Mumbai, the most populous city in Maharashtra and the heart of Bollywood, happens to have lots of international and national events. The people here celebrate all festivals with enthusiasm and gusto. Planning a trip to Mumbai anytime soon? We advise you plan it according to this Mumbai festivals calendar to enjoy Mumbai’s friendliness, culture, and overwhelming exuberance.
Mumbai Festivals And Events You Must Attend!
1. Global Citizen Festival
Suggested Read: 8 Experiences That Make Summer In Mumbai Exciting!
Started in 2012, it aims at ending global poverty and Chris Martin, Coldplay’s lead vocalist is the curator for this massive event. The event has most of who’s who of Bollywood and Hollywood artists like Coldplay, Jay Z, Demi Lovato, and India’s legend A.R.Rahman. It is indisputably one of the best music events in Mumbai.
2. Mumbai International Film Festival
One of the oldest and largest film festivals in South Asia for non-feature films, the event is organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. This week-long film fiesta celebrates documentaries, short fiction and animation films from all parts of India and the prize money for the Golden Conch Award-winning Best Documentary Film in the International Competition is a whopping Rs 1 million.
3. Ganesh Chaturthi
Suggested Read: 10 Water Parks In Mumbai For Beating The Heat With A Splash!
Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi is the biggest festival among Hindus in Mumbai. In 1893, freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak transformed this festival into a public event to gain India’s unity among castes to rebel against the British rule. This week-long festivals has prayers, hymns, songs and performances in almost every lane. On the last day (Visarjan), the idols of Lord Ganesha are lovingly taken in processions and immersed in the sea.
4. Mumbai Film Festival
The Jio MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) Mumbai Film Festival with Star works on a vision of offering the best of world cinemas to the people of Mumbai and offering the best of Indian cinema to the world. The event showcases world-cinema titles, homegrown indie gems, film-related workshops and movie reunions making it one of the most celebrated Mumbai festivals.
Mumbai Film Festival 2018: 25th October – 1st November
5. Oktoberfest Mumbai
Food, liquor and music… that’s what Octoberfest Mumbai is all about! This is one of the international Mumbai festivals and is truly a cultural extravaganza of the partyhounds of India. This 16 days long annual fest happens at various prominent places in Mumbai like BlueFrog, JW Cafe, The Barking Deer, The White Owl, Woodside Inn, ImBiss and the Hard Rock Cafe.
6. Youtube Fanfest Mumbai
Youtube Fanfest Mumbai is one of the most exciting Mumbai festivals to celebrate the budding Youtube stars from India and across the world. The event usually constitutes of Youtube Stars singing, dancing, and performing stand up comedy gigs. Some key performers in the 2018 event include Aksh Bhagla, Ashish Chanchlani, Be Younick, Bhuvan Ram, Collins Key, Matt Steffania, Gabbie Hanna and many others.
7. Krishna Janmashtami
According to Hindu Mythology, Krishna Janmashtami commemorates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Of all the Hindu festivals here, Mumbai janmashtami festival holds an important place. The ISKCON temple gets festive with special prayers until midnight. Children dressed as Krishna and Radha and Krishna Janmashtami are undoubtedly the cutest part of one of the biggest Mumbai festivals.
Janmashtami 2018: September 2
8. Dahi Handi Festival Mumbai
This Mumbai Govinda festival is one of the highly celebrated Mumbai festivals by the Hindus every year on the day after Janmashtami to mimic the stealing of butter by Lord Krishna himself. The five must-visit Dahi Handi events in Mumbai are Sangharsh Pratishthan Dahi Handi, Thane, Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan Dahi Handi, Thane, Shramik Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, Kharghar, Sankalp Pratishthan Dahi Handi, Worli and Ram Kadam Dahi Handi, Ghatkopar.
Dahi Handi 2018: September 3
9. Holi festival in Mumbai
Suggested Read: 10 Karjat Resorts That Are Perfect Escapes For Mumbaikars
There is nothing like Holi celebrations in Mumbai! The vibrant colors, lip-smacking food, live peppy DJ performances and unlimited fun can be collectively synonymous to Holi. Indulge yourself in electrifying holi events in Mumbai at the Mumbai Holi Festival Tour 2018, camp at Dahanu Chikoo Farm or play it in the shores of Marine Drive, Gorai Beach and Kalamb Beach with eco-friendly herbal colors.
10. India Art Festival
Mumbai is one of the two cities to host the premier INDIA ART FESTIVAL. The event is a huge art festival in Mumbai where art galleries, artists, art dealers, interior designers, architects and art buyers come under one roof. It is a great platform for independent artists to showcase their works to the established ones.
India Art Festival 2019: 17 – 20 January at Nehru Centre
Intriguing, isn’t it? Who thought there would be that many Mumbai festivals waiting for you in this bustling and exciting city! Now plan a trip and go experience them all!