Mumbai, India

The New Year brings with it a few weeks of pleasant weather when Mumbaiites can forget about the ever-present humidity and enjoy outdoor events. And there are enough cultural and foodie festivals to keep everyone occupied.

February is the time when the heritage precinct of Kala Ghoda is transformed into a giant street party. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) is the most anticipated event in Mumbai’s cultural calendar. The multicultural and multi-disciplinary festival is a celebration of arts, crafts, music, dance, literature, and theatre. There are workshops, heritage walks, and concerts, and all events are free entry. The main street, Rampart Row is lined with stalls selling handmade merchandise and all the restaurants in the vicinity offer their signature dishes to the hungry crowds. Apart from Rampart Row, the festival venues include the nearby Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS Museum), Horniman Circle Garden, the delightful Kitab Khana bookstore, and the grand steps of the Asiatic Society Library. Go on a weekday and preferably beore 4pm to avoid the surging crowds to get your fill of the workshops, shops and stalls. The festival will be held from February 2-9, 2019. Detailed schedule and venue information are available on

Along with the KGAF, the art galleries in Kala Ghoda and nearby areas come together for the Mumbai Gallery Weekend. Nearly 40 gallery spaces open their doors to art connoisseurs and the general public.