2017 English Speaking Festivals Listings 2017-10-20T18:25:06+00:00

English Speaking Festivals 2017 Listings

 Festival dates and information

burning man festival, black rock desert, nevada, usa

Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada,  USA (end of August/early September)

Festivals and Events in English Speaking Countries sound dull but aren’t – if you pick the right place. Forget the average county show, the festivals listed here are superb, vibrant events that will keep you talking for weeks. And you’ll be able to understand every word – with the possible exception of Scotland and French Canada!

Calendar Dates are sometimes unconfirmed and occasionally unreliable, so check before booking. TBC/A = To Be Confirmed/Announced

January Events 2017

30 Dec – 1 January

SCOTLAND, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – one of world’s best New Year Celebrations, a truly wild and wooly underwear occasion, with a torchlight procession, a Fire Festival, fireworks, concerts and much insobriety, in a city dark yet strangely light. . . Edinburgh Pictures Guide and some bad attitude from a newspaper.

31 Dec – 1 January
(Same days every year)

ENGLAND, London, New Year’s Eve, awesome fireworks. The best position is on the north bank of the Thames River, opposite the Millennium Wheel, get there 2/3 hours beforehand.
The New Year’s Day Parade and Festival – the latter one at 12 noon, 1st January. Sadly the best part of the parade is the non-English marching bands and floats!

1 January
(Same day
every year)

USA, Los Angeles, California Rose Parade (Tournament of Roses Parade) – in Pasadena, an immense, floaty, flowery spectacle of floats and marching bands.

1 January
(Same date every year)

USA, Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Pennsylvania – the biggest, wildest event of the region with incredible outfits and lots of comedy. If the weather’s bad the event moves to the following Saturday. It starts at 9am.

2 January
(every year)

SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, Kaapse Klopse – a brilliant collection of parades and parties harking back to slave days, with singing, dancing and competitions.

6 January
(Same date every year)

USA, New York City Three Kings Day Parade – a colourful Latin-influenced parade of Nativity animals, costumed people and kids.

7 – 29 January

AUSTRALIA, Sydney, Sydney Festival – the biggest cultural event in the country, covering all the arts from drama to music in fine international style though sadly lacking a lunatic Fringe.

13 – 15 January

USA, Miami, Florida Art Deco Weekend – in the Miami Beach Historic Art Deco District with 1920’s-30’s style music and parades. A colourful blast from the past.

15 January – 5 February

AUSTRALIA, Melbourne, Midsumma – another wild and exciting queer arts and culture festival to compete with Sydney.

19 – 29 January

USA, Park City, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sundance Film Festival – founded by Robert Redford in 1981, this is the USA’s largest independant cinema festival, introducing its audience to some of the most original films of the last 30 years.

15 Jan – 6 Feb

USA, Texas, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, also known as Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.

26 January
(Same day
every year)

AUSTRALIA, Sydney, Australia Day – nationwide but especially lively in Sydney.

14 January – 5 February
(mainly weekends)

CANADA, Montreal, La Fete des Neiges (Snow Festival) at Parc Jean-Drapeau – dominated by a monstrous and labyrinthine snow castle, ice sculpting, dog sledding and more icy fun. Quebec Travel Guide

27 January – 12 February

CANADA, Carnaval de Québec in Quebec City – a vigorous winter celebration with parades, themed parties, ice sculptures and, bien sûr, winter sports of every description in a pretty Francophile city.

28 January

USA, New York City, Chinese New Year – Chinatown Parade and Festival, with floats, bands, dragon dancers, musicians, acrobats etc etc. Parade 1-3pm, 3pm- Bayard Street performances.

28 January

ENGLAND, London Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Chinatown. Parade and festivities.

February 2017

27 January – 12 February

CANADA, Carnaval de Québec in Quebec City – a vigorous winter celebration with parades, themed parties, ice sculptures and, bien sûr, winter sports of every description in a pretty Francophile city.

3 – 20 February
(weekends only)

CANADA, Winterlude Festival in Ottawa (Ontario), 3 weekends at North America’s largest snow playground, featuring parades, dances, snow races, ice sculptures, sleigh rides and more, but especially skating on the 7. 8 km Rideau Canal, world’s largest skating rink! If skating is your thing, then this is your festival.

