Festivals & Events in Pattaya

Pattaya Carnival
Date: February

Location: Jomtien Beach

Pattaya Carnival is held annually around the end or the beginning of the year at Pattaya Pier, Bali Hai Cape. At the event, a spectacular parade, beauty pageant, cultural shows and music performances, an exhibition of goods from One Tambon One Product (OTOP) scheme as well as, sandcastle competition, various exciting water sports competitions take place. Fireworks are also displayed on the beach.

Pattaya International Music Festival
Date: March

Location: South Pattaya

One of the most notable events of Pattaya is the Pattaya Music Festival. Music lovers gather in this event held on the beach. Rock, pop, jazz, hiphop, country bands convivially entertain their audience. There are stalls of record companies and film production houses and musical instruments. CDs and music magazines are also on sales.

Fruit festival
Date: May

Location: Central Pattaya

The delightful fruit festival generally held in May featuring fruits from Chonburi and neighbouring provinces in the eastern region which is well-known for its various types, succulent taste and quality of the fruits such as durian, mango, mangosteen, longan, rambutan and many more. The festival also displays car parade decorated with different fruits, fruit competition, beauty pageant, fruit stalls and agricultural exhibition.

Pattaya Marathon
Date: July

Location: Central Pattaya

Pattaya Marathon is held annually in July. The participants can choose to run in three categories : full marathon (42.195 km), half marathon (21.10 km), quarter marathon (10.55 km), wheelchair marathon and student marathon. This event is recognised internationally with participants from all the world and the numbers increase every year. All ages and nationalities are welcome.
Website: www.pattaya-marathon.com

Pattaya Vegetarian Festival
Date: October

Location: North Pattaya
Annually, Pattaya City hold the 11-day vegetarian festival featuring large amounts of vegetarian food and a grand procession carrying two statues of Chinese deities -- Kiew Uang Huk Jo and Kuanyin Bodhisattava. The procession will march the city and end at Sawang Boribun Dhamma Sathan. Participants should dress in white.

Pattaya's Songkran Festival (Pattaya Wan Lai Festival
Date: 19 April

Location: Pattaya

Pattaya Wan Lai Festival or Songkran Flowing Day (Thai New Year) is held on 19 April, unlike the Thai New Year celebration in other region which is held at earlier date. Today is when people practice their water-throwing tradition.
Everyone splashes water to each other regardless of acquaintances, relatives or passerby strangers. Pattaya City also holds traditional event such as water pouring for the elderly and parade. It is also fun time to cool down the heat in the city.

Buffalo Races
Date: October

Location: North Pattaya

This unique buffalo races is held annually in October only in Chonburi province. Farmers will decorate their buffaloes beautifully with flower garland, colourful clothes, ornaments and are brought to parade the festival. This event is to honour the buffaloes after farming. Apart from the race which is the main attraction for local Thais, there is also beauty pageant for best decorated and healthiest buffaloes as well as for ladies.

Loy Krathong Festival
Date: November

Location: Jomtien Beach

The delightful Loy Krathong Festival, celebrated nation-wide on the full moon night in November to pay respect to the water. The float or krathong made of banana-leaf is floated into the sea or on the river. The Krathong floating festival in Pattaya comes complete with floral floats, sport events, beauty contests, cultural performances, food stalls and a plethora of carnival-like activities, exhibitions, in particular a spectacular display of fireworks on the beach.