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Tere ‘A’ati - Rurutu:
From January 2 to January 8 

Cultural and historical event on Rurutu in the Austral Islands featuring a long walk with stops at ancestral sites (archeological sites and cliffs, etc.), the three villages (Moerai, Avera and Auti) and a visit to various homes where guests receive this island’s traditional greeting, a shower of thrown talcum powder, custom specific to the inhabitants of the island.
Comité du Tourisme de Rurutu / Tourisme Board of Rurutu
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Tere Fa'ati - Tahiti:
January 28

Tahiti circle island tour in the typical socalled "Truck" means of transportation to the sound of the ''ukulele' with stops in tourist scenic sites. 
Tahiti Tourisme 
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Chinese New Year Festivities - Tahiti:
From January 28 to February 5

The French Polynesian Chinese community celebrates the beginning of the Chinese Year. All the cultural and folk wealth of the country will be highlighted during these festivities through especially in dancing, cooking, ancestral arts and rites. 
Si Ni Thong Association
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Flower and Handicraft Festival: 
From January 30 to February 14

In the gardens of the Papeete city hall, the neighborhoods display their flowers and their jewelry creations along with all their smells and their colors amidst the celebration of the Lovers' Day
Assocication des questiers de Papeete / Association of the Papeete Neightboors




The Pacific International Documentary Film Festival of Tahiti - FIFO (14TH EDITION): 
From February 4 to February 12

This festival is a long-term event which for a few days brings the productions of audio-visual documentaries dealing with Oceania (Pacific communities) before an international jury. A succession of Film screenings, free workshops, conferences and encounters.
Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
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Valentine's Day Show - Tahiti: 
From February 9 to February 14

This exhibition has become a MUST. These jewels showcase the professionalism and creativity shown by the craftspeople in choosing the materials they use, in the subtle combining of local raw materials, thus giving the arts and crafts activities the distinction they deserve.
Association Bijouterie d'Art Polynésien / «Polynesian Art Jewelry» Association

Tahiti Festival Guitare (10th EDITION) - Tahiti:
From February 23 to February 25

Best Young Guitar Player Contest stagedwithin the « TAHITI Guitar New Hopes» framework. An event where
internationally renowned artists will be joining the award winners though great music evenings to come.
Collectf Tahiti Rock / Tahiti Rock Group
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From May to August

The event involves three disciplines: stand up paddle, open water swimming, prone paddleboard. The competition attracts multi-disciplinary athletes who are passionate about water activities in relation with swimming and gliding sports. The Waterman Tahiti Tour starts with a 5 stage competition in Tahiti, Huahine and Moorea
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Arrivals of the Evangelists:
March 5

Commemoration of the arrival of the first British protestant missionaries in Matavai - Tahiti. This year marks the 220th anniversary of the establishment of the Gospel.
Maohi Protestant Churh

Pro Rangiroa Junior Surf: 
From March 6 to March 10

A professional surf competition for the Junior category in Rangiroa and organized under the umbrella of the Commune of Rangiroa in partnership with the tourism sector.
Comité du Tourisme de Rangiroa / Rangiroa Tourist Board 
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International Women's Day:
March 8

A number of actions to highlight, value and support Polynesian women's issues and status.
Delegation to Family and Women's Legal Status 

Festival Pro Surf at PAPARA:
From March 12 to March 17 

Surf competition with international youth from the WQS professional circuit - World Qualify Series - on the beach at Taharuu - Papara in the Junior, Open and Ondines categories.
Fédération Tahitienne de Surf / Tahitian Surf Federation
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Tahiti-Moorea Marathon 
March 25

This international marathon is run on Moorea island with 3 races scheduled: Marathon, Half-Marathon and Fenua Run (4km). The courses change every year.
The Moorea Club

Earth Hour - Tahiti (5TH EDITION):
March 25

Event about environmental issues to promote a power-saving attitude through symbolical actions on the theme of return to sources by replacing electric lighting with old-time ingredients used on the island of Tahiti, it Peninsula and the island of Moorea. Playful attractions and activities; with the participation of hotels, restaurants and boarding houses...
Earth Hour Representative 




