A city where there is always something going on, you will find many festivals and events in Chennai every month. This includes numerous dance, music and cinema festivals in Chennai, whatever your interest, you’re bound to get your dose of culture. Here’s our selection of cultural festivals and events in Chennai over the year. Check out our Calendar at the bottom for a more comprehensive list for trip planning.
Dance Festival at Malappuram: This is one the most spectacular events in Chennai, where South Indian dances are showcased on an ancient open-air stage built over 1300 years ago. Here you’ll have the chance to enjoy traditional dances like the Bharatanatyam.
Thyagaraja Festival: One of South India’s most famous composer, known for his Telugu songs, he is commemorated with this annual event that is held in the composer’s honour.
Natyanjali Dance Festival is held in Chidambaram at the end of February, in which the roof of the main temple is used as the backdrop to showcase Tamil Nadu’s traditional dance of the Bharatanatyam.
Arubathimoovar Festival is a vibrant religious procession taking place in the Kapileshwar Temple in the Mylapore district. The 63 saints of Shiva from the temple are paraded through the streets.
Tamil New Year is Chennai’s biggest party and religious event. Families go together to the temple to pray that the next year will be prosperous and each house is decked out in mango leaves and kolam to bring forth prosperity.
The Kavadi Festival is one of the most interesting Hindu festival in Chennai where a flower covered decoration known as the Kavadi is taken up the sacred Palani Hill. The entire procession is accompanied by drums.
Kanthuri Festival is a secular festival dedicated to St. Qadir Wali whose good work reached out to people from every faith.