Tanzania Festivals and Events

Wanyambo Festival
The Wanyambo Festival is one of the best opportunities to check out the local culture of Tanzania in early January. The event is staged in the northern area of Dar es Salaam known as Makumbusho, with lots of traditional music, dance, costumes, and food.

Kilimanjaro Marathon
The Kilimanjaro Marathon is a road race under the guise of the world’s highest solitary mountain. There’s also a half marathon and fun runs so everyone can get involved. The events take place in late February when it’s the coolest.

Unification Day
A big day for Tanzanians, April 26, 1964 is when the Zanzibar islands joined Tanganyika in 1963 to become the Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, later to be known as the Republic of Tanzania. Expect flag waving and parades in traditional garb in the main cities.

Mzalendo Halisi Music Festival
A two-day music festival in May, Mzalendo Halisi is staged in Kiyitonyama in northwest Dar es Salaam. It features traditional Tanzanian music by local performers along with art and cultural exhibitions.

Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair
For those in Arusha in May/June, the Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair is a must to partake in, the biggest of its kind in East Africa. There are all sorts of Tanzanian items for purchase, from gemstones and furniture to safari gear and wine.

Festival of the Dhow Countries
This two-week festival in early July is one of music and motion pictures. The highlight is the week-long Zanzibar International Film Festival, the main arts event of East Africa. Enjoy local screenings throughout the city.

Mwaka Kogwa Festival
This four-day event in July/August is a must for visitors to Zanzibar, when village men thrash each other with banana stalks to settle arguments from the previous year. Women dress up, sing and dance, a straw hut is set on fire and a feast ensues.

Eid al-Fitr
Zanzibar is the place to witness Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan in August. The best site is Makunduchi where there is much pageantry, dancing and dining.

Bagamoyo Arts Festival
The coastal town of Bagamoyo, between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, puts on the annual Bagamoyo Arts Festival which features traditional and contemporary music and dance. The week-long event in September also includes grand exhibitions, workshops and acrobatics shows.

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
The animals are on the move through the Serengeti at various times throughout the year to find water and graze, although December through February sees the wildebeest at their peak in Tanzania.

Sauti za Busara
A vibrant East African music industry prominent on the world stage” happen every year early February in zanziba, takes place every year in Stone Town during February. In 2014, the festival celebrated its 11th edition, bringing together diverse artists and audiences and building appreciation for East African music.

Sauti za Busara is more than ‘just’ a music festival: it contributes to the growth and professionalization of the creative sector in the region; provides learning, exchange and employment opportunities, and promotes Zanzibar globally as a leading destination for cultural tourism.

Nyama Choma Festival
ChomaFestival is a fun & interactive event that brings together young upcoming professionals in an informal,relaxed chilled out Tanzanian themed atmosphere with locally inspired menus of roast meat and bbq.

No Race No Tribalism No Discrimination.

Ngorongoro Marathon
The Marathon was launched in 2008 to contribute to ongoing global and national efforts towards the fight against social problems in Karatu and Ngorongoro. Community involvement and mobilization in this needs bold and innovative ideas.  We are bow in our 10th season which will be taking place every year

0-99 runners usualy take part in the race. The number of participants is capped to 300

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