"Vanira" Raid (8th EDITION) - Tahaa:
April 1st

15 km running in a luxurious landscape, inside the island of Taha'a (Leeward Islands) in the associated municipality of Hipu. Musical ambience, fruit tasting, artisan displays, catering and vanilla producers'’ stands will add to this sport and scenic event.
Tahaa Vanira
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Traditional Sports Championship "Tuaro Maohi" - Tahiti:
May & June  

At Tahiti and islands - Te Fare Manaha Museum, Punaauia - Tahiti. This contest allows athletes from French Polynesia’s five archipelagos, and sometimes from the entire Pacific region, to demonstrate their talents in ancient Polynesian sports. Workshops, demonstrations and initiation classes are on the scheme. The aim of the event is to develop traditional sports and encourage and recruit younger generations into these ancient Polynesian sports. 
Contact : / fb : Tu’aro Maohi

XTerra Tahiti (8th EDITION) - Tahiti:
From May 6 to May 7

A race around the island of Tahiti, a competition focusing on the respect for sport and environment. Over the course of two days, the race will go through several sites or iconic places of Tahiti: the lagoon and a valley in Mataiea, Vaihiria Lake, the Maroto site, the hydroelectric dams as well as the Papeno'o valley on the inner side of the island of Tahiti, with its lush vegetation.
VSOP Sports Association - GSM

Tahiti Vanilla week - Tahiti:
From MAY 16 to MAY 20

Come and discover or rediscover the Tahiti Vanilla and its by-products, learn about how vanilla is produced, prepared and transformed. Rejoin the agents of the vanilla channels at the French Polynesia’s Assembly Hall in Taraho’i, Papeete, as well as in participating restaurants and hotels. The public, the agribusiness and cosmetic professionals, the researchers or students will be able to appreciate the wealth of the world’s highest quality vanilla, its unique flavor and its various uses. 
Tahiti Vanille Establishment
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The Rising of the Pleiads:
May 20

Matari’i i raro”, where the food shortage season starts. The transition from one season to the other was a major moment in ancient society, where people would practice important rites and rituals.
Association Haururu - Vetea AVAEMAI 

«La Ronde Tahitienne» cycle road race (5th EDITION):
May 21

From the Fautaua velodrome in Pirae to the circle island tour of Tahiti, the Vélo Club de Tahiti and VSOP associations now organize the 6th edition of La Ronde Tahitienne. 
Tahiti Cycling Club
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Let’s meet at the Papeete city hall to find the perfect gift for mum.
Association Bijouterie d’Art Polynésien - Faaura BOUTEAU

Tahiti Pearl Regatta (14h EDITION) - Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora:
From May 23 to May 27

A colorful regatta between the islands of Raiatea (two days in the Uturoa village), Taha'a and Bora Bora (2 days) accessible to all types of boats, to all nationalities, combining high sea stages and lagoon rounds, the whole event being crowned with festive evenings and cultural activities
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Mother's Day:
May 27 

Shops, restaurants and tourism accommodation providers offer specials and discounts on various products to spoil every mum in on their special day.
Papeete Centre Ville - CCISM - Mairie de Papeete
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The Floralies exhibition:
From 25 May to June 4

Where all fans of flowers, shrubs and endemic tree shoots, meet. It’s the occasion to search out for varieties of very sought-after or rare plants during these 3 weeks of exhibition of the Vaitupa site.
Développement rural / Rural Development

Pareu Day:
May 26

Pareu Day is celebrated everywhere around the world since the day a small group of Polynesians launched it in 2013 with the help of social networks. The slot time for this monthly festive event taking place in Papeete city is on the last week of May.
Tahiti Tourisme
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All the traditional dance schools of Tahiti, Moorea and other French Polynesian islands come together for this yearly show with expert performances in the traditional Polynesian arts (fire dancing, drums etc.). The participants range from the ages of 3 to 70 years old, making for a dynamic and convivial setting as these budding artists shine, demonstrating the essence of Polynesian “joie de vivre”. On To’ata Square, Papeete. 
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International Golf Open Tour:
From June 5 to June 11 

