Guide to early 2017: Events around the world

Have you already planned where your globetrotting will take you in 2017? Here’s a little tip: Make the most of your vacation by visiting a country during a period of celebration so you can relish the full local experience.

These festivals from around the world will give you plenty of ideas on the best places to visit from January to June.

 

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Jan
11
Wed
Paris Winter Sale @ Paris, France
Jan 11 – Feb 21 all-day

pexels-photo-shopping-135620Paris has established itself as the shopping destination. Every year, around January and February, retailers all over the city slash their prices. Whether you prefer luxury or fast fashion, you’ll find a steal here. Be inspired as well by the effortless chic of Parisiennes as you roam the city streets.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific offers flight deals to Paris with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more

Jan
17
Tue
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival @ Vancouver, Canada
Jan 17 – Feb 5 all-day

pixabay-ballet-1712835_960_720The PuSh Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events, held for three weeks every January. It showcases dance, music, theatre and multimedia performances by notable artists from Canada and around the world. Expect over a hundred performances in multiple venues throughout Vancouver. The festival is remarkable in bringing together varied disciplines within the same work, such as poetry and theatre, fine arts and dance, and music and film.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific offers flight deals to Vancouver with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more

Jan
18
Wed
London Art Fair @ London, UK
Jan 18 – Jan 22 all-day

pixabay-art-1478833_960_720The London Art Fair is an annual celebration of British contemporary art, hosted to provide a supportive environment for art collectors of all levels. The Fair features museum quality artworks from today’s leading artists, covering art movements from the early 20th century to the present day. In addition to the main Fair, there are two curated galleries that focus on younger art, mainly contemporary photography and modern art projects.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific offers flight deals to London with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more

Jan
19
Thu
Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival @ Chicago, USA
Jan 19 – Jan 29 all-day

pixabay-wooden-mannequin-791720_960_720The Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival showcases puppets from all over the globe. The festival takes over various venues in the city, with over 50 performances that span the course of 12 days. Visitors can enjoy both traditional puppetry as well as more contemporary and innovative performance pieces.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific offers flight deals to Chicago with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more

Jan
20
Fri
Dine Out Vancouver @ Vancouver, Canada
Jan 20 – Feb 5 all-day

pixabay-wineglass-553467_960_720Dine Out Vancouver is a 17-day food festival celebrating the city’s colourful culinary scene. It features over 80 culinary events, including special events, menus, tastings, workshops and classes, with more than 250 participating restaurants. Other highlights include a street food celebration, tasting tours of selected neighbourhoods, cooking lessons and dinners that complement your dishes with exotic beverages, art, and even a movie.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific offers flight deals to Vancouver with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more

Jan
27
Fri
Taichung Cherry Blossom Season @ Taichung City, Taiwan
Jan 27 – Mar 1 all-day

pixabay-cherry-blossoms-1716763_960_720Taichung City is the city of sakura cherry blossoms. A sea of pink flowers decorates the greater Taichung area when in bloom, filling the air with a sweet fragrance and creating a beautiful sight. It is one of the top cherry blossom spots in Taiwan, with thousands of cherry blossom trees bursting into bloom each year between Chinese New Year and March.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon offer flight deals to Taichung with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more

Food Soul Festival @ Kromhoutal, Amsterdam
Jan 27 – Jan 29 all-day

The Amsterdam Food Soul Festival celebrates the city’s two favourite things: good food and alcohol. A mix of mobile kitchens are expected to roll up for the party, serving cuisines from all over the world. The festival is located at the Kromhoutal, a factory turned event hall. With all the food trucks parked in the industrial space, visitors can eat their hearts out in true German fashion and indulge in German craft beer or wine from the bars.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific offers flight deals to Amsterdam with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more

Jan
28
Sat
Chinese New Year Parade @ Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

cx-hongkongcnyChinese New Year is the most celebrated time of the year in Hong Kong, with shocking-red lanterns lining festive markets selling auspicious foods and blooms. On Chinese New Year Eve, expect floats, international and local performers, a stunning fireworks show over the harbour, and many more activities.

The highlight of the event is the Cathay Pacific Night Parade, which includes a street party, marching bands, cheerleaders, dance troupes and roving costumed characters.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific offers flight deals to Hong Kong. Choose between nine daily flights from Singapore to Hong Kong – more than any other airline. Find out more

Feb
10
Fri
Salon du Chocolat 2017 Chocolate Festival @ Milan, Italy
Feb 10 – Feb 12 all-day

pixabay-chocolate-183543_960_720The Salon du Chocolat is a festival dedicated to chocolate connoisseurs all over the world and it’s coming to Milan in 2017. Top-notch chocolatiers from all over the world showcase their best selection of chocolates — with shows, events and cultural initiatives. This festival is a must-visit for every chocolate lover who will be able to taste a wide range of delightful chocolate creations.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific offers flight deals to Milan with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more

Feb
11
Sat
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival @ Pingxi, Taiwan
Feb 11 all-day

pixabay-chinese-20910_960_720Sky lanterns use heat from a candle to soar up into the sky and the release of thousands of such lanterns into the night sky is a sight to behold. Witness this spectacle at the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival where people gather by the tens of thousands release lanterns on which they’ve written their dreams and desires. Visitors are welcome to contribute their lanterns – each costs NT$100-200. Expect over 100,000 lanterns of various shapes, sizes and colours to illuminate the night. Visitors can also look forward to other entertainment such as a carnival and folk music performances.

Getting there: Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon offer flight deals to Taipei with seamless connections via Hong Kong. Find out more