Events & Festivals

Annual Festivals in the Philippines

Festivals in the Philippines
Written by Patrick

The Philippines are known to have many festivals throughout year throughout the entire Philippines. Festivals are also known as “fiestas”. Fiestas are an important part of the Filipino culture. Each city and barrio has at least one local festival of its own. The theme of each festival is different. Some are religious, some cultural, and some are both. Many have their own “peryas” (trade fairs with temporary amusement parks). Most are very colorful, vibrant, and involve very elaborate costumes. If you have the opportunity to experience a fiesta, join the party and fun-loving spirit of Filipinos.

The following is a list of the most popular festivals that occur in the Philippines each year.

Aliwan FiestaPasay CityLuzonApril4
Ati-atihan FestivalKaliboPanayThird Sunday of January1
Bacolaodiat FestivalBacolod CityNegrosEvery Chinese New Year2
Bangus FestivalDagupanPangasinanApril4
Binirayan FestivalAntiquePanayDecember12
Dinagyang FestivalIloilo CityPanayFourth Sunday of January1
Feast of Black NazareneQuiapoLuzonJanuary 91
Guimaras Manggahan FestivalJordanGuimarasMay 225
Higantes FestivalAngonoLuzonNovember 2311
Hugyaw Kansilay FestivalSilay CityNegrosFirst or second week of June6
Imbayah FestivalBanaueIfugaoApril every three years4
International Bamboo Organ FestivalLas Piñas CityLuzonFebruary2
Kaamulan FestivalMalaybalay CityMindanaoSecond half of February to March 102
Kadayawan FestivalDavao CityMindanaoThird week of August8
Lanzones FestivalCamiguinMindanaoThird week of October10
Lemlunay FestivalLake SebuMindanaoThird week of September9
Lilas Pandan FestivalCalatravaNegrosJune6
Magayon FestivalLegazpiLuzonMay5
Masskara FestivalBacolod CityNegrosFourth Sunday of October10
Minuluan FestivalTalisay CityNegrosSeptember 109
Moriones FestivalBoacLuzonHoly Week4
Mudpack FestivalMurciaNegrosThird weekend of June6
Obando Fertility RitesObandoLuzonMay 17-195
Pahiyas FestivalLucbanLuzonMay 155
Panaad Sa Negros FestivalBacolod CityNegros OccidentalUsually first week of April4
Panagbenga FestivalBaguioLuzonFourth Sunday of February2
Parada ng LechonBalayanLuzonJune 246
Paraw Regatta FestivalIloilo CityPanayFebruary2
Pasalamat FestivalLa CarlotaNegrosSunday closest to Labor Day (May 1)5
Pasigabong FestivalBacolod CityNegrosApril4
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon FiestaAngeles CityLuzonBetween January and February1
Pintados de Pasi FestivalPassi CityPanayThird week of March3
San Fernando Giant Lantern FestivalSan FernandoLuzonSunday before Christmas Eve12
Sandugo FestivalTagbilaran CityVisayasThird or fourth Sunday of July7
Sandurot FestivalDumaguete CityNegros OrientalThird week of November11
Sinulog FestivalCebu CityVisayasThird Sunday of January1
Sinulog sa KabankalanKabankalan CityNegros OccidentalThird Sunday of January1
T'nalak FestivalKoronadal CityMindanaoJuly 187
Tinabuay FestivalMurciaNegros OccidentalSecond Week of June6

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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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