12+ Events Worth Travelling to in 2018

Want to plan your next trip around something big? Something cool?

I’ve created a list of some of the biggest events in the world coming up in 2018 that you might like to plan your next trip around.

I’ve heard great things about all of these events along my travels so I highly encourage you to check them out. Because after all… why not?!?

P.S. The list is in date order for your convenience (depends how spontaneous you are).

Australian Open

Monday, 15th January – Sunday, 28th January 2018

Melbourne, Australiaperson-woman-sport-ball

In its 108th year, the Australian Open is a popular Grand Slam Tennis Tournament held each year in Australia. The event attracts professional players and tennis lovers from all over the world.

Carnival of Rio De Janeiro

Friday, 9th February – Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Ref: Rio Hunter

With 2 million people on the streets per day, Carnival Rio De Janeiro is the biggest carnival in the world. The event includes plenty of street parties, dances and extravagant costumes, with the Samba parade being the highlight.

Winter Olympics

Friday, 9th February – Sunday, 25th February 2018

Pyeongchang, South Korea


102 sporting events across 15 sport disciplines including snow sports, ice sports and sliding sports. The Winter Olympics will be a huge event in 2018 as it hosts top athletes from all over the world who will come together to compete for gold.

New Orleans Mardi Gras 

“Fat Tuesday” – Tuesday, 13th February 2018 (parades start from January)

New Orleans, United States of America

Mardi Gras
Ref: City of New Orleans

Known by locals as “the greatest free show on Earth”, Mardi Gras is the final day of carnival which is a series of parades held throughout New Orleans. Parades are organised by social clubs known as “Krews” have extravagant displays and throw items into the crowd such as beads, doubloons, Moon Pies, throw cups and toys. I’ll be heading to this years Mardi Gras so I’ll be able to experience all the action.

St Patrick Day

Saturday, 17th March 2018 (Festival runs from Thursday, 15th March to Monday, 19th March).

Dublin, Republic of Ireland


Celebrated around the world, St. Patrick’s Day celebrates one of Ireland’s patron Saints who is said to have died on March 17th around the year 493. Dublin holds a huge annual festival with plenty of action including parades, exhibits, talks, family activities, plus they even light up a number of buildings in green.

The Royal Wedding

Saturday, 19th May 2018

St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, England


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot this coming May after their engagement was announced in November 2017. All eyes are expected to be on the couple as Meghan walks down the aisle and onlookers do what they can to be part of the action.

Vivid Sydney

Friday, 25th May – Saturday, 16th June 2018

Sydney, Australia


As the world’s largest festival of lights, music and ideas, Vivid is a spectacular event that lights up Sydney and provides plenty of cool things to see and do throughout the city.

Pro tip: A friend and I did a boat cruise a couple of years back and this was an amazing way to see the city lit up, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Calgary Stampede

Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Friday, 6th – Sunday, 15th July 2018

Ref: Calgary Stampede

Often referred to as ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’, the Calgary Stampede is a 10-day long celebration aimed at preserving and celebrating western heritage, culture and community spirit (Ref). The event attracted more than 1.2 million visitors in 2017 and generally involves a variety of entertainment including midway rides, bucking broncos, parades, rodeos and concerts.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Friday 3th August – Monday, 27 August 2018

Edinburgh, Scotland

Ref: The List

Known as ‘The world’s greatest platform for creative freedom’, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest art festival in the world. Line ups include theatre, comedy, musicals, opera, dance, cabaret, circus, exhibitions and much more. With literally thousands of performances and shows each year, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is HIGH up on my bucket list. Bonus: Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world – full of super cool architecture, live music and bars.

La Tomatina Festival

Wednesday, 29th August 2018

Buñol, Spain


Right up the top of my bucket list, La Tomatina is literally a tomato throwing festival – basically a big party / food fight where people throw tomatoes at each other in the street. Need I say more?

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Friday, 5th October – Sunday, 7th October 2018 + Friday 12th October – Sunday, 14th October 2018

Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, United States of America

Ref: EDM Chicago

Known as the live music capital of the world, Austin hosts this annual music festival with an incredible line up of music. Past festivals have featured artists including Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, The Killers, Ice Cube, Ryan Adams, Foster the People, Vance Joy and so many more… After recently visiting Austin, I have no doubt this event would be well worth visiting for any music lovers.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Sunday, 30th December – Tuesday, 1st January 2018/19

Edinburgh, Scotland


The Scottish celebration of the New Year, Hogmanay in Edinburgh is an epic way to welcome in the New Year. The massive party attracts thousands of visitors and includes events, live music, fireworks and torchlight march. I was recently in the UK over New Years and the buzz around Hogmanay was amazing – I can’t wait to check it out someday!


As an extra added bonus, here are a few extra events you might like to check out in 2018.

  • Super Bowl Sunday, 4th February 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • The Holi Festival of Colours Thursday, 1st March – Friday 2nd March, 2018, all across India 
  • SXSW (South by Southwest) – Friday, 9th March – Sunday, 18th March 2018, Austin Texas, United States
  • CoachellaFriday, 13th April – Sunday, 22th April 2018, Indio, California, United States 
  • Winery WalkaboutSaturday, 9th June – Sunday, 10th June 2018, North East Victoria, Australia 
  • Deni Ute MusterSaturday, 28th September – Sunday, 29th September 2018, Deniliquin, NSW, Australia


So there you have it, some of the coolest and biggest events worth travelling to in 2018.

And if you can’t make these events this year, make sure you mark them on your calendar for another year.

Life is about experiences so give up buying material possessions and start getting out there and seeing what the world has to offer.

Is there anything I’ve missed? Feel free to reply with your ideas below, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading.

aLarkin Abroad




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