2018 is an even year which means a big sporting event is coming up in summer, in this case, the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia. We also have the Winter Olympics in South Korea and the Invictus Games in Australia and loads of other sporting attractions. However, 2018 also promises to be a huge year for the Royal family, with an eagerly anticipated wedding between the world’s most eligible bachelor and a glamorous American actress and the birth of the fourth in line to the throne. Listed below are some sporting and other interesting events in chronological order: start booking those days off well in advance or prepare events for your customers: Jan 15-28 Tennis Australia Open, Melbourne, Australia Jan 15 World Religion Day Jan 25 Burns Night Jan 25-28 Extreme Sports Winter X Games 22, Aspen, Colorado, USA Jan 26 Australia Day Feb 4 Gridiron/Football, Super Bowl , Minneapolis, Minnesota Feb 9-25 Multi-sports, Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang, South Korea Feb 13 Shrove Tuesday Feb 14 Ash Wednesday, Lent begins Feb 16 Chinese New Year , Year of the Dog Feb 28 – Mar 4 Cycling World Track Championships , Apeldoorn, The Netherlands March 1 St David’s Day, Wales March 9-18 Multi-sports, Winter Paralympics, Pyeongchang, South Korea March 17 St Patrick’s Day, Ireland March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 30 Good Friday Apr 1 Easter Sunday Apr 5-8 Golf Masters, Augusta, USA April 4-15 Multi-sports Commonwealth Games , Gold Coast, Australia Apr 14 Horse Racing, Grand National, Aintree, Liverpool Apr 23 St George’s Day, England May 16 Ramadan begins May 19 Royal Wedding , Windsor May 19 Football FA Cup final. Wembley Stadium, London May 26 Football UEFA Champions League Final, Kiev, Ukraine May 27-Jun 10 Tennis French Open, Paris, France 14 Jun -15 Jul Football FIFA World Cup, Russia 15 Jun Eid al Fitr, end of Ramadan Jul 7-29 Cycling, Tour de France Jun 14–17 Golf, US Open , New York Jul 2 Tennis, Wimbledon Jul 19-22 Golf, British Open , Carnoustie, Scotland July 20-22 Rugby World Cup Sevens, San Francisco, U.S.A. Jul 21-Aug 5 Hockey World Cup, Women, London, England Aug 4-12 Multi-sports, Gay Games, Paris, France Aug 16-19 Golf, US PGA, Town and Country, Missouri Aug 18-Sep 2 Multi-sports, Asian Games, Jakarta, Indonesia Aug 27 Tennis, US Open, New York, USA Sep 1-9 Rowing 2018 World Rowing Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria Sep 9 Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year Sep 11-23 Multi-sports, Summer Youth Olympics, Buenos Aires, Argentina Sep TBC Multi-sports, Invictus Games, Sydney, Australia Sep 28-30 Golf, Ryder Cup , Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France Oct 25 – Nov 3 Gymnastics, World Championships (Artistic), Doha, Qatar Nov 6 Horse Racing, Melbourne Cup, Victoria, Australia Nov 7 Deepavali (also known as Diwali), Festival of Lights Nov 24-Dec 16 Hockey (Field) World Cup – Men, Bhubaneswar, India Dec 7-11 Swimming, World Swimming Championships, Hangzhou, China Don’t forget that while this is the World Events Calendar 2018, there are lots of local events and celebrations around which to create a theme.