Located some 30 miles away from Papeete (Tahiti), the Olivier Bréaud golf course extends in the vast ‘Atimaono domain of Papara and hosts, every year, one of the stops of the Pacific tour organized by the Australian PGA.
Fédération Polynésienne de Golf / Polynesian Golf 

Early June  

The competition is run on the left-side reef at “Sapinus”, in Punaauia, where all the big names of the Stand Up World Paddle Tour challenge one another over a week ; The winner and contenders who make their way through the Trials receive points and prize.
Fédération Tahitienne de Surf / Tahitian Surf Federation - GSM
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Taapuna Master Surfing (23rd EDITION) - Tahiti:
From June 8 to June 25

Major amateur on-reef surf open competitions, staged over 6 days in the Ta'apuna Pass in Punaauia (including 2 for the junior category on the 7th and 8th of May), with a waiting period in the expectation of the best waves; surfers, bodyboarders, “drop knee” et “stand up paddle”racers will ride in front of the visitors thanks to special sea shuttle boat transfers.
Taapuna Surf Club 
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Tahiti Fashion Week - Tahiti:
From June 14 to June 16 

Event for creation and fashion where the talents of craftsmen and local designers stand out during fashion shows, modeling contests and meetings with the world of beauty and fashion.
Alberto Vivian
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Music Festival Day :
Week of June 21

For over a decade, artists, music lovers or music associations show their passion by sharing it and by gathering on private or public world sites.
Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
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Miss Tahiti Pageant:
June 23 

The Miss Tahiti election is a tribute paid to the, natural charm and beauty of the Polynesian woman. Beauty contest created in 1960, the Miss Tahiti Beauty Pageant is a popular event followed each year with lot of enthusiasm by all Polynesian people The event is definitely a must in French Polynesia.
Comité Miss Tahiti / Miss Tahiti Committee 

5th Annual Australia-Tahiti Event:
June 23

Following the morning meeting between luxury yachting professionals near Marina Taina in Punaauia, the crews chill out with fun games and sports and fine food offered to get a sample of the tastes of the region.
Tahiti Crew
Contact: / fb : Tahiti-Crew

TAHITI - MOOREA Sailing Rendez-vous: 
From June 23 to June 25

An event stages both on Tahiti and Moorea islands to welcome international boaters calling in Polynesia and celebrate their navigation across the Pacific It is a friendly sailing and traditional sports rallye allowing encounters with the Polynesian population and culture

HEIVA RIMAI (handicrafts):
From June 23 to July 23

Traditional handicraft experts from the 5 island groups of French Polynesia stay all in one place for a month-long exhibition of their handicraft products. Most of the materials used come from their islands and they are truly “Made in Tahiti”.
Service de l’artisanat / Handcrat Service 
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The Orange Festival in Punaauia:
June 24 

Punaauia city celebrates the orange fruits from the Tamanu plateau.
Service des sports et de la jeunesse de la Ville de Punaauia

From June 27 to June 30

The International Va’a Federation is organizing the very 1st world edition of Va’a long distance race in Tahiti in 2017. This new event features a competition of Polynesian outrigger canoe races where participating countries will compete every couple of years to become the International Federation world champions of long distance va’a racing.
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Internal Self Government Day:
June 29

Sports and cultural associations parade and march - Hivavaevae - in Papeete city ; 33rd anniversary.
Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
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Late June to Mid-July 

The Heiva i Bora Bora is an annual dance, chant and traditional sports competition with handicraft exhibition and takes place at Tahua Moto’i in Vaitape.
Comité du Tourisme de Bora Bora / Bora Bora Tourism Board 




Month of July 

Some islands like Moorea, Huahine, Maupiti, Rurutu proudly celebrate their cultures with inter-district activities to highlight their talent in chants, dance, sports...
Comités de tourisme et Mairies

