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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.

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.

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


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.


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.