The World’s Best Festivals to Experience in 2020

Mark your calendar for the world’s best festivals and events coming in 2020.


Dragon Boat Festival race

The Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong and Macao

WHERE: Across mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao

WHEN: June 25-27, 2020

WHAT: Discover a 2,000-year-old tradition as professional and amateur rowers board canoes and elaborately decorated longboats for high-speed races. The prize: a year of happiness and good fortune. Sip traditional realgar wine and savor zongzi (sticky rice dumplings) as rhythmic drums signal the annual contest.

WHY: Watch dragons come to life during the sacred boat-painting ceremony and earn a year of good health and fortune with the egg-stand competition.

WHERE TO STAY: Conrad Hong Kong and Conrad Macao, Cotai Strip


Washington D.C. cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms beside the Washington Monument in D.C.

WHERE: Washington, D.C.

WHEN: March 20 – April 12, 2020

WHAT: Witness thousands of flowers come to life in a pastel spectacle in the United States capital. Each spring, cherry blossoms attract throngs to the Tidal Basin, just steps away from the city’s national monuments. Aside from the portrait-worthy setting, street shows, kite festivals and speciality performances take place all over the city to celebrate the coming of spring.

WHY: Experience this natural wonder that lasts only a few weeks.

WHERE TO STAY: Conrad Washington, DC


Art Basel Hong Kong

Explore world-class art at Art Basel Hong Kong

WHERE: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

WHEN: March 19-21, 2020

WHAT: Experience the world’s largest international art fair, Art Basel Hong Kong. For three days, this contemporary art show will unveil paintings, sculptures, photography and much more from nearly 250 established and emerging artists. Stroll past larger-than-life sculptures, such as Anthony Caro’s Canal, 1971, and join roundtable discussions with contemporary minds such as Pawit Mahasarinand and Ellen Pau.

WHY: Discover artists’ techniques at hands-on master classes and immerse yourself in never-before-seen exhibits.

WHERE TO STAY: Conrad Hong Kong

EXPO 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai

One of the many pavilions designed for Expo 2020 in Dubai

WHERE: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

WHEN: October 20, 2020 – April 10, 2021

WHAT: Join in this worldwide expo, as 192 countries unite for more than 170 days. Expect live concerts and world-class performances, alongside cultural, wellness and culinary events in the ultimate world’s fair. Glimpse the future of hyperloop travel, sample the superfoods of tomorrow, and enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the rotating observation tower. The past and future combine, from the 9,000-year-old soil used to build the Austrian pavilion to the artificial intelligence at the UK pavilion.

WHY: Experience cultures from around the world in the heart of the U.A.E. with more than 200 restaurants, 60 daily live shows and 200 pavilions.

WHERE TO STAY: Conrad Dubai

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