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Top 10 Anticipated Festivals for 2024

Last Updated

January 18, 2024

Experience a world of festivals suitable for every age group! Securing your spot at these vibrant events is now more straightforward than ever. We extend a warm invitation for you to delve into the diverse celebrations of cultures worldwide. Embrace life's vibrancy with the vivid hues of Holi or the exhilarating festivities of the Rio Carnival!

Venice Carnival, Italy

The Venice Carnival is a spectacle of color and history that unfolds over the two weeks before Lent. Known for its opulent masks and vibrant attire, this tradition traces back to the 11th century. The carnival is centered around the bustling Saint Mark's Square with parades, music performances, and other outdoor festivities, including a competition to crown the most exquisite mask. Spectators can also enjoy a procession of gondolas and boats adorned with decorations on the Grand Canal.

When is the festival: January 27, 2024-February 13,2024

Where to stay: 

Aman Venice

Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice

Gritti Palace

The St. Regis Venice

Things to know: Attending the Venice Carnival calls for embracing its rich traditions, including dressing appropriately. For the balls, a black-tie dress code with an opulent mask is required, while traditional Venetian masquerade attire with high collars and puffy sleeves is also popular. Outside of the balls, wearing a mask is part of the fun, especially in St Mark's Square. You can craft your own mask or purchase one from local shops. Costume rentals are available through Venice Events.

Rio Carnival, Brazil

Kick off an exhilarating year with the Rio Carnival, the epitome of glitz in Brazil. Set your soul free to the rhythmic samba, be dazzled by the extravagant parade featuring sequin-studded dancers, and immerse yourself in the captivating energy that permeates every corner of the city during this carnival.

When is the festival: February 9, 2024-February 17, 2024

Where to stay: Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Things to know: To fully enjoy the Rio Carnival, plan by booking flights, accommodations, and tickets early. Arrange transportation in advance and delve into the carnival's history and Samba schools to appreciate the parade more deeply. Consider wearing a costume for an immersive experience and arrive early at the Sambadrome. Take advantage of the street parties (blocks) and after-parties for a complete carnival atmosphere. Explore various Brazilian music genres, pace yourself for the event's climax, and dance respectfully. Capture memories responsibly, stay safe and hydrated, and protect yourself from the sun. Wear comfortable footwear, be environmentally conscious, respect local wildlife, and immerse yourself in Brazilian culture. Support local artisans, learn basic Portuguese phrases, be open to new experiences, and keep emergency contacts close.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan

The bloom starts in Kyushu and Shikoku in late March, sweeping northward until Hokkaido's petals fall in early May. Planning is key: follow the bloom's path, book accommodations wisely, and monitor the weather for the perfect viewing experience. Get ready to embrace the poetic beauty of Japan's springtime spectacle next year!

When is the festival: March 23, 2024- March 30, 2024

Where to stay: 

Andaz 5th Avenue

Baccarat Hotel New York 

The Carlyle, Rosewood Hotel

Conrad New York Downtown

Crosby Street Hotel

The Dominick

Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Greenwich Hotel

The Knickerbocker Hotel 

The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

The Lowell

Mandarin Oriental, New York

The Mark 

The New York EDITION 

Park Hyatt New York 

Pendry Manhattan West

The Peninsula New York 

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York 

The Plaza Hotel 

The St. Regis New York 

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

Trump International Hotel & Tower New York

The Whitby Hotel 

Things to know: The cherry blossom season in Japan is a spectacular event that starts in late January in Okinawa and moves northward, with Sapporo's blossoms appearing in late April. To catch the peak bloom, it's best to schedule your visit slightly after the predicted dates. Different cherry varieties bloom at different times, so even if you miss the peak, you can still enjoy the blossoms. Accommodation should be booked with flexibility in mind, near parks or public transport, and with options for last-minute changes. Mount Yoshino is a must-visit, with over 30,000 cherry trees and onsen experiences. Don't miss the cherry blossom illuminations along the Meguro River in Tokyo from mid-March to early April. Takato Castle Park in Nagano is a crowd favorite, so book ahead. Lastly, be aware of Japan's restrictions on certain over-the-counter allergy medications and check regulations before traveling.

Holy Week Celebrations in Guatemala

Guatemala transforms with the onset of Holy Week, as towns burst into vibrant celebrations. The highlights are the giant floats adorned with enormous statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, accompanied by clouds of fragrant incense and participants dressed in lavish costumes.

The festivities commence on Ash Wednesday and reach their zenith on Good Friday, with Antigua being the country's crown jewel for these observances. Here, the streets become a canvas for local artisans who craft stunning alfombras. These are meticulously designed carpets, handwoven from flowers, brightly colored sawdust, and palm fronds, with designs that are planned many months ahead. Their beauty is ephemeral yet striking, serving to both adorn the processional path and provide solace under the feet of the cucuruchos—devoted volunteers who bear the weight of the statues in a solemn act of penitence.

When is the festival: March 24, 2024-March 30,2024

Where to stay: Jumby Bay Island

Things to know: Holy Week in Guatemala is a vibrant and deeply spiritual celebration renowned for its unique traditions. The cucuruchos and devotees, clad in their distinctive robes, participate in solemn processions, carrying enormous floats that bear antique Catholic images through the streets. The creation of colorful alfombras and intricate carpets made from dyed sawdust, flowers, and fruits is a cherished generational craft, setting a beautiful path for the processions. These activities begin 40 days prior to Easter Sunday, with each day of Holy Week offering a rich itinerary of processions, velocities, and cultural experiences, culminating in the joyous announcement of the resurrection. Visitors can also indulge in the local cuisine offered at food stands throughout Antigua, adding to the immersive experience of Semana Santa. However, it's advisable to stay vigilant, especially late at night and around less secure areas, to fully enjoy the festivities safely.

