Upcoming Festivals in Mumbai | The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre

Upcoming Festivals in Mumbai

Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, throbs with an infectious energy that's amplified tenfold during its vibrant festivals. From the spiritual serenity of Navratri to the mouthwatering indulgence of Ganesh Chaturthi, these celebrations are a kaleidoscope of colours, traditions, and sheer joy. So, if you've been pondering a trip, consider aligning it with an upcoming festival in Mumbai. Trust us, it'll be an experience that will linger in your memory long after the festivities have ended.

people playing holi with each other

Holi in Mumbai

The Holi bash in Mumbai offers a spectacular range of events that cater to all tastes, featuring vibrant celebrations with an array of activities, music, and colours. From the massive Holi party at Imagicaa, which spans five days with DJs and rain dances, to the Colors United Holi Fest in Navi Mumbai, which boasts a multi-artist stage and a mix of culture, music, and colours, there's something for everyone.

Kala Ghodaa Festival

The Kala Ghodaa Arts Festival, held annually in Mumbai, is a vibrant celebration of arts, crafts, and cultural heritage. Themed 'Udaan' for its 24th edition in 2024, the festival transforms the Kala Ghoda precinct into a hub of artistic activities from January 20th to January 28th. As Asia's largest multidisciplinary street arts festival, it features over 300 programs across various verticals including visual arts, dance, music, theatre, and literature, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.

a person in white dress painting on white paper
A coconut broken into half

Narali Purnima

The month of April ushers in the festival of Narali Purnima, which falls on a full moon day. This is a special occasion for the fishing community, who revere the sea as their source of livelihood. Witness the mesmerising sight of decorated boats sailing out into the Arabian Sea, carrying offerings of tender coconuts (nariyal) to appease the sea god for a bountiful catch and safe voyages. The beaches come alive with traditional dances, music, and a sense of community spirit.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God of good fortune and wisdom, is welcomed with immense pomp and show during Ganesh Chaturthi. Elaborately decorated idols are installed in homes and pandals, and the city resonates with chants of "Ganpati Bappa Morya!" (meaning "Hail Lord Ganesha"). Immerse yourself in the vibrant processions, delectable modak (sweet dumplings), and the sheer devotion that fills the air.

Statue of Lord Ganesha with splash and colour and people during visarjan
Statue of Durga Maa and her nine forms


Navratri is a nine-day festival honouring the nine forms of Durga, the powerful Hindu goddess. Every evening, homes and pandals (temporary shrines) come alive with 'garba' - a graceful dance form performed to the rhythmic beats of dhol (drums). During Navratri in Mumbai, the atmosphere is electric, with the clanging of colourful bangles and the infectious energy of the crowd. Don't forget to relish the traditional nine-day fasting diet culminating in a delicious vegetarian feast on the tenth day.


As the year draws to a close, Mumbai explodes with the dazzling brilliance of Diwali, the festival of lights. Homes are adorned with diyas (clay lamps) and rangolis, symbolising the dispelling of darkness and ushering in prosperity. The aroma of freshly prepared Diwali faral, a mix of sweet and savoury snacks, fills homes and the sound of firecrackers fills the night.

Fireworks above the city

There are many upcoming festivals in Mumbai. Visit the city and you won't just be a tourist; you'll be a participant in the city's vibrant cultural tapestry. The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre provides the perfect sanctuary amidst the celebratory chaos, a place to unwind and recharge before diving back into the electrifying spirit of Mumbai. Our hotel provides luxe rooms with contemporary amenities and majestic services. So, pack your bags, embrace the festive spirit, and book your stay at The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre. We look forward to welcoming you to Mumbai!