Top 16 Festivals In Ghana

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Ghana is an African nation of 28 million citizens, located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The beautiful coastal towns of Cape Coast and Elmina are known for their colonial buildings, native temples, and castles that once played a major role in the mass suffering of those forced into slavery and traded between the Americas and the Caribbean. Visitors to Kakum National Park can enjoy walking under a treetop canopy while monkeys call out playfully in the background and elephants parade through the dense rainforest. After exploring the golden-sand beaches, stunning Wli Waterfalls, and Aburi Botanical Gardens, check out the best Airbnbs or book rooms in one of the stunning beach resorts if you would like to stay near the water. In the meantime, scroll down for a list of the top festivals in Ghana.

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1. Homowo

Benson Ibeabuchi Homowo 2018
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Benson Ibeabuchi used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Ga people celebrate the agricultural season each May when they dance through the music-filled streets of the capital of Accra. One of the best festivals in Ghana, Homowo commemorates when the country faced desperate times due to a terrible famine. Eventually, the famine ended, and a large harvest of vegetation and fish was provided by Ghana’s gods to sustain the people. To remember this time in their history, Ghana’s chiefs and citizens take part in a large festival with folk singing, food and drink offerings, and prayers to their gods for another fruitful harvest.


Address: Accra, Ghana

Website: Homowo, Accra

Takes place: Usually held in May

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2. Fetu Afahye

Fetu Afahye
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The citizens and chiefs celebrate every September a festival that commemorates when their 77 gods intervened on their behalf to save Cape Cost from a deadly plague. To remember this deliverance, the durbar and warrior group join in slaughtering livestock and offering communal thanksgiving sacrifices to the deities during this celebration in Ghana. Join in observing women adorned in tribal garments drumming and dancing along to the music while the procession makes its way through the city. Besides men and children dressed in traditional clothing, the chiefs make their presence known by carrying giant umbrellas and sceptres as they walk side by side the tribespeople.

Fetu Afahye

Address: Cape Coast, Central Ghana

Takes place: September

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3. Asafotufiam [Last event in 2019]

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Each August, the chiefs and tribespeople of Ada of Greater Accra celebrate the victorious triumphs fought by their ancestors in battling the Asfotufiam tribe for settlement in this region. As with other celebrations, at this event, the chief and the citizens get dressed up in traditional clothing to perform a local dance called the Kpatsa. During the festivities, observers are treated to shows of warriors clashing against one another in luxurious garments to recall the battles of the past. Besides war victories, the harvest season is celebrated during the festival, with music and lively dancing by men and women adorned in variegated beads and other embellishments.


Address: Greater Accra, Ghana

Takes place: August

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4. Odwira Festival

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While staying at one of the best 5-star hotels, you can be a part of the Odwira Festival that stands as a profound cultural celebration deeply rooted in the history of the Akan people in Ghana. This annual event signifies the renewal, cleansing, and spiritual rejuvenation of the Akan community. The festival is rooted in the rich symbolism of agrarian cycles, representing the harvesting of crops and a time of thanksgiving for a bountiful yield. Beyond its agricultural significance, the Odwira Festival is also a time to remember and honor ancestors, seek blessings for the upcoming year, and reinforce communal ties.

The rituals and ceremonies include the pouring of libations, processions, traditional dances, and vibrant displays of regalia. Its popularity stems from its role in preserving and promoting Akan cultural heritage, fostering unity among the people, and providing a window into the spiritual and historical dimensions of Ghana’s diverse traditions.

Odwira Festival

Address: Eastern Region of Ghana

Takes place: September and October

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Ghana Tour Guide

Kormi Tamakloe

Kormi Tamakloe

Kormi is my name; I am a licensed certified Tour Guide and Director located in Accra, Ghana. I have lived most of his life in the city of Accra and been in the tourism business over 10 years. I have been recognized as one of the most highly rated tour guides based on customer reviews.I also worked as a tour agent for travel agencies. I have a background in computer science and communication. In the field of tourism, I have served in the roles as both Tour Manager and Tour Guide Agent. Throughout my career, I have been arranging travels and guiding tours with diverse groups of tourists from all over the world. I am responsible for organizing, planning, conducting expeditions, travels, and tours for individuals and groups alike. I can also give you original itinerary depending on your preferences. I also ensure that, travel runs smoothly from destination point to point without issues. I pride myself on my ability to add a personal touch and care to every tour adventure. Under my care, I put my customers' needs in the forefront of his / her thoughts and actions. I love to travel; enjoy music, loves cooking and go out of my way to help strangers. My goal as a tour guide has always been to inform, educate, inspire, and entertain my tourist guest to the best of my abilities.My tours include medical research tours, historical tours, adventure tours, wildlife safari tours, cultural exchange tours, pleasure and romance tours, city tours, nature tours, and custom-made tours for individuals, families, students and business tours.From the moment you arrive until you walk into the departure lounge at one of the airports, you are my guest. I schedule your tour/travel to suit your needs (please keep in mind that all travel between cities should be done during the day). New destinations can be arranged as it’s flexible.

