Note: The order of appearance of the following festivals and events is according to the time of the year when they usually occur. Dates can change however over time. We try to update the info frequently, but some of it might be outdated. The year in the bracket […] indicates when the info was posted. Dates of the current year will be shown in RED.


Taipei Riverside Park Flower Carnival

Taipei Lunar New Year Festival

LOHAS Cherry Blossom Festival

[2021] February ~ March / Around Taiwan

Lantern Festival Events

Among the numerous Lantern Festival events staged each year, the Taiwan Lantern Festival is the largest in scale and the most important. Each year a different city or county serves as host, the honors going to Hsinchu City in 2021. The cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung have their own grand annual Lantern Festival events. For the 2020 edition, the venues in Taipei were the Ximending/North Gate area in the city’s west and the area around Nangang Station in the east. The Kaohsiung event has traditionally been staged on the banks of the Love River, with lanterns displayed beside the riverside paths that are popular with romance-seeking visitors throughout the year. The small town of Yanshui (old name: Yuejin), in Tainan City, is best known for its annual beehive fireworks festival. The Yuejin Lantern Festival, lesser known but equally attractive, is a beautiful and much more peaceful affair. You can go on romantic walks through a park and marvel at colorful and beautifully shaped lanterns floating peacefully on the waters of the town’s river.

[2022] February 11~20 | Taipei City

Taipei Lantern Festival

[2024] February 7 ~ March 13 / Taipei City

[2021] February~March / Taipei City

Yangmingshan Flower Festival

When the weather in northern Taiwan is at its coolest in February and March each year, the cherry trees of Yangmingshan National Park burst into bloom, bringing bright red and pink colors to the otherwise grayish-green mountainsides. Azaleas and camellias and a large bouquet of other flower types also join in the fun, to the delight of flower lovers, who flock to the park in large number. Among the favorite locations to enjoy the floral beauty are Yangming Park and the Floriculture Experiment Center.
Yangmingshan National Park:

[2024] February 13 ~ 26 / Miaoli City

[2021] February / Miaoli City

Miaoli Bombing the Dragon

This is another festive event organized during the time of the annual lantern festival period. It takes place at the Yuqing Temple in Miaoli City, and activities last from the first day of the lunar month to the 15th. The “bombing of the dragon” tradition (the “dragon” is a long paper dragon carried by several men) is carried out in several stages during this period: the creation of the dragon, painting its eyes (to bring it to life), welcoming of the dragon, walking with the dragon, and finally bombing it (setting off firecrackers around it and in the end burning it).
Miaoli Travel Net:

[2024] February 13 ~ May 18 / Taichung City

[2020] January 29 ~ May 20 / Taichung City

Taichung City Mazu International Festival

Among the main deities worshipped in Taiwan, Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea, is arguably the most important. There are hundreds of temples on the island dedicated to the goddess, and elaborate festivals are held to celebrate her birthday (23rd day of 3rd lunar month; April 15th in 2020). The biggest and best-known Mazu event is the annual Mazu Pilgrimage in central Taiwan, starting at Taichung’s Zhenlan Temple in Dajia District. Before and during the pilgrimage, endless fascinating religious ceremonies and rituals can be witnessed as part of the Taichung City Mazu International Festival.
Taichung Tourism and Travel Bureau:
Zhenlan Temple: (Chinese)

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

Releasing paper lanterns into the sky is a very popular activity for tourists who visit the scenic Pingxi Valley in New Taipei City. While sky lanterns are released throughout the year, during the time of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival (two weeks after the Lunar New Year) the atmosphere is especially enchanting. Thousands of revelers gather and hundreds of lanterns are released at the same time in succession, turning the night sky into a sea of orange lights. Write your wishes on your lantern and send it to the heavens!
New Taipei City Travel:

[2024] February 22 ~ March 3 / Taipei City

[2022] February 18 ~ 28 / Taipei City

Shilin Residence Tulip Festival

Soon after Lunar New Year, the highly anticipated “Shilin Residence Tulip Festival” will take place. The festival showcases ​​flower beds with tulips from Japan and the Netherlands and decorative installation art. Visitors who enter the Shilin Residence park will soon enjoy the romantic atmosphere created by the tulip flowers. During the time of the festival, business in the area will present special offers. After enjoying the tulip show, try delicious food and enjoy a good time on a spring day.

[2024] February 23 & 24 / Tainan City

[2021] February / Tainan City

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival

While the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a very peaceful and heartwarming festival, the Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival is definitely not. And it’s not meant to be. The origin of the beehive fireworks goes back to the late 19th century, when the people of the town of Yanshui were plagued by a cholera epidemic. Turning to the gods for help, they carried a palanquin with Guan Di, the God of War, through the streets and set off firecrackers to scare away the evil spirits responsible for the plague. This approach apparently worked, and the faithful people of Yanshui have been organizing the beehive fireworks event annually ever since.
Beehive Fireworks Festival:

YANSHUI Beehive Rocket Festival in Tainan

[2024] February 24 ~ March 10 / Tainan City

[2021] March / Tainan City

Taiwan International Orchid Show

Orchids have been cultivated in Taiwan for more than a hundred years, and over the last two decades the local production has been increased significantly, making the island one of the most important orchid exporters in the world. More than 90% of Taiwan-grown flowers shipped abroad are orchids, with moth orchids being the most important. This orchid show is not only an important event for international orchid buyers, but also a great exhibition of all types of orchids for the common flower lover.
Taiwan International Orchid Show:

[2024] February 24 ~ March 10 / Tainan City

Taiwan Lantern Festival in Tainan

The Bombing Master Handan Celebration

Bombing Master Handan:

Bombing Master Handan (photo courtesy of Taitung County Government)

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