With something happening just about every week, expats will never run out of things to do in Mumbai. The heart of the Bollywood film industry, Mumbai is undoubtedly glitzy and glamorous, but it also hosts celebrations of all kinds, from art exhibitions and parties to religious festivals.

Below is our rundown of this charming city's unmissable events and celebrations.


Annual events in Mumbai

Banganga Festival (January)

The Banganga Festival is a musical extravaganza performed at the Banganga Tank at Walkeshwar Temple every year. Expats can expect top artists and excellent classical performances.

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (February)

This exciting annual celebration is held with the intention of making Kala Ghoda the arts district of Mumbai. The festival has 12 sections, including visual arts, music, dance, food and more, so expats will have plenty to explore. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival runs for nine days so there's more than enough time to explore what's on offer.

Elephanta Festival (February)

A fantastic day out that starts with a ferry ride from Mumbai Harbour to the small island of Elephanta. Here, dancers and musicians perform against the backdrop of caves dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Nariyal Poornima (July/August)

Also called Coconut Day, this fisherman's celebration marks the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of the year's fishing season. Painted boats, garlands of flowers and oil lamps are set afloat on the water as an offering to the sea.

Diwali (November)

Diwali is the Festival of Lights and it symbolises the victory of truth and the lifting of spiritual darkness. Fireworks illuminate the sky and oil lamps light the windows of homes across Mumbai, with some particularly striking displays seen from Marine Drive and Charni Road.