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5. Kundum Festival

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Kundum Festival is a classic example of a traditional festival because the ancient and revered celebration is deeply embedded in the culture of the Ahanta and Nzema people of the Western Region in Ghana. With origins tracing back to centuries-old animistic beliefs and traditions, the festival has evolved into a vibrant and significant cultural event. The festival is marked by its connection to the agricultural cycle, specifically to the harvest season, during which the community gathers to offer gratitude to ancestral spirits and deities for a bountiful yield.

A unique aspect of Kundum is the incorporation of rhythmic drumming, traditional dances, and colorful costumes that evoke a sense of unity and pride among the participants. Beyond its historical roots, Kundum has grown in popularity due to its ability to preserve and showcase the heritage of the Ahanta and Nzema people.

Kundum Festival

Address: Western Region of Ghana

Takes place: Between August and November

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6. Akwasidae

Ashanti chief in Ghana
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Akwasidae is celebrated to strengthen the bonds between the queens, chiefs, and the citizens of the Ashanti kingdom. During this special cultural festival, Manhyia Palace opens its doors to everyone—to experience the glitz and glamour usually hidden out of sight, away from the public eye. During the procession, there is much fanfare, with horns, drums, cultural dancing, and colourfully decorated costumes. The chiefs are presented high above the procession on a palanquin lift, which adds to the spectacle of this grand celebration that takes place every six weeks.


Address: Ashanti Kingdon, Ghana

Takes place: Every 6 weeks

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7. Aboakyir

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Join in this unique celebration where the Effutu-Winneba people divide into two groups of hunters to enter the forest in search of antelope. The antelope is brought back alive to show the people the strength, power, and courage of the warriors. Once the animal is presented to the people, sacrificial rituals to the gods are performed. As with other cultural celebrations, at this gathering, the chiefs, queens, elders, and warriors lead the parade through the streets in colourful costumes while joining the people in native singing and dancing.


Address: Effutu-Winneba, Ghana

Takes place: May

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8. Hogbetsotso

Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user JY midey used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Each September, the community joins together to celebrate the exodus story from Agorkoli’s reign of terror—as the people escaped the ruler’s fearsome army by walking backwards to Notsie. During this peaceful ceremony, the village takes part in sweeping clean and burning all garbage to engage in the purification ceremony. The celebration commences at Volta Estuary and continues until the procession reaches Mono River in Benin. The highlight of the festival is when the chieftains get dressed up in their luxurious garments and sit in state before the tribespeople.


Address: Volta, Ghana

Takes place: November

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9. Chale Wote Festival

A lady painting and decorating her face during Chale Wote Street Art Festival
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There are many different types of festivals in Ghana. Chale Wote Festival, for example, is a vibrant celebration bringing together creative minds from all walks of life. Each August, Jamestown hosts the colourful Chale Wote Street Art Festival, which draws an international crowd of artists and educators, along with a throng of people from various career fields. Themes are chosen for the artists to create out-of-the-box innovations. As with any celebration, there are live musical performances and presentations having to do with the culture of Ghana. Visitors to Accra should try to include this creative, mind-blowing festival in their itineraries to see Ghana’s most talented performers and designers alongside the world’s best creative geniuses.

Chale Wote Festival

Address: Accra, Ghana

Website: Chale Wote Festival

Takes place: August

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10. Nkabom Literary Festival [Last event in 2019]

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Each August, Accra hosts the Nkabom Literary Festival, which draws local and international poets and novelists. This is a time to reflect on the impact of literature on the world as a whole. During this festival, there are illustrators, painters, and theatre performers who participate in lectures, readings, and exhibits. Musicians and DJs add their talent by taking the stage during this community-conscious event to promote the positive effects and essentials skills of reading.

