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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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November 2018

Professional Bull Riders World Finals

November 7, 2018 - November 11, 2018
Las Vegas Las Vegas,United States
Professional Bull Riders World Finals

From the 7 to the 11 November the talk of Las Vegas, Nevada is bull, bull, bull, because the Professional Bull Riders World Finals  is in state. Billed by the…

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June 2019

International Surfing Day, 2019

June 15, 2019
Kew Bridge Arches, Hammersmith
London,United Kingdom
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International Surfing Day

International Surfing Day was established by The Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine in 2004. Sure, its a day for the surfers, but it may mean a shoreline party...

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July 2019

Dive Fest Barbados, Caribbean, 2019

July 2, 2019 - July 7, 2019
Bridgetown Bridgetown,Barbados + Google Map
Dive Fest Barbados

If you love diving, or just messing about in the water, the Dive Fest Barbados in July may just be the right one for you.One of the best things about the Dive...

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Boryeong Mud Festival 2019, South Korea

July 19, 2019 - July 28, 2019
Boryeong Boryeong,South ChungcheongKorea, Republic of + Google Map
Boryeong Mud Festival worldwide festivals

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 2019

The Women-only Colorado Classic, USA, 2019

August 22, 2019 - August 25, 2019
Colorado COUnited States + Google Map
Colorado Classic

If you know your sports and are into cycling, the Women-only Colorado Classic is the only stand-alone professional women’s road race in the western hemisphere. With its four stages it…

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September 2019

Longleat Sky Safari 2019, Wiltshire, UK

September 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019
Longleat Safari Park, Longleat
Warminster,WiltshireBA12 7NWUnited Kingdom
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Longleat Sky Safari

The UK's biggest air balloon bonanza, the Longleat Sky Safari, will take place this 13 to 15 September at the the nation’s premier safari park in Wiltshire. More than 150 balloons...

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October 2019

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2019

October 5, 2019 - October 13, 2019
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, 2019

October 19, 2019
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 2019

Cambodia Water Festival 2019 Phnom Penh

November 10, 2019 - November 13, 2019
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 10 to 13 November. For three days watch as Phnom Penh’s riverside explodes…

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January 2020

Uttarayan 2020, International Kite Festival

January 7 - January 14
Sabarmati riverfront, Pramukhswami Maharaj Riverfront
Ahmedabad,GujaratIndia
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Free
Uttarayan, Gujarat, India

During Uttarayan, one of India’s most eagerly awaited celebrations, the International Kite Festival in the state of Gujarat sees millions of kites colour the skies in what is believed to…

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February 2020

Tapati Rapa Nui (Easter Island) 2020, Chile

February 1 - February 15
Easter Island Chile
Tapa

How about a festival on one of the most remote islands in the world? Easter Island’s Tapati is a celebration in a place that is fascinating to explore between events.…

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Transgrancanaria 2020, Gran Canaria

February 4 - February 8
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain + Google Map
TransGranCanaria

Fitness fanatics should head to the Canary Islands this February for Transgrancanaria. Held on Gran Canaria since October 2003, the race that will test your levels of endurance. Staged from 4 to 8…

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Quebec Winter Carnival 2020

February 7 - February 16
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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Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2019

February 25
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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March 2020

Winter Golden Eagle Festival 2020, Mongolia

March 3 - March 4
Chinggis Khaanii Khuree Complex, Chingisiin Khuree Tsogtsolbor
Ulaanbaatar,Mongolia
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Golden Eagle Festival Mongolia

At Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival in winter, ethnic Kazakhs show off the breathtaking skills of their trained hunting eagles, alongside cultural displays of Kazakh...

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Camel Festival Mongolia 2020 (Temeenii Bayar)

March 6 - March 7
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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Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2020

March 29
Putney London,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Oxford Cambridge Boat Racw

THE OXFORD CAMBRIDGE BOAT RACE 2020 IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC. DATES FOR THE 2021 EVENT HAVE NOT YET BEEN ANNUNCED. How about watching a sport that…

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May 2020

Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2020

May 2 - May 17
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Photo of 2017 Walk The Wight Credit Jason Swain

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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June 2020

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2020

June 25
Hong Kong Harbourfront Arena Hong Kong,China + Google Map
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

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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July 2020

Naadam Festival Mongolia 2020

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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