The Kala Ghoda (Black Horse) arts festival is a nine-day extravaganza that sees Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct transformed into an open-air exhibition space and stage show. This vibrant street festival includes arts and crafts, exhibitions, workshops, dance performances, music, theater, heritage walks, and special events for children. The great thing about it is that it’s all free!
When: February 3-11, 2018.
- SulaFest celebrates its 11th edition in 2018 with eclectic mix of music, wine, food, fashion and shopping. There are more than 100 artists performing across three stages. Let’s Camp Out is erecting a special tent city for festival goers amongst the grape vines, not far from the amphitheatre.
When: February 3-4, 2018.
Where: Sula Vineyard amphitheater, Nashik, Maharashtra.
- The colorful Goa Carnival, which began as a local feast by the Portuguese in the 18th century, has developed into the state’s most famous event. During the festival, the streets come alive with parades, floats, music, and masked dances. It culminates with the Red and Black Dance, a formal ball in Panaji, where the dress code is red and black. The festivities kick off with a Food and Culture Festival in Panaji.
When: February 10-13, 2018.
Where: The carnival moves from city to city (Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa) in Goa. The parade starts out from Panaji.
- The Taj Mahotsav takes place at Shilpgram in Agra, right near the eastern entry gate to the Taj Mahal. The focus of this festival is on arts, crafts, Indian culture, and recreating the Mughal era. It gets underway with a spectacular procession that includes elephants, camels, and drummers. Elephant and camel rides are on offer, and there are also games for the kids, and a food festival. The venue has special significance, as it’s apparently located on the site where the artisans who built the Taj Mahal once lived.
When: February 18-27 each year.
Where: Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
- Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam showcases most of the theyyam forms of Kerala. Theyyam is a sacred dance ritual that’s popular in the northern part of Kerala. The artists dress up and, in a trance, channel gods and goddesses through their bodies.
When: February 23-26, 2018.
Where: Kuttikkol Thampuratty Bhagavathy Temple at Kuttikkol, Kasaragod district of Kerala. The nearest railway station is at Kasaragod, 28 kilometres away. The nearest airport is at Mangalore, about 50 kilometres away.