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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June 2022

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2022

June 5, 2022
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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Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

June 5, 2022
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 normally held on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday each year...

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International Surfing Day, 2022

June 18, 2022
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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Herefordshire Walking Festival, 2022

June 18, 2022 - June 26, 2022
Herefordshire HerefordshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£6.50
Herefordshire Walking Festival 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, 2022 - July 10, 2022
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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Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival 2022

July 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm BST
Looe Key Reef, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Big Pine Key,FLUnited States
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Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival

Divers and snorkellers can promote reef protection and explore the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef during a one-of-a-kind underwater concert scheduled for Saturday, 9 July. The 38th…

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Naadam Festival Mongolia 2022

July 11, 2022 - July 15, 2022
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, 2022 - August 15, 2022
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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Cowes Week 2022, Isle of Wight

July 30, 2022 - August 5, 2022
cowes, isle of wight cowes,isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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 2022

World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 27, 2022 - August 28, 2022
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...

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Onam Festival 2022, Kerala, India

August 30, 2022 - September 8, 2022
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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September 2022

Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2022, Kerala, India

September 4, 2022
Kerala KeralaIndia
Nehru Boat Race

Usually held every year on the second Saturday of August - although in 2022 it will be on 4 September - , the Nehru Trophy Boat Race that sees huge,…

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Longleat Sky Safari 2022, Wiltshire, UK

September 9, 2022 - September 11, 2022
Longleat Safari Park, Longleat
Warminster,WiltshireBA12 7NWUnited Kingdom
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Free
Longleat Sky Safari

The UK's biggest air balloon bonanza, the Longleat Sky Safari, will take place this 9 to 11 September at the the nation’s premier safari park in Wiltshire. Numerous balloons...

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Walking East Yorkshire Festival 2022

September 10, 2022 - September 22, 2022
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 16, 2022 - September 25, 2022
Mayflower Park Southampton,Hampshire + Google Map
£26
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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October 2022

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2022

October 1, 2022 - October 9, 2022
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 2022

October 8, 2022 - October 16, 2022
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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, 2022

October 15, 2022
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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December 2022

Hornbill Festival 2022 in Nagaland, India

December 1, 2022 - December 10, 2022
Kisama Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama,NagalandIndia
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Hornbill 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 2023

Uttarayan 2023, International Kite Festival

January 8 - January 14
Sabarmati riverfront, Pramukhswami Maharaj Riverfront
Ahmedabad,GujaratIndia
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Free
International Kite Festival, 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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