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Event Category: Sports Festivals

Throughout the history of mankind, sports, whether competitive or not, have always played a major role in bringing people together. The very idea of ‘sportsmanship’ is about fairness and openness, which is why including a local sports event in your travels isn’t only about sheer good fun and excitement, but also about better understanding of, or even participating in other cultures. So whether it’s the Women-only Colorado Classic of cycling, or the tribal sports events during the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, pencil in some excitement in your next travels with local sports festivals.

Water sports festivals

As holidays are often equated with water-related fun, including a water sports festival in your travel plans might be a logical thing to do. The Dive Fest in Barbados might be for you if you like going under water, or the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival if you prefer high energy action. But if you don’t want to get your feet wet, then sit back and enjoy the action as a spectator – from the fun-filled Cambodia Water Festival and the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in India, to Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight which is the longest sailing regatta in the world.

Sports festivals games

The Olympic Games are arguably the ultimate sporting event on the planet, but if you want to experience lower-key and more local but not less interesting versions of it, then pick up one of the other, regional sports games in the world. The action-packed Naadam Festival Mongolia sees men and women competing in archery, wrestling and horse races, while the biennial World Nomad Games feature similar events in what is dubbed the Olympics for nomads.

Unusual sports festivals

For more unusual sports events, why not participate in the Olney Pancake Race in England, or head to Mongolia for their admittedly more spectacular Camel Festival and Winter Golden Eagle Festival.

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October 2019

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2019

October 5 - October 13
albuquerque NMUnited States + Google Map
$15
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2018

If you have seen photos of many vividly coloured balloons gliding across semi-arid scenery there is a good chance that those shots come from the Albuquerque...

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Baltimore Running Festival, Maryland, USA, 2019

October 19
Baltimore Baltimore,United States + Google Map
Baltimore Running Festival

Want to try your hand at a race, but not sure which one? Try the Baltimore Running Festival, one of the most popular in the nation. The runs help you get to know the city of Baltimore, as they loop through some great neighbourhoods including Federal Hill, a historic part of the city with buildings that date back to the 18th century; Fells Point, known for its bars and seafood restaurants; and the waterfront at the Inner Harbor where the…

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November 2019

Cambodia Water Festival 2019 Phnom Penh

November 10 - November 13
Phnom Penh Riverside, Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh,Cambodia
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Free
Cambodia Water Festival

This year the Cambodia Water Festival, or Bon Om Touk to give its Khmer name, falls on 10 to 13 November. For three days watch as Phnom Penh’s riverside explodes into life with boat races and firework displays in what is one of the most dramatic festivals in the region. During the Cambodia Water Festival, Phnom Penh is flooded with people coming in from neighbouring villages and all over the country seeking to participate in the races and to join…

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December 2019

Hornbill Festival 2019 in Nagaland, India

December 1 - December 10
Kisama Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama,NagalandIndia
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Hornbill Festival worldwide festival

The biggest event of indigenous warrior tribes in India’s Nagaland state, the 10-day Hornbill Festival sees singing, dance and sports performances mix...

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March 2020

Camel Festival Mongolia 2020 (Temeenii Bayar)

March 6, 2020 - March 7, 2020
Gobi Desert Dalanzadgad,South GobiMongolia + Google Map
Camel Festival Mongolia

During the Camel Festival, held in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, nomadic herders show off their skills during the biggest camel race in the world, alongside cultural activities…

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