H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations are held to mark the birth of the Queen. Little surprise therefore, that this event also doubles up as...
Chiang Mai Events
There are so many events scheduled in Chiang Mai that you can enjoy no matter what time of year you choose to visit.
Chiang Mai is referred to as the ‘Rose of the North’ and for good reason, the town is a cultural melting point whose ethnic diversity creates the perfect background for its many festivals.
Public Holidays, Event Calendar Dates & Times in Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of the must-attend events is the Thai New Year Festival known as Songkran which is celebrated in April. For foreigners, Songkran is best known for being the biggest water fight in the world, when locals and foreigners alike splash water at eachother all over the city.
Loy Krathong is a traditional Thai festival that is celebrated annually and is also known as the ‘festival of lights’. The date of the festival is marked by the appearance of the full moon, generally around November. Locals and visitors all come together to light lanterns to celebrate this important day.
The Chiang Mai Flower Festival has been running for over 40 years and celebrates the beautiful flowers in bloom during this time. The festival runs over 3 days at the end of February each year and draws thousands of visitors to Chiang Mai.
There are also a number of public holidays held throughout the year which include the King and Queen’s birthdays, Constitution Day amongst many others. Click the links below to explore the events held throughout the year in Chiang Mai.
12 August 2018
H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations are held to mark the birth of the Queen. Little surprise therefore, that this event also doubles up as Mother’s Day.
23 October 2018
Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, one of the most significant holidays in Thailand, is celebrated on the 23rd of October yearly to pay tribute to King Chulalongkorn. King Chulalongkorn is the great-grandfather to the current...
24 October 2018
Awk Pansa is an important festival for devout Thais as it marks the end of lent as well as the start of a new season following the end of heavy rains.
01 November 2018 to 31 January 2019
Chiang Mai Sunflower Blooming Season, just as the name suggests, marks the bloom of the beautiful flowers planted on expansive flower gardens.
23 November 2018
Chiang Mai Loy Krathong, also known as Loy Kratong is an exuberant festival held annually on the day of the full moon according to the Thai Lunar Calendar.
05 December 2018
H.M The King's Birthday is a national holiday in Thailand. The event is slated for every 5th of December, and doubles up as Father’s Day in the country.
28 December 2018 to 13 January 2019
Chiang Mai Red Cross and Winter Fair is one of the most fascinating festivals in Thailand. The yearly event is observed by both locals and foreigners.
19 January 2019 to 21 January 2019
Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival is an annual festival that is celebrated in January to honour the efforts of local artisans.
TBA - January 2019
Tawai Village Wood Carving Fair brings together lovers of all things artsy and especially handcrafted items made from wood, right in the heart of Chiangmai.
26 January 2019 to 04 February 2019
Wai Sa Phaya Mengrai is an important festival held in Northern Thailand. The festival is celebrated between 26th January and 4th February each year.
TBA - February 2019
Chiang Mai Flower Festival brings to life the cityscape of the northern region, aptly living up to its other moniker ‘the Rose of the North’.
TBA - March 2019
Makha Bucha Day is a Buddhist holiday observed in Thailand on the day of the full moon every third lunar month according to the Thailand calendar.
06 April 2019
One of the key national holidays in Thailand, Chakri Memorial Holiday, is held on 6th of April annually in commemoration of the founding of the Chakri Dynasty. The history of the day can be traced back to the late 18th...
13 April 2019 to 15 April 2019
Songkran Festival Chiang Mai brings with it unparalleled excitement for tourists in Thailand as it gives a glimpse into the country’s vibrant culture.
TBC - May 2019
Inthakin is an annual festival held in Chiang Mai to celebrate the worship of the grandiose city pillar as well as the giving of offerings at the location.
TBA - May 2019
The Lychee Fair Chiang Rai is a vibrant agricultural festival held to celebrate and showcase lychees, delicious fruits that belong to the Litchi fruit family. Lychees are native to certain parts of Asia, mainly China...
18 May 2019 to 20 May 2019
Visakha Bucha Day is an important Thai festival marked on the full moon day of every sixth lunar month. The religious festival is also very insightful.