Best Festivals in Vietnam in 2018
We have arrived once again at Festival Season, that glorious time of year when pumping music, delicious food, and out-of-the-way locales draw crowds of party-goers for miles around. Festivals have various themes surrounding music, art, sports, performances or food. Vietnam has become a popular hot spot for the festival crowd because of its scenic locations, cheap prices, and easy access to transportation. Whatever your interests, we’re sure that you will find something special in our Vietnam Festival Guide of 2018. There is a selection of Music Festivals, featuring everything from reggae to hip-hop to folk music as well as Film Festivals, Food Festivals and more across Vietnam, so break out your sequined capes and glow sticks and get ready for some fun!
MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVALS IN VIETNAM
Saigon Reggae Festival #5
Dates: 3 November, from 2 PM to late
Where: Schiller Saigon, 28 So 10, Hiep Binh Chanh, Thu Duc, HCMC
Price: VND150,000 presale, VND250,000 at the door, includes 1 free drink
Saigon Reggae Festival #5 is returning in a new location in Thu Duc in Saigon for a very special show. During the 12+ hours of nonstop reggae music, patrons will get to enjoy delicious food, live music, tattoos, tarot readings, and even a photo booth. The real prize here, though, is their international headliner, Richie Stephens! The Jamaican reggae star will take the stage, backed by 12 DJs and 3 MCs. Reggae fans, don’t miss out!
Video source: Saigon Dub Station
Y2K18 Live Loop Asia International Festival Tour 2018
Dates: 2 November through 5 November
Where: Various Venues across Saigon. Check their Facebook page for locations.
Looping is the technology that allows performers to create melodies, record them, and immediately use the recordings during the live performance. Now, for the first time in Vietnam, The Y2K18 International Live Looping Festival brings together talks, performances, workshops geared toward sharing ideas about this innovative style of music, technology, and creative energy. The entire festival will be held in 15 cities all over Asia, with Vietnam being the first stop, from November 1st to December 8th.
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Coracle Music Festival
Coracle Festival is a collaboration among four of Saigon’s leading promoters: Loud Minority, Saigon Outcast, The Observatory, and Cargo Remote. They’ve come together to bring a variety of music, workshops, and performances to the beachside Ho Tram Campgrounds. Enjoy the sounds of the waves as you sleep in tents or party all night long to the pulsating rhythms of over a dozen acts, including international DJs and live musical performances. An array of food vendors and craft beer sellers will ensure you have enough energy to last the weekend. Please, leave any outside alcohol at home or it can be confiscated at the gates.
Video source: Coracle Music Festival
Quest is back for its 6th instalment at the picturesque Son Tinh Camp near Hanoi, and they’ve amped up everything! With a range of music from reggae to hip-hop to folk to metal to electronic and even traditional Vietnamese music, there is sure to be something for everyone. The line up also includes workshops as well as performances for the entire three days. Attendees can stay on the campgrounds by bringing their own tent and gear or renting them directly from the Quest Festival organizers. Food and drink vendors are on site to keep you full and happy. While it is ok to bring your own food, be aware that outside alcohol, glass and unauthorized food sales are prohibited.
Image source: facebook.com/questfestival
International Traditional Music Festival
Dates: 24 November through 29 November
Where: HCMC Conservatory of Music/ Nhac Vien Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh City
112 Nguyễn Du street, District 1, HCMC
Price: Free entrance
The International Traditional Music Festival will bring together concerts, workshops, and master classes for five days from various countries, such as Poland, Mongolia, and China. Check out the facebook event for more details but be aware the page is entirely in Vietnamese so you may need to ask Google Translate for help.
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Dates: 28 December 2018 through 8 January 2019
Where: Sunset Sanato Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. Before the start of the event, an exact map of the festival site will be published on the event’s website.
Price: 5,400,000 for individual unlimited 11 day multi-pass.
Over a whopping 11 days on three stages on beautiful Phu Quoc Island, Epizode boasts over eight dozen musicians and media artists to entertain the masses. This event is sure to be an electronic music mecca, covering all genres including techno, drum’n bass, house, breaks, and trance. The festival grounds will also include a comprehensive food court, light and laser installations, art demonstrations and installations and recreation areas. During the days, children 12 and under can enter the festival grounds free of charge, while at night, they must purchase a ticket. Though the festival grounds are open 24-hours a day, there doesn’t seem to be camping available onsite. However, on the website, there seems to be a number of nearby accommodations available.
Video source: epizode
SPORTS FESTIVAL IN VIETNAM
The Dalat SufferFest is a test of strength, endurance and sheer will of top athletes. Competitors can compete in different events including swim/run, multi-terrain 21km run, and vertical climbing. There is also an adventure zone for kids as well as a multi-sport endurance race for kids ages three to 14, to ensure that the whole family can be involved. You can sign up for any or all of the events. At the end of the weekend, The Sufferfest Award will go to one female and one male for their outstanding athletic performance.
Image source: facebook.com/sufferfest
FILM FESTIVALS IN VIETNAM
Singapore Film Festival HCMC
For the first time in Vietnam, the Singaporean Film Society in conjunction with RICE & Partners present the Singapore Film Festival. The festival will stretch across four days at CGV Vincom Dong Khoi to showcase four films by leading Singaporean directors. There will also be panel discussions with the filmmakers. All events are free and attendees can register at https://bit.ly/sDW6MUB.
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