Dublin, Ireland: Dublin International Film Festival, Feb. 17-26.
Daytona, Fla.: The Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 19.
Stuttgart, Germany: Dance Platform Germany (Tanzplattform Deutschland), Feb. 22-26, the country's leading contemporary dance event.
Brazil: Major carnival festivities in Bahia (Feb. 22-March 1), Rio de Janeiro (Feb. 25-28)
Vienna: Vienna Opera Ball, Feb. 23. The highlight of the city's ball season.
Sedona, Ariz.: Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 23-26.
Caribbean: Major carnival festivities in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Feb. 23-March 1; Port of Spain, Trinidad, Feb. 26-28; Aruba, Feb. 26-March 8; San Pedro, Belize, March 1.
Buenos Aires: The Tango Festival, Feb. 24-March 6, features free performances around the city.
Dalarna, Sweden: The Vasaloppet cross-country ski festival, Feb. 24-March 5, celebrated yearly since 1922.
Manchester, England: The Manchester International Short Film Festival, Feb. 24-March 6, Britain's largest independent event of its kind.
Adelaide, Australia: The Adelaide Fringe, Feb. 24-March 19, is the country's biggest arts festival.
Terrassa, Spain: Jazz Terrassa, a first-tier jazz festival in a town just outside Barcelona, Feb. 24-March 20.
Lahti, Finland: The Finlandia Ski Race, Feb. 25, draws thousands of competitors every year.
Tampa, Fla.: Tampa Fiesta Day, Feb. 25, celebrates the city's Cuban, German, Italian, Jewish, African and Spanish cultures.
Khajuraho, India: At Khajuraho Dance Festival, Feb. 25-March 3, the country's finest classical dancers perform among ancient temples on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
New Orleans.: Mardi Gras, Feb. 28.
Nara, Japan: Omizutori Water-Drawing Festival, March 1-14, a 1,200-year-old series of rituals performed by Buddhist monks at Todaiji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.