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Things to do and to see in the entire 52 weeks of 2010

From yoga festivals in India to the World Cup in South Africa, we've got you covered for every single weekend of 2010
 
There's never enough time to plan ahead for the weekend, especially if you make a last minute decision to get out of town. Fret not: We went to experts around the world for the best of the best weekends from January to December -- and there's always something to look forward to -- whether it’s a beer festival, bizarre carnival, sporting event or wildlife adventure. Its all here.
 
January 1 - 3: Rhythm & Vines festival in New Zealand
 

Be the first in the world to ring in the new decade at New Zealand’s annual music festival, Rhythm & Vines, according to leading New Zealand travel website NewZealand.com. Set in a vineyard in the hilly coastal town of Gisborne, one of the first places in the world to see the sun, Rhythm & Vines is the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the country. Pitch a tent among the grape rows, groove to three days of live music, and keep hydrated with rivers of Sauvignon Blanc. Remember: it’s summer in the Sourthern Hemisphere, so pack your jandals (kiwi for flip flops.)
 
January 8 - 10: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
 
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is like Disneyland but at -10 degrees Celsius declares award-winning online travel community VirtualTourist. Master sculptors from around the world fly in to carve intricate ice towers, many of which are several stories high. When the spires are lit up by neon lights, you’ll feel like you’re wandering through the Magic Kingdom. Harbin, having once been under Russian rule, still reflects its colonial past from architecture to food to souvenirs for the folks back home (nesting dolls, anyone?).

January 15 - 17: Pongal Festival in Chennai
 
Pongal festival

According to TheCityGuide, Pongal is a spectacular harvest festival held every January in Chennai. For four days, the city turns into a colorful canvas for celebrations. Tamil Hindus offer thanks to cattle and deities, engage in bull taming sports and eat sweet rice that bubbles over the vessel for good luck. (Post coming Tuesday, January 11)

January 22 - 24: Boracay International Funboard Competition
 
Boracay

Travel blog Langyaw's author Estan Cabigas provides the perfect weekend: The International Funboard Competition in Boracay. It is one of the largest annual windsurfing races in Asia, attracting hundreds of surfers and kiters from around the world. There’s ocean fun for everyone: Pros compete for titles, while amateurs take lessons from the region's best surfers. When the sun sets on the island, the revelry kicks up and rages until the next morning.

January 29 - 31: The Australian Open in Melbourne


The City of Melbourne hosts the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. From January 18-31, the world's top players -- including Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams -- will duke it out in the searing summer heat. Who will make a comeback, and who will suffer a meltdown? Grab a courtside seat and find out.
 

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SOURCE: CNNGO

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