March Festivals

Festivals in March

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5 Days Off

5 Days Off

Inspired by Belgium's 10 Days Off, Amsterdam's 5 Days Off Festival is the first multi-day indoor dance event in the Netherlands. 5 Days Off attracts more than twenty thousand visitors annually and provides the capital with five days of top-line clubbing, live shows and performances. Since 2001, the programme has featured a diverse mix of acknowledged names and up-and-coming talent from the Netherlands and abroad. After a few hours sleep, set the alarm and head for the festival's art programme in De Balie — a diverse offering that gives a platform to art disciplines such as film, photography, media art, graphic design, fashion, and lifestyle.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Festivals March
Adelaide Festival of Arts

Adelaide Festival of Arts

For more than half a century Adelaide Festival has been delighting audiences with a world-class mix of inspiring, challenging and entertaining artists and performers. With internationally renowned theatre productions, an eclectic array of international musicians, breathtaking dance performances and spectacular visual arts displays, for two and half weeks each February and March, Adelaide's warm days and balmy nights provide an idyllic setting for this world-class event.

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Pacific Australia Adelaide Performing Arts Festivals March
Art Basel (Hong Kong)

Art Basel (Hong Kong)

From emerging talents to the modern masters from both East and West, Art Basel's newest offering in Hong Kong traces over a century of art history across its six sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, Magazines and Film. Spanning three days in March, Art Basel displays the highest quality paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, video and editioned works from the 20th and 21st centuries, by more than 3,000 artists from Asia and around the globe.

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Asia Hong Kong Hong Kong Art Festivals March
Art Paris Art Fair

Art Paris Art Fair

Join more than 50,000 artists, art patrons and devotees for four days each March, as they descend upon the city of light for the annual Art Paris Art Fair. Art Paris brings together some 140 galleries from 20 countries under the celestial dome of the Grand Palais, presenting a wide-ranging panorama of modern and contemporary art that includes photography, design and art publishing.

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Europe France Paris Art Festivals Photography Festivals March
Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

The Auckland Arts Festival is a celebration of people, place, culture and art. For two and a half weeks each March, New Zealand's largest city oozes culture with a packed programme of theatre, dance, music, comedy and art in all its many different forms. Featuring more than 300 events and 1000 artists, there's bound to be something that appeals to culture vultures of all ages. For the night owls, the festival's White Night programme sees the doors of Auckland City's galleries, museums and other cultural locations flung open from 6pm through midnight.

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Pacific New Zealand Auckland Performing Arts Festivals Cultural Festivals March
Barcelona Marathon

Barcelona Marathon

Breathtaking Barca provides the backdrop for the annual Barcelona Marathon or Marathon Catalunya. Runners begin their 42.195 kilometre odyssey below Montjuic Park from where they follow a route that takes in many of the Catalan capital's icons — from the Camp Nou Stadium to La Pedrera, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and Sagrada Familia. If you're planning to cheer on the runners, check in with the marathon web site to pinpoint one of the dozens of designated spectator points that dot the course, where entertainment and commentary add to the spectacle. Running the race? Grab a friend and carb load the day before at the marathon's pasta party.

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Europe Spain Barcelona Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs March
Beale Street Music Festival

Beale Street Music Festival

Forming part of the Memphis in May celebrations, the Beale Street Music Festival has been serving up some of the biggest names in rock, country, indie and blues since that pesky Y2K bug was a thing. Past acts read like a who's who of rock royalty and include Iggy Pop, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Beck, Van Morrison, ZZ Top, Dave Matthew's Band, John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan, James Brown and Tom Petty. Today's Beale Street Music Festival shakes things up sixty-plus acts on five stages over three days in early May. Dubbed the Mardi Gras of the Mid-South, if you're looking to play in May, head for Tom Lee Park — where Beale Street hits the Mighty Mississippi — and settle in for a surplus of top-shelf musical talent.

