Here’s a ready reckoner for the ongoing Dot FEST in Bhubaneswar. I am amazed that people do not yet know about the different events, their details, timings, venue, and tickets. So, I thought, why not put everything in one place and put it out there for everyone!
After all, #mycitymypride!
What is Dot FEST
Bhubaneswar hosted the Hockey World Cup for the first time in 2018. Along with it, the city also saw a dedicated festival called the Dot FEST that celebrates Food, Entertainment, Stories, and Trails. After Cyclone Fani in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, Odisha is once again hosting the 2023 Hockey World Cup with 16 participating nations playing several matches in the Birsa Munda Stadium, Rourkela and Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.
The Dot FEST also makes a comeback, and in a much grander way than the last one. The Dot FEST pushes the city as an emerging urban tourism destination.
The FEST starts on the 15th and will continue until the 29th of January, 2023. It includes cultural and entertainment events such as city trails, heritage walks, international food festival, storytelling sessions, and a flea night market to dip the city in various shades of festive vibes in the city.
The Odisha government has done a fantastic job in bringing the country onto the global sports map with Hockey, and the city of Bhubaneswar as the next urban tourist destination.
Odisha has arrived! Hockey has arrived! And each one of us must witness the spectacular event.
DOT FEST EVENTS
|International Food Festival||Culinary delights from 16 countries and 24 states of India. The FEST is committed to eliminating single-use plastics and will use biodegradable materials instead for serving.||15-29 Jan | 6 PM -12 AM||IDCO Exhibition Ground||Free|
|Entertainment||Musical & dance performances by maestros, famous artists, and celebrated dancers. For a detailed schedule visit https://visit.bhubaneswar.me/dot-fest/entertainment||15-29 Jan | 7 -10 PM||IDCO Exhibition Ground||Tickets are available on www.BookMyShow.com|
|Stories||BhuFeSto (Bhubaneswar story-telling festival). Storytellers will leave you spellbound with engaging city chronicles in Hindi, English, and Odia. For a detailed day-wise schedule visit: https://visit.bhubaneswar.me/dot-fest/bhu-festo||14-17 Jan | 2:30 – 7:30 PM||IG Park, Buddha Jayanti Park, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Park, Kala Bhoomi||Free|
|Trails||See the city and its surrounding nature in its raw form like you have never seen before. The trails are organized under the flagship name ‘Ekamra Walks,’ which offers curated city trails.||14th January 2023 onwards||Ekamra Haat|
|FOOD TRAIL The Ekamra Walks Food Trails let your experience everything from Temple delicacies to favorite local and street food. For details, visit: https://www.ekamra-walks.com/food-trails||3:00 PM – 5:00 PM||Ekamra Haat||Tickets are available at https://www.ekamra-walks.com/book-your-trails|
|MUSEUM TRAIL The Ekamra Walks Museum Trails lets your experience everything from Tribal Culture to local flavours. For details, visit: https://www.ekamra-walks.com/museum-trails||3:00 PM – 5:00 PM||Tickets are available at https://www.ekamra-walks.com/book-your-trails|
|NATURE TRAIL The Ekamra Walks Nature Trails takes place at Chandaka Reserve Forest & Nandankanan Botanical Gardens. Trails available for booking: Walk In The WildernessYoga By The LakeBirds & ButterfliesJungle Safari For details, visit: https://www.ekamra-walks.com/nature-trails||6:00 AM – 10:00 AM||Fixed Trails||Tickets are available at https://www.ekamra-walks.com/book-your-trails|
|The Night Bazaar / Flea Market||A happening place that displays Odisha’s art and crafts, indigenous dry food items, art pieces, and traditional textiles and garments.||15 – 29 Jan | 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM||Ekamra Haat||Free|
|“Then and Now||First-of-its-kind Photo Exhibition that brings to life the old charm of Bhubaneswar through hundreds of photographs, some dating back over 150 years.||15 – 29 Jan | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM||IDCO Exhibition Ground||Free|
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