Beijing Festivals

Beijing, the capital of China, is also the cultural center of the country. Beijing hosts a wide variety of festivals each year. Popular activities include traditional festivals, arts, films, music, and sports.

The most important Beijing festivals are listed below. If you plan to add one of the festivals to your tour, contact us or let us customize a tour for you to include a festival.

Beijing Festivals and Events List

Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon

May. 2014

Time: The Great Wall International Marathon is held on the third Saturday of May every year. The 2013 Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon kicks off on May 18, 2013.Location: Huangyaguan Great Wall, Jixian... Read more

The Bird's Nest Ice and Snow Festival

Dec. 2014

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 National ... Read more

Yuyuantan Park Ice and Snow Festival 2014

Dec. 26, 2014 to to Feb. 18, 2015

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 International Peach Blossom Music Festival

Apr. 8, 2014 to to May. 8, 2014

Beijing's Pinggu District is the world's largest peach blossom area which covers a land area of 220,000 mu (14,674 hectares). It was elected as one of the top ten destination in the wo... Read more

Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival

Jan. 10, 2015 to to Feb. 28, 2015

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

Bejing International Music Festival

Oct. 2014

Established in 2004, the Beijing International Music Festival is a celebration of classical music from throughout the world as well as China. Collaboration makes this festival an outstanding even... Read more

Red Leaf Festival at Fragrant Hill

Oct. 15, 2014 to to Oct. 31, 2014

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

Sep. 26, 2014 to to Nov. 16, 2014

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 traditional... Read more

Beijing Changdian Temple Fair

Jan. 2015

For visitors who want to have an authentic northern Chinese festival experience, the Changdian Temple Fair is a vibrant, energetic celebration that welcomes Chinese and foreigners alike. Like mos... Read more

Baiyun Temple Fair

Jan. 2015

Baiyun Temple Fair is famous for its popularity and its long duration. You can attend many folk activities, and enjoy the local snacks, folk handicrafts, and exhibition of paintings.  T... Read more

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Beijing Dongyue Temple Fair

Jan. 30, 2015 to to Feb. 6, 2015

Temple fairs are popular activities in many parts of China during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration (Spring Festival). Happiness is celebrated at the Dongyue Temple Fair, one of the oldest t... Read more

Five Gods of Wealth Temple Fair

Jan. 2015

At Wuxiancaishen Temple (五显财神庙, 'Five Prominent Wealth Gods Temple')  there are five gods of wealth enshrined and worshiped. It is an important activity for many old natives of Beijing to com... Read more

The Grand View Garden Fair

Jan. 2015

Grand View Garden, known as Da Guan Yuan in Mandarin, is a garden straight out of the pages of “A Dream of Red Mansions”, a classic Chinese novel. It also is the site of one of many Beijing festiv... Read more

Beijing 798 Art Festival

Sep. 2014

Beijing 798 art zone, as one of China's main centers for cutting edge contemporary art, is located on Jiuxianqiao Road, Dashanzi Area, Chaoyang District. It has a total construction area of 230,000 ... Read more

Beijing’s Daxing Watermelon Festival

May. 28, 2014 to to Jun. 2, 2014

Daxing District, in Beijing's southern suburbs, pays homage to the watermelon every May 28 during the Daxing Watermelon Festival. Watermelons Compete for Title Consider it a beauty pageant... Read more

Beijing International Imported Food Exhibition

Apr. 8, 2015 to to Apr. 10, 2014

The Beijing International Import Food Exhibition (FCE) mainly displays the latest technology and products of domestic and overseas food exporters. The exhibition strives ... Read more

World Snooker China Open

Mar. 2014

Venue: Beijing University Students GymnasiumThe World Snooker China Open, a professional snooker tournament, is one of eight ranking tournaments confirmed by the WPBSA. The tournament regularly feat... Read more

Beijing International Long-Distance Running Festival

Apr. 20, 2014 to 

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

Beijing International Beer Festival

Aug. 2014

The festival aims at offering an opportunity for people to enjoy the fun of drinking beer and carnivals like the Munich Oktoberfest, so the organizers have joined hands with Schottenhamel Ltd. C... Read more

Christmas in Beijing

Dec. 1, 2014 to to Dec. 31, 2013

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

Questions and Answers About Beijing Festivals

Carole 2014-03-27
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Exhibitions and special events in Dashanzi art district in early April 2014
Dear Carole, I didn't find any information about new exhibitions in April on their official website. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-04-01
oneal 2013-12-02
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hi, will be in beijing in december 24 until there any festival/fair in dec. will snow falls during that date. will bring few pieces of winter cloth. is there any cheap outlet to shop upon arrived for winter cloth/boots for me n children.

For buying cheap clothes, Xiushui Street ( Silk Market) and Yaxiu are good places.

  • Xiushui Street (秀水街): Take subway line 1 and get off at Yong'anli station.
  • Yaxiu at Sanlitun (三里屯雅秀): Take subway line 10 and get off at Tuanjiehu Station.

Normally it is snowy in December, but weather condition is hard to predict.

Carol Wang replied on 2013-12-03
olga 2013-09-09
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Goodday,i am from Africa,i want to visit Beijing in December 2013,can you kindly invite me to some event so that i can seek sponsorship to come there,i want a festival or event which is youth driven,and has elemnts of business opportunities.thanks in advance.

Hi olga, it seems that there is no event in Beijing in December. Maybe you can celebrate the new year in Beijing. We can arrange your Beijing tour if you need and just let me know if you need.

Simon Huang replied on 2013-09-09
MARCIA BASS 2013-08-23
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Dear Marcia, Thank you for your inquiry. Oct.1-7 is the National Day holiday in China, people have a 7-day holiday. Many people will be travelling during this period. With the crowds everywhere, the traffic will be very busy and you will take longer on the road. The booking for hotels and flights would be very tight and early confirm is highly recommended. You will also need to wait in line for about 1 hour before you could enter the popular attractions and will need to wait for a long time at restaurants. It’s also very hot and uncomfortable to swamp inside crowds. You will need to keep close attention to your camera, watch and wallet, as there may be thieves hiding in the crowds. All these could be frustrated for a tour. We just hope you could see better side of China, not this chaos. Kind Regards Doris Huang replied on 2013-08-23
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