2021 Events & Happenings
While in 2020 most events around the world were cancelled, 2021 is getting back on track with events and happenings that should take place. And we are celebrating big anniversaries in entertainment with Disney's 50th and Lucasfilm's 50th anniversaries both happening this year in 2021 among others.
Special Holiday & Calendar Events happening in 2021
Chinese New Year - Year of the Ox
Chinese New Year 2021 is February 12th and is the Year of the Ox. Chinese New Year is celebrated by approximately 20% of the world and is one of the most celebrated holidays for China and Chinese people. It begins officially on the eve of the New Year and is celebrated as a 7 day public holiday, though celebrations may last up to 16 days and start as early as 3 weeks prior.
United Nations added 4 annual Observances for 2021
International Year of Peace and Trust (A/RES/73/338)
International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development (A/RES/74/198)
International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (A/RES/73/327)
There are more daily holidays and observances in 2021 then ever before in history. Every day we have a reason to celebrate something in our society. Don't miss your favorite daily fun holiday in 2021.
Sporting Events in 2021
2020 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo
Friday, July 23 - August 8
The Olympics are a go for 2021! Still called the 2020 Olympic Games, they will happen in 2021 with Japan and the Olympic committee committed to the health safety of all athletes.
Five new sports are being added for the 2020 Olympic Games: Baseball/Softball, Karate, Skateboarding, Sport climbing and Surfing. These last 3 are the perfect addition for a more modern and urban mix. The games have 165 events for men and 156 for women with 18 mixed/open which is predicted to make this the largest participation by women in any olympics.
While the Olympics, mentioned above, is sure to be the biggest sporting event of the year, these other large annual events are worth noting.
Auto Racing 2021 Events
- Daytona 500 - February 14
- Australian Grand Prix - March 18-21
- Bahrain Grand Prix - March 25-28
- Monaco Grand Prix - May 20 - 23
- Indianapolis 500 - May 28-31
- Azerbaijan Grand Prix - June 3-6
- Canadian Grand Prix - June 10-13
- French Grand Prix - June 24-27
- Austrian Grand Prix - July 1-4
- British Grand Prix - July 15-18
- Hungarian Grand Prix - July 29-Aug 1
- Belgian Grand Prix - Aug 26-29
- Dutch Grand Prix - Sept 2-5
- Italian Grand Prix - Sept 9-12
- Russian Grand Prix - Sept 23-26
- Singapore Grand Prix - Sept 30-Oct 3
- Japanese Grand Prix - Oct 7-10
- US Grand Prix - October 21-24
- Mexico City Grand Prix - Oct 28-31
- Brazilian Grand Prix - Nov 11-14
- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Nov 25-28
- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - December 2-5
Horse Racing 2021 Events
- Dubai World Cup - March 27
- Grand National - April 10
- Kentucky Derby - May 1
- Preakness Stakes - May 15
- Belmont Stakes - June 6
- Melbourne Cup - November 2
Tennis 2021 Events
- Australia Open - February 8-21
- French Open - May 23 - June 6
- Wimbledon - June 28 - July 11
- US Open - August 30 - September 12
Golf 2021 Events
- US Masters - April 5-11
- US PGA - May 17-23
- US Open - June 14-20
- British Open - July 12-18
- See more here
Other Sporting Events in 2021
- Super Bowl (Football/American) - February 7
- U.S. Gymnastics Championships - June 3-6
- U.S. Olympic Team Trials Gymnastics - June 24-27
- FA Cup Final (Football/Soccer) - May 15
- Stanley Cup Finals (Ice Hockey) - June
- NBA Finals (Basketball) - June
- UEFA Championship - EURO2020 (Football/Soccer) - June
- Tour de France (Cycling) - June 26 - July 18
- Grand Final (AFL) - September 24
- NRL Grand Final (Rugby) - October 3
- World Series (Baseball) - October 26
Other Notable Events in 2021
2020 World Expo in Dubai
Postponed 1 year now will run October 1, 2021 thru March 31, 2022 (6 months)
The global mega event will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, a delay that allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19, and allows the World Expo to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.
The 2020 expo will have a theme called "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" with three sub-themes: opportunity, mobility and sustainability.
The world expo is a mega event that brings nations together to discuss global issues, promote creative ideas and find solutions for universal problems. Innovators from around the world will showcase their brilliance and inventions. It is a showcase of the newest technologies, innovations, sciences, geography, culture and art. Futuristic concepts open up doors to worlds of possibilities. The world expo is only held every 5 years. The next world expo will be in 2025 in Paris.
