Pattaya Events and Festivals
Much more than a long stretch of sand, the Pattaya City of today is a thriving, cosmopolitan city in which local Thais and people from every corner of the earth converge. Proof of this vibrancy, are the growing list of international events which take place here. These range from age-old cultural festivals like Songkran and international ladyboy beauty contests, to full-length marathons and wind surfing competitions!
The MAYA Music Festival in Pattaya combines Thai traditions and culture with western dance music to create one of the largest and most popular music festivals in Thailand. It features two striking stages with big-name DJs spinning Electro House, Progressive House, Trance and Pop music on one and local live bands playing on the other. After a successful debut in Bangkok in 2015, the festival moved to its home just north of Pattaya in 2016. It is held in mid-February each year, with the third such event taking place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February 2017. Headlining on the EDM stage this year will be Tiësto, Dash Berlin, Don Read More...
- Opening Hours: 15:00 – 02:00
- Location: Krathing Lai Junction, Banglamung, about 10 km north of Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)85 225 9225
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/mayamusicfest
Pattaya Music Festival
Held annually in March, the festival has a few international Asian and European bands attend with over 100 Thai pop, rock, and indie groups performing on three stages. CDs, magazines, music instruments are put up on to sale. Other events like procession in the streets of Pattaya are also held during the festival. It attracts over 100,000 music lovers from all over the country each year. Admission is free.
Songkran, Thailand's wildest celebration, is a festival that takes place every year from April 13th -15th to commemorate the arrival of the New Year on the Buddhist calendar. Initially it was a family celebration in which scented water was poured on the hands of elders and grandparents.
The elders in turn wished their younger relatives good luck and prosperity. In the afternoon after the washing of Buddha images, water was joyfully splashed on everyone. Today, the holiday still involves family gatherings and religious ceremonies, but splashing and throwing water is the main emphasis. To put it mildly, all hell breaks out. It's not unusual to see pick-up trucks marauding Read More...
The annual Top of the Gulf Regatta is one of the biggest sailing events in Thailand. It attracts a unique array of boat classes to Ocean Marina Yacht Club, just south of Pattaya, for four exciting days of racing on the Gulf of Thailand. It is the only multi-class sailing event in the area, featuring keelboats, ocean multihulls, one-design Platus, beach catamarans, dinghies and Optimists. Read More...
- Location: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 7427
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/topofthegulfregatta
The Pattaya Marathon is an international event attracting runners from all over the world as well as hundreds of local runners. Held in July of each year it features a full marathon, a half-marathon, a quarter marathon and a wheel chair marathon. To beat the heat the event usually begins at 04:30. In spite of the early hour, Pattaya's streets are lined with spectators cheering on the competitors.
Chonburi Buffalo Races
Pattaya is a part of Chonburi Province, an area that traditionally honours the water buffalo during October. Water buffalo are paraded around the centre of Chonburi town dressed in silk and satin and competitions are held to determine the healthiest and best decorated animals.
The most popular events, however, are the buffalo races, attracting spectators from all over Thailand. It is amazing to see how fast the massive beasts can actually run. There is also a popular beauty contest - no, not for buffaloes - but for young women to determine the most attractive 'farm maiden'. It's all great fun and popular with both locals and tourists from nearby beach resorts.
The Wonderfruit Festival Pattaya is a five-day eco-friendly music and arts extravaganza on the outskirts of the city. Combining Thai, Asian and western cultures, the fantastic performances and wide-ranging workshops give it a Western-style festival vibe, similar to Glastonbury in the UK or Woodstock in the US, though with significantly less mud!
As with Glastonbury, the main attraction is obviously the music, with hip-hop, alt-R&B, Thai folk and EDM music playing on three striking stages created by international designers. A lengthy bill of local groups is headlined by big-name performers from the USA, UK, Germany, India, Japan and Singapore. There are also a number of remarkable contemporary dance performances. Read More...
- Location: The Fields at Siam Country Club, East Pattaya
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/wonderfruitfest/