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North America United States Tennessee Memphis, TN Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals March
Belfast Children's Festival

Belfast Children's Festival

The Belfast Children's Festival has been entertaining Northern Ireland's youngsters since 1998. With a mission to bring artistic brilliance and adventure to children today and inspire creativity and curiosity for their future, the festival's organisers, Young at Art delivers through a programme of theatre, dance, music, visual and the digital, sonic arts.

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Europe Northern Ireland Belfast Childrens Festivals March
Bologna Festival

Bologna Festival

Bologna has long held the reputation as a centre for cultural excellence. In 2000 it was declared the the European Capital of Culture. In 2006 the Global Alliance's Creative Cities Network — an arm of UNSESCO — granted it, 'City of Music' status. Events like the annual Bologna Festival, a three month celebration of classical musical, from March through June, go a long way toward forging that reputation.

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Europe Italy Bologna Classical Music and Opera Festivals March
Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival

Sucker for science? Join 30,000 inquisitive visitors for the annual Cambridge Science Festival — a two week fact-filled celebration of science at the acclaimed education institution. A packed programme of more then 250 events includes talks, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, film screenings and debates.

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Europe England Cambridge Science and Technology Festivals March
Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

For nine days each March, the skies over Canberra's Parliamentary Zone are filled with all manner of floating shapes during the annual, Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Brave the autumn chill and arrive early (6am) to the lawns of Australia's Old Parliament House to witness these behemoths of the air take shape before gently taking to the sky. On the ground there's plenty of entertainment too. Reward yourself for waking early with a hot breakfast provided courtesy of a local Lions Club.

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Pacific Australia Canberra Ballooning Festivals Family Festivals March
Cape Town Festival

Cape Town Festival

Promoting a message of tolerance and understanding between diverse communities, the Cape Town Festival has been entertaining locals and visitors since 1999. Supporting a diverse array of artistic disciplines, including music, performing arts, dance and visual arts, the Cape Town Festival programme features prominent names in the South African entertainment industry as well as providing a forum for new local talent to emerge.

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Africa South Africa Cape Town World Music Festivals Multicultural Festivals March
Crufts

Crufts

For four days each March Birmingham goes barking mad during Crufts, a UK canine institution and the biggest dog show in the world. Up to 28,000 pooches from Affenpinschers to Great Danes take part in best of breed shows as well competitions in dog agility, obedience, flyball and heelwork to music. There's also an accompanying trade show for all your doggie needs.

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Europe England Birmingham March
Cyprus Marathon

Cyprus Marathon

Competitors in the annual Cyprus Marathon depart from Petra tou Romiou, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite. If you're ever going to push yourself through 42 kilometres of tarmac torture can there be a better starting line motivator than the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation? For those looking to lessen the distress, there's a half-marathon and 10 kilometre road race. Competitors finish at the picturesque Paphos Medieval Castle where there'll be traditional Greek dancing and free beer.

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Europe Cyprus Paphos Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs March
Dubai World Cup

Dubai World Cup

Race fans, make a date in Dubai for the last Saturday of March for the Dubai World Cup of Racing — the world's richest horse race. Whilst the winner walks away with a whopping purse of $10M USD, visitors can also live the high life by booking into The Meydan — the racecourse's very own five-star hotel before nipping over for a pre-race round at the racecourse's nine-hole golf course.

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Middle East United Arab Emirates Dubai Horse Racing Events Sporting Events March
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

For three days each Spring, Dublin celebrates it's seaside locale and it's love of seafood during the annual Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. Prawns, yabbies, scampi or shrimp, however you label 'em, the delicious crustacean takes pride of place on the menus of local Howth restaurants. There's a food village featuring a ton of local fresh seafood (sample your prawns whole, shelled, barbecued, fried, skewered, marinated or sauced), cooking demonstrations hosted by local celebrity chefs and fish filleting and fishery skills demonstrations. Loosen your belt and take in the terrific Tasting Trail around Howth Village.