Holi, India

Next, voyage eastward to experience the vibrancy of Holi in India. This remarkable festival of color paints everyone in hues of joy and love. Empower yourself with the spirit of unity, friendship, and forgiveness that Holi brings.

When is the festival: March 25, 2024

Where to stay: The Imperial New Delhi

Things to know: Holi, the festival of colors, is a movable feast that falls on the full moon day of Chaitra (Phalguna) in the Hindu calendar, typically in late February or March. The celebration begins with Holika Dahan, symbolizing the victory of good over evil, followed by Rangwali Holi, where people play with dry and wet colors. It's customary to wear white and protect your skin with oil or moisturizer. Non-toxic, natural gulal is recommended for safety. 

Songkran, Thailand

Then, cool off at Songkran, Thailand's traditional New Year celebration. Revel in the massive water fights that symbolize purification and renewal for the upcoming year. 

When is the festival: April 13, 2024-April 15, 2024

Where to stay: 

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Capella Bangkok

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

The Okura Prestige Bangkok

Park Hyatt Bangkok

The Peninsula Bangkok

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

The Siam Hotel

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

The St. Regis Bangkok

The Sukhothai Bangkok

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok 

Things to know: To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience at the Water Festival, remember to leave valuables and excess cash at your hotel. Only carry what you need for the day, and be mindful of the size and power of water-splashing equipment, as the Thai government bans strong water guns and dangerous tools. Protect your electronics with waterproof cases, and consider using cameras designed for water exposure, like GoPro. Dress in quick-drying clothes and wear sneakers or waterproof shoes for comfort and safety. Avoid splashing water on the elderly, pregnant women, infants, and on-duty professionals such as police officers and reporters. Never use ice, dirty water, or high-pressure water guns, as per Thai police regulations. If attending with young children, steer clear of overly crowded areas and opt for a quieter park or garden where you can control the environment better.

White Night Melbourne, Australia

Marvel at the city transformed into an artistic playground during the White Night in Melbourne, Australia. This all-night cultural event features astonishing visual art performances, music, and interactive installations that awaken the senses.

When is the festival: June 1, 2024

Where to stay: 

Crown Towers Melbourne

Park Hyatt Melbourne

Things to know: Things to Know Before Going to White Night Melbourne: The event commences at 6 pm and ends at 12 am. This is a free event for everyone to enjoy.

Don't forget to bring some essentials with you: a water bottle to stay hydrated, ensure your phone is fully charged, wear comfortable shoes for walking, and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Please note that no alcohol will be permitted at the event. Regardless of whether it's Rain, Hail, or Shine, the event will go on as planned.

This is a family-friendly event, suitable for all ages, so feel free to bring the whole family! Also, the event is wheelchair accessible, ensuring it's inclusive for all.

Food and Wine Festival in Aspen

Embark on a gastronomic journey like no other at the illustrious 2024 Food and Wine Festival in Aspen, an event that has risen to prominence as the pinnacle of culinary excellence for over forty years. This prestigious festival unfolds over three extraordinary days, brimming with an array of cooking demonstrations that will dazzle your senses, wine, and spirit tastings that promise to delight even the most discerning palates, and engaging panel discussions helmed by an elite cadre of world-class chefs and beverage connoisseurs. Prepare to be immersed in a celebration of flavors, aromas, and knowledge that will leave you inspired and satiated. Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed epicurean extravaganza!

When is the festival: June 14, 2024-June 16,2024

Where to stay: 

Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection

The Little Nell

The St. Regis Aspen Resort

Things to know: Pack smart for the Classic: dress casually with layers and comfortable shoes, opt for flowy clothes, and carry a jacket or crossbody bag for convenience. Stay hydrated to combat altitude sickness—water is key, not wine! Drink responsibly, as alcohol hits harder at high altitudes. Plan your schedule, but be flexible for unexpected delights. Engage actively in sessions by asking questions. Dive into demos that align with your interests. Review COVID-19 protocols to ensure safety. Finally, connect with fellow food enthusiasts and share your experiences on social media with #FWClassic.

Oktoberfest, Germany

Join in the merriment at Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival. Indulge in hearty Bavarian food, traditional music, and, of course, the finest German beers in Munich.

When is the festival: September 21, 2024- October 6, 2024

Where to stay: 

The Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Hotel Bayerischer Hof

 Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich 

Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Things to know: Reservations for Oktoberfest beer tents aren't mandatory, but they're recommended, especially on nights and weekends. Construction of the tents begins around 75 days prior to the event, with updates available from July 2024. Each large tent has its own restrooms, and additional facilities are marked by Cupid's arrow outside. Dancing is encouraged on benches, not tables. Smoking inside the tents is prohibited, but designated smoking areas are available. Attempting to steal a stein could lead to fines, arrest, or public embarrassment.

Dia De Los Muertos, Mexico

Finally, end the year on a high note with the vibrant Dia De Los Muertos or 'Day of the Dead' in Mexico. Admire the marigold-adorned altars and sugar skull face paintings, and celebrate life by remembering those who've passed.

When is the festival: November 1, 2024-November 2,2024

Where to stay: 

Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City

The St. Regis Mexico City 

Things to know: Día de los Muertos is a festive and reverent Mexican holiday on November 1st and 2nd to honor the departed. Unlike Halloween, it's a time of joyful remembrance with colorful altars, marigolds, and cherished mementos. Watch "Coco" for a heartwarming introduction, dress in traditional attire, and consider face painting to engage respectfully in the celebration. Savor pan de muerto and embrace the local customs, including children asking for candy, as you partake in this authentic cultural tradition with reverence and joy.

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