A bigger and longer Flower Festival Chiang Mai in 2023
The Flower Festival of Chiang Mai is celebrating 45 years and making up for last year’s missed celebration! The Flower Festival makes for a nice family day out to explore Chiang Mai. With morning, afternoon, and evening events, you can be flexible in when you decide to check it out. The festival showcases ancient and modern floral art along with demonstrating the traditions of the ancient Lanna Kingdom.
The Flower Festival Chiang Mai runs annually taking place during the first full weekend in February.
In 2023, the official Flower Festival will run from February 3rd to 5th
Don’t miss it! The Flower Festival in Chiang Mai has even been featured as one of the best festivals in the world!
Flowers, oh my! What to expect at the Flower Festival Chiang Mai, 2023?
How long is the festival?
The festival lasts for 3 days with activities beginning in the early morning and going well into the evening. It takes place in the old city (within the moat) from Friday to Sunday, with Saturday being the busiest time to visit. Each day offers something different.
Where are the best places in Chiang Mai to see the Flower Festival?
The most popular places in Chiang Mai to experience the Flower Festival are Thapae Gate, which is usually decorated beautifully, Nong Haad Buak Public Park, and the area around the south west corner of the Chiang Mai moat.
What are the main events of the Chiang Mai Flower Festival?
The Flower Festival opening ceremony
The soft-opening ceremony of the Chiang Mai Flower Festival happen at 7 am on Friday morning with an exhibition of flower arrangements, ornamental plants and flowers in Nong Buak Haad Park. The real kick off happens at 7 pm followed by the annual beauty contest for the Flower Festival Queen. The competition runs from 8 pm – 11 pm on Friday.
Nong Haad Buak Public Park is located on the south west corner of the moat and is wonderful to visit any time during the Flower Festival. The park is beautifully decorated for the Flower Festival. You’ll get some great family photos here!
What’s great is the park also has a big children’s playground to keep kids happy, and that could be the deal maker in convincing your child that the Flower Festival will be a great time, as kids might not find a bazillion flowers as interesting as you do!
The famous Flower Festival parade
Saturday is the most popular day to visit the Flower Festival in Chiang Mai – expect crowds of people!
In the early morning there will be a parade where floats are intricately decorated with beautiful flowers. Each float is truly a sight to see and the winner of the best float will be announced in the evening. This year the parade will begin at 8 am and will run along Tapae Road, Kotchasarn Road, Changlor Road, Arak Road and end at Nong Buak Haad Park. The roads will be shut to all traffic during the parade.
There will also be flower markets where you can buy rare or exotic flowers for your garden. In the evening there will be performances around the city at Three King’s Monument, Thapae Gate, and the park.
Photo ops and the closing ceremonies
Following the parade on Saturday and all day Sunday, the floats from the parade will be set up along the south west corner of the moat. You’ll be able to see the intricate flower art used to decorate the floats up close and take fabulous photos!
There will also be flower stalls set up with rare flowers for purchase as well for the duration of the festival, but with less crowds on Sunday, you’ll find it easier to stop and have a look.
Sunday evening will performances to close out the festival at the Three King’s Monument, Thapae Gate, and Nong Haad Buak Park. This year from 9 am – 8 pm Sunday, there will be a Thai Lanna performance and cultural exhibition at Nong Buak Haad Park.
We hope you find Chiang Mai’s Flower Festival as beautiful as we do every year!
Things to consider
Wear hats and bring sun screen it gets really hot out there!
Consider going early in the morning on Sunday if crowds aren’t your thing. Your family can roam freely and take as many photos as you like beside the incredible flower parade floats. Also, the kids can enjoy a play in Nong Haad Buak Park’s playground and park in the cooler morning air.
Bring water and snacks! There are some shops inside Nong Haad Buak Park, but besides that there aren’t any food or drink stalls.
Roads will be closed, so expect heavy traffic.