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Europe Ireland Dublin Food Festivals March
Dunedin Fringe Festival

Dunedin Fringe Festival

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is the largest festival of its kind on New Zealand's south island and the world's southernmost fringe offering. A highly anticipated annual ten day event, Dunedin Fringe showcases acts across the fringe spectrum from stand up comedy to theatre, circus, cabaret, music and dance and features performers from all over New Zealand as well as a sprinkling of international acts.

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Pacific New Zealand Dunedin Fringe Festivals March
FESPACO

FESPACO

Created in 1969, the Panafrican Film and TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) has grown to become Africa's largest film festival. Held over eight days biennially — in March of odd numbered years — the festival kicks off proceedings in the Stade du 4-Août, the national stadium of Burkina Faso after which follows a programme of screenings in a number of cinemas in Ouagadougou. For competition, FESPACO accepts only films by African filmmakers and those that are produced primarily in Africa.

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Africa Burkina Faso Ouagadougou Film Festivals March
Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha de Tacuarembo

Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha de Tacuarembo

Take a trip back in time to a good ol' fashioned cowboy festival or fiesta gaucha as they're known locally in South America. El Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha in Tacuarembo, Uruguay attracts thousands to enjoy five days of equestrian events — including dressage (in the gaucho style), bareback rodeos, lassoing events and fully-costumed parades — as well as some of the best food the country has to offer. Yeehaa!

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South America Uruguay Tacuarembo Rodeos Traditional Festivals March
Florida International Air Show

Florida International Air Show

Calling all aviation buffs. For three days at the tail-end of March, the Florida International Air Show will feature some of the best pilots in the business doing their thing in the skies over Punta Gorda. There will be high-speed military jets flying in formation and acrobatic airmen and women performing death-defying stunts that will leave you slack-jawed. There's aircraft exhibits and displays, a kids' area and food and drink stalls for when the action overhead leaves you in need of a little refreshment.

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North America United States Florida Punta Gorda, FL Air Shows Family Festivals March
Giornate FAI

Giornate FAI

Over a weekend each spring, the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Italy's cultural heritage body) politely encourages institutional and private owners of historic properties to open their doors to the public and reveal their spectacular interiors. It's an event that is rapidly growing in popularity, last time out attracting more than half a million visitors who took advantage of free access to more than 750 Italian heritage listed properties.

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Europe Italy Cultural Festivals Historical Festivals March
Great Kiwi Beer Festival

Great Kiwi Beer Festival

Kiwi lovers of the amber nectar converge on Christchurch each March for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival, a day-long outdoor celebration of brewing in New Zealand. Hosted by industry experts and featuring a diverse range of over 300 local, national, and international brews, there's plenty enough to sate the thirst of even the fussiest aficionado. There's also live music performances, beer and food matching sessions, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars and brand experience areas.

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Pacific New Zealand Christchurch Beer Festivals March
Heidelberg Spring

Heidelberg Spring

Since its first outing in 1997, Heidelberg Spring has established itself as one of Germany's most exciting and innovative classical music festivals, offering top-class performances by world-renowned musicians. Concerts, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and sometimes innovative sessions accompanying the concerts make up the packed programme of over 90 events. A highlight of Heidelberg Spring is their acclaimed String Quartet Fest where quartets perform, rehearse, experiment and debate different approaches, not behind closed doors but in the presence of enthusiastic audiences.

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Europe Germany Heidelberg Classical Music and Opera Festivals March
Holi

Holi

Holi, Hindu's vivacious celebration of colour is widely anticipated across the sweep of India and Nepal, and increasingly in many multicultural cities around the world. In the days leading up to Holi, locals gather firewood for bonfires in the parks and near temples. Atop the pyres sit an effigy representing Holika — a demoness in Hindu Vedic scriptures — who tricked Prahalad into the fire. The bonfire ritual known as Holika Dahan takes place on the evening before Holi and symbolises the victory of good over evil. On the day of Holi, things get messy. No-one is spared. Armed with a vivid array of brightly coloured powders, solutions and water-bombs, youths take the streets to paint the town red...and blue and pink and purple. Everyone is fair game. The mood is festive, the laughter infectious. At the end of the day, revellers bathe and prepare for an evening exchanging sweets with friends and relatives. Holi is a time to forgive and forget and to repair broken relationships. It's hard to argue those reasons for a celebration, irrespective of religion.

