Thailand Event Guides brings you the very best events, activities, concerts, festivals, sporting dates and workshops across Thailand.
There is always something fun and interesting going on in The Land of Smiles, whether you are visiting in the cooler months from November to February, the hot and dry season from March or the hot and wet season from June to October.
Many Buddhist festivals are celebrated once-a-year up and down the country, with the likes of Songkran (April) and Loy Krathong (November) being the two biggest dates of the year. But Thailand has so much more in the way of events to look forward to, from international music concerts in the capital, Bangkok, to rocket festivals in the northeast and food extravaganzas in the south, such as Phuket’s colorful vegetarian festival.
Thailand has always been known as a bit of a ‘party destination’ of Southeast Asia, and there are plenty of events that young backpackers, holidaymakers, expats and even locals can look forward to. The monthly Full Moon Party is one of the most famous party events in Thailand, held on the night of the full moon each month on the idyllic Haad Rin Beach on Koh Phangan. The southern island also holds a (not quite as big) Half Moon and jungle party - so you don’t have to worry too much about the timing of your visit. As for the party scene in Bangkok, there is always something happening at the city’s major clubs and concert venues. The best place to party on the weekend if you love dance music is the iconic Royal City Avenue (or RCA), with mega-clubs such as Route 66 and Onyx welcoming a young and trendy crowd. The city’s huge BITEC indoor arena also hosts dozens of international DJs every year, coming to play music festivals such as Road to Ultra, Together Festival and 808 Festival.
Cultural events in Thailand are generally a lot smaller-scale, but still well worth checking out. Throughout the year you can expect art exhibitions, comedy shows, food festivals, craft workshops and much more. It’s also worth looking out for independent film and literature festivals that set up at some of Bangkok’s cool boutique cinemas and cozy cafes.
Thais love their sporting action too, with millions tuning in every week to watch popular football, muay Thai, volleyball and badminton matches. As a result, there are plenty of sporting events spread throughout the year, from international football matches at Bangkok’s huge Rajamangala Stadium, to intense muay Thai fights in Pattaya and Phuket.
Finally, shopping in Thailand is a huge deal. The capital, Bangkok, has more malls than you could ever possibly visit, and most hold huge sales events at certain times of the year - definitely worth looking out for if you love a bargain or two.
Below, find our list of Thailand events for 2017, or browse the rest of this site to see all of the things going on in terms of sport, music and activities. You can click on each individual event to learn more, and don’t forget that we’ll be updating these sections as more and more events get confirmed for the coming year!