The largest celebration in Montenegro is the Kotor Carnival, which takes place every February and attracts thousands of visitors.
It consists of a carnival with troupes and majorettes from all over Montenegro and other parts of the world, plus concerts, stalls selling local cuisine and a traditional masked ball.
In order to invite more tourists to enjoy the carnival, a similar one now also runs in August with parties and events in the streets and squares of Kotor.
Another February event is the Mimosa Festival, which has been held for nearly 50 years in Herceg Novi, near Kotor, to honour the Mimosa flower and the start of spring. Lasting for several weeks, it involves numerous fiestas, sports events, carnivals for both children and adults, as well as the travelling caravan of mimosa performers and musicians.
The Hercegnovski Zimski – or winter – salon also takes place alongside the Mimosa Festival, featuring exhibits and creative shows from fine art artists, sculptors, actors, and many other cultural artists.