February 29, 2024

2024 will be a landmark year: dozens of elections around the world, unresolved conflicts in Ukraine and Israel-Gaza to address, and further milestones expected in everything from global temperatures to space exploration and artificial intelligence.

Here are some of the big events scheduled for the year.


1 January

Energy price cap comes into effect

UK participation in EU Horizon resume

Brics expansion: Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and possibly Argentina to join

January 7

Bangladesh general elections

Golden Globes ceremony. Check out the full list of nominations here

January 12

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases global temperature report for 2023

13 January

Taiwanese presidential election

January 13-February 11

Africa Cup of Nations

January 14-28

Australian Open

January 15-19

Davos World Economic Forum

January 19

Japanese Lunar Sniper attempts to land

23 January

Oscar nominations

US Republican primaries, New Hampshire

27 January

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The world’s largest cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas, makes a maiden voyage

January 28

Finnish presidential elections

Twenty years since Hutton Inquiry Report published


Taylor Swift at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, February 2023
Taylor Swift at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, February 2023. Photo: David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock

February 2-March 16

Six Nations Rugby Tournament

February 4th

Grammy Awards

February 6-8

US Republican primaries, Nevada

7 February

Azerbaijani presidential election

February 8

Pakistani general election

February 9-17

Rio carnival

10 February

Lunar new year

11 February

american football Super Bowl

February 11-15

Swift posium academic conference on Taylor Swift

14 February

Indonesian general election

February 16

Trial begins of German man accused of Madeleine McCann’s kidnapping

17 February

EU law on digital services enters into force

18 February

Bafta film awards

February 23

Second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

February 24th

US Republican primaries, South Carolina

February 25

Elections in Belarus, Iraqi Kurdistan and Senegal

NATO expected to launch Steadfast Defender, the largest military exercise since the Cold War


Vladimir Putin pulls aside a curtain as he leaves a polling station
Vladimir Putin at a polling station in Moscow during Russia’s presidential election in March 2018. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

1 March

Iranian legislative elections

March 1-3

World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow

March 2

Brit Awards

March 5

American Super Tuesday presidential primary election day

March 7

World Book Day

March 7-10

Crufts, largest dog show in the world

March 8

International Women’s Day

Irish referendums on gender and family

8-2March 3

African Games in Ghana

10 March

Portuguese elections

The Oscars

March 10-April 9


11 March

Fourth anniversary of WHO declaring Covid pandemic

March 17

Russian presidential election

March 23

WWF Earth Hour

March 30

Oxford and Cambridge boat race

March 31

Ukrainian presidential election expected

Elections expected in Slovakia and Togo


A total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 over Madras, Oregon, USA
A total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 over Madras, Oregon, USA. Photo: Aubrey Gemignani/AFP/Getty Images

April 4th

NATO 75th anniversary

April 5

Thirty years since the death of Kurt Cobain

April 8

Total solar eclipse over North America

April 10

South Korean elections

April 20-November 24

Venice Biennale

April 21

London marathon

April 22

earth day


Indian elections. Also Maldives, North Macedonia and Solomon Islands


The National Gallery in London
The National Gallery in London, which will celebrate its bicentenary with a year-long festival of ‘art, creativity and imagination’. Photo: Ian West/PA

May 2

London mayoral election

British local elections

3 May

World Press Freedom Day

May 5

Panamanian elections

May 10

Bicentenary of the National Gallery in London

May 11

Eurovision in Malmö, Sweden

The Great Wall Marathon, China

May 12

Lithuanian presidential elections (general election in October)

Bafta TV Awards

13-19 May

US PGA Golf Championship

May 14–25

Cannes Film Festival

May 19

Dominican Republic elections

20 May – 9 June

French Open

May 21-25

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May 22

Uefa Europa League final

May 23-June 2

Hay festival

Ivor Novello Awards

May 25

FA Cup final

final of the European Rugby Championships

May 26– June 9

French Open

Elections expected in Madagascar and South Africa

China was scheduled to launch Chang’e 6, a prototype return mission involving a robotic lander, to the far side of the moon


Elton John performing on the Pyramid Stage
Elton John performs on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, June 29, 2023. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA

1 June

Uefa Champions League final

Icelandic presidential elections

June 2

Mexican elections

“Devil Comet” closest to Earth

June 4-30

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

June 5th

World Running Day

June 6

Eightieth anniversary of the D-Day landings

June 6-9

EU parliamentary elections

June 9

Belgian federal elections

June 10-16

US Open golf tournament

June 13-15

Italy is hosting the 50th G7 summit

June 13

Women’s Prize for Fiction

June 14th– July 14th

UEFA Euros

June 14-19


June 16-21

World Biodiversity Forum

June 18-24

Royal Ascot

June 20

World Refugee Day

June 26-30

Glastonbury Festival start

June 27-28

European Council summit

June 29-21 July

Tour de France start

Elections are expected in Kiribati, Mauritania and Mongolia


The Olympic rings are unveiled in Paris, 2017
The Olympic rings are unveiled in Paris, 2017. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images

1 July

Hungary EU Presidency

July 1-14

Wimbledon tennis championships begin

9-11 July

USA hosts the NATO summit

July 14th

Euro final

Copa America final

15– July 18

American Republican National Convention

July 15-19

International Botanical Congress in Madrid will vote on a proposal to change culturally offensive animal names

18-21 July

The Open Golf Championship

July 19-14 September

BBC Proms

July 26-11 August

Paris Olympics

Summer 2024

South African elections. Also Croatia and North Macedonia


Stage six of the second Tour de France Femmes, 28 July 2023
Stage six of the second Tour de France Femmes, 28 July 2023. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

2-26 August

Edinburg festival edge

August 12-18

Tour de France Women

17 August

The new city of Nusantara is formally inaugurated as the capital of Indonesia, replacing Jakarta

19-22 August

US Democratic National Convention

August 26– September 8

US Open Tennis Championships

August 28– September 8

Paralympic Games

Elections are expected in Rwanda


Self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1889
Self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Photo: Fine Art/Corbis/Getty Images

September 1-8

Tour of Britain bike race

September 8

Great North Run

September 9

Last night of the Proms

September 14-19 January 2025

Major Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery in London

September 18

First US Presidential Debate

September 22-23

UN Summit of the Future opens in New York

September 25

US Vice Presidential Debate


Mercury price

Women’s T20 World Cup

Elections are expected in Austria, Sri Lanka and Tunisia

Japan’s space agency, Jaxa, will launch its MMX (Martian Moons eXploration) mission to explore Phobos and Deimos, the small moons of Mars


President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of China Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov at the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, August 2023
President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of China Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, August 2023. Photo: Reuters

October 1st

Second US Presidential Debate

October 5

Last ever Singapore Gold Cup horse race

October 6

EU begins rolling out its Entry-Exit System (EES), requiring non-EU citizens to scan their passports when entering the Schengen Free Travel Area

October 9

Final US Presidential Debate

October 11

Nobel Peace Prize announced

October 23-27

Worldwide Music Expo (Womex), the music industry’s biggest conference, begins in Manchester

October 24

Russia is hosting the Brics summit in Kazan

October 26

Georgian elections

October 27

Uruguayan elections

Elections are expected in Bosnia and Botswana

Nasa is to launch Europa Clipper, a probe to study the habitability of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

The final race of the America’s Cup takes place in Barcelona


Vatican to hold synod looking at the direction of the Roman Catholic faith


Ballot box in the USA
Ballot box in the USA. Photo: Sefa Ozel/Getty Images/iStockphoto

November 5

American election

November 11-22

Cop29 climate summit

November 13

Somaliland elections

18 November

Brazil hosts G20 summit

November 21-24

Kendal Mountain festival

Elections expected in Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, Namibia


US is expected to launch the first manned mission to the moon in 52 years


Construction at Notre Dame in Paris, December 19, 2023
Construction at Notre Dame in Paris, December 19, 2023. Photo: Ait Adjedjou Karim/Abaca/Rex/Shutterstock

December 1st

World Aids Day

December 7th

Ghanaian elections

December 8

Notre Dame in Paris reopens five years after fire

December 20

South Sudan elections

Elections are expected in Algeria, Croatia and Uzbekistan

India’s space agency, Isro, is set to launch the Shukrayaan space probe to Venus

Sometime in 2024

An antimalarial vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the Serum Institute of India is expected to be distributed in 12 African countries

A giant spherical structure dedicated to studying neutrinos will go live in Jiangmen, China

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