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Let the calendar lead your adventure

Nothing showcases the true spirit of a place like a special event or festival. Whether you’re lost in a cacophony of noise and colour watching a street parade slowly snake through the crowd, or you’re craning your neck from the front row of a white-knuckle event like Alberta’s Calgary Stampede, the atmosphere is so charged that it’s electric.

Head to Rio de Janeiro just before Lent, for example, and you’ll be swamped in a sea of samba dancers during Rio Carnival. Swathed in a rainbow of feathers, they turn the pavements technicolour during the samba school parade, alongside smiling musicians and supersized floats. Additionally, world-famous parades like Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will leave you equally wide-eyed, with your ears happily ringing.

Of course, some of the world’s most incredible events and festivals are shaped purely by Mother Nature. For two weeks in spring, the streets of Tokyo turn marshmallow-pink with a blanket of cherry blossoms that draw visitors in their thousands. While a few natural spectacles can compete with The Great Wildebeest Migration, watch the vast plains of Kenya and Tanzania fill with a storybook’s worth of incredible creatures.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to experience carnival, it’s got to be Rio Carnival or Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Rio de Janeiro’s main event takes place before Lent, and is the biggest carnival in the world. Mardi Gras runs for several weeks in the lead-up to Shrove Tuesday, AKA Mardi Gras.  

We can certainly help make your Formula One dreams a reality. Head to Yas Island, for example, and you can time your visit to coincide with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Just let our Destination Specialists know which F1 event has caught your fancy.

New York at Christmas is an absolute must, and there’s a huge mixture of free and ticketed events. Don’t miss the Radio City Christmas Spectacular – shows run throughout the Christmas season – and the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.


Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for…Events & Festivals?

• We’ve experienced many of the world’s most fascinating events and festivals worldwide • We’ll tailor make a holiday that involves as many or as few exciting events as you wish • We’ll arrange accommodation and transport to make travel effortless to your chosen event • We’re explorers ourselves – our Destination Specialists have valuable first-hand experience.