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Asia India Religious Events Cultural Festivals March
Honolulu Festival

Honolulu Festival

Get a dose of the arts, island style at the annual Honolulu Festival, a rich and vibrant blend of Asia, Pacific and Hawaiian cultures with the rest of the world. The three day extravaganza takes place every March and features world music, dance and traditional art by performers and artists from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Hawaii and the rest of the United States. The Festival culminates with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, Hawaii.

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North America United States Hawaii Waikiki, HI Cultural Festivals Multicultural Festivals March
Hounen Matsuri

Hounen Matsuri

You can never find a giant 12 foot phallus when you need one but then when you don't... Join the fun at the Tagata Shrine in Komaki, Japan each 15 March for the Hounen Matsuri where hundreds gather to parade such a phallus through the streets in a bizarre male fertility rite. Mix in a bunch of women wielding smaller two foot versions of the main attraction and a tempting range of phallic shaped snacks and and you got yourself one interesting anthropological study at the very least. Food for thought that!

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Asia Japan Komaki Bizarre Festivals Traditional Festivals Adults Only Festivals March
Iditarod

Iditarod

It's been tagged the last great race on earth. Mushers and teams of 16 dogs cover a course of over 1,000 miles through some of the most pristine and inhospitable terrain in the world, from snow-swept tundras to saw-toothed mountain ranges. It's Alaska's famed and feared, Iditarod. Following a ceremonial start in Anchorage, competitors set off from Willow in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast following the history-rich Iditarod Trail. For competitors it's a life-changing odyssey that can take anything from nine days through 15 of more.

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North America United States Alaska Anchorage, AK Sporting Events Cultural Festivals March
Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

Join some of contemporary jazz biggest names in one of South East Asia's most dynamic cities for the annual Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. Past lineups have included musical legends such as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Santana, alongside today's crop of jazz royalty like Jamie Cullum, Natalie Cole and Erykah Badu. In 2010 Java Jazz was recognised as the biggest jazz festival in the world with 19 performance stages featuring 232 shows and a total of over 1,500 musicians. All that jazz!

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Asia Indonesia Jakarta Jazz Festivals March
Las Fallas

Las Fallas

Spain puts its hand up repeatedly when you're compiling a list of the world's largest and most exciting festivals — there's La Tomatina, San Fermin, Abril Feria and Semana Santa and that's just for entree. Without doubt the loudest and most spectacular of Spain's offerings to the cultural calendar is Las Fallas in Valancia, where massive floats are constructed for months proceeding the five-day event, only to be burnt to the ground on La Nit del Foc (the night of fire). Las Fallas is celebrated to commemorate St. Joseph's Day, the Patron Saint of Carpenters — hence the mind-blowingly, massive effigies. To add a bang to the burn, each day mascletà are held in the city's main square, the Plaza Ayuntamiento. Think of the loudest bang you've ever heard, turn it up a notch then multiple it by a thousand, that's mascletà. Valencianos love their Fallas and rightly so. It's a wonderful, spectacular and unique celebration carried off in true Spanish style.

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Europe Spain Valencia Street Parades Traditional Festivals March
London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

Can't decide between beer and cider? It doesn't matter at the annual London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival. Held over three days each March in the Camden Centre (not far from King's Cross, St. Pancras tube station) the Campaign For Real Ale's (CAMRA) London gig has been attracting a wide cross-section of the capital's beer and cider loving community for over three decades. With over 150 real ales, ciders, perries and imported beers on offer and some good ol' fashioned home-cooked dishes to boot, it's not hard to see why.

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Europe England London Beer Festivals March
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival is Poland's largest festival of classical music. The Festival attracts world-class virtuosos, choirs, and orchestras along with Poland's most outstanding artists and ensembles for a series of concerts and accompanying events over the space of a two week period each March and April.

