Since 1993 the city of Puri is hosting the Puri Beach Festival founded by then chief Minister late Sri Biju Pattanaik, he selected the name Puri Beach Festival. The biggest cultural show on a sea beach in India. Each day more than five hundreds artists perform cultural programmes for a period of seven days.The activities include classical and folk dances of India, handicrafts, fashion shows, rock music, fireworks, and a sand art competition.Being a festival of various classical and folk dances of India, this festival offers a unique opportunity to the visitors to interact with the local populace and enjoy the bountiful charms of Odisha (Orissa).
Puri Beach Festival is the largest viewing beach festival & is a perfect blend of art, craft, culture, cuisine, & sports leaving you with a taste that lingers. A taste for which you would yearn to come back to savor. A brand that makes every viewer pleased. The festival offers you the best cultural evening with the best of performers from classical, folk & contemporary dance forms along with traditional sports like beach volleyball, kabadi, malkhamb,marathon walk including Sand Art & regatta etc. everyday.