Mombasa, Kenya » Entertainment » Festivals

Except for the carnival, Mombasa doesn't have many grand and gala events taking place all around the year. The different communities settled here do celebrate their religious festivals.

Mombasa Carnival

This annual festival takes place every November. It is the biggest and most engaging festival in Kenya and is organised by the Ministry of Tourism. Crowds gather to witness local Kenyan dances and musicals. Local bands perform open concerts, and many stalls offer crafts, foods, and various items to fully express the Kenyan culture. Different cultural characters and influences float on parades and offer their Kenyan interpretations into their arts. It revolves around two parades that converge on Moi Avenue. One can also buy various local crafts at the festival venue.

Mombasa Triathlon

Locals and foreigners alike participate in this exciting sporting event. Held during September, the triathlon includes swimming, cycling and running. The 1.5km swim in the Indian Ocean is the first leg, followed by a 40km cycling route, and finished off with running through the streets of Mombasa.

New Year's Day

New Year's Day is celebrated throughout Kenya, but it is in Nairobi and Mombasa where the most celebrated parties and colourful fireworks can be seen. People participate in various town activities. Choirs and concerts are held all over Mombasa, while loud firework displays light up the skies.