You Gotta Be Here! Superb Indian Festivals In February 2018
New Year’s a month old now, but fret not. The following festivals won’t let your spirits fall. Here are some of the best festivals happening in India this February.
Sula Festival is celebrating a decade of their existence this year. Sula fest is all about the music, sumptuous food and striking fashion. Don’t forget that wine is also there to soothe you along with live music performances from artists like Nucleya, Indian Ocean, Amit Trivedi, Alex Ferrer Parov-Stelar, Crystal Fighter, Bauchklang and the list goes on.
Fashion-freaks can spend their bottom dollar on shopping at “Bazaar”. The festival is organised in sula vineyards, Nashik. Grab your buddies, book your tickets and make a perfect start to this weekend.
Venue: Sula Vineyards
Price: 5000-6000 INR
Date: 3rd-4th February
Mahindra Blues Festival
Mahindra Blues Festival is labelled as Asia’s largest ‘Blues Music’ festivals with artists from all over the world performing at the renowned Mehboob Studio in Mumbai. Artists like John Mayall, Coco Montoya, Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters, Layla Zoe and many more. Legends of the game like Buddy Joe, John Lee Hooker have also blessed the festival with their performances previously. The festival was an instant hit after its initiation in 2011. This year’s edition is going to be even bluer.
Venue: Mehboob Studios, Mumbai
Price: 3000-4000 INR
Date: 10th-11th February
Jumping Heights Festival
Get set for some extreme adventure amidst a perfect setting in the stunning landscape of Rishikesh and jump from the highest altitude ever to feel the chills as you swing in mid air this February. They have all the major stuff lined up for you- India’s highest ever Bungee Jumping (83ms), Asia’s longest Flyingt Fox (length of 1km at supersonic speed) and also India’s first ever Giant swing (83m).
Don’t panic, these smart guys follow all the standard safety procedures practiced in New Zealand and Australia. All you have to do is let yourself Go…!
Venue: Jumping Heights, Uttarakhand
Ticket Cost: Starting INR 1800
Dates: 3rd- 28th Feb
India Art Festival
Founded in 2011, India Art Festival has been blossoming ever since. A platform where like-minded and artist minds exchange dialogues. From painters, interior designers, architects and art connoisseurs to art buyers and dealers, you will find everyone under this one roof.
India Art Festival is organised twice in a year i.e. in February and in November. The venue is different in each of the edition. The February edition takes place in Mumbai whereas the November edition takes place in Delhi. Both independent and established artists are provided with a platform to exhibit their creative minds.
Venue: Nehru Centre, Mumbai
Date: 15th-18th February
Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai
Kala Ghoda (Black Horse) is a nine days annual jollification of art, starting on the first Saturday of February and terminating on the second Sunday of February. The principal idea is to combine all the sections of art (art, paint, sculpture, music, dance, theater, design, architecture, literature etc.) together and encourage more and more people to appreciate art in any form. Since its initiation, the festival has been on a roll and is blooming each year.
Venue: Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct, Fort, Mumbai
Date: 3rd-11th February
Ragasthan, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
In the middle of the Thar Desert’s sweeping dunes lies a festival that promises a boundless exchange of cultures and traditions. People from all around the world come along to be a part of this dry fiesta. The festival provides a camping experience like no other.
Music genres like pop-rock, alternative rock are the highlights of this festival. Outdoor activities like paintball, sand-surfing are also a prominent section of this festival. This whole venture is truly one of a kind. You’d be leaving with nothing but unforgettable memories.
Venue: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Ticket cost: starting INR 4500- 6500
Date: 23rd-26th February
An annual 10 day extravaganza held at the Shilpgram, Agra (eastern gate of Taj Mahal), is organised to revive the memories of Mughal era and Nawabi lifestyle. The major highlight of this festival is the ‘Art and Crafts’. About 400 artisans from all over India take part to exhibit their craftiness.
Other important variants of this festival are music, folk dances, and traditional cuisines. The slogan ‘Incredible India’ thoroughly defines this festival.
Venue: Taj Mahal, Agra
Date: 18th- 27th February
Udaipur World Music Festival
The Udaipur World Music Festival is one of the largest music festivals in India. Held in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, this annual two days event aims to unify cultural musicians from all around the world.
Numerous known and fresh artists come together in the city of lakes to entertain the masses with variegated genres of music. Over 150 participants from 16 nations are set to fly down here to set Udaipur on fire!
Venue: Gandhi Ground and Fateh Sagar Paal, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Date: 9th-11th February
Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby
The Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby aka the Indian Derby is an annual Thoroughbred horse race held in Mumbai on the first Sunday of February. Initiated in 1943, this 2400 meter race is one of the prime highlights of February. Food, music, fashion, celebrities and glamour; you just name it, this event promises it all. This grand event can hold up to 25000 people and the every year the numbers are increasing.
Venue: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai
Entry ticket cost: INR 1000
Date: February 4th 2018.
Started as a feast in 1510 by the Portuguese, this feast has now transformed into an annual carnival and is one of the most awaited festivals of Goa. People absorb themselves in feasting, merrymaking and drinking throughout the day.
Gigantic parades move across the alleys of Goa, making this festival as vibrant and effervescent as ever. Live music and dance performances with sports competitions, floats & parades., this four day carnival remains lit with lights and bright colors and is celebrated with great zeal.
Venue: The parade marches through Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa.
Date: 10th-13th February
Sur Jahan World Peace Music Festival
Formerly known as Sufi Sutra, Sur Jahan World Peace Music Festival aims to expand horizons of Sufi music to exchange cultural and traditional ideas through a common language called music. The festival is developed and managed by Banglanatak.com, a social enterprise specialised in Cultural Development.
Participants from 21 countries and 12 Indian states come together to spread the word about culture and its importance. A must go if culture and music are your things!
Venue: Rabindra Sadan-Nandan campus, Kolkata. Kala Academy, Goa.
Date: 2nd -4th February, Kolkata. 7th -9th February, Goa