Bangkok Events and Festivals 2013
Bangkok Events and Festivals 2013
Read the following Bangkok Events and festivals 2013 prior travelling to this metropolitan city. There are many festivals, events and celebrations in and around the city of Bangkok, several of which are celebrated throughout Thailand including the Chinese New Year Festival with its many colorful dragon parades. Some of the events however, are only specific to Bangkok including the International Bangkok Motor Show in March, the February Film Festival, and the Bangkok International Fashion Fair or BIFF in August.
Located along Ratchadapisek road, the Thailand Cultural Center is popular in Bangkok for holding many concerts and events as are other venues around the center of the city.
If you are lucky enough to be traveling to Bangkok in the Summer you will not be bored with things like Chinatown Food Festival, the two International Festivals of Dance and Music, the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair and the Moon Festivals. If you are traveling to Thailand in October, do not miss the Thai Beer Festival where you can sample the best locally brewed beer.
The following is a list of Bangkok Events and Festival 2013
A. JANUARY 2013
New Year Festival
Early January will see many celebrations in and around the city including lots of parties, a strong Western influence and plenty of fireworks.
Don Chedi Memorial Fair
Happening in late January, this fair offers a variety of exhibitions and local live entertainment. Will take place in Suphanburi, which is in the North but within reach of Bangkok.
Chinese New Year Festival
Takes place between January and February and includes Chinese festivals, elaborately dressed dancers, delicious Chinese cuisine and dragon parades.
B. FEBRUARY 2013
Bangkok Film Festival
In Mid February and considered the countries largest event including many international filmmakers coming to screen their films at the EGV Cinemas Siam Discovery Center.
This national holiday is in mid February and includes many religious activities that celebrate lord Buddha with incense sticks and candlelit processions.
Nakhon Pathom Food and Fruit Fair
Late February in Nakhon Pathom close to Bangkok and around the Phra Pathom Chedi statue. There will be stalls with local produce and cuisine.
Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair
Held in the town of Phra Nakhon Khiri and lasting for nine days in late February.
King Rama II Memorial Fair
This fair is held throughout February to honor Thai Pot Rama II. Events include exhibitions and competitions at King Buddhalerta Naphalai Memorial Park in Samut Songkram.
C. MARCH 2013
Magha Puja Day
This late March Buddhist holiday includes candlelit processions around many of the temples and chapels.
Thailand International Kite Flying Festival
Going on the entire month this major event is good for all ages and includes trade stands and open air activities. It is held in within driving distance of Bangkok in Suan Son Pradipat.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Sweet Grape Fair
Held in late March to early April on the western outskirts of Bangkok in Damnoen Saduak where you can see market traders in small boats that are crammed with goods and produce.
Thao Suranaree Fair
Held in late March to early April and includes many events, live music, contest, processions, and a huge fireworks display.
International Bangkok Motor Show
Held in late March to early April at the Bangkok International Trade Exhibition Center on Bang-na Trad Road where you will see the latest concept cars, designs for the future and large crowds of car enthusiasts.
D. APRIL 2013
Phra Padaeng Songkran Festival
A mid-April official Buddhist Thailand New Year and includes in the city center, an enormous water fight on Khao San Road. Be prepared to be soaked.
E. MAY 2013
Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Mid May rice planting season using the old fashioned ploughs pulled by buffalo at Sanam Luang Park.
Visakha Puja Day
May to June Buddhist holiday to celebrate the life of lord Buddha. Lots of religious ceremonies at many temples across Bangkok.
F. JUNE 2013
Hua Hin Jazz Festival
Mid June Jazz festival and traditional concerts in nearby Prachuap Khiri Khan with many open air venues and locations.
International Festival of Dance and Music (Part 1)
Mid June dance performances and international musicians at many central venues.
Sunthon Phu Day
Late June. Acclaimed poet Sunthon Phu works are celebrated in the village of Ban Kram.
Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair
Late June. This fair offers many main shops in the city as well as department stores that give huge discounts on handicrafts, souvenirs and silk.
G. JULY 2013
Mid July road races that attract international runners from around the world. It takes place near the Pattaya area just outside Bangkok and offers different sights and lost of coastal views.
Buddhist Lent Day
Mid July day in which Buddhist monks receive offerings of brightly decorated candles and offerings of food.
Asalaha Puja Day / Asalaha Bucha Day
Late July Buddhist holiday in which the cities main temples have well attended religious ceremonies.
H. AUGUST 2013
Bangkok International Fashion Fair (BIFF)
Mid August event that dates back to the mid 1980s. It is free to attend and attracts leading fashion designers from across the Asia-Pacific region. Held at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center you will see trade stands with clothing and accessories, and fashion shows.
The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations
Taking place on August 12th, this is a royal festival around the Grand Palace and along Ratchadamnoen Avenue, which consist of processions, dancing and decorated streets.
I. SEPTEMBER 2013
Food Festival in Chinatown
Mid September festival full of local tasty Thai cuisine, shows and live music. Located in the Chinatown district around Yaowarat Road.
International Festival of Dance and Music (Part 2)
September to October festival with international dancers and performers and musicians worldwide, also includes jazz, rock and pop, opera and classical music.
Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival)
September to October festival ongoing throughout the city. The moon festival has Chinese origins with incense, cakes and moonlit ceremonies with candles.
J. OCTOBER 2013
Kin Jay Vegetarian Festival
Held in early October during the ninth Chinese lunar month. This is also the beginning of Fall where many locals will only eat vegetarian dishes for nine days. The festival includes many celebrations and street parades.
Thai Beer Festival
October to November festival in which locals and tourist get a chance to sample Bangkok’s finest locally brewed beer. Takes place close to the World Trade Center as well as Siam Square in a central venue.
K. NOVEMBER 2013
Golden Mount Fair
Mid November fair in which Buddhist head for Golden Mount to worship and conduct religious ceremonies. The fair consist of a wide range of entertainment and fairground rides.
Loi Krathong Festival (Krathong Floating)
Late November festival and Bangkok’s most famous in which baskets and boats are made with banana leaves, filled with candles, incense, flowers and coins then floated along several stretches of water including the Chao Phraya River.
L. DECEMBER 2013
Trooping of the Colours (Military Parade)
Taking place in early December with formal ceremony that dates back to the end of the 19th century. The ceremony entails Royal Guards marching past the King and Queen while an enormous crowd watches.
Grand Celebration of His Majesty the King
Held on December 5th throughout Thailand. It is a national event with the streets filled with many decorations and colorful flags.
Bangkok Jazz Festival
Held for the whole month of December, this jazz festival, even though fairly new, has grown in popularity and is now being attended by over 30,000 people and many highly acclaimed jazz musicians.
Held for the whole month of December even though Christmas is not really celebrated by Thais. The festivities include many seasonal markets with gift ideas and decorations around a Christmas theme in the center of Bangkok.
Have a nice holidays and Enjoy Bangkok Events and Festivals 2013