18 Unmissable Events Worth Travelling For In 2024

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18 Unmissable Events Worth Travelling For In 2024

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photo: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The world’s top events for 2024 to mark on your calendar

Thinking about mapping out your upcoming year? Here are over 18 compelling reasons to contemplate embarking on a unique and unforgettable journey in 2024. Whether it’s exploring age-old traditions or immersing yourself in thrilling sporting events, 2024 promises a plethora of captivating experiences to keep us engaged and enthralled.

Sports

Australian Open
When: Jan 14 – 28
Where: Melbourne, Australia

Kicking off the Grand Slam season, the hard-court tournament in Melbourne marks the inaugural event. The main draw commences on Sunday, January 14, at Melbourne Park, concluding on Sunday, January 28. Defending men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic will be aiming to extend his dominance in Melbourne with an 11th title.

Read More: 72 Hours in Melbourne, Australia | Travel and Food Guide

French Open
When: May 20 – Jun 9
Where: Paris, France

The 2024 Roland-Garros French Open is slated to take place from May 20 to June 9, 2024, at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. Situated on the periphery of Bois de Boulogne, near Parc des Princes, Roland-Garros serves as the venue for one of the four Grand Slam tournaments held annually. This major global sporting event, organized by the French Tennis Federation, enjoys extensive viewership, with broadcasts reaching more than 220 countries worldwide.

Olympics
When: July 26 – Aug 11
Where: Paris, France

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games are poised to become the most extensive event ever organized in France. Scheduled from July 26 to August 11, 2024, the Olympic Games will be distributed across 15 Olympic and 11 Paralympic sites in Paris, extending beyond the city limits to encompass suburbs such as Les Yvelines, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-et-Marne, and Seine-St-Denis.

Check Out: 72 Hours In Paris | Travel and Food Guide

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Novak Djokovic (left) Rafael Nadal (right) at French Open men’s singles final in Paris in 2020. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Afp Via Getty Images

Wimbledon
When: July 1–14
Where: London, UK

Tennis’ oldest grand slam is set to take place from July 1-14. Wimbledon stands out as one of the most esteemed events on the global sporting stage, and there’s truly nothing comparable to immersing oneself in its distinctive and unparalleled atmosphere firsthand. Attendees at Wimbledon 2024 can anticipate witnessing the triumphant return of champions Carlos Alcaraz and Marketa Vondrousova. Additionally, there’s a strong likelihood that the iconic Rafael Nadal will make his final appearance at SW19, adding a momentous touch to the experience for ticketholders.

The U.S. Open
When: Aug 26 – Sep 8
Where: New York, USA

The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament is an annual hardcourt event held in Queens, New York. Since 1987, it has consistently been the fourth and concluding Grand Slam tournament of the year. For those eager to attend, individual tickets for the 2024 US Open will be available for purchase in late spring on the official website: https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/index.html.

Must Read: 72 Hours in New York City | Travel & Food Guide

F1 Season 2024
When: Feb 29 – December 8
Where: Multiple locations

The calendar for the 2024 FIA Formula One World Championship has been officially unveiled by Formula 1, receiving approval from the World Motor Sport Council. The extensive calendar comprises 24 races, commencing in Bahrain on March 2 and concluding in Abu Dhabi on December 8. In addition to the 24 confirmed grands prix, six sprint races have been introduced to the 2024 Formula 1 season. China, Miami, Austria, the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Brazil, and Qatar are set to host sprint weekends next year.

F1 Grand Prix. Photo: Peter J Fox//Getty Images
F1 Grand Prix. Photo: Peter J Fox//Getty Images

Tour de France
When: June 29 – Jul 21
Where: Multiple locations

The 111th edition of the Tour de France in 2024 is set to kick off in Florence, Italy, on June 29, and will conclude in Nice, France, on July 21. In a departure from tradition, the race will not finish in Paris for the first time since 1974, as preparations are underway for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Indian Premier League
When: Mar 23 – May 29
Where: India

Arguably one of the biggest T20 leagues of the calendar, the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League, also known as IPL, marks the 17th season of the renowned franchise Twenty20 cricket league in India. The event is organized by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The IPL match will see the participation of a total of 10 teams, with the BCCI introducing two new teams.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
When: Jun 4 – 30
Where: West Indies and the United States

The 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is slated as the ninth edition of the biennial Twenty20 International tournament, organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and contested by men’s national teams. The event is scheduled to be jointly hosted by the West Indies and the United States, taking place from June 4 to June 30, 2024.

