Upcoming cultural festivals and unique special events
November 13 – 15, 2016 – Yi Peng Festival
While Loy Krathong is celebrated throughout Thailand each year, Chiang Mai takes the festivities one step further by releasing lanterns into the sky during the overlapping Yi Peng Festival (Lantern Festival). This year, November 14th is the night when countless sky lanterns will be released into the night sky, symbolizing the letting go of all ills and misfortunes from the previous year. The three-day event is also marked by religious and cultural activities, and street parades.
February 18 – 24, 2016 – Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival
Taking place every second year, the Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival is a photography and film event celebrating the best of Asian documentary work. It is organized by Documentary Arts Asia (DAA) and runs in conjunction with the Chiang Mai Month of Photography Festival. During the event, a number of photo exhibitions are displayed in different locations around the city, and films are screened at open-air cinemas, and at the DAA Centre. Visit www.cdaf.asia for more information.
February 3-5, 2017 – Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Chiang Mai is famous for its vibrant and vivid coloured flowers whch come to life every year during the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. During this time, parks, streets and various corners of the Old City are decorated with winter orchids, ancient bonsais, roses, and lilies. The highlight of the festival is the flower parade on Saturday morning which travels down Charoen Muang Rd, and culminates at Buak Hat Park, where award winning flower projects and floral art installations and designs are on display.