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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December 2022

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental 2022 Opening

December 8, 2022 - April 10, 2023
Söll Söll,Wilder KaiserAustria + Google Map
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser

December 8 marks the opening of the ski season at the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental in the Wilder Kaiser region of Austria. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental The SkiWelt Wilder…

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February 2023

Quebec Winter Carnival 2023

February 3 - February 12
Quebec City Quebec City,Canada + Google Map
Quebec Winter Carnival

Ever since 1955, the people of Quebec City have celebrated winter with the Quebec Winter Carnival. In 2006, over a million people attended the festival, making it the biggest winter…

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Fiesta Tapati de Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile

February 3 - February 11
Easter Island Chile
Fiesta Tapati de Rapa Nui

How about a festival on one of the most remote islands in the world? Easter Island’s Fiesta Tapati de Rapa Nui is a celebration in a place that is fascinating…

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March 2023

Day of the Balearic Islands, Spain, 2023

March 1
Balearic Islands Spain
Day of the Balearic Islands

The Day of the Balearic Islands is a public holiday celebrated across Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. It commemorates the Statute of Autonomy, signed on 1 March 1983, which declared…

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Rome Marathon 2023, Italy

March 9
via dei Fori Imperiali Rome,Italy + Google Map
€99
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Fancy runnning a marathon in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Then the Rome marathon could be the very race for you. Along with Berlin, London and…

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Olney Pancake Race, Bucks, UK, 2023

March 21
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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April 2023

Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2023

April 26
Putney London,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Oxford Cambridge Boat Racw

How about watching a sport that demonstrates strength and endurance as well as being, at the same time, a quintessentially English cultural icon? The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race...

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June 2023

Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2023

June 26 - July 9
All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon
London,SW19 5AEUnited Kingdom
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Wimbledon Tennis championships

For many Londoners the advent of summer can only mean one thing – the Wimbledon Tennis tournament, or The Championships Wimbledon. The oldest tennis tournament in the world Wimbledon is…

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November 2023

Cambodia Water Festival 2023 Phnom Penh

November 26 - November 28
Phnom Penh Riverside, Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh,Cambodia
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Free
Festivals in November Cambodia Water Festival in Phnom Penh

This year the Cambodia Water Festival, or Bon Om Touk to give its Khmer name, falls on 7 to 9 November. For three days watch as Phnom Penh’s riverside explodes…

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