World Calendar: 5 Must-Attend Events

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in February: 

  • Celebrate Carnival samba-style (February 13-18) in Rio de Janeiro. This iconic kickoff to Lent lures millions of visitors to Brazil each year with five days of lively musical competitions, elaborate parades, and unscripted street festivals.
  • When Super Bowl madness subsides, turn your attention to another sporting event for the ages—the 2015 Cricket World Cup (February 12-March 29). Held every four years, the latest battle royale will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Can’t make it to a match? Try your hand at the ICC’s newly launched Fantasy League and enjoy the competition from afar.
  • Get into the groove during Reggae Month (February 1-28) in Kingston, Jamaica. In addition to the usual lineup of mento, ska, rocksteady, dub, and dancehall concerts and seminars, a 70th birthday celebration will be held for the biggest reggae legend of all time—Bob Marley.
  • Get a sneak peek at spring at the 20th annual Panagbenga Festival (February 1-March 8) in Baguio City, Philippines. In addition to providing a stunning showcase for the city’s famous flowers, the month-long extravaganza also symbolizes another “season of blooming”—the city’s recovery from the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
  • Ring in the Year of the Sheep in Hong Kong at the Chinese New Year Festival (February 19-21). Overflowing flower markets, a parade of floats, and a stunning fireworks display over Victoria Harbor make this the city’s biggest and most colorful event.

What would you add to the list? Let us know what we’re missing by leaving a comment below.


  1. Kate Jones
    March 28, 2015, 11:49 am

    Carnival 2016 in Rio is a once-in-a-lifetime experience simply unrivaled by anything else. It is expected to become the biggest ever organized because of the Olympic Games.

  2. Erica Brooks
    February 16, 2015, 6:55 am

    Battaglia delle Arance, the orange battle in italy is an enjoyable experience. The Chinese new year festival is also celebrated with much fanfare in Sydney as well. You missed the Venice carnival which is on till 17th Feb this year. Its the most extravagant of all.

  3. Theresa
    January 30, 2015, 1:02 pm

    Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico! I was in Oaxaca a few days before Day of the Dead and the decorations in the shops and streets are amazing. You can really feel the energy leading up to the holiday. I was in Playa del Carmen for Halloween and Day of the Dead and hundreds of people fill the streets to trick or treat and celebrate. It’s amazing!

  4. Geeky Explorer
    Barcelona, Spain
    January 30, 2015, 6:24 am

    Carnaval in Rio is on my bucket list, maybe next year, but I think I am more curious about the Venice one!