9 – 28 February

USA, New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras – locals start celebrating up to 2 weeks before, dressed bizarrely, intent on mayhem and well oiled good times. An outrageous must-see.

16 – 25 February

CANADA, Vancouver, Northwest Comedy Fest – an annual 10 day event with global comedians starring.

17 – 28 February

USA, Galveston, Texas, the historic Mardi Gras Galveston – live bands, concerts, parades, masked balls and costumes.

19 Feb – 5 March
Fair Day: 19 Feb
Harbour Party;
27 Feb
Parade: 4 March

AUSTRALIA, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Festival – a huge and world famous celebration of gaiety in all artistic spheres, with a stunning parade, shows and parties. The parade is on the last day, as is the amazing final party, ‘the Laneway’ (that needs booking well ahead). Sydney Pictures

(Fringe)
17 Feb – 19 March
(Festival)
3 – 19 March

AUSTRALIA, Adelaide Fringe – the country’s largest and possibly wackiest festival. A huge, colourful and unhinged event – Edinburgh in the sun. Adelaide Pictures and Information. The more formal Adelaide Festival now happens every year since 2012!

26 February

USA, Daytona Beach, Florida, Daytona 500 (The Sprint Cup Series) – big, hairy motors going round and round at the Daytona International Speedway.

24 Feb – 4 March
Parade on 4th

SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town Pride – a lively week of all kind of events and parties, including the Pride Parade. Cape Town Pictures

March Events 2017

(Fringe)
17 Feb – 19 March
(Festival)
3 – 19 March

AUSTRALIA, Adelaide Fringe – the country’s largest and possibly wackiest festival. A huge, colourful and unhinged event – Edinburgh in the sun. Adelaide Pictures and Information. The more formal Adelaide Festival now happens every year since 2012!

4 March
10: 00am
(Race Start)

USA, Anchorage, Iditarod National Historic Trail, Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race – 1131 miles from Anchorage to Nome in doggy style. . . it’s the white stuff. The start is the best bit.

7 – 26 March

USA, Houston, Texas, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world’s biggest animal and cowboy event, but also includes laser shows and music.

10 – 19 March

USA, Daytona, Florida Official Bike Week – the world’s biggest motorbike fest with unhinged events of all kinds. 2 wheels god, four wheels baaad.

10 – 19 March

USA, Austin, Texas, South by Southwest Week (SXSW). An annual film, music and interactive festival/conference, featuring original films, up and coming recording acts and cutting-edge media technologies. Looking for the next big thing? This is for you.

16 – 19 March
(Parade at 9:00am on 16th)

IRELAND, Dublin St Patrick’s Festival and St Patrick’s Day Parade – a wild, green five days, including a huge parade. PS What’s the difference between an Irish wedding and a funeral? There’s one less drunk person at the funeral. Ireland Travel

17 March
(same day
every year)

USA, St Patrick’s Day Parade – especially good in Chicago, Boston, New York and San Francisco. Aaargh, everything is green!

20 – 21 March
(same day
every year)

SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town Festival – international talent in an eclectic mix of art events all over town to celebrate the Human Rights Day.
Cape Town Pictures

April 2017

14 – 16 &
21 – 23 April

USA, California, Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival – 2 weekends of 3-day festivals featuring many genres of music in a desert; with several stages and a large campground this is regarded as one of the USA’s best music events.

7 – 16 April

CANADA, Whistler, British Columbia WSSF -World Ski and Snowboard Festival, with Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series – snow and music/arts/sports combined!

20 – 30 April

USA, San Antonio, Texas Fiesta San Antonio. Over 150 different events ranging from masked balls to the Pooch Parade; the biggest party in Texas!

28 April – 7 May

USA, New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – forget Mardi Gras if you just want to relax and enjoy some of the best live music in the country.

May Events 2017

26 April – 1 May

ENGLAND, Gloucestershire, Cheltenham International Jazz Festival – the UK’s top jazz fest in a lovely location.

19 – 28 May

ENGLAND, London, RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 11 acres of the UK’s (and arguably Europe’s) best flowers and gardens event, with plenty of original, even wacky ideas.

20 – 30 May

ENGLAND, Somerset Bath, International Music Festival – classical and other musical styles in this, the most classical of all UK cities.

25 – 29 May

USA, California, Strawberry Music Festival – one of US’s most popular music jamborees, used to be held twice a year at the picturesque Camp Mather on the edge of Yosemite National Park, though this year May’s Strawberry will take place at Nevada Country Fairgrounds  in Spring and August 31st –  September 4th at Westside in Tuolumne.

