South Korea Festivals and Events [2023]

To plan ahead in terms of events occurring in South Korea during your visit, there are some good sources of information. Below we have included our go-to links to find the latest information about events, and we have also put together a summary of the major events which occur across each year.

COVID19 caused the cancellation of most festivals over 2020/21, and many events are slowly being re-established, however often dates for 2023 have not yet been published. Where links are available, we have included them to enable you to look up the latest information.

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How to Find Festivals and Events in South Korea

  • For the major events and festivals in South Korea check out this article from Visit Korea, which also includes smaller events.
  • For events in Seoul including festivals, markets, and many other options you can get great information through Visit Seoul
  • Trazy is a reputable South Korea based online travel agency who regularly sell tickets to major events in South Korea.
  • If you are interested in looking for sporting, musical, K-Pop and other events in Seoul another surprisingly good source of information (and to purchase tickets) is viaGoGo – you can easily search by date and type of event that you are interested in, and you can also purchase reseller tickets.

Major Festivals and Events in South Korea

Below is an overview of the major festivals in South Korea each year. Note that there are also many smaller festivals, so do your homework for each location you plan to visit.

Korean FestivalsWhen Held20222023
Seongsan Sunrise Festival31 December – 2 January31 Dec 21 – 2 Jan 2231 December 22 – 2 January 2023
Homigot Sunrise Festival1 January1 Jan 221 January 2023
Mountain Trout Ice Fishing Festivals – various locationJanuaryJan 22January 2023
Seolnal Festival (Korean New Year)January/February1 Feb 2222 January 2023
Taebaeksan Mountain Snow FestivalFebruary27 January – 31 February 2023
Jeju Fire FestivalFebruary/March17-19 March 2023
Ultra Korea Music FestivalSeptember?TBA
Jindo Sea Parting FestivalMarch22-24 March 2023
Hampyeong Butterfly FestivalLate April – Early MayTBA
Hansik Festival (Cold Food to Honour Ancestors)AprilTBA
Seoul Lotus Lantern FestivalMay19-21 May 2023
Jinhae Cherry Blossom FestivalLate March/ Early AprilTBA
Boseong Green Tea FestivalMayTBA
Damyang Bamboo FestivalMayTBA
Icheon Ceramic FestivalJuneTBA
Boryeong Mud FestivalJuly16 July – 15 August 202221 July – 6 August 2023
Korean Queer Culture FestivalJulyTBA
Sinchon Water Gun FestivalJulyTBA
Hwacheon Tomato FestivalJuly6-7 August 2022TBA
Incheon Pentaport Rock FestivalJuly/August5-7 August 2022TBA
Muju Firefly FestivalAugust27 August – 4 September 2022TBA
Hyoseok Cultural FestivalSeptember3-12 September 2022TBA
Andong International Mask Dance FestivalSeptember/October30 September – 9 October 2022TBA
Jinju Lantern FestivalOctober10-31 October 2022TBA
Busan International Film FestivalOctober5-14 October 2022TBA
Busan Fireworks FestivalNovember5 November 2022 (cancelled)TBA
Seoul Lantern FestivalNovember19-31 December 2022TBA
Seoul Kimchi FestivalNovemberTBA
Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning CalmDecember-February9 December 2022 – 19 March 2023TBA
Seoul Lantern Festival
Seoul Lantern Festival

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South Korea Festivals and Events

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