Major cultural events
Many Australians travel to experience an important cultural event every year. Read this page to learn about:
World Expos are a global gathering of nations, dedicated to finding solutions to current global challenges. They’re a platform for innovation, idea sharing, and cooperation. World Expos are held every 5 years and run for up to 6 months.
Tens of millions of visitors normally attend the World Expo.
The event involves exhibitions, technology showcases and conferences. It also provides entertainment such as street performances, parades, stage shows, live art and concerts.
Expo 2020 Dubai
Postponed from 2020, the Expo in Dubai will run from October 2021 to March 2022.
If you’re planning to travel to attend the Dubai Expo, read and subscribe to our travel advice for the United Arab Emirates. Understand the local laws and customs, particularly regarding alcohol and clothing.
Get travel insurance if you’re planning to attend. Read the CHOICE travel insurance buying guide for advice on buying travel insurance during the pandemic. Understand that COVID-19 has changed international travel.
- Find information about Australia's participation in the Dubai Expo
- See our general advice about going overseas for a major event
- Read about World Expos (Bureau International des Expositions)
Anzac Day, observed on April 25 each year, commemorates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
COVID-19 impacts on Anzac Day commemorations overseas
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions, and health advice of Australian authorities, there will be no government-led public Anzac Day services overseas in 2021. The public is discouraged from attending the venues.
The health and safety of all Australians and visitors to major Anzac Day commemorations overseas is paramount, and expert advice from Australia and internationally is that large public gatherings still present a risk.
A COVID-safe national service will be held at the Australian War Memorial and will be streamed live on the ABC. We would encourage Australians to tune in and watch on the day or mark this commemorative date in another way that is meaningful to them.
If you're overseas, check the website and social media of your local embassy, high commission, or consulate for details of how Anzac Day may be commemorated virtually near you.
- Media release from the Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel
- Anzac Day traditions
Oktoberfest is a major festival in Germany. The festivities centre around Munich in the state of Bavaria. It's a 16-18 day folk festival that starts mid-September and ends on the first Sunday of October.
Each year, over 6 million visitors attend the event.
The event involves live music, carnival rides, food, wine and most famously – beer. In fact, almost 7 million litres of it (City of Munich).
If you travel to Munich to attend Oktoberfest, be aware of the risks. It's also your responsibility to act appropriately, respect the local culture and stay within the law.
- Learn more about Oktoberfest (City of Munich, Germany).
- see our general advice for taking care of your health.
- see our general advice about staying safe and avoiding danger.
- Read our travel advisory for your destination.
- For more information on events, see the Harmony Day calendar of religious and cultural events (Department of Home Affairs).
Explore this page for information about staying safe and secure during the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah (Mecca).