The Premier League 2022-23
The Premier League 2022-23. Photo: Getty Images

The English Premier League
When: Aug 17, 2024 –  May 25, 2025
Where: England

The Premier League season is set to commence on August 17. The final match of the 2024-25 season is scheduled for May 25, 2025, with no fixtures scheduled on Christmas Eve. The upcoming season kicks off a little over a month after the conclusion of the European Championship, which is set to conclude with the final on July 14.

The UEFA Euro 2024
When: June 14 – July 14
Where: Germany

The 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, known as UEFA Euro 2024 or simply Euro 2024, marks the 17th edition of the quadrennial international football championship organized by UEFA for the men’s national teams of its member associations. Germany is set to host the tournament, scheduled to unfold from June 14 to July 14, 2024.

Also Read: 72 Hours in Frankfurt, Germany | Travel and Food Guide

NBA Season 2020-2021
When: Oct 22, 2024 – Apr 13, 2025
Where: USA

The 2023–24 NBA season represents the 78th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). It commenced its regular season on October 24, 2023, and is slated to conclude on April 14, 2024. The 2024 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for February 18, 2024, to be held at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The NBA 2024-25 season is set to begin on October 22, 2024, and conclude on April 13, 2025.

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Tomorrowland
When: July
Where: Boom, Belgium

Reflecting on two decades of bringing the world together with love, fostering beautiful friendships, and creating enchanting memories, Tomorrowland eagerly anticipates commemorating its 20th anniversary this year. The festival is poised to unveil a fresh experience in the picturesque surroundings of De Schorre in Boom, Belgium, during the summer of 2024. The upcoming theme, ‘LIFE,’ serves as a prelude to the 2016 ‘Elixir of Life’ theme. Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 is scheduled to unfold over two weekends, from July 19-21 and July 26-28, extending a warm welcome to 400,000 People of Tomorrow hailing from over 200 countries.

Lollapalooza
When: Jan 27-28
Where: Mumbai, India

Scheduled for January 27 and 28, Lollapalooza India 2024 is set to unfold in Mumbai. This renowned multi-genre music festival will feature performances by Sting, Jonas Brothers, Halsey, and OneRepublic. The diverse lineup also showcases The Rose, a K-pop band recognized for their rock music and bilingual K-pop American fusion of pop, R&B, along with the soulful vocals of Eric Nam.

Film

Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival. Photo : Shutterstock

Berlin Film Festival
When: Feb 15 – 25
Where: Berlin, Germany

The 74th Berlin festival, one of Europe’s biggest film festivals will take place from February 15 to 25, 2024, and will again be inviting audiences and the industry to a wide-ranging programme of films, inspiring encounters, and stimulating exchanges.

Cannes Film Festival
When: May 14 – 25
Where: Cannes, France

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is a forthcoming event scheduled to occur from May 14 to May 25, 2024. Greta Gerwig, the Oscar-nominated writer and director known for Lady Bird and Barbie, will preside as the jury president for the main competition.

Know More: 72 Hours in Cannes | Travel and Food Guide

Tribeca Film Festival
When: June 5 – 16
Where: New York, USA

For more than two decades, the Tribeca Festival has been a hub for innovative and groundbreaking storytelling, showcasing the work of both established and emerging artists. From June 5th to 16th, 2024, Tribeca will continue its commitment to exploring creative innovation across various mediums, including film, TV, immersive experiences, games, audio storytelling, talks, and more during the 2024 Festival.

Literature

Göteborg Book Fair
Photo: Göteborg Book Fair

Jaipur Lit Fest
When: Feb 1 – 5
Where: Jaipur, India

The Jaipur Literature Festival 2024, in its 17th edition, is set to return to Jaipur’s Hotel Clarks Amer from February 1st to 5th. It will uphold its distinctive essence, depth, and magnitude, fostering a gathering of writers, readers, enthusiasts, influencers, and thinkers.

Also Read: Jaipur Lit Fest Food Guide: What to Eat and Where

Gothenburg Book Fair
When: September 23-26
Where: Gothenburg, Sweden

The 40th consecutive Gothenburg Book Fair in 2024 will once again take place at The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. The fair will showcase the Sápmi theme, delving into the rich culture of the Sami people, with a particular focus on the diversity within Sami literature. Under the overarching theme of space, Gothenburg Book Fair aims to stimulate discussions that encompass both technology and imagination, as well as reflections on the history and future of our existence. Originating in 1985 as a conference for librarians with an initial attendance of 5,000 visitors, the fair has evolved to attract around 85,000 teachers, librarians, and book enthusiasts annually.

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