Festivals and Events

Celebrate some of the world's most colourful festivals with our range of tours

Dive into culture and tradition

There is no better way to experience the rich cultural heritage of a destination than by joining in one of its vibrant local festivals. With hundreds of unique cultural events to choose from, we’ve selected some of our favourites and aligned them to popular group tour itineraries. Time your next trip to coincide with one of these events and fully immerse yourself in colourful local cultures.

If you have a specific festival in mind in one of our destinations that is not featured on our website, please do get in touch with our tailor-made team and they will endeavour to put together a trip especially for you.

Upcoming Festivals

At any time of year somewhere in the world is throwing a celebration of local traditions or honouring long-held beliefs in spectacular fashion. Here we highlight some of our favourite that will soon be gracing the calendar.

Group at Holi Festival - India Tours - On The Go Tours

Colours of India

Time your visit to India with one of India's vibrant festivals. Top of the list are colourful Holi and the mother of all Indian festivals - Diwali!

Geisha in Kyoto - Japan - On The Go Tours

Cherry Blossoms

Experience Japan in springtime by coinciding your visit with the Cherry Blossom Festival and witness the Geisha Spring Dance in Kyoto.

Palaces of St Petersburg music festival

White Nights

Visit the beautiful city of St. Petersburg during the white nights for a cultural extravaganza as museums open all night long under the midnight sun.


Esala Perahera

Coincide your visit to Sri Lanka with the revelry of Kandy Festival in July/August, when elaborately decorated elephants parade down the streets.

All you need to know
Festival FAQs

Want to know more about some of the most popular festivals that we cover? Have a read of our comprehensive guides covering everything from the origins of these festivals to the best places to experience them.

Whether you're planning a visit or simply keen to know a bit more, you'll find all you need to know here.

Festivals & Events Articles from The Inside Track

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Where to See Cherry Blossoms in South Korea

December 12, 2016 • Hollie Youlden
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Christmas in Lapland

November 16, 2016 • Philippa George
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The best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve

October 30, 2016 • Philippa George
As the clock strikes midnight on 31st of December, salutations are cheered and bottles popped the a...

Further reading on festivals from across the globe

If this selection of festival tours has inspired you to learn more about the world's quirkiest celebrations, have a browse through these websites:

Fest300 - the definitive guide to the world's festivals with videos and blogs
Places to See in Your Lifetime - a top 29 of festivals and events across the six continents
Escape Normal - a bucket list of festivals in order of date (very useful)