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Europe Poland Warsaw Classical Music and Opera Festivals March
Maastricht Antiquarian Book and Print Fair

Maastricht Antiquarian Book and Print Fair

More than 30 antiquarian booksellers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany gather in Maastricht for three days in March for the annual Antiquarian Book and Print Fair. Running concurrently with Maastricht's renowned TEFAF — the worlds largest Antiques and Art Fair — for lovers of antiquities, the emergence of the Antiquarian Book and Print Fair is the icing on a very old cake.

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Europe Netherlands Maastricht Book Fairs Collectors Festivals March
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The leafy capital of Victoria laughs long at hard at the annual, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Since being launched by Sir Barry Humphries and the late, great Peter Cook, the festival has gone from strength to strength and now ranks alongside Edinburgh's Festival Fringe and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival as one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world. For three and half weeks each March and April an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts take over the Town Hall preceinct of Melbourne's city centre.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Comedy Festivals March
Moomba Festival

Moomba Festival

As Melbourne as meeting a mate beneath the Flinders Street clocks, Moomba has been entertaining locals and visitors alike since 1955. Each March for four days over the Labour Day weekend, hundreds of thousands of Melburnians make for the banks of the city's iconic Yarra River for a packed programme of live music, waterskiing and boarding and great food. Head along to Sunday's Birdman Rally and watch as competitors, decked out in all manner of homemade flying devices, launch themselves skywards before plummeting into the Yarra in the name of charity. Each night of Moomba is brought to close with a fireworks display over the city.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Community Festivals Sporting Events March
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Over ten days each March the One World Film Festival brings a selection of more than 100 documentaries and features focussing on human rights issues to the cinemas of Prague. Growing in popularity year on year, One World has become the largest human rights film festival in the world and now also includes a range of talks and interviews that address a range of timely issues.

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Europe Czech Republic Prague Documentary Film Festivals Film Festivals March
Rome Marathon

Rome Marathon

If you're going to push your body to the extreme and endure 42.195 kilometres of tarmac-pounding hell, at least do it in Rome where world-class historical landmarks are sprinkled around the course like drink stations. The Rome Marathon kicks off on the Via dei Fori Imperiali in the shadow of the the city's crumbling Coliseum before proceeding through the city centre taking in such famous landmarks as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Saint Peter's and Piazza Venezia and the Piazza di Spagna. Carb replenishment shouldn't pose a problem with literally hundreds of pizza and pasta restaurants within hobbling distance of the finish line.

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Europe Italy Rome Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs March
Semana Santa

Semana Santa

Although Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations take place over the length and breadth of Spain, Seville's are arguably the country's most spectacular. For eight days, from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, 115 spectacular processions of pasos — ornate wooden floats featuring scenes from the events of the Passion or recreations of a grieving Virgin Mary — make their way from Seville's churches through the city's streets to the city's main Cathedral. The honoured task of supporting the pasos on their journey — some weighing in at more than two tonnes — rests upon the broad shoulders of some 60,000 hooded men who belong to more than 55 church brotherhoods. The floats are accompanied by Nazarenos — often barefoot, dressed in a habit and and a pointed hood (capirote) who march along with the pasos in silence. Semana Santa climaxes on the night of Holy Thursday, when a number of processions set out to arrive at Seville's main Cathedral on the dawn of Good Friday. Although there's an obvious solemn undertone that pervades Seville during Semana Santa, it is a wonderful time to be in the city and take in the power of the celebrations.

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Europe Spain Seville Religious Events Cultural Festivals March
Snow Jazz Gastein

Snow Jazz Gastein

For ten days and nights come March, the lodges, bars and clubs of the Gastein Valley get their swing on during the annual Snow Jazz Gastein. Local musicians and artists from further afield take to the postcard-perfect, spa-town for a celebration of jazz.

