Best Mumbai Holi Parties

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The Holi festival—also known as the Festival of Colors—is one of the most important Hindu holidays in India, celebrating the triumph of good over evil and welcoming in a bountiful spring harvest. The most iconic part of the festival is throwing vibrant shades of colored dye, so everyone ends up with bright splashes of color all over their bodies and clothing. It's become so well-known that it's not just widely celebrated across India, but in cities all over the world.

But throwing colors isn't the only activity you'll find at Holi celebrations. Other traditions associated with Holi include double-sided dhol drums, rain dances under jets of water, and drinking lots of thandai, a milky beverage flavored with fennel, saffron, rose petals, and other spices.

Holi Events in Mumbai

In a massive metropolis like Mumbai, you can find Holi festivities all across the city. The date changes every year based on the Hindu calendar, but it usually falls in March. Celebrations begin on the eve of Holi—called Holika Dahan—with bonfires throughout the night, and the next day is when the color-throwing revels begin.

Holi falls on March 29 in 2021, with the Holika Dahan bonfires kicking off the celebration on the evening of March 28. However, most public gatherings and parties are not taking place in 2021. Confirm the most up-to-date details with individual event organizers.

Imagicaa Holi Bash

Another of India's top theme parks, Imagicaa at Lonavala near Mumbai, is throwing a massive four-day Holi party from March 26–29, 2021. Apart from the standard thrill rides and attractions at the park, witness the Color of Joy parade, live performances, acrobats, DJs spinning Bollywood dance music, and special food and drink stands.

Holi Party and Dharavi Tour

Do something different on Holi and celebrate with the community at Dharavi slum. Reality Tours runs community-led trips through the neighborhood year-round, but the special Holi tour is one of the most exciting. You'll go on their signature Dharavi tour first and then be taken to the girls' football field, where you'll be provided with natural colors and joined by people from Dharavi, children from Reality Tours' various community programs, and also their staff.

Sunburn Holi Bash

Perfect for those who want to party hard, one of Asia's biggest electronic dance festivals coincides with the spring holiday and features big-name headliners like Indian-American DJ and producer KHSMR. The festival usually takes place at the Mahalakshmi Racecourse and raises money for local charities that promote holistic education for children in Mumbai.

Bolly Boom Holi Bash

Claiming to be India's largest Bollywood music Holi party, this event is held at the MMRDA Grounds in Bandra East near the banks of the Mithi River and not far from the Mumbai Airport. The music festival focuses more on traditional Indian music—oftentimes with a modern twist—rather than electronic dance music. Apart from the music and color throwing, you can also grab a snack at food stalls and get wet in the rain dance.

Rang Rave

Rang Rave is an epic Holi party at Nesco in Goregaon East (near the Western Express Highway) that features top Indian DJs spinning various genres, traditional dhol drum musicians, organic colors, a rain dance, and delicious food stalls serving local snacks accompanied by thandai.

Colour Splash at The Country Club

Various DJs, live singers, and Punjabi dhol players typically perform at this popular family-friendly Holi party in Andheri West. There is also a foam zone, rain dance, and lots of color bombs filled with bright dye.

Holi Festival at Essel World

Holi is naturally a fun event for all ages, but joining the party at Essel World (one of India's top amusement parks) is a surefire way to keep the kids entertained for the entire day. This party is ideal for families, with plenty of rides, food, and fun. It also has DJ and rain dance, but no colors, keeping it as eco-friendly as possible.

Holi Festival at Water Kingdom

If you'd rather get wet and wild this Holi, you may prefer this event at the Water Kingdom next to Essel World, the biggest water park in all of Asia. Rain dances are on the schedule, but they're just a part of the waterlogged fun at the Water Kingdom during Holi, which also includes DJs and food stalls. Like the Essel World celebration, colors are not part of the celebration.

Holi Bash Beach Camping at Alibaug

Want to celebrate Holi away from the city? Join this groovy beach camping experience under the stars at Revdanda Beach near the coastal town of Alibaug, about three hours south of Mumbai. It includes games, DJs and live music, a rain dance, barbecues, bonfires, and tent accommodations right on the beach. The location has bathrooms and washrooms, too, so you don't have to wash off paint dye into the ocean.

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