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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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July 2021

Cowes Week 2021, Isle of Wight

July 31 - August 6
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Cowes week, the largest regatta of its type in the world, c. Paul Wyeth

Since 1826, Lendy Cowes Week has been an essential entry in the English summer calendar, alongside Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta. Of its type, the largest sailing...

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August 2021

Onam Festival 2021, Kerala, India

August 12 - August 23
Kerala KeralaIndia
Free
Onam Festival Kerala, India

During the days of the Onam Festival, the biggest and most spectacular festival of Kerala, the entire Indian state goes on a spree of celebrations, music and dance performances...

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Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2021, Kerala, India

August 14
Kerala KeralaIndia
Nehru Trophy Boat Race Kerala, India

Held every year on the second Saturday of August, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race that sees huge, iconic snake boats engaged in a fierce and colourful contest, has turned into…

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 28 - August 29
Llanwrtyd Wells Llanwrtyd Wells,PowysUnited Kingdom + Google Map
World Bog Snokelling Championship

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship is part of a two-day World Bog Series taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. The World Bog Snorkelling Championship…

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September 2021

Walking East Yorkshire Festival 2021

September 11 - September 19
Walking East Yorkshire Festival, Room JF76, County Hall,
Beverley,YorkshireHU17 9BAUnited Kingdom
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Free
Walking East Yorkshire Festival

Celebrate the Great Outdoors with the annual Walking East Yorkshire Festival held from 11 to 19 September, 2021. The walking festival highlights the Yorkshire Wolds landscape that has so inspired…

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October 2021

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2021

October 2 - October 10
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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Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2021

October 9 - October 22
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Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The 21st Isle of Wight Walking Festival will take place from 4 to 19 May. Walkers of all abilities can join in the two weeks. With more than half of the Isle of Wight designated as ...

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Baltimore Running Festival, Maryland, 2021

October 9
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…

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November 2021

Cambodia Water Festival 2021 Phnom Penh

November 18 - November 20
Phnom Penh Riverside, Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh,Cambodia
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Free
Cambodia Water Festival in Phnom Penh

This year the Cambodia Water Festival, or Bon Om Touk to give its Khmer name, falls on 18 to 20 November. For three days watch as Phnom Penh’s riverside explodes…

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March 2022

Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2022

March 1, 2022
Olney Olney,BuckinghamshireUnited Kingdom

While people around the UK are celebrating the approach of Lent by tossing pancakes in the warmth of their own kitchen, the gentlefolk of one Buckinghamshire town take to the…

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