Key dates over the year

Summer 2018 to Summer 2019 – Local, national and international dates for your diary

Check out this run-down of all the key dates for the year ahead. Local Portsmouth events and festivals in highlighted in red. If you can think of any we’ve missed, let us know in the comments!

30 July

International Day of Friendship

30 July

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


6 August

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day

See local event

12 August

International Youth Day

This year’s theme: sustainable consumption

19 August

World Humanitarian Day

25-27 August

Victorious Festival


Harvest Festival*

1 or 2 September

Eid-ul-Adha (Islam)*

5 September

International Day of Charity

15 September

International Day of Democracy

20 September

Navaratri (Hindu)

20 – 22 September

Rosh Hashanah* (Judaism)

21 September

International Day of Peace

See local event

23 September to 8th October

British Food Fortnight

23 September

Yom Kippur (Judaism)

30 September

Southsea Fest 2017


1 October

Start of Black History Month

2 October

International Day of Non-Violence

4 October

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival*

4 – 11  October

Sukkot* (Judaism)

11 October

International Day of the Girl Child

14 – 21 October

Hate Crime Awareness Week

Sunday 14th – Sunday 21st October 2018

Week of Prayer for World Peace,

16 October

World Food Day

2018 theme – Zero Hunger—a Global Goal for the world to achieve together

19 October

Diwali (Hindu and Sikh)*

19 – 29 October

Journeys Festival International in Portsmouth

19-29 October

One World Week

21 to 28  October

See more information on this site

United Nations Day

This year’s UN Day will be used to highlight concrete actions people can take to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


4 November

Birthday of Guru Nanak (Sikh)*

12-19 November

Inter-Faith Week (UK)

11-18 November

International Education Week

16 November

International Day for Tolerance

25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

30 Nov

St Andrew’s Day

November (date tbc)

BBC Children in Need Day


1 December

World AIDS day

3 December

International Day for Persons with Disabilities

10 December

Human Rights Day

12 – 20 December

Hanukkah (Judaism) *

18 December

International Migrants Day

20 December

International Human Solidarity Day

25 December

Christmas Day*



27 January

Holocaust Memorial Day


1-28 February

LGBT History Month

1-7 February

World Interfaith Harmony Week (UN)

Alternative link

13 February

Mardi Gras*

16 February

Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog)*

20 February

World Day of Social Justice

21 February

International Mother Tongue Day

Alternative link

26 February to 11 March

Fair Trade Fortnight

28 February

Purim* (Judaism)


2 March

Holi (Hindu)

8 March

International Women’s Day

17 March

St Patrick’s Day

21 March

Nowruz (Kurdish and Persian New Year)*

21 March

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

17 – 23  March

Sport  Relief

25 March – 1 April

Easter Week*

30 March- 7 April

Passover* (Judaism)


6 April

International Day of Sport for Development & Peace

14 April

Bengali New Year *


12 May

World Fair Trade Day

15 May

International Day of Families

15 May

Start of Ramadan (Islam) *

17 May

International Day Against Homophobia

21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity


1 June

Start of Gypsy Roma Traveller Month*

14  June

Eid-ul-Fitr  (end of Ramadan) *

20 June

World Refugee Day

21 June

World Music Day

18 – 22  June

Refugee Week


14 July

Bastille Day*

18 July

Nelson Mandela International Day


Southsea Food Festival