Konark celebrates all the festivals that are celebrated in India with equal fervor but the Magh Mela or Chandrabhaga Mela in January-February is a very big celebration here and the fair at the nearby Khandagiri caves sees a large number of locals and visitors. The biggest event that invites the world’s attention is the Konark Festival – a festival of dance which is held with the edifice of the Sun Temple as the backdrop. Exponents of Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi, etc come here from all over the world to showcase their art and talent and it is considered to be the best cultural event showcasing the various dances ofIndia.
Classical recitals or dances: Konark is a small town and there is not much by way of entertainment or nightlife here the exception being the Konark Festival which is held here annually. Puri, which is the closest to Konark, does not have pubs or nightclubs that young holidaymakers would want to visit. Puri does have dance troupes and classical music presentations from time to time and tourists interested in this entertainment style will like it here.
Konark has etched its name on the pages of history as a place that people will keep coming back to, time and again, to experience the serenity of the beautiful beach, the sheer magnificence of the Sun Temple and the hospitality of its people.