When - 2nd-7th June
Shimla Summer Festival is organised every year in the month of May/June and is a riot of colours and festivity and is celebrated on a grand scale. This renowned event has been held regularly in Shimla since the 1960s and is a five-day extravaganza. This Summer Festival consists of a huge association of men and women who gather and celebrate the advent of summer. They sing and dance in gratefulness to the glory of God. They offer thanks for the rich harvest and the golden crop and also requests God for a repetition of the same bliss on the following year.
The major events that grace this occasion are folk dances, food festival, flower shows, ice skating festival and even a Himachali Film festival. It also features musical performances, some of them from famous singers. This is the best time to enjoy shopping at various handicrafts from the installs that are set up during this time.
The events are truly enjoyable and there is something to suit the talent of every individual. There is a sports tournament with a variety of activities for both children as well as adults. Colorful flower shows are organized, which add fun and color to the whole atmosphere thus making it even livelier. The local artists give a performance in music and dance and every day, a famous personality is called to perform on the stage. Enthusiastic school children also take part in the festivities and many competitions are organized for their amusement and enjoyment. These children also put up various cultural acts and performances and the Summer Festival acts as a stage to showcase their talent and skills. Other events include a photography competition, poster-making competition and a fashion show that showcases the talent of local designers. The unique thing about this fashion show is that it showcases folk dresses.
The numerous festivities and the variety of programmes that are organized make the Summer Festival fun and enjoyable event. And the best part of this event is that it is the best time to visit Shimla as the weather is cool and the spirit of joy can be found everywhere.