Beijing Festivals

Beijing, the capital of China, is also the cultural center of the country. This means that there are a wide variety of festivals in different categories held in Beijing every year.

See the table (right) for a brief rundown of what they are and when, and click the links or scroll down for more information on each festival to help you plan your trip.

Beijing Festivals and Events List

The Mid-Autumn Festival 2016 in Beijing

Sep. 15 

Celebrated: Sep. 15 Location: Beijing China is changing rapidly and Beijing is a thermostat for this. Find out the popular places to go for Mid-Autumn now, and interesting Mid-Autumn tradition... Read more

Christmas in Beijing - How to Celebrate Christmas in Beijing

Dec. 25 

Don’t worry about everything being closed during the Christmas holidays. In Beijing everything's open. Cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls, it's a winter wonderland of options for travelers searchi... Read more

Beijing 798 Art Festival


Some of 798's artworks Beijing's 798 Art Zone, as one of China's main centers for cutting edge contemporary art, is located in the northeast of the country, on Jiuxianqiao Road in Chaoyang Distr... Read more

How to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 in Beijing

The Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival or Chunjie, is the biggest holiday of the year in Beijing. It is a prime time to visit and experience the local culture. The former capital of ... Read more

Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon

May. 21 

Part of the Great Wall used for the Huangyaguan Marathon What is exciting about the Huangyaguan Great Wall marathon is that it is actually run on the Great Wall. About a quarter of the 42.2 kilom... Read more

The Bird's Nest Ice and Snow Festival

Jan. 1 to Feb. 28

The Bird's Nest Ice and Snow Festival is a Disney princess theme festival, using the US$423 million Beijing Olympic venue — the Bird's Nest. For this festival the Nat... Read more

Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival

Jan. 9 to Feb. 27

Ice sculpture in Longqing Gorge Longqing Gorge, located about 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Beijing, and sometimes referred to as the "Little Three Gorges" (as in the three gorges of the Three Gorg... Read more

Red Leaf Festival at Fragrant Hill


Charming scenery of Red Leaf in Fragrant Hill, one of the four best places to appreciate red leaf in China Fragrant Hill Red Leaf Festival is usually held in the middle of October at Fragra... Read more

Beijing Chrysanthemum Exhibition


The Beijing Chrysanthemum Festival (北京菊花文化节) takes place in Beijing every fall. Visitors can enjoy the fine autumn weather and see thousands of colorful chrysanthemums, one of the four tradi... Read more

Beijing International Long-Distance Running Festival

Apr. 17 

The Beijing International Long-Distance Running Festival is one of the grandest sporting events in China. The Festival is part of the continuing desire to create a healthy China and world. Ea... Read more

Yuyuantan Park Ice and Snow Festival


Yuyuantan Park is currently hosting its 5th annual ice and snow festival. The park, boasting a total area of 338.5 acres (137 ha) in Beijing’s Haidian District, is alive with a traditional winter... Read more

Beijing's Top 10 Temple Fairs — Popular at Chinese New Year


Lion dances are a popular Chinese New Year activity that may be seen at temple fairs. Many people go to Beijing's traditional temple fairs during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) for ritual... Read more