10 Autumn Festivals Not to be Missed

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Travel

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 Geumsanenjoy 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 (춘천닭갈비막국수축제)

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 andthis 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 Festivalcovers 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

 

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Hallie Bradley writes on her travels in Korea, daily life, the culture and traditions as well as on lessons learned from her Korean husband and in-laws. What was once only going to be a year abroad, has turned into seven and likely many more. She can be followed on Tumblr or Wordpress under the name The Soul of Seoul for up to date articles and pictures.