Bangkok Events Calendar

Calendar of Events 2017

A city that never sleeps, Bangkok is one of the best places in the world to savour life – be it shopping, dining, drinking, clubbing or partying – and there’s no better time to take it all in than at festival time. Songkran, or Thai New Year, is undeniably the most anticipated and exciting annual event in Bangkok, as the entire city ‘shuts down’ to celebrate three days of water-throwing and fun parties, with Khao San Road at its epicentre.

Apart from Songkran, Loy Krathong and Chinese New Year are equally exciting times in Bangkok. Other lesser known but no less impressive spectacles include the Trooping of Colours, Rama VIII Traditional Long Boat Races and the Golden Mount Fair.
Cultural events have also become a major part of the Bangkok experience, as the city sees an increasing number of foreign expatriate communities. La Fete and Ploenchit Fair are the two best known events in this category.

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January 2017

Concerts in the Park

January 8th, 15th and February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 2017

A series of free open-air concerts on Sundays in Lumpini Park throughout January and February is hosted by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Starts at 17:30 and runs for around 2 hours. The music varies and includes plenty of classic Thai and Western music, including famous Thai singers, music from movies and musicals and plenty of popular classical tunes that you will recognise.  Head to the northwest corner of the park near Salasin Road, where you will find the Sala Bhirom Bhakdi Pavillion. There are no chairs but you can rent a mat to sit on.

National Children’s Day

Date: 14th January 2017

One the second Saturday of January every year Thailand dedicates a day to the future of their country by hosting a day celebrating children and thanks them by offering discounts and hosting special activities. Both the MRT and BTS will be free for children under 140 cm tall, Museum of Siam is open to all for free, Government House opens its doors and children can have their picture taken in the Prime Minister’s office. Most shopping malls will also have rides and activities.

Chinese New Year

Date: Thursday, 28 January 2017
Time: noon - midnight 
Location: Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowaraj), from Chalerm Phrakiat gate to Chalermburi Intersection

Chinese New Year brings one of the most exhilarating celebrations to Yaowaraj, which is officially the Chinatown of Bangkok. The entire length of the street comes to life with crowds of worshippers, exploding firecrackers, dragon dancers, and Read More...

 

February 2017

Valentine’s Day

Date: 14 February
Location: Major hotels and shopping malls

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March 2017

Red Cross Fair

Date: TBA
Time: 14:00 - 23:00
Location: Suan Amporn (Rama V Monument)

A combination of temple fair and open-air market, the Red Cross Fair usually takes place twice a year to raise funds for the Thai Red Cross society. What you can expect from the event is a multitude of merchandise from private, government and non-government Read More...

 

April 2017

Songkran Festival

Date: 13 – 15 April 2017
Location: Nationwide

Having fun is a big part of Thai culture, and having fun in the scorching heat is no exception. The hottest month of the year, April sees the entire country go bananas in friendly water fights and street parties that last nearly a week. During Songkran, most office Read More...

 

May 2017

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Date: 12th May 2017
Time: From 08:30
Location: Sanam Luang (Royal Field)

This highly ceremonial event marks an auspicious beginning to the new planting season every year. Presided over by HM the King or member of the Royal Family, the ceremony follows a strict agenda whereby court Brahmins, dressed in ceremonial gowns, lead two sacred oxen in a ploughing ritual around the Royal Field as they sow rice seeds onto the ground. The symbolic importance of this ceremony occurs when the sacred oxen eat from a plate of offering – rice, corn, green beans, sesame, fresh-cut grass, water and rice whisky – which predicts whether or not the upcoming planting season will be bountiful.

As with any events presided over by members of the Royal Family, be sure to dress appropriately in polite attire if you plan to attend the ceremony.

     

June 2017

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale

Date: TBA
Time: 10:00 – 20:00
Location: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) and participating shopping malls across the city

Shopping has never been more fun, especially when you get more bang for your baht. Part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s ‘Amazing Thailand – Always Amazes You’ campaign, the event is an opportunity to bag all kinds of deals imaginable, from discounted merchandise to holiday packages and tours. It’s like a one-stop shopping for all your holiday-in-Thailand needs. Usually while the event takes place at QSNCC, shopping malls around Bangkok roll out special promotions of their own, such as midnight sales and mid-year sales campaigns. So, if shopping is your passion, this is one of the best times to visit Bangkok.

 

September 2017

Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival)

Date: TBA
Location: Chinatown (Yaowaraj)

Originating in China, where the legend of revolutionary heroes on a full moon night was born, the Moon Festival takes on a new meaning here in Bangkok. Stripped of its cultural significance, besides the fact that it’s a delicacy from China, the festival is an exciting time to waltz into a gourmet market or bakery and feel the spirit of the Moon Festival through a colourful shelf display. The burst of culinary creativity that goes into the filling is just amazing. Choose any food imaginable and there’s a corresponding mooncake flavour, whether coffee, prune, durian, roasted chestnut, green tea, or the more bizarre like ham, ginseng, peanut butter and even ice cream.

 

October 2017

Vegetarian Festival

Date: TBA
Location: Chinatown (Yaowaraj), citywide

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November 2017

Royal Barge Procession

Date: TBA
Location: Riverside (Around Grand Palace)

Every year the Chao Praya River plays host to the Royal Barge Procession, an ancient tradition revived by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. A very unusual site, these barges have only made an appearance 16 times in the last 65 years. 52 boats are taking part in celebration of the King’s 85th Birthday this year, and the event will start at 15:00 from near the Rama VIII Bridge, ending at Wat Arun at 16:00. You can book tickets, or try and find a spot along the river, although the popularity of the royal family means that prime viewing spots will taken from early morning. There are also two full dress rehearsals on the 2nd and 6th of November if you can’t make the official event.

Loy Krathong

Date: 4 November 2017
Location: All waterways in Bangkok, Nationwide

Every year, Loy Krathong falls on the full-moon night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November), when rivers are filled to the brim and the moon shines at its brightest. Thais gather along the river banks with their lit ‘krathongs’ (vessels made of banana trunks Read More...

 

December 2017

Trooping of the Colours

Date: TBC
Time: 10:00
Location: Royal Plaza

Modeled after the British Army’s Trooping of the Colours ceremony, this spectacular event is held a few days prior to HM the King’s birthday anniversary on 5 December. Members of the three armed forces – the Royal Thai Army, the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Thai Air Force – together with the royal guards, all donning colourful uniforms specific to their regimens and plumed hats, declare the oath of allegiance and march in unison to the Thai Royal Family.

This is worth making an effort to see. The event is very popular among locals, who arrive as early as mid-afternoon to reserve their seats around the Royal Plaza. So if you plan to be at the event, go early and make sure to dress appropriately in polite attire.

Christmas Festivity

Date: Throughout December
Location: Ratchaprasong Intersection

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