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Famous Festivals Of Goa You Must Experience In 2023

Goa, India's most trend-setting vacation destination, is well-endowed with soul-stirring attractions. Along with its expansive beaches, vibrant nightlife, and culinary excursions, Goa hosts various grand events throughout the year. Yes, it is imperative to attend Goa's festivities at all costs. You should start checking off magnificent festivals in Goa and sites off your bucket list for a breathtaking experience. With New Year ticking closer and closer, plan your vacation and immerse in the merriment of the hearty Goan fiesta!

So, without any further wait, we recommend you start scrolling down to know about the intoxicating festive fiesta of Goa! And don't forget to capture the revitalising moments.

List of 14 Main Festivals in Goa

Goa will always be a destination that will offer visitors something new every time. There is no dearth of happening destinations and events that surround this tiny and happening state. Have a look at some of the great festivals in Goa and lose yourself completely in the zestful spirit!

  • Feast of St. Francis Xavier
  • VH1 Supersonic
  • Christmas
  • Goa Sunburn Festival
  • New Year
  • Three Kings Feast
  • Grape Escapade
  • Goa Carnival
  • Goa Food and Cultural Fest
  • Shigmo Festival
  • Goa Cashew and Coconut Fest
  • Sao Joao
  • Saptah Festival
  • Bonderam Festival 

1.Feast of St. Francis Xavier

The Patron Saint of Goa, St. Francis Xavier, died on 3rd December. His death anniversary is celebrated every year to honour the Goencho Saib. i.e., Lord of Goa. The holy saint came to Goa in 1543 with a mission to preach Christianity to people. He also intended to teach people about the Gospel of Jesus with all his heart. This religious festival of Goa is heartily celebrated for about a week starting from 3/4th December every year. Devotees from all over the world can be seen here, along with myriad food options, drink choices and a myriad of other activities.

  • Venue. The Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Major Highlights of Feast of St. Francis Xavier. People gather at the church to engage in the holy celebrations of the event.


2. VH1 Supersonic

What about some grooving music on the beach side, some vibrant vibes, and the greatest company of your loved ones? The VHI Supersonic is entitled to be the most happening, terrific, and rousing music festival in Goa that will surely impose goosebumps on you. This EMD Beach party is one such event that youngsters must await. Gorge on the delicacies and groove to the electrifying beats of techno, bass, and more. Some great International and Indian artists will be putting on shows with electrifying performances that will make your dance all night! A buzzing music night awaits all the connoisseurs of music.

  • Venue. Candolim Beach
  • Major Highlights of VH1 Supersonic. Beach party, music, dance, food, beers and other beverages

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3. Christmas

Well, year-end has already knocked on the doors, and December is slowly shifting towards the second half, indicating frenzied preparations for Christmas. Wonderfully adorned surroundings, astounding Christmas trees, lighted markets, pubs, discotheques, and lounges dot the state, enhancing its beauty by several notches. Christmas has been regarded as the main and most awaited festival of Goa, celebrated with all the zest and fervour. Cherish the festivities with a religious twist, this time in Goa.

  • Venue. All across the state
  • Major Highlights of Christmas. Attend midnight mass service, incredible fireworks, savouring delicious rum cakes, bike Rides, Christmas feasts, crib-making competition

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4. Goa Sunburn Festival 

The Sunburn Festival is synonymous with an iconic splash of music! Yes, this festival is one of the craziest Goa music festivals that will bring pulsating music, excitement, and unparalleled fun! Groove till your heart wants on the beach side, blessing your souls with sensational buzz caused by this terrific event. This renowned event is number 3 in the World’s Best Music Festival.

  • Venue. Vagator Beach
  • Major Highlights of Goa Sunburn Festival. Music, food, dance, bungee jumping, beverages, open-air cinema

5. New Year 

Do you wish to experience the most vibrant side of the year's end? Then come to Goa and be a part of the rousing festivities of the New Year. This party state can be seen all plunged into the happening hues and vibes of joy. Engage enthusiastically in the sparky festivities of the New Year and make countless moments with your loved ones. Welcome the brand new year with a bubbly spirit while dancing & enjoying at either the lively beaches or the clubs in Goa.

  • Venue. All across the state
  • Major Highlights of New Year. Fantastic pyrotechnics, partying in the clubs, gala dinners, beach parties, global dining, cruise parties

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6. Three Kings Feast