Sport Competition of the HEIVA: 
July 1st

Multi-category V1 (solo), V3, V6 and V16 sprint races at Tehoro beach in Mataiea, followed by a marathon course between Tahiti and Moorea. On other days, don’t miss the famous traditional sailing canoe races and traditional sports - Tu’aro Ma’ohi in Tahiti.
Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
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US Independence Day Celebrations:
July 4 

The municipality of Mahina celebrates Independence Day at Venus Point with associations who boast the Made in USA: Harley Davidson riders, big cubes, football, base ball...
Ville de Mahina - Xavier ETAETA

Walking on Fire UMU TI:
July 5

Every year, a big underground oven is dug to cook the Ti plant in the traditional fashion thanks to heated stones on which people experience the fire walk under the blessing of the Great Priest of the ceremony.
Raymond GRAFFE

From July 6 to July 22

The best chant and dance groups compete on the famous Toata stage and rival with creativity to showcase the most festive and rooted Polynesian traditions. This competition dates back to 1881 and fosters a spirit of unity between the artists and the spectators.
Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui 
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From July 8,15,22,29 and August 5

Shows on cultural history with “Te Aroha Mamaia” staged by professional dance group Toakura with the support of the Arts Conservatory of French Polynesia.
Conservatoire Artistique de Polynésie française - Te Fare Upa Rau

Tahitian Traditional Sports Championship :
July 11

Fruit Carriers race in the Paofai gardens.
Traditional Sports and Games  /

Bastille Day:
July 14

Bastille Day celebration is organized in the same way as in all French territories, with a military march to which all the authorities are invited. The Islands of Tahiti also celebrate this Republican event.
Communication du Haut-Commissariat / High Commissioner's Communication Services


Meeting around Papeete’s Market place with traditional Polynesian dance groups who are taking part in the Heiva i Tahiti.
Direction du Marché de Papeete / Management of the Papeete's Market Place
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"Te Aito Va’a" (30th EDITION) - Tahiti:
From July 21 to July 22 

One-day outrigger canoe race for individual paddlers over approximately 10 kms (6 miles). The best 100 paddlers qualify for the “Super Aito” race. 
Ruahatu Association

July 29

Half-circle island tour of Tahiti to the peninsula on two modes of transportation: A road trip aboard the traditional “Le Truck” then a boat ride with stops at public sites to the sounds of the ‘ukulele.
Tahiti Tourisme
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Trials Air Tahiti Nui Surfing: 
From August 5 to August 6

Surf qualifying competition in Teahupo’o - Tahiti, ahead of that reserved to the foreign and local professional surfers for the famous Billabong Pro.
Fédération Tahitienne de Surf / Tahitian Surf Federation
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From August 11 to August 22

The professional surfers of the world compete on a water course with perfect waves in the famous pass from Hava'e to Teahupo'o. The best way to have an idea is to participate in this great surfing festival of the 7th stage of the world tour, while enjoying to see the green site of Tahiti Iti (or Little Tahiti) with its mountains taking root on the water.
Fédération Tahitienne de Surf / Tahitian Surf Federation
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August 19

Individual canoe race with the 100 best paddlers from “Te ‘Aito” in two legs, Mahina - Papeete  and Taapuna pass.
Association Ruahatu 




ONO’U International Graffiti Art Festival:
From September 1st to September 3rd

It is the most important international event in the Pacific region for urban contemporary art and takes place in May. ONO’U regroups about fifty renowned graffiti artists coming from every corner of the world.
Tahiti New Generation Company - GSM
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From Septembre 13 to Septembre 16

Promotion of music art through 'Ukulele playing.
Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui 
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Fareireihaga - Rangiroa:
From September 18 to September 23

In Rangiroa, the tourism industry celebrates tourism by dedicating a few days to promote cultural, fishing and handicraft related activities where local people take part in various contests. All visitors are more than welcome to experience the Farerei Haga event!
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World Tourism Day - Tahiti et dans les îles:
September 27

Celebrate World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27th September. The tourism industry throughout French Polynesia in coordination with local visitor centers on each island, highlight the country's heritage sites, local culture, traditional dance and music with the participation of the local people.
Tahiti Tourisme 
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Agricultural Fair:
From September 28 to October 8

