Full Events Calendar at Expo 2020 Dubai

  • Publish date: Thursday، 30 September 2021 Last update: Monday، 10 January 2022

Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening ceremony is on September 30 as it will open to the public on October 1. There are more than 190 pavilion during the six-month event which will end on March 31, 2022.

Expo 2020 will stage hundreds of events over the course of the 182 days as it is expected to attract millions of visitors

Students in the UAE will be performing a song and dance show every morning at Al Wasl dome, the centerpiece of EXPO 2020 Dubai.

As part of a Music in the Garden series, visitors can watch international choirs and dance troupes in the afternoons at the dome.

There will also be live entertainment each evening including theatre, opera, ballet.

Here some of the events you can’t miss at Expo 2020

Colours of the World

When: 12.45pm, daily

A must-see parade at Ghaf Avenue. Celebrates the national days of the participant countries over 6 months.


When: Each night, from October 1

Every night, visitors can expect a surreal light projection using light sculptures, art projections and installations to illuminate buildings.

Late nights @ Expo

When: 10.30pm, Thursdays and Fridays

Where: Jubilee Stage

To host people and artists from around the world on the Jubilee Stage.

France National Day

When: Saturday, October 2

There will be street entertainers, performers, clowns and stilt walkers.

A laser light installation at the France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Expo Space Week

When: October 17-23

Expo Space Week will be all about exploring new frontiers, the Red Planet, space pioneers and applying space lessons to fight climate change.

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Firdaus Orchestra

When: Saturday, October 23 (plus other dates)

AR Rahman, an Oscar and Grammy-winning musician, put together an all-female line-up from the Arab world to create the Firdaus Orchestra. They sold an estimated 150 million records worldwide.

Expo’s in-house orchestra will perform at numerous events during Expo, including International Women’s Day on March 8.

Harlem Globetrotters

When: Friday October 29 and Saturday October 30

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will entertain audiences at Expo over two days, with fan interaction, ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks and some comedy thrown in too.


When: Sunday, October 31

Ireland will host the Samhain Gaelic Festival at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre with a  performance by Siamsa Tire, an Irish folk theatre group.

Halloween was celebrated more than 2,000 years ago by the Irish and Scottish.

Poland National Day

When: Thursday, November 11

Poland will celebrate its national day with a special Frederic Chopin piano concert at its pavilion.

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World Chess Championship

When: November 24 to December 16

The FIDE World Chess Championship, postponed from 2020, will be held at Expo 2020 Dubai, where champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway will defend his title.

The game’s finest grandmasters will compete for a prize fund of Dh9 million ($2.45 million).

US National Day

When: Sunday, November 28

Fourth of July is the traditional national holiday for the US, but because it falls outside the Expo calendar, it will be marked on November 28.

UAE National Day

When: Thursday, December 2

During November, Expo will host the UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations, building up to national day itself on December 2.

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International Arabic language day

When: Saturday, December 18

Expo 2020 will celebrate International Arabic language day with events throughout the day, rounded off with a music event at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre

Italy National Day

When: Wednesday, November 24

Italy will mark its national day – held each year on June 2 – in November with special events at its spectacular pavilion, which features a life-size model of Michelangelo’s David.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

When: Friday, December 3

Expo will host three special events to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

GMA Variety Show

When: Friday, December 3

Filipino broadcaster GMA will host a variety show at Jubilee Park. The Philippines will also celebrate its national day on Friday February 11.

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When: December 20-25

Expo will host festive celebrations in the lead-up to Christmas Day on December 25.

Book reading under the stars

When: Friday, December 24

Sri Lanka will host a book reading under the stars event for children on December 24.

New Year’s Eve

When: Friday, December 31

New Year’s Eve at Expo is expected to be an occasion to remember, with a music event planned for Jubilee Park.

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India Republic Day

When: Wednesday, January 26

India Republic Day is expected to be one of the standout events during Expo 2020 Duba.

Australia National Day

When: Saturday, January 29

Australia will host a day and night of entertainment showcasing its culture, creativity and hospitality.

New Zealand National Day and Six60

When: Monday, January 31

New Zealand will mark its national day on January 31 (Waitangi Day is February 6) with a concert by history-making band Six60, New Zealand's highest-selling live group.

Women’s World Majlis

When: Monday, January 31

Located at Dubai South site, the Women’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 is expected to be a popular attraction at the hosting a series of talks and events covering a range of issues.

The Women’s World Majlis will take place on January 31 under the theme: A Cure for Inequality: Addressing Everyone’s Needs in Healthcare.

On February 20, the Women’s Pavilion Programme will discuss Arab Women Leading the Way in Food Security, Nutrition, and Agriculture.

Valentine’s Day

When: Monday, February 14

Expo 2020 site will celebrate February 14 with special celebrations throughout the day.

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Radics Ferenc and His Band

When: Friday, February 18

Hungarian violinist Radics Ferenc and his band will play at Expo 2020.

Expo’s Dubai Exhibition Centre will host all the major conferences during the event. Expo 2020 Dubai

Russia Creates

When: Tuesday, March 1

The brightest stars of Russia's creative industries come together for a special conference at Expo’s Dubai Exhibition Centre. The forum will present some of Russia’s best projects to highlight its creative industry.

Daniel Ligorio

When: Friday, March 4

Daniel Ligorio, one of the leading young pianists in Spain, will perform a concert at Expo 2020.

St Patrick’s Day

When: Thursday, March 17

The Irish Expo 2020 pavilion organisers revealed earlier this year that they plan to host a “great Irish occasion” on St Patrick’s Day, the country’s national holiday.

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Mother’s Day

When: Monday, March 21

Expo 2020 will mark Mother’s Day with a number of special events.

Expo 2020 Closing Ceremony

When: Thursday, March 31

The six-month event will draw to a close with another spectacular event. If it's open to the general public, it will be worth going to.

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