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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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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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

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2022

June 5
Hong Kong Harbourfront Arena Hong Kong,China + Google Map
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2022

One of the most dramatic festivals in Asia, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, this year in June, celebrates an event from some 2,000 years ago when Qu Yuan, a…

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Herefordshire Walking Festival, 2022

June 18 - June 26
Herefordshire HerefordshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£6.50
Herefordshire Walking Festival

The 20th Herefordshire Walking Festival will be held from 18 until 26 June. In total there will be 50 walks ranging from two to 25 miles covering a range of…

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July 2022

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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Boryeong Mud Festival 2022, South Korea

July 16 - August 15
Boryeong Boryeong,South ChungcheongKorea, Republic of + Google Map
Boryeong Mud Festival

At the Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 in South Korea, everything revolves around one and one thing only: mud. During 10 days the beach of Boryeong transforms itself into a mud heaven...

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August 2022

World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 27 - August 28
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 2022

Onam Festival 2022, Kerala, India

September 8 - September 19
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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