Goa…The Event Capital Of India

Although Barbados, Las Vegas, Bali and various other premier travel destinations may have a lot of glamour and glitz going on for them, Goa’s culturally rich unique charm that provides for a wholesome experience each year has secured its status as India’s event capital. From fun and frolic of Asia’s biggest music festival to intellectually tantalising events like the IFFI; Goa, hosts it all.


You can sit out with a table globe and a marker to pick out places to vacation for your Christmas and new years but here’s one reason why we suggest you should pack up for Goa in December. One of Asia’s most awaited festivals with over 5 massive stages that witness performances by various renowned international Dj’s; Sunburn has been responsible for a chunk of Goa’s income with being the most awaited tourist attraction all over the world and specially South- East Asia. With people flocking the Candolim grounds to attend this one of its kind music and dance festival, brace yourself to combat the hours of traffic and hangovers in order to attend all three days of this huge music festival. A mini, small-scale and Indian version of Tomorrowland and Coachella, Sunburn’s relatively cheaper tickets make it a budgetary international experience for people in India and all around the world.

Goa Arts and Literature Festival

Ever since its inception in 2010 and despite having a limited budget, the Goa Arts and Literary Festival has grown to become one of India’s premier platforms for showcasing the best socio-cultural side of the nation. Bringing together revered artists and writers from all over India whilst also creating a space of growth for Goa to promote its talented artists, the GALF helps lift off the tourism centric lens and puts Goa and subsequently India in the race for one of the prime cultural capitals of the world.

International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

The establishment of IFFI in 1952 probably laid the cornerstone for today’s rich theatre and film culture that has placed India’s entertainment society on the world map. Since 2004, Goa has been shouldering the responsibility for hosting IFFI that has over the years provided for a common platform for the world cinema and local Indian art to burgeon. With an aim of promoting and giving India’s regional and national films an international exposure; IFFI’s growing success could probably lead to it being placed in the league of Cannes and Toronto film festivals with Goa being an international host for the same.

International Kite Festival

Organized by the Belgaum Kite Festival in association with GTDC, the International kite festival is organized in South Goa (Colva) and Miramar (North Goa) from 20th to 24th January. With a host of international teams and various tourists flocking the venues to witness the variety of kites in the sky – Dragon kites, Air-inflated kites, motorized and fibreglass kites, traditional paper kites and designer kites. With these massive 30-40 feet lengthed kites silhouetting the clear January skies and the international participants, this International Kite festival helps Goa in its endeavour to place India in the global events map of the world.

Grape escapade

Pop, pour, swirl and sip at the annual grape escapade in Goa. An annual lifestyle event where, while wine holds the centre stage, accompaniments such as exotic cuisines, fashion shows, pageants and live performances are showcased as well. The festival is a feast for the senses and highlights the spirit of Goa, its host state. The ‘Wine- Stomping’ sessions as well as the ‘Grape Escapade Queen’ contest definitely add to the colour and vivacity of this unique festival. An absolute delight for wine connoisseurs to savour the flavours of grapes from all over India and abroad; this annual lifestyle event is truly one of its kinds in India.

India Bike Week

Join in the India’s biker’s exodus to Goa as they come together to celebrate their love for motorcycles at India Bike Week, mostly held in the month of February each year. With a roar of piston-fired engines dulling down all the other sounds on the streets of Goa, the India Bike Week is a must visit for all the bike lovers out there. With various motorcycle legends coming in to share their experiences and travel knowledge and a plethora of almost a century old vintage and classic biking machines, the event makes for an indulgent experience for any motor head in the country.

For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

Author: Planet Goa Team
For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

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