Event Category: Cultural Festivals

There are so many cultural festivals and cultural events around the world that sometimes it is difficult to know where to start, which is where Travel Begins at 40, with our extensive selection of festivals across the globe, comes in handy.

Cultural Festivals Around the World

Let’s start with global cultural festivals. Ever wanted to see the Cherry Blossom Season in Japan, or perhaps the Chingay Parade in Singapore, celebrating the country’s rich heritage. You might even prefer watching the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taiwan.

Cultural Events

Of course, there are as many cultural events as festivals. So why not travel to India to see the Pushkar Camel Fair, although we suggest you don’t take a camel home with you. Or, if in Japan, head for the Setouchi Triennale, although you will have to wait until 2021 for the next one, so you better make it there in 2019.

Cultural Celebrations

Celebrations abound everywhere. In Belgium one of the most important cultural celebrations is the Gentse Feesten, or the Ghent Festival in English. Or perhaps you might prefer the Candle Festival in Thailand, or Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival, or how about celebrating Nowruz or Persian New Year.

Religious Festivals

Although, there are religious festivals across the globe, nowhere are these more colourful than in India. Religious festivals of India range from the Diwali Festival to Holi Festival and Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, these religious observances take place throughout the year. Here are our five unmissable Hindu Festivals in India, although perhaps the Onam Festival in Kerala should have made the list.

Indeed with so many festivals to choose from we have listed Travel Begins at 40’s favourite esoteric festivals around the globe from Peru to Hampshire.

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April 2022

Setouchi Triennale 2022, Japan

April 14 - November 6
Setouchi islands Japan
Setouchi Triennale Japan

Every three years the Setouchi Triennale, one of Japan’s biggest festivals of modern art, takes place in the south-west of the country. Come spring this exceptional celebration...

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Venice Biennale 2022 (La Biennale di Venezia)

April 23 - November 27
Venice Venice,Italy
€65
Venice Biennale Italy

From May to November, the Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia in its original Italian, and in English also called the Venice Biennial) is one of the world’s most prestigious…

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May 2022

Bridlington Kite Festival, UK 2022

May 21 - May 22
Sewerby Road, Sewerby near Bridlington
Bridlington,YO15 1ERUnited Kingdom
Free
Bridlington Kite Festival

The Bridlington Kite Festival close to the popular Yorkshire coastal resort returns to its traditional May weekend this year after being held in September in 2021.  There will be a…

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Chelsea Flower Show 2022, London, UK

May 24 - May 28
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road
London,SW3 4SRUnited Kingdom
Chelsea Flower Show

The environment and sustainability was supposed to be the focus for the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show as this famous Royal Horticultural Society event shows that it moves...

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Vivid Sydney 2022, New South Wales

May 27 - June 18
Sydney Harbour Sydney,New South WalesAustralia + Google Map
Vivid Sydney

Regarded as the biggest light, music and ideas festival in the South, Vivid Sydney will light up the city's opera house and surrounding harbour area from 27 May to 18…

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Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 30
Cooper’s Hill Brockworth,GloucestershireGL3 4SBUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling

Held in the village of Brockworth in Gloucestershire, the Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is held on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday each year. What started off as a…

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June 2022

Sheep Shearing Festival, Khot Armenia

June 8
Khut Armenia + Google Map

If sheep shearing is your thing then the village of Khot in Syunik, Armenia is the place to head for in June. There the Sheep Shearing Festival sees the local people of Vayoc, Dzor...

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Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2022

June 20 - June 21
Stonehenge Wiltshire,SP4 7DEUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Where to Go in June Stonehenge Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is a time when the days really get long and the nights are short. There is no…

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Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2022

June 24 - June 26
Blenhem Palace, Woodstock
Oxford,OX20 1PPUnited Kingdom
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£19.50
Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Held in June each year, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a wonderful horticultural show set in the surroundings of arguably England's finest stately home...

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July 2022

George Town Festival 2022, Penang

July 9 - July 24
George Town Penang,Malaysia
George Town Festival

Less than a week after celebrating its UNESCO World Heritage Day, once again culture, art and heritage will take over Penang’s capital during the George Town Festival from 9 to…

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Dunmow Flitch Trials 2022, Essex, UK

July 9
Taberds Ley Great Dunmow,EssexUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£12 – £22
Dunmow Flitch of Bacon

Few of the many festivals in the UK are steeped in a history as long as the Dunmow Flitch Trials. Held every leap year, in Great Dunmow Essex, the trials…

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Leominster & Hereford Kite Festival, Berrington Hall

July 9 - July 10
Berrington Hall Leominster,HerefordshireHR6 0DWUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Hereford and Leominster Kite Festival

Berrington Hall will see the return of The Hereford and Leominster Kite Festival in July. Either bring your own kite, or watch hundreds of kites take to the air. The…

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Naadam Festival Mongolia 2022

July 11 - July 15
ulaanbaatur ulaanbaatur,Mongolia + Google Map
Naadam Festival. Photo credit Marcin Konsek

Also called the Olympic Games of nomads, the spectacular Naadam Festival in Mongolia is the country’s biggest event and its national pride. Taking place every July...

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Candle Festival Thailand, 2022

July 13 - July 14
Different locations across the country Thailand
Candle Festival Thailand

Marking the start of the green (or wet) season, the Candle Festival in July is amongst the most beautiful celebrations in Thailand. Extravagant, intricately-carved candle sculptures are shown off at…

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The Dancing Devils of Yare, Venezuela

July 16
Yare MirandaVenezuela + Google Map
Dancing Devils of Yare

One of the most spectacular and colourful festivals in Venezuela, the Dancing Devils of Yare dates back to 1749, and in 2022 it will be held on 16 July. As…

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UK Pride, 2022, Newcastle, UK

July 22 - July 24
Exhibition Park and the Town Moor, Exhibition Park and the Town Moor
Newastle-upon-Tyne,United Kingdom
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Free
UK Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in Britian, in July 2021, UK Pride will combine with Northern to create a bigger Pride festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary…

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August 2022

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022

August 5 - August 29
Edinburgh Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street
Edinburgh,EH1 1QSUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Fringe

One of the largest arts festivals in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place in the Scottish capital from 5 to 29 August, 2022. The world’s oldest fringe festival…

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Feria de las Flores 2022, Medellin Colombia

August 8 - August 15
Medellin Medellin,Colombia + Google Map
feria de las flores

Medellin Colombia is a city transformed and what better way to experience this wonderful city than by visiting its annual Feria de las Flores, or Flower Festival, the highlight of…

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Freedom Festival Hull 2022, Yorkshire

August 26 - September 4
Hull Hull,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Freedom Festival Hull 2021

Held in late August ro early September, the Freedom Festival Hull is the flagship event in the former UK City of Culture’s festival calendar. Now in its 15th year and…

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Notting Hill Carnival, London 2022, UK

August 27 - August 29
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

Traditionally the iconic Notting Hill Carnival is held over the August bank holiday weekend. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family day, and the main parade…

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