What awaits us in 2024: calendar of the year | World News

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

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


January 1st

Energy price cap comes into force

UK participation in EU Horizon resumes

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

January 7

General elections in Bangladesh

Golden Globes ceremony. View the full list of nominations here

January 12

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

January 13

Taiwanese presidential election

January 13-February 11

African Cup of Nations

January 14-28

Australian Open

January 15-19

Davos World Economic Forum

January 19

Japanese Moon Sniper attempts to land

January 23

Oscar nominations

US Republican primaries, New Hampshire

January 27

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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

January 28

Finnish presidential elections

Twenty years after the publication of the Hutton Inquiry Report


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 4

Grammy Awards

February 6-8

US Republican primaries, Nevada


Azerbaijani presidential election

February 8

Pakistani general elections

February 9-17

Carnival of Rio

February 10

Lunar New Year

February 11th

American Football Super Bowl

February 11-15

Swiftposium academic conference on Taylor Swift

February 14th

Indonesian general elections

February 16

Trial begins for German man accused of kidnapping Madeleine McCann

February 17

EU Digital Services Act comes into force

February 18

Bafta Film Awards

February 23

Second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

February 24

US Republican primaries, South Carolina

February 25

Elections in Belarus, Iraqi Kurdistan and Senegal

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


Vladimir Putin draws a curtain while leaving a voting booth
Vladimir Putin at a polling station in Moscow during the March 2018 Russian presidential election. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

1st of March

Iranian legislative elections

March 1-3

World Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow

March 2

British prices

March 5

Super Tuesday presidential primary election day in the United States

March 7

World Book Day

March 7-10

Crufts, the largest dog show in the world

8 March

International Women’s Day

Irish referendums on gender and family

8-23rd of March

African Games in Ghana

March 10

Portuguese elections

The Oscars

March 10-April 9


March 11

Fourth anniversary of WHO declaration of Covid pandemic

March 17

Russian presidential election

March 23

WWF Earth Hour

March 30

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

March, 31st

Ukrainian presidential election expected

Elections expected in Slovakia and Togo


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

April 4

75th anniversary of NATO

April 5

Thirty years since the death of Kurt Cobain

April 8

Total solar eclipse in North America

April 10

South Korean elections

April 20-November 24

Venice Biennale

April 21th

London Marathon

April 22

Earth Day

April May

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 dedicated to “art, creativity and imagination”. Photograph: Ian West/PA

May 2

London mayoral elections

Local elections in the United Kingdom

3 Can

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 elections in October)

Bafta TV Awards

13-May 19

American PGA Golf Championship

May 14-25

Cannes Film Festival

May 19

Elections in the Dominican Republic

May 20 – June 9

French Open

May 21-25

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May 22

UEFA Europa League Final

May 23-June 2

Hay Festival

Ivor Novello Prize

May 25

FA Cup Final

European Rugby Champions Cup Final

May 26-June 9

French Open

Elections expected in Madagascar and South Africa

China plans to launch Chang’e 6, a sample return mission involving a robotic lander, to the far side of the Moon.


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

June 1st

UEFA Champions League Final

Icelandic presidential elections

June 2

Mexican elections

The “devil’s comet” closest to Earth

June 4-30

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

June 5

World Running Day

June 6

Eightieth anniversary of the Landing

June 6-9

European parliamentary elections

June 9

Belgian federal elections

June 10-16

US Open golf tournament

June 13-15

Italy hosts the 50th G7 summit

June 13

Women’s Prize for Fiction

June 14-July 14th

UEFA Euros

June 14-19


June 16-21

Global Biodiversity Forum

June 18-24

Royal Ascot

June 20

World Refugee Day

June 26-30

Glastonbury Festival begins

June 27-28

European Council Summit

June 29-July 21

The Tour de France begins

Elections 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

1st of July

Hungarian Presidency of the EU

July 1-14

Wimbledon tennis championships begin

9-11 July

US hosts NATO summit

July 14th

Euro final

Copa America Final

15-July 18

American Republican National Convention

July 15-19

International Botanical Congress in Madrid to vote on proposal to allow changing culturally offensive animal names

18-July 21

The Open Golf Championship

July 19-September 14

BBC Balls

July 26-August 11

Paris Olympic Games

Summer 2024

South African elections. Also Croatia and North Macedonia


Sixth stage of the second Tour de France Women, July 28, 2023
Sixth stage of the second Tour de France Femmes, July 28, 2023. Photography: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

2-August 26

On the sidelines of the Edinburgh festival

August 12-18

Tour de France Women

August 17

New city of Nusantara is officially inaugurated as the capital of Indonesia, replacing Jakarta

19-August 22

American Democratic National Convention

August 26-September 8

US Open Tennis Championships

August 28-September 8

Paralympic Games

Elections expected in Rwanda


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

September 1-8

Cycling Tour of Brittany

September 8

Great North Race

September 9

The last night of the ball

September 14-January 19, 2025

Major Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery in London

September 18

First US presidential debate

September 22-23

UN Future Summit opens in New York

September 25

US vice presidential debate


Mercury Price

Women’s T20 World Cup

Elections expected in Austria, Sri Lanka and Tunisia

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


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the BRICS summit in Johannesburg in August 2023.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the BRICS summit in Johannesburg in August 2023. Photography: Reuters

October 1st

Second US presidential debate

October 5

Final horse race of the Singapore Gold Cup

October 6

The EU will begin rolling out its Entry-Exit System (EES), requiring non-EU citizens to scan their passports when entering the Schengen free movement area

October 9

Final presidential debate in the United States

October 11

Nobel Peace Prize announced

October 23-27

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

October 24

Russia hosts Brics summit in Kazan

October 26

Georgian elections

October 27

Uruguayan elections

Elections expected in Bosnia and Botswana

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

The last America’s Cup race takes place in Barcelona


Vatican to hold synod on direction of Roman Catholic faith


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

November 5

American election

November 11-22

Cop29 climate summit

November 13

Somaliland Elections

November 18

Brazil hosts the G20 summit

November 21-24

Kendal Mountain Festival

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


US set to launch first crewed mission to the Moon in 52 years


Notre-Dame de Paris construction site, December 19, 2023
Construction site at Notre-Dame de Paris, December 19, 2023. Photography: Ait Adjedjou Karim/Abaca/Rex/Shutterstock

1st December

World AIDS Day

December 7

Ghanaian elections

December 8

Notre-Dame de Paris reopens five years after a fire

December 20

South Sudan Elections

Elections expected in Algeria, Croatia and Uzbekistan

Indian space agency Isro set to launch Shukrayaan space probe to Venus

Sometime in 2024

A malaria vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the Serum Institute of India is set to be distributed to 12 African countries.

Giant spherical structure dedicated to studying neutrinos will become operational in Jiangmen, China

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