By Sponsored Stories04 Sep 2017Local festivals bring a destination to life, giving you the chance to rub shoulders with the locals, take part in the celebrations, and experience something unique. And it seems that some destinations love getting in that festive mood more than others… Macao, as a destination, absolutely loves celebrating everything that is good and exciting in life, and chances are that whenever you set foot in this vibrant, multicultural destination with a sizzling food scene and enough attractions to fill a weekend or a week, there’ll be some amazing festival currently taking place. But hey, if you’re the type of traveller that prefers knowing exactly what you’re in for when you do visit this bite-sized country – because let’s face it: everyone must check out Macao, MUST! – here’s what you can expect to celebrate this year. THE 31ST MACAO INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Taking place between September 29 and October 30, the 31st Macao International Music Festival is an enthusiastic celebration of music, with some of the best local and international acts and orchestras putting on daily performances appealing to music lovers of all styles: from classical to jazz, opera to world music. Highlights of this year’s programme include Giordano’s best-known opera Andrea Chénie, performances by emerging international talents such as Russian-Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas and South Korea’s leading ensemble Novus String Quartet, and local opera production A Fragrant Dream. THE 17TH MACAO FOOD FESTIVAL Macao is already a mecca for sizzling, sumptuous, sublime food, but from November 10 to 26, the country’s annual food carnival comes to town. Treating punters to a delicious assortment of gastronomic flavours from all around the world, the 17th Macao Food Festival won’t only serve up a delicious spread of great food to fill your belly, but visitors will also be treated to spectacular firework displays, exhibitions, game stands, singing and dancing performances, and even a photography contest. THE 64TH MACAO GRAND PRIX Love fast cars? Then time your visit to Macao to fall between November 16 to 19 and attend the 64th Macao Grand Prix. Easily the most prestigious international event on the local calendar, the racy long weekend will see the world’s best motorcycle, WTCC and Formula 3 racers compete against each other and the clock through the twisting Guia street circuit of Macao city. THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND AWARDS Source: www2016.iffamacao.com Catch some of Asia’s and the world’s best cinema at the 2nd International Film Festival and Awards in Macao, with a colourful and exciting programme spreading over seven days (Dec 8-14). The IFFA Macao 2017 will have a special focus on first and second time film makers, as well as feature great directors and stars. MACAO LIGHT FESTIVAL The annual Macao Light Festival, taking place from December 3 to 31, will literally light up the city’s skies and landmarks with colourful illuminations, light installations and fantastical displays that will make you feel like a kid again. Definitely one for the whole family! PARADE THROUGH MACAO, LATIN CITY Get festive with the locals through the city’s historical quarters during the Parade through Macao, Latin City, and walk through Macao’s streets and alleyways as hundreds of talented local artists and foreign groups bring the city to life through song and dance. Taking place on December 3, the festival celebrates the handing over of Macao to China. Feel like taking part in the festivities in Macao this year? Visit www.visitmacao.com.au for more inspiration and information on this vibrant Asian destination that packs a mighty festive punch for its bite-size. Fireworks, fast cars or food – which festival are you most looking forward to experiencing in Macao this year? This article was brought to you by: Other stories you may like MOUTH WATERING: Free Macanese delicacies being dished up in Sydney Where to find the top 5 festivals and events this December Luxury hotels in Macao are in the biz of delivering the exceptional – every time!