Nkabom Literary Festival

Address: Accra, Ghana

Website: Nkabom Literary Festival

Takes place: September

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11. Bakatue [Last event in 2019]

bakatue fest
Source: Photo by Flickr user Steven Belcher used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Each July, the chiefs and people put on their best cultural dress to join in drumming and dancing—to start off the fishing season. Join in watching the vibrantly coloured canoes sail across Benya Lagoon to celebrate the commencement of the much-awaited season. During this unique celebration, the people make sacrificial offerings to the gods—as in the net-casting ceremony, where the catch is presented to the deities. This festival is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and should be added to any visitor’s itinerary when visiting Ghana.


Address: Elmina, Ghana

Takes place: July

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12. Sabolai Festival

Sabolai Radio Music Festival-13
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Owula kpakpo used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Join the party by visiting Accra in December for Ghana’s major music festival—Sabolai Festival. Each December, Accra hosts the most exciting musical event of the year, which celebrates Ghana’s musical talents on a large stage before the international community. Be sure to get your tickets early so as not to miss out on this extraordinary African indie music festival—to watch the most talented artists on both the mainstream and alternative scenes. The spectacle provides an opportunity for new music to be experienced by fans. Both established artists and up-and-comers from the contemporary, fusion, and traditional music scenes get together to perform at this gathering.

Sabolai Festival

Address: Accra, Ghana

Website: Sabolai Festival

Takes place: December

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13. Fiok

Posted by Bulsa Heritage and Cultural Society on Friday, 13 July 2018

Watch as fearsome warriors parade through the streets dressed up in their traditional armour and horned helmets, with weapons in hand. Every December, the Builsas recreate the historical accounts of their victorious battles over other native tribes. Attendees will enjoy watching the cultural dancing and rhythmic drumming during this fierce war festival. All in the family should enjoy the musical and cultural aspects, storytelling, and passionate theatrical reenactments along with the local people.


Address: Sandema, Ghana

Takes place: December

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14. Apoo

festivals in ghana | apoo
Source: instagram

This week-long festival includes numerous recreational activities for the community to enjoy participating in, alongside the village leaders. This celebration is held every December and is used to help cleanse the community of evil, calamities, worries, and anything against their cultural values. Another aim of this festival is that of peacemaking—during the thirteen days of freedom, each member of the community is allowed to publicly air their grievances to others in the form of proverbs and songs. On the last day of the celebration, the community god is carried through the town to thank all members who helped in throwing another successful festival.


Address: Techiman & Wenchi, Ghana

Takes place: March to April

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15. Accra Food Festival

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Accra Food Festival on Sunday, July 26, 2015

Every September, Accra puts on a family-friendly affair—where foodies from all over the world come to indulge in the amazing culinary innovations presented at the Accra Food Festival. Colourful tents house the most mouthwatering, delicious cuisine at prices that are within reach of all attendees. Festival-goers can expect to savour the best of what Ghana has to offer in both traditional food and non-traditional, including drink options. International guests can expect to experience culinary delights that have been carefully prepared, in a friendly and warm environment put on by extremely generous and hospitable locals.

Accra Food Festival

Address: Acccra, Ghana

Website: Accra Food Festival

Takes place: September

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16. Wilaa

Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user JY midey used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Every April, the Takpo people and their community leaders gather together to take part in a celebration to give thanks to their ancestors. During this thanksgiving festival, there are lavish costumes worn by those taking part in the procession, along with the display of their amazing culturally rich traditions. During the festival, the ancestors are called upon to provide guidance to and protection over the Takpo community. Also, the chiefs discuss with the tribe any topic relating to the economy, affairs that affect their way of life, cultural values, etc.


Address: Takpo, Ghana

Takes place: March to April

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Experience Ghana's cultural side

Ghana rewards its visitors with the marvelous things to do and places to visit. While exploring Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary in search of Ghana’s various primates, don’t forget to make time to squeeze in some of the culturally rich experiences and learn about some things Ghana is famous for from its museums and colonial buildings.

During a visit to the country, make certain to check out this list of festivals in Ghana and their food and events to experience stunning pageantry, delicious cuisine, historical re-enactments of fierce battles, and much more. After fitting all these activities into an already action-packed itinerary, visitors will need some downtime for rejuvenation at secluded Bojo Beach before departing.

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