The 2020 World Expo in Dubai retains its name and remains committed to hosting an exceptional event that will celebrate humanity’s resilience, creativity, culture and innovation – including major technological advances in the fields of medicine and science.
The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, and largest ever event to take place in the Arab world, Expo 2020 will welcome 192 countries, plus businesses, multilateral organisations and educational establishments.
Fashion Events 2021
Some of these fashion events will be fully digital this upcoming year. Check on their websites for details.
- Berlin Fashion Week - January 18-22
- Copenhagen Fashion Week - February 2-5, August 10-13
- Madrid Fashion Week - January 27 - February 1
- New York Fashion Week Women's - February 13-18, September tba
- New York Fashion Week Bridal - April 13 -18
- New York Fashion Week Pre-Fall & Fall/Winter - December tba
- London Fashion Week - February 19-23, September tba
- London Fashion Week Men's - June tba
- Milan Fashion Week - February 23 - March 1, September tba
- Paris Fashion Week - March 1-9, September tba
- Paris Haute Couture Week - January 25-28, July 4-8
- Shanghai Fashion Week - October tba
- Seoul Fashion Week - October tba
Entertainment Events 2021
- Golden Globe Awards - February 28
- Screen Actors Guild Awards - February 4
- Grammy Awards - January 31
- Academy Awards - April 25
National Country Happenings in 2021
Brexit is official starting January 1st
The U.S. Presidential Inauguration will take place on January 20.
Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia post-poned in 2020 due to covid, now expected to be completed in 2021 as the largest building in the world
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), also know as the Giza Museum, was post-poned bcause of Covid and is now scheduled to open in mid-2021 and will be the largest archaeological museum in the world.
Space & Astronomical Events that will Occur in 2021
2021 will be an amazing year for stargazing with summer meteor showers, 3 supermoons, and a close planetary conjunction
A Supermoon is a full moon that appears slightly larger than normal. In 2021, a supermoon will occur on these dates.
- Tuesday, April 27
- Wednesday, May 26 - Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse
- Thursday, June 24
Blue Moon - August 22
- On May 26, a Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse will occur where the moon will appear larger and will turn a shade of red as the earth's shadow passes over it.
- On June 10, a partial Solar Eclipse visible in North America
- On November 19, a Partial Lunar Eclipse will see the earth's shadow covering 97% of the moon.
- On December 4, a Total Solar Eclipse in Antarctica
Conjunction of Planets
- Triple conjunction of planets - January 9 - Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury
- Conjunction of Venus and Mars on July 13
- Quadrantids Meteor Shower - starting January 2-3
- Lyrids Meteor Shower - April 23-24
- Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower - May 6-7
- Perseid Meteor Shower - August 12-13
Predicted to be a beautiful meteor show that typically numbers from 50 to 75 per hour.
- Orionid Meteor Shower - October 19-20
- Leonid Meteor Shower - November 16-17
- Geminids Meteor Shower - December 13-14
a phenomenal show of up to 120 meteors per hour.
- Ursid Meteor Shower - December 21-22
2021 could also be a big year of human space missions and the start of tourists in space. October 31 is the planned launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and November is the planned launch of NASA's Artemis 1 mission.
Historical Events and Anniversaries in 2021
- 500 years ago - in 1521, German Protestant reformer Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church after he refused to recant his writings.
- 150 years ago - in 1871, Rugby Football Union (RFU) was founded in England
- 125 years ago - in 1896, the first x-ray was taken
- 125 years ago - in 1896, Utah became the 45th state of the USA
- 70 years ago - in 1951, the first National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl game was played
- 60 years ago - in 1961, John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the 35th President of the U.S.
- 50 years ago - in 1971, the first quickie divorce was granted in the UK
- 50 years ago - in 1971, Cigarette ads were banned in the US on radio and television
Pop Culture Anniversaries in 2021
- Walt Disney World - October 1, 1971
- Lucasfilm - founded in 1971
- Dirty Harry - December 22nd
- All in the Family - January 12th
- Marvin Gaye's What's Going On - May 21st
- Carole King's Tapestry - January 30th
- The Royal Wedding - July 29, 1981 was the wedding between Charles and Diana
- MTV launched on August 1, 1981
- Raiders of the Lost Ark was released on June 12, 1981
- 65 years ago - Elvis Presley's hit song Heartbreak Hotel was released on January 27, 1956
- 20 years ago - in 2001, Apple launched iTunes
- 10 years ago - The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) TV channel was launched in the US on January 2011