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 below for a full list of those we have covered, or see our article for our introduction to The Top 10 Festivals in Beijing.

Beijing Festivals and Events List

The Mid-Autumn Festival in Beijing

Sep. 15 

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar (within about two weeks of September 20). During this festival, various traditional activities are held. Nine popular places in Beijing to celebrate Mid-Autumn are recommended for your reference.

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Christmas in Beijing — Celebrating Christmas in Beijing

Dec. 25 

Although still considered a foreign festival, Christmas is more and more popular in China. Big sales and displays are found easily in the shops in Beijing. Also there are some events to take part in (Xmas meals, church services, etc.) if you happen to be in Beijing in Christmas.

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Beijing 798 Art Festival

Sep.

798 Art Zone, located in Chaoyang District, Beijing, is a cultural and creative industry district. When the grand 798 Art Festival is held inside it, it has become a place you have to visit in Beijing. The date for the festival varies, but is normally at the end of September.

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How to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Beijing


Chinese New Year (within 15 days of Feb. 5) is the most important festival in China. In Beijing it provides a great chance for foreigners to experience local culture. China’s political and cultural center, holds its own distinctive traditional activities during Chinese New Year.

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Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon

May. 21 

There is a Mao Zedong saying, “One who fails to reach the Great Wall is no hero.” So the one who runs a marathon on the Great Wall is … a superhero?!! The course of the Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon is difficult, and exciting. The date is the third Saturday of May each year.

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The Bird's Nest Ice and Snow Festival

Jan. 1 to Feb. 28

The Bird’s Nest Ice and Snow Festival, using the Beijing Olympics’ National Stadium as its main festival area, attracts millions of tourists every January and February. It is a Disney princess themed festival, designed by the National Stadium and Disney.

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Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival

Jan. 9 to Feb. 27

Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival is a smaller version of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, held from mid-January to the end of February. The theme changes every year, but tourists always have the chance to see massive, interesting, beautiful, and spectacular ice sculptures.

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Red Leaf Festival at Fragrant Hill

Oct.

The Red Leaf Festival is held at Fragrant Hill, the most famous place for viewing fall hues in China. From mid-October to early November, millions of tourists go to Fragrant Hill to enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery.

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Beijing Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Oct.

The Beijing Chrysanthemum Exhibition is held for chrysanthemum enthusiasts in different parks in Beijing, in October or November depending on the park. Beihai Park is the most famous exhibition area. During the festival, visitors can view and buy the colorful flowers.

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Beijing International Long-Distance Running Festival

Apr. 17 

The Beijing International Long-Distance Running Festival is one of the largest sports events in China. Aimed at making people healthier, the Beijing International Long-Distance Running Festival attracts more and more international participants to Beijing.

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Yuyuantan Park Ice and Snow Festival

Jan.

In January, Yuyuantan Park hold its annual ice and snow festival, which is becoming larger each year. The festival provides many traditional and interesting winter activities like snow sledding, a maze, snow transporters, and a children’s world for visitors.

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

Feb.

Traditional temple fairs are an important Chinese custom that are often held around the temples during Chinese New Year (in late January or February). Many people go to the temple fairs for ritual praying, snacks, and buying crafts. It is a great chance to get close to traditional Chinese culture.

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How to Celebrate the Double Seventh Festival in Beijing


Known as China’s Valentine’s Day, the Double Seventh Festival (within about 15 days of August 12) is a romantic day for couples in China. Although most of the customs of the festival are disappearing, in many cities, including Beijing, young people are celebrating it in some new ways.

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