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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September 2018

World Nomad Games 2020, Turkey

September 2, 2018 - September 8, 2018
To be announced
August Festivals

Dubbed the “Olympics for nomads”, the biennial World Nomad Games is an extraordinary and chaotic spectacle of dozens of traditional nomad sports. After being held in Kyrgyzstan three times in…

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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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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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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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February 2020

Transgrancanaria 2020, Gran Canaria

February 4, 2020 - February 8, 2020
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain + Google Map

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 2022, Mongolia

March 3, 2020 - March 4, 2020
Chinggis Khaanii Khuree Complex, Chingisiin Khuree Tsogtsolbor
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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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August 2021

Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Cricket, 2021

August 26, 2021 - September 15, 2021
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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March 2022

Camel Festival Mongolia 2022 (Temeenii Bayar)

March 6, 2022 - March 7, 2022
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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May 2022

Bridlington Kite Festival, UK 2022

May 21, 2022 - May 22, 2022
Sewerby Road, Sewerby near Bridlington
Bridlington,YO15 1ERUnited Kingdom
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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