Mongolian Events and Festivals 2024
From enjoying famous Naadam Festival in July to helping nomads' daily life in spring time, photographing wild horses in the NP to experiencing centuries old traditions of nomadic horseback archery and falconary and much more great adventures await you in Mongolia and should be on your 2023/2024 bucket list!
Thousand Camel Festival
Date- February 1-3, 2024
Location- Dalalnzadgad town, Umnugovi province
The festival was first initiated in 1997 by locals of Umnugovi /south gobi/ province to celebrate Mongolian camels and protect the species and pass the rich Mongolian camel breeding heritage to the next generation. The highlights of two day festival will start with Camel Prada, which is open to any visitors who wish to attend and continue -The best Camel couple, Mongolian traditional knuckle-bone competition, Camel Polo, local theatre cultural performances, Camel race and interesting young camel race. Read more.
Tsagaan Sar - Lunar New Year
Date – February 10-12, 2024
Location- every corner of Mongolia
Tsagaan Sar-White Moon celebration is one of Mongolian biggest traditional festival which is celebrated on the first day of
the Lunar-new year to put some cheer in the endless winter months and mark the beginning of spring. Read more.
Ice festival of Mongolia
Date- March 2-3 , 2024
Location- Khovsgol Lake
Journey to Ice Festival on Khovsgol Lake, Northern Mongolia has become one of the main Mongolian winter tour ideas to both foreigners and local people. At this exciting event, you can enjoy and explore Mongolian nomadic culture, traditions, customs, uncommon performance of shaman Shaman rituals, folk music and dance show, lifestyle exploration of reindeer herders, Tsaatan people along with artistic ice sculptures and natural beauty. Read more.
Spring Golden Eagle Festival
Date – March 4-5, 2024
Location- Chinggis Khaanii Khuree Complex
The Golden Eagle Festival is organized two times a year officially in March in the capital city of Mongolia and in October in the Western region of the country. If you travel to Mongolia in March, you can discover and feel the taste of Spring Golden Eagle Festival near Ulaanbaatar. Read more.
Nauryz (Spring /New Life) Festival
Date- March 21-23, 2024
Location- Kazakh ethnic minorities throughout Mongolia
It is a New Year celebration for the Mongolian Kazakhs, many of whom live in the Bayan Ulgii province. Kazakhs call the month of March 'Nauryz' – this is the time of renewed life which comes with the spring. This holiday is full of the tradition of ethnic group Kazakhs and its rituals and customs. There are many mystical traditions of this minor ethnic group related to this celebration such as food, clothing and many more.
Mongol Nomadic Naadam
Date – June 6, June 16, June 27
Location – Mongol nomadic camp (55km from Ulaanbaatar to the west)
This is mini version of Mongolian famed Naadam festival organized by Mongol Nomadic camp. The festival begins with Mongolian long song and traditional horse-head fiddle /Morin Khuur/ performance. There you can enjoy and experience legendary *Three Manly Games* of Mongols including Wrestling, Horse riding and Archery. You will have golden chance to see and photograph these games, traditional concerts and local participants as much as up closely to you. You can take short trip to explore this Nomadic Naadam and have unforgettable memory of Mongols tradition within one day travel.
Annual Crane Festival
Date- June 10, 2024
Location- Binder soum, Khentii province
The annual Festival of Crane will be held June 10 on Shore of Tsagaan Lake, Binder soum of Khentii province. There are 15 species of cranes around the world and six of them are in Mongolia. The festival aims to introduce white-naped crane which is on the endangered animals’ list. There you can see traditional three manly sports, a tour of observing crane and shows of introducing nomadic life in this special festival. This festival gives you great bird watching and observing memories while your travel in the homeland of legendary Chinggis Khan.