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Europe Austria Bad Gastein Jazz Festivals March
Sofia International Film Festival

Sofia International Film Festival

Over 10 days each March, the Bulgarian capital hosts their annual celebration of all things celluloid at the Sofia International Film Festival. SIFF highlights Bulgarian produced film as well as featuring documentaries, shorts and features from around the world at a number of city cinemas.

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Europe Bulgaria Sofia Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals March
South by Southwest (SXSW)

South by Southwest (SXSW)

For ten days each March, Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) offers a unique convergence of original music, independent film and emerging technology. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, today SXSW is the country's premier destination for discovery. Year after year, SXSW is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning and business activity thrives at the SXSW Trade Shows.

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North America United States Texas Austin, TX Science and Technology Festivals New Media Festivals March
Splashy Fen Festival

Splashy Fen Festival

On a farm near Underberg in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (set against a magical backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains), the good party-people of South Africa have been gathering since 1990 for the intriguingly named Splashy Fen Music Festival. Dubbed South Africa's Glastonbury, Splashy Fen today attracts in excess of ten thousand attendees over the Easter period for four days of South African flavoured folk, indie rock, pop and dance. With the action spread across four main stages and a number of smaller arenas there's always a melody floating on the rustic air. But like Glastonbury, live music is but a single aspect of Splasy Fen. The arts and nature are huge Splashy drawcards. Take in a yoga session, a trail run through the rural setting or head to the African Rainbow Village and get hands on at a craft workshop.

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Africa South Africa Underberg Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals March
Spring Night Festival

Spring Night Festival

Each March the streets and plazas of Mexico City's, Centro Historico sprout to life as the city bids adios to winter and ushers in the new season during the Spring Night Festival (Noche de la Primavera). Families and revellers take to the streets for music, street theatre and all manner of food and family fun with an authentic DF flavour.

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North America Mexico Mexico City Community Festivals March
St. Patrick's Day (London)

St. Patrick's Day (London)

Everyone's Irish for a day at London's celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. Don your emerald green and head to London central to join the craic for Ireland's big national day. Begin at Picadilly and take in the start of the St. Patrick's Day Parade with it's spectacular floats and colourful marching bands. Then make your way to a packed Trafalgar Square for an Irish-inspired programme of song, dance and comedy. When formal festivities die down, head for one of the myriad Irish pubs that dot Covent Garden and London's West End for a pint of the good stuff.

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Europe England London National Festivals Street Parades March
St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

Celebrated in more countries around the world than any other national holiday, St. Patrick's Day is a day when the Irish rightly stand proud. And whilst many of those international celebrations may focus a little too heavily on the cliched consumption of Guinness and the spotting of leprechauns, for a truly Irish cultural experience there's no better place to be on March 17 than Dublin. The Irish capital hosts a programme rich in art, history, music, dance, literature and comedy. Get your dancing shoes on and join in the fun at Festival Céilí, an outdoor celebration of traditional Irish dancing where you can learn the steps and enjoy live traditional Irish music. The Gaelspraoi ia a wonderful celebration of the Irish language and the world-renowned St. Patricks Day Parade is a vibrant event for all of the family. And never fear, the Irish certainly know how to host a party — cliches always have at least a little basis in fact — so there will be plenty of Guinness flowing. How do I know? A little green fella told me.

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Europe Ireland Dublin National Festivals Street Parades March
Stramilano

Stramilano

Join the jogging throng of thousands as they take to the streets of Milan in late March or early April for the Stramilano. Three events — a 5 kilometre, a 10 kilometre and a half marathon, 21.097 kilometre — are open to juniors, seniors, amateurs and professionals. A pop from the starter's gun will see runners off from the Piazza del Duomo at 9.30am.

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Europe Italy Milan Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs March
STRP

STRP

For ten days in March the STRP biennial fuses art, technology, experimental pop culture and science and links them to a wide and diverse audience; people with a curious mindset who are open to new experiences. Any discipline that displays a sense of the future will find a platform at STRP, from electronic music to dance, from performance to installation art and design, and from robotics to film.

