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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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August 2019

The Women-only Colorado Classic, USA, 2019

August 22, 2019 - August 25, 2019
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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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January 2020

Uttarayan 2020, International Kite Festival

January 7, 2020 - January 14, 2020
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

Transgrancanaria 2020, Gran Canaria

February 4, 2020 - February 8, 2020
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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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March 2020

Winter Golden Eagle Festival 2020, Mongolia

March 3, 2020 - March 4, 2020
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, 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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June 2020

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2020

June 25, 2020
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 2021

July 11, 2020 - July 15, 2020
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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December 2020

Hornbill Festival 2020 in Nagaland, India

December 1, 2020 - December 10, 2020
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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January 2021

Tapati Rapa Nui (Easter Island) 2021, Chile

January 29 - February 6
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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February 2021

Quebec Winter Carnival 2021

February 5 - February 14
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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April 2021

Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2021

April 4
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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May 2021

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31
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. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus…

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July 2021

Boryeong Mud Festival 2021, South Korea

July 23 - August 1
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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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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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Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Cricket, 2021

August 26 - September 15
Warner Park Sporting Complex, 77XG+9Q3
Basseterre,Saint Kitts and Nevis
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$35 – $225
Caribbean Premier League CPL

Every year one can find global cricket fans glued to their television screens drinking in competitions like the ICC Cricket World Cup, the Ashes Test series, the constantly thrilling money…

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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...

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Southampton International Boat Show

September 19
Mayflower Park Southampton,Hampshire + Google Map
£26.50
Southampton International Boat Show

Britain’s largest boating returns to the shores of the Solent in Europe’s largest purpose built marina this September with the 52nd Southampton International Boat Show 2021... 

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