Namibia hosts a handful of national festivals and a number of regional festivals; the latter are described in the relevant sections of the Guide.
A festival calendar
Bank Windhoek Arts Festival
Feb–Sept. Windhoek. Annual festival of the visual and performing arts in venues across the capital, which climaxes in September. Includes the national Triennial Visual Arts competition, in which prize-winning works are exhibited.
Enjando Street Festival
March. Central Windhoek. Also known as Mbapira, this festival sees a two-day extravaganza of music, dance and colourful costumes, attracting groups from all over Namibia.
Sunday closest to Aug 23. Okahandja. Colourful Herero costumes, poetry and military parades remember those who died in the resistance against the German army.
Aug. Swakopmund. Annual German street carnival involving parades, food stalls and plenty of partying for adults and kids.
Last week of Sept. Chinchimani Village, 6km from Katima Mulilo. The annual traditional cultural celebration of the Mafwe people that takes place in the village of the tribal chief, Chinchimani Village, and attracts Mafwe from outside Namibia too.
Oruuano of Namibia Arts Festival
Sept & Nov. Soweto Market, Katutura. Organized by the Oruuano Namibian Artists’ Union, involving lots of dance and music.
First week of Oct. Windhoek. The country’s main agricultural and industrial trade fair, accompanied by funfair entertainment, live music and food stalls.
Last week of Oct. Windhoek. A German import, the Oktoberfest draws an international crowd, complete with beer-swilling, games, Lederhosen, Dimdl dresses and oompah bands.
Everything you need to know before you set off.
Travel offers; book through Rough Guides
Planning your trip to Namibia
Everything you need to plan where to go and what to do.
The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.
27 awe-inspiring pictures of Namibia
Namibia has some of the world's most astonishing landscapes. It's home to the world's oldest desert, a long and undeveloped coastline and national parks that te…31 May 2016 • Lottie Gross insert_drive_file Article
Quiz: can you locate these national parks?
National parks are some of the world's most awe-inspiring natural places, taking in mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests (sometimes all in the same one…02 Jul 2015 • Rebecca Hallett help Quiz
In pictures: traditional dress around the world
The Sari, India Ostensibly the simplest item of clothing possible – a single length of fabric, up to nine metres long – the sari is also one of the worl…02 Feb 2015 • Alice Park camera_alt Gallery