Over the course of two weeks, the primary sector is highlighted in the population, adults and children alike,
with the schools, to discover the breeding of animals living on the islands and the true products of the
Polynesian terroir. Many exhibitors from all the 5 archipelagos take part in the various contests staged by the organizing committee. The selected venue is still the Vaitupa site or Motu Ovini in the district of Faa'a.
Service du développement rural  / Rural Development




VAIPARAOA SAPINUS surfing and body-boarding:
From October 11 to October 29

Over a 3-week waiting period, with 4 to 5 days of competition 15 minutes from the airport, the city of Punaauia shows their 2nd surf spot: The coral barrier at Sapinus, where surf and body-board sessions go live.
Taapuna Surf Club
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Hawaiki Nui Va’a (26th EDITION):
From November 1st to November 3rd

"Va'a" or outrigger canoe is the ultimate traditional sport. Over 100 outriggers will race from Huahine to Raiatea, Tahaa and to Bora Bora. The mythical arrival of the race at Matira Point in Bora Bora is unreal and definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Fédération Tahitienne de Va'a / Tahitian Va'a Federation
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The Rising of the Pleiads:
From November 20

“Matari’i i ni’a”, when the season of abundance begins (tau ‘auhune). The transition from one season to the other was a major moment in ancient society, where people would practice important rites and rituals.
Association Haururu - Vetea AVAEMAI

Tahiti Nui Holopunui Chanel Crossing :
From November 20

The race consists in navigating about 400km onboard a traditional sailing outrigger canoe from Tahiti to Bora Bora through the islands of Moorea, Raiatea, Taha’a and Huahine.
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Book Fair (17th EDITION):
From November 22 to November 29

This fair aims at regrouping everyone who distributes and promotes reading books in French Polynesia during conferences, meetings with local and non-local authors, various entertainments, book sales exhibitions, etc. in the gardens and rooms of Te Fare Tauhiti Nui.
Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
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Week from November 22

Te Fare Tauhiti Nui celebrates the 12th anniversary of this relatively recent competition which is drawing scores of traditional dance groups from everywhere. From the most famous dance groups to groups formed specifically for the occasion.
Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
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Tahiti Nui Tour :
Early November

Tahiti stages their cycling tour adding the island of Moorea, 30 minutes across the channel by ferry. Foreign sport delegations are expected from: Chile, New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia…
Fédération Tahitienne de Cyclisme / Tahitian Cycling Federation 

Late November to early December

The yearly IronMana Bora Bora Liquid Festival is the very last stage of the WaterMan Tahiti Tour being hosted at the beginning of December on Bora Bora island. During the three days, athletes will compete in water related contests such as open water swimming, prone paddle, stand up paddle, kayaking and outrigger canoe races.
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Raid Apetahi - Raiatea:
December 1st 

This magnificent race in full nature on the island of Raiatea is a tribute paid to this "Apetahi" flower which gets harder and harder to find. Indeed, the ecofriendly organizers wish to make all the athletes and media aware of the need to protect this endangered endemic species
Fenua Loisirs Association
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Tiare Days (55th EDITION) - Tahiti:
From December 7 to December 8

Showcasing of the national emblem, the tiare Tahiti, with a contest of flower decoration to which various Papeetebased companies and public institutions take part on the theme of "tiare Tahiti crowns (lei) and bouquets".
Groupement de Solidarité des Femmes de Tahiti - Tahiti Tourisme 
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Polynesian Art Jewelry for Christmas:
From December 18 to December 21

The Polynesian handicraft art association puts on display some great skills and diverse handicraft work in the hall of the Assembly of French Polynesia.
Association Bijouterie d’Art Polynésien / Polynesian Art Jewelry Association

Christmas in the city:
From December 22 to December 23

The city of Papeete shimmers with lights on Boulevard Pomare on the waterfront and at the city hall as they nights comes in. Shops contribute to the magic as they decorate their store fronts for Christmas, much to the excitement of kids and adults.
Papeete Centre Ville - CCISM - Mairie de Papeete
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