After hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil is now gearing up to host the mega Summer Olympics across four regions in Rio de Janeiro. Athletes will be competing for the gold in 42 sports, and with nearly 7.5 million tickets available (they are already on sale), there’s a fair chance of catching some of the world’s best sportsmen and women giving it their all for Olympic glory.
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Duration 5 Aug - 21 Aug
The world’s largest arts festival pops up all over the city for three weeks of the year. With a schedule brimming with events, there’s something for everyone. In 2015, more than 300 venues hosted over 50,000 performances, of everything from spoken word and cabaret to dance, comedy and children’s shows.
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland | Duration 5 Aug - 29 Aug
Each year, Kerala’s Punnamada Lake, which is the section of the Vembanad Lake in Kuttanad, welcomes nearly two lakh spectators for this boat race. Snake boats, measuring around 130ft with raised prows that were once used as navy boats by warring rulers of the land, race to compete for the trophy that commemorates the visit of India’s first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952.
Where: Kerala, India | Duration 13 Aug - 13 Aug
Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara, turns the spotlight on this folk music form. Mariachi, which emerged around the 19th century, usually employs violins, trumpets and guitars. While there will be performances by the country’s best mariachi musicians, don’t miss the tequila tastings and gala nights.
Where: Guadalajara, Mexico | Duration 26 Aug - 4 Sep