Aloha! Upcoming Hawaii Events Around the Island of Oahu

Visiting Oahu in the coming months? There’s always something cool on the island to do – from music and food festivals, local block parties, art and film events, surf competitions, to lounging at the beach and experiencing the local Hawaiian culture, here are some upcoming events on Oahu to check out during your stay!



First Friday Arts & Culture Block Party – Chinatown is the place to be if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment.

Aloha Festivals: 67th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea – Aloha Festivals hosts Hawaii’s largest block party with the 67th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea. Unlike any other event throughout the year, Waikiki’s beachfront Kalakaua Avenue will be transformed with booths highlighting Hawaii cuisine, crafts and culture.

VegFest Oahu is a celebration of island-style plant-based, sustainable living. The free festival brings together more than 50 booths offering education, food, and entertainment.


The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival – The Festival features a roster of more than 150 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and winemakers and mixologists.

Honolulu Pride™ Parade and Festival – The 2019 Honolulu Pride™ parade, festival, and surrounding events are expected to attract an unprecedented amount of guests and spectators than ever before. This year, the event schedule offers over two weeks of colorfully curated events filled with entertainment, art, fashion and culture providing something special for all members of our community.


The Vans Pro is a high-stakes event for local World Surf League (WSL) athletes who annually contend a slot into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and marks the start to the Hawaii surf season in a blaze of feisty competition and XL waves.

39th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival – HIFF is the festival of record for emerging works from the Pacific Rim, a destination of award winning films from major film festivals around the world, and an incubator for Hawaii-based and Native Hawaiian works that come from the vibrant and local creative industries. The festival has featured premiere screenings of many acclaimed films, including festival premieres such as SHOPLIFTERS, MOONLIGHT, THE HOST, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and many more.

The first Hula Girl Festival in Waikiki! Saturday evening at the 2nd Annual Kalakaua Festival on the main drag Kalakaua Avenue will be blocked off for the first ever Hula Hoolaulea to be held in Waikiki and cover a half mile of stages, hula booths, exhibitions, hula supplies, live performances, Hawaiian music and craft fair.

Hawaiian Pro – This community-centered event welcomes traveling athletes, families, fans and locals to the North Shore of Oahu to kick-start the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS) at a wave where many of Hawaii’s athletes got their start in competitive surfing.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS) is one of the longest running professional surfing series that ultimately determines the best athlete of the North Shore’s winter surf season, along with the World Surf League (WSL) Champion, event winners and a VTCS rookie.


35th Annual Honolulu City Lights – The parade features work vehicles adorned with lights and special decorations. Among the more than 50 units expected to participate are fire and police vehicles, TheBus, refuse truck, city service vehicles, marching bands, and entries from Honolulu City Lights sponsors (December 07, 2019 – January 01, 2020)

The Honolulu Marathon in December attracts runners from around the world. Get your heart pumping as you run 26.2 miles through the heart of Honolulu (December 8, 2019).

Vans World Cup of Surfing – This event is the go-for-broke, last ditch effort for athletes to ascend onto the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour by way of the Qualifying Series and is therefore the highest stakes competition of the Vans Triple Crown.

Billabong Pipe Masters is the most charged event of the year as the season conclusion to the World Surf League elite tour.


The Sony Open in January gives you the chance to watch world-class golf pros play at the scenic Waialae Country Club in Oahu. It’s the largest charity golf event in Hawaii, raising funds for dozens of local nonprofit organizations. 


POW! WOW! HAWAII is a week-long event that takes place during Valentine’s Day week in the Kakaako district and brings over a hundred international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art.