Phu Quoc Island Festivals
The main island of Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam and in the Gulf of Thailand, is becoming the epicenter of mega festivals in South East Asia. Besides the traditional Vietnamese festivals celebrated on the island, Phu Quoc has also hosted national and international events such as Miss Vietnam with Kelly Clarkson, marathons, deep house music festivals, etc. Phu Quoc is benefiting from infrastructure spending and investment from foreign development firms that want to transform the island into the next Singapore. In the north at the Vinpearl Land Amusement Park there is a large amphitheater that can host world class events and in the south at the mega luxurious resort complexes of J.W. Marriott Phu Quoc Resort & Intercontinental Phu Quoc Resort, there are amenities to throw the must exuberant beachfront events. In 2016, Phu Quoc was in the national spotlight as taking center stage in Vietnam’s “National Year of Tourism”.
Below you will find all the cultural and non cultural festivals on Phú Quốc as well as events, shows, exhibitions, etc happening in the near future.
Cultural Festivals On Phu Quoc Island
Festivals are important features in the social landscape of Phu Quoc, and also a permanent fixture in the lives of the Vietnamese. The older festivals such as Tet are based on the lunar calendar while the newer festivals, such as the Dugong festival are based on what is trending today.
The following are the festivals that are held on Phu Quoc:
- Jan. 15 – Gia King’s Temple day
- Jan 16 – Tet (Vietnamese New Years Eve and Day); varies based on calendar year
- May 16 – Bon Canh Temple day
- July 15 – Temple consecration
- July 27 – Phu Quoc jail martyr Vietnamese monument’s day
- July 30 – Sung Hung Ancient Pagoda consecration, Ham Ninh Lady’s spirits memory;
- August 27 – Nguyen Trung Truc monument’s day
- Sep. 25 to 26 – Suoi Da Pagoda
- Sep. 26 to 27 – Ganh Gio Pagoda
- Oct.7 to 8 – Su Muon Pagoda
- Nov 20 – Thuy Long Thanh Mau Temple
- Dec 24 – Christmas Eve on Phu Quoc
- Dec 31 – New Years Eve
Vul Lan Festival
The biggest cultural festival on Phu Quoc is the Vu lan festival held in Duong Dong Town. The Vu Lan festival, also known as the Amnesty of Unquiet Spirits, is held during the seventh month of the lunar calendar (not western calendar), which is believed to be the spirit month. The Vu Lan festival in Phu Quoc has become exceedingly popular. It is closely connected to the Asian tradition of ancestor worship and filial piety. Thousands of locals on Phu Quoc flock to the Dinh Tran Pagoda in Duong Dong Town.
Phu Quoc Dugong Awareness Festival
Every year on Phu Quoc a festival is held to raise awareness of the extremely endangered Dugong, also know as a “sea mermaid”. There are only 2 places in Vietnam where the dugong can be found, one is in Con Dao and the other is here in Phu Quoc.
Dugong population numbers are extremely low as this is a direct result poaching. The Phu Quoc Dugong Festival is jointly held with the Wildlife At Risk (WAR) NGO and involves a parade around Duong Dong Town an the organizers encourage everyone to participate. Children from the local schools will sing and dance to also help raise awareness. Majority of the event will be held at the Phu Quoc Cultural House located near the Dinh Cau Temple in Bach Dang Street.
Phu Quoc Music Festival
Epizode – Vietnam Music Festival
Are you ready to party? Two times a year Phu Quoc hosts the largest seaside music festival in South East Asia. The festival lasts for 14 days and includes a variety of musical acts, shows, fireworks, parties, and more. The first kickoff event will occur on New Years Eve 2016, the last day of the Phu Quoc National Year of Tourism.
Dates: December 31 2016 to January 14, 2017
Location: Long Beach (southern section), south of the Phu Quoc International Airport and near Sol Beach House Phu Quoc Resort.
Epizode Music Festival Tickets
There are a few different ticket passes which you can purchase. Since the Epizode Music Festival is organized by Russians, the purchase price is listed in the Russian Rubble currency but no worries, we have converted it for you here:
Dragon Boat Racing Festival on Phu Quoc
Every year on April 30, the nationally celebrated Reunification Day, a dragon boat festival is held on Dinh Cau Beach, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc. Spectators can watch from the beach or at the nearby seaside cafes.