Naadam Festival - Ulaanbaatar
See the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar 11-13 July each year.
Once a year, around the 11th and 13th July, Ulaanbaatar hosts the national Naadam Festival, which attracts herding families and horse racers from far and wide. The plains outside the city come to life with hundreds of nomadic tens, thousands of horses and tens of thousands of people. Mongolian tourism peaks around Naadam, which is also the climatically best time to travel. Smaller local Naadam festivals are also held all around the country, and provide unique experience for the more flexible adventure traveller. The annual dates for these vary from year to hear, and they are therefore more difficult to schedule into a tight travel program. However, if you do have the luxury of this flexibility we strongly urge you to visit a local Naadam, as this will be an experience of a lifetime.