2018 Events Around the World

Red lanterns

Let’s make this real simple: We’ll show you a list of fun events in 2018 at great destinations around the world – celebrating music, food, sports, culture and more – then you start dreaming because we’ll also show you how to find cheap airfare to these amazing places.

January

Carnevale di Venezia in Venice, Italy – Jan. 27 to Feb. 13. Parades and parties and fireworks mark Venice’s fabled celebration known as Carnival but the biggest visual delights are the revelers’ sumptuous costumes and gorgeous masks. Carnival will probably be crowded but it will be worth it, according to those who’ve been. Learn more here. Fly to Venice.

2018 Best Events - Carnevale di Venezia

Carnevale di Venezia in Venice, Italy

Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – Jan. 18-28. See cutting edge movies from around the world before the filmmakers win their Oscars. And should you get tired of watching beautiful people watch beautiful films, hit the ski slopes or check out Park City’s fun dining and nightlife scene. Learn more here. Fly to Salt Lake City.

February

The ‘Big Game’ in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Feb. 4. You know what ‘super’ big game we’re talking about, right? It’s the near-national holiday that unfolds on a certain Sunday in the United States as the best teams in the NFL (National Football League) battle it out for the championship. If you can’t make it to Minneapolis, sports bars across the country will show the game on TV, or just drop by a friend’s house (don’t forget the chips and salsa). Learn more here. Fly to Minneapolis.

2018 Best Events - Valentines Day

Nothing is sweeter than Valentine’s Day travel!

Valentine’s Day in your favorite romantic city – Feb. 14. Actually, go anywhere any day this month (with your beloved, with a pal, or on your own) and you’ll likely save big since the holiday falls in the cheap winter deal zone. Suggestions for romantic destinations: San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, or use the FareCompare Getaway Map tool to see what’s cheap from your hometown.

Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea – Feb. 9-25. If you love winter sports and gold medals, you will love this once-every-four-years spectacle as the best athletes from around the world do spectacular things on snowy slopes and icy rinks. Learn more here. Fly to Seoul; the games take place about 75 miles to the east.

March

Lantern Festival in Taiwan – March 2-11. Lots of beautiful lanterns, decorative lights and whimsical floats light up the new year in an unforgettable spectacle. Find these traditional celebrations from one end of the country to the other and you can learn more here. Fly to Taipei.

2018 Best Events - Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival in Taiwan

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland – March 17. Ancient castles, vibrant cities, wild coastlands, charming villages and all that gorgeous green countryside; what better place to honor St. Pat than in his adopted homeland? And don’t forget to stop in one of Ireland’s excellent pubs to lift a celebratory glass or two. Learn more here. Fly to Dublin.

April

The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia – Begins April 2. If you know golf, you know all about the Masters, one of the four major championships in professional golf that’s been attracting premiere players for more than 80 years. Careful – this event is very popular with spectators and sells out fast. Fly to Atlanta or Savannah.

2018 Best Events - France

The Louvre in Paris

April in Paris, France – Anytime. The beautiful lyrics of April in Paris perfectly captures this lovely city in springtime but after you’ve listened to the song, go to Paris and see for yourself! Sit at a sidewalk cafe, stroll the Left Bank, gaze at the Eiffel Tower and visit Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Learn more about Paris here and yes, you’ll want to fly into Paris.

May

Royal Wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, near London, U.K. – May 19. If you’re reading this, chances are you didn’t get an invitation but go to London anyway; there are a million fun things to see and do there. Windsor itself is a lovely town, too; tour the castle (once the wedding hoopla is over), visit Windsor Great Park or check out Legoland which includes a section devoted to the Royals. Tip: Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir and those Prince Harry and Meghan mugs seem very popular! Learn more about visiting Great Britain here. Fly to London.

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The Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky – May 5. The Run for the Roses always takes place on the first Saturday in May but there is actually an entire week’s worth of events preceding the derby. If you love horses (and love wearing fancy hats), you’ll want to be in the Blue Grass State for this iconic race. Learn more here. Fly to Louisville.

June

World Cup in Russia – June 14 to July 15. See the greatest international football (soccer) teams vie for top honors. If you can’t be there, pubs, taverns and bars around the world will be tuned to the games around the clock. If you can’t get to Russia, consider flying to your favorite team’s city and celebrating there. Learn more here. Fly to Moscow.