Playtime Internatinal Music Festival
Date- July 7-9, 2024
Location- Gachuurt village, 30 km from Ulaanbaatar
It is the biggest outdoor Mongolian live music festival including Rock, Metal, Indie musicians of all kinds of live music bands around the country and overseas. The play time festival usually holds in mid of July in near of UB city, Gachuurt. You can enjoy and feel upcoming brand new live music of modern Mongolia and World together with young generations of Mongolia.
National Costume Festival Mongolia
Date- July 9, 2024
Location- Chinggis square, Ulaanbaatar city
Day before Naadam festival, you can see different types and patterns of national costume of all ethnic group of Mongolia together in National Costume festival. It consists of Mongolian costume national runway, cultural performance, a contest of best-dressed couple in Mongolian national costume, a contest of best-dressed foreigner in Mongolian national costume, a contest of public dance and the best dancing couple and closing ceremony-Award ceremony.
Mongolian National Holiday Naadam Festival
Dates-11-13 July, 2024
Location- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Top travel attraction throughout the whole year is definitely Naadam festival. It will be never forgotten experience of nomadic life, discovery of adventure and culture of Mongolian people through Naadam festival.
Date: July 23, 2024
Location: Bat-ulziit soum, Uvurkhangai province
The Yak Festival is one of the most important festivals in Mongolia and is held every year on July 22 in Orkhon Valley of Uvurkhangai Province. Nomadic culture in the Khangai Mountains is very strong, and the area has one of the highest concentrations of yaks in the world.
The event is eagerly anticipated by the community, and the event includes yak racing and showing, wild stallion and yak riding, milking contests and other traditional Naadam events of horse racing, wrestling, and archery.
Danshig Naadam Religious Festival
Date – Aug 5-6, 2024
Location – Khui Doloon Khudag
The biggest Mongolian religious festival called Danshig Naadam which its first was held in 1639 for enthroning 1st Bogd Jebtsundamba Khutukhtu. After re-celebrating since 2015, Danshig Naadam religious festival offers variety of cultural performances including traditional folk dance and song, performance of contortion; wrestling, archery, knuckle-bone shooting and religious competitions. Read more.
Sagsai Golden Eagle Festival
Date- Sept 17-18, 2024
Location- Sagsai village, Bayan-Ulgii province
From 2018, we, Ayan Travel Mongolia will organize our own Sagsai Eagle Festival annually on September 18-19, in Sagsai soum, western Mongolia.
We are inviting you join our private or joining group /photographic or amateurs all possible/ expedition to the Sagsai Eagle Festival by Ayan Travel Mongolia.
Spirit- Horseback Archery Tournament
Date- Sept 9-10, 2024
Location- Ulaanbaatar Horseracing center
Mongolian Open Horseback Archery tournament with no limit on number of archers and anticipating around 100 participants from Mongolia, UK, Sweden, Finland, Malaysai, USA and South Africa. Also horseback event will include Hungarian, Korean, Kazakh and Mongolian styles. It is brilliant chance to eyewithness Legendary horseback archery and martial arts in the land of Chinggis Khan. Read more.
Golden Eagle Festival
Date -Oct 05-06, 2024
Location - Bugat village, Bayan-Ulgii province
The Golden Eagle Festival starts with its parades and competitions for costuming and hunting techniques. This festival has been celebrated since 2000 and now attracts many travelers and photographers. Each year the number of eagle hunters participating the festival is increasing which makes the festival more colorful and spectacular. The eagles chase fox skins dragged by their owners on horseback. Points are given for their speed and gripping ability. In 2 days you will capture plenty of portraits and competition photos, names Kokbar, Kizkhuar etc.
Steppe Winter Horses
Date – on weekend of 3rd week, November, 2024
Location- Khentii province
Mongolia is the land of horses and Mongolia horse related festivals have its own specific tradition and colors especially, winter horse festival- TaliinTumen Aduu in eastern region. You can see legendary Chinggis Khan’s powerful horses and its good stamina through Mongolian horse training skills as taming, lassoing, picking up pegs from ground while on horseback. Read more.