Call us today from 09:00 - 17:30 020 8106 2403 Start Planning
Book now with our Carefree Guarantee. Learn more
For culture vultures, there’s no better way to plan a holiday than to anchor your trip around the world’s great...

Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival

For culture vultures, there’s no better way to plan a holiday than to anchor your trip around the world’s great festivals, it’s pretty much a guarantee that something magical and unprecedented will happen.

Festivals are a VIP invitation to see a country in full party mode, bells and whistles included. We’ve highlighted some of the world’s most colourful, vibrant events to inspire your travels.

1. Chinese New Year – Hong Kong

16 – 17 February

Time your visit to the Far East to celebrate the Year of the Rooster in Hong Kong. See temples, giant Buddha’s and bustling markets against a backdrop of spectacular fireworks and laser shows. You can also combine with the neon cities of Japan for an epic adventure in the Land of the Rising Sun.

2. Harbin Ice Festival – China

Begins 5 – 28 January

Discover the world’s largest annual snow and ice festival; a wintry wonderland of ice lantern castles and sparkling snow sculptures. Use this as your opportunity to explore China and visit the Forbidden City in Beijing or the Great Wall of China at Badaling.

3. Mardi Gras in New Orleans

3 – 28 February

During the two week state-wide Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans embraces a feast of entertainment featuring vibrant masquerades and colourful parades culminating on Fat Tuesday 13 February.  Combine this amazing city experience with a road trip to Tennessee to visit Memphis and Nashville for a music holiday of a lifetime.

4. Rio Carnival

9 – 14 February

Over two million people flock to Rio for the annual carnival; a five day celebration of samba beats and parties that last day and night. Get your seats at the Sambodromo, the purpose-built festival arena that is the epicentre of the carnival. Once you’ve partied in Brazil, explore more of South America when you cross the border into Argentina to tango in the cafes and bars of Buenos Aires.

5. South By South West, Austin, Texas

9 – 18 March

Discover Texas and the music city of Austin at the largest music festival of its kind in the world. Then discover more of the culture and history of the Lone Star State when you visit the Alamo at San Antonio and the cowboy culture and dude ranches of Fort Worth.

6. Coachella and Stagecoach, Greater Palm Springs

13 – 22 April

Experience Greater Palm Springs’ classic American architecture, stylish galleries and designer stores when you visit the legendary Coachella Festival of Music and Arts. Situated in the state of California, also embark on an epic road trip along Pacific Highway 1 to experience the glamour of Los Angeles and the iconic sights of San Francisco.

7. Cropover Festival, Barbados

July – August

For fun, rum and sunshine visit Barbados during Cropover, the festival that celebrated the end of the sugar cane cutting season, and discover the history and identity of the island in a fiesta of music and culture. Once you’ve partied with the locals why not unwind in luxury on a sail and stay holiday around the stunning isle of St Lucia?

8. Aloha Cultural Festivals, Hawai‘i

Throughout September

Discover vibrant block parties and colourful parades, traditional hula plus Hawaiian arts and crafts, dance, music and cuisine. Island hop across this beautiful archipelago to discover active volcanoes on Hawaii Island, the spectacular scenery of Maui and the enchanting forests of Kauai.

9. Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, Aruba

Throughout September

This annual festival ignites Aruba’s music scene with an impressive line-up of international and local jazz, Latin, soul and funk musicians. Combine the island life of Aruba with a tour of Ecuador for the Andes Mountains and Galapagos Islands, white sand beaches and colonial Spanish culture.

10. Calgary Stampede, Alberta, Canada

6 – 15 July

Visit one of Canada’s most enduring spectacles, the annual rodeo festival featuring music, chuckwagon races and exhibitions. From Calgary explore Alberta, and experience the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks and the Columbia Icefields.

For more inspiration and to see some of our best travel experiences, visit our Let’s Talk holiday types pages and discover more amazing holiday opportunities to kick-start your New Year.

Written by: Clive Wedderburn
Posted in: Join the party

Let’s talk

There’s no question too small. Start planning your dream trip by talking to our Destination Specialists.

Sign up to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel inspiration and destination news.

Swimming pools

How we tailor make your holiday

1. Browse

Look through our website for inspiration, then call our Destination Specialists

2. Create

We'll listen to your wish-list and use our knowledge to design a unique itinerary

3. Customize

We'll keep on refining until we've created your perfect personalised holiday

020 8106 2403 Call us today from 09:00 - 17:30

The Hayes & Jarvis Way

We've been tailor making holidays for 65 years. With over 60 destinations to choose from, talk to us and we'll listen to your travel ideas to create unforgettable holiday experiences.

Award Winning

Our unrivalled knowledge is recognised through numerous accolades and nominations.

Exceptional Service

"Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Everything went smoothly from booking onwards. Would highly recommend."
- S. Gardner, Past Customer

In the Know

Our travel experience means you get insider knowledge from dedicated Destination Specialists.

Fully Protected

You and your holiday are in safe hands with us so you can book with confidence and travel worry free.