Join the biggest party in the world
With an estimated 2 million attendees, Rio Carnival is the largest in the world.Dating back to 1723, this celebration features parades, floats, samba schools, balls, parties and more rhinestones and feathers than you can imagine. It’s the party of a lifetime.
Various venues, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. www.rio-carnival.net. Mar 1-5.
Get a peep at some unseen paintings by one of the world’s most famous artists
‘Picasso: The Later Work’
This show contains work from a collection managed by Picasso’s second wife’s daughter (get all of that?), some of which has never been exhibited to the public before. It’s a chance to see a blockbuster artist’s later work before it gets taken to the south of France, where said daughter is opening a permanent home for it.
Museum Barberini, Berlin, Germany. www.museum-barberini.com. Mar 9 – Jun 16.
Immerse yourself in cutting-edge music, film and tech
This sprawling celebration of music, film and technology – often all mushed together – is the biggest event in Austin. The festival gathers prominent people from each field: in one day you could catch the year’s most hotly tipped film, watch a panel discussion about artificial intelligence and witness Lady Gaga regurgitating paint. That’s SXSW.
Various venues, Austin, TX, USA. www.sxsw.com. Mar 8-17.
See your favourite TV stars chatting in the flesh
This buzzy television festival returns to LA in March with panels featuring some of the biggest stars of the small screen. There’s something for fans of ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘This Is Us’, plus a ‘Parks and Recreation’ reunion and the chance to hear from Jane Fonda and the cast of ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’.
The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles, CA, USA. www.paleycenter.org. Mar 15-24.
See a former US president and his wife on Broadway (sort of)
‘Hillary and Clinton’
Tony and Emmy winners Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow take on the roles of Hillary and Bill Clinton in this new comedy-drama about the former’s 2008 presidential bid.
Golden Theatre, New York City, New York, USA. www.hillaryandclintonbroadway.com. Mar 16-Jul 21.
Feed your manga obsession
Join 150,000 anime and manga fans at this super Expo dedicated to the delights of Japanese hand-drawn and computer animation, featuring more than 200 industry heavyweights, exhibitions, panels and, of course, cosplayers.
Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan. www.anime-japan.jp. Mar 23-24.
Depend on the kindness of strangers at a fest inspired by a great American playwright
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Bringing together more than 130 authors, actors and musicians, this festival luxuriates in the work of the inimitable Tennessee Williams, who called New Orleans his ‘spiritual home’. Budding writers can hear famous scribes speak about their craft and there’ll be a number of literary discussions, events, walking tours and theatrical performances. Also in New Orleans around the same time (Mar 29-31) is the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, a conference of LGBT+ writing. It’s a bookworm’s dream.
Various venues, New Orleans, LA, USA. Mar 27-31.
Dance, dance and dance some more
Ultra Music Festival
With DJ heavyweights such as David Guetta, Alesso, Zedd, and The Chainsmokers all dropping by, Ultra Music Festival is the place in 2019 to satisfy your dance music needs. Catch live sets from deadmau5 and Galantis, or just get lost at one of the many stages and shake away the stresses of life.
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA. www.ultramusicfestival.com. Mar 29-31.
Discover the art world’s fastest-growing market
Art Basel Hong Kong
The world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries exhibit at this fair, with more than half hailing from the Asia-Pacific region, showcasing work from established and emerging artists.
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China. www.artbasel.com. Mar 29-31.
Find food heaven in five cities across North America
Time Out Markets
Food fans: listen up! This year Time Out will be opening five markets - in Miami, New York, Chicago, Boston and Montreal. As with our bustling Lisbon market, each Time Out Market brings together a carefully curated list of chefs to serve up the best food the city has to offer, all under one roof. Keep your eye on the website for launch dates, starting from spring.
Various venues. 2019. www.timeoutmarket.com.