Fashion Weeks
6 February – 3 March, 2020 
New York, London, Milan, Paris
February is big-time fashion month, when the 4 “fashion capitals” strut their fashion-forward Autumn/Winter collections on major catwalks, and editors scurry from city to city to catch important shows and pick their top designs. The series starts in New York, heads across the Atlantic to London, then Milan and finally Paris. fashionweekonline.com

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Carnevale di Venezia
8-25 February, 2020
Venice, Italy
More measured than Mardi Gras or Rio, Venice’s carnival celebrations are nevertheless equally fascinating, characterised by masked parades, San Marco bell tower’s Flight of the Angel, opulent masquerade balls and parties, candle-lit boat parades, concerts and street performances. carnevale.venezia.it
[Photo: Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr]

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Adelaide Fringe
14 February – 15 March, 2020 
Adelaide, Australia
Labelled “the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open-access arts festival”, Adelaide Fringe has been going strong for 59 years, drawing crowds from everywhere. Chock-full of creative acts spanning music, theatre, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts, design and more, the event takes place across the city – and anyone who wants to perform can do so. adelaidefringe.com.au

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
14 February – 1 March, 2020
Sydney, Australia
Celebrating diversity, and fostering equality for the LGBTQI communities, the parade returns in 2020 filled with parties, performances, exhibitions, community and family events. Although the flag-raising ceremony happens on 14 February, followed by Fair Day two days later, the event heats up on 29 February with the main parade followed by a not-to-miss Mardi Gras party. mardigras.org.au
[Photo: Jeffrey Feng Photography]

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La Fête du Citron
15 February – 3 March, 2020
Menton, France
2 weeks. 145 tons of citrus fruits. 200,000+ visitors. There’s no better time to visit Menton than during the annual lemon festival, when the city comes alive with float processions and larger-than-life displays of orange and lemon art. See night parades and golden parades, the citrus pattern exhibition at Jardins Biovès and don’t miss the Crafts Fair and Festival of Orchids. fete-du-citron.com

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17-24 February, 2020
Uvita, Costa Rica
Hugely attractive because of its beachside location and curated international music and art, Envision has upped its game. With dynamite acts by RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tipper, Nahko, The Medicine People and Clozee and yoga sessions with Jai Dev Singh, Andrew Sealy, Ashleigh Sergeant and Erin Kelly, 2020’s edition promises to be an extraordinary event. envisionfestival.com

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Carnaval de Oruro
17-26 February, 2020
Oruro, Bolivia
As this UNESCO Heritage-listed annual celebration kicks off in the small mining town of Oruro, participants wearing elaborate costumes and masks fill the streets, dancing to folk tunes, marching to bands and joining in lively parades. Highlights include ‘Dance of the Devils’ parade and the ‘Dia del Agua’ water fight on closing day.
[Photo: Rolando Simon/Flickr]

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Montréal en Lumière
20 February – 1 March, 2020
Montreal, Canada
Gourmet showcases, theatre, circus acts, dance, 200 cultural events at night and tours during the Canadian wintertime, plus diverse genre-spanning music – that’s what the 20th edition promises. Don’t miss the free outdoor site chock-full of activities, including a Quebec Maple ferris wheel, a Milk urban slide, an RBC zipline, free shows, a fine dining programme and Illuminart – a luminous interactive art showcase. montrealenlumiere.com
[Photo: ©Benoit Rousseau] 

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End February – Early March, 2020 (Exact Dates TBA)
Dedougou, Burkina Faso
Billed as “the largest international art and mask festival of West Africa”, the biennale attracts musicians and dancers from neighbouring African countries to Burkina Faso to showcase their colourful costumes, cultural traditions and best dance moves to the audience. Insightful talks, storytelling sessions and 100 stalls selling handicrafts keep visitors engaged and entertained. festima.org
[Photo: Nomwindé/Wikimedia Commons]

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Rio Carnival
21-25 February, 2020
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With its outrageous, colourful costumes, parades and fabulous location next to Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Rio Carnival is the world’s most talked-about event. The annual message is familiar: don a costume and party hard. Look forward to samba parades, enchanting balls, musical concerts, street dances, mouth-watering food, lots of booze and plenty of frolicking. rio-carnival.net

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