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Festivals & Events

Moroccan Festivals and Events

January –June

Almond Blossom Festival
Ameln Valley, Morocco
February / March


Marathon des Sables
Ouarzazate, Morocco

This is a seven – day foot race across the desert, which starts and finishes in Ouarzazate.

Moussem of Sidi Abdallah ibn Hassoun
Meknès, Morocco
April / May

This is a huge wax candle lantern procession carried by local brotherhoods to the Grand Mosque amid music and dancing.


Rose Festival
El – Kelaa M’Goun

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National Folklore Festival
Marrakesh, Morrocco
May / June

This huge event celebrates Berber music and dance and is held in Marrakesh.


Sacred Music Festival
Fez, Morocco
May – June

This festival has a wide ranging of music from Spanish gypsy music to more traditional music and it attracts thousands of people annually to the area.


Gnawa and World Music Festival
Essaouira, Morocco
June or

This event gets local and international performers, which plays mainly African music.





July – December

International Cultural Festival
Asilah, Morocco

This is an event celebration local art with demonstrations.


Festival International de Rabat
Rabat, Moroco

This event has excellent music and arts from all over Africa.


Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival

If you are looking for wild and wacky festival then you don't need to look no further. The Djemaa el - Fna square is busy with fortune tellers, snake-charmers, sword swallowers, fire breathers, drumming dancing and food. This is one of Morocco's most popular festivals.


Imilchil Engagement Festival

This is a three day festival in the Atlas Mountains.


Marriage Festival
Imilchil, Morocco

This huge event goes on for three days and it has women choosing possible husbands.


Moussem of Moulay Idriss II
Fez, Morocco



International Film Festival
Marrakech, Morocco
September / October

This is a week long event that celebrates African and Arab cinema.




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