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee – June 7-10. The line-up for this legendary, four-day musical experience includes Eminem, The Killers, Muse and about 100 other acts. You can camp at the festival (accommodations range from basic to glamorous) or take a shuttle in from a nearby hotel. Part of the fun is the food here and advertised delicacies include “spinach mozzarella dumplings, mouthwatering fish tacos, spicy jalapeno corn dogs, Tennessee BBQ” and lots more diet-busters. Learn more here. Fly to Nashville; the festival site is 65 miles southeast of the

July

Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming – July 20-29. Get a taste of the Old West in rugged, wild Wyoming as Cheyenne plays host to the world’s biggest outdoor rodeo. There’s also a chuck wagon cook-off, saloon dancing, western art exhibits and lots of good music and food. Learn more here. Fly to Cheyenne or fly to Denver, Colorado which is just 100 miles to the south.

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Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Comic-Con in San Diego, California – July 19-22. An international event for fans of comics, science fiction and fantasy, TV and movies and so much more. Need a break? Go outside and enjoy some of southern California’s loveliest beaches. Learn more here. Fly to San Diego.

August

Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland – Aug. 3-27. The Fringe styles itself as the world’s largest arts festival for “theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, opera, music” and the list goes on. Last year’s festival featured more than 53,000 performances so we’re betting there’s something here for everyone. Learn more here. Fly to Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland

La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain – Aug. 30. Every year at the end of August, a small part of the Valencia region appears to go mad as people hurl more than 100 tons of tomatoes. There’s more to it than that of course but it’s said to be tons of fun. Tip: All participants should pack a few old clothes. Learn more here. Fly to Valencia (or Barcelona or Madrid).

September

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany – Sept. 22 to Oct. 7. If you like good beer, drinking with happy crowds and endless plates of tasty sausage, this is the place for you. Plus, Munich is a charming city, well worth a trip on its own. Learn more here. Fly to Munich.

2018 Best Events - Oktoberfest

“Das ist gut!” Grab a pretzel at Oktoberfest!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival at Disney World in Orlando, Florida – Expected to run from late August to November. This delicious event is all about good food, good wine and fun stuff like cooking demonstrations and culinary lessons for kids. Learn more here. Fly to Orlando.

October

New Orleans’ Birthday in New Orleans, Louisiana – All year long. This elegant city celebrates its 300th birthday throughout 2018 with a bunch of fun events but we suggest you celebrate the traditional way: visit the French Quarter to consume excellent food, drink and jazz. Learn more here. Fly to New Orleans.

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Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts – October. The city once known for its witch trials has morphed into a much-loved Halloween destination but you can still find a scare or two during one of the popular ‘haunted tours’ or during a visit to the Witch Dungeon Museum. Learn more here. Fly to Boston (Salem is only about 25 miles down the road).

November

Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) in Mexico and elsewhere – Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. This is not a sad or scary holiday, it’s a celebration of the lives of friends and family members who have died. Colorful, intricate works of art featuring skeletons are on display everywhere but particularly at festivals, parades and cemeteries. Look for celebrations throughout Mexico and in states like Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. Learn more here. Fly to Mexico City.

2018 Best Events - Day of the Dead

Dia de Muertos in Mexico

Grandma’s House (wherever she lives in the U.S.) – Nov. 22. This is the date of Thanksgiving Day, one of the most popular times to fly all year in the United States. But what if you don’t have a Grandma (or Mom) who insists you come home for the traditional turkey dinner? Lucky you, you get to go anywhere you want, and the FareCompare Getaway Map tool can help you find a deal. Need ideas? Consider Aruba or Barcelona.

December

Famous Christmas Markets throughout Europe – December. Shop for traditional Christmas ornaments and other fine holiday decorations all month long in the seasonal markets of Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Prague and other beautiful cities. Some also have spectacular light shows or musical performances and all have excellent holiday-themed food and drink. Learn more here. Fly to your favorite.

2018 Best Events - Christmas Market

Famous Christmas Markets throughout Europe

New Year’s Eve at the beach or in the snow – Dec. 31. For those stuck in wintry climes, we suggest a beautiful Caribbean island or a beach in southern Florida. For those feeling the heat (hello, Australia) try a skiing destinations like Denver, Colorado or Innsbruck, Austria.

Not sure where in the world you want to go? FareCompare will help you find deals from your city to destinations across the globe – whenever you’re ready to shop.

Anne McDermott
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