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January 5: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam —
Ho Chi Minh City Marathon.
Runners put the Saigon River under foot via the formidable Phu My Bridge.
January 17-19: Miami Beach, Florida —
Art Deco Weekend.
Ocean Drive overflows with awesome architecture and events.
January 25-26: Aviemore, Scotland —
Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.
One thousand dogs and 250 mushers old and young glide through the Highlands.
January 31-Feb. 9: Saranac Lake, New York —
Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
From Arctic Golf to Snowflake Volleyball, let these winter games begin.
February 1-8: Galway, Ireland —
European Capital of Culture Opening Event.
Galway’s year of special events get cracking, with Rijeka, Croatia, sharing the reins.
February 8: San Francisco —
Chinese New Year Parade.
A 288-foot Golden Dragon stomps the streets as the Year of the Rat scurries in.
February 21-March. 7: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain —
Jerez Flamenco Festival.
Theaters and bars reverberate with passionate flamenco music and Spanish dance.
February 25: New Orleans —
The Crescent City sounds its final toot on Fat Tuesday.
March 19-21: Hong Kong —
Art Basel Hong Kong.
More than 200 galleries display East-West historical and cutting-edge works.
March 21: Rena to Lillehammer, Norway —
Historic cross-country ski race concludes in former host city of the Winter Olympics.
March 21-May. 10: Lisse, Netherlands —
Some 7 million tulips, daffodils and other bulbs flash their color with the arrival of spring.
April 4: Elmira, Ontario —
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.
With pancakes, music and pony rides for the kids, this is a festival that sticks with you.
April 22: Worldwide —
Earth Day 2020.
“Climate Action” is the all-encompassing theme on the golden anniversary of this very green observance.
April 23-25: Albuquerque, New Mexico —
Gathering of Nations.
“North America’s Biggest Powwow” celebrates Native American heritage with dance, music and crafts.
April 23-26: Charleston, South Carolina —
Charleston Race Week.
Three hundred keelboats take to the water for this three-day regatta.
April 24: Plymouth, Massachusetts —
Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony.
Festivities mark arrival of Pilgrims four centuries ago.
May 9-16: The Hague —
Wounded warriors compete in 10 sports, from archery to wheelchair rugby.
May 12, 14, 16: Rotterdam, Netherlands —
Eurovision Song Contest.
Performers from over 40 countries sing for the bling at 65th vocal blowout.
Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2020
May 16-Oct. 4: Oberammergau, Germany —
Passion play performed entirely by locals runs but once every 10 years.
June 12-July. 12: 12 cities across Europe —
Brexit or no Brexit, this soccer tournament with massive worldwide audiences opens in Rome and closes in London.
June 13-20: Detroit —
North American International Auto Show.
A showroom for tire-kickers, rolling out myriad new vehicles, from the cool to the surreal.
June 24-28: Pilton, England —
Arts festival in the Vale of Avalon celebrates golden anniversary, with Diana Ross on stage.
June 27-28: San Francisco —
San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration.
Golden anniversary edition hails the “Generations of Hope.”
July 4: Bristol, Rhode Island —
Bristol Fourth of July Celebration.
Nation’s oldest July Fourth event sounds the trumpets in “America’s most patriotic town.”
July 17-Aug. 4: Cooktown, Australia —
Cooktown Expo 2020.
Celebration of the arrival of iconic explorer James Cook 250 years ago includes a rock music festival.
July 24-Aug. 9: Tokyo —
Games of the XXXII Olympiad.
Summer Olympics adds new twists with medals in baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding.
August 1-8: Tregaron, Wales —
National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Ceredigion County showcases all things Welsh, including CymanfaGanu, a sacred music festival.
August 13-23: Edmonton, Alberta —
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.
Cutting-edge performers fill 50 venues in the theaters and alleys of the Canadian city’s historic district.
August 14-Sept. 6: Utrecht, Netherlands, to Madrid —
Top athletes tackle the 75th running of one of the three Grand Tours of world cycling.
September 11-20: Bath, England —
Jane Austen Festival.
