Kenyas Annual Calender of Events


  • Whale Shark Diving: Whale shark diving: a month-long diving season for whale sharks along the Kenyan coast easily seen off the shore near Diani, Malindi & Watamu


  • Kijani Festival: A music fest featuring everything from jazz music to ballet fusion


  • KCB Safari Rally: A chance to see a world class motor sport event held in Nairobi with the rally course covering 700 km /435 miles through scenic areas of the country
  • Kenya Open Gold Championship: Annual golf tournment held in Nairobi
  • Malindi Cultural Festival: A gathering showcasing Swahili Culture


  • Rhino Charge: Annual off-road motor race takes competitors deep into the African bush to raise funds for the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust in wildlife conservation
  • Dugong Festival: Held on Lamu Island on the Kenyan coast to raise awareness of the endangered Dugong, a large marine mammal. Includes an entertaining donkey race.


  • Lewa Marathon: A long distance running even with local and international competitors on a scenic route through the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia in Northern Kenya
  • Lamu Maulid Festival - The Maulidi is celebrated by muslims in the town of Lamu with processions and prayers. A dhow race, a donkey race and other sporting activities are staged during the celebrations.
  • Kenya Fashion Week: Expo-style fashion extravanganza held at the Sarit Centre in Westlands area of Nairobi
  • Tusker Safari Sevens: An international rugby tournament with seven players a side held at the Impala Club on Ngong Rad in Nairobi
  • Kenya International Trade Exhibition: Brings together local and international business communities showcasing thousands of products ranging from consumer electrics to cosmetics


  • Sigana International Storytelling Festival:  Brings together professional storytellers from all over the world to Nairobi


  • Maralal Camel Derby : A camel race that has become a popular tourist attraction. Held in Maralal, northern Kenya, international participants arrive to compete against Kenya champions. Other attractions include a cycle race and children activities
  • Kwani Literary Festival: A variety of word-related events, including readings and signings by African authors.
  • Lola Kenya Screen Film Festival: A film fest for children and young people that takes place in Nairobi. Films include those made for television, music videos and video games.
  • Kenya Music Festival: 10 days of competitions at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi featuring African music


  • Concours d'Elegance : Classic car and motorcycle festival held in Nairobi featuring vintage vehicles. Lots of sideshows and entertainment
  • International Vultures Day: Log on to to find out where the event is scheduled in Kenya. The day creates awareness for these birds whose populations in Asia and Africa have crashed by 96% over the last two decades.


  • Kenya International Film Festival: Annual international film fest hosting films and film-makers from all over Africa. Events are held in a variety of venues in Nairobi. Activities include screenings and film premieres, competitions,workshops and debates spiced bymusic performance by local artists
  • Kenya International Puppetry Festival: Held in Nairobi and features workshops on puppet construction, exhibitions of masks and puppets as well as theatre performances.


  • Shaggy Dog Show: Animal lovers from all over the Kenya come to Nairobi to take part in a family fun day. Organized by the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA). It is a fundraising event.
  • Craft of Africa: Held at Sarit Centre exhibiting local craftwork
  • Mombasa Carnival: Two lively parades on Moi Avenue with plenty of brightly colored costumes, music and dancing.


  • Kenya Music Week: Held in Nairobi bringing the best of the country's musicians.
  • Jamhuri Day: Independence day celebrations with style.