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Europe Netherlands Eindhoven Art Festivals Design Festivals March
Takedown Festival

Takedown Festival

Lovers of post-hardcore unite! Get ready for volume and make your way to Southampton Uni for the annual Takedown Festival. More than a dozen bands on four stages for one night only. Over 18 and looking to kick on after Takedown? Check out the after-show details.

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Europe England Southampton Heavy Metal Festivals Indie Rock Festivals March
Taste Florence

Taste Florence

With the history, art and architecture of magnificent Florence as a backdrop, it's easy to take for granted Italy's greatest masterpiece, her cuisine. For three days each March, Taste Florence brings local Italian food to the fore — not that it needs too much of a push. Over 300 of the finest food and wine producers from all over Italy will be featuring their fare at Stazione Leopolda to thousands of foodies and the haute gastronomie trade. In addition to the events at Stazione Leopolda, the extended off-site programme features food and wine events at many of the finest bars, cafes and restaurants of Florence.

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Europe Italy Florence Food Festivals Wine Festivals March
Total Fight Masters

Total Fight Masters

Every March as the European Spring comes a tap-tap-a-tapping, the world's best boarders and freestyle skiers gather in Grandvalira ski resort in Andorra to battle it at Total Fight: Masters of Freestyle. As an invitational, visitors can expect the cream of the snow-boarding and free-skiing crop doing their thing high overhead. As the sun goes down, the action moves indoors for an apres-ski programme that's open to all.

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Europe Andorra Andorra la Vella Skiing and Snowboarding Events Winter Sports Events March
Ultra Music Festival (Miami)

Ultra Music Festival (Miami)

From iconic DJs to the finest live electronica acts, the world's biggest names in dance have been wowing audiences at Miami's internationally renowned Ultra Festival since 1999. Set over three days each March, the waterfront event in the heart of the City of Miami attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees of dance in person and many million more online. Ultra combines the most diverse electronic talent with the most technologically advanced, large scale festival productions in the world. It's a formula that works. On the back of the continuing success of Ultra in Miami, the brand and the format have set up shop in many major cities around the world.

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North America United States Florida Miami, FL Electronic Dance Music Festivals March
Warbirds Over Wanaka Festival

Warbirds Over Wanaka Festival

If military aviation history is your gig, every second Easter head south young man. All the way to Wanaka on New Zealand's south island for the action-packed Warbirds of Wanaka Festival. The spectacular setting at the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and the action overhead make for an unforgettable experience. Visitors can take in old warbirds in the sky and get up close and personal with them on the tarmac. As part of the four day programme there's also an international jet racing challenge and aerobatics and team formation flying displays. Chocks away!

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Pacific New Zealand Wanaka Air Shows Historical Festivals March
Winter Music Conference

Winter Music Conference

Since 1985 devotees of dance have been making the annual pilgrimage south to Florida for the Winter Music Conference (or WMC to its friends). During the Winter Music Conference, electronic dance music enthusiasts, artists, DJs and industry delegates from over 70 countries converge on Miami Beach for a stacked schedule of more than 400 industry events, parties, seminars and workshops. WMC is a who's who of EDM's biggest players and the place to be for a little late winter sun and a whole heap of fun.

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North America United States Florida Miami, FL Electronic Dance Music Festivals March
Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival

Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival

For ten sun-soaked days each March, Mexico's Zihuatanejo Bay sways to the strains of a couple of dozen well-plucked guitars during the annual, Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival (ZIGF). Hosting in the region of 10 to 15 acts performing four concerts, five gala dinners and ten bar shows, ZIGF is not looking to compete with the monster fests. It's an intimate affair and proudly so. But don't let the lack of size fool you, Zihuatanejo is still a major draw to some of the finest guitarists in the world. So if you're looking for strings, sand and sunsets in a ridiculously picturesque slice of Pacific paradise, you best get yourself down to Zihuatanejo this March. You won't be disappointed.

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