Top Choice Festival in Mombasa

Mombasa Carnival

Street festival, with a month of music, dance and other events.
Sports in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Safaricom Marathon

It’s one thing to run a marathon to the encouraging screams of people, but it’s entirely another to run it sharing the course with elephants, rhinos and the odd lion! Established in 2000 to raise funds for wildlife …
Sports in Diani Beach

Diani Rules

This entertaining charity sports tournament, in aid of the Kwale District Eye Centre, is held at Diani Sea Lodge around the first weekend of June. It’s more an expat event than a tourist attraction, but if you’re st…
Religious in Lamu Island

Maulid Festival

Marking the birth of the Prophet Mohammed, this festival has been celebrated on the island for over 100 years and much singing, dancing and general jollity takes place around this time. On the final day a procession…
Sports in Lamu Island

Lamu Yoga Festival

Can't make it to India? Practise yoga in the Indian Ocean instead. First held in 2014, this festival spills across Shela, Manda and Lamu, and includes workshops, classes and meditation. It culminates in one big beac…
Cultural in Lamu Island

Lamu Cultural Festival

Exact dates for this colourful carnival vary each year, but it often falls in November. Expect donkey and dhow races, Swahili poets and island dancing.
Art in Lamu Island

Lamu Painters' Festival

Draws contemporary artists and work from across Africa and Europe. Normally held in February.
Sports in Nairobi

Tusker Safari Sevens

A high-profile, international seven-a-side rugby tournament, although poor governance issues in recent years have seen its prestige slip a little. Even so, it’s always hotly contested and the Kenyan team has a stron…
Music in Nairobi

Kenya Music Festival

Kenya’s longest-running music festival was established almost 80 years ago by the colonial regime. African music now predominates, but Western and expat musicians still take part. It’s held over 10 days in August.
Sports in Mombasa

Mombasa Triathlon

Sporty types or keen spectators will enjoy this open competition, with a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run through the streets of Mombasa.