Fans don silks and satins at scores of Regency costumed events.
September 19-Oct. 4: Munich, Germany —
Tents are pitched and beer barrels tapped for “the largest folk festival in the world.”
September 22-27: Haven, Wisconsin —
American and European golf teams clash at Whistling Straits.
October 9-12: Augusta, Bangor and statewide, Maine —
Maine Statehood Bicentennial Grand Finale Weekend.
The 200th birthday bash commemorates “the Maine thing.”
October 9-17: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia —
Celtic Colours International Festival.
Fiddlers, bagpipers, clog dancers and Gaelic singers join in “an island-wide ceilidh.”
October 9-18: Stockholm —
Stockholm Jazz Festival.
Swedish swing in 60 venues with emphasis on improvisational and world music.
October 17: Fayetteville, West Virginia —
Three hundred BASE jumpers take the plunge from the 876-foot New River Gorge Bridge.
November 6-15: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii —
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.
The 50th annual coffee-bean bash on Hawaii’s biggest island has its perks, including seed-to-cup farm tours.
November 15: Toronto —
Toronto Santa Claus Parade.
One of the world’s oldest and jolliest holiday processions is decked out with
November 28-Dec. 6: Guadalajara, Mexico —
Guadalajara International Book Fair.
2,280 publishers from 47 countries make this Latin America’s largest page-turner.
December 7: Milan, Italy —
Opening Night of La Scala.
See and be seen as the famed 1778 opera house raises the curtain.
December 12: San Jose, California —
Beethoven Birthday Bash 2020.
The party honors “the greatest orchestral composer of all time” on his 250th.
December 14: Chile and Argentina —
Total Solar Eclipse.
Moon blocks sun across a 56-mile-wide band of Earth in this astronomical showstopper.
November 11-27: UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Jordan, Turkey, and Oman
November 11-13: 13th Global Citizenship Conference, London
November 2: Day Of The Dead, Mexico
October 27: Diwali, India
October 11: The Nobel Peace Prize Awarded
September 20-November 2: Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan
September 22-October 7: Oktoberfest, Germany
September 16-October 2: Bora Bora, French Polynesian Islands
September 17-23: Milan Fashion Week
September 13-17: London Fashion Week
September 5-13: New York Fashion Week
September 9-11: The Mosaic Gala Against Human Slavery, an event focused on preventing human slavery and human trafficking. Learn more at
September 1-8: US open tennis tournament
June 6-8: St. Petersburg international economic forum. Russia
May 14-25: Cannes film festival.
May 23-26: Monaco Grand Prix
March 4-17: Indian Wells tennis tournament. Palm Springs, Ca.
February 24: Academy Awards after-parties. Los Angeles
February 6: Amfar gala New York. Cipriani Wall Street. In conjunction with New York Fashion week.
December 10-17: Mevlana Whirling Dervishes in Konya, Turkey
November 23: Loy Krathong and Yi Peng in Chiang Mai, Thailand
September 22 – October 7: Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
August 3–27: The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland
June 24: Inti Raymi in Cuzco, Peru
May 30 – June 3: Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark
May 27: 2018 Monaco Grand Prix
May 8-19: 2018 Cannes Film Festival
April 27: King’s Day in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 3-11: The Lantern Festival in Taiwan
February 9–13: 300th birthday celebrations in New Orleans, US
February 8-16: 2018 New York Fashion Week
January 27 – February 13: Carnevale di Venezia in Venice, Italy
September 28-30: Monaco & France. September 28th, attending HSH Albert II foundation benefit, *Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean*, on behalf of The Manzanita Foundation
September 25-27: New York.
September 24: Chicago. Presentation of the Templeton prize. Attending on behalf of my foundation, Manzanita.
June 1-3: SPIEF, St. Petersburg, Russia
May 25-28: Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco
May 25: Cannes amFAR Gala, Cannes, France
May 17-18: Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France
April 11: North Pole Expedition
February 20-23: HSBC Conferences, attended Riyadh Saudi Arabia and Dubai, UAE
January 20: Presidential Inauguration, Washington DC
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