Festivals in Vietnam

Influenced by the rich culture of the various ethnic groups, Vietnam has a wide range of events such as festivals, traditional cultural events and anniversaries.

Withlocals experiences in Vietnam are

100% With locals

Who you see is who you get.
The Withlocals host you book is the
host that welcomes you.

100% Private

All Withlocals experiences
are private, meaning exclusively
for you or your group.

a 100% taste of the city

From city highlights to hidden gems.
From food essentials to home dinners.
Our hosts share it with you.

Festivals in Vietnam

Influenced by the rich culture of the various ethnic groups, Vietnam has a wide range of events such as festivals, traditional cultural events and anniversaries. For most of the events, the exact data is not known and differs every year. The main reason is because most of their events are in accordance with its lunar calendar, a calendar mostly based on the Chinese calendar. No worries, Vietnam uses the Gregorian calendar since 1954, the lunar calendar is mostly used to observe holidays and commemorations.

It has been estimated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism that every year 8,300 traditional festivals are held across the country. If you want to know which are the most important festivals Vietnam, take a look at our list of events.

Overview of festivals in Vietnam

Tet (The Lunar New Year Festival) - Late January or early February

The biggest and the most sacred in Vietnamese traditional festivals. Tet is celebrated throughout the country for 3 days and its main purpose is to thank Gods for the arrival of spring. Tet is also a time for visits from family and friends, share gifts and do social activities.

Thrung Thu Festival - Beginning of September

This is a wonderful and ancient festival that revolves around children. In the past, parents were busy with farming and when harvest season was done, they used this festival as a special day to spend time with their kids. Festivities include children walking on the streets with differently shaped lanterns and traditional dance performances.

Chol Chnam Thmay Festival - 13th or 14th of April

Chol Chnam Thmay is the New Year celebration of the Khmer people. During this holiday, people prepare new clothes, food, and drinks for whole festival days. They also repair, clean and decorate their house. For the night of eve, every family has to prepare a lavish meal, burn candles and pray for health and luck in the New Year.

Khau Vai Love Festival - 26th and 27th of May

This festival sounds rather unusual to most Westerners, but when visiting Khau Vai, make sure to get to know the history behind it! During these two days, hundreds of ex-lovers from various hill tribes spend time with the ones they could not spend their lives with.

Lim Festival - January or February

Lim Festival is among the most impressive festivals, ceremonies and singing events in Vietnam. Visitors from everywhere come to
enjoy the festival and see the performances of singers. These singers are normal farmers of the village and others in daily life, but surprisingly they turn out to be the nation's most skilled artists during this event.

Overview of festivals in Vietnam

Hung Temple Festival - 9th to the 11th of April

This traditional festival honors he first King of Vietnam - King Hung. The festival is featured with many folk games such as “danh du” (bamboo swings), “nem con” (game of throwing a sacred ball through the ring), rice cooking competitions, lion dance, human chess, water puppet performance, wrestling, crossbow shooting etc.

Chu Dong Tu Festival - 10th to the 12th of April

Chu Dong Tu is one of the four immortals in the traditional mythology of Vietnam, who is in charge of teaching people to do business, fishing, and weaving in order to have a joyful and prosperous life. Activities during the festival include human chess playing, dragon dancing, wrestling and processions on land and water.

Huong Pagoda (Perfume Pagoda) Festival - March

Huong Pagoda Festival plays an important role in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people and lasts for three months. As other festivals in Vietnam, Huong Pagoda Festival is also divided into two parts: the ceremonies and the entertaining activities. During this event, tourists have the chance to taste three famous delicacies which are bamboo shoot, Sang vegetables and grinding roots.

Elephant Race Festival - third Lunar month

To express the bond between human beings and this friendly creature, Vietnamese people are organizing this special event annually. On this day, elephants from several villages gather at Don Village and run at the same time for about one or two kilometers. The first elephant which reaches the appointed destination will receive sugar canes and bananas from surrounding people.

Whale Festival - April

The Whale Festival has been, for centuries, the biggest water festival of the fishermen in Quang Nam, Danang province. The worshipping of the whale is not only about paying respect to their God, but also about ensuring prosperity for the villagers.
On this occasion, the Whale Temple, as well as all the houses and boats, are beautifully decorated.

Top cool tours in Vietnam

Fun Tour for Food Lovers by Night

from

€29.90 p.p.

Hanoi Street Food on Foot Tour

from

€32.00 p.p.

A Taste of Hanoi - Food Adventure by Foot

from

€40.00 p.p.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
about
George Ho Chi Minh City
Rating

Best of Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour

Hi Anh, Thank you so much for showing us the best of Ho Chi Minh city. Your in-depth knowledge of all the landmarks, local foods and culture was impressive, but much, much more importantly, your warm, genuine and cheerful personality made all the difference. We felt that we were casually walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh with a friend passionate about their home town.

You happily shared with us all aspects of Vietnamese lifestyle, the things that people expect to hear on a tour, but also the things that only a someone with your local knowledge and personal qualities can openly share. It made our tour special and we couldn't have wished for more. You were fantastic.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
about
James Ho Chi Minh City
Rating

Saigon Street Food Tour: the 10 Tastings

Great host. Knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Highly recommended!!!!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
about
samantha Ho Chi Minh City
Rating

The Non-Touristy Mekong Delta Private Day Trip

We did the tour of the Mekong Delta. We didn’t really know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised with the experience. Ted is very friendly and quite knowledgeable about Vietnam in general and the Mekong Delta. The tour itself was well-organized, very interesting and unique. We were picked up outside our air b&b on time, and seamlessly shuffled from one mode of transportation to another throughout the day. We have done a number of tours over the last few weeks and this one was our favourite. The extra cost for a private tour makes the experience so much more personable. Highly recommend!