2018 brings with it a myriad of festivals and events, close to home and far afield. There is something for everyone, and they might even line up with your next trip. Pull out your diaries and get planning, the year will be off before you know it, and you don't want to miss a thing. Here are some upcoming events to keep in mind.
Niagara Icewine Festival: Canada
12 to 28 January 2018
As the temperature drops, the Niagara region transforms into a winter wonderland and local winemakers harvest frozen grapes to press into icewine. From galas to wine and dine events and a host of activities along the famed Wine Route, the festival is the perfect opportunity to sample the delights of the winter wine season.
Bo Sang Umbrella Festival: Chiang Mai, Thailand
19 to 21 January 2018
Marvel at the Thai art of Saa paper umbrella making at this annual festival held just outside Chiang Mai. More than 100 years of tradition are displayed through exhibitions and master classes. Be sure to stay until dark, when the umbrellas are illuminated, casting their bright colours across your path.
Winter X Games: Aspen, Colorado
25 to 28 January 2018
This popular action sports and music festival is back for another year at Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain. Feel your adrenalin pumping as you watch more than 200 world-class winter sports athletes compete, then let your hair down as you watch acclaimed music artists and bands.
Venice Carnival: Italy
27 January to 13 February 2018
What better time to visit Venice than during Carnivale? Find yourself transported back to the days of the Renaissance as your days and nights are filled with costume balls, glittering masks and magnificent evening performances. You need only choose your perfect mask and join the world’s best known fancy dress party.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival: India
29 to 31 January 2018
Celebrate the best of Rajasthan and its traditions at this unforgettable festival. Cultural events, camel races, camel polo, turban tying competitions and more take place amid the golden sands of the Thar Desert. As evening falls, listen to folk singers and watch traditional fire dancers under the star-filled night sky.