Naadam is in the air!

In July, Mongolians all over the world prepare for one of the biggest holidays on the Mongolian calendar: Naadam. Traditionally known as the “three games of men,” this festival is comprised of horse racing, archery, and Mongolian wrestling. Women have begun to join in on the horse racing and archery events, but not yet in wrestling.

Several Mongolian community groups in the U.S. organize Naadam fesitivals. Check out below to see if there is one coming up near you!
Note: Friends of Mongolia is not the organizer of any of these events. Please reach out to the listed organizer for more information.

Washington D.C. Metro area

Date: Sunday, July 7th
Time: 10AM – 4PM
Location: Frying Pan Farm, 2739 West Ox Rd. Herndon VA 20171
Website: Facebook group

Bay Area

Date: Sunday, July 7th
Time: 11AM – 5PM
Location: Alameda Point Multipurpose Field, 1101 West Red Line Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Admission: $10 adult, $5 child 5-15 years old, free under 5 years old
Hosted by: Mongolian Community Association of Bay Area


Date: Saturday, July 13th
Time: 10AM – 6PM (followed by Windy Night Open Air Concert in Rosemont, IL)
Location: Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Hosted by: American Mongolian Association
Website: Facebook Event

Denver, Colorado

Date: Sunday, July 14th
Time: 10:45AM-2PM
Location: James A Bible Park, 6600 E Yale Ave, Denver, Colorado
Admission: Free
Hosted by: Mongolian Community of Colorado, Ulaanbaatar-Denver Sister Cities Committee, Denver Sister Cities International
Website: Facebook Event

Write to us at if you know of other Naadam festivals in the U.S.!