26 May – 10 June

ENGLAND Ageas Salisbury International Festival – an high-standard, award winning multi-arts festival, ending with fireworks display in the Cathedral Close. It is one of UK’s leading arts festivals known for its creative programme and the excellent economic value, despite over half the audience enjoying the festival through free events and activities.

27 May – 9 June

BRITISH ISLES, Isle of Man TT Races. The ultimate event for bikers. Watch racers on 37 miles of narrow, winding, stone walled roads travelling at way over 150mph, then get out there yourself. Death is no stranger to this event.

29 May
(Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday)

ENGLAND, Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling near Brockworth in Gloucester, Gloucestershire – dozens of brave and/or bonkers people fling themselves down a precipitous hill (1-in-2 gradient ) attempting to catch huge, rolling rounds of Gloucester cheese. Bones get broken regularly, a few people faint just watching the event, so this is a remarkable sight in the nanny state of England, but parking is a nightmare – 15, 000 spectators rolled up in 2009.

June 2017

27 May – 9
June

BRITISH ISLES, Isle of Man TT Races, as above until late June.

8 – 10 June
2018

USA, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival. Over 100 tribes pow-wow and celebrate their heritage with song and dance.

9 – 11 June

USA, Chicago, Illinois Chicago Blues Festival – the world’s largest free blues concert. Six stages and admission free!

Not held in 2015
TBA in the future

SCOTLAND, near Inverness, RockNess – an annual music fest in a picturesque setting at Clune Farm on the banks of Loch Ness in Dores. With a spectacular view of the lake, this is considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful festival environment.

8 – 11 June

USA, Tennessee, the Bonnaroo Music Festival – an award-winning festival (Rolling Stone Magazine’s Best Festival of 2008), with its multiple stages of live music of all kinds. 96km/60 miles outside of Nashville.

9 – 11 June

ENGLAND, Download Festival – the UK’s largest rock and metal music festival, held at Donington Park, Derby, near East Midlands Airport.
Download is known for its relaxed community feel. Weekend tickets include camping; also available are Day tickets, Family tickets, Kids offers and Early Bird specials.

20 – 24 June

ENGLAND, Ascot, Berkshire Royal Ascot Horse Racing – this 250 year old horse racing/social occasion is the poshest of posh UK events, with mad hats de rigeur for ladies and tails for gents.

16 – 18 June

USA, Las Vegas, Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) – a huge electronic dance music festival held outdoors, this is the biggest organised rave in the world. EDC is driven by DJs and massive sounds systems along with extraordinary lighting effects including fireworks. Note that many participants wear appropriately wild and outrageous outfits. Weird is good. This is not a band/artist/musician event. Only DJs, but the best in the world. In 2016 EDC happens in Mexico, Las Vegas, UK and Japan. See the video EDC Las Vegas 2014

23 June – 8
July

ENGLAND, GDIF Greenwich and Docklands International Festival – a 9-day free outdoor arts festival in southeast London, with the 3-day Greenwich Fair, a jamboree of street performances.

21 June
(same date
every year)

ENGLAND, Wiltshire Stonehenge Summer Solstice – midsummer night ritual with all sorts of druids, hippies and new age wackos. Fascinating and this is your ONLY chance to touch the stones, normally they’re out of bounds.

8 – 11 June

ENGLAND, Isle of Wight Festival – the revived legendary festival of the late 60’s is now held annually at Seaclose Park, Newport since 2002.

22 – 25 June

NEW ZEALAND, Queenstown, Winter Festival – 10 days of silly outdoor competitions, serious indoor culture, parties, parades and fireworks in a winterful environment. New Zealand Travel

21 – 25 June

ENGLAND, Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, England – a massive, multiple music event, with different stages featuring different music, but heavy on rock variations. The closest to Woodstock most of us will ever get. Camping is fine. . . but why does it always rain? Tickets are VERY difficult to acquire so book many months ahead!

28 June – 2 July
& 4 – 9 July
(Closed on
Monday 3 July)

USA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Summerfest – also know as ‘the Big Gig’ – is the world’s largest musical jamboree, attracting one million people. Held annually for 11 days either side of Independance Day weekend, though NOT on the 30th of June, with more than 800 bands on 11 stages.

