What's On in Nairobi
The Kenyan calendar is busy throughout the year and expats living in Nairobi can get involved in all types of events ranging from art and music festivals to safari rallies. Some happen on a monthly basis while others are expected each year around the same time.
Here are some of Nairobi's not-to-be-missed festivals.
Annual events in Nairobi
Blankets and Wine (monthly)
Music lovers from Nairobi and beyond converge in the city for this relaxed day-long outdoor music festival. With performances by top Kenyan musicians, DJs and bands, this is a great opportunity to check out the local talent.
Cake Festival (June)
Attendees of this event are in for a sweet treat as baked goods of all shapes and sizes abound. Aspiring bakers can also check out live cake-decorating demonstrations, while little ones can attend a baking class just for kids.
International Puppetry Festival (September)
Here visitors get to experience traditional forms of puppeteering. Each year has a theme. This is a fun event for the whole family, and the kids will enjoy the lively performances at this very unique and interesting festival.
Shaggy Dog Show (September)
Animal lovers come from all over to take part in this family-friendly day organised by the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA). Highlights include a fancy dress competition for both owners and their dogs, as well as awards for 'happiest dog', 'best-groomed dog' and, of course, 'shaggiest dog'.
Jamhuri Day (December)
On the 12th of December each year, Kenya celebrates its independence. Jamhuri is Swahili for 'republic' and as such Jamhuri Day commemorates the day Kenya become a republic in 1964. It is a national public holiday when everyone takes a day off work and relaxes. It is celebrated in style with dancing, feasts and parades.