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Banganga Music Festival

Banganga Festival is celebrated for two days in the picturesque Malabar Hills and takes its name from a sacred water tank in Walkeshwar Temple, linking to the legends of Lord Ram. This is celebrated with a cultural extravaganza with the focus on live classical music concerts.

Date: 09 January 2019 - 11 January 2019
Venue: Malabar Hills.
Website: http://www.mumbai.org.uk/banganga-festival.html

Kala Ghoda Festival

Held in the Kala Ghoda area of south Mumbai, this nine-day arts festival is becoming increasingly popular and offers dance, music, theatre, cinema, workshops, heritage walks, food and more.

Date: 02 February 2019 - 10 February 2019
Venue: Venues in Kala Ghoda.
Website: http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/

McDowell Indian Derby

First staged in 1942, this is one of the premier sporting events in the city and one of the biggest events on Mumbai's social calendar.

Date: 03 February 2019 - 03 February 2019

Holi

Hindu festival of harvest and fertility when the streets are overrun with people bombarding each other (and stray tourists) with brightly coloured powder and water.

Date: 21 March 2019 - 21 March 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.

Navratri

The nine-day Hindu 'Festival of Nine Nights' celebrates the goddess Durga with dances, song and worship.

Date: 06 April 2019 - 14 April 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.

Independence Day

National holiday to celebrate India's independence from British rule.

Date: 15 August 2019 - 15 August 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Mumbai's biggest festival held in celebration of Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity and god of wisdom and prosperity. The festival's colourful climax involves thousands of people converging on the seashore to submerge their Ganesh statues in the sea.

Date: 02 September 2019 - 02 September 2019
Venue: Climaxes on Chowpatty Beach.

Diwali (Festival of Light)

The five-day 'Festival of Lights' is the most pan-Indian of Hindu festivals and is celebrated by giving gifts, lighting fireworks, and burning butter and oil lamps to lead Lord Rama home after his 14-year exile.

Date: 27 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.