10 Autumn Festivals Not to be Missed

Autumn is headed our way and as the summer heat leaves us and tank tops are covered with jackets and colorful scarves people look for still more fun to have before the cold winter chills take over. There are plenty of festivals still to enjoy with everything from festivals for the nature lover or foodie to the music and art aficionado. Don’t close up your windows and start hunkering indoors just yet. Grab some friends, a camera and get ready for some good outdoor autumn fun.

1. Geumsan Ginseng Festival (금산인삼축제)

September 19, 2014 ~ September 28, 2014

Guemsan Insam Festival Poster 2014After a summer of fun in the sun with trips to beaches and parties on rooftops, a healthy pick-me-up to head into autumn might be just what the doctor ordered. You can’t stay any amount of time in Korea without hearing about the health benefits of ginseng or being offered a ginseng drink or treat, but to learn more and to get the low-down on the healthy root head to the largest producer of ginseng in Korea. At the 34th annual festival held in Geumsan enjoy performances and hands on tents as well as the chance to learn about ginseng as well as other natural remedies for your health.

Where: Geumsan Ginseng Museum and Ginseng & Herb Street, Guemsan, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea

2. Chuncheon Dakgalbi & Makguksu Festival (춘천 닭갈비막국수축제)

September 23, 2014 ~ September 28, 2014

Chuncheon Festival 2013If you’re looking for a quick and easy day trip outside of Seoul, Chuncheon is a great place to head. The area is famous for its dakgalbi, or spicy chicken stir fry and this festival gives guests the opportunity to try dakgalbi as well as makguksu, buckwheat noodles. Expect to eat some good food, make your own buckwheat noodles, get your face painted and enjoy some good ‘ole knee-wrestling at this small town festival.

Where: In front of Chuncheon Station, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, Korea

3. Andong Maskdance Festival (안동국제탈춤페스티벌)

September 26, 2014 ~ October 5, 2014

Andong Mask Festival 2014The Maskdance Festival is the major cultural attraction of the Andong area and people from far and wide come to partake in the action. Visitors can enjoy not only Korean traditional mask dances but there are also international groups that attend and show off their own culture’s take on the mask dance. Along with viewing amazing performances, guests can also partake in lessons to learn to mask dance, making a mask and more.

Where: Downtown Andong area, Maskdance Park (탈춤공원), Hahoe Village, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea

4. Suncheon Bay Reeds Festival (순천만갈대축제)

September 26, 2014 ~ October 5, 2014

Suncheon Bay Reed Festival 2014This festival is set up particularly for those fall nature lovers in the country. Suncheon Bay is known as the reed kingdom of Korea and in the fall the wooden planked paths take visitors through 37 acres of beautiful light brown reeds blowing in the wind. Not only is the view spectacular, but visitors also have the opportunity to witness rare birds and protected species in the area. Definitely make sure to remember your camera for this one.

Where: Suncheon Bay (순천만) & Dongcheon stream (동천) area, Jeollanam-do, Korea

5. Hi Seoul Festival (하이서울페스트벌)

October 1, 2014 ~ October 5, 2014

hiseoul 2013One of the main festivals in Seoul, the Hi Seoul Festival covers a spectrum of events from the Seoul Drum Festival to the Seoul Dance Project. There will be performances galore, installation art exhibits and more in some of the biggest tourist hot spots in the capital city. Expect crowds but, also expect to have some fun too.

Where: Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul Plaza, Cheonggye Plaza, Seoul, Korea

6. Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival (대구약령시 한방문화축제)

October 1, 2014 ~ October 5, 2014

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival 2014Herbal medicines and traditional treatments are widely used in Asia and at this festival visitors have the opportunity to learn more about these traditional remedies. The Daegu Yangnyeongsi is a traditional herbal and medicine market with over 350 years of history. Get ready to partake in the free check-ups, body type analysis’, herbal massages and sampling of herbal teas at this festival to learn more about yourself and how to care for yourself the traditional way.

Where: Yangnyeongsi, Daegu, Korea

7. Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) (부산국제영화제)

October 2, 2014 ~ October 11, 2014

최종-ABIFF shouldn’t need an introduction at all. If you’re a movie buff and are looking for that independent movie fix this fall, head to Busan. With more than 300 films from more than 70 countries with subtitles in multiple languages, everyone is sure to find something they want to see. The festival not only offers up movies to enjoy, but there are also outdoor events to enjoy. Buy your tickets early if you can though as this festival is very popular.

Where: Busan Cinema Center, Theaters in Haeundae and Nampodong, Busan, Korea

8. Global Gathering (글로벌개더링코리아)

October 4, 2014

Global Gathering 2014If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the summer music festival fun, here is one last hurrah for you to dance into autumn to electro music from artists such as Bassjackers, Krewella, Knife Party, Dada Life. For more information be sure to check out their website to buy tickets and get the latest line-up information.

Where: Olympic Stadium, Seoul, Korea

9. Samcheok King’s Cosmos Festival (삼척 왕의 코스모스축제)

Mid to late October

Cosmos Festival 2014Dates haven’t yet been set for this festival as the flowers will bloom whenever they darn well please and it all depends on how quickly or slowly autumn breezes move across the peninsula. If you’re looking for one last spring and summer flower hurrah, this is the place to head. With about 37 acres of beautiful pink and white cosmos flowers to come as well as experience programs such as handkerchief making, flower pot molding, clock making and performances to see, there will be plenty to do and see at this beautiful fall getaway.

Where: Samcheok, Gangwon-do, Korea

10. Cheongsong Apple Festival (청송사과축제)

November 7, 2014 ~ November 10, 2014

Cheongsong Apple Festival 2012 PosterFall festivals wouldn’t be complete without an apple harvest. Cheongsong apples are promoted as having superior taste to other apples due to the clean environment in which they are cultivated. Not only can you harvest apples, take part in a local contest of eating apples, splitting apples or drinking apple juice, but you can also make apple soap and other products. Take a trip to Cheongsong and also visit the smallest national park in the country while you’re there.

Where: Cheongsong Apple Park, Cheongsong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea



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  1. Rosh says:

    Reblogged this on Rose of Sharon Healing and commented:
    Korean fall festivals. The Busan International Film Festival gets bigger every year.

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