29 June – 4 July
& 9 – 9 July

USA, Washington DCSmithsonian Folklife Festival – Smithsonian Institute, National Mall. Music, song, dance, crafts, cooking, storytelling, discussions.

July Events 2017

3 – 16 July

ENGLAND, London, Wimbledon Tennis Championships – one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is the oldest and most prestigious one in the world. The games are played on the grass courts at the All England Club.

28 June – 8 July

CANADA, Montreal International Jazz Festival. Free outdoor megashows as well as indoor performances.

30 June – 26
August

USA, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe Opera – a brilliant series of shows in a superb new opera house.

4 July
(every year)

USA Independence Day – major celebration of the stars and stripes, with parads, music and fireworks, especially good in Washington DC, New York City and Boston (the Hatch Shell concert).

7 – 16 July

CANADA, Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta – a 10 day world-class rodeo riot, a wild yet comradely festival enjoyed by the whole of ‘Cowtown’. Events include Chuck Wagon racing, rodeos, a spectacular parade, country music performances and free pancake breakfasts!
Stampede vs Italy’s Il Palio!

9 July

ENGLAND, Milton Keynes, Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) will take place at the National Bowl – a huge electronic dance music festival held outdoors, this is the biggest organised rave in the world. EDC is driven by DJs and massive sounds systems along with extraordinary lighting effects including fireworks. Note that many participants wear appropriately wild and outrageous outfits. Weird is good. This is not a band/artist/musician event. Only DJs, but the best in the world. Currently EDC happens in Las Vegas, New York and UK.
See EDC Las Vegas 2014 Video

17 – 30 July

IRELAND, Galway Galway Arts FestivalIreland‘s biggest arts jamboree, with all kinds of entertainment, street, theatre, music, kid’s, exhibitions, concerts. . .

14 – 16 July
(Third weekend)

CANADA, Vancouver Folk Music Festival – A 3-day festival featuring a mix of folk music from around the world at Jericho Beach Park in the heart of the city. The Festival features music on eight stages, children’s activities, craft and food and characterizes the laid-back attitude and style of the West Coast.

21 – 30 July

USA, Cheyenne, Wyoming Cheyenne Frontier Days – 10 days of wild west action of every kind at the world’s largest rodeo.

21 – 30 July

CANADA, Alberta, K-Days (previously Klondike Days or Edmonton’s Capital Ex) – 10 days of Edmonton’s fair including exhibitions, concerts, racing pigs, racing bath tubs, racing rafts and probably racing prices, though the pancakes are free.

15 – 16 July TBC

ENGLAND, Bognor Birdman in Bognor Regis, West Sussex – wildly costumed nutters jump-fly off Bognor pier attempting to win a big distance prize, or just 15 seconds of celebrity. Audiences chill on the beach. England Travel Guide

20 – 23 July

ENGLAND, Cambridgeshire, near Huntington, Secret Garden Party – an artistic, independant music/art festival where visitors walk around in fancy dress. The event has a theme each year and develops into a temporary community, featuring several music stages, theatre shows, films, games, talks, workshops and art installations. Secret Garden Party offers original and extraordinary activities similar to USA’s Burning Man. Kids love it too!

27 – 30 July

ENGLAND, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire WOMAD – (World of Music Arts and Dance) impressive world music festival, with 70 artists from 30 countries on 7 stages. Family friendly.

23 – 25 July

USA, North Carolina, Wilmington, Cape Fear Blues Festival. An annual 3 day blues fiesta in venues across the city, including Saturday’s big concert at the Legion Stadium.

Folk
28 – 30 July
Jazz
4 – 6 August

USA, Newport, Rhode Island, Newport Folk Festival and Jazz Festival (the world’s longest-running jazz festival. )

27 – 30 July

ENGLAND, Cambridge Cambridge Folk Festival – the real deal for the folks who like the music. ‘A festival with a prestigious reputation for quality music in intimate surroundings. ‘

28 July – 6 August

CANADA, Fringe Theatre Festival in Saskatoon – lively mixed theatre and street action.

1 July – 27
August

USA, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe Opera – a brilliant series of shows in a superb new opera house.

29 July – 7 August

USA, Abingdon Virginia Highlands Festival. A huge arts and crafts show, with a plenty of entertainment, antique market and more.

August 2017

2 – 5 August 2018

USA, Chicago, Illinois, Lollapalooza (which means an extraordinary event) – an eclectic musical celebration held in Grant Park annually. It offers a wide range of sounds including punk, heavy metal, alternative rock and hip pop. This is considered to be one of the world’s most eco-friendly events.

4 – 6 August

IRELAND, Waterford Spraoi Street Festival – 3 days of free music, street theatre, parade and fireworks in Ireland’s biggest street party. Ireland Travel

8 – 14 August

USA, Sturgis, Black Hills, South Dakota Sturgis Rally, also known as Sturgis Bike Week – Hog Heaven as thousands of Harleys make a spectacular sight and sound while their owners party hard. Harley owners are born to be wild so accommodation is mostly camping, with plenty of sites available.

11 – 21 August

USA, Des Moines, Iowa State Fair – an annual summer hoe-down attracting more than one million people and featuring one of world’s largest livestock shows, the state’s largest arts event and nearly 200 food stands.

5 – 29 August
(Both festivels)

SCOTLAND, Edinburgh International Festival, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe – over a thousand shows of all kinds, ranging from opera to stand-up comedy, from near porn to mere corn. A monster art attack in great Edinburgh city. Not to be missed. Edinburgh Festival Pictures.

5 – 14 August

IRELAND, Kilkenny Arts Festival– music, theatre, dance, exhibitions set in superb surroundings.

10 – 12 August
every year

IRELAND, Puck Fair in Killorglin, County Kerry. A large and loony street fair with plenty of singing, dancing and horse shows, and all overseen by King Puck – a goat. Ireland Guide

14 – 21August

IRELAND Fleadh Cheoil – a huge celebration of Ireland‘s music, dance and arts, with over 10, 000 musicians roaming and playing all over the place. It is also know for its Irish music competition run by Comhaltas. Hosted by a different town every year: 2015 was in Sligo, 2016 are to be held in Ennis, situated on the River Fergus.

11 – 21 August

CANADA, Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in Alberta – wacky theatre of all kinds from over 1, 000 performers in the city’s historic heart.

10 – 16 August

CANADA, Montreal Pride Celebrations – a huge performing arts festival, gay, but not exclusively so. Free concerts, shows, parties conferences and more in attractive Montreal.

15 – 21 August
(the third week)

USA, Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF) – a week-long kite celebration and competition run by the World Kite Museum and held annually on Long Beach.

28 – 29 August
(Bank Holiday
Sunday and
Monday)

ENGLAND, London, Notting Hill Carnival – fiesta with music, dance, and parade by London’s Caribbean community. Sponsored by the London Pickpocket Support Group.

September Events 2017

27 August –
4 September
(Labor Day)
The Man burns
on 2 Sep.

USA, Burning Man Black Rock Desert near Reno, Nevada – a week of unique, liberal and artistic madness, culminating in the torching of many structures. It’s challenging and organisation will be required, but this could be a life changing experience.

1 – 4 September

USA, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Jazz Festival – a free live concert at the Cultural Center in the Millennium Park on the picturesque shore of Lake Michigan.

1 – 3 September
(Labor Day Weekend)

USA, Seattle, Washington State, Bumbershoot at Seattle Center – a 3 day music and art festival with over 2, 000 artists, many world famous, perform art of every kind from top flight rock to comedy, drama, poetry and bizarre sculptures.

31 Aug – 4 September
(Labor Day weekend)

USA, California, Strawberry Music Festival – one of US’s most popular music jamborees, used to be held twice a year at the picturesque Camp Mather on the edge of Yosemite National Park, though this year May festival will take place at Nevada Country Fairground but TBA for 2016.

2 September
(1st Saturday in Sept. )

SCOTLAND, the Braemar Gathering (Highland Games) – traditionally odd Scottish sporting events and massed pipers in a scenic setting in Scotland.

1 – 24
September

USA, California Los Angeles, L. A. County Fair – the largest fair in the USA features everything from pig racing to rodeos and big name bands.

7 – 10
September

ENGLAND, Isle of Wight, Bestival – a 3-day music festival and party set at Robin Hill Country Park, known for its annual fancy dress competition, so make sure to dress suitably strangely. It is kid-friendly, too.

7 – 17
September

CANADA, Toronto International Film Festival – TIFF is one of world’s most important film fests known for its independance and lack of financial consideration in their selection of movies.

1 – 24
September

USA, south of Seattle, Washington State Fair – also known as the Western Washington Fair, draws more than a million visitors annually to see rodeos, concerts, kid’s rides and chow down on a huge variety of food offerings.

9 – 24 Sept
23rd for Waikiki Hoolaulea,
30th for parade

USA, Hawaii, Aloha Festival, Floral Parade – a hugely colourful and perfumed street party to celebrate Hawaiian culture in Oahu, which triggers a series of events all over these Pacific islands.

15 – 17 September

USA Monterey Jazz Festival in California. This, the oldest and longest running jazz festival in the world, always hosts some big names but also has workshops, exhibitions and other appropriate entertainment.

21 September –
8 October

NEW ZEALAND, World of Wearable Art Awards Show in Wellington – a unique, bizarre and fascinating occasion for both artists and fashionistas. New Zealand

22 – 24 September

IRELAND, Galway International Oyster Festival – with fun events of all sorts. Ireland Guide.

25 September

USA, San Francisco, California Folsom Street Fair – wacky S & M, leather fair.

October 2017

21 September –
8 October

NEW ZEALAND, World of Wearable Art Awards Show in Wellington – a unique, bizarre and fascinating occasion for both artists and fashionistas. New Zealand

6 – 8 and 13 – 15
October

USA, Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival – an annual 3 day American music fest, named after the famous PBS TV concert series and held at Zilker Park.

29 September – 1  October

SOUTH AFRICA Hermanus Whale Festival – Hermanus (Western Cape) various events but much of the time will be spent lounging on cliffs watching as whales cruise by. Cape Pictures

7 – 15  October

USA, Albuquerque, New Mexico, International Balloon Fiesta – It is one of the world’s most photographed festival. A lot of hot air about.

8 October

USA, Florida, Miami Broward Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture with music, food, arts and a wildly colourful parade, mostly in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

19 October – 5 November

IRELAND, Wexford Opera Festival – a small but perfectly formed and positively regarded event in a brand new Opera House on a new date. Ireland Guide

31 October

USA, New York City, New York’s Village Halloween Parade – a colourful and spooky occasion with over 20, 000 scary monsters on the prowl among the bands, puppets and assorted weirdos. From 7pm.

November Events 2017

26 October – 6 November

IRELAND, Wexford Opera Festival – a small but perfectly formed and positively regarded event in a brand new Opera House on a new date. Ireland Guide

5 November

ENGLAND, London to BrightonVeteran Car Run (LBVCR) – the world’s longest running motoring event. Ancient car lovers will need to find a comfortable viewing location for this London (Hyde Park) to Brighton (Madeira Drive) event for hundreds of pre-1905 vehicles; it starts at dawn and motors will begin to fart across the finish line from about 10 am.

5 November
(1st Sunday every year)

USA, New York, New York City Marathon – the biggest in the world.

1 – 5 November

USA, Las Vegas Professional Bull Riders World Finals – the 45 toughest hombres in the west ride the baddest bulls in one of the world’s most colourful cities. Las Vegas Pictures

5 November
(same day every year)

ENGLAND, Devon, Ottery St. Mary Tar Barrels – huge flaming barrels are carried around this little rural town.
There is also a procession and fireworks on the Saturday before the 5th of November, Guy Fawkes Night.

5 November
(same day every year)

UNITED KINGDOM, and some of its former colonies including Canada and New Zealand, Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night – an annual nationwide event with fireworks displays and lighting bonfires.

23 November
(4th Thursday
in Nov. )

USA, New York City, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – specialising in monster helium balloon figures. 9am-noon.

December 2017

Friday 27 Nov – 23 December

USA, Seattle, Argosy Christmas Ship Festival (Theme Cruises)- not just a fleet of brightly lit boats, but playing carols as they cruise. Kirkland City Dock is starting point.

29 Dec – 2 Jan
(Same days every year)

SCOTLAND, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – one of world’s best New year Celebrations, a truly wild and wooly underwear occasion with a torchlight procession, a Fire Festival, fireworks, concerts and much insobriety, in a city dark yet strangely light. . . Edinburgh Guide, Edinburgh Pictures

31 December

ENGLAND, London + AUSTRALIA, Sydney + USA, New York, etc. New Year’s Eve Fireworks and general carousing.

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