Bangkok Events Calendar

Calendar of Annual Events

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 a Bangkok event. Songkran, or Thai New Year, is undeniably the most anticipated and exciting annual event in Bangkok, as the entire city ‘shuts down’ to celebrate 3 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 and Rama VIII Traditional Long Boat Races. Cultural events have also become a major part of the Bangkok experience, as the city sees an increasing number of foreign expatriate communities. See a list of the best Bangkok events below.

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January

Concerts in the Park

A series of free, open-air concerts on Sundays in Lumpini Park throughout January and February is hosted by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Starting at 5.30pm and running 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: 2nd Saturday of January

On the second Saturday of January every year Thailand dedicates a day to the future of their country, celebrating children and thanking them by offering discounts and hosting special activities.

Both the MRT and BTS will be free for children under 140 cm tall, the 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.

 

February

Valentine’s Day

Date: 14 February

While love really should be celebrated every day, Valentine's Day is an excuse to raise the bar a few notches, to show that special person in your life just how much you care.

Check out a string of promotions from major Bangkok hotels if you plan to impress your date with a romantic Read More...

Chinese New Year

Date: Varies
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 families of Chinese descent who gather to Read More...

 

March

Red Cross Fair

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 organisations as well as carnival games and food stalls. The event is Read More...

 

April

Songkran Festival

Date: 13 – 15 April 2018
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

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Date: May
Time: From 8.30am
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 2 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

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale

Date: 15 June – 15 August
Location: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) and participating shopping malls across the city

Shopping is most fun when you find bargains, 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 Read More...

 

September

Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival)

Date: September
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 head into a gourmet market or bakery and feel the spirit of the Moon Festival through colourful shelf displays.

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

Vegetarian Festival

Date: October
Location: Chinatown (Yaowaraj), citywide

One of the most anticipated events in Bangkok, the Vegetarian Festival is popular among vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Restaurants and street stalls across the city put up yellow flags to announce their participation in the festival; while some still serve non-vegetarian dishes, most opt to go pure vegetarian for the Read More...

 

November

Royal Barge Procession

Date: November
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 sight, these barges have only made an appearance 16 times in the last 65 years.

Over 50 boats take part in the celebration. The event starts around 3pm from near the Rama VIII Bridge, ending at Wat Arun at 4pm. 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 2 full dress rehearsals on the weekends before the event.

Loy Krathong

Date: November
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 or polystyrene), Read More...

 

December

Trooping of the Colours

Date: December
Time: 10am
Location: Royal Plaza

Modelled 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 3 armed forces – the Royal Thai Army, the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Thai Air Force – together with the royal guards, all declare the oath of allegiance to the Thai Royal Family and march in unison.

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 festivities

Date: December
Location: Siam

Christmas in Bangkok, like everywhere else, means big business. This is the time of the year when the city's hotels enjoy maximum occupancy, and when shopping malls dazzle and delight visitors with decorations, displays, events and promotions that are designed to make consumer goods fly off the shelves.

The real showstoppers, however, Read More...

Bangkok New Year’s Countdown

Date: 31st December
Location: CentralWorld

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Bangkok can be truly spectacular, and there's something for everyone. The biggest countdown event in Bangkok happens in front of CentralWorld Square. With several hundred thousand revellers expected to attend, this is where it'll be happening! Enjoy the beer garden, lucky draws, spectacular light and sound shows Read More...

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