takes place over the course of ten days. It contains sportive plays (tsema), exorcisms, and rituals. Chhechu takes place northwest of Kathmandu Valley of Nepal....


    Netherlands


    Holland Festival
    (June)
    The Holland Festival is The Netherlands' oldest and largest performing arts festival, and takes place every June in Amsterdam...

    Netherlands Film Festival (September-October)
    The Netherlands Film Festival is an annual film festival, held in September and October of each year in the city of Utrecht. Initially the festival was oriented towards film...


    North Sea Jazz Festival
    (July)
    The North Sea Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival held each second weekend of July in the Netherlands at the Ahoy venue. The first edition...

    Incubate Festival (June)
    Incubate is a multidisciplinary arts festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Incubate takes place all over the inner city of Tilburg. Incubate has grown over the years from a one day music event with...

    Le Guess Who? (November-December)
    Le Guess Who? is an independent music festival for independent music culture such as noise rock, indie rock, IDM, held in Utrecht, Netherlands. The festival takes...

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (November)
    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the world's largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam. Since its launch the IDFA...

    Pinkpop Festival (June)
    Pinkpop Festival s a festival held at Landgraaf, Netherlands. It is held annually on the Pentecost weekend (Pinksteren in Dutch, hence the name). In 1970, the first festival took place...


    Northern Ireland


    Belfast Festival at Queen's
    (October-November)
    The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's is an annual arts festival held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 50th Festival will take place from 19 to 3 November 2012...

    Maiden City Festival (August)
    The Maiden City Festivaltakes place in Derry, Northern Ireland in the second week in August each year. The festival has a diverse and varied program with a desire to provide something for everyone...

    Belfast Film Festival (March-April)
    The Belfast Film Festival’s activities are entertaining and provocative, and in many instances provide an important platform for debate across the religious, social and cultural divides in Northern Ireland...


    Orangefest
    (July)
    Orangefest is a yearly Protestant celebration held on 12 July. It originated in Ireland during the 18th century. Members of the Orange Order and Protestant marching bands hold large parades throughout Northern Ireland...

    PlanetLove (September)
    PlanetLove is an annual Northern Irish electronic music festival which has been held since 1998. Currently it is held at Shane's Castle near Randalstown in County Antrim...


    Tennent's Vital
    (August)
    Tennent's Vital is an annual music festival in Northern Ireland. It has been confirmed that the festival is set to return in 2012 and 2013. Notable headliners throughout the years have included Kasabian, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Kaiser Chiefs, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, The White Stripes, Ash, The Streets, Primal Scream and Eminem...

    City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival (May)
    The City Of Derry Jazz And Big Band Festival is a jazz festival held annually in Derry, Northern Ireland. The organisers of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival are proud of the fact that it attracts regular performers...

    Norway

    Norwegian Wood Festival (June)
    The Norwegian Wood Festival is one of Norway’s most popular rock festivals. The festival's name refers to the famous Beatles song "Norwegian Wood". The annual 4-day event is held in...


    Oslo Jazz Festival
    (August)
    Oslo Jazz Festival is a six-day festival held in August every year. It celebrated 25 years in 2011. The program represents the whole spectrum of jazz and related music, from gospel and blues to latin jazz and electronica...


    Troms° International Film Festival
    (January)
    The Troms° International Film Festival is Norway's largest film festival, established in 1991. It screens a selection of films from around the world and it is both a popular public festival as well as an important meeting point for the international film industry. ...


    The Northern Lights Festival
    (January-February)
    Each year, in the middle of January, Troms° comes to life after the long polar night. Troms°, located in the far north of the country, is one of the best places in the world to witness this natural phenomenon that is...

    Telemark Folk Festival (August)
    The Telemark Festival in B° presents traditional folk music from all over the world. The festival preserves the essential elements of the folk music experience...


    The Festival of North Norway
    (June)
    The Arts Festival of North Norway has been held in Harstad since 1965. It is the most important art event in Northern Norway. During a hectic week the town of Harstad, located 300 km north of the Arctic circle, is turned into...

    Lillehammer Jazz Festival (October)
    The Lillehammer Jazz Festival is considered one of autumn's most beautiful adventures. D°laJazz, Lillehammer's annual jazz festival, has become one of the most important events on the cultural calendar of this peaceful town. Expect funky tunes and...

    Ibsen Culture Festival (August)
    The Ibsen Festival is a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, music and dance. The event centers around the opening weekend of Commonweal’s annual Ibsen production. The festival's name is a tribute to...


    Norwegian Festival of Literature
    (May-June)
    The Norwegian Festival of Literature is the biggest literary festival in the Nordic countries taking place in May at Lillehammer every year since 1995. The festival was named after the Norwegian author and Nobel laureate...