Baguio City is well-known for its spectacular festivals and celebrations. These annual events bring people from all over the country together to celebrate culture, history, and tradition.
Here is a list of some of Baguio City’s most popular festivals.
Major Festivals in Baguio City
1. Ibagiw Creative Festival
The Ibagiw Creative Festival unites the collective voice of local artists, artisans, and creatives whose dedication has not wavered. This art and creativity festival takes place from October to November and includes art exhibits, theater performances, and workshops. Participants are encouraged to explore their creative side while learning about Baguio City’s heritage and culture.
With Baguio being designated as a creative city by UNESCO, the Ibagiw Creative Festival focuses on crafts and folk arts. The festival features rituals, sculptural pieces, traditional arts, and various types of crafts, as well as the works and performances of local artists and craftsmen.
Through art exhibits, cultural shows, trade fairs, forums, and webinars, Baguio residents and visitors will learn about the city’s rich cultural heritage. Art in the Park, Mendeko Kito: Baguio Artisans Fair, Sining Eskinita, Cordillera Weaves Exhibit and Village Bazaar, and the Annual Ibagiw Crafts Design Competition are just a few of the events that highlight the best of Baguio’s vibrant arts scene.
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2. Christmas in Baguio
Baguio City, known for its Christmas traditions, is a favorite holiday destination. Every year, as the Christmas season begins, the city comes alive with dazzling lights, colorful decorations, and exciting activities. It’s a wonderful place to spend the holidays, especially with the chilly mountain breeze adding to the festive atmosphere. One of Baguio’s biggest attractions is the Christmas night market, where you can find all sorts of unusual items and delicacies while traditional Filipino and Cordilleran cuisine are also available at various restaurants in Baguio City.
Session Road and Burnham Park at Christmas Every year, Baguio’s downtown area is dotted with Christmas lights, as locals and visitors flock to the hilly streets of Session Road. At Burnham Park, tourists will discover unique finds ranging from delectable food and artisanal coffee to locally produced crafts, such as indigenous textiles. The night market opens at 9 p.m. and is packed with thrifted items and affordable meals. A lot of folks hang around here while waiting for Simbang Gabi.
The Christmas Village at Baguio Country Club
The Christmas Village, located atop a hill at the Baguio Country Club, is another popular destination for travelers. Visitors are welcomed by a small train circling the village square, while miniature houses and shops are decorated with garlands and lights. During the holiday season, the Christmas Village is open to the public and is a popular shopping destination. Many of the shops offer unique gifts that are difficult to find elsewhere. The Christmas Village at the Baguio Country Club is a must-see for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience or a fun and nostalgic venue for the entire family.
Christmas at The Manor, Camp John Hay
The Manor at Camp John Hay is an ideal place to spend Christmas with family and friends. The expansive grounds are decked with bright lights and lovely decorations, and the grand fireplace in the main lobby is the ideal place to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa. The Manor also offers a variety of holiday-themed activities, including a gingerbread house decorating contest and a visit from Santa Claus. The Manor at Camp John Hay is always a great choice for a fun family activity or a romantic Christmas getaway.
3. Panagbenga Festival
The Panagbenga Festival is truly one-of-a-kind and should not be missed. The festival, held in February, celebrates the city’s rich cultural heritage through a variety of activities and events. The term “Panagbenga” is derived from the Kankanaey term for “blooming season.” The festival honors the city’s rich culture and history, as well as its title as the “Flower Capital of the Philippines.” The event highlights a grand parade of floats decorated with fresh flowers, as well as a series of musical and dance performances.
The flower float parade, which showcases traditional Philippine design and craftsmanship, is one of the festival’s highlights. Street dancing, live music, and culinary competitions are among the other activities. Viewing art shows and exhibits along Session Road and at Burnham Park is a fantastic experience for those who enjoy art, as some of Baguio’s finest artists participate in the live performances, sharing their knowledge and skills. Tourists can enjoy jamming sessions at Burnham Park with artists performing busking shows throughout the day. The festival draws visitors from all over the country and is a great way to learn more about Baguio’s culture.
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4. Mangan Taku Food Festival
Every April, the annual Mangan Taku Food Festival honors Baguio’s culinary traditions. The event features various culinary competitions and food crawls where guests can sample dishes from various provinces in the region. Mangan Taku is a general term for “let us eat.”
The festival takes pride in the featured cuisines and heirloom dishes from the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province, including the preparation techniques by respective accomplished chefs from these provinces. Foodies can sample the various cuisines of the Cordillera, including a wide variety of appetizers, snacks, desserts, and drinks. Tourists can also attend concerts to see local musicians perform as part of the activity.
Baguio City is well-known for its numerous cultural and sporting events that take place throughout the year. Each festival has a distinct characteristic and attracts visitors from all over the country. If you want to experience Filipino culture at its best, make sure to attend one of Baguio’s major festivals!
Stay at El Retiro Baguio during your next visit!
When visiting Baguio City for one of its major festivals, El Retiro Baguio is the ideal place to stay. This charming heritage home is located in a peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, providing a sense of privacy and exclusivity. For the ultimate Baguio vacation, the 1.6-hectare property offers the best in personalized experiences and luxurious accommodations. El Retiro is a premier vacation home in Baguio, combining luxe living with modern amenities in a one-of-a-kind serviced residence.
There is no better way to experience Filipino culture than by immersing yourself in what Baguio City has to offer. El Retiro provides the perfect setting for you to do just that – experience all that Baguio has to offer in comfort and luxury. So make sure you book your stay at El Retiro when you visit Baguio City for one of its major festivals!