So you figured you would take a trip to Hawaii in April. That's fine, but maybe you would divert to Hilo if you knew you could see the kings and queens of hula performing. Or maybe it hadn't occurred to you to head for Missouri in that same month to toast the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express, true Americana. The point is, fantastic events are going on all around the planet in 2010. If you plan a trip, see if you can catch one along the way.
1-17: Argentina and Chile — Dakar Rally. 500 racing teams go off the beaten track.
9-30: Sydney — Sydney Festival. Down Under hums like a didgeridoo with dance, music and drama.
21-31: St. Paul, Minn. — St. Paul Winter Carnival. Ice is nice at "The Coolest Celebration on Earth."
22-31: Brussels — Antiques & Fine Arts Fair. A forest of rarities, with treasures from Liege.
8, 10, 12: Valencia, Spain — America's Cup. World's top sailors meet on the Mediterranean.
12-28: Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia — XXI Winter Olympics. Skaters and skiers turn ice into gold.
13-21: York, England — JorvikViking Festival. Modern-day Erik the Reds go Norse.
14: Hong Kong — Chinese New Year Night Parade. Floats and fireworks uncage the Year of the Tiger.
16: New Orleans — Mardi Gras. The Crescent City blows its final toot on Fat Tuesday.
18-28: Montreal — Montreal High Lights Festival. Focus on Portugal, with fado-singer Misia.
15-April 9: Pecs, Hungary — Pecs Spring Festival. European co-Capital of Culture hits a high note.
18-April 3: Savannah, Ga. — Savannah Music Festival. 100 performers, from Lang Lang to Patty Loveless.
18-May 16: Lisse, Netherlands — Keukenhof. Bulbs flash at Holland's biggest tulip show.
27-April 11: Washington, D.C. — National Cherry Blossom Festival. Our Nation's Capital is in the pink.
1-3: St. Joseph, Mo. — 150th anniversary of the Pony Express. Cowboy poets and old-fashioned mailmen saddle up.
4-10: Hilo, Hawaii — Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. Hula reigns in paradise.
10-Oct. 31: Stratford, Ontario — Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The Bard and beyond.
15-25: San Antonio — Fiesta San Antonio. River Walk welcomes parties, bands and a floating parade.
30-May 2: Unna, Germany — Ruhr Lit Cup. European co-Capital of Culture hosts a soccer-filled writers' cup.
1: Lead Hill, Ark. — Opening of Ozark Medieval Fortress. Castle under construction lowers its drawbridge.
1-Oct. 31: Shanghai — Expo 2010. Riverside pavilions envision a sustainable future.
11: Charlotte, N.C. — NASCAR Hall of Fame Grand Opening. Exhibitions take stock of auto-racing history.
11: West Glacier, Mont. — Glacier National Park 100th Anniversary Rededication. Birthday celebration is icing on the cake.
15-Oct. 3: Oberammergau, Germany — Oberammergau Passion Play. Villagers take the stage every 10 years.
25, 27, 29: Oslo — Eurovision Song Contest. Finalists sing their hearts out.
11-July 11: Nine cities, South Africa — FIFA World Cup. Soccer "super bowl" is billed as world's biggest athletic event.
16-20: Wailea, Hawaii — Maui Film Festival. The "Sundance of the Pacific" screens 200 films indoors and out.
18-20: Waterloo, Belgium — Napoleonic Bivouacs. 195th anniversary of battle where Bonaparte fell apart.
19: Stockholm — Wedding of Crown Princess Victoria. Real-life Cinderella-in-reverse story unfolds in Stockholm Cathedral.
25-27: Ruston, La. — Louisiana Peach Festival. Everything is peachy keen in Railroad Park.
28-July 2: Halifax, Nova Scotia — International Fleet Review. A harborside salute to Canadian Naval Centennial.
3-25: Rotterdam, Netherlands, to Paris — Tour de France. Epic bike battle ends at Champs-Elysees.
7-11: Winnipeg, Manitoba — Winnipeg Folk Festival. A prairie home for banjos and bluegrass.
10-Nov. 20: Guanajuato, Mexico — Bicentennial Expo. Displays and fiestas mark two centuries of independence.
19-25: Farnborough, England — Farnborough International Airshow. Biennial display of the future of flight.
31-Aug. 2: Edmonton, Alberta — Edmonton Heritage Festival. 80 cultural pavilions, from Aboriginal to Zimbabwean.
31-Aug. 8: Huntington Beach, Calif. — U.S. Open of Surfing Championship. 300 pros catch a wave.
4-8: Sibiu, Romania — Festival of Folk Arts. Eastern European dancers and musicians meet in Transylvania.
9-15: Sturgis, S.D. — Sturgis Rally. Motorcycle revelry in the Black Hills, 70th edition.
14-26: Singapore — Youth Olympic Games. World premiere of summer games for 14- through 18-year-olds.
30-Sept. 6: Black Rock Desert, Nev. — Burning Man. Radical arts community does its own thing.
3-6: Denver — A Taste of Colorado. Mile-high high jinks, catered by 50 restaurants.
9-12: Near Atlanta — Yellow Daisy Festival. 500 artisans roll into Stone Mountain Park.
14-19: Fredericton, New Brunswick — Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. A cornucopia of music on 23 stages.
15-19: Reno, Nev. — National Championship Air Races. Aerobatic antics and wing-to-wing competitions.
1-3: Near Newport, Wales — Ryder Cup. Where Europe and America putt up or shut up.
2-10: Albuquerque, N.M. — Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Mass ascensions fill the desert skies.
8-16: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia — Celtic Colours International Festival. An islandwide ceilidh.
22-25: Istanbul — FISA World Rowing Coastal Championship. European co-capital of culture dips its oars into the Bosporus.
6-Jan. 3: Niagara Falls, Ontario — Winter Festival of Lights. Spotlight on 125 animated displays.
12-27: Guangzhou, China — Asian Games. Olympic sports, plus ballroom dancing and chess.
20-24: Luxembourg City — Expogast Culinary World Cup. Cooks from five continents go stir crazy.
25: New York — Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Balloons and marching bands pave the way for Santa.
4-5: Galveston, Texas — Dickens on the Strand. Bobbies, Beefeaters and the "Queen" herself take a stroll.
5: Williamsburg, Va. — Grand Illumination. Candles and fireworks herald the season.
11: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Winterfest Boat Parade. 100 yachts deck the Intracoastal Waterway.
31: Santa Fe, N.M. — New Year's Eve Gala Closing Ball. Final toast to "The City Different's" 400th anniversary.
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