Phuket Festivals & Events

Calendar of Events 2017

Whether they're held to honour a religious belief or just for fun, the festivals of Phuket are exciting, sometimes bizarre spectacles - certainly never bland. The island's most distinctive event is the annual Vegetarian Festival, featuring processions of god-mediums performing shocking acts of self-mortification as a test of faith. This bazaar of the bizarre is held annually over nine days in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

Other lively and colourful events unique to Phuket include the Phuket King's Cup Regatta and Phuket Bike Week, while others, such as Loy Kratong and Songkran, Chinese New Year, are part of nationwide celebrations.

The island gets busy during festival times so be sure to book a hotel in advance. Check this section regularly for updates and additions.

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January 2017

Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX)

Date: January 5 - 8, 2017
Venue: Royal Phuket Marina, Kho Keaw
Contract: Andy Dowden, Exhibition Director
Email: info@phuketboatshow.com

The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) must be one of the most interesting marine showcases in Asia. Last year it displayed a collection of well-known yachts from prestigious shipyards around the world including Ferretti Yachts, Sunseeker, Princess Read More...

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Chinese New Year on Phuket

Date: January 28 - 30, 2017
Venue: Her Majesty the Queen's Sixth Cycle Birthday Anniversary Park and Thalang Road, Krabi Road, Dibuk Road and Phang Nga Road.
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0)7 621 2213+66 (0)7 621 2213

The Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office (TAT) and Phuket City will combine the Read More...

February 2017

Phuket Old Town Festival

Date: February 3 - 5, 2017
Location: Phuket Old Town, particularly Thalang, Krabi and Phuket Roads

Phuket has many festivals each year and one of the most cherished newer celebrations is the Phuket Old Town Festival that follows Chinese New Year. Phuket’s Old Town Festival is held in the historical centre of the Old Town along Read More...

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The Bay Regatta 2017

Date: February 15 - 19, 2017
Location: Phang Nga Bay

The Bay Regatta brings the excitement of sailing races to the stunning settings of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay and Krabi. Starting from Koh Naka Yai, entrants sail around Koh Yao and down the Krabi coastline to Laem Nang. After racing around the Krabi islands, they finally dash across to Chalong Bay for the closing party. The annual event attracts around 50 yachts from around the world for a casual competition in what is known as "Asia's fun regatta".

Wat Chalong Fair 2017

Date: February 2017
Location: Wat Chalong on Chaofa West Road

Wat Chalong (or Chalong Temple) Fair is probably the biggest of all temple fairs on the island. It was first started in 1933 by local farmers who lived near and around Wat Chalong. After a long period of hard work and when the harvest was complete, they would get together and create a kind of fun fair on the temple’s grounds. In later years, they set up the fair during the Chinese New Year because they wanted to make sure that Thais with Chinese heritage would join in, too. The fair lasts seven days each year and is a colourful, crowded, aromatic, noisy but fascinating spectacle. Claustrophobic people stay away.

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March 2017

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival

Date: March 2017, exact dates to be announced
Location: Heroines Monuments, Wat Pranangsang and Talang Chana Kasuk Memorial Field, all in the Thalang area

This festival has a strong historical connection to the island and lately has been promoted as one of the most important events in Phuket. The fair lasts many days and largely consists of Read More...

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April 2017

Songkran Festival

Date: April 13 – 15, 2017
Venue: Nationwide
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0)7 621 2213

Thailand's most famous festival celebrates the Thai New Year. Prepare to join in the fun and get very wet or else stay indoors! Songkran is a loud, boisterous festival that features a lot of water throwing Read More...

Phuket Bike Week

Date: April 14 - 16, 2017
Venue: Patong Beach 
Contact: www.phuketbikeweek.com

The annual Phuket Bike Week is one of the biggest motorcycle events in Southeast Asia. Get to see an amazing collection of Harleys, Hondas and superbikes at this annual event. It features music, contests, parties and charity rides around the island. Fun for bikers and Read More...

Phuket Pride Festival 2017 (aka Phuket Gay Festival)

Date: April 27 - 30, 2017
Location: Patong Beach
Contact: 
www.phuket-pride.org

This seven-night event usually starts off with a not-to-be-missed pre-party night, following by many more festivities. Expect to see the colourful and fantastic ‘Afternoon Gay Pride Parade’ and the fun street party. Phuket’s first Gay Festival and Parade was staged in 1999 and was an instant Read More...

June 2017

Laguna Phuket Marathon 2017

Date: June 3 - 4, 2017
Venue: Laguna Phuket, Bangtao Beach
Contact: phuketmarathon.com

Thousands of runners from around the world 'Run Paradise' around the beautiful backdrop of the Laguna resorts on Bangtao Beach each year. Alongside the full 42km marathon is a 21km half-marathon, a 10km run, a 5km walk and a 2km kids race, with Read More...

Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival

Date: June 17 - 18, 2017
Venue: Phuket Old Town
Contact: Ms Orasiri at Thai Peranakan Association 
Tel: +66 (0)81 691 1955  

Thai Peranakan Association will host its yearly mass wedding ceremony Baba (Peranakan) style in Phuket old town. The event is not only for lovebirds who want to have a lovely traditional Straits Chinese Read More...

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July 2017

Kathu Festival

Date: July 2017 - TBA
Venue: main street of Kathu Village
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0)7 621 2213

Kathu Festival, or the ‘Kathu Street Culture Festival’ as it is known in full, is a rather new event compared to other well-known festivals on the island but it’s getting popular and draws Read More...

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

Date: July 19 - 23, 2017
Location: Cape Panwa Bay
Contact: www.phuketraceweek.com

Four days of exciting, international-standard yacht racing off Phuket’s East Coast. Plenty of social activities throughout the event. Now in its 14th year, 35 boats entered the event in 2016, with more than 400 sailors, as entrants from around the world helped maintain Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek’s reputation as the most exciting and fastest-growing Regatta in Asia.

September 2017

Por Tor Festival

Date: August - September 2017 - TBA
Location: All Chinese Shrines on the Island

Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0)7 621 2213

The 'Hungry Ghost' festival is an important merit-making event for the ethnic Chinese. Special food, flowers and candles are offered to ancestors on altars.  Other offerings are made to 'feed Read More...

October 2017

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Date: October 20 - 28, 2017
Location: Chinese Shrines on the Island

A colourful event held over a nine-day period in October, this celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help obtain good health and peace of mind.

Though the origins Read More...

November 2017

Loy Krathong Festival

Date: November 3, 2017
Location: Nationwide

A festival of quiet celebration, the origins of Loy Kratong are unclear, but it is believed that it started in Sukhothai, (north of Bangkok) one of the most powerful cities in Asia, around 800 years ago. On this particular night, on nearly every expanse of water, be it a river, Read More...

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017

Date: November 19, 2017
Venue: Laguna Phuket
Contact: www.lagunaphukettriathlon.com 

Southeast Asia's premier multi-sport event, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, has been going on for almost two decades. The event comprises a 1.8km swim, 55km cycle and 12km run. Over the past eighteen years the popular race has attracted thousands of age group athletes as well as triathlon legends Mark Allen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michellie Jones and Chrissie Wellington, to name just a few.

December 2017

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

Date: December 3 - 9, 2017
Location: Kata Beach
Contact: www.kingscup.com

The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. More than a regatta, the week-long event consists of great parties, great sailing and lots of fun. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event Read More...

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