Catch the U.S. Open of Surfing Championship July 31-Aug. 8 in Huntington